Covid-19 Update

A Message From Pastor Mark

To the Radiance Family,

By this time, many of us have been impacted by the effects of COVID-19. Amidst all of the news on the spread of the coronavirus, it's natural for us to feel anxious and fearful. Our world seems like it is being turned upside down, and every one of us is dealing with the stress caused by these events in different ways. Some of us might be dealing with feelings of sadness and even depression, others might be angry, and still others might simply be in denial.  Whatever you may be going through, our church is here for you, and I encourage you to reach out to myself or the staff and visit our Care page on our website. Additionally, I encourage all of us to find ways to support one another and serve our neighbors at this time. Visit our Outreach page to find ways to serve.

At this point, we know that the spread of the virus poses a significant threat to many, particularly those with underlying health issues. Within these more vulnerable groups, the fatality rate increases dramatically. Therefore, we will take all precautionary measures recommended by the CDC. To that end, I believe that it is our responsibility as a church to find alternate ways to meet for two main reasons: 

1.  Our shared compassion and concern for the well-being of the city and those at risk. 

2.  Compliance with Mayor London Breed's city ordinances to minimize large group gatherings to slow the spread of the virus. 

For now, we will continue to meet in the following ways: 

Sunday Service: Our website will be updated each week with our Sunday Service livestream video. Please join your community groups and virtually tune in at 10:30am to watch it together. If you're not currently in a community group, feel free to join our Sunday Welcome Zoom Room to get connected.

Prayer Meetings: We will continue our virtual Wednesday Night Prayer Meetings (8pm) and Friday Morning Prayer Meetings (8am) each week. If you have prayer requests, you can also send them to our prayer team.  

Community Groups: All CGs will meet virtually over Zoom. 

During these times of uncertainty, there can be a tendency to react out of fear, but the Scriptures remind us to respond positively from a position of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7). As a church, I pray that we would respond from a place of trust in the Lord's sovereignty over our lives. In the weeks to come, we will be sending out more updates as things progress. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at markchun@radiancesf.org. May the Lord protect and bless you! 

In His love,
Pastor Mark 

Radiance response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community. If you are in need of any kind of support, whether spiritual or practical or know of any nonprofit organizations in need, please visit our Care page for details. Additionally, to stay up to date on all our church's latest updates, please subscribe to our mailing list.
How is this affecting our Sunday services?
For the time being, we will not be meeting in person for Sunday Service. Instead, our website will be updated each week with our Sunday Service livestream video. Please join your community groups and virtually tune in at 10:30am to watch it together. If you're not currently in a community group, feel free to join our Sunday Welcome Zoom Room to get connected.

Is Radiance still meeting throughout this week?
All of our ministries have now moved to meeting virtually. This includes all of our outreach ministries, Wednesday Night Prayer, Friday Morning Prayer, All Teams Meetings, and Community Groups. Specifically: 

Prayer Meetings: We will continue our virtual Wednesday Night Prayer Meetings (8pm) and Friday Morning Prayer Meetings (8am) each week. If you have prayer requests, you can also send them to our prayer team.  
What about giving?
While we recognize and understand that financial giving may be difficult during these times of uncertainty, we encourage those who are able to, to continue in their giving. In response to the current circumstances, Radiance has created an additional "COVID-19" fund in our Pushpay giving platform. You can find our online giving options here.
What about our upcoming short term mission trips and retreats?
Based on the information from the CDC and World Health Organization, we are canceling our short term missions trip to Indonesia. At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in this trip to pray for the missionary and the people involved in their ministries. For other trips, please check back at a later date/time.

As of now, we will be canceling our women’s retreat. A detailed communication will be sent out to all participants.
What precautions can I take during this time?
We encourage everyone to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses by:

Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not readily available

Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

Avoiding close contact with people at a recommended distance of 6ft.

Staying home if you feel any flu-like symptoms

Covering your cough or sneeze with your arm

Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

How can I better understand the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things, but that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone, anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. Through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. If you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. Let’s continue to spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.

Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.

Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.

Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Much of our church family (and much of our city) is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. Just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.

Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate and participate in worship gatherings online.

Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.

(Above information is provided by McLean Bible Church and has been edited to fit the needs of Radiance Church)