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Monthly Archive: March 2020

27
Mar

*** MARCH 27, 2020 *** UPDATE ON COVID-19

Hello Church! As we’re adjusting our lives to the new normal of social distancing and self-isolation, our Information Technology, Production Team, and Communication Team have been working countless hours behind the scenes to provide us with different online platforms to connect, share, and support one another in the name of Jesus. Please share your appreciation and support to the teams by commenting or giving them a shout out on social media!

[Pastor’s Corner] is now up on our website!

[ English ]        [ Children ]        [ Cantonese ]         [ Mandarin ]

Here you can find weekly devotional videos from our pastors to help you to refocus and uplift your spirit in this difficult time.

Your physical and mental health are top of mind for us too. Our church is also working with medical professionals to provide the most credible health and up-to-date information on COVID-19. Here are some recommended resources:

The municipal, provincial and federal governments have offered special programs to alleviate financial hardships. For more information, please visit these websites for more information:

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20
Mar

*** MARCH 20, 2020 *** UPDATE ON COVID-19

By now, you may have heard about how we’ve adopted changes to help protect our community, church members, and staff by complying with Alberta Health Services’ directives to restrict mass gatherings and keep social distancing.  As a result, the church building is now closed to all but essential staff, and programs and activities will move to online and the digital platforms until further notice.

Yet, in this uncertain time, we still worship the Lord our God with Sunday services but in a different format. Also, our leaders have thought innovatively to maintain social distancing while forging digital connections as Christ’s body.

Here are some of our church’s milestones:

  • First-ever online worship service live-streaming through our website last Sunday, March 15
  • First-ever prayer meetings online via video conferencing on Wednesday, March 18
  • Small groups meeting online on Thursday, March 19
  • Joshua Fellowship counsellor meeting online on Thursday, March 19

Pastors’ Corner

The fact that our church continues our God-given mission is a testament to the hard work and sacrifices made by our members.

To foster digital connections, your pastors have produced a video to share their thoughts with you. The video is available on YouTube: (https://youtu.be/dYXJEwDJMvA).

And new videos will follow. We’ll be posting weekly devotionals on YouTube. Check back frequently and visit our website for up-to-date links. Be encouraged!

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To speed up communication, decision making, and coordination, the Elder Board has assembled an Emergency Response Team to deal with the fluid situation.  Every day, the team assesses the latest developments and determines the church’s response by allocating and prioritizing resources. The team will also provide timely updates on our COVID-19 update page. (https://www.ecac.ca)

The team would love to hear your ideas on how the church is doing, and what we as Jesus’ disciples can do to show our radical love. Please share your ideas with the team through email:  [email protected]

We know that so many of you and your loved ones have been affected by this pandemic.… Click here to read more

18
Mar

*** MARCH 18, 2020 *** UPDATE ON COVID-19

As more COVID-19 cases are reported and the Alberta Government declares a state of public health emergency, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has announced directives to restrict mass gatherings and ensure social distancing. In view of this, we’re taking the following measures to help our community combat this pandemic and protect our members, attendees, and staff. Your safety and well-being are very important to us.

  1. All public meetings sponsored by our church are suspended. As a result, all church meetings will be exclusively online (virtual meeting) where possible, including prayer meetings, worship services, fellowship meetings, and small group meetings. We’re reviewing options to move these gatherings to online platforms and will update you when details become available. The respective leaders will contact you for the smaller group gatherings.
  2. The church building will be closed except to necessary staff, to do our part in prevention. You can still connect with church staff through phone and email. Please refer to our website or service bulletins for contact information.
  3. Updates will be posted on our website (www.ecac.ca) to coordinate the church activities throughout this public health crisis.
  4. We’re mindful that social distancing could lead to social isolation. The pastoral staff and leaders are looking at innovative ways to care, encourage, and provide hope in a time like this.
  5. As a caring community, we encourage you to reach out to each other, especially the most vulnerable, and stay in touch using telephone or video calling. This may serve to increase communication and help connect with one another like a body of Christ.

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers [and sisters] lived together in unity… for there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Psalm 133:1,3… Click here to read more

14
Mar

Our response to COVID-19

Edmonton Chinese Alliance Church would like to address COVID-19 with prayer and appropriate action. In response to the current situation and Alberta Health Services’ measures, here is our commitment to you and your safety:

  1. Sunday Worship services will be held as scheduled on March 15. Cantonese & Mandarin Joint Worship will be at 9:30am and English Worship at 11:15am.
  2. There will be an online live stream available on our website at www.ecac.ca. We encourage you to stay home and join the live stream of Sunday services.
  3. The Annual Membership Meeting, originally scheduled for March 15, will be postponed to a later date.
  4. We ask that if you are returning from out-of-country travel to self-quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you are feeling unwell, please stay home to prevent the spread of sickness. More information about COVID-19 can be found at www.albertahealthservices.ca.
  5. We’ve implemented additional sanitation measures and provided supplies at our church. We’ll encourage attendees to wash hands and use hand sanitizer while visiting.

Please continue to pray for the people affected by the pandemic, and for our health and safety. May the glory of God continue to manifest in this challenging time!

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13
Mar

ECAC preventive measures on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ECAC preventive measures on Coronavirus:

  • If you and your family members return from an area where an outbreak has occurred, please refrain from coming to church for 14 days. If you have any signs of illness (fever, cough & cold etc.), please stay at home and do not attend church meetings. You can listen to worship sermons at  https://www.ecac.ca/.
  • If you have cough and sneeze, please wear a mask.
  • When we greet each other, please smile and wave your hands. We will not shake hands.
  • Please pray that the virus disappears and the sick are cured. May the Lord bless and keep everyone healthy!
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