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

The Practice of Lord’s Supper

In worship services on January 3, Pastor Alan explained that the church will continue to wait for in-person worship services before restoring the practice of Communion. He offered three reasons from the staff: (1) to honor the observance of the Lord's Supper as a community, (2) to recognize this time of lament for the church, and (3) to remind us that we live in between Jesus' comings. May we continue to personally remember Jesus and His atoning death on the cross, looking forward to the time when we can celebrate and memorialize it together!

陳寶聲牧師在1月3日的崇拜中再度告訴我們,教會將會繼續等待,直到恢復實體敬拜時,才舉行主餐。他解釋說,教牧同工所作的決定是基於下列三個原因:(1)我們當以群體共同敬拜的方式共守主餐;(2)對於現今是教會一同哀傷的時刻的認知;(3)我們所處的時代是在基督降臨之間的時刻的提醒。讓我們每人持續默念靜思耶穌以及他為代贖我們的罪而死在十字架上。我們期待能再度一同紀念主恩的日子的到來。

MBCLA End of Year Update 洛杉磯國語浸信會歲末感言

Dear Church Family,

We have entered the twilight of 2020. As we end the year with a celebration of Jesus, our Savior who sympathizes with the human experience, let us look toward the New Year with optimism and hope.

As you know, the current health condition of Los Angeles remains critical. We continue to see high numbers of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. The current peak has far exceeded the previous. As a result, our church office, which had opened for limited tasks, has returned to essential operations only. Also, our re-opening timeline has been set back, since we will not resume indoor, in-person worship service until LA County is firmly in the Red Tier. Why, then, do we have hope?

  • We hope because we can still make progress. Although external situations are out of our control, we can conduct ourselves with grace and faith in response. We can form teams, prepare ourselves, and come together as a church to be ready when we are able to worship together in-person. Language pastors have been encouraged by church members who have volunteered to help with ushering, check-in, audio, video, and other roles. If you are interested, please let them know!
  • We hope because health conditions will improve. Although cases are increasing, progress toward the general availability of a vaccine – possibly multiple vaccines – holds the promise of an additional means to suppress and combat the pandemic. Alongside the cultural acceptance of masks, the practice of personal hygiene, and restrictions on businesses and gatherings, we expect that health conditions will improve. And we pray for the frontline workers and others who will immediately benefit from the additional protection.
  • We hope because good things are ahead in 2021. Every good gift comes from the Father of Lights and we trust in His character. We look forward to recording an increasing number of elements of the worship service from the church sanctuary to provide familiarity and utilize our new equipment. In the future, we look forward to recording full services at church, and later, streaming them live as we take steps toward an in-person worship service. We expect the new building will be completed in the first quarter of the year. Our children’s ministry will be able to relocate from the basement to the new classrooms. We look forward to a deacon ordination, by which we can affirm those who have completed their training and demonstrated faithfulness. Every day is a grace of God and we have much to look forward to.
  • We hope because we see Jesus in our members. We have observed sacrificial love toward one another – calls, deliveries, prayer, and personal involvement. Your flexibility evidences a dependence on the Spirit. Your resilience reflects the call to persevere. Your giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Offering shows a heart for God’s work around the world. And the presence of God in your lives, through relationship with Him and the development of spiritual practices, has been clear in the absence of old habits and former routines.
  • We hope because Jesus gives us hope. We do not live out our faith to its fullest extent but Jesus is there in our weakness. He reminds us that salvation is based on His work and not our works. He allows us to celebrate grace as we encounter it rather than accumulate the shame of mistakes and transgressions. We have comfort by belonging, knowing whose people we are, and trusting that the God of history is bringing about His good purposes and plan.

Would you join us in praying for this New Year?

Heavenly Father,

We are weary but you remain able. You are our refuge in times of trouble. You are our strong tower. As we end the year by celebrating Jesus, would you help us to look to Jesus for hope in the New Year? Would you help us to see, experience, and engage Your presence as we live for You?

We pray that you would bless us and keep us. Would you make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious to us? Might You lift up Your countenance on us and give us peace? We pray this in Jesus’ name.

Amen.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們:

2020年已進入尾聲。屆此歲末年終時節,當我們紀念體恤我們在世為人面臨各種經歷際遇的主耶穌基督,我們的救主,讓我們一同充滿盼望地迎接新的一年的到來。

洛杉磯縣的疫情的嚴峻至今有增無減是不爭的事實。我們不斷地見證到確診,入院治療及死亡人數的屢創新高。目前的數據遠超過稍早的最高點。教會辦公室在作局部性開放之後,因此又再度回到僅僅執行必須性作業的狀態。此外教會先前所策劃的重啟時間表也受到影響,因為我們必須等到洛杉磯縣疫情從紫級進步到紅級才能開始重啟室內實體崇拜。既然如此,我們為什麼還有盼望可言?

  • 我們有盼望,因為我們仍可不斷地加強準備。雖然外在環境似乎不在我們掌控之下,我們仍然能從容不迫,滿有信心地回應。教會會眾人同此心,組織起來,一同準備,當時機成熟時,可以立即重啟教會實體崇拜。各語言組的牧師們都為多位弟兄姐妹們志願參與重啟實體敬拜時各項服事,如招待,報到,影音等所需而被激勵,滿心感謝。如果你也有參與服事的意願,請直接與你語言組的牧師聯繫。
  • 我們有盼望,因為假以時日,公共衛生情況必會好轉。雖然目前疫情仍然嚴重,然而一種,甚或多種新冠病毒疫苗的問世意味著在抗疫之路上又增添了一種抑制,或抵擋此大傳染的方式。隨著戴口罩被眾人接受為日常習慣,加上個人衛生的落實,公眾及私人聚集的限制,我們相信公共衛生情況必然會好轉。我們也特別紀念每天在第一線上努力工作的人們,祈禱他們的健康因著注射疫苗而立即獲得更多的保障。
  • 我們有盼望,因為許多美事將在2021年成就。我們知道所有恩惠都來自於眾光之父,我們相信神的屬性。首先,我們盼望利用新的影音及網路器材,在教會裏實地錄製多項崇拜環節,以增加實體崇拜的氛圍。接著,我們預計將會在教會裏錄製整個崇拜;再下一步,我們將作崇拜直播,直到我們可以重啟舉行實體崇拜的那日。教會的擴建預計將在2021年第一季正式完工。兒童事工的課室將從本堂地下室喬遷至嶄新的教育大樓內。我們也將舉行執事按立儀式。所有完成執事訓練並恆常殷勤事奉的實習執事,將被按立為正式執事。每一天都是主所賜的恩典,我們舉目望前,心裡充滿了盼望。
  • 我們有盼望,因為我們的弟兄姊妹活出耶穌的樣式。在疫情中我們目睹弟兄姊妹們藉著電話彼此問安,關顧日常所需,代禱和個人關懷所表現的捨己的愛。你們隨機應變,適時的愛心流露出依靠聖靈而活的生命。你們的順應情勢是靈裏老練的表現。你們對慕拉第聖誕獻金的慷慨奉獻,代表著你們對神普世宣教大使命的不二心意。雖然多月來,我們無法繼續一些既有的教會傳統跟崇拜常態,然而藉著眾人與神的個人關係及屬靈操練的進程,神與我們的同在都在在向我們顯明。
  • 我們有盼望,因為耶穌賜給我們盼望。因為我們的軟弱,我們無法將信心完全活現出來,但是在軟弱中,耶穌與我們同在。他提醒我們,是祂,而不是靠我們的努力,成就了救贖大工。耶穌容許我們感謝祂所賜給我們無限的恩惠,而不再紀念那因個人的過犯和罪愆所累積的羞辱。因著知道我們屬誰,是誰的子民,也因為信靠歷史的神將成就祂美好的旨意,我們因此得到安慰。

現在你願意加入我們為新來的一年同心禱告嗎?

親愛的天父,
我們雖然困頓,但在你沒有轉動的影兒。在患難中,你是我們的避難所。你是我們的高台。在年終歲末,當我們紀念耶穌時,求你帶領我們在耶穌裏看到新年的盼望。當我們為你而活的時候,求你讓我們看到,經歷到你的同在,並在靈裏常常享受你甜美的交通。

我們懇求你祝福並保守我們。求你的臉光照我們,賜恩給我們。求你向我們仰臉,賜給我們平安。我們禱告是奉耶穌基督的聖名。阿們。

LA County Health Update 洛杉磯縣(洛縣)健康狀態更新

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Significant changes to county health orders have recently been made. We do not intend the church to be a primary outlet for such information, but we would like to bring attention to this health order to promote awareness.

LA County has provided a health order that corresponds with California’s Limited Stay At Home Order. The LA County Temporary Targeted Safer At Home Order is in effect until 11:59pm on December 20.  This order is the reason that local restaurants have suspended outdoor dining. It further states:

All persons within the County Public Health Jurisdiction must stay home, except to travel to and from Essential Businesses, to work at or provide service to a Healthcare Operation or Essential Infrastructure, to work at, perform or obtain services from an Essential Governmental Function, to engage in Essential Activities, or to participate in permitted individual or household activities while practicing social distancing. 

A summary of the LA County order can be found here.

In the past four days we have seen a large number of cases: 5014, 5150, 7593 and 5987. Hospitalizations have similarly surged. Although our participation on its own may not have a large impact, we pray for a community effort to reverse the trend.

各位親愛的弟兄姐妹們,雖然教會並非地方公共衛生更新傳播的主要管道,但由於近日新冠疫情的再度嚴峻,促使洛縣衛生局發布新的相關指令,教會願意藉此篇幅,提醒大家不僅對之有所認知,且同心協力一同遵守,一同防疫。

洛縣所頒布的局部居家令與加州政府日前已實施的居家令吻合,目前此局部居家令暫定將實行至12月20日的午夜11:59為止。由於此居家令的實施,洛縣餐館戶外餐飲因此暫停營業。此外,局部居家令要求所有洛縣居民除了以下情形之外,需居家不得外出:

  • 進行”必要工作”
  • 在醫療衛生機或必要基礎設施工作或提供服務
  • 在/從政府機構提供/獲取必要功能
  • 參與必要活動
  • 在恪守社交距離情況下參與政府認可之個人或家庭活動

請點擊查看洛縣局部居家令英文概要在過去四天內,洛縣確診病例高達5014,5159,7593 和5987。入院治療人數也相對地正在增加中。雖然我們教會會友共同的防疫努力,也許從總體來說可能微乎其微,然而我們仍然鼓勵弟兄姊妹們每人都盡一己之力,維護社會的共同安全。

LA County Health Update 洛杉磯郡公共衛生更新

Los Angeles County recently confirmed 5,031 new cases of COVID-19. This is the highest number of daily new cases L.A. County has experienced throughout the pandemic. The county has warned that if the five-day average of cases exceeds 4,500, a Safer at Home Order will be mandated for three weeks. The county and the state are prepared to take additional actions to prevent the infection from spiking further.

We communicate this information in order to amplify the need for caution. The rise in cases is alarming. Hospitals are filling up. The progress we had made in lowering the curve is being threatened. Please pray, practice social distancing, wear a mask, observe the curfew, limit personal gatherings, and consider additional precautions for your health and the health of others. Thank you.

洛杉磯郡近日發布洛杉磯新冠肺炎單日確診人數高達5031人,這是洛郡疫情以來最高單日確診紀錄。洛杉磯郡發出警告,若五日平均每日確診人數超過4500人,則必須下令實施為其三週的居家令。為了預防確診人數持續飆高,加州和洛杉磯郡都已作好實施額外遏阻措施的準備。

教會將上述訊息特為登錄於教會網頁,是為了提醒弟兄姊妹們務必小心防範。確診人數的不斷上升,實在令人擔憂,而我們先前共同努力緩和疫情的成效,目前也遭到威脅。醫院早已人滿為患。請切切代禱,並力行落實社交距離,隨時戴口罩,遵守宵禁,避免與人聚集的場合,以及為了個人及他人的健康,多多考慮其他防範方法。謝謝您!

Church Re-Opening Update #18 教會重啟更新

Dear Church Family,

We are planning to resume in-person, indoor worship service in early 2021. Although Los Angeles County remains in the Purple Tier (i.e. no indoor worship services) with little change in daily cases over the last two months, we are praying that conditions will improve. We also want to be ready when they do.

In order to be ready when the county health order is relaxed, we are planning volunteer training and other preparations. These trainings are for those involved in the worship service, those who provide technical support such as audio/visual and live-streaming, and those helping with new processes like online reservation, check-in, and screening.

Beginning this month, we are shifting focus towards organizing volunteers. We will reach out to our existing teams to see who would be comfortable to return and broaden the invitation to find additional help. If you have been involved in these ministries in the past, please consider whether you would be available. In this significant, whole-church effort, every person matters. If you are interested to serve, we need and welcome your involvement. Please contact your lead language pastor to let us know.

We hope you will join us in prayer for the health condition of our county and for the provision of members essential for a return to in-person, indoor worship services (Mandarin, Cantonese, English, SEAM, and Glendora Mission). Thank you.

各位親愛的弟兄姊妹們,平安。

教會雖預定在2021年初重新開始舉行面對面實體崇拜,然而,洛杉磯郡這兩個月每日確診人數停滯,並無減少,目前仍處於疫情紫色階段(教會實體崇拜屬於此階段禁止活動之一)。讓我們同心為疫情傳播減緩向神祈求禱告。在此同時,我們也致力於為疫情好轉,重啟時的一切所需做好完善準備。

當洛杉磯郡衛生局解除實體崇拜禁令時,教會盼望能即時應對,因此我們現在正在計畫義工訓練項目,並其他準備工作。訓練的義工對象將包括所有參與實體崇拜事奉,提供崇拜時技術性協助,如影音,現場直播等,以及網上實體崇拜預約,崇拜報到及測試等工作的弟兄姊妹們。

自本(十一)月起,我們將重啟準備工作的重心轉移到組織義工的需要上。我們首先會聯絡各相關事工的既有成員,徵詢他們重返教會實體崇拜繼續事奉的意願;同時,我們也會擴大範圍,邀請其他會友參與各項實體事奉。如果你是崇拜相關事工的既有成員,請你對是否願意重返先作審慎考量。在這教會重啟前夕,每一位會友的參與都至關重要。如果你有願意參與事奉的心志,教會十分歡迎也需要你的加入,請與你的語言組牧師聯絡。

教會殷切期盼弟兄姊妹們能為本郡疫情改善及重啟實體崇拜(包括,國語,粵語,英語,東南亞,及格蘭朵拉分堂)所有預備工作忠心代禱。謝謝你們。

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。