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.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,教會重啟核心小組及委員會的工作正在持續進行中。我們深信不論是在不久的將來,或是需要隔一段時間之後,我們能再次在教會崇拜之前,目前所作的準備工作都是必須的。盼望弟兄姊妹們了解,教會將不間斷地為重新面對面崇拜策劃準備。

由於新冠疫情的積時累日,我們很可能會掉以輕心,所以在此再次提醒弟兄姊妹們,務必警醒防範來維護自己及他人的健康。請出門時一定戴口罩,儘量減少進出公共場所。洛杉磯郡近日確診及死亡人數的持續上升令我們憂心,而那些因疫情受到影響的家庭,其中一些是我們所熟悉的,他們的遭遇我們感同身受。

由正如保羅教導我們的,讓我們在指望中要喜樂,在患難中要忍耐,禱告要恆切(羅馬書12:12)。這節經文指教我們在此特殊時期所需要用心去作的事。雖然我們也許並不總感覺到,然而,我們若思想,總有喜樂的理由。即使在實踐社交距離的艱難時刻,我們更需齊心努力,持續關顧他人。最後,我們必須記得向神祈求,為他人代禱。正如當年摩西為以色列人的代求,讓我們一起向神求討憐憫和祂大能醫治的手。