LA County Health Update 洛杉磯郡公共衛生更新

Los Angeles County recently confirmed 5,031 new cases of COVID-19. This is the highest number of daily new cases L.A. County has experienced throughout the pandemic. The county has warned that if the five-day average of cases exceeds 4,500, a Safer at Home Order will be mandated for three weeks. The county and the state are prepared to take additional actions to prevent the infection from spiking further.

We communicate this information in order to amplify the need for caution. The rise in cases is alarming. Hospitals are filling up. The progress we had made in lowering the curve is being threatened. Please pray, practice social distancing, wear a mask, observe the curfew, limit personal gatherings, and consider additional precautions for your health and the health of others. Thank you.

洛杉磯郡近日發布洛杉磯新冠肺炎單日確診人數高達5031人,這是洛郡疫情以來最高單日確診紀錄。洛杉磯郡發出警告,若五日平均每日確診人數超過4500人,則必須下令實施為其三週的居家令。為了預防確診人數持續飆高,加州和洛杉磯郡都已作好實施額外遏阻措施的準備。

教會將上述訊息特為登錄於教會網頁,是為了提醒弟兄姊妹們務必小心防範。確診人數的不斷上升,實在令人擔憂,而我們先前共同努力緩和疫情的成效,目前也遭到威脅。醫院早已人滿為患。請切切代禱,並力行落實社交距離,隨時戴口罩,遵守宵禁,避免與人聚集的場合,以及為了個人及他人的健康,多多考慮其他防範方法。謝謝您!

Church Re-Opening Update #18 教會重啟更新

Dear Church Family,

We are planning to resume in-person, indoor worship service in early 2021. Although Los Angeles County remains in the Purple Tier (i.e. no indoor worship services) with little change in daily cases over the last two months, we are praying that conditions will improve. We also want to be ready when they do.

In order to be ready when the county health order is relaxed, we are planning volunteer training and other preparations. These trainings are for those involved in the worship service, those who provide technical support such as audio/visual and live-streaming, and those helping with new processes like online reservation, check-in, and screening.

Beginning this month, we are shifting focus towards organizing volunteers. We will reach out to our existing teams to see who would be comfortable to return and broaden the invitation to find additional help. If you have been involved in these ministries in the past, please consider whether you would be available. In this significant, whole-church effort, every person matters. If you are interested to serve, we need and welcome your involvement. Please contact your lead language pastor to let us know.

We hope you will join us in prayer for the health condition of our county and for the provision of members essential for a return to in-person, indoor worship services (Mandarin, Cantonese, English, SEAM, and Glendora Mission). Thank you.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,平安。

教會雖預定在2021年初重新開始舉行面對面實體崇拜,然而,洛杉磯郡這兩個月每日確診人數停滯,並無減少,目前仍處於疫情紫色階段(教會實體崇拜屬於此階段禁止活動之一)。讓我們同心為疫情傳播減緩向神祈求禱告。在此同時,我們也致力於為疫情好轉,重啟時的一切所需做好完善準備。

當洛杉磯郡衛生局解除實體崇拜禁令時,教會盼望能即時應對,因此我們現在正在計畫義工訓練項目,並其他準備工作。訓練的義工對象將包括所有參與實體崇拜事奉,提供崇拜時技術性協助,如影音,現場直播等,以及網上實體崇拜預約,崇拜報到及測試等工作的弟兄姊妹們。

自本(十一)月起,我們將重啟準備工作的重心轉移到組織義工的需要上。我們首先會聯絡各相關事工的既有成員,徵詢他們重返教會實體崇拜繼續事奉的意願;同時,我們也會擴大範圍,邀請其他會友參與各項實體事奉。如果你是崇拜相關事工的既有成員,請你對是否願意重返先作審慎考量。在這教會重啟前夕,每一位會友的參與都至關重要。如果你有願意參與事奉的心志,教會十分歡迎也需要你的加入,請與你的語言組牧師聯絡。

教會殷切期盼弟兄姊妹們能為本郡疫情改善及重啟實體崇拜(包括,國語,粵語,英語,東南亞,及格蘭朵拉分堂)所有預備工作忠心代禱。謝謝你們。

Greetings and Church Ministry Update

Pastor Alan provided a personal message to the church last week. Please check out the video above as he offers pastoral guidance to us. And let us renew our personal health practices, strengthen our prayer lives, and seek creative ways to care for one another while we wait for health conditions to improve.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,陳寶聲牧師在上週分別以國語,英語及粵語錄製了一段對教會大家庭的信息。請觀看上面陳牧師帶給我們牧者的關懷與指引的錄影。當我們耐心等待健康大環境恢復常態的同時,讓我們再次注意落實個人保健習慣,強化個人禱告生活,並以創新的方式彼此互相關懷照顧。

Church Re-Opening Update #17 教會重啟更新

We recently communicated that MBCLA will postpone in-person worship service until 2021. The purpose of this decision remains to promote health and safety, demonstrate love towards our neighbors, and focus on present ministry opportunities. We pray for wisdom and the leading of the Spirit in this season.

In light of this development, we also want to inform you about changes to our news updates. We are evaluating the frequency and content of our updates so that we can provide what is necessary and helpful. Rather than weekly updates, we expect to provide updates when we have significant information on progress towards our milestones, changes in the health landscape and guidance, and expectations for re-opening.

We invite your prayers and your feedback as we seek to make the most of this time.

Thank you.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,不久前跟您分享了教會在2021年之後才會重新開始實體敬拜的決定。這項決定是本於對教會會友保健維護的責任,對教會社區鄰舍愛謢與關懷的表彰,並對教會目前事工的聚焦。在此多事之秋,我們禱告,向神求討智慧及聖靈的引領。

因著此項重大決定,我們也將對每週重啟更新作因應改變。為了提供您相關及有用的資訊,我們正在評估未來數月中發布更新的頻率及內容。不同於目前的每週更新,我們準備每當教會重啟關鍵程序完成某一重大進展,公共衛生環境或衛生局指南有任何重要改變,以及教會對重啟預期有所更新時,我們就會利用此空間向您作即時報導。

當我們在這不凡時刻,善用光陰,齊心竭誠為主作工之時,我們誠心邀您,為教會,為自己禱告。我們也歡迎您分享您的意見與想法。

謝謝您。

Church Re-Opening Update #16 教會重啟更新

Last week, we shared the announcement from the MBCLA Staff and Re-Opening Core team. In coming weeks, we will answer questions that you may have related to the announcement and clarify what it means for our ministries at the church. Before doing so, we will finish explaining the milestones for re-opening that we introduced on June 26 and have since worked to implement.

The final milestone regards screening procedures for those who attend in-person worship service. These procedures must be defined and prepared.

What is our objective with this milestone?

A dependable screening process is required in order to share an expectation that those worshiping together in-person do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19 and have not been recently exposed. While our reservation system and other preparations contribute to health and safety (e.g. staying within capacity, maintaining physical distancing, etc.), it is also important that we separate those who have or may have COVID-19.

What has the church done or planned in order to meet this milestone?

The church has developed guidelines for welcome and screening, placed informational posters and signs at the entrances, purchased hand sanitizers and contactless thermometers, and set up a reservation system.

When we are able to return to in-person worship, you can expect to be greeted at the entrance. A volunteer will next confirm your reservation and check for a face covering. He or she will offer you one if needed, as well as offer hand sanitizer. Your temperature will be taken and you will indicate your responses to the printed screening questions in order to enter. These questions relate to symptoms (e.g. fever, difficulty breathing, cough, flu-like symptoms, loss of taste or smell, nausea) and exposure (e.g. contact). Then you will be invited to join us inside for worship service!

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,上週我們已經跟各位分享了教會教牧同工及教會重啟核心小組對於教會重啟時間表的決定。在未來的幾週,我們將會就會友們對此決定所提問題作答,並說明此決定對教會事工的任何影響。您或許記得,從六月二十七日開始我們就與弟兄姊妹們逐項分享有關重啟的七項關鍵程序。在本週的更新裏,我們願意與您報告教會重啟關鍵程序的最後一項。

此關鍵程序與實體敬拜參與者的初步測試有關。我們已釐定此程序之細節,準備工作業已完成。

初步測試關鍵程序的目標
為了達到參與實體敬拜者都不具新冠病毒症狀,也未曾在近期內與病毒感染者有過接觸的理想,教會必須有一份可靠的初步測試程序。我們的預約系統及其他準備工作促進實體崇拜者參與環境的公共衛生(如:維持在安全參與人數限度之內,保持身體安全距離等),同時,將那些患有,或可能罹患新冠病毒者分辨出來也同等重要。

教會到目前為止在這項關鍵程序的準備進度
教會業已完成迎賓及初步測試指南,教會進口處已放置相關資訊海報及標誌,購置洗手液及無接觸體溫計,並完成崇拜預約系統。
當我們能夠重返教會,參與實體崇拜時,將會有招待在教會進口處歡迎您。隨後教會義工需確認您的崇拜預約,並請您配戴口罩參加崇拜;如果您沒有口罩,義工會贈送一個給您。如果您需要用洗手液,教會進口處也會有預備。接下來,義工會量您的體溫,您需書面回答與新冠病毒病徵有關的初步測試問題(包括,熱度,呼吸困難,咳嗽,疑似流感的症狀,暫時失去味覺或嗅覺,噁心等等),以及可能接觸到新冠病毒的問題(例如,直接接觸,旅行所到之地,等等)。等您完成這些程序後,就可安心步入會堂參加崇拜。

Church Re-Opening Update #15 教會重啟更新

Dear Church Family,

The MBCLA Staff and Re-Opening Core Team recently decided to postpone in-person worship service until 2021. We want to thank you for your patience and understanding. We were hopeful to return sooner but the persistently high number of cases in Los Angeles County prompted us to reassess our timeframe for return.

By way of explanation, here are three primary reasons for this decision:

  1. Safety – Were we to offer in-person worship service, we know that many members would return. Out of an abundance of caution, and the weight of responsibility for the spiritual and physical health of our members, we believe postponing in-person worship service is necessary to keep you safe.
  2. Love of Neighbors – We have a charge to seek our city’s good, the welfare of the place in which we are located. We want to demonstrate by our actions that we love our neighbors, that we only want their good, and that we will consider their spiritual and physical health as well. We believe postponing in-person worship service is necessary for our positive presence and effective witness in the community.
  3. Proactive Planning – The possibility of a near in-person return offered the alluring hope of normality. But the reality is that we have no control over the daily new cases of COVID-19 or other complicating factors (e.g. seasonal flu). We believe postponing in-person worship service is necessary to shift our focus to our online ministries and distanced interaction. Rather than wonder week-to-week if we will return, we can be proactive in our waiting to reorient ourselves toward our mission and more fully develop our present ministries to shepherd and support you.

Please understand that we have come to this difficult decision in an effort to glorify God through the stewardship of what He has provided. We understand that this will be a disappointment to some and we pray that you will thoughtfully consider the reasons for this decision, so that it may be our decision together as church.

Preparations for in-person return continue. We continue to monitor the health condition of the county with the hope that the spread of COVID-19 will abate. And we join together with you to make the most of our opportunities at this moment in history.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,教會的教牧同工以及教會重啟核心小組近日共同決議,將教會重啟實體崇拜日期延至2021年。教會對弟兄姊妹們的耐心和諒解深表感謝。雖然我們一直期盼能在短期內重啟教會,然而洛杉磯郡的確診率持續居高不下,促使我們必須重新思考重啟的時間範圍。

這項決定是基於下列三項主要考量:

  1. 安全:我們相信一旦教會重啟,定有許多會友在第一時間回來教會參加實體崇拜。教會以十二萬分的小心謹慎,背負著維護弟兄姊妹們屬靈及身體健康的責任,因此我們深信必須將教會重啟實體敬拜的時間表延後來保護大家的安全。
  2. 愛鄰舍:我們同時也肩負著為教會所在社區求益處,促進當地居民的福利和健康安樂的責任。我們願意以行動來活出我們愛鄰舍的生活目標,讓他們看出我們只求他們的益處,我們也重視,維護他們的屬靈及身體的健康。我們相信為了教會在社區裏維持正面的形象以及有效的見證,我們別無選擇,必須延後重啟及舉行實體面對面的崇拜。
  3. 積極的策劃:教會如在近期即將重啟,固然可帶來接近恢復常態的希望。然而,事實上每天新增COVID-19確診人數,以及其他如流感等變素,都不在我們掌控之中。我們深信,當我們決定延後重啟的同時,我們可以將注意力集中於線上的各項事工,以及遠距離的肢體交通,關懷。如此一來,我們可以免於時時分心於是否下週將是教會重啟的時刻,而能在這段等待的時期,專心重新聚焦於教會的使命與異象,致力於發展目前的事工,能夠更有效率地牧養,關顧弟兄姊妹們的需要。

親愛的弟兄姐妹們,相信您們會了解,教會所作這個不容易的決定是為了藉著神所賜給我們管家的職份來榮耀神。我們了解這項決定會令我們中間有些會友失望,我們請求也祈願在您們仔細思考上列因素之後,會同意而使之這延後重啟的決定成為我們共同的決定。

對於面對面重啟的所有相關預備工作,我們將不鬆懈,會繼續努力。我們也將持續關切洛杉磯郡的公共衛生情況,期盼COVID-19確診人數日漸減低。我們祈願與弟兄姊妹們同心在此歷史時刻,把握契機,竭誠為主。

Church Re-Opening Update #14 教會更新

The next milestone concerns the worship service plan. The church is responsible to define, prepare, and communicate the changes to worship service in order to ready members to return.

What is our objective with this milestone?

Our objective with this milestone is to have a safe, meaningful, and God-honoring in-person worship service. The service will comply with county guidelines and we plan for it to remain accessible online through live-stream.

We must also effectively inform the congregation of changes to the worship format in advance. This will contribute to awareness and observance for those who return.

What has the church done or planned in order to meet this milestone?

Planning toward this milestone has focused on two areas: liturgy and logistics.

Liturgy – The church has identified changes to the order of service to promote safety while worshiping. Baptism will be pre-recorded off-site and shared and celebrated in service. Singing will also be pre-recorded, in compliance with state guidance for places of worship to “discontinue indoor singing and chanting activities.”

Logistics – The in-person worship service is being engineered for minimal contact. There will be changes to bulletin distribution, offering collection, and communion sharing to minimize touching common surfaces and objects. We will also maintain physical distancing of 6 feet for seating in the service. Related to logistics, the church has purchased live-stream equipment in in order to improve the quality of online viewing.

What else should members know about this effort?

We seek to comply with present state and local guidelines. If and when these guidelines change, we will adapt to meet them. As a result, the items above may be amended in the future.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,教會重啟另一關鍵程序有關於崇拜方式。在會友們重返教會參與實體敬拜之前,教會將負責策定,籌劃並將任何崇拜方式的改變事先通知會友們。

崇拜方式此關鍵程序的目標為何?
此關鍵程序的目標旨在確保重啟後的實體敬拜必須是安全,有意義並榮耀神的崇拜。崇拜方式必須合乎洛杉磯郡的指令。在重新舉行實體敬拜的同時,我們也將繼續以現場直播方式提供不能親身蒞臨的會友在線上參與崇拜的機會。

我們也必須在再度舉行實體崇拜之前,清楚地向會友們說明崇拜的方式,如此,參與的會友能在事前就已有心理準備,當重返教會時能恪守所有新的保健規則。

教會到目前為止為達到此關鍵程序的目標已完成的策定或籌劃為何?
為達到此目標,教會主要注意下列兩方面:禮儀和流程。

禮儀:為了確保會眾平安,教會已更改修正某些崇拜程序。在可見的將來,浸禮將不在教會舉行,全程錄影,在崇拜中與會友一同分享,一同獻上讚美。為了謹守加州政府指令,即所有崇拜場所“停止所有在會堂裏唱詩和唸經的活動”,詩班獻詩也將事先錄製。

流程:實體崇拜的流程旨在維持與人保持最低接觸狀態。為了減少會友碰觸公共設施表面及物品到最低點,崇拜程序單的發放,奉獻的收取,聖餐的分派方式都將有所更改。崇拜時的座位也將維持六呎社交距離。為了改善崇拜直播的品質,教會也已更新購買了現場直播的器材。

除此之外,會友們對這項關鍵程序還需要知道一些什麼?
教會力求完全遵守加州及洛杉磯郡的所有相關指令。當這些現有指令有所變更時,教會既有的策劃也會作相關的調整。因此,我們有可能更改上述所提事項。

Church Re-Opening Update #13 教會更新

The next milestone concerns worship service registration and check-in system. In order for the church to guarantee that our attendance is in compliance with the limits placed on indoor, in-person worship services, we will require members to reserve their place and check-in on a first-come-first-served basis. It is important that the reservation and check-in systems are accessible and equitable so that all members can sign up regardless of computer resources or experience.

What is our objective with this milestone?

Our objective with the milestone is to be able to generate a list of expected attendees for the worship service by having attendees register weekly for events. Attendees will be screened and checked on site so that we can maintain allowable numbers in the worship service as mandated by the county.

What has the church done or planned in order to meet this milestone?

The church evaluated options for reservation and decided to use Eventbrite, which integrates with other church systems such as the check-in system. We are currently testing the reservation system’s integration with the check-in system to make the process as smooth as possible. We are also purchasing hardware to have adequate check in locations.

We have been working to define our expectations, guidelines, and check-in process. We are also working on updating our church’s directory for use in the reservation and check-in system and process.  We expect to complete our testing of the reservation system by the end of August.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,教會重啟的關鍵程序之一是崇拜註冊及報到流程。為了確保教會重啟時舉行的實體敬拜人數符合洛杉磯郡有關室內面對面崇拜人數的限制,教會將要求會員預約,並在到達教會時完成報到的流程。當我們策劃這項關鍵程序時,我們的期盼是所有會友,不論是否擁有電腦,或是否懂得使用電腦,都將能夠輕易地預約和報到。

預約制度此關鍵程序的目標為何?
我們的目標是能夠根據會友每一週的預約,每週都有一份更新的實體敬拜出席名單。參與實體敬拜的會友在到達教會後將接受初步檢視(測量體溫),並完成報到流程,教會因此可以確保出席總人數維持在洛杉磯郡規定合法出席人數的範圍之內。

為達成此關鍵程序,教會到目前為止的進度
教會在評估了不同預約制度之後,選擇使用能與教會電腦系統,如兒童主日學的報到系統相鏈接的Eventbrite。我們目前正在測試 Eventbrite與教會既有報到系統的鏈接,並添購多台報到器材,以便利會友完成報到流程。

我們已開始為此關鍵程序釐清目標,指南及報到流程。為了將來的預約及報到流程有完整正確的相關資料,我們也正在更新教會會員名錄。教會預期在本(八)月底前完成預約程序制度的測試。

Church Re-Opening Update #12 教會重啟更新

The next milestone concerns attendance tracking. Our congregations have taken attendance in various ways over the years in order to shepherd our members better. Attendance enables us to note those who are absent, in order to provide them a phone call. Our preparations to return to in-person worship service give us a reason to revisit attendance in order to further develop it and standardize it for the church.

What is our objective with this milestone?

We intend to track attendance through a unified check-in system for all language groups. We also plan to gather and maintain updated contact information for attendees. Taken together, this will allow us to assist the county in contact tracing if necessary.

What has the church done or planned in order to meet this milestone?

One of our re-opening subcommittees has evaluated multiple options for attendance tracking. They ultimately chose an option that integrates with our church’s existing systems and provides robust Chinese language support.

We have begun to purchase equipment for the check-in system and plan to test the system soon, with an expected completion date by the end of August.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,接觸追蹤是教會重啟預備工作中一項重要的關鍵程序,而出席登記是促成教會接觸追蹤能力的工具之一。教會在過去多年曾以不同方式收集弟兄姊妹們的每週崇拜出席紀錄,以便有效地牧養會眾。我們可以電話問候方式,關懷因種種原因無法參與崇拜的弟兄姊妹。在我們預備重啟教會,為實體崇拜作各項安排的時候,我們將會利用這個機會,統一教會各語言組收集出席紀錄的方式。

接觸追蹤(出席登記)此關鍵程序的目標

如前所述,教會準備發展一套適用於全教會每一語言組的出席登記制度。我們也計畫收集並即時更新出席者的連絡方式以備不時之需。這些資訊將能幫助我們,在需要時,能有效地協助洛杉磯郡從事接觸追蹤。

截至目前為止,為了達到出席登記這關鍵程序的目標,教會的進度

重啟核心小組在評估了多種出席登記方案之後,已選擇其中之一,將與教會現行系統接軌。此制度具中文協助能力。

我們已開始購買出席登記器材,在近期內將展開測試,預期於本(八)月底完成。

Church Re-Opening Update #11 教會重啟更新

Another milestone that our church needs to meet in order to resume in-person worship service relates to our facilities. In a previous post we explained how cleaning will take place and mentioned other considerations related to our facilities such as air quality. Here we would like to explain additional ways the physical building will be adapted to mitigate health risks.

What is our objective with this milestone?

We hope to provide clear, visible directions for those that return so that entering, worshiping, and departing may take place in an orderly and safe fashion. This includes clear and visible signage, conveniently placed sanitizer stations, and a thoughtful implementation of physical distancing.

What has the church done or planned in order to meet this milestone?

Our team has mapped the traffic flow for Sunday worship and begun to place arrows on the ground to outline the path. Members will enter through the main entrances and walk directly to the worship service. Departure will take place by another route, exiting through separate, side doors. Rooms that are not in use will be inaccessible.

We have also marked seats in the worship service so as to maintain physical distancing. Pursuant with county guidelines, we also plan to mark parking spaces with cones in order to maintain physical distancing in the parking lot as well. We have considered common surfaces and objects at risk for handled by multiple people without disinfecting. Objects that can be removed, such as hymnals and pens, have been placed in storage.

Sanitizing stations have been purchased. Sanitizer refills have also been ordered, so that the stations can be reliable and available for use.

What else should members know about this effort?

We are currently focused on preparing our facilities for in-person worship service. Other usages are currently outside of our scope as we work towards the initial re-opening. We expect future iterations and changes in order to accommodate Sunday school and fellowship groups, for example. There will be future changes to provide a space for discussion and interaction. However, we have not yet planned for congregating and socializing, and ask church members initially to be deliberate as they enter and exit, so that we minimize contact outside of service and between language groups for health reasons.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,在教會再度舉行實體崇拜之前,我們需要作足準備,確保教會設施的安全性。前幾週的更新中曾提到教會正在為重啟作各種準備,如教會的清潔消毒程序,以及室內空氣的品質。今天,我們會說明教會也將如何以其他方式來加強教會的保健措施,以期減低會眾的健康風險。

教會設施這關鍵程序的目標為何?

為了使重返教會的會眾參加實體崇拜時,能夠安全又有秩序地進出教會,我們計畫用明顯,易懂的方法指引大家當走的單行路線,包括安放很容易看得到的指示標誌,洗手液放置在容易拿到的地方,以及確保社交距離。

教會設施安全這項關鍵程序目前的進度

負責此項程序的同工們已完成進出教會的流程,並已開始在地上以箭頭規劃進出教會的單向指標。會眾將從教會正門進入,直接去到崇拜地點。崇拜完畢,會眾將從另一出口離開。崇拜之外的空間,如辦公室,教室等在重啟之時,將暫不對會眾開放。

崇拜的座椅也將有特別標識,座位隔離,以確保參與會眾的社交距離。為了遵守洛杉磯郡對於新冠病毒安全的指南,我們也預備就教會停車場的停車位予以適當的標識及隔離來保持社交距離。我們考量到會眾可能接觸到未經消毒的實物表面或物體所可能帶來的健康風險,因此已將如詩歌本及原子筆等物件從會堂中取出,存放於儲藏室。

為了便利重返教會的會眾隨手消毒的需要,教會已購買消毒小站,並已訂購補充消毒液,屆時會有充足的供應。

除此之外,弟兄姊妹們對於教會設施的準備,還需要知道些什麼?

目前我們的準備籌劃僅限於重啟實體崇拜部分,其他在教會的聚集尚未列入考慮。我們預期將來會繼續規劃跟修正以便如實體主日學,團契等的重啟。在未來的更新中,我們將會對任何的改變作第一時間的說明。基於保健的考量,崇拜重啟之初,會眾將無法聚集,彼此問候。因此,即使來到教會,我們將懇請會眾小心謹慎地進出教會,不論是在會堂裏或教會外停車場,都將人與人之間的接觸保持在最低點。