We have received permission from the District Superintendent to re-open (for in-person worship and meetings), but after receiving that permission immediately the state rolled back the “phase” setting! So we are back in a holding pattern, with no immediate plans to return to in-person worship.
Even if we were to restart our on-campus worship, it would be outside. And right now, I am not hearing much from The Fount membership demanding that we re-open! However, we can accommodate in-person meetings and classes of 10 or fewer people IF SAFETY PROTOCOLS ARE IN PLACE. These protocols require that masks be worn at all times by all people, that there be 6-feet distance between people at all times, and that disinfecting measures be taken. No touching, hugging, or otherwise taking unnecessary risks. If your group wants to meet on-campus, you must call (714-962-2593) or email the church office for permission and guidelines.
My best guess is that we won’t be hosting on-campus, in-person worship services until September. But, of course, that could change!
Regardless, we will continue online worship even when we are able to meet on campus again. We are finding a great wealth of ministry online, and we have no plans to curtail those ministries.
I know that you all miss each other; I miss you, too! But we must be smart and we must be safe. Our congregation has too many high-risk individuals to take unnecessary chances. We are gathering personal protection equipment (PPE), such as masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectant. We have installed new hot water heaters for the Sanctuary restrooms, and have changed all of the heating and a/c filters. As you can see in the picture above, we have stacked up all of the blue chairs in the Sanctuary and are using the more easily cleaned white plastic chairs. The crew on Sunday mornings is keeping safe distance, wearing masks (except on-camera) and cleaning hands frequently. We are doing what we can do to keep safe in these difficult times.
So continue to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance as we contemplate ministry going forward. Especially pray for our preschool, as its future is becoming more problematic. Pray for our sibling congregations (La Cima and Vietnamese Evangelical), as they are struggling, too. We don’t know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future, so let’s put our trust in Him!
Let me know how I can pray for you.