Church Re-Opening Update #25

We are so excited that MBCLA will have in-person worship services again. As part of this planning, we want to highlight some of the changes to the service to meet both safety standards/guidelines and still have a meaningful and God-honoring service.

What will it look like when we step into the sanctuary?

  • Due to the nature of COVID spreading mainly by aerosols, masks will be worn at all times and families will be physically distanced (6-feet distance).
  • All service elements (Scripture passages, lyrics, and sermon notes) will be projected so there will initially be no physical bulletins, bibles, nor hymnals used.
  • To accommodate more brothers and sisters for the in-person worship, we will reduce the number of our worship leaders, serving teams, and ushers in order to maintain the county’s safety guidelines.
  • In order to give enough time for our volunteers to clean up after the first worship, we will start promptly at 9am (Mandarin and English) / 11am (Cantonese), and conclude worship service within an hour.

How should we prepare ourselves when worship starts?

  • As our Lord taught us, we should be sober and reverent to meet our Lord in spirit and truth.
  • The worship order will be similar to pre-pandemic time with small modifications in order to:
    • Provide a safe distance between worship leaders
    • Take care of both in-person worshipers and those who are attending live-stream online
    • Avoid sharing and cross-contaminating AV equipment
  • We all love to praise God with our voices through reading and singing. Yet, from both research and county guidelines, active singing and chanting indoors will increase the risk of spreading and circulating aerosols. To keep our loved ones safe during worship, we can hum, meditate, and recite song lyrics reverently, joyfully, and excitedly in our hearts as Paul instructed us in Colossians 3:16.
  • An offering box will be near the exit to the worship hall. Instead of passing offering bags, place your offering in the box as you exit.
  • The Lord’s Supper will officially resume on the first Sunday of June (6/6). We pray that the Holy Spirit will humble and prepare our hearts to consume Christ’s body and blood while our Lord is still waiting to celebrate the meal with us in His Father’s Kingdom (Matthew 26:29, Luke 22:18).
    • Ushers will set up pre-packaged elements on a table right outside sanctuary doors for members to pick up.
    • The bread and cup will be taken consecutively with pastoral guidance to minimize taking masks off multiple times.
    • Love offering will not be collected but can be offered in the offering box as worshippers exit.
    • Used elements will be placed in a trash receptacle as they exit.
  • Instead of an altar call, to maintain physical distancing, responses to the sermon and prayer requests will be made online or by phone call.

How should we do after worship concludes?

  • Please do not linger so we have enough time to clean and prepare for the next worship service.

教會重啟更新#25

我們滿心歡喜教會即將恢復實體崇拜。在籌劃重啟時,我們願意與弟兄姊妹們預先分享崇拜過程中起初將有的一些更動。這是因為我們的實體崇拜,不僅是要有意義,而且榮耀神,同時也必須恪守保健標準跟準則。

當我們進入會堂,大致情形將會如何?

  • 由於新型冠狀病毒主要是經由空氣傳播,因此所有與會者都將全時間配戴口罩,並以家庭為單位保持6呎的安全人身距離。
  • 所有敬拜程序(聖經章節,詩歌歌詞,信息大綱等)都將投射在螢幕上,至少在重啟初期將不會備有實體程序單,聖經和詩歌本。
  • 為了使得更多的弟兄姊妹們能夠出席實體崇拜,我們將減少崇拜事奉團隊以及招待人數,以便出席總人數仍然在洛縣保健指南限度之內。
  • 為了方便弟兄姊妹們在第一堂崇拜後能夠有足夠時間清潔場地,崇拜將準時開始:9點鐘(國語堂/英語堂)/ 11點鐘(粵語堂),每個崇拜將不超過一小時。

當崇拜開始時,我們應該如何預備自己的心?

  • 正如主教導我們,當以警醒,存敬畏之心,用心靈和誠實敬拜我們的主。
  • 除了以下數項應變措施之外,崇拜程序與疫情前大致相同:
    • 崇拜帶領人彼此之間將保持安全距離
    • 崇拜過程將同時兼顧實體與會者和在線上參與者
    • 崇拜團隊將不共同使用音響器材避免交叉感染
  • 我們都很願意以自己的歌聲及誦讀聖經來讚美神。然而,根據多處研究結果及洛縣衛生局的指令,在室內歌唱和頌經大大地增加空氣傳播的機率。為了我們親愛的家人的安全,如使徒保羅在哥羅西書3:16裡教導我們的,在崇拜中我們可以用虔誠,喜樂,活潑的心,心被恩感地以哼詩歌的方式,默想及誦讀詩歌來歌頌神。
  • 我們會將一個奉獻箱放置在靠近會堂出口處。在會中將暫時不會以手傳手的方式傳遞奉獻袋收奉獻,請自行將奉獻放入奉獻箱內。
  • 六月份第一個星期天(6/6)教會將正式恢復主餐。我們禱告懇求聖靈謙卑我們的心,預備我們的靈來領受基督的身體和寶血。同時,我們的主正在等待著祂與我們在父神的國度裏,同我們喝新的那日(馬太福音26:29,路加福音22:18)。
    • 招待弟兄姐妹們會將成套的主餐餅杯放置於會堂外的桌上,請會眾自行領取。
    • 為了減少摘除口罩的次數,會眾將依照牧師的帶領,先吃餅,接著喝杯。
    • 愛心奉獻將不分別收取,請將愛心奉獻投入奉獻箱。
    • 使用過的聖餐容器,將由會友們離席時各自投入垃圾箱內。
  • 為了保持安全的人身距離,牧師在信息後將暫時不作呼召,請於線上或以電話方式作出任何對信息的回應和代禱請求。

崇拜結束後,我們有什麼應該特別注意的地方嗎?

為了便利下一堂崇拜的準備跟清潔,敬請直接離去,不在教會逗留。

Church Re-Opening Update #24 教會重啟

As we look forward to the May 2 return of in-person, indoor worship services, we would like to provide information about how to access the worship services and what they will be like. With our update this week we will specifically explain how to reserve a spot, what to expect when checking-in, and what general guidelines we will be expected to follow.

Question: How do we RSVP for worship service?

  1. To make your reservation, please visit the web address that corresponds with your worship service. You will be able to register from Monday at 9AM to Saturday at 12AM each week, or until we reach our capacity. If you need additional help, please contact the volunteer for each language group: Sarah Choo (Mandarin), Peter Meloserdoff (English), and Kay Wong(Cantonese).

Here are the links:

  1. On the event page, click on the large “Register” button to begin registration. First you will choose the number of tickets you are requesting, one for each person. Then you will be asked to provide a name and email for each ticket. You will also be presented with screening questions for each person. If you or anyone in your household has COVID-19 symptoms or answers yes to any of the questions, we invite you to wait an additional week before making a reservation.
  2. Upon arrival at church on Sunday morning, the check-in volunteer will ask for your name and compare it with the ticket list generated from online registration. You do not need to print out a physical ticket.

Question: What will check-in on Sunday morning include?

  1. Check-in opens 30 minutes before each worship service. It takes place at the Woodward Ave. entrance of the Main Campus and at the main entrance of the Garfield Worship Center.
  2. At the entrances, you will be greeted by MBCLA ushers and hospitality team. You and everyone in your household can expect:
    1. Greeting – We are so glad that you’ve come to join us!
    2. Face Covering Check – If you are not wearing a mask, you will be offered one
    3. Temperature Check – Those with temperature <100.4 are welcome to enter
    4. Reservation Check – We will confirm that you have registered in advance for the worship service
    5. Screening Questions – You will be asked the same screening questions from the RSVP process to confirm that answers have not changed
    6. Check-in – Your attendance will be recorded
  3. After successfully checking-in, worshipers will be directed to follow the arrows on the floor to be seated in the sanctuary. Those who have symptoms or otherwise do not pass the screening process will be asked to rest and recover before joining us for a future worship service. Those without reservations will be asked to livestream the service from outside or from their vehicles.

Question: What general guidelines will we follow for a safe and orderly return?

  1. Social Distancing – We will practice physical distance between households when walking or seated.
  2. Mask Wearing – We will wear masks at all times when inside MBCLA buildings.
  3. Minimal Physical Contact – We will provide a QR code to access digital Sunday worship bulletins rather than printed copies, offering boxes instead of bags, and projected lyrics instead of hymnals.
  4. Worship Service Priority – Other ministries will not immediately return. As a result, the church office, children’s building, and classrooms will remain closed until a later date. We invite worshipers to exit directly after the conclusion of the worship service.

在我們一同熱切等待教會於五月二日開始重新恢復實體室內敬拜之際,我們將分享到教會參與實體敬拜所需經過的程序與相關細節。本週的更新裏將詳細解釋如何預訂崇拜座位,到教會報到需完成的步驟,以及需要遵守的保健準則。

問題:如何預訂崇拜座位?

    1. 請至下列各語言組網頁完成崇拜座位訂位。預約時間從每星期一早晨9點至星期五午夜12點,或當座位完全訂完時為止。如果你想要在網上訂位,但需要幫助,請與各語言組同工聯繫:國語堂:朱華玲傳道;英語堂:Peter Meloserdoff;粵語堂:黃兆琪弟兄。

弟兄各語言組訂位網址如下:

  1. 在網頁上,請點擊”Register(登記)”按鈕開始訂位程序。選擇訂位票數,每人一票。每票須輸入姓名及電郵地址。每人需回答新冠肺炎(COVID-19)檢測問題。如果你或你的家人中任何一人有COVID-19病徵或對任何檢測問題作”是”的回答,我們將要求你和你的家人等一個星期,再在網上訂位。
  2. 當你在星期天早晨到達教會時,負責報到的同工會詢問你的名字,並對照訂位名單。你不需要將訂位票打印出來。

問題:星期天早晨在教會的報到程序包括哪些步驟?

  1. 每堂崇拜前30分鐘可以開始報到。報到地點:國語堂在正堂Woodward Ave. 大門進口處;英語堂/粵語堂:嘉惠堂大門進口處
  2. 招待及迎賓小組將在大門口歡迎你的到來。你及你的家人將會經過:
    1. 歡迎問安 - 我們誠摯地歡迎你來到我們中間
    2. 口罩檢測 - 如果你忘了戴口罩,教會將會提供口罩給你
    3. 體溫檢測 - 體溫低於華氏100.4度者可參與崇拜
    4. 訂位核定 - 我們將核定你和你的家人預先已為崇拜訂位
    5. 檢測問題 - 你將再度回答在訂位時已作答的相關檢測問題,以便確定你的回答沒有改變
    6. 報到 - 你的出席將會被記載在教會實體崇拜出席紀錄中
  3. 當你完成以上所述所有報到程序後,將會被邀請按照地板上箭頭所指方向進會堂入座。若在報到時有病癥或未通過檢測程序者,則會被邀請以後再來參與教會實體室內敬拜。至於沒有訂位但來報到者,將會被邀請在戶外或自己的車子裏以觀賞直播的方式來參加崇拜。

問題:為了確保教會的重啟井然有序而且安全,我們應當遵照哪些準則?

  1. 遵守社交距離 - 當走路或入座時,各家保持一定距離(以一家人為單位)
  2. 戴口罩 - 在教會裏的時候,我們將全時間戴著口罩
  3. 盡量減少實體接觸 - 我們將不分發程序單,而是以QR code提供數位崇拜程序單,奉獻箱將取代以往手傳手的奉獻袋,詩歌歌詞將投射在銀幕上,不用詩歌本。
  4. 崇拜以外的事工 - 實體崇拜是教會重啟初期的首要重點,其他事工目前還不會立即恢復實體聚集。因此,教會辦公室,兒童教育大樓及課室都將繼續關閉一段時間。我們要求弟兄姊妹們在崇拜完畢之後,直接立即離開會堂及教會。

 

Church Re-Opening Update #23

In response to the Re-Opening Survey, we would like to announce the May 2 return of in-person, indoor worship services:
  • Mandarin Worship Service: 9:00am, Main Sanctuary
  • English Worship Service: 9:00am, GWC Sanctuary
  • Cantonese Worship Service: 11:00am, GWC Sanctuary
  • Glendora Mission: tbd, FBC Glendora
Those who tune-in will be able to access the livestream for these services through media.mbcla.org. In-person attendance will initially be limited, but we plan to expand capacity, add additional service times and return other in-person ministries after we’ve re-established these worship services. In the coming weeks we will share plans and instructions so that you will know how to reserve your seat and what to expect when you join us in person. Please continue to visit this website for more information:
  • April 16 Update – RSVP; Check-in; What to expect when you arrive
  • April 23 Update – Worship Service Order; How to access the live streams
  • April 30 Update – How to Pray for Reopening
Thank you also for your responses to the survey. We have been readying our technical capabilities for some time and your feedback on the re-opening date enabled us to finalize and announce the date. Here are some results and observations from the survey:

Question: Which best describes your plan for in-person, indoor worship service if they begin on Sunday, May 2?

Thirty-seven percent of those who responded said that they would attend a Sunday, May 2 in-person, indoor worship service. Thirty-five percent indicated that they would wait additional weeks. Twenty-eight percent communicated that it may be a while before returning. We estimate from these responses that interest in the May 2 worship services slightly exceeds our initial capacity, which we have limited in order to accommodate check-in procedures and social distancing. We also recognize that a significant number would like to join later in May and June and we will need to expand capacity to make it possible.

Question: What is your primary reason for waiting additional weeks to return to in-person, indoor worship service?

The primary reason that members gave for waiting additional weeks to return – nearly half of the responses – was to “see how church health and safety guidelines are implemented.” As church staff, volunteers, and attendees this reminds us that others are watching to see how re-opening is conducted. An orderly, safe return will enable others to join us for worship. Some members are waiting for the vaccine. Some members want to make sure that worship service is not overcrowded. Meanwhile some members indicated their desire to prioritize the return of others before themselves given the limited capacity.

Question: What is your primary reason it may be a while before you return?

Those that indicated it may be a while before returning provided reasons for their decision. The largest portion are waiting until more restrictions have been lifted on worship services. A similarly large portion are waiting for vaccination. We also acknowledge those who are unsure about the effectiveness of the vaccine, those who like the convenient option of watching online, and those who are waiting for additional ministries to return like Children’s Ministry. As a church we do not have control over all of these factors but we will work on those factors we can affect so that you may return.
Other Observations:
  • Members asked about outdoor worship service. While the re-opening team prioritized online accessibility and a return to the sanctuary, we have and continue to consider outdoor accessibility as well. In the weeks that follow re-opening we hope to enable outdoor seating at the church.
  • Members expressed interest in expanding our technological capabilities and hiring technical staff. There are growing pains associated with purchasing, installing, deploying and training for new equipment. We appreciate the volunteers who have been involved and the church’s interest in this area. We, too, are interested and exploring options.
  • Members asked what the guidelines will be for worship service and when other groups can return. As we mentioned earlier in this update, we will provide worship service guidelines through a weekly update. Ministries will be restored incrementally but it will take place slowly so that few people are left out when to in-person meetings.

教會重啟更新#23

重啟更新:

  • 國語堂崇拜:教會正堂早上9:00
  • 英語堂崇拜:嘉惠堂早上9:00
  • 粵語堂崇拜:嘉惠堂早上11:00
  • 格蘭朵拉分堂:具體日期時間尚待決定,格蘭多拉第一浸信會

未能來到教會實體敬拜的會友,可經由media.mbcla.org 的崇拜直播,同一時間一起敬拜主。雖然每堂實體崇拜人數起初將會設限,但隨著我們逐漸掌握實體崇拜事工,實體崇拜人數將會調整,適時作合宜的增加,我們也可能增加崇拜堂數,並且恢復某些事工在教會的實體聚集。

在未來的幾週裏,我們將會分享重啟計畫及相關說明,諸如如何預約實體崇拜出席座位,以及到達教會後所需完成程序。請每週持續點擊本網頁閱讀下列更新消息:

  • 4月16日更新 - RSVP 敬請回復;報到;到達教會後的程序
  • 4月23日更新 - 崇拜程序;如何在線上觀看直播
  • 4月30日更新 - 如何為教會重啟禱告

感謝你們填寫了教會重啟實體聚會的意見調查。教會長期以來對於重啟所需相關技能器材多做準備,加上會友們藉著重返調查所提供的意見,幫助我們完成了重啟日期的決定。以下是意見調查的結果及觀察:

問題:如果教會於五月二日重啟室內實體崇拜,您的意向如何?

在所有答卷者中,37%的回答是他們會在第一時間,即五月二日參加室內實體崇拜。35%將等待教會重啟數週後再參加實體崇拜。28%則表示要等一陣子才會回教會崇拜。從這些回答中,我們預測期待在五月二日參加實體崇拜的人數,將會超過教會重啟初期所設定的崇拜人數限制。人數限制是為了配合報到程序及社交距離的實際限制及需要。我們也了解許多會友預期在五月底或六月初重返教會,因此我們必須為逐漸增加實體崇拜人數上限而作完善的準備。

問題:是什麼原因造成您需要等待數週後再參加實體崇拜?

在回答需要等數週後再參加實體崇拜的會友中,幾乎有一半選擇”我需要了解教會如何執行防疫及安全措施後再做決定”。這是對教牧同工,崇拜服事的弟兄姊妹們及參加崇拜的會友一個很重要的提醒:眾人的眼目都在觀看教會是如何重啟的。一個井然有序,安全的重啟會影響到他人也願意心無懸念地返回教會參加實體崇拜。有些人是因為尚待接種疫苗。有些人先要確定崇拜人數不會過多。還有一些人基於重啟起初的人數限制,而願意將機會先讓給別人。

問題:請問”要等一陣子”的主要原因是什麼?

將要等一陣子再回到教會崇拜的會友們也提供了許多會如此作答的原因。最多數的回答是”要等防疫設限減少後再回教會”。另一個幾乎相等數目的回答則是“等待接種疫苗”。我們也注意到會友們各種不同的顧慮及想法,如對於疫苗果效有所保留,或覺得在家線上觀看很方便,以及等待其他事工都能實體聚會才會重返教會等等。作為一個教會,這些不同的因素中,有些是我們無法掌控的,但凡是我們能夠改善的,我們會努力去做,使得更多會友能夠儘快重返教會。

其他觀察:

  • 有些會友問及戶外崇拜。雖然教會重啟團隊到目前為止將主要的資源和精力集中在線上崇拜及實體室內崇拜上,我們也持續不斷地考量戶外崇拜的可行性。在教會重啟數週後,我們盼望也能對教會戶外崇拜座位有所安排
  • 會友們期許教會能增加教會網路影音能力並聘請專職同工。教會在購買,裝置,使用和培訓使用新器材時,確實經歷了許多學習的過程。我們感謝弟兄姊妹們無私的同工參與,以及會友們的關愛。我們了解這項需要,也正在考量評估各種不同的方案。
  • 會友們想要了解與實體崇拜相關的指令,以及其他事工重返教會聚會的時間表。正如我們在此次更新先前所提到的,我們會在每週的重啟更新中提供實體崇拜的相關指令。其他事工將適時安全地重返教會聚會。不過為了使絕大數的人都能重返教會聚會,這將是一項刻意緩慢進行的程序。

Church Re-Opening Update #22 教會重啟

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last week we shared a churchwide survey and asked for your input. Here are initial observations:

  • 280 have responded so far.
  • 39% indicated they will attend the first in-person, indoor service. 33% will wait additional weeks and it may be a while for 28% to return.
  • The primary reason members plan to wait additional weeks before returning is to see how church health and safety guidelines are implemented.

Please consider filling out the survey if you haven’t done so yet. We’d love for it to reflect your plans and expectations. Thank you!

Here are some additional notes:

  1. Reopening Date – We provided a possible re-opening date so that you could evaluate it with us. We will consider your responses, county health conditions, and preparations to finalize it soon.
  2. Worship Capacity – LA County has moved into the Orange Tier but we continue to plan for an initial capacity less than 25%. We want to be sure check-in is smooth and we will increase capacity as we go.
  3. Usher & Check-in Training – For those who are interested to volunteer, the church is hosting a training on April 17. English and Cantonese training takes place at 9am in the GWC. Mandarin training takes place at 10:30am at the main campus
  4. Outdoor Events – The Boy Scouts conducted a safe, outdoor event. If your fellowship group or ministry would like to meet outdoors for an event, please contact your direct pastoral staff member for guidelines.
  5. Office Updates – Office renovation is now underway. Painting and recarpeting begin on Monday. If we do not answer the phone, please leave a voicemail for us. And if you have an appointment at the church, please coordinate with pastoral staff for access or call the phone number posted at the Woodward entrance during morning hours.

親愛的弟兄姐妹們,

上週教會邀請弟兄姐妹們藉著填寫教會重啟調查表來提供你們對於教會重啟的看法。下列為初步結果:

  • 截至目前為止,我們收到280個問卷調查回應
  • 回覆者中39%的人表示他們將在第一時間參加教會室內實體崇拜。33%的人會等幾週,而28%的人則回覆他們準備等一陣子後才返回教會參加實體崇拜。
  • 等待數週或過一陣子才會教會最主要的因素是他們希望先觀察一下教會如何落實因應疫情所作的各項保健措施。

如果你尚未填寫意見調查表,請撥冗填寫。我們深切盼望教會的重啟計畫包涵了你的想法和期望。謝謝你!

此外,下列事項謹供參考:

  1. 重啟日期 – 為了方便弟兄姊妹與我們的共同商議,教會曾發佈一個暫擬重啟的日期。我們會認真地將弟兄姊妹們的回應,洛縣一般健康狀況,及教會重啟準備工作就緒情形均列入考慮,才審慎作出最後的決定。
  2. 崇拜人數 – 雖然目前洛縣已進步到疫情橘色階段,教會仍然準備在重啟之初將出席人數設定於25%以內。因為我們必須先確定報到手續能夠順利進行,日後將會逐漸增加出席人數的限額。
  3. 招待及報到手續培訓 - 如果你有意願參與招待或崇拜報到的服事,請留意,教會將於4月17日舉行一次相關培訓。英文堂和粵語堂的培訓在當天早晨9點鐘在嘉惠堂舉行。國語堂培訓則會在當天早晨10:30在本堂舉行。
  4. 戶外聚集 - 在本教會聚集的童子軍團隊於上週舉行了一次安全的戶外活動。如果你屬的團契,家庭小組或事工希望在教會戶外舉集,請聯絡所屬教牧同工,尋求有關教會戶外聚集指南。
  5. 教會辦公室 - 教會辦公室的重新裝修工程正在進行中。下週一將開始油漆及重新鋪地毯。在工程期間,如果沒有人接聽辦公室電話,請務必留言。如果你與教牧同工有約在教會見面,請事先協調如何進入教會;或在早晨時,可打張貼在Woodward大門外的電話號碼。

Church Re-Opening Update #21

As conditions in Los Angeles County continue to improve, we would like to hear from church members to understand your plans and expectations. Do you plan to join us for our first in-person, indoor worship services? What concerns or considerations do you have with regard to worshiping in-person and indoor?

So that we may hear from you, we have prepared this survey to gather your responses. Only the first two questions are required to submit the survey but we encourage you to share as much as you are willing. Thank you for your help!

教會重啟室內實體崇拜的日子越來越接近,我們希望能了解教會會員對重啟實體聚會的計畫與期待。這次的意見調查您只需要回覆前兩個問題即可提交,但我們鼓勵盡量完整填寫,提供您的看法和意願,謝謝您的協助!

Church Re-Opening Update #20 教會重啟消息更新

Dear Church Family,

We celebrate that Los Angeles County has moved into the Red Tier. The number of cases and deaths has continued to decline and we are grateful for the increasing health and safety of our communities. We pray that the trend continues so that we can progressively restore our ministries in-person.

With so much information to cover, we will again provide weekly updates. With our update this week we would like to provide an overview of some of the elements of our preparations and steps toward reopening.

  • Office – This week we began renovation of our main office. The church received a significant donation of carpet, for which we are grateful. We will therefore re-carpet much of the main campus. Related to this, we are taking the opportunity to fix, organize, and refresh some areas of the building in advance of reopening. There will be some disruption of internal office activity while this takes place, but we hope to open the office and increase hours in coordination with the return to in-person worship service.
  • Worship Service – This Saturday our A/V teams have trainings on our new equipment, which includes cameras and streaming hardware. We will also record our Good Friday and Easter Services in the sanctuary, which will give us practice and test our technical preparations and health protocols. In the weeks to come we will increasingly record from the church and test our streaming quality so that our worship services can be accessible and provide good video quality for those who tune in each week.
  • Other Ministries – Next week the MBCLA Boy Scouts troop will hold a small outdoor event in the GWC Parking Lot. The church developed guidelines for small group, outdoor events and this pilot event will allow us to evaluate the appropriateness of our guidelines and develop a process for other groups to begin to meet. We know that you have all wanted to gather and we hope to enable you to do so safely and incrementally, in keeping with the reopening of other areas of community life.
  • Feedback – Next week we will also provide a survey to hear from you. Who plans to return for our first in-person worship service? What are your expectations? What questions do you have? Etc.

We do not have an exact date for our first in-person worship service. We are working with each language group to find an appropriate date when they will be ready, and our plans remain contingent upon maintaining or progressing in health conditions. But we press forward with training, practice, and testing and we will communicate developments with you as they take place so that you can plan for it.

Would you join us in prayer?

  1. Please pray for the continued decrease in the number of cases, especially as restrictions relax.
  2. Please pray for our training and volunteers, that we might invite more members to be involved, train well, and continuously improve.
  3. Please pray for that God would be glorified through our preparations, relationships, ministries, communication, and dependence upon Him

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,

我們很欣慰地終於盼到了洛杉磯縣疫情由紫轉紅的日子。洛縣近日因疫情死亡和確診人數每日持續減少,為了我們周邊社區健康環境的逐漸改善,我們感謝主。我們求主保守,使疫情繼續改進,使我們得以有秩序及,有計畫地漸次恢復教會各種實體事工。

今天在我們的例行更新中,我們會涵蓋許多項目,特別是在重啟的準備過程中,一些重要的預備和過程。

  • 教會辦公室 - 自本週起,我們開始維修教會本堂辦公室。我們很感恩,因教會日前收到了一批為數甚大的地毯奉獻。因此,本堂大多數地方的地毯將會翻新。也因為如此,我們藉此良機在教會重啟之前,對本堂部份地方作維修,整理,並翻新的工作。當這項工程進行時,可想而知的,教會辦公室的一些例行公事將會受到影響。但是隨著教會重新開始舉行實體面對面敬拜的同時,我們也期盼能重新開放辦公室,並延長對外作業時間。
  • 崇拜 - 教會影音組將於本週六接受教會因應重啟所購置的照相及直播等器材的使用訓練。即將到來的基督受難日及復活節崇拜都將在教會實地錄製。這兩次的實體錄製將提供參與事奉的同工們實地操作並測試我們在器材上的準備,及防疫衛生規程充足與否的機會。在未來的數週內,我們將逐漸增加在教會實地錄製,並測試直播品質,以致會友不僅每週日可以很容易地在網路上參與崇拜,並能享受優質的視頻。
  • 其他事工 - 在我們教會集會的童子軍本週將在嘉惠堂停車場舉行一項戶外活動。教會近日為小組戶外聚集擬定了集會指南,此次童子軍的活動將給我們評估此集會指南之適用性的機會,並協助擬定其他團體將來戶外聚集程序的指標。我們深知弟兄姊妹們期盼早日在教會重新聚集的願望,我們願本著依循社區其他方面重啟的步調,提供會友逐步,安全重聚的機會。
  • 重啟意見調查 - 我們將在下週舉行徵求會友對於教會重啟意見的調查。有哪些會友準備在教會重啟第一時間就參與實體敬拜?會友對教會重啟有哪些期盼?有什麼問題?等等。

目前教會尚未釐定重啟實體敬拜的確切日期。我們正與每一語言組協調,諮商他們預期重啟準備完備的日期,同時我們仍然密切注意並堅持社區健康環境的持續維持或改善成為教會重啟的先決條件。在此同時,我們繼續刻不容緩地為重啟準備工作培訓,練習並測試,我們也將定期與弟兄姊妹們分享我們的準備進度,使會友們能有適當的心理及實體的準備。

為了重啟事工,請與我們一同為下列事項代禱:請為疫情的持續改善,尤其是當許多限制都開始被放寬之時仍能維持或改善而代禱

  1. 請為重啟相關的培訓及參與事奉的弟兄姊妹們代禱,也求主感動更多的會友願意參與服事,培訓順利進行並不斷改善
  2. 請為我們在為重啟所做的一切準備上,我們的人際關係,事工,溝通訊息及凡事對神的依靠上都使神得到榮耀來一起代禱

Church Re-Opening Update #19 教會重啟消息更新

Dear Church Family,

For many months, we have waited for health conditions to improve so that we can resume in-person worship services. It was not illegality of indoor meetings that prevented us but the high number of cases. We planned to resume in-person worship service one month after LA County moves into the Red Tier, since it represents a significant improvement in cases (less than seven daily cases per 100k). For those who have been following the daily case numbers, you know that LA County is approaching that figure and will likely be entering the Red Tier as a county soon. The day that we anticipated is approaching.

With this in mind, we invite the church to begin to think and prepare for a return to in-person worship service. This includes:

  • Praying – Join us to pray for preparations, pray for safety when we meet, and pray for effective shepherding of members no matter where they are located.
  • Responding – Later this month we will release a churchwide survey. Please respond and let us know your expectations, plans, and other feedback.
  • Volunteering – We are interested to hear who is available to join our teams and aid the re-opening effort. Info and opportunities will be shared through the online worship service, this website, and the survey.
  • Following – Stay tuned! Look out for additional information. We will provide updates on the health condition in Los Angeles and important dates to note as they become clear. We will also have instructional information, such as a video describing the process of registration and check-in.

May the Lord be with you and your families!

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,

過去許多日子裏,我們一直耐心等待新冠疫情有所改善,以致我們能恢復面對面實體的敬拜儀式。如你所知,目前我們尚未恢復在教會的聚會,這並不是因為室內實體敬拜是非法的行為,而是由於洛杉磯縣確診的人數持續居高不下。教會計畫在洛縣疫情由紫級進步到紅級的一個月後重新恢復面對面實體敬拜。紅級象徵著疫情的顯著緩和,也就是每天在每十萬人中僅7人確診的階段。如果我們密切注意每日疫情動向,就知道洛縣已逐漸接近這個數目,因此本縣渴望在不久的將來即將進入紅級。也就是是說,我們一直盼望的那天或許很快就要來臨了。

因此,我們請求弟兄姊妹們思考並開始準備如何返回教會,參與實體敬拜,包括下列數點事項:

  • 禱告 - 請與我們同心禱告教會能作完善的準備,求神保守當我們重聚一堂時的安全,也求神賜給教牧同工智慧,能夠牧養在重啟初期以各種不同管道參與崇拜的會友。
  • 回應 - 教會將於本月底舉行全教會有關重啟的問卷調查。請屆時即時參與回覆,並讓我們知道你對教會重啟的期盼,你個人的計畫及其他你提供給教會重啟核心小組參考的意見。
  • 自願服務 - 如果你願意參與協助教會重啟時的相關需要與事工,請讓我們知道。有關重啟自願服務的資訊及需要詳情將藉由網上崇拜,此網頁及問卷調查發布。
  • 關注 - 請持續密切關注!請注意未來發布的與疫情及教會重啟相關的資訊。教會將持續更新洛縣疫情狀態,以及任何即時發布的相關重要日期。在教會重啟前,我們會提供解說性資訊,如,以視頻解釋如何登記參加教會實體敬拜以及敬拜當日報到等程序。

願主與你和你全家同在!

Building Project Update

Dear Church Family,

As we near the completion of the C3 Building Project, we want to thank you for your prayers and support. The contractor is completing final work and then we will begin inspections. This Sunday you can look for a slideshow documenting the progress.

Please join us in prayer for the timely completion of the project, the responsible and effective stewardship of our new facilities, and the gospel impact that it might facilitate within our church and surrounding community!

各位親愛的弟兄姐妹們,

在教會擴建即將完工之際,教會再次感謝弟兄姊妹們的代禱和支持。目前擴建承包商正在做施工完成最後階段的工作, 之後我們就可以開始進行完工檢驗。在要來的主日崇拜中,教會將分享有關擴建工程的一系列圖片。

請與我們一同為擴建工程能夠如期完成,新設施能夠有用有效地被用來拓展神國,以及因著這些新建築結出的福音果效能夠使教會內與周邊社區蒙福而禱告。

Exterior 外觀

Exterior 外觀

Exterior: courtyard 外觀:庭院

Exterior: courtyard 外觀:庭院

Interior: Gym

Interior: Gym 內部:體育館