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March 19, 2020: Devotional and Update from Pastor Kory
Dear West Covina Christian Church Family,
I sincerely hope that you and your family are healthy and doing well. The staff and I have been praying diligently for you and for the coronavirus to be stopped. To my knowledge, no one in our church family is currently suffering from this virus. Praise the Lord! However, if you are sick for any reason, please let us know so that we can pray for you and help in any way.
While reports continue to highlight how dangerous this disease is and how it could last a very long time, it is still my hope that we will be able to gather again in April. As things progress, we will continue to pray about what is best for our church and let you know decisions that have been made. As for the next two Sundays (March 22 and 29), our church service will again be an online worship service. Please go to the church website (www.westcovina.church) and be ready for the service to start at 10:30 on Sunday.
Church leadership including pastors, staff, deacons, and growth group leaders are also trying to make sure that everyone in our church is being checked in on, especially our senior members. However, if you have not been contacted and you’d like to talk or let us know how you are doing, please don’t hesitate to call. Because we are becoming increasingly bound to our homes during this time, it is important for us to stay connected in any way that we can.
In addition, if you need help with transportation or getting groceries, several people from the church have volunteered to help. Please let us know what your needs are. Toilet paper is one of those items that has become a precious commodity. While it may feel weird to request this, we do have a lot of toilet paper at the church because we buy this in bulk for our bathrooms.
Lastly, we want to make sure that everyone is being cared for spiritually during this time so Pastor Darren will send out a weekly devotional through the church newsletter that is emailed on Tuesdays. Additionally, we are going to periodically send out a video devotional from different members of the church. The first one can be found here.
This is a difficult time and we are trusting in the Lord (Psalm 20:7). Thank you for all your prayers and support.
With Christ’s love,
Pastor Kory and WCCC Staff
March 13, 2020: Pastor Kory's Letter to the Church Family
Dear West Covina Christian Church Family,
With growing concerns around COVID-19 (coronavirus), we as a church staff have been seeking God’s will for the activities of West Covina Christian Church. As we prayed and discussed these things, our desire has been to do what is most loving for all who attend the church and what is most glorifying to God. We have been listening carefully to God through prayer, the wisdom of healthcare officials and governmental authorities, and leaders in our church conference. Today the Holiness Shepherd’s Council of the OMS-Holiness Conference (our church conference) made some strong recommendations and considering all of this, the following points are the actions we will take for the next few weeks:
- We will not gather at the church for our worship service for the next three Sundays (March 15, 22, and 29). Instead, we will gather together for worship and a message via a recording or live stream on our church website (www.westcovina.church). While this is not as ideal as meeting together in person, we feel that currently this is the best way for us to sing God’s praises, look at His Word, and pray together. Please make it a priority to be with us on Sunday morning at 10:30 with your computers ready to go. We want to, as God’s Word says, “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- We will suspend all other church gatherings for the next three weeks. This includes all classes, fellowship activities, Fountain youth group, and KWP children’s ministry. Our hope is that we can resume these activities beginning in April.
- While abundant caution should be used, Growth Groups or other small groups are encouraged to meet in people’s homes. We feel that it is important to maintain community and this is the safest way for us to do this. As you do meet, please exercise good judgment and follow recommended health safety precautions. Please do not attend if you are not feeling well or if you are uncomfortable gathering in this way.
- We have set up a way for us to share personal information and prayer requests with one another through Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/345745089664887/).
- We want to encourage you to continue to give your tithes and offerings. This is not only so that we can keep up with the ongoing expenses of the church, but also because this is an act of worship and an expression of trust in the Lord. During such a turbulent time, it seems especially appropriate that we demonstrate our confidence in God and not in our own wisdom or financial means. You can give at www.westcovina.church/give.
- If you need help during this time, please let us know by calling the church office or emailing us. For example, if you need help with transportation or getting groceries, let us know and we will try to help. If you are willing to volunteer to give a ride or pick up groceries for someone, thank you! Please let us know that you are willing to serve in this way.
It is vital that we maintain good communication during this time. We will regularly send out emails and keep the website updated to church news and changes to the situation. Also, the staff will keep normal office hours and can answer any questions you have (626-430-7588). Feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Darren (email@example.com) with any further thoughts or questions you may have.
More than ever, this is a time for us to be vigilant in prayer and to trust in the Lord. God has called us to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present [our] requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Please pray for our church to be unified, make wise decisions, keep us healthy (especially the most vulnerable among us including our seniors and those with chronic illness), and for all this to somehow be used by God to help spread a passion for Him in our lives, church, and community. Pray also for our healthcare workers and governmental officials. And pray that this virus would be stopped so that we can all gather together as a church very soon. What a day of rejoicing that will be!
With God’s love and blessing,
Pastor Kory and the WCCC staff