COVID-19 Updates

Interim Guidelines for In-Person Meetings of the Church in Los Angeles

(updated September 30, 2020)

The state of California and LA County’s guidance for “places of worship” continues to evolve. In certain instances, churches may resume in-person activities subject to strict protocols. The elders of the church will continue to exercise prudence in this matter. Currently, we will allow in-person meetings which are subject to strict adherence to all the conditions listed below. This applies to conducting the Lord’s Table meeting, prayer meeting, small group meetings, etc. Our guidance here only pertains to what we would normally consider to be church meetings, and does not extend to ordinary course personal interactions among the saints.

Although we love to be together, we also pay attention to Romans 14 on practicing the church life. Romans 14:21 reminds us: “It is good not to…do anything by which your brother stumbles.” In our current environment we do not want any in-person gathering to stumble a saint. We paraphrase verse 3: “He who meets in person, let him not despise him who does not meet in person; and he who does not meet in person, let him not judge him who meets in person.” 

Approval process: A hall, district, or small group representative must obtain approval from a leading brother PRIOR to hosting a meeting. The process requires compliance with the below checklist, and the representative must keep a record of all attendees for contact tracing purposes. If you have any questions about this, please contact a leading brother in your hall.

You may attend meetings in person if you meet the following criteria: 

  • No symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell) for the last 10 days AND no close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for 14 days, regardless of COVID-19 testing results.

Elderly saints and those with chronic medical illnesses should exercise caution in attending any meetings in-person. 

Meetings must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Outdoor meetings are strongly preferred. Indoor meetings must have adequate ventilation.
  • Face covering must be worn at all times (excluding babies and children <2 years old).
  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet away from others) at all times. Group size will vary based on capacity of venue. No hand-shaking or hugging.
  • Children may not gather with children from other households unless parents have already safely established a “pod” to the mutual comfort of all parents and attendees. 
  • Temperature screening (with touchless thermometer procured by host) for all attendees upon arrival. Refuse entrance to anyone with a temperature > 100.4℉ (38.0℃)
  • Symptom screening (fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle/body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion/runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell, for the last 10 days) for all attendees upon arrival.
  • Direct attendees to sanitize their hands upon arrival (hand sanitizer or soap and water)
  • Disinfect all commonly touched surfaces with a disinfectant, bleach wipe, or 2% chlorine bleach solution before and after meetings. 
  • Food preparation and serving of food should be performed with masks and gloves.
  • Notify an elder if you or anyone in your group tests positive for COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of infection. 
  • Being responsible to follow evolving local and state guidance in effect at the time of meeting.

References: 

CDC – Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith

California Department of Public Health – COVID19 Industry Guidance: Places of Worship

LA County Protocol for Places of Worship

Midweek Perfecting Fellowship

April 16, 2020

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Fellowship to the Church in Los Angeles, March 29, 2020

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Letter from the Co-workers in the Lord’s Recovery Regarding the Current Pandemic

March 26, 2020

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To all the dear saints in all the churches in the Lord’s recovery:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall tribulation or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword?…
But in all these things we more than conquer through Him who loved us.
— Romans 8:35, 37
Grace and peace be multiplied to you all. May this message find you going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. In these difficult days all the churches and the saints across the earth are being carried in our hearts and are borne on our shoulders before the throne of grace. We write to share with you a word of assurance, comfort, and encouragement as we face the pandemic that is ravaging large parts of the globe and upending many of our lives in an unprecedented way. We are petitioning on your behalf that the Father would strengthen you with power so that you may be firmly established and unshaken in Him. We are interceding with you that the Lord’s testimony in His recovery would be upheld as we pass through this extraordinary time together.

In the recent feasts we have seen Christ in His all-inclusiveness and all-extensiveness as our God-allotted portion. He is the all-sufficient One who is able to meet our every need in every situation. Such a Christ was enjoyed and ministered by the apostle Paul while he was in prison. Paul’s pattern should be most meaningful to us in our situation today. The more restricted we are outwardly, the more we should spend time with the Lord to absorb His riches and enjoy His provisions. May we redeem this opportunity by drawing closer to Christ, by opening to Him and to His Word, so that we might be infused with Him and be one with Him. Then we can live Him in His all-fitting life with joy and contentment, free from anxiety, fear, and turmoil.

During this time of seclusion in our homes, we should exercise to stay connected to each other, considering one another and inciting one another. All the saints need the supply of the Body. Even though we may be unable to gather physically, we must not forsake our assembling together but rather meet often with the help of modern technology. Let us reach out to one another to enjoy mutual fellowship and prayer by twos and threes or in small groups. Do not forget to care for the older and weaker ones among us or neglect to shepherd those who are young or needy. As we care for each other as members in these ways, we will find that our hearts are being enlarged and that we are being knit together in love. In these days the church life ought not to be suspended at all but rather be thriving and growing.

These are days to be sober unto prayers. We should first pray ourselves into God to receive His supply and then, following the inner anointing, stand with the Lord for His interests in intercessory prayer. We can pray for God’s economy to be carried out, for His will to be accomplished, for Christ to administrate the world situation, for those in authority to have wisdom, for people to be saved, for the lukewarm to turn back to God, for all the saints’ spiritual life to be uplifted and their material needs to be met, and for the recovery to prosper. If we devote adequate time to petition and supplication, this list is endless. Moreover, we should realize that behind this tumultuous outward environment, there is a spiritual war taking place in the heavenlies in which Satan is trying to frustrate God’s move and wear down His saints. As the Body of Christ, let us put on the whole armor of God to stand and withstand, that the enemy would be bound and defeated.

Our Savior God desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth. These days we should be full of burden for the unsaved around us. While we have Christ as our shelter in times of trials, the unbelievers who do not know Christ have no such refuge and easily become distressed and gripped by fear and despair. They desperately need to hear the gospel of peace and receive the God who is peace. Now is an opportune time for a fresh spread of the gospel to our relatives, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. In season and out of season, we should rise up and preach the Word, boldly testifying of Christ and the great salvation we have in Him.

We are a people with a great hope, a hope that is not in this age or in the things of this age. Our hope is in our dear Lord Jesus and in His coming back. We seek to hasten His return because we love His appearing. Thus, we cooperate with His transforming work in us to be prepared as His Bride, we co-labor with Him to carry out His divine enterprise in the midst of this satanic chaos, and we watch and pray for His coming back. This worldwide calamity is part of the birth pangs that anticipate greater tribulation at the end of this age. Now is the time for us believers to awake from our sleep and to heed the prophetic word of the Scriptures as a lamp that guides us to the dawning of the day when the King returns.

Dear saints, this is not a time to shrink back but to come forward. We are assured in the Lord that after passing through the current upheaval with endurance, the Lord’s recovery will emerge stronger and more prevailing than ever. Even in the midst of the present environment, the Lord has afforded us a marvelous way to advance with Him, particularly through our practice of the God-ordained way in the home-based and vital group church life assisted by technology. History tells us that when the church undergoes suffering and persecution, Christ has a way to advance His move even more. Let us be energized by His inward operation to sail on!

The God of all grace, He who has called us into His eternal glory in Christ Jesus,
after you have suffered a little while, will Himself perfect, establish, strengthen, and ground you.
To Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
— 1 Peter 5:10-11
Our love in Christ Jesus be with you all,

The co-workers in the Lord’s recovery

 


Updated Interim Instructions for Giving

Due to the current situation with our meetings halls closed until further notice, please consult the interim instructions on how to submit general offerings to the church, if you wish to do so.

 


Online Church Meeting Workshop

March 26, 2020

 


Fellowship to the Church in Los Angeles, March 22, 2020

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March 20, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,

But an hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truthfulness, for the Father also seeks such to worship Him.”   John 4:23

We have three important announcements to present to all of the saints during this time.

1. Updated church meeting calendar

All church meetings have moved to an online or teleconference format as follows:

Meeting Day/Time
Lord’s Day fellowship Each Lord’s Day (coordinated by the halls/districts/small groups)
Prayer meeting Each Tuesday (coordinated by the halls/districts/small groups)
Young people’s fellowship Each Monday/Wednesday, 4pm

Online: https://zoom.us/j/452860879

Zoom Meeting ID: 452 860 879

Special YP conference series beginning Saturday 3/21: register at https://www.scyp.com/springpursuit

6th graders Weekly times to be announced by serving ones
College meetings Each Thursday evening (announced by the campuses)
Small groups Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday evenings (announced by group)
Midweek perfecting fellowship (working saints and parents) First Wednesday and third Thursday of each month, 12 noon

Online: https://zoom.us/j/3927661500

Zoom Meeting ID: 392 766 1500

Sign up for updates: http://tinyurl.com/mpfemails

Please continue to invite saints, including those who may not have met recently, as well as your gospel friends, to the above gatherings.

Please also check this page regularly as we will post audio and video links to recent fellowship given by the leading brothers during this pandemic.

 

2. Special service group

We have asked a team of deacons to begin overseeing a coordinated, church-wide response during this pandemic for the acute needs of the saints, especially the elderly, vulnerable, and needy within the church. The mission of this service is to be one with the Lord as the good Samaritan to “take care of him” (Luke 10:35). While this team will oversee church-wide support, this service should not replace the countless hidden helps which must still abound among the saints, especially those in the same small group, district, or hall.

All saints can participate through prayer and the following means:

  1. By giving, preferably online, at https://churchinlosangeles.org/members/offerings/ with a designation under “Needy Saints Fund”
  2. By checking on and caring for the saints in your vital group, small group, and district, particularly the elderly, sick, and those impacted financially.
  3. By filling out this form to help with particular practical needs. Please consider how you can help.

This is not a charitable endeavor but a grace-ministering endeavor; we encourage the saints to experience the grace of God as motivation to participate with liberality (2 Cor. 8:1-2) at this moment.

For those saints who are facing particular needs during this time, please fellowship with one of the responsible brothers in your hall.

 

3. Updated Interim Instructions for Giving

Due to the current situation with our meetings halls closed until further notice, please consult the interim instructions on how to submit general offerings to the church, if you wish to do so.

 

Finally, for all the saints, “Therefore receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us have grace, through which we may serve God well-pleasingly with piety and fear.” (Hebrews 12:28).

Grace be with you all,

The elders in the church

 


Guidelines for Practicing Good Hygiene

  1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  2. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  4. Stay home when you are sick.
  5. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  6. Do your best to eliminate all physical contact with other saints, including shaking hands, hugging, etc.

Resources

Church in Los Angeles – Corporate Housing Health Protocol Agreement Form: https://tinyurl.com/housingprotocol

LA County Department of Public Health – Guidance for Congregate Living Facilities: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceCongregateLivingEnglish.pdf

LA County Department of Public Health – General Cleaning Guidance for Respiratory Illness in Group Settings: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/GuidanceCleaningEnglish.pdf