“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16, NKJV).
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Today is Day 11 of the official California state lockdown. While we cannot physically gather together in worship as we have done at Palisades Lutheran for the past 50 years, we continue to worship together in spirit through services prepared for us by our pastor and other special people. William Temple, a once Archbishop of Canterbury wrote, “To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God.”
We invite you to continue to quicken your conscience by the holiness of God, to feed your mind with the truth of God, to be overcome by the beauty of God, and to open your heart to the love of God so that you can devote your will to God’s purposes—through the Messages to the Flock posted on our website (https://www.plc.cc), through your own private meditations, and by participating in the worship service posted every Sunday morning on the church website.
1. Online Sunday Services Continue Until It is Safe to Gather Again. We will continue to post pre-recorded 30-minute worship services every Sunday that we are not able to gather physically to worship. The services will include music by our talented musicians and soloists, Scripture readings, prayers, and a message from Pastor Frese. To access the worship service, go to the church website and click on the worship link on the homepage on Sunday morning.
We are in need of readers, musicians, and soloists!We cannot post the music performed by union musicians online, so if you are an amateur reader, musician, or soloist, now is your time to shine!If you love to read the Scriptures or make a joyful noise to the Lord, please contact Denisa Hanna (VP@plc.cc) or Pastor Frese to offer your talents in the coming weeks (email@example.com). You would videotape your reading or performance with your smart phone in your home and email it to Joe Ramirez, who will get it to our videographer to add it to the worship service.
2. Messages of Hope. Pastor has videotaped a few mini messages that are now posted on the website (https://www.plc.cc) to help us weather the current storm. Members other than the pastor are encouraged to record these messages of encouragement for posting on the website. Please check the website frequently to view the messages during this difficult period.
3. Outposts of Hope. Pastor Frese is asking you to make your home an "outpost of hope" by continue to do some or all of the following:
Keep a hopeful attitude, especially through daily prayer and Bible study;
Pray every day for at least five of your neighbors by name;
Show mercy and care to your neighbors in whatever way possible;
Call other members of PLC as often as you can for mutual care and affirmation;
Tie a yellow ribbon around a tree in your front yard or post a yellow ribbon somewhere on the front of your property, as a symbol of hope.
4. Lenten Prayer Partner Sign-up Extended. We are extending the time for you to sign up to receive a prayer partner during Lent and beyond. Please contact Pastor Frese at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be assigned a prayer partner, which would involve the following:
Pray for him/her whenever possible;
Share confidential prayer requests with your prayer partner if you are led to do so;
Have the assurance that a brother or sister in Christ is praying for you frequently!
5. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Services. The Elders, Pastor Frese, and the worship team are working on short worship Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services to be posted on the church website during Holy Week. Check the website during Holy Week for these special services. The Easter service will be online as well, but a special Easter celebration will be scheduled at church when it is safe to gather again.
6. Stewardship. We ask that you continue to keep PLC, its leaders, and its flock in your prayers daily. Please also contact the pastor if you have a skill or talent that the church could use at this time. In addition, we are asking for your continued financial assistance to help support the existing church staff and programs, in addition to the programs we are adding and hope to add to reach out to our neighbors in need. Your donations to PLC can be made in several ways:
Checks made payable to PLC, attention: Romana Pichel, 15905 Sunset Blvd. P.P., 90272;
On-line payments on the PLC website or through your bank’s website;
Text payments (click on PLC’s website’s “Give” tab);
Direct Deposit (contact your bank’s website for instructions).
7. Communications. If you know of anyone in the congregation or in the community who is not currently receiving PLC’s email communications, but would like to receive them, please advise Cynthia Magana at CynthiaMagana@plc.cc. Also, if you know of anyone who does not use email, please advise Cynthia of the person’s name/address so that she can mail letters, etc.
8. Caring Committee. One focus of PLC in the coming weeks will be to reach out to those in our flock and in the community, who need help with meals, groceries, and the like. If you would like to be a part of providing help and support in the coming weeks, please contact us at Caring@plc.cc. Likewise, if you or someone you know is in need of such help, please contact the Caring Committee. The Palisadian Post has a list of restaurants offering take-out and delivery, as well as the hours of local markets on their website (https://www.palipost.com).
9. Prayers Needed. Please continue to pray for all medical personnel, patients, public health officials, and other government officials as they seek to heal those who are battling the virus and struggling to contain the spread of the virus within communities. Pray that they are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to use their skills and resources to find effective treatments and a vaccine to promote and protect the health of their patients and communities. Pray that the government implements programs to care for the homeless and for all in need of assistance.
Moving Forward Together in Christ,
The Council and the Board of Elders