Announcement No. 3
Emergency Contingency Planning Committee
Rutgers Community Christian Church
March 18, 2020
RCCC has just completed its first ever online live streaming Sunday worship services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Praise the Lord, nearly a thousand family units participated in various worship services. Pastor Sandy Liu’s live streaming seminar on parenting in the afternoon attracted about 200 units in attendance. In addition, starting last Friday, multiple fellowships have adopted online gatherings. Sunday school is also conducted online. Although the pandemic is worsening, RCCC’s hunger for the Lord is unabated. Brothers and sisters are encouraged to continue active participation as a family in online meetings. The online meeting web links are updated on the church website (ec.rccc.org) for your convenience.
From the first emergency notice we issued on March 11 to today, the pandemic in the United States and the world, especially in Europe, has become more severe in just one week. We have also experienced unprecedented measures in the United States, causing a lot of inconvenience. The dark shadow of sickness is hanging over our hearts. Many people feel helpless like never before. This has deepened our understanding that our high priest “is made like his brothers” (Hebrews 2:17). He has experienced human suffering, able to “empathize with our weaknesses” (Hebrews 4:15). “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4 : 16). On the other hand, even in the harsh and urgent circumstances, we also know that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth (Daniel 4:17). In this climate, we are resolutely convinced that God will let us learn and practice the prayer of unity and the urgent circumstances will stir up our equalizing sense of urgency in prayer. I urge everyone to actively participate in the online prayer meeting on Wednesday night, because God promises: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land “(2 Chronicles 7:14).
Because the governor of New Jersey has suggested that all non-essential and non-emergency travel is strongly discouraged beginning at 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. each day, the church Wednesday evening prayer meeting will only be conducted online in the foreseeable future. Please sign on instead to the proper web link and attend the online streaming prayer meeting. Elder John Huang will be sharing a message during tonight’s prayer meeting.