July 17, 2020
Dear TCCBC church family,
Greetings in the Lord to you and your family! The pandemic is currently still quite serious, with continuous increases in the number of infections every day. Globally, there are over 13.8 million infections and closing in on 600,000 deaths. Within the U.S., infection numbers have gone beyond 3.6 million, with deaths exceeding 140,000. California was reporting 11,126 daily infections this Wednesday, the second highest to date. Because of increasing epidemic numbers instead of declining, the state governor had ordered all businesses to close indoor operation, including those in Alameda county, which also includes worship services in church. Fortunately, there is good news on the horizon. It looks like there is good progress on certain vaccines’ development, and a number of treatments are entering the final phase of testing. It may be possible that they become available by September when the school year starts. These are merely being reported at this point. The actual status may yet be confirmed.
Among the headlines being reported currently is the discussion on whether schools can reopen and students return to school when the new school year starts. At this writing, I have heard both San Diego and Los Angeles school districts had decided to keep schools closed and would only offer online learning. It is possible that many more cities will follow. This extended school closure will have deep long term impact to education in this country. Even when online learning is possible, it cannot completely replace the learning environment offered in schools, unless parents are able to prepare and supplement their children’s learning plans. Setting aside my personal viewpoint, caring about our children’s learning should be what each family is concerned about. What options do parents have to fill the gaps and supplement insufficiencies from what is offered by schools? If you are interested, you may want to consider homeschooling as an alternative. Because of this, I sought special permission from Mr. and Mrs. Shou-I Liu to be available for providing homeschooling information. They have utilized homeschooling for their children for many years, and have had good results on their learning and education. If needed, you can consult with them. They will be happy to help you understand relevant aspects on it.
We have planned to start a Bible Study on Amos in August. The study is set for Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00. We will meet every two weeks over an online web cast. There will be a trial run on July 22. If you are interested in joining the Bible Study, please let me know before July 20 by replying to this email.
Last weekend, we learned about the July 8 passing of Karlson Poon who our church has been supporting. He is with our Lord, and no longer suffers on this earth. Please remember his wife, Fanny, and their three sons in your prayers. A simple, family setting memorial service is being arranged by a church in Southern California because of the pandemic and official restrictions. Our church will be collecting a love offering to express our caring to their family. If you have a burden to support them, you can give online by selecting “Poon Family Love Offering”, or mail a check to the church payable to TCCBC with “Poon Family Love Offering” on the memo line. We began this special offering last week, and will conclude the collection this Sunday. In addition, we will also be sending an additional support to them on behalf of the church. Thank you for your love and giving support.
Praying with you together,
Pastor Job Lee, Senior Pastor
With fellow church leadership team