Men's Chorus from Seventh Day Adventist Church, April 30, 2017
CHRISTIAN SEDER 2019
950 W. Ontario Avenue
Corona CA 92882
First Presbyterian Church’s Response to COVID-19
In order to protect the health of our community and slow the spread of COVID-19, we are suspending public worship and gatherings/meetings at the church building for the remainder of the month starting this Sunday, March 15th.
The information from the CDC and local health officials is that at this stage of the pandemic social distancing can have the greatest impact in both preserving health and saving lives. In the words of the Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Public Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Theresa Byrd, “If we are successful in ‘flattening the curve’ or averting a major outbreak in the US, then people will say, ‘See, it wasn’t a big deal. Why did you get us all worried?’ Prevention is hard to measure and understand. If we are not successful and we do have a major outbreak, we will be accused of not doing the job. Prevention is our goal.”
Social distancing is an important discipline in slowing a pandemic, but it is not a discipline of the Christian faith. We believe that worship is an essential part of our calling as Christians. No doubt, the tension between our calling to gather in worship and our calling to care for those around us, with particular concern for the most vulnerable, is very real.
Both scripture and our Reformed tradition remind us of this truth: church is not a building, nor a weekly event in which we participate. Church is who we are. We do not attend church—we are the church. And so, while our collective life of worship will look different over the next several weeks, it will not be stopped so long as we who are the people of the church choose to use our voices to pray, to rejoice, and to respond to God’s call to us as a community of faith united in the Spirit rather than by geography. Worship is never really cancelled. We can all “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.”
In addition to suspending public worship, we are also suspending all public gatherings, classes, and meetings that are held on campus through the end of March.
While it is not wise for us to be together on the church campus for the near future, we remain the church. Please remember your siblings in faith, reach out to one another, and continue to look for updates from the Session. Your pastor, elders, and deacons and are available by phone, email, and text during this time of reduced direct contact. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or needs you may have.
Sacred Space Prayer Group, 2nd Sunday of month at 9:00 am at the church
MOVIES WITH A MESSAGE
Movies with a Message for our Lenten Journey
Movie at 10 AM - followed by bring your own lunch and discussion of the movie
February 27 Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor. Proverbs 21:21
March 5 Little Women
Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another whatever gift each of you has received. 1 Peter 4:8-10
March 12 The Two Popes
Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you... Isaiah 41:10
March 19 Dark Waters
Those who hide their plans from the Lord are doomed! They try out their schemes in secret and think no one will see them or what they are doing. They turn everything upside down. Isaiah 29:15-16a
March 26 The Public
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35
April 2 The Long Walk Home
Whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10: 38-39