Last year, we had no Easter. Last year in March, we shut down. Last year we reopened in July, and continued to fight to stay open by doing our best to keep COVID-19 out of our community and church. Last year and continuing into this year we all cooperated, stayed patient, and followed all necessary guidelines. At times we put extreme measures at play. Even though people closed for winter for Christmas, we made a tough decision to stay open, because we believed in all the proper measures we have been doing. We were confident enough that if everyone abides by the guidelines we set, COVID-19 will not effect our church or community.
Our efforts have been rewarded. We had zero COVID-19 cases that were due to doing worship in God’s house. We had zero infection spread due to all the measures taken to having worship available. We have had two people pass away in our church community, but they were in healthcare facilities. But we did all we can to try to give the honest information about COVID-19. We did all the things we know can protect people from COVID-19.
Because of all the efforts everyone has put in, we have stayed opened, and we will continue to do our best to stay open, just as long as the COVID-19 virus numbers stay at where we feel comfortable at. So far, we are doing good. We have social distanced in worship, we have worn masks, we have been aware of the spaces we occupy, we have utilized hand sanitizer, and we have modified worship. Even outside of worship, you all have done everything to stay healthy. You have monitored your travel and showed immense responsibility and carefulness.
This year, we will participate in Holy Week, and we will celebrate Easter. We are not completely out of the woods when in comes to COVID-19, as the threat is still out there. But what we have seen in our church, is that the attention to detail is working and will work, and we will continue to do so. We can open up a little more, as more people get vaccinated in our church. But we still need to be careful and stay sharp when it comes with COVID-19.
Easter is approaching, and it will be a time of celebration. We celebrate our the foundation of our faith which Christ is our cornerstone. We will worship and we will sing. We will have an outdoor egg hunt for our little ones. Let this Easter be a reminder of what we missed last year. Let this Easter be a reminder of how far we have come as a church. Let this Easter be a reminder that everything we have done has been working, so stay strong and stay healthy. COVID-19 is still around us, but we can fight it now, we can do things to prevent the spread of the virus, let’s continue to do that.
I can’t wait for Easter. Stay safe everyone, stay healthy, God bless you all!
Hey this is Rev. Brian Choi's random thought throughout my week. Most of this stuff, will probably be about family, church, fishing, music, movies, food, whatever I think of, hopefully it will have some sort of theological reflection (maybe).