Author: Mag Hung
A Joint Statement from California Leaders in Response to the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force Report
Dear CSBC family,
At the 2021 annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, our extended Southern Baptist family addressed concerns regarding the handling of sexual abuse claims by the Executive Committee and as a result, there was a demand. The demand, from messengers representing our churches, was for transparency and honesty relating to the hurt and pain exposed.
The heartbreaking 288-page report from Guidepost Solutions was made public on Sunday, May 22, disclosing the actions of the Executive Committee of the national Southern Baptist Convention. The abuse brought to light in the report is a cause for us to grieve for those children, women, and men who have suffered sexual abuse. We are saddened by the pain these individuals have experienced. We are disturbed by the manipulation revealed in the report. We take these horrific offenses seriously.
We commit to pray for the sexual abuse task force as they have an important responsibility in responding to the report and bringing necessary recommendations.
Together we mourn with the victims and intercede on their behalf. We ask God for His will to be done. And we pray for wisdom as we move forward continuing to do the work of the kingdom.
English Lead Pastor Search
Church Re-Opening Update #40 教會重啟更新
Beginning on Saturday, March 19, masks will be recommended but not required indoors at MBCLA regardless of vaccination status. We want you to know that you will be welcome with or without a mask, and we hope this notice will enable you to prepare for the change. We also hope to avoid any judgment for wearing or removing masks.
Please note that masks are still preferred and necessary for some of our members. In particular:
- Choirs will remain masked indoors in March by mutual agreement, and will make a decision in the future regarding April.
- Children's ministry will require teachers to wear masks indoors, while children are recommended but not required to wear masks.
- Groups that meet in homes should follow the instruction of their hosts.
Let us also remind you to join our worship service livestream if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or other ailments.
Letter to the Church
The pandemic has been a trying time for us. Some families have had to bury loved ones due to COVID-19. Others have faced changes to their work, education, personal health and family life.
As a church, we recognize that the last two years have also posed a challenge to the way we relate to God and interact with Him. For this reason, we made it a priority early in the pandemic to provide accessibility. Although we longed to gather in-person, we wanted every member to have access to the worship service, prayer meetings, and fellowship groups online. That required the purchase of equipment and licenses, many volunteer hours, and creative, individual efforts such as call-in helpers. We learned a lot, and we are grateful to have been able to provide connection to each other and to God in this way.
As we look to continue restoring ministries in-person, we wanted to pen a letter to communicate the heart and intention behind our planning, and also make a personal appeal. We want to acknowledge some of the reasons why members may not have returned, and encourage you to come out and rejoin us. We want you back in person to worship and serve our Lord together!
Some frequently asked questions you may be wondering about:
- Will the church suspend in-person ministries again? We understand the challenge to change rhythms and mobilize families. Although we cannot foresee the contours of the pandemic in the future, we want you to know that it is our intention to continue resuming ministries in-person, and to restore them permanently. We want to avoid the whiplash of change and uncertainty that it causes, and we want you to know that we’ll be open to receive you when you are ready.
- Is it safe? We want you to know that the church is as safe as our public schools, dining establishments, and other indoor experiences. Some members still avoid all indoor activities, and we invite you to continue to livestream our services. But for those that it pertains to, we want to provide the assurance that returning to church in-person is as safe and normal as resuming other elements of life.
As members of the Core Team that has coordinated the church’s COVID-19 response and re-opening, we are praying for you and we look forward to seeing you again.
Core Re-Opening Team
Pastor Alan Chan, Pastor Daniel Chan, Minister Robert Chan, Pastor David Chi, Pastor Garrett Ho, Pastor Juju Huang, Deacon Will Pih, Pastor David Wang, Minister Ian Yeung, Deacon Richard Yu, and Mrs. Rita Yu.
Church Re-Opening Update #39 教會重啟更新
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
With this update we want you to know that Children’s ministry will resume in-person on Sunday, February 13. We will resume classes at 9AM and 11AM for your children P2 (born before Sept 2018) up to grade 6 in the Education Building.
English Youth Sunday school will also resume on Sunday, February 13.
Additional information will be provided when it is available through worship service bulletins or from your ministry leaders as we resume other classes, groups, and English Youth Worship in-person over the next two months as conditions improve.
Church Health Notice 教會保健通知
Dear MBCLA Family,
We recognize that the everyday risk for exposure to COVID-19 is currently very high. In Los Angeles County alone there were over 43,000 cases reported on Friday. This is why we practice screening and take preventative measures. This is also why we need to regularly evaluate our approach and adapt. For example, we had intended to resume children’s fellowship this week. In light of the rising number of cases we have instead postponed children’s fellowship and transitioned our youth fellowships online.
Please take precautions and monitor your personal health. Even within our church we are not exempt. The church has received notification regarding at least one positive case of COVID-19. In response, we have contacted all known close contacts of the positive case(s).
If you have a positive test result and were recently at the church, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may follow-up.
如果你近日曾來教會，而你的的測試呈現陽性，請電郵至 email@example.com 與教會聯繫，以便跟進。
Christmas Eve Service 聖誕夜崇拜
Please join us in-person or online for our Christmas Eve Service on Friday, Dec 24 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.
The direct link to the livestream is here, or you can visit media.mbcla.org and select the Main Campus stream.
We have a special sing-along together. For practice tracks and other information, please see the Music & Worship page.
你可點擊崇拜直播, 或點擊media.mbcla.org ，選擇觀看正堂直播。
MBCLA Missions Conference 宣道年會 (Dec 3-4)
MBCLA Missions Conference (Dec 3-4)
Please join us in-person or online for our Missions Conference on Friday, Dec 3 at 7:30pm and Saturday, Dec 4 at 9:30am.
Fri, Dec 3, 7:30-9:00pm, MC Sanctuary
Speaker: IMB President Dr. Paul Chitwood
Direct link to Friday livestream from Main Campus
Sat, Dec 4, 9:30-12:30pm, GWC
Speakers: Dr. Paul Chitwood, Victor Hou, & missionaries
Direct link to Saturday livestream from Garfield Worship Center