Letter to our Crosspoint Family Amid the Pandemic – April 2021
At the end of March, every Bay Area county government lifted restrictions on church meetings. It seems that after two Easter holidays in which we were unable to return to church gatherings, we may finally be ready for the reopening of in person gatherings. We tentatively plan to start a partial in person worship for adults and children in Milpitas in May, and to gradually resume in person worship services of all types in all campuses in June or later.
The terms “may,” “tentatively,” “partial,” and “gradually” may seem dubious, but the pandemic continues to recur, and recent data are on the rise. We can only plan and prepare, and wait for the timing of the Father. Please pay attention to our latest announcement through official channels .
After more than a year of waiting, I believe brothers and sisters have different perspectives for the reopening. I understand that some still resist in person gatherings, some have longed it to happen, and some see it as optional or not necessary. Regardless of your state of mind, I believe that physical contact, the concept of “greet with a holy kiss” (Rom 16:6, 1 Corinthians 16:20, 2 Corinthians 13:12, 1 Corinthians 5:26, 1 Corinthians 5:14), intercede with oil (James 5:14), having meals together (Acts 2:46), is a reality of “Personal Touch”. Hebrews 10:25 says, “Do not cease to gather yourselves together, as is the custom of some: but exhort one another, all the more, as you know that the day is near.” The original text of the “gathering” is “epi-synagōgḗ”, which refers to “gathering together in person ” (literally means “come together in the place of gathering”), which can never be replaced by an online Zoom meeting during the SIP situation.
Whether you decide to come back to our in person worship service in May or June, I encourage the congregation to:
- Schedule your COVID vaccination as early as possible
- Prepare precautious supplies (face masks and hand sanitizers are provided by the church, but you still need them when you leave home and come to church)
- For the time being, learn the lifestyle of social distancing
- Please stay at home if you feel sick or have had recent exposure to COVID patients
The church will also maintain its online YouTube channel Premier service in May, and its monthly YouTube Zoom Live service will be cancelled. Starting in June, there will be no more premier service. Our worship will be recorded and broadcasted on or before the following Monday.
In the coming weeks, I shall give you a detailed schedule and operation of the re-opening in the weekly “Word of Leung”. Please pay attention to my sharing.
Ting Y Leung
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