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Pastor Eva’s Stay At Home Stay Safe Update

Dear Church Community,

 

As L.A. County begins the next phase of reopening, the church has decided to follow recommendations from our Conference Bishop, health department officials, and licensing guidelines.  For the rest of May and the month of June , we will continue the online worship services and keep the campus closed to large group gatherings.  

 

As Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd, I know how wonderful it would be to open up worship again; and to hear the wonderful choir sing, to see the joyful children’s faces at Children’s Time, and to shake hands as we greet one another.   However, I know that the health and well-being of our church members and visitors must come first.   As the state and county begins the next phase of reopening, please note that churches are not included in this stage.  We will be included in a later stage that’s date has not been designated yet.  This is because churches have gatherings over 50 people and involve singing, social contacts, and other interactive activities. 

 

The California Pandemic Road map includes 3 basic tenets: 

  • COVID-19 is not going away soon;
  • Modifications to Stay-At-Home Order must be guided by health risk and a commitment to equity; and
  • Taking responsibility is key at all levels – individual, business, and government. 

This means we as a faith community must be patient and resilient during these times.  I pray that this verse from 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 will help you as it has helped me through these past few weeks: 

 

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”

 

Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Well,
Pastor Eva 

 

Rev. Eva Thai-Erwin

Church of the Good Shepherd UMC

 

 


 

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