Church Re-Opening Update #5 教會重啟更新

It has been three months since we began streaming our worship services. We long to return to in-person worship services and we are pleased to communicate the milestones we have developed in order to do so.

Question: What are MBCLA’s milestones in order to resume in-person worship service?

The core team, with its facility and worship service subcommittees, has defined seven milestones to chart our progress toward resuming in-person worship service.

  1. Physical building adapted to mitigate health risks (e.g. signage, disinfectant stations)
  2. Cleaning plan defined and arranged (e.g. disinfecting between services)
  3. Screening procedure defined and prepared (e.g. screening questions, contactless thermometers)
  4. Internet bandwidth expanded and reliability improved (e.g. upgraded service, new wiring)
  5. Attendance tracking (for contact tracing) defined and tested
  6. Reservation system defined and implemented
  7. Modified worship service plan defined, prepared, and communicated

In future updates we will provide details and progress toward these milestones. We will also continue to monitor the health landscape in our state and county. We are concerned by the increase in cases and deaths and will be praying for recovery metrics to improve. We pray that our neighbors in the community return to health.

各位親愛的的弟兄姊妹們,轉眼之間,教會以線上崇拜為每週敬拜的方式已三個多月了。我們深知許多人都盼望能夠早日重返教會,恢復面對面的崇拜。教會重啟核心小組在本更新中向各位報告,他們為教會重啟所作的準備工作,以及目前已開始策劃釐定的關鍵程序。

問題:洛杉磯國語浸信會為重啟教會已策劃釐定了哪些關鍵程序?

隸屬於教會重啟核心小組的教會設施及崇拜委員會已釐定了下列七項關鍵程序為重啟教會面對面崇拜作具體的準備。

  1. 教會設施 (facility) - 修整教會建築及設施以期減低健康風險,如加設標誌,消毒小站等
  2. 清潔消毒 (cleaning) - 已策畫並釐訂清潔消毒程序,如在兩堂崇拜之間進行全面消毒等
  3. 初步檢查 (screening)- 已策畫並釐訂初步檢查程序,如初步檢查問題,購買零接觸體溫測量計等
  4. 線上性能 (capability) - 已增加互聯網頻寬及其可靠性,如已將服務等級升級,線路更新等
  5. 接觸追蹤 (tracking) - 已策劃,釐定並已完成測試出席者追蹤程序
  6. 出席預約 (reservation) - 已策劃,釐定,完成預約系統程序
  7. 崇拜方式 (format) - 已策劃,釐定“修正式”有關崇拜各方面的方式

在未來的更新中,我們將提供有關這七項關鍵程序詳細的即時進度報告。在為重啟作準備的同時,我們也會負責任地持續關注加州及洛杉磯郡的疫情發展現狀。我們關心近日洛杉磯郡再度回升的確診及死亡人數,為疫情復原指標能夠得到改善,向神祈求禱告。我們也為周邊社區得以回復到正常的健康狀態向神禱告。

MBCLA Statement on Racial Injustice 洛杉磯國語浸信會種族不公聲明

We, the Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles, recognize that every person is created in the image of God with equal dignity and worth. This biblical truth informs our disposition toward others, guides our interactions, and galvanizes us to pursue a more just society.

Therefore,

We condemn racism, which values some groups over other groups. This is incompatible with Scripture and unwelcome at MBCLA.

We acknowledge that racism exists in society today. We further acknowledge that it exists in the church, since all men and women are fallen by nature.

We recognize racism within social institutions and structures, since sinful men and women lead and shape these systems. Christians are called to address and foster change in these systems from a biblical perspective.

We oppose racism in all its forms. In this way, we follow Jesus’ example of loving and protecting the devalued, outcast, and oppressed.

We firmly hold that racism is a spiritual problem. While social reforms address the effects of racism, only a spiritual solution provides true reconciliation and lasting peace. Salvation and victory over sin are found only in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We continue to value grace, mercy, and forgiveness as we promote diversity and inclusivity. God created a diverse world and brings all people groups to Himself. We join God in His mission, practicing the values that God commends.

We also stand in agreement with this statement from denominational leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention and offer this document as a more thorough and biblical explanation of our position.

洛杉磯國語浸信會種族不公聲明 (國語)

洛杉磯國語浸信會種族不公聲明 (粵語)

洛杉磯國語浸信會承認人人都是照著神的形象被造,每人都被賦予同等尊嚴與價值。此聖經真理主導我們對人的態度,指教我們與人相處的方式,並敦促我們致力追求一個更公正平等的社會。

因此,

我們譴責將任何一族群看為高於另一族群的種族歧視。洛杉磯國語浸信會拒絕接受種族歧視,因為它不合乎聖經真理。

我們承認種族歧視仍然存在現今的社會裏。我們更進一步地承認,因為人墮落的天性,即使在神的教會裡也存在著種族歧視的問題。

我們知道因為以人的罪性所主導建立的社會制度和體系,種族歧視存在於社會架構中。基督徒蒙召從聖經的角度面對並改善這些制度。

我們反對任何形式的種族歧視。在此準則下,我們遵循主耶穌基督的榜樣,愛護並保護所有被歧視者,社會邊緣者及被奴役者。

我們堅信種族歧視是一屬靈問題。社會改良誠然可針對種族歧視的後果加以改善,然而只有藉著屬靈的方式,才能帶給社會真正的和好,和諧和持久的平安。唯有在耶穌基督的福音裏才能得到真正的救贖和戰勝罪的轄制。

在我們推廣多元化和包容性的同時,我們持續高舉神所教導我們的恩惠,恩慈和寬恕。神所創造的是一個多元化的世界,他要將各種人種都歸回到他面前。我們參與神的聖工,將他的命令在我們的`生活中活現出來。

我們也贊同由美南浸信會眾牧者領袖對種族不公所發佈的聲明,並附上本教會就此問題所書更深入,並以聖經為本的聲明文件

Church Re-Opening Update #4 教會重啟更新

Much of our focus with regard to re-opening has been on the Sunday worship service. However, there are additional elements to consider. Re-opening also includes the church office, weekday programs, and other ministries. As a church we are progressing in those areas as well. For example, the church office has been open on a limited basis since Monday, June 8th and we would like to describe our present arrangement.

Question: What is the present arrangement for the church office and what can I expect if I visit?

The office is open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to Noon. A secretary and two staff members are on site to answer phones or help with specific needs. The most common reasons that members presently visit the church is to pick up a devotional or drop-off offering. On some occasions, members may make an appointment to meet with a pastor on site.

Here is what you might expect:

  • Please use the Woodward Ave. entrance. The buzzer will indicate to the office that you have arrived.
  • Come prepared with a facial covering and observe physical distancing.
  • Most interaction will take place in the Woodward lobby; access to the rest of the building is limited.

Staff members are required to follow office procedures. This includes taking a temperature before entering the building. Some volunteers may begin to return by arrangement for tasks that can only be completed at the church. In such cases, volunteers are required to comply with employee procedures as well. We hope that these measures will promote health and mitigate the risk of infection.

These are our temporary arrangements. We miss our vibrant, personal interactions and the sounds of activity throughout the building. Please join us in praying for the health of our surrounding community and the future time when we can fully return to the building and interact with one another.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,截至目前為止, 教會發布有關重啟的更新大都與主日崇拜有關。當然,除了主日崇拜之外,還有許多的地方需要列入考慮及策劃之內,包括教會辦公室,週間聚會及聚集以及其他事項,我們也已開始做相關準備。例如,自6月8日起,教會辦公室已開始作限時限點開放。在這次的更新中,我們將較詳細地解釋教會辦公室目前的作業規劃。

問題:教會辦公室目前是以何種形式向會眾開放,當我去教會辦公室時,我該如何預備?

教會辦公室目前每週一至週六早晨9時到中午對外開放三小時。教會的一位秘書及兩位職員在此時段會在辦公室接聽電話,並為教會會友的所需提供幫助。教會會友最常見需要到教會辦公室的理由包括,拿取靈修材料或親自送奉獻。偶爾,有些會眾與某位牧師有約,在教會見面。

當您抵達教會時,您需要:

  • 使用Woodward Ave 的大門。請按門鈴讓秘書知道您造訪的理由
  • 請戴口罩,並保持身體距離
  • 絕大部分的時間,您只會在進門處短暫逗留,除非有特殊原因,教會其他部分地方目前仍對外關閉。

教會職員需遵循教會辦公室防疫程序,包括在進入教會建築前必須先量體溫。教會的一些志願者可在經過安排後,返回教會作必須在教會才能完成的事工。在這種情形下,志願者與教會員工一樣,必須遵守教會職員的防疫程序。我們切盼這些程序能夠使我們保持健康,減少被感染的機會。

上面所述是教會目前暫時的安排。我們想念與會友們的互動,以及教會各種的活動。請與我們一同向神祈求,保守我們周邊社區的健康,以及將來我們重返教會時,與弟兄姊妹們的團契。

Church Re-Opening Update #3 教會重啟更新#3

Thank you again for completing the re-opening survey. The total responses we have received is 683, an outstanding and substantial number. It represents half of our weekly attendance and communicates your feelings, expectations, and risk tolerances as individuals and families. It reflects your love for the church and desire to congregate together. While there is a margin of error, the results of the survey are clear and helpful.

Question: What did we learn from the church re-opening survey?

  1. Attitudes toward returning to a worship service at church were cautiously optimistic. 25% would return at first opportunity. 44% plan to wait several additional weeks. 31% responded that it will be quite a while before they return.
  2. Responses were well distributed among congregations. We received a balance of responses from English (25%), Mandarin (48%), Cantonese (18%), Glendora (5%), and SEAM (4%).
  3. People of all ages responded. The largest group was 50-69 (41%), followed by 30-49 (29%) and 70+ (19%). The age group most interested to return immediately was 50-69 (32% indicated a return at first opportunity).
  4. Our congregations are flexible. Responses the English congregation indicated 78% willing to worship at a different time. 60% of Mandarin and 62% of Cantonese congregations are willing to worship at a different time as well.
  5. You communicated your expectations for church preparations and children’s ministry arrangements.
    1. 75% expect children’s hands to be sanitized on entry.
    2. 73% expect teachers to wear face coverings.
    3. 68% expect children to wear face coverings.
    4. 69% expect doors to be propped or otherwise touchless.
    5. 59% expect clearly marked one-way foot traffic.
  6. We also realize that we won't enjoy the physical company and fellowship of some members for a long time. 51% will wait until most physical distancing guidelines are lifted, and there were a number of write-in responses indicating that a vaccine would need to be available for those individuals and families to feel safe to return.

We want to thank you again for your responses. 183 people took the time to add a personal comment at the end of the survey, in addition to the other write-in remarks. We are reading and taking your thoughts into consideration. When we release a reopening plan or timeline it will not suit or satisfy everyone, but we are doing our best to take everyone into consideration.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,再次感謝您們填寫了教會重啟線上調查表。我們一共收到683份,也就是說,每週崇拜總人數的一半都參與調查。這誠然是一可觀的數目,清楚說明了弟兄姊妹們對教會重啟的看法,期盼,以及願意承受多少因重啟所可能帶來的風險。弟兄姊妹們踴躍地參與問卷調查,也表明了對教會這大家庭的愛和對重聚一堂的嚮往。即使我們將誤差範圍列入考慮,調查結果仍然勾畫出會眾清晰的看法,為重啟策劃提供極大助益和導向。

問題:教會重啟意見調查的結果提供給我們哪些心得?

  1. 教會重啟時,會眾將採取謹慎小心的態度。答卷者中將近四分之一(25%)表示他們願意第一時間重返教會;超過四成(44%)選擇在重啟初期之後數週才會返回教會;而將近三分之一(31%)則表示,他們會在很長一段時間之後才會重返教會。
  2. 各語言組都踴躍參與。英文堂答卷者佔總數的25%,國語堂48%,粵語堂18%,格蘭朵拉5%,SEAM 4%。
  3. 答卷者涵蓋各年齡層,其中最多者屬50-69歲(41%),其次是30-49歲(29%),70歲以上(19%)。50-69歲年齡層也最積極願意重返教會,答卷者中將近三分之一(32%)表示第一時間即刻重返教會的意願。
  4. 我們教會的弟兄姊妹非常願意與教會配合。英文堂的答卷者中,有將近8成(78%)表示願意在不同時段參加崇拜;國語堂和粵語堂各6成左右(60%及62%)。
  5. 至於對教會重啟以及兒童事工的準備工作,您表達了以下的期盼:
    1. 75% 兒童們在進入教會時雙手會接受消毒
    2. 73% 老師們會戴口罩
    3. 68% 兒童們將戴口罩
    4. 69% 教會的門將被撐開,或不需用手打開
    5. 59% 教會裡標誌明顯的單向通道
  6. 我們也了解到,有許多的會員會在很長的時間之後,才會再回到教會與我們作面對面的團契。半數(51%)答卷者表示,他們將等到社交距離指南大致撤銷之後才會重返教會。在書寫的回答中,也有許多答卷者表示他們要等到新冠疫苗問世之時,才會安全地重返教會。

我們再次感謝您們的回應。答卷者中有183位在問卷結尾附加個人意見,目前我們正在仔細閱讀並考量。當我們公布教會重啟計畫及時間表時,我們深知它們將無法達到每一位答卷者的理想,然而,我們一定將所有意見都納入考慮之列。

Church Re-Opening Update #2 教會重啟更新 #2

Thank you for completing the re-opening survey. Your responses have exceeded our expectations! We have received over 550 responses to date and have begun to study what you shared and consider your thoughtful, personal messages. We will leave the survey open for additional responses for those who have yet to take it.In future posts we will offer the results of the survey and a general plan for church re-opening. For now, here is a provisional graphic to give a sense of the responses.
Church Reopen Survey ResultsQuestion: How will the church ensure that its preparations are comprehensive?

The church re-opening team formed two smaller groups to study and recommend changes. One group focuses on worship service, which includes elements of the service, physical distancing, technology, and so on. The other group focuses on the physical building, which includes signage, cleaning, and so on. These groups are hard at work consulting with professionals and other church committees, evaluating the situation, and finding solutions.

These groups promote compliance with LA DPH guidance for places of worship.
Instruction from the county spans six pages and includes:

  1. Workplace policies and practices to protect staff health;
  2. Measures to ensure physical distancing;
  3. Measures to ensure infection control;
  4. Communication with staff, visitors and congregants; and
  5. Measures to ensure equitable access to critical services.

Please pray for us, and for these two working groups in particular, as we seek God’s wisdom in our planning. Thank you!

各位主內親愛的弟兄姊妹們,謝謝您們踴躍地填寫教會重啟意見調查表。截至目前為止,我們已經收到了550多份,這實在是超過我們所求,所想的!我們已經開始仔細研讀您們的答覆和所填寫的個人意見。如果您還沒有機會填寫,請點擊重啟線上意見調查提供教會您個人的想法。

在未來的更新中,我們將公布調查結果,並分享教會重啟策畫方案。根據目前初步550多份調查的結果,我們準備了下列圖解,供您參考。Church Reopen Survey Results

教會重啟核心小組現分為兩個工作小組,積極研究並提供改善建議。其中一組負責與崇拜有關的各項事宜,以及身體距離的考量,科技的需要,等等。另一組負責教會設施安全,包括標誌,清潔衛生的加強,等等。此二工作小組正分別與專家學者,教會各事工委員會商討,評估現狀,以便擬訂解決對策及方案。

核心小組針對教會重啟所擬訂的策劃方案將完全遵照洛杉磯縣公共衛生局為宗教場所公布的重啟規定。此衛生主管令共六頁,涵括以下五個關鍵領域:

  1. 為保障工作人員健康而制定的工作場所政策和措施
  2. 保持身體距離的措施
  3. 確保感染控制的措施
  4. 與工作人員,訪客及會眾溝通
  5. 確保公平獲得重要服務的措施

請在教會重啟這件重大的事項上為我們禱告。當我們在策劃重啟的每一步路上,尋求神的智慧時,請特別為這兩個工作小組代禱。感謝您。

Church Re-Opening Update #1 教會重啟更新 #1

The church will provide an update each week on Friday to offer information regarding re-opening. Please subscribe to this page and look for these updates in order to pray and prepare! Information will relate to the church’s general re-opening plan as well as specific measures as they are formalized and implemented.

Question: How is MBCLA approaching re-opening?

The church has formed a re-opening team in order to answer this question. We plan to take a deliberate and measured approach so that we can proceed in full compliance with local health official orders and informed by input from church members.

The Los Angeles Department of Public Health defined a five-stage reopening process based on risk. We are currently in Stage 2, in which low risk businesses are able to open. On Tuesday, May 26, LA DPH provided guidance for faith organizations to resume modified in-person worship services. They also updated their re-opening protocols for workplaces and created protocols for places of worship. We are currently reviewing these documents.

To aid our planning, we invite church members to fill out this survey. Questions relate to Sunday service, fellowship groups, and children’s ministry. We hope to understand the feelings and expectations of our members in order to craft, communicate, and implement an informed re-opening plan that fits the church. Your participation is appreciated.

May God bless you and keep you!

洛杉磯國語浸信會將於每星期五提供有關教會重啓的更新消息。請鎖定本網頁,為教會重啓相關事宜代禱並作準備。每週教會重啓更新內容將包括教會一般重啓計畫及已制定的或將啟動的指定項目。

問題:洛杉磯國語浸信會(教會)準備以何種方式重啟各種面對面活動?

教會已成立一重啟核心小組。我們將在經過深思熟慮之後,以審慎態度執行重啟的各個階段。我們將恪守本地衛生單位的相關指令,並參考教會會員的意見,步步為營地逐步漸進。

洛縣公共衛生局(LA DPH)以風險為準,設定重啟的5個階段。我們現在是在第2階段,只有屬於低風險的商業可以公開運作。5月26日,也就是本星期二,LA DPH 頒布了對宗教機構修正性面對面崇拜的指南。同時,該局也更新了他們對工作場所重啟的協議,並頒發宗教崇拜場所的重啟協議。教會目前正仔細研讀這些文件。

為了幫助我們更了解弟兄姊妹們的期盼,教會邀請各位填寫此線上意見調查。調查項目包括主日崇拜,各團契家庭小組,及兒童事工。我們盼望能充分了解弟兄姊妹們的想法,以致在重啟的每一階段,能將之歸納在策劃,溝通和執行的每一企劃步驟中,使重啟的過程能夠符合教會的需求。因此,請您務必填寫此調查表

求主賜福與您,保護您。

Greetings and Church Ministry Update

陳寶聲牧師 - 在疫情中的問安 (4/23/2020) (國語)

陳寶聲牧師 - 在疫情中的問安 (4/22/2020) (粵語)

The church office will be temporarily closed to comply with the California Stay at Home order. If you need assistance, please call (626) 692-5751 or email info@mbcla.org.
教會辦公室將暫時關閉,以符合“加州留在家中”的命令。 如果您需要幫助,請致電(626)692-5751或發送電子郵件至info@mbcla.org。

Sunday service will continue to be streamed on Facebook at the same links. Come and join us at online at the regular hours, or view the videos anytime afterwards!
主日崇拜將繼續通過“臉書”相同的鏈接, 請按時在線上加入我們,或者之後隨時觀看視頻!

  • English Live-Stream 英語堂崇拜線上直播 on Sundays at 9am
  • English SEAM Service posted on Saturdays at 6pm 英語堂 SEAM 崇拜周六晚6時上傳
  • Mandarin Live-Stream 國語堂崇拜線上直播on Sundays at 9am
  • Glendora members and Mandarin Youth are encouraged to tune in to the Mandarin Live-Stream. 請格蘭朵拉分堂弟兄姊妹觀看「國語堂」的直播崇拜
  • Live-Stream Instructions 線上直播應用指南
  • Mandarin Sunday School Online Classes 國語主日學線上課程
  • Cantonese Live-Stream 粵語堂崇拜線上直播 on Sundays at 11am
  • Cantonese Sunday School Jun to Aug Online ClassesOnline Videos & How to join 粵語堂6月-8月網上主日學: 視頻, 線上課程一覽及線上参與指南.
  • MBCLA weekly Children’s Ministry Bible lesson video 國浸週間兒童事工課程影片 (age 2 – grade 6; 2 歲到6年級)
  • Donation by check can be mailed to the church office (payable to MBCLA, send to: 110 West Woodward Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801), or Online Giving as detailed below:
    Easily give one-time or regular donations using these steps:
    1) Enter the church website “www.mbcla.org
    2) Click the “Online Giving” button
    3) Click the “Create Profile” button
    肢體奉獻可郵寄支票(抬 頭:MBCLA)到教會辦公室(110 West Woodward Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91801),或用 網上奉獻 Online Giving,詳情如下:
    可以在網上簡單易行奉獻,並可 設定自動轉賬來定期奉獻,即使外出,也可使用網上奉獻。只需按照 以下簡單步驟:
    1)進入教會網站『www.mbcla.org
    2)點擊『網上奉獻』按鈕
    3)點擊『Create Profile』按鈕

Good Friday and Easter Service

Please join us Friday, April 10 at 7PM for our Good Friday service. The links will be posted on each congregation’s Facebook page. On Easter Sunday, April 12 we will have our Easter worship services at 9AM, with links posted on each Facebook page as well. We look forward to celebrating Jesus’ finished work on the cross together!
Additional updates:
  • Church office will be closed until further notice. Please contact (626) 692-5751 for assistance.
  • Masks are still available from the church for health professionals, and non-surgical face coverings for church members. Please call to arrange.
在4月10日,本週五晚上7點,教會將在網上舉行耶穌受難日崇拜。4月12日,網上復活節崇拜,將在9點舉行,請大家準時參加。鏈接將會公佈在各語言組的臉書網站上。讓我們一起慶祝耶穌在十字架上完成祂的工作。
其他更新:
  • 教會辦公室將會關閉直到進一步通知,若需要任何協助請電話聯絡(626) 692-5751
  • 身為衛生工作者的教會弟兄姐妹,可至教會領取口罩。教會亦提供給會員非手術性的口罩,請提前打電話安排領取