Pastor Kory's Update: COVID-19
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