There may be questions about how TCBC is responding to the current fast rising case numbers of COVID-19 infections and the imminent Omicron wave so there is a brief note on our response.
Like the snow that is coming down on this beautiful Saturday morning, let’s agree that we’ve been here before. Just like we’ve seen it snow, we have seen pandemic waves strike our city. In this case it may be a “snow storm” and we should respond appropriately. Everything we do to last through past storms though, we keep doing.
The only change you will see this Sunday service is that I and our song leader Ivan will remain masked throughout the service. We are worshipping in an Anglican church and their college of bishops have decided on adding this policy. We can still sing together and congregate during the worship service. There is plenty of room to keep well distanced from one another and, as per TCBC policy, in-person participation is for those who show Proof of Vaccination. As always, TCBC has maintained a standard of safety that is far above going to the grocery store or attending schools. That being said, we fully support any member’s decision to limit in-person contact events and choose instead to join in on-line ministries.
The key point is to stay connected. I encourage you to use the time during the break to:
- call, video chat, write cards or letters–catch up with those you have not connected with for a while; maybe your encouraging word is the boost they need
- go deeper by joining a book study, get into a married couples group, start up a regular time of prayer with a friend, take an on-line course on the spiritual life; make this winter season one of spiritual growth
- tackle and overcome the big barriers in your life–look for ways to come out of this season, stronger and more grounded in your faith
For me and the English Ministry team, we are looking for different ways we can address your spiritual needs. I am grateful to have Martin Tam assisting me in the role of Pastoral intern and to have Jasmine Ng and Claudia Li-Tang leading the English Ministry committee. Let us know if there is any ministry issue that needs to be addressed.
Stay safe and expect God’s blessings,