Blessings to each of you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ! We hope that this email message finds you all well and coping with the many and drastic changes we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic that is upon us. This message is to bring everyone up to date on the recent decisions that the Session at Union Church of Los Angeles has made and to let you know how to keep in touch with us during this time of separation.
The Session has voted to discontinue worship service on Sunday morning. This is mostly for our own protection. We are well aware of how important meeting together for worship is for everyone, but in the interest of our health and physical well-being we think this is the best route to take.
There is no need for us not to be fed spiritually during this time, so each week in time for Sunday you can find scripture, prayer and a sermon on our website at https://unionchurchla.org/.The Japanese worship, as well as the English traditional and Bridge services, will be posted. We invite you to join us there to hear the Word each week. Those without internet access will be receiving this information through the US Postal System.
We will let you know on a regular basis what to expect related to church closure and planned activities. For at least the next two weeks (until the end of March) all activities at Union Church have been postponed or canceled. If you have questions about a particular program you can call the church office. Our wonderful church staff will be available to answer questions. If they don’t answer the phone, please leave a message and either Betty or Miyuki will get back to you as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we invite you to pray for each other, to pick up the phone and call someone if you are thinking about them, or drop a text message to someone you care about. You can also join the Union Church Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/unionchurchdtla and keep in touch through social media. Please also remember Union Church in your giving since we will continue to support our staff throughout this time and fund our ministries. You may give securely on the website or mail checks to the church address. We thank you for your ongoing support.
As we approach this time of such great uncertainty, we must remind ourselves daily, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Rev. Ann Hayman, Moderator of Union Church AC and the Session of Union Church