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March 9, 2020

Dear Church Family and Friends,

This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

I have been thinking this week an awful lot about the sovereignty of God. Each day when we wake up, we have no idea what that day will bring. We can guess, we can assume, and we can expect, but we cannot know, only God knows. That truth IS our faith, and that is what we rest in-- God is in control and we are not, but ultimately our God is a good God!

That being said, as the media continues to report on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and as the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization continue to make recommendations regarding prevention of the virus’ spread, I want to assure you that we at PLCPC and the Red Brick Preschool are taking our own precautions to make sure our events, classrooms, and campus are as safe and hygienic as possible.

At present, there are no known cases of the virus in San Diego county and the likelihood of you getting the virus is extremely low, but in order to comply with recommendations, here are some of the changes you may see on our campus in upcoming days:

  • We have always been committed to regular cleaning and sanitizing of all of our classrooms and meeting spaces, in addition, we are also wiping down our door handles and light switches as an over precaution. If you feel a room or area needs some attention, please report it to the church office.
  • Any events and meetings that are serving food will be done so with a central server who will be asked to handle all food with sanitation gloves. Any potlucks are being asked to be put on hold until further notice.
  • Our communion protocol is changing to be more hygienic.
  • We are suspending the shaking of hands and hugs for the time being. Please show affection through elbow bumps and air hugs.
  • There are hand sanitizing stations all over the campus but please keep in mind, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds is the best option.
  • Also, if you are not feeling well, the best prevention of the spread of any disease is to stay home. Sometimes, fear of missing out (FOMO), is our biggest enemy. Don’t worry someone will fill you in!

At this point, we have no plans to cancel any of our gatherings or close our school. If it reaches that point, we also have plans in place to assure that we can still gather as a community online. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

You are loved,

Pastor Karla

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We are PLCPC: Transform Our World - Thin Space Location Prayer

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” The familiar line from Matthew 28 that we heard about in worship this week calls us to exclude no nation, no place, no person from a chance to be transformed by God’s love. One of the ways we can be a part of transforming God’s world is by praying in all places for all people. Our location prayer practice this week will help us do this.

People talk about “thin spaces” as places in our world were the veil between our world and the divine feels particularly thin. This might be a place of great beauty or special stillness, but it can be anywhere in which the place itself makes it easier for you to feel close to God.

For the first part of our prayer practice, go to a place like that, spend a moment feeling the Holy Spirit all around you in that place, and then say a huge, grand prayer for the transformation of our world. You can pray for the end to all wars, for reconciliation among all people, for the divisions in our country to be healed, for the love of God, grace of Christ, and presence of the Holy Spirit to become real to us all so that our souls will be restored and the whole world will be made new.

But don’t say Amen! Not yet. Go home first.

Right when you get home, in whatever grubby corner you normally kick off your shoes, stop and realize that God’s continual presence makes that plain space just as sacred and holy as any “thin space.” Spend a moment recognizing the Holy Spirit’s presence in that plain space and say another huge, grand prayer for transformation adding a prayer of thanksgiving that God’s love is alive in all places and that we are called to exclude no place and no one from the transforming power of God’s love shining in and through us.

Then say Amen and let it be so?

Take a picture of your thin space and your plain space and share them on social media tagging @pointlomachurch using #WeArePLCPC

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