Thursday, March 12
Dear Purpose Family,
As you’ve seen on the news over the past few weeks, COVID-19 (the coronavirus) continues to spread throughout the world, including in the U.S. and here in Southern California. As a church, we are very concerned about our larger community and those who are impacted by this virus.
We are being very cautious and monitoring the situation as your safety and wellbeing are our top priority. After much prayer and deliberation, and considering the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s recommendation, we will hold our Sunday worship services online rather than in person on our Pomona and Claremont campuses this Sunday, March 15.
At 8:30, 9:45 and 11:11 am, our Pomona campus worship service will be streamed online from the Worship Center. You can access this livestream right here on our website. We encourage you to gather with your family, Life Group or oikos in your home to watch together. I will be continuing our series in Colossians and our worship team and band will be providing music. If you have any questions about how to livestream our services, please email us at email@example.com. If you prefer to view the service online at a later time, the services will also be archived after 1 pm on Sunday.
We are also cancelling all on-campus meetings and activities through Saturday, March 21, and will make decisions about future meeting times and locations on a weekly basis. We will continue to update you here so please check it regularly for the most up-to-date information.
We hope that you will continue to pray for and support the ministries of Purpose Church during these unsettled days. You can give your tithes and offerings online at purposechurch.com/give. If you have any questions about making an online gift, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also mail your offering to the church at 586 N. Main St., Pomona, CA 91768, or drop it off at the office during the week.
As your pastor, let me encourage all of us to do these four things:
- If you or someone you know contracts COVID-19, please contact us at email@example.com so our prayer and care ministries can offer support.
- Continue to pray for those around the world that have been affected by this virus.
- Realize that God can use times like this to draw people closer to Himself. Let’s think about how we can serve and encourage our oikos during this chapter, as Christians have done during times of crisis throughout history!
- Continue to trust in God. Here is my prayer for you, my church family:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”Isaiah 41:10
We as a church will continue to minister to you and to our neighbors who are struggling or affected by the virus. We are also paying close attention to any further developments, and I will follow up this communication with a video tomorrow that we will post here as well as social media.
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information and resources on the coronavirus, please visit the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department’s website at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/.
I will truly miss seeing you this Sunday in the worship center but look forward to welcoming you, your family and oikos online! I love all of you so much and I know that we will get through this together and with God’s help. For times like this we have Jesus!!!