UPDATED | COVID-19 | 5/16/2020
 
Dear Church,
I wanted to take the time to update you on the thoughts that the Board of Elders discussed this past Saturday regarding the eventual return to worship for us here at Living Grace Church. What we now know is that this will not be allowed before early June. What does this mean to us as a church? We will continue to seek to connect through the media that God has blessed us with and pursue the upgrading of the facility while it is unoccupied. Already, much has happened. We have repainted the chapel, ordered new signage for the stage, built a wall in the large doorway of the fellowship hall, and painted numerous doors throughout the building. I am sure you have noticed that Rick, Kenny, and our friends at Freedom River have been busy upgrading and educating themselves in the use of the new tech equipment. On our upcoming to-do wish list is:
 
– Spring cleaning (a social distancing / masked dump day)
– Remodel the children’s classrooms
– Install a big screen TV (which was donated) in the fellowship hall-classroom for SUM
classes
– Spruce up the landscaping around the church building
 
Our goal is to prepare the church facility to be a pleasant blessing to you when we all return to fellowship, and we will be respectful of fair and thoughtful guidance of our government leaders. We will honor social distancing policies, sanitary practices as prescribed by the CDC, and any other necessary guidelines.
 
I use the terms “fair and thoughtful” guidance above because we are left with much of this information still undefined. We hope the criteria for our ability to gather together would coincide with restaurants, theaters, and other public facilities and this would mean that the capacity of use would be similar as these other venues. If this limits our ability to gather as a whole group, then we will seek alternative approaches to provide for the congregation’s needs in the interim. Examples of this would be two services, an early morning service, and our usual service time of 10am (this is just an example and not necessarily what we will do).
 
Also, we have used this time to pray and communicate with many of you through the online services, weekly devotionals, Zoom bible studies, phone calls, and even an online children’s Sunday school. We have ministered in our community through providing some meals to Tacoma General’s hospital staff, delivered meals and even some needed groceries, helped Pastor Joseph in Cambodia financially due to this pandemic, and helped a member financially when his house was recently damaged by fire. In the coming weeks, we plan to have a drive-in prayer time and food distribution (more information coming).
 
Lastly, we will continue to livestream our services on our website and on Facebook, even once we return to regular worship times at the church.
 
Please know that your faces are before us, in our prayers, and on our hearts.
 
Love in Christ,
 
Pastor Powell and the Elders of LGC
 
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UPDATED | COVID-19 | 4/2/2020
 
Dear Church Family,
 
In response to the recent COVID-19 regulations imposed by our governor and with respect and concern for the congregants of Living Grace Church, the church leadership has decided to suspend all church services at the building through May 31st (in compliance w/the stay-at-home mandate). We are encouraging congregants to view or listen to church on Sundays @ 10am and Wednesdays @ 7pm via the internet (live streaming or audio recording) at:
 
lgministries.org/live-stream or
facebook.com/lgministriestacoma/live
 
School of Urban Ministry classes at the church building are postponed until further notice. (updated 03/25/2020)
 
The office will be closed to the general public. Please contact the office for any personal need or question regarding upcoming events at (253) 584-3778 or email us at: office@lgministries.org.
 
You will still be able to give online at www.lgministries.org in the menu under “give.” If you prefer to mail it, the address is: Living Grace Church, 106 So. 28th St., Tacoma, WA 98402.
 
Please be prayerful during this time for our church family, community, state, nation, and countries impacted throughout the world.
 
 
A note from Pastor Powell:
 
Last month we studied these verses in 2 Thessalonians 2:
1 Now we are requesting of you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,
2 that you not be quickly (with the added connotation of easily) disturbed from your composure (mindset) neither be disturbed (frightened) by a spirit nor a message nor a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.
3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it (The day of the Lord) will not come
unless the great rebellion has come first, and then the lawless man has been revealed,
who is the son of destruction,
4 who opposes and exalts himself above everything being spoken of as god or object of worship,
so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, declaring regarding himself that he is God
5 Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
6 And you know (from previous instruction) that which is now restraining, so that in his time he will be revealed (disclosed).
7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains is restraining
until he comes out of the midst.
 
I want to encourage you to focus on the 6th and 7th verse. These two verses reveal to us the fact that, while the lawless one as a person has yet to be revealed, the principle of lawlessness is present. We see this principle also spoken of in I John 2:18, 22. What is of great value to us as believers in these two verses is the power of advocacy that has been vested in the church by the Lord. We are the ones who restrain the principle of lawlessness during this age in which we live. This becomes increasingly important in times such as these when we find so many around us in fear and dismay. Our unseen enemy is constantly seeking to do harm, create confusion, and draw our attention away from the One who is the object of our life and faith (John 8:44; Hebrews 12:1-3). During this time, I would like to encourage all of us to consider the following things:
Be faithful . . . find creative ways to express your faith to others in your family and community.
Be sensitive . . . to the Holy Spirit as He gives us the insight as to how to minister to others.
Be prayerful . . . for our families, missionaries, church, community, state, and national leaders, and certainly, those nations most affected by this virus.
Be available . . . to serve in ways that the Lord opens up to us.
Be respectful . . . of our leaders and the decisions of those entrusted by the Lord with the care for all those in our community, state, and nation.
 
Note: Check out our Calendar to stay up to date with what is canceled.