Voter Information 投票資訊

One of the opportunities of citizenship in the United States is participation in the electoral process. Each November we cast our votes for many elected offices and a number of important propositions. As a church, we encourage eligible voters to cast their vote. Each active voter should have received a ballot in the mail. Alternatively, information on polling locations is available on the Secretary of State website in English and Chinese. They also provide a voter guide in English and Chinese for those who would like to be more informed.

For those seeking a conservative Christian perspective, we recommend the FRC Action Presidential Voter Guide, the AFA Action Voter Guide, and the CRI Voter Guide. These are just a few resources to help you make a decision about whom and what to support as we seek to glorify God and care for our families and neighbors. As we vote, let us trust that God is sovereign and that He will accomplish His plan of redemption.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,如果您具有美國公民的身份,參與選舉程序是身為公民的特權也是義務。每年的十一月,我們會為許多公職候選人及法案投票。洛杉磯國語浸信會鼓勵具有美國公民身份的弟兄姊妹們務必履行此義務。每一位登記了的合法選民應該已經收到今年的選票。此外,加州州務卿的官方網站有以英文中文標識的各個投票所的所在點。如果您想要對選情有些基本了解,該網站也備有英文中文的選民指南。

如果您想要了解從保守派基督徒的觀點來審視此次選情,我們建議您參考以下網站FRC Action Presidential Voter Guide, AFA Action Voter Guide, CRI Voter Guide2020 年加州提案分析與推薦。當我們思考該投給那些候選人,贊成哪些議案,而且藉著投票能夠榮耀神並兼顧我們的家人和鄰舍,這些網站以及其他許多資源能夠幫助我們作出合適的選擇。當我們投票的同時,讓我們堅定地信靠神在掌權,他也必成就他的救贖計畫。

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 #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 #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。

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 https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ 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: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm. 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.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,如前所述,教會重啟的時間表主要取決於洛杉磯郡的健康狀況。由於近來每日新冠病毒確診病例及死亡人數屢創新高,我們邀請教會的健康委員會提供會友們一些防疫指南,我們可以遵照實行,不僅保持個人健康,也幫助減少,減緩病毒的傳播。我們對健康委員會為預期教會在適當時機重啟時,策劃實施了各種系統和指南以保持屆時教會大家庭的健康安全,表示感謝之意。

教會保健更新

由於最近洛杉磯郡新冠病毒測試確診比例及入住醫院人數的飆高,讓我們再度看到新冠病毒的危險是不可輕視的。全美已有超過四百萬人確診,目前加州確診人數是全國第一,達四十四萬八千人。而在加州,絕大部分確診者以及死亡人數都來自洛杉磯郡。疫情幾個月下來,我們有足夠的數據顯示這新冠病毒絕非一般流感,它也不會一天忽然消失。照目前看來,疫苗至少要在幾個月後才會問世,在等候的同時,有一些簡單的準則我們可以實行來保護我們自己以及周邊的人。

本於基督徒謙卑的本份,對神的愛,對神話語的順服,並耶穌要我們愛人如己的命令,我們應當盡一己之棉力,防止和杜絕新冠病毒的傳播。下列幾點建議供各位參考遵循:

  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 https://covid19.lacounty.gov/testing/ 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:http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm. 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

教會健康委員會將持續忠心地將洛杉磯郡所頒布的各種有關新冠肺炎的數據及指南即時報告給弟兄姊妹們。願洛杉磯國語浸信會的會員即使在教會外也繼續以電話,郵件,各種社交網路互相關懷,持續在主裏成長。願神祝福你和你的一家平安,並在主裏常常喜樂。

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.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,在本週的重啟更新中,我們將繼續向各位報告有關教會重啟關鍵程序的進展。我們之所以不斷地作準備工作,目的是為了當疫情緩和到可安全回教會作實體敬拜時,教會可以立即響應,等待會友們的到來。作為耶穌的門徒,我們所受的教導是信心理當有相稱的行為,因此,我們致力於以合宜適當的行動活出對耶穌的信心。

教會重啟關鍵程序之一是有關教會清潔消毒計畫的定義和方式。在我們對教會建築物因應疫情安全所準備的諸多安排中,清潔消毒程序著重於對公眾可能接觸到的物體及表面,以經常又可靠的清潔和消毒來提供衛生的環境。

清潔消毒關鍵程序的目標為何?

我們相信一個經常又可靠的清潔消毒計畫,能夠增強弟兄姊妹們對教會建築物及其所有實體表面的衛生和安全的信心。這信心來自於對於經常又可靠的清潔程序提供維護衛生又一層保護的了解。除了初步檢查體溫,保持身體距離之外,經常又可靠的清潔程序杜絕病毒滯留在任何公共物體及表面上的可能。

當你重返教會時,我們願意你所回到的是一所清潔衛生的教會,而你也能相信你所參與的崇拜,教會的洗手間,座位,和你所可能接觸到的物件體表面都是清潔的。

教會到目前為止都已準備了那些項目以期達到此目標?

教會目前已策劃完成的項目如下:我們已籌備更換本堂及嘉惠堂冷氣機的過濾器以及調整暖通空調(HVAC)的通風率,使更高比率的新鮮空氣進入室內。我們已制定並已實行教會辦公室的清潔程序,所有工作間及辦公室用具在每次使用後,都進行消毒。

至於將來的實體崇拜,教會將在每晚進行清潔,包括徹底清潔教會洗手間。在使用期間,我們會頻繁地清潔許多經常被接觸到的地方,如門把手,扶手,電梯按鈕等。我們也預備在兩堂崇拜之間作消毒工作,包括麥克風跟講台的所有表面。為了能夠即時有效地達到清潔的目的,我們已加速預購了許多清潔物品,包括手持噴霧器等。

除此之外,還有什麼是我們應該知道的?

光是教會的這些預備是無法保證所有人的安全的。然而,它們確實是一個更大,更詳盡的計畫中的一部分。而重返教會的會員們個人的衛生習慣,也是不可或缺的一環。除了教會的準備,我們懇切地請求各位克盡一己之力,共同維護個人及公眾的健康,如正確地,持續地戴口罩,與義工們配合,遵照他們的指令行事。雖然在教會裏的消毒區也將提供消毒液,你甚至可更進一步,自行攜帶消毒液。

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。