As of March 20, 2020
As you may already be aware, last night the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, in an effort to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus issued a statewide order to STAY AT HOME, unless for essential needs such as buying food, getting medications or emergency medical help. (You can find the official order here: https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/ )
While we highly value corporate worship, we also must abide by the laws of the land and we must love our neighbors by doing our part to slow the spread of this virus.
What this means is that- WE WILL NOT BE GATHERING IN PERSON UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. The church facilities will be closed except for emergency use.
What this DOESN’T mean is that we are canceling church. There’s no way anyone could (Matthew 16:18). YOU are the church. We just won’t be able to meet together in the same building for a little while.
We will continue to do our best to lead you to ENCOUNTER-GROW- SERVE even in this new reality we are living in. To do this we will provide you with virtual resources so that you can keep worshiping God and growing in your faith. We will be posting those up on both our website and facebook page in the coming days.
On Sunday at 11 we will be going live on our Facebook page so we can have at least some sense of gathering. While you will be able to watch it at any time after, we encourage you to join in together with everyone else. Messages will also still be posted to our archives.
We also encourage you to get creative with how you can serve. -Call those who you feel may need some type of help or encouragement. -Stay connected to each other. (Send a joke. Write encouragements on our Facebook page.) -Drop off groceries or essential goods on someones doorstep that may not be able to leave their house at all (we are allowed under state guidelines to leave our home if it’s to care for someone in need). -Pray for others, and let them know!
We know these are confusing and perhaps even chaotic times. But we also know who still is in control. Remember, DIFFICULT TIMES ARE OPPORTUNITIES TO TRUST GOD! Let’s show the devil what we’re made of!
*If any of you are in need of food or toiletries, please contact any of our pastors. We do have some limited resources at the church facilities and we could also mobilize others to try and meet the need. Pastor David Rangel’s email is email@example.com Pastor David Halla’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org Pastor Theo Pope’s email is email@example.com