June 5, 2020
Dear TCCBC church family,
Greetings in the Lord to you and your family! In this past week, protests by the people erupted across more than forty states over the wrongful police action that resulted in the death of a African American, and the subsequent third-degree murder charge against the officer being considered insufficient by the general public. Looting and fires were set by rioters across many states. Curfew had to be enforced in over twenty cities. Even though the brother of George Floyd, the victim, had pleaded publicly for the people not to riot, declaring that it would not have been his brother’s desire. At this time, protests and riots do not appear to be abating. While still under the serious threat of the coronavirus, the development of the current chaos is certainly making things worse. At this writing, the number of infections have already exceeded two millions, with over one hundred and ten thousand deaths in the United States. During the time of protest patrol, police in a number of areas expressed their solidarity toward the protesters to maintain effective protest control by taking the unusual step of kneeling with them. Honestly, I am not sure if this is a good way or a bad way. But it led me to think what this country really needs to be reconciled to God. The U.S. and other countries in the world need the gospel of Christ. When people do not have God in their hearts, and cannot reconcile themselves to God, “all have turned aside [from the right way]” (Romans 3:12). It becomes easier to have differences and conflicts with each other. I hope that brothers and sisters can pray for this country. Let us share the gospel more with those who have not believed in Jesus. For only the gospel can change man’s heart!
However, I also encourage all of you not to lose heart. While man’s heart cannot be easily controlled, God can. He is the God who has all dominion under His control. We must have faith and believe that God will have his favor and mercy for this country if the people return to Him. There were at least two news reports this week that we should give thanks for. First, the space industry development. On May 30, 2020, the USA SpaceX successfully launched and reached outer space, and eventually reached the International Space Station. That was nine years after the space shuttle launch last time (2011). The space industry development represents the advancement in technology, which is another step toward improving man’s living on earth.
Second, Anthony S. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced the promising development of the COVID-19 vaccines on June 4. Amounts of vaccines have been reserved at five well known pharmaceutical companies. It is projected to have several millions available to the public in early 2021. This will be the very good news on the control of and remedy for the coronavirus. But this is also an indication that we are all looking forward to the end of the pandemic. Until the pandemic is over, let us continue to pray for the research and production of the vaccine.
I also want to share a couple of items regarding our church with you. First, thank you for your caring and love offering for the needy among us. We have collected a total of $8,301.02 as of the collection end date of 5/31. Your love and participation have touched me. I believe God honors your caring hearts toward others. On behalf of the church, the deacons have delivered your love to those who have needs. May the love of God warm our hearts, and His name be glorified. If you are aware of anyone who needs assistance, please let me or one of the deacons know. Second, the church council planning meeting will be held on June 13 over a video conference. This is an important annual meeting, both to determine the 2020-2021 fiscal year budget, and to decide on a number of church ministry improvement initiatives. Let us ask God to help our deacons and council members to all be moved by God in unity, on each decision, and bring glory to God and benefits to our congregations.
Being loved by our Lord with you,
Pastor Job Lee, Senior Pastor
With fellow church leadership team