Email to family March 18, 2020
Dear PBCC Family,
As you all know, Santa Clara County has mandated a “Shelter in Place” until Tuesday, April 7.
While this news is unsettling and disruptive for all of us on different levels, together we must also be reminded to draw near to God, seek His heart and mind, and seek to grow stronger as a community. “We long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus” (Phil 1:8). Paul’s words in Philippians fit with how we, as the PBCC leadership, feel during this unprecedented journey. We long for you all, as we say the words of the Psalmist, “The Lord is our refuge and our stronghold, our God, in whom we trust… We will not be afraid” (Ps 91). Campus Closed / Live Streaming Open All activities at the PBCC campus have been cancelled until further notice. But, social distancing does not need to mean social isolation! We will gather together again virtually this Sunday morning (March 22) at 8:30 am for live streaming. As we did last Sunday, the service will be live at 8:30, then posted for viewing afterward.
Need Help or Prayer? The PBCC leadership wants to care for our family as best as we can during this time. Therefore, if you have a need, please do not hesitate to reach out. If you are involved in a small group at PBCC, we are encouraging you to first reach out to your small group leader. If you are not involved in a small group or cannot get in touch with your small group leader, please feel free to contact our team of deacons by e-mail at deacons@PBCC.org, or by leaving a voicemail at 408-366-6693. You can also email one of the pastors as well. Also, if you have a prayer request, feel free to click here and fill out the form.
Want to Help? The PBCC leadership also wants to assist and encourage our entire church family in caring for one another as we walk together during this season of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak in our community. Ephesians 4:11-17 reminds us that we are the body of Christ, joined together, being built up in love, as each part does its work. As we reflect on this invitation to participate together to participate together in the Lord’s work and as we wisely follow the orders and recommendations of public health officials, we can each personally respond. For some, this may entail staying home, spending time in prayer and making phone calls to loved ones. For some, it may mean becoming available to tangibly support the more vulnerable members of our body. If you are not in the higher risk category, i.e., if you are under 50 years old and have no underlying health conditions, and are available to volunteer as needs arise in the coming weeks, please send a quick note with your name and phone number to email@example.com. (We realize that some of you may have previously signed up to volunteer with the deacons or in other areas. During this time of special circumstances, we are asking everyone to give us a fresh indication of your willingness and availability to help.)
Daily updates from the PBCC Pastors The PBCC leadership is working on a number of different ways we can stay connected by making available online devotionals, teachings and music. Stay tuned as we have this in the works! What to do? Maybe you are wondering what to do during this time of “Shelter in Place”? Here are some tips for staying encouraged on a day-to-day basis:
- Do one thing outside. Go for a walk, bask in the sun, or spend some time (with appropriate social distancing) in the park.
- Call one person in the PBCC family to check in, pray, and encourage one another.
- Take one hour to step away from the news cycle and do something that brings you life.
- Spend some time in the Word, praying or listening to a sermon. You can even re-watch the Sunday Live Stream service as all services will remain accessible anytime online.
E-mail Updates Our current plan is to continue to send out our newsletter on a weekly basis as well as other updates as needed if a change in the directives from public health officials impacts PBCC’s operations.
Giving The PBCC leadership appreciates your continued financial support during this difficult time. As of today, mail is still being delivered, so physical checks can continue to be mailed to the PBCC office. Another new option for PBCC is our “text-to-give” option. For this option, the number is 669-208-7111. Text “GIVE”, then the amount. The other option is to go to the giving page on our website: pbcc.org/giving.
Public Health Updates We encourage you to visit the websites for the CDC and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to keep updated with the latest and most reliable information for our area. Lastly, know that the PBCC leadership is praying for you. Blessings to you all, and we’ll see you online this Sunday.
As of Thursday, March 12, 2020, all on-campus activities are canceled until March 28, 2020. Further cancellations may be required and will be posted here.
Email to family March 12, 2020
Dear PBCC Family,
The last few days have seen our community walk a journey that we could not have imagined even two weeks ago. We appreciate all of you and how we are working together through this new and ever-changing situation. Psalm 27:1 says, “The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” This verse helped the PBCC leadership take a breath and raise our gaze to the One who holds us all in his hands. He is in control, and he is with us on this journey.
As we mentioned last week, the PBCC leadership wants to care for our family as best as we can, including the physical well-being of our body. As the situation has developed this week, we have felt the Lord leading us to consider how best to “love our neighbors” (Mk 12:31) and “in humility count others more significant than ourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Phil 2:3-4). As members of the Santa Clara County community, we want to consider how best to join our neighbors in mitigating the impact of the virus on our community at large.
To this end, we are cancelling our “in-person” Sunday morning services this week (March 15) and at least next week (March 22).
Though our campus will be closed on Sunday morning, this does not mean we are not meeting. As befits a church in the heart of Silicon Valley, we will be using some of the technology that many of you work so hard developing. We will still be gathering together virtually, live-streaming our service (music, announcements and sermon) at 8:30 AM. It will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6Jh7MZVjmlPntfCQ1fp_g/ . The service will continue to be available for viewing afterwards. This will be the first time we do this, so we ask for your patience and grace, as we may encounter technical difficulties. But, this is moving us into the 21st century, 20 years late. 🙂 And, for those of you who struggle to get your family to church on time, here is the moment you’ve been waiting for. 🙂
The staff met today and determined the best route forward was to cancel all other activities on campus until March 28. We ask for your patience during this time. We will be posting updates on our website, in addition to sending e-mail updates. If you know anyone who is not receiving our e-mail updates, could you please contact them with this information and encourage them to sign up for our e-newsletter.
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working in our community to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but rather be still and know that he is God. As part of the body of Christ, let’s use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and in our care for others.
If you have any needs during this time, please contact our team of deacons by e-mail at deacons@PBCC.org, or leaving a voicemail at 408-366-6693. Finally, if you have any questions, please send those to coronavirus@PBCC.org.
Lastly, know that the PBCC leadership is praying for you. Blessings to you all, and we’ll see you online this Sunday.