When the COVID 19 pandemic began, we made the decision to cease meeting in the church building and issued the following statement:
We have chosen to follow Jesus' commandment to care for our neighbor, especially our most vulnerable neighbors (Matthew 22: 37-40), during the coronavirus/COVID19 pandemic. While we are not gathering at the church building, we have chosen to see this as a time for us to try new ways to worship, learn, pray, and stay connected ...after all, God is always doing new things (Isaiah 43:1-19)! In these difficult times, we are committed to continuing to find ways to be the church. Don't hesitate to be in touch if you need something, especially help...getting groceries or medicine, figuring out how to do all this online stuff, or just needing to chat. We are here to help!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Henry, the Elders, and Deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of Corona
We established a Staying in Touch network of elders and deacons assigned to make phone contacts with members. Weekly worship services have been emailed with text of the service and sermon and on-line links to music. Sunday Sacred Space, Thursday morning Bible Study and Session meetings, have continued via Zoom.
We are still unable to use the building as we approach the fall. Indoor meetings present too much risk. Therefore, we must consider the possibility of adding more possibilities for a future without gathering in the building for worship.
On Oct 1, we will begin Bible Study on the book of Job on Thursday nights at 7:30 via Zoom.
The Presbytery has provided grant money so that we can video stream and record worship services. We will seek to put together a “tech team” to determine if we can achieve this capability by October.
Just before the pandemic happened, we celebrated a wonderful Sunday with students from the new International Theological Seminary. With the seminary moving from Pasadena to West Covina and being blessed with new members who have come to us from Cameroon, we began thinking about new cooperative possibilities in ministry. There was discussion about a Thursday night “dinner church” at which we could have a meal, singing, a message, and activities for all ages. This idea was tabled because we cannot gather indoors.
Now we must reconsider and have begun looking into the possibility of creating an outdoor space for gatherings. Our Presbytery leader has encouraged us to approach the Synod for a grant to use stabilized decomposed granite to construct a patio in front of the church. With a solid level patio (and no weeds) we would be able to meet outdoors on Thursday evenings and/or Sunday mornings when weather permits. A Thursday evening could include a bring your own picnic dinner, worship, and activities. We will seek to gather a leadership team to consider the possibilities.
We hope for more announcements and details to be published in the September newsletter.
Shalom: A Study of the Biblical Concept of Peace begins
Thursday, June 11 at 10:30 AM on Zoom and continues every Thursday through August 27
Shalom shines biblical light on the issues and unsettled mood of our times. Today, more than ever, we cry out for shalom. See what the Bible says. We will use materials written by Old Testament scholar Donald E. Gowan and attempt to unravel the multiple biblical threads of this eternal quest in this masterful exploration of the Hebrew concept "shalom" and the Greek "eirene." Peacemaking is a central concern of the church and the world today.
∙What Do We Mean When We Say "Peace"? ∙What They Meant by Shalom in Israel
∙Wholeness, Health and Harmony: God's Intention ∙God of Peace & God of War
∙Division, Illness & Conflict: The World as We Know It
∙Good News from God! ∙Christ Brings Peace with God to the Believer
∙Christ Brings Peace with God to the Church
∙Blessed are the Peacemakers - Part I ∙Blessed are the Peacemakers - Part II
∙Christians as Peacemakers
∙Hope for Peace, Part I: Peace for Israel ∙Hope for Peace, Part II: Peace on Earth
∙What Good are Promises? The Importance of Hoping for Shalom.