5/28/2020

親愛的教會眾肢體,

這個主日是五旬節,是紀念聖靈的來臨並且降臨在基督徒身上。 這對我們是一個適當的提醒,儘管我們由於家居抗疫令的原固,不能親身相聚,但在靈裡我們從未分開。 哥林多前書12:13這樣說:「我們無論是猶太人,是希臘人,是作奴隸的,是自由的,都在那一位聖靈裡受了洗,成為一個身體,都飲了那一位聖靈。」我們在靈裡的合一,是不會被文化、國籍、社會經濟地位、甚至家居抗疫令被摧毀的。

正如我在過去的電子郵件中所提到,對於那些需要祈禱或幫助的肢體,請隨時與我或教會的其他牧師/長老聯繫。 作為基督的家,我們希望為您提供屬靈或物資上的幫助。

好消息

或許我們當中有弟兄姊妹已經讀過三藩市在5月22日宣布的無限期擴展家居抗疫令。 好消息是耶穌基督愛你,來了, 為你而死,使你脫離罪惡。 =)唯然沒有其他好消息比這福音更好,但另一好消息是,在過去的5月25日星期一,加州州長紐森宣布了關於恢復家會崇拜聚會的指引。 這個指引會在21天後將再重新評估。

對三藩市聖經教會有何影響?

我們一直在遵循有關對商業、教會、及學校等的指引,並參加了有關「如何安全地重新開放教會」的尊題網絡研討會。 雖然資訉不斷在變化,但是我們現正收集一切數據,慕求當我們重新開放教會聚會時,確保運用最佳的營運法。加州的指引確認了我們一直在收集的大部分資料,並為我們提供了更清晰的邁進方向。

在加州州府的指引下,我們將正式成立一個事工小組,去計劃和安排安全地重新開放主日崇拜。 該小組將按照加州指引的要求,制定「三藩市聖經教會COVID-19預防計劃」。

在團隊計劃和準備實施之前,我們還需等待縣府的指引。 一旦有了縣的指引和我們的計劃得到落實,我們將會開始向所有同工和會眾發放相關的資訉。 在此過程中,我們會嘗試繼續提供進度的更新。

我們何時會重開教會聚會?

至於什麼時候重開教會,我們暫時還不能確定。 我們將等待並向加州其他地方較早開放的教會學習。 我們都渴望與大家一起返回教會敬拜,但大家的健康是我們所關注的。 我個人希望我們能在夏季結束之前重新開放,但因為現在還有很多不明朗的因素,所以此刻我暫不能保證。 即使如此,請不要忘記,將來的崇拜將會與以往有很大的差別,能容納的人數也會有所限制。 我們會繼續在網上直播主日崇拜,直到我們所有人都能回到教會敬拜。

最後,我請求大家一起同心禱告。 求主在這段作工等待的時候,繼續使我們成長以致更像基督般的樣式。 為政府祈求有領導的智慧。 為我們的教會領袖和將要成立的事工團隊祈求智慧和恩典。祈求主加增我們對主和對彼此的愛。 在紀念聖靈降臨的同時,我們也想起了主耶穌的再來。 當我們為自己的回歸教會祈禱的同時,讓我們也為祂的再來祈禱。 「主啊,願你來!」(林前 16:22)

主內,
鄧毓照牧師 Pastor Henry
並代表眾長者


4/1/2020

Dear Members, Regular Attenders, and Visitors,

As we continue the shelter-in-place various ministries have switched to meeting online.

  • Sunday Services are held online for both our English and Cantonese Services. Our Cantonese service at 9:30am and our English Service at 11:10am are both live streamed at: sfbible.org/stream.
  • A number of our ministries including some Adult Sunday School Classes, Adult & Youth Fellowship Groups, and women/men ministries are also holding online (video conferencing) meetings.
    • Please email the specific ministry for details about their online meetings.
    • See the ‘Connect’ menu on our main webpage for a list of ministries and fellowship groups.

Please contact info@sfbible.org if you have any questions or concerns.


3/13/2020 Summary

Dear Members, Regular Attenders, and Visitors,

In response to guidelines from multiple governmental authorities, San Francisco Bible Church will suspend all in-person ministries of SFBC.

  • Sunday Services will be held online beginning this Sunday (March 15th) for both our English and Cantonese Services. Our Cantonese service at 9:30am and our English Service at 11:10am will both be streamed live at: sfbible.org/stream.
  • Other ministries including Sunday School, Friday Fellowship Groups, Women’s Ministries, Men’s Ministry, Bible Studies, etc. are also suspended. Ministries may decide to hold online (video conferencing) meetings. Ministry Leaders of these ministries will provide more information to those participating.

These measures will be observed through March with a reevaluation at the end of the month. Read the full letter from our Elders below.

Please contact info@sfbible.org if you have any questions or concerns.


3/13/2020 Full Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Since I wrote to you a week ago, the World Health Organization has now classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. San Francisco’s confirmed cases have increased from two to eighteen (as of 5pm Mar 12th). Our neighboring county of San Mateo has twenty cases. The continuing spread of COVID-19 has caused our various governmental authorities to update their guidelines. We have considered the guidance from the CDC, the State of California, the City and County of San Francisco, and San Mateo County. Across the board, they are recommending the cancellation of gatherings of 250 or more, social distancing of 6’ in smaller gatherings, and limiting gatherings for vulnerable populations to essential meetings of 10 or less. We do not make these decisions lightly, understanding how important the church gatherings are to our congregation. At the same time, we want to be good citizens that cooperate with our community in minimizing the spread of a disease that poses a serious health risk to the vulnerable.

Therefore, the elders have decided that beginning immediately, we will …

  • Suspend all public ministries of this church. This includes all fellowship groups, bible studies, prayer meetings, sunday school classes, children’s ministries, etc.
  • Hold Sunday services online. Beginning this Sunday (March 15), our worship services, both English and Cantonese, will be held online only via livestream. We are asking that you worship at home online with us at www.sfbible.org/stream. Our Cantonese service will be at 9:30am, and our English service will be at 11:10am.
  • These measures will be observed through the month of March, with a reevaluation at the end of the month.
  • Move meetings online. In the upcoming weeks, as we see how the disease develops, some ministry leaders may choose to have their meetings online. Archie has sent out instructions as to how to do this.

If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to contact me or any of the elders. As mentioned in my previous email, if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please email the elders so that the body of Christ can care for one another. If you are quarantined and don’t have appropriate home supplies, we can help run errands, provide meals, etc. Also, if you wish to volunteer to help with the member care ministry mentioned above, you can signup at this link: https://forms.gle/y9QGzeNGFr8bVhBR7. One more vital thing that you can do is to pray for one another and the church. You might even pick up that cellphone and actually call someone to see how they’re doing. =)

I want to leave you with some encouraging words from Pastor Roger. He had written an email earlier today to the student ministries staff, and I believe his words will help us think rightly and trust the Lord.

While we understand that our students are not in the risk demographic, I believe, like many of you, that choosing not to meet in person is a way for us to act wisely, serve our community, and love our neighbors by abiding the government’s request that we minimize exposure with others (Rom 13:1). This is especially significant for us to consider since our students may have parents or grandparents at home who are among those who are more at risk. Not only that, but we also must consider how ministry to our own families may look like during this time.

If our students, their family members, or both are afraid, we want them to know that it is absolutely ok for them to cease attending in-person meetings at church during this time. The government is not calling us to cease meeting out of a desire to persecute us. They are asking us to reduce contact with others so that we do not knowingly or unknowingly pass the virus onto others. This is therefore not a violation of Hebrews 10:25, but acting in a manner consistent with Romans 15:1 to bear the weaknesses of those without strength. We have a wonderful opportunity to help others see that we must repent of sinful anxiety and worry and trust in the Lord. When cabin fever sets in and our students are struggling with responding well to family, we have an opportunity to point them to the Gospel and Philippians 2 so that they learn how to die to self and consider their families as more important than themselves. If any of them have unsaved family, we pray that this would be an opportunity for their excellent behavior (or at least quickness to repent and ask for forgiveness) to be a gospel testimony as long as they are together.

With that said, let me provide you with some hope. Psalm 46 reminds us that our God is our refuge and strength in times of trouble. Because our God is with us, we will not fear. We will not lose hope. We will not allow the histeria to cause us to lose our minds over what is happening in our world. Instead, we will seek to remind ourselves and those who fall under our ministries that our Lord is near. That He cares. That He calls us to cast all our anxieties upon Him because He cares for us (1 Pet 5:7). We know that we have the peace of Jesus because He won at the cross. No matter what happens, our hope is secure in the fact that Christ is coming again to bring us home and make all things right. These are the truths that are available to us to comfort our hearts in times of trouble. Let us remind ourselves and others of these truths when we may be tempted to fear.

Praying that the Lord would be glorified in His church as we love God and our neighbors, and look to God in the face of this momentary, light affliction. “For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor 4:18

In Christ,
Pastor Henry
on behalf of the elders