Pastoral Guidance from Bishop Shelley Bryan Wee:

  • As we begin to re-open church buildings, please plan carefully, thoughtfully, and faithfully. Discover how to be Church Together in this time—as a congregation and in your community. 
  •  7/30/21 Note from Bishop: I write to you today as we continue to love God and our neighbors ... and navigate the complexities of COVID-19. As we continue to love God and our neighbors ... and navigate the complexities of COVID-19.   In light of the new Delta Variant, I strongly encourage everyone, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks during indoor worship services and gatherings. As we encounter this more transmissible variant, please consult the County, State, and CDC guidelines while you review your congregation's COVID-19 guidelines. 
  • Please read the bishop’s 6/10/21 Pastoral Letter in Re-opening our Church Buildings.  

Additional Guidance

  • Let your context guide you to right decisions for you and your community.
  • Continue to follow County, State, and CDC guidelines-- in that order.
  • State and County recommendations continue to change to respond to many moving parts:
  • “Thriving Beyond COVID” is a free Scripture-based resource from an ELCA pastor to encourage, inspire and challenge congregations to get in the right frame of mind to embrace their opportunities, face their challenges, and thrive once the "post-COVID" journey begins. This customizable small and large group study is available for free download and includes Leader & Participant Guides, Videos, PowerPoints, and Worship Resources. Learn more here: www.ThrivingBeyondCovid.org

Concerns still not be addressed?  Contact Pr. Andy Yee, Assistant to the Bishop (a2b@lutheransnw.org).  

Synod COVID Relief Fund