Coronavirus plan – Closed Facility Operations

新冠病毒回應計劃 – 教堂暫時關閉

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear CBC-CP family,

As you know, our state and region is now under a stay-at-home order, so we will continue our closed facility operations until at least the expiration of the stay-at-home order in Maryland.

During this time, we will continue to stream our Sunday worship services on-line.  Because fellowship is crucial for our personal and corporate spiritual health, we encourage you to also participate in the on-line fellowship opportunities after our services and with our various fellowship group on-line meetings.

At this time of great need in our world, we want to also encourage you to join us for our on-line prayer meeting tonight (4/1) at 7:45 PM so we can pray for God’s grace, healing, and empowerment for our church, our world, and one another.

Let us continue to walk by faith in our good and sovereign Lord and Savior who is completely in control and working for His glory and our good in this time of trouble!

In Him,

Pastor Plato for the CBC-CP leadership team

 

親愛的樂道堂家人,

馬利蘭州和我們所在的整個大華府地區居民都被命令留在家中, 因此教堂將繼續關閉直到留在家中的規定結束.

在這期間, 我們將繼續透過網上直播在主日一起敬拜神. 另外, 因為弟兄姊妹之間的團契生活對於我們個人和教會整體的屬靈健康都至關重要, 我們鼓勵各團契小組繼續在網上聚會, 弟兄姊妹在主日崇拜之後也可以在網上彼此問安交通.

在此迫切的時刻, 我們也要鼓勵你參加教會今晚(四月一日)的網上禱告會, 七點四十五分開始. 我們一起來為我們的教會、我們的世界及彼此禱告, 祈求神的恩典、醫治與能力.

讓我們繼續憑信心行事, 仰望我們良善至高的主, 祂在這困難的時刻仍然在掌權, 使我們得益處, 祂必得榮耀!

陳培礎牧師代表牧長團隊

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear CBC-CP family,

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic we want to encourage everyone to continue to hope and trust in the Lord and to not be anxious about anything (Phil 4:6-7).  We would also like you to continue to pray and seek the Lord during this time.  Here are some things that you can pray for:

1.  Pray for those who are in positions of leadership who are making important public policy decisions.  These include people on the local, state, federal, and global levels of leadership.  Pray for wisdom as they make some tough decisions

  1. Pray for those who are sick with the coronavirus and their families
  2. Pray for those who are on the front lines and caring for those who are sick.  Pray for their protection, pray for their families as they deal with the stress of treating those who are sick
  3. Pray for those who are most at risk during this time.  The elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, those who cannot isolate themselves
  4. Pray for those who may not have the resources to endure the pandemic.  Pray for the poor and needy among us, pray for families that cannot afford to take off from work.  Pray for families who normally depend on the schools to provide meals for their kids.
  5. Pray that the church and the Gospel would be a source of light, calm, hope, comfort, and certainty in a very dark and uncertain time.

In addition to praying, we also want to encourage you to reach out to others in your midst and see if they need any help.  Also if you or your family are in need of any help (physical, emotional or spiritual), please do not hesitate to reach out to your leaders here at CBC-CP (pastors, elders, deacons, fellowship and cell group leaders), we are here with you.

In Him,

The Pastoral staff

 

當新冠病毒仍然在廣泛蔓延之際, 我們要鼓勵弟兄姊妹繼續信靠尋求神, 常常禱告, 不要掛慮(腓4:6-7). 建議大家為下列事項禱告:

  1. 為那些在上位作決策的各級領袖禱告, 包括地方、州、聯邦、國家等等. 當他們作決策的時候,   願主賜下智慧.
  2. 為患新冠病毒的人及其家屬禱告.
  3. 為在第一線照顧患者的醫護人員禱告. 求神特別保守他們平安, 也記念他們的家人.
  4. 為本次疫情當中危險性最高的人禱告, 包括年長者、已經患有疾病的人、無法自我隔離者.
  5. 為那些缺乏資源面對疫情的人禱告, 包括貧窮的、不能沒有工作收入的、平常就是靠學校為孩子供應飯食的家庭, 願主供應他們的需要.
  6. 為教會禱告, 在此黑暗和不確定的時刻, 求主使教會和福音成為光明、希望與安慰的來源.

除了禱告之外, 我們也要鼓勵大家彼此關心, 聯繫周圍的人, 看看他們是否有任何需要. 如果你或你的家人有任何身體上、情緒上或屬靈上的需要, 歡迎你和教會領袖(牧者長執、團契領袖和細胞小組長)聯繫, 我們很願意陪你一起走過.

牧者團隊

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Dear CBC-CP family,

In light of this afternoon’s state executive order banning public gatherings of 250 or more people, our church leadership has decided it is best to accelerate our planned facility closure to become effective immediately.  This means that we are cancelling onsite in-person Friday night fellowships and Sunday services this weekend and offering only our live-streamed worship services.  These worship services will be at their normal times and the links for accessing them and the online offering will be provided in e-mails and on the CBCCP paperless web page.  The remainder of our plan and guidance remains as detailed in our previous e-mail below.

We want to again encourage everyone to continue to live and walk by faith in the Lord rather than fear of Coronavirus, trusting our good and sovereign God and praying for His healing and comfort for those afflicted and for the advance of His Kingdom thru this time.

In Him,

Pastor Plato for the CBC-CP leadership team

 

親愛的樂道堂家人,

鑒於今天下午馬利蘭州長頒布命令禁止超過人數在兩百五十及以上的公共聚集, 教會牧長已經決定立即關閉教堂. 週五晚上在教堂聚會的所有團契取消, 本主日在教堂的主日崇拜聚會也取消, 只有網上崇拜. 國粵英語三堂聚會時間照舊, 鏈接網址及網上奉獻網址將在教會網站公布並透過電子郵件通知. 其他部分和細節仍然照原定計畫, 請看下面三月十一日電子郵件.

我們要再次鼓勵弟兄姊妹, 信靠我們信實良善的主, 而不因新冠病毒驚慌喪膽, 為遭受病毒影響的人代求, 願主醫治身體與靈魂的恩典臨到眾人,  神的國度在這樣的時刻更為擴張.

陳培礎牧師代表牧長團隊

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Dear CBC-CP family,

In view of the most recent developments with the Coronavirus pandemic, the church leadership has decided that it will be prudent to transition to a temporary closure of our church facility to minimize risk in our community.  This means the following:

  1. normal operations this week – we plan to have our normal meetings and services through this Sunday March 15 (note:  all sports ministries and Sunday lunch are cancelled effective immediately).  We will also have live-streamed worship services this Sunday with online offering available for those unable to attend in person (links will be provided later by e-mail and also on the CBCCP paperless web page).
  2. closed church facility from March 16 thru April 11 – after March 15, we will close the church facility until April 11 while providing on-line worship services for all three congregations on Sundays (again, links will be provided by e-mail and the CBCCP paperless web page).  Lord willing, we plan to resume regular services on Easter Sunday April 12 pending the outbreak situation.
  3. during the facility closure, it will be up to all other ministries such as fellowship groups, Sunday school classes, etc. to make arrangements for their own on-line meetings if desired.  In line with current CDC guidance, we also recommend minimizing or avoiding off-site in-person group meetings.  The church is not planning specifically for these other than potentially on-line prayer meetings in place of our monthly prayer meeting (details to follow at a later time on that).

We want to remind everyone to follow the recommendations we have made previously about staying home if potentially exposed to Coronavirus or sick and also to practice good hygiene to avoid spread when meeting together.  We also recommend that the elderly and those with vulnerable health situations stay home and participate in worship thru the livestream services.

For those who participate by livestream worship, we want to encourage you to treat it as a regular worship service by preparing and participating as you normally would with reverent heart, attire, and actions.

Finally, please continue to live and walk by faith in the Lord rather than fear of Coronavirus, trusting our good and sovereign God and praying for His healing and comfort for those afflicted and for the advance of His Kingdom thru this time.

In Him,

Pastor Plato for the CBC-CP leadership team

 

親愛的樂道堂家人,

有鑑於新型冠狀病毒爆發的最新進展, 教會牧長已決定暫時關閉教堂, 以將風險減低到最小. 以下是各方面詳情:

  1. 本週正常運作– 我們計畫截至本主日, 三月十五日, 所有聚會和主日崇拜照常進行(所有運動事工立即取消, 主日午餐也暫不供應). 我們也會為主日無法來崇拜聚會的弟兄姊妹提供同步網上崇拜及網上奉獻(鏈結網址將會在教會網站公佈及透過電子郵件通知).
  2. 三月十六日至四月十一日暫時關閉教堂– 三月十五日之後, 我們將暫時關閉教堂直到四月十一日, 同時提供國粵英語各堂網上崇拜(鏈結網址將會在教會網站公佈及透過電子郵件通知). 主若許可, 我們計畫復活節主日(四月十二日)能恢復正常崇拜聚會.
  3. 教堂關閉期間, 各團契、小組、主日學及其他事工自行決定是否願意安排網上聚會. 與疾控及防疫中心的指示一樣, 我們也建議盡量避免小組面對面的聚會.四月份教會禱告會將可能在線舉行(詳情之後會公佈).

我們想請大家遵照先前對於可能爆露於新冠病毒或生病的情況下留在家中的建議, 並且保持良好的衛生習慣, 以避免病毒擴散. 我們也建議年長的以及健康狀況稍弱的弟兄姊妹留在家中, 上網敬拜.

特別要提醒弟兄姊妹, 透過網路敬拜的時候, 務必與平日來教堂敬拜一樣, 以敬畏的心預備好自己, 用心靈誠實敬拜主.

讓我們信靠我們信實良善的主, 而不因新冠病毒驚慌喪膽, 為遭受病毒影響的人代求, 願主醫治身體與靈魂的恩典臨到眾人, 神的國度在這樣的時刻更為擴張.