E-news for July 4-10, 2021


Excerpts from the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We, the representatives of the United States of America, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rightness of our intentions, do, by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states. For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”


Since July 4 is the first Sunday of the month, we have the privilege of celebrating communion together! If you will be joining the service via live-streaming, you are encouraged to prepare in advance.


In the last of our four-part sermon series, we are reminded of God’s unfailing love for his people. God’s covenant to bless his people and to make them a blessing to all nations is still intact. The salvation He promised has now been fulfilled. Through Christ, we are changed and transformed from the inside out! Question: How many people will catch glimpses of Jesus in you today because of His grace overflowing in your actions?


  • Sunday, July 4 – Communion Sunday! Celebrate July Birthdays!                                        
  • Tuesday, July 13 – Leadership Team Meeting!
  • Sunday, July 25 – All (five) churches Sunday!


       From Governor Inslee on June 29, 2021: “Washington has come a long way since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the country was found in our state January 2020, and that is in no small part due to Washingtonians’ dedication and resilience in protecting themselves and their communities throughout the pandemic. Because folks listened to science and stayed home to stay healthy, wore masks and got vaccinated, we can now safely fully re-open our state’s economy and cultural centers after 15 long months.    It hasn’t been easy, but I’m proud of how Washingtonians came together, persevered and sacrificed to fight this virus, and now we’re finally in a place that is safe enough to end this chapter.” Thank you, Midway Family, for enduring the mask wearing, temperature taking, name tracking, social distancing, and even refraining from singing on this long journey through the historic pandemic. May we be prudent moving forward to avoid returning to any of those restrictions. Given that many in our Midway Family have compromising health issues, we will assume that anyone who has not been vaccinated would wear a mask out of love and care for them. Also, any who wish to continue wearing masks as an extra precaution are encouraged to do so. –Ruth Hill, Chair


Fill in the blanks using the words in the box below.

Last Sunday, Pastor Shaun preached on Malachi chapter 3. He brought up the sobering question in verse 2: “Who will be able to ______ God’s judgement?” The Israelites in this passage were quick to ______ at everyone else’s wickedness while failing to see their own. We do the ____ thing! We zero in on, and put a magnifying glass to, others’ wrong-doings but _______ to examine our own. Our response to God’s Word is not much different when we insist on bending, twisting, or reinterpreting it to conform it to our way of thinking. Pastor Shaun __________   a better way: When we come across scripture we don’t understand, just receive it as it is and believe it, because it is the _____ of God!

                     same                  neglect                 endure                suggested                Word               point


Thank you to all who have signed up so far. The list is growing! If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the opportunities…there is quite a variety! “As each part of the Body does its work, the whole Body grows stronger in love.” –Ephesians 4:16  


Question: What do toddlers have in common with those who tried to build the tower to heaven? 

Answer: They all babble


The youth group will continue to meet twice a month throughout the summer! Here’s the schedule so you can put the dates on your calendars. In July, we will meet on Thursdays from 3-5 pm–July 15th and 29th.  In August, we will meet on Wednesdays from 3-5 pm–August 11th and 25th. See you there—bring a friend!


Don’t forget: The 2021 women’s retreat will be held September 17-19 at Cascades Camp in Yelm! If you would like to participate in this healing and rejuvenating gathering with other women from all over the Pacific Northwest, the Cascades Camp staff would love to have you there! [Click Here] to find out more and register.


1. Praise for the leaders in our communities and nations who stand firm as followers of Christ!

2. Continue to pray for safety and wisdom for the first responders in our community.

3. Continue to pray for our nation and world.


July 4:   Rev. Shaun Higgins, Malachi 3:16-4:6

July 11: Rev. Shaun Higgins, 1 Peter 1:1-25

July 18: Rev. Shaun Higgins, 1 Peter 2:1-25

July 25: Rev. Shaun Higgins, 1 Peter 3:1-22


  • The Church Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Office phone number: 206-878-4861 // Office email: office@midwaycovenant.org                     
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service: 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary (or online at live.midcov.org)
  • Children’s Sunday School upstairs at 10:30 a.m.
  • Women’s Discipleship Lunch Group: Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall
  • Men’s Bible Study Breakfast Group: Thursdays at 8:00 a.m. at Tuscany’s in Des Moines