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.





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!





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.



  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。



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.








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.



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。


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.







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.










Church Re-Opening Update #10 教會重啟更新

As we previously mentioned, the timeline for our return depends in large part on the health conditions in Los Angeles County. Since the number of cases and deaths remains unacceptably high, we invited the MBCLA Health Committee to offer guidance to the church as we continue to do our part to stay safe and flatten the curve. We are grateful for their involvement to implement systems and guidelines that will safeguard our church family when the church reopens at the appropriate time.

Church Health Update

With the recent spikes in testing positivity rates and hospitalizations in LA County, the risk of COVID-19 is real. Cases have exceeded 4 million in America, with California currently representing the majority of overall cases (448,000 cases). Among the cases in our state, the overwhelming majority of confirmed cases and deaths have been in Los Angeles County. With months of data now behind us, we understand that this new coronavirus is not the same as the common flu and it will not disappear on its own. With a vaccine many months away, there are simple measures that we can follow to protect ourselves and those around us.

Motivated by a posture of humility, our love of God, an obedience to God’s word, and our call to love our neighbors, we should take every reasonable measure to limit and prevent the spread of COVID-19. We can follow these simple recommendations:

  1. Wear a mask or face covering whenever in public.
  2. Avoid large gatherings and high-risk activities; when necessary, meet outdoors whenever possible and maintain effective physical distancing (6 feet).
  3. Continue practicing proper hand hygiene (washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol). Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unclean hands.
  4. Individuals who are 65 years and older, have compromised immune systems, and/or have serious chronic medical conditions are considered High Risk and are strongly recommended to remain at home. All those living in multi-generational households, please be abundantly cautious to safeguard the elderly living with you.
  5. If you are sick with symptoms related to COVID-19, contact your primary care physician or call 211 (LA County Information line). Schedule yourself a COVID-19 test with your medical provider or visit to locate a testing site. Self-quarantine yourself for 2 weeks if you are uncertain or are awaiting results. In the fall, when both COVID-19 and influenza are co-circulating, testing and contact tracing will be vital.
  6. If you have a true emergency, are experiencing severe symptoms, or need immediate medical care, go to Urgent Care or call 911.
  7. To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 spikes in your area, you may refer to the Los Angeles Department of Public Health website: This site includes non-residential settings, such as workplaces, food and retail stores, that have had a cluster of 3 or more confirmed COVID-19 cases.

The health committee remains committed to updating church leadership with current data and guidance from the County of Los Angeles. May MBCLA’s church community continue to thrive outside the walls of our church building, as we reach out to encourage one another through phone, mail, and all forms of virtual media. We pray that your families experience peace and your hearts be filled with joy in the Lord now and always.





  1. 出入公眾場所一定戴口罩或面罩
  2. 避免參加人數眾多或高風險的聚會;如果必須聚集,如可行,盡量在戶外舉行並保持六尺的社交距離
  3. 以肥皂洗手20秒鐘,或以含60%以上酒精含量的洗手液持續保持雙手衛生,避免以不潔之手碰觸眼睛,鼻子及嘴部
  4. 年過六十五歲,免疫力低,並/或患有慢性病的長者屬高風險族群,請留在家中,不要輕易外出。幾代同堂的大家庭,請特別留意照顧與你同住長者的安全
  5. 如果你已呈現新冠病毒病徵,請立即與你的家庭醫生聯繫,或撥211洛杉磯郡新聞熱線。與你的醫護人員預約時間作新冠病毒測試,或上網至 找尋適當測試地點。當你確診或仍在等待測試結果時,請自我隔離十四天。待今天秋季,新冠病毒跟流感同時流行時,測試及接觸追蹤將至為重要
  6. 如果你的情況極為危急,病徵甚為嚴重,或急需護理幫助,請到urgent care 或打911
  7. 如果你想掌握你的附近新冠病毒比較嚴重的地點,你可以上網洛杉磯郡公共衛生局的網址: 此網址報告非住宅區場所,如公司,餐館,零售店等累積有三個以上確診的名單


Church Re-Opening Update #9 教會重啟更新

With today’s update we will resume describing the church’s milestones in order to resume in-person worship service. We would like you to know that preparations continue so that we will be ready when it is safe to return. As followers of Jesus we are commanded to have a faith that works and we endeavor to accompany our faith in Jesus with appropriate preparations.

One of our milestones concerns the definition and arrangement of a church cleaning plan. Among other arrangements for the physical building, our cleaning plan focuses on maintaining sanitation by regular and reliable cleanings and disinfecting common objects and surfaces.

What is our objective with this milestone?

A regular and reliable cleaning plan is an important step to provide confidence in the health and safety of our building and its physical surfaces. This confidence comes from the understanding that regular and reliable cleaning offers another vector from which to protect health. It supplements our screening procedures and physical distancing measures by preventing the virus from lingering on common items and surfaces.
When you return, we want you to return to a clean church building, trusting that the worship service, bathrooms, chairs, and objects you might handle will be clean.

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

The church has prepared to change the air conditioning filters on both campuses and change the HVAC exchange ratio to have a greater percentage of fresh air in the building. We have defined and implemented office cleaning procedures so that work stations and office items are disinfected after use. These are some of our preparations.

Specifically, with regard to future worship services, the church has arranged for nightly cleaning that includes thoroughly cleaning the bathrooms. High contact areas such as door knobs, hand rails, and elevator buttons will be cleaned multiple times a day when in use. We have also planned for disinfection between services, including such surfaces as microphones and the pulpit area. Finally, some items have been ordered to expedite cleaning and make it more effective, such as handheld sprayers.

What else should members know about this effort?

These preparations alone are not enough to guarantee safety. But they should be understood as part of a larger plan. This plan also relies upon the personal practices of those who return. We would encourage you to complement what the church has prepared by maintaining good practices such as wearing a mask properly and continuously, and being responsive to the volunteers and their directions. You might also consider additional, voluntary preparations such as bringing personal disinfectant, even though it will also be provided at disinfectant stations.











Church Re-Opening Update #8 教會重啟更新

Dear Church Family,

Our preparations for re-opening continue, and we are certain that these efforts will be necessary whether we return to in-person worship soon or further in the future. We want you to know that we continue to work towards re-opening.

We also want to encourage you to maintain personal safety measures. As the pandemic draws on it can be easy to grow weary and loosen our practices prematurely. Please wear a mask when you’re out and minimize unnecessary travels. The number of cases and deaths in LA County is disappointing and it is tragic for the families that are affected, some of whom we know.

As Paul wrote to the Romans, let us rejoice in hope, persevere in tribulation, and be devoted to prayer (Rom 12:12). This reflects the intentionality that we may have at this time. Although we may not feel it in each moment, we are reminded that we have a reason for joy. We also press on, continuing to care for others despite the difficulty of physical distance. Finally, we must remember to appeal to God and intercede for others. Like Moses on behalf of the Israelites, let us seek God’s mercy and His healing hand.