COVID-19 INFORMATION UPDATES


15th Update
Sent Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Dear Church Family,

Jeremiah 29:7 says, “Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

The Context, Our Context, The State of Our Country

Last week’s (May 24-May 31) news events have shook our nation to its core amid a pandemic which is far from over.  San Diego has not been immune with at least 4 consecutive days and nights of protests which have turned violent and destructive with looting occurring.  These protests stemmed from not only the death of George Floyd at the hands and knees of police officers but also the apparent racial profiling and manhandling of an African American youth at the Grossmont Trolley station by a La Mesa Police officer.  Those events, in addition to the Ahmaud Arbery shooting in Georgia and Breonna Taylor shooting in Louisville, Kentucky in which African Americans have been killed has been all too common for far too long.  In addition, the justice system apparently does not seem to actually produce justice in many of these cases (Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile).  Throw on top of all that the video of Amy Cooper, a white woman in Central Park, NYC weaponizing the knowledge that the system works in her favor, toward a black man birdwatching.

At the same time, a police officer in Las Vegas is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head, four policemen were injured in St. Louis from gunshots, a few policemen were injured by a SUV trying to run them over.  A retired (black) police captain was shot to death trying to stop looting of a pawn shop.  Two banks in La Mesa were burnt down and many shops looted.

It certainly was a perfect storm of a week to set the nation over the edge as a second wave of Covid-19 is feared and businesses that were just set to reopen have now been shuttered yet again.

Isaiah 1:16b-17 says, “…stop doing wrong.  Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.”

Our Place, Our Role, Our Complicity

             With the month of May being Asian Pacific Heritage Month just ended, and the release of the PBS documentary entitled Asian Americans highlighting the history which included much racism against Asians in this country, we stand in a unique position in society having experienced overt, and tragic racism such as the Japanese internment camps, and Vincent Chin to legislation that excluded immigration, to voice out our position against racism.

             Here are words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his Letter from a Birmingham Jail,

  …I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

             I pose these two questions:  Is this the place where Asian Americans today stand?  Does staying silent and doing nothing makes us complicit?

             Amos 5:14-15a says, “Seek good, not evil, that you may live.  Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.  15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.

So, what can we do?

First, we condemn all police brutality, especially the 4 officers present when George Floyd was killed.  Note:  one of the four officers was Asian, and he stood idly by and watched it happen.  We cry out for justice in the midst of such injustice and all other injustices like it.  While we support the peaceful protests that have sprung up in San Diego, as well as in cities around our nation and the world, we denounce the violence, rioting, and looting that has often occurred when night falls.  We pray for our police force (many who are good) who attempt to maintain order and protect citizens and businesses while being the focus of these protests that put them in danger.

Second, we want to raise awareness of these injustices and movements to prevent them. Please do not grow numb to another story of another officer killing another black man.  For those old enough, watch the graphic videos.  Read the stories.  Remember their names.  Educate yourself in regard to the issues.

Talk to your families about racism.  Here’s a link to resources:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NW89wNp0hMHq6eGWaxsHDv2WS9pP4-16Z63zUA2qNTA/edit

We are planning to host some educational meetings (virtually) and forums.  We are taking a look at a book and sermon series authored by Pastor Miles McPherson of the Rock church called The Third Option about race issues in America.  We are looking at other materials as well.  We choose to no longer be passive but active in our pursuit of justice especially in regard to race.

Third, stand with others who fight for justice.  We can, at the very least, virtually stand in solidarity with the movements for true reform in police tactics, and the criminal justice system.  Write your elected officials to let them know what you want to see and where you stand.  While you may receive back a canned response, they do take these communications into account.  Post on social media.  Let your voice be heard.  Speak up and speak out.  Let us talk to each other about these matters.  Don’t stay silent.

             Racism is about unequal power and resources, so one of the best things we can do is to share our resources.  The elder council is looking into organizations fighting this good fight to whom we can make a financial contribution and recommend for your support as well.

Lastly, we, the church leaders, call on CEC to commit to pray over this matter, starting with our Friday night prayer meeting (https://cec-sd.org/prayer), as well as directing our small groups and fellowships to set aside time for prayer.  As Christians, we believe prayer is powerful.  This is not the least we can do, but rather a powerful weapon against the forces and principalities of this present dark age (Eph.6:12).  We pray for the hearts of all those who call themselves Christian to see the image of God in all humanity regardless of their skin color.

The God we worship is a good God.  A merciful God.  A sovereign God.  A just God.  And He calls us to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God (Micah 6:8).  And the Good News is that He has already come and dealt with the root issue of racism which is sin in our hearts.  He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for sin (John 3:16).  And Jesus will come again to once and for all set things right and bring healing and renew the world.  We encourage you to ultimately look to God during this time.  Repent of any sinful racist tendencies that lie in all our hearts (Matthew 7:3-5).  And hope and pray to the one who can wipe every tear away and make right every wrong (Revelation 21:4).

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Jimmy Lee & the Elder Council


14th Update
Sent Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

Thank you for your financial support of CEC.  Due to the shelter in place order, many of you have had to change the way you give to online donations or mailing in checks.  We thank you for your flexibility.  At the end of April, we had a general fund deficit of $60k, which is similar to last year’s April deficit.  We have three months of reserve in the general fund.  As we enter into this recession, there is a need to increase our financial reserves in case of a shortfall in giving.  Around half a dozen of our church members have been laid-off so far, which is greater than the number of church members laid-off during the last two recessions.  Although we typically close the year without a deficit due to strong yearend giving, there is less certainty that we will be able to do so again this year.

To help secure our finances, on April 10th, we submitted an application for a Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loan through Bank of America for $102,000.  On May 1st, we were approved for the requested loan amount by the Small Business Administration in accordance with PPP.  Bank of America provides the loan at 1% annual interest rate with the Small Business Administration (SBA) underwriting it.  If the loan is used towards wages, rent and utilities within 2.5 months, then the SBA will forgive the loan.  If we do not follow the requirements for forgiveness of the loan, then the entire loan amount will need to be repaid to Bank of America within two years with interest accrued beginning with the date of loan issuance.  On May 3rd, after much discussion, the elder council approved accepting the loan as a loan to increase our financial reserves.  If you are interested in reading our discussion paper, please let me know and I can send you a copy.

Please consider how you can give to help CEC during this more turbulent time.

Join us for our regular Sunday services at: www.cec-sd.org/livestream.

Join us at our regular 6:45pm Friday night prayer meeting at: https://cec-sd.org/prayer.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


13th Update
Sent Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

I do not have an update for this week.

Please join us for our regular Sunday services at: www.cec-sd.org/livestream.

Please join us at our regular 6:45pm Friday night prayer meeting at: https://cec-sd.org/prayer.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


12th Update
Sent Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

King Solomon was one of the wisest kings on earth.  His ability to plan and organize was so extraordinary the Queen of Sheba remarked that his officials must feel blessed to serve under him.  Even with his planning prowess, King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”  Solomon is truly wise.  We had many plans for this year until the COVID 19 pandemic.  Now we are all trying to plan with the pandemic in mind.  In the end, whatever our plans, God’s purposes will prevail!

Last week, our governor outlined his plans to re-open the state in several stages.  Stage 1 is shelter in place, which we are currently experiencing.  Stage 2 is lifting restriction on low risk workplaces like retail and manufacturing, which may happen on Friday.  Stage 3 is lifting restrictions on personal care businesses and religious services, which will happen in months and not weeks according to our governor.  Finally, Stage 4 is lifting restrictions on the highest risk venues like sports with live crowds after therapeutics have been developed.

The elders have begun discussing what to do when Stage 3 arrives.  Presently, we do not have any guidelines from the state about how churches will be allowed to open in Stage 3.  Perhaps, we will only be allowed to worship at 25% capacity.  Perhaps, we will have to maintain social distancing.  Perhaps, there will be no restrictions.  At this point, it is difficult to develop a detailed plan without guidance from the state.

However, in lieu of a detailed plan, we have developed a big picture plan.  First, once churches are allowed to meet, we plan to offer both physical services abiding by the state guidelines and online streaming services.  We understand that even if there are no restrictions, many may not feel comfortable worshiping together until a vaccine or therapeutic is developed.  Second, we plan to open up the campus in phases, starting from the smallest to the largest congregation.  In this way, we can ensure the social distancing necessary to keep everyone as safe as possible.  As we receive guidelines from the state, we will refine these plans with more details.

Hopefully what is written here gives you a general sense of what will happen this year.  I appreciate the blessing of worshiping with you online and look forward to the day when we can all meet physically again.

Please join us for our regular Sunday services at: www.cec-sd.org/livestream.

Please join us at our regular 6:45pm Friday night prayer meeting at:  is https://cec-sd.org/prayer

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


11th Update
Sent Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

As we head towards the beginning of May, I want to encourage everyone to remain cautious in sheltering in place and wearing masks when venturing outside.  The number of new cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in San Diego.  In Luke 10:27, God commands us to love our neighbors.  To love our neighbors is to not infect them.

Although we are to live cautiously for the sake of our neighbors, we are also to live boldly for the sake of Christ.  In 2 Corinthians 3:12, the Apostle Paul says, “Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold.”  In the subsequent verses, Paul explains that we have hope in Christ transforming us into his glorious likeness.  We are to be bold so that others may see Christ in us.  In a sense by being both cautious and bold, we are being like Christ, our savior, who is both a lamb and a lion.  As a lamb, we are cautious with our freedom to save lives, and as a lion, we live out Christ boldly to save lives.

So how do we live boldly?

First, join us in the 6k Virtual Walk for Water on May 16th.  World Vision will send you a t-shirt, bib, and medal if you sign-up by May 2nd.  You can walk around with your t-shirt, bib, and mask in your backyard, house, or neighborhood, and help provide clean water to those in need, which will save lives especially during this pandemic.  The youth groups from Harvest Evangelical Church and Chinese Bible Church will be joining us.  Please sign-up at https://www.teamworldvision.org/team/CECSD.

Second, look for ways to live out Christ in our city.  Last month, Mayor Kevin Faulconer encouraged San Diegans to volunteer blood and services during this pandemic.  A number of us gave blood at the San Diego Blood Bank.  It is easy, hygienic, and saves lives.  Go to https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/ to make an appointment.  You can also volunteer at the San Diego Food Bank to distribute food so the poor will not starve.  The center is located in Miramar, and they have procedures to keep everyone safe.  Volunteer at: https://sandiegofoodbank.org/volunteer/.

Third, help keep our frontline workers safe.  Chinese Christian Herald Crusades in San Diego is trying to raise $6000 to provide 10,000 masks for San Diegans.  The San Diego Fire Station, Police Station, Kaiser Hospital, Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Sharp Memorial Hospital, and Scripps Hospital San Diego will each receive 1,000 masks.  In addition, a few volunteers will be wearing full PPE to distribute 4,000 masks by drive-through at their center on Saturday, May 2nd from 10-11AM. You can give by writing a check payable to CCHC with "San Diego Masks Donations" in the memo line, and mail it to CCHC at 4282 Genesee Ave, Suite 102, San Diego, CA 92117.

Finally, pray with your neighbors when there is an opportunity assuming proper social distancing.  This week I ran into my neighbor while picking up the mail.  He seemed worried and concerned about the world, and I wish I had prayed with him but was in a rush to get back inside the house.  I am praying for an opportunity to run into him again so I can pray for him while practicing proper social distancing so his family can take a step closer to Christ.

May we be cautious yet bold, like a lamb and a lion this week for the sake of our neighbors and Christ!

Please join us for our regular Sunday services at: www.cec-sd.org/livestream and remember to prepare for communion at home.  I will send out another note about who can participate in communion. Stay tuned!

Please join us at our regular 6:45pm Friday night prayer meeting at:  https://zoom.us/j/671237250.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


10th Update
Sent Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

I pray that you are flourishing during this time of shelter in place.  May God make you like the tree in Psalm 1.  This tree flourished in all seasons, because it was rooted in God.

I do not have a major update for this week as we continue in our new normal.  We are celebrating communion on Sunday, May 3rd.  Please have a grape based drink and form of bread ready for next week's service.  If you need a communion kit, please contact your congregational pastor.

Please join us for our regular Sunday services at: www.cec-sd.org/livestream.

Please join us at our regular 6:45pm Friday night prayer meeting at:  https://zoom.us/j/671237250.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


9th Update
Sent Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

We have now experienced a little over a month of shelter in place.  The numbers of infections and deaths have started to stabilize in California, and the Western States governors are starting to discuss the conditions for ending this shelter in place order.  The end is coming, but the end is not yet in sight.

Knowing that the shelter in place order will be history one day, I've asked myself, “How will I look back upon this unique time in history?  What is it that God is trying to teach me during this time?”

Two thoughts come to mind immediately, much of it informed by the Children of Israel’s wandering through the desert.  First, God is just as present during this time as he was during the more normal times, but he is often experienced in a way that is most needed.  God was always with the Children of Israel, but he appeared as a pillar of fire by night and a pillar of cloud by day to guide the Children of Israel through the desert (Numbers 14:14).  Likewise, I have had a greater appreciation of God’s comfort and protection during this pandemic than I would have during normal times even though God is always present.  Second, sometimes we need the wilderness to experience God’s word more deeply.  The Ten Commandments and the Law were given in the desert and not the Promised Land (Nehemiah 9:13).  God’s people learned his Laws in the desert with little distractions.  It is not a surprise that they forgot and stopped practicing the Law once they started living in the Promised Land.  Likewise, as I’ve experienced God’s word more deeply during this time, I need to make sure not to let the busyness of this world crowd out God’s word once life becomes normal again.

I hope the thoughts above are an encouragement to you.  If you haven’t started, I pray that you will start to reflect on what God is trying to teach you during this pandemic.

It was a great blessing to worship with you during our Good Friday and Easter services.  We have services at the regular time this Sunday, and you can join our services at: https://cec-sd.org/livestream/.

Please join us at our Friday night prayer meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/671237250.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven


8th Update
Sent Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

This week, God brought to mind this passage from Genesis 50:19, “But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.’”

Many of you know Joseph’s story well.  His brothers sold him into slavery because they were jealous of their father’s love for him.  Through this evil, God eventually made Joseph second to Pharaoh.  In this elevated position, Joseph saved Egypt and his family.  God redeemed the evil to save many lives.

Nearly two thousand years later, we see this story echo in history.  The religious leaders were jealous of Jesus, and they rallied the people to have him crucified on Good Friday.  On Easter Sunday, Christ rose from the dead.  God redeemed this evil to bring spiritual salvation to all who would believe.  Many who were at Christ’s trial and crucifixion would later become Christians in Acts 2.   We celebrate this redemption on Good Friday and Easter.

Today, we may see this story echo once again.  In the midst of this COVID 19 pandemic, God can redeem this evil to save many lives.  With the constant worry about the future, health, and death, our unbelieving friends, families and colleagues may be more open to the gospel than just two months ago when life was normal.  I encourage you to invite them to watch our Good Friday or Easter Services online.  In the Easter services, we’ll also have testimonies in each service.  The online services may be one of the most convenient ways for them to hear the gospel.  May God who redeemed evil to save many lives in the past do so once again!

The Good Friday services will be held this Friday at 7:30pm.  Below are the links:

The Easter services will be held this Sunday at our regular service times.  Below are the links:

If you forget any of the above links, you can always find our online services at: https://cec-sd.org/livestream/.

If you have any difficulties setting up Zoom, please contact Andy Kho at (619) 777-6546 , Cam Kuey at (858) 437-7642, or Daniel Lieu at (858) 472-1681.  If you need help in Cantonese, please contact  Bill Chu at shui.bill.chu@gmail.com or 858-312-1139.

Finally, let us continue to seek God together in prayer.  Let us pray for God to redeem the COVID19 pandemic to save many lives.  Due to Good Friday, our regular prayer meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Thursday.  The link is: https://zoom.us/j/671237250.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


7th Update
Sent Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

Easter is approaching and will be here in less than two weeks.  We are past the midway point of the Lenten season, a time of fasting to prepare for Easter.  In a mysterious way, the shelter in place order is a form of fasting.  We have had to give up various activities, conveniences, and goods during this period, while praying and seeking God more than usual.  I feel that our hearts may be more prepared to celebrate Good Friday and Easter than in any other time in the past.  So like Peter, we praise God for this time of trials.  In 1 Peter 1:6, Peter says, “In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Good Friday Services- April 10th at 7:30pm

We praise God that we are moving forward with our Good Friday services.  The services will be conducted in respective languages only, meaning no translation.  A link will be sent out next week.

Preparing for Communion during Good Friday Service

Jesus instituted communion on Good Friday in Luke 22:19-22, and the early Christians celebrated communion in their homes in Acts 2:44-46.  Similarly, we will be celebrating communion in our homes on the Good Friday.   Before the Good Friday services begin, I encourage you to prepare some grape based drink at home for the cup and also a small plate of bread, crackers, or pita, etc.  At the appropriate time in the service, we will prompt you to take the cup and the bread.  If you are not able to obtain grape juice and bread, please let your congregational pastor know, and we will bring you a communion kit.

Easter Celebration Services-April 12th (regular service times)

We also praise God that we are moving forward with our Easter services.  Please note the following:

  •         Again there will be a service for each congregation without translation.
  •         We will be postponing the baptisms to a later date.
  •         However, we hope to have some testimonies to encourage you.

This Sunday’s Worship service links below: (April 5th, 2020)

If you have any difficulties setting up Zoom, please contact Andy Kho at (619) 777-6546 , Cam Kuey at (858) 437-7642, or Daniel Lieu at (858) 472-1681.

Finally, let us continue to seek God together in prayer.  Let us pray for the physical and spiritual healing of our nation.  The next two weeks are forecasted to be difficult time for our nation.  Please join me at the Friday night prayer meeting at 6:45pm: https://zoom.us/j/671237250.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


6th Update
Sent Wednesday, March 25th, 2020


Dear CEC Family,

In the midst of the COVID19 storm, like the prophet Isaiah, we praise God for his perfect faithfulness, his sovereignty, and sheltering us.  Isaiah declared in Isaiah 25:1 & 4a, “O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago … You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat.”

We are thankful to God that we can take shelter together with our God through Zoom.  Last week we held our first Zoom worship services.  A number of you commented that the Zoom services were intimate and the breakout times welcomed.  We’ll continue our Zoom worship services for this weekend at the regular service times below:

Click on one of the links above to join a service.  These links will remain the same as long as we have online worship services.  If you have any difficulties setting up Zoom, please contact Andy Kho at (619) 777-6546 , Cam Kuey at (858) 437-7642, or Daniel Lieu at (858) 472-1681.

In this time of crisis, the elders, deacons, pastors and staff are concerned about the needs of our people.  We have caring teams setup in each congregation to minister to people.  In addition, we are actively identifying individuals, who have experienced job loss and may need some assistance in the future.  We are planning to use the benevolence fund to provide assistance, and the assistance will be based upon the number of individuals requesting help and the amount available in the benevolence fund.  Currently, there is $6800 in this fund.  Please consider directing additional giving to the benevolence fund to help those in need.  If you are in need of financial assistance due to financial distress, please  let us know by contacting your congregational pastor.

Finally, let us seek God together in prayer.  Of special need in prayer are our healthcare workers.  Many of them serve on the front line of the crisis, and currently there is a great shortage of personal protective equipment.  Please pray for God’s protection as they sacrificially attend to the sick, and please pray for their families who may have to maintain social distancing or more from them in case they get sick.  I am looking forward to praying together with you at the Friday night prayer meeting at 6:45pm: https://zoom.us/j/671237250.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


5th Update
Sent Friday, March 20th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

Things continue to change rapidly!  Yesterday, just a few hours after our last update, Gavin Newsom gave the order for all Californians to shelter in place.  Since we are no longer able to meet at church, we will not be able to live stream Sunday’s services.

Instead, our services will be broadcast through Zoom.  Zoom is a conferencing software, and the pastors are adjusting the design of the services to utilize the strengths of this medium.  We will shorten the message and singing portions of each service, and we will provide time after the sermon for you to discuss, chat and pray with 4-5 individuals in a virtual breakout room.  We pray that this format will help you to worship God and foster greater connection in a time of turmoil and isolation.

To join any of these three services, click on one of the links above and follow the instructions to join the meeting.

Several individuals on the technology team have volunteered to provide technical support for the setup of Zoom if you need it.  You can contact:

Finally, I am thankful to God that we can continue to worship Him together and connect with each other even while we shelter in place.  Let us take advantage of this opportunity!  I look forward to worshiping God with you, and I look forward to praying with you tonight at 6:45pm at our Friday night prayer meeting: https://zoom.us/j/586087140.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


4th Update
Sent Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

During this coronavirus pandemic, we rest in our mighty God like King David who said in Psalm 18:1-2,   “I love you, O LORD, my strength.  The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom, I take refuge.  He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

I am thankful to God for our technology team (Andy Kho, Cameron Kuey, Daniel Lieu, Garrett Lo, Josh Kuey, Kye Cheung, Steven Chan, and Xristian Escala), who worked tirelessly to put together our live streaming services so that we can worship God safely.  We were encouraged by your positive responses to the services.  Many of you felt that the live streaming services helped bring a sense of normalcy and connection to church that was greatly needed during a time of increasing turmoil and isolation.

Some of you may already know that six county governments in the Bay Area have prohibited any public gatherings by issuing orders for residents to shelter in place for three weeks.   In my opinion, it is only a matter of time before we will have to shelter in place in San Diego.  If San Diego County issues a shelter in place order, we will no longer be able to live stream from church and will switch to Zoom to broadcast our services from homes.

Our elders met on Wednesday night, and we agreed to continue suspending all physical meetings at church.  We will be rolling out Zoom so that fellowships and small groups can meet online.  We also agreed to keep our live streaming services running as long as possible to give our people normalcy and connection in worshiping God together through this technology.

The White House issued a guideline to limit the size of all gatherings to 10 people or less.  To comply with this guideline, we will limit the total number of individuals running each service to 10.  We encourage you to watch the live stream at home with your family and small group, but to limit the number of individuals at your home to 10 or less and to maintain social distancing.

The technology team is working very hard to add live streaming to Fellowship Hall.  There are issues with the wifi bandwidth, which they will be testing on Saturday.  If all goes well, the worship schedule will be as follows:

If they are not able to setup live streaming in Fellowship Hall, the Mandarin service will start at 12:45pm and will be live streamed from the sanctuary with the same live streaming link above.  The above links will be activated on Sunday morning.  We will give you an update on Saturday afternoon or evening about this Sunday’s services.

Our pastoral staff continues to work closely with the leadership teams to address any concerns and needs.  If you have any concerns, please reach out to them or me at stevensiu@cec-sd.org.

Please pray for our church, local community, nation and world.  We pray that God will bring both physical and spiritual healing to our world.  I have scheduled an online prayer meeting on Zoom at 6:45pm this Friday.  Please join the prayer meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/586087140.  You can also dial into the prayer meeting at 1-669-900-9128 meeting number 586-087-140.

Finally, Dr. John Wu sent me an encouraging and biblically written devotional by a Point Loma Nazarene professor.  You can read it here: https://mailchi.mp/7a30c9484b98/coronavirus-clarity?e=ff2b1f18e3

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


3rd Update
Sent Friday, March 13th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

Everything changed quickly since our last update on Wednesday night.  As many of you know, on Thursday, the California Department of Public Health issued a directive limiting public gatherings to 250 or less and recommending 6 feet of social distance between participants in gatherings.

In light of this directive, the elder council met on Thursday night to plan the changes necessary prioritizing worshiping God together while addressing the public safety recommendations of our civic authority.   In order to reduce potential exposure to the virus, we are suspending all meetings this weekend.  We will review this decision on a week by week basis and send you weekly updates.  You can also read our updates and Dr. Dale Lieu’s medical update at http://jkg.f9d.myftpupload.com/covid19.

We will continue to worship the Lord corporately via live streaming on Sunday morning.  Please join us online at: http://jkg.f9d.myftpupload.com/livestream.  This link will become live just before the service starts.  We encourage you to participate at home in our online service with your family or small group for greater accountability and community.  The technology team worked very hard this week to purchase the equipment necessary and setup the streaming platform.  This Sunday will be our first time live streaming a service.  There may be glitches.  However, we pray that the experience of worshiping together will be a blessing.

Below is the schedule of our online services for this Sunday:

  • 9:00am – English worship service
  • 10:30am – Cantonese worship service
  • 12:00pm – Mandarin worship service

Each congregational pastor will work closely with their respective leadership teams to address any concerns and needs.  For the college and youth, Pastor Brandon has sent you an email to update you with his plans.  For the children’s ministry, Director Rachel will be sending parents weekly Sunday school materials to teach your children.

During this time, we are reminded by the Apostle John in 1 John 4:16, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.  God is love.  Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them."  This love of God in us, this perfect love casts out fear (1John 4:18), which is exactly what our society needs at this time.  We have a tremendous opportunity to transform the world through love.  Please care for the elderly and disabled within and outside of the church; they will be highly affected by the state directives.

Finally, please pray for our church, local community, nation and world.  We pray that God will bring both physical and spiritual healing to our world.  I have scheduled an online prayer meeting on Zoom at 6:45pm this Friday.  Please join the prayer meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/854270966

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu


親愛的華人傳道會大家庭平安,

自從週三晚上教會送出去給大家的電郵信息之後,事情變的很快;很多人在周四,3/12,都已經知道加州的公共衛生局已經提出直接的通告,希望公眾聚集在250人以上的,取消或延遲聚集;人數較少的聚集,至少每個人要保持六尺的距離。

針對政府有關單位的指示,教會的長老團昨天晚上緊急開會討論相關的因應措施:敬拜 神還是我們主要的優先順序;但是同時,我們也要兼顧政府有關單位的建議。為了減少受到潛在病毒的感染,本週末教會所有的聚會都暫停。我們會每週檢視當時的情況,以及我們的決定,並向您報告。你也可以去參閱我們前幾次所送的訊息。以及教會網站有關劉建強醫師長老,在於醫學上的建議和最新的動態報告:http://jkg.f9d.myftpupload.com/covid19

週日,我們將會藉著現場的線上直播,一起來敬拜我們的主。請點擊http://jkg.f9d.myftpupload.com/livestream,這個直播會在崇拜前開啟。我們鼓勵你在家裡和家人或教會小組的成員,參加我們線上直播的崇拜;這是很好大家可以一起聚集敬拜主,並彼此負責的方式。為了線上直播,教會的科技團隊,本週以來一直很辛苦的在工作:包括購買有關的設備,並盡全力的設置線上直播。本週日,三月十五日,會是這教會有史以來第一次的線上直播崇拜;過程當中,可能會有些不順的地方。但是我們禱告,大家一起集體的敬拜能夠成為一個祝福,

下面是本週日我們三趟直播禮拜的時刻:

  • 9:00am – 英語崇拜English worship service
  • 10:30am – 粵語崇拜Cantonese worship service
  • 12:00pm – 國語崇拜Mandarin worship service

另外,每一位牧師會跟他們的同工們密切的注意會友們的需要;並且同心協力的來幫助他們。對於大學生和青少年,余志傑牧師Brandon Yu已經送給你們有關的電郵;關於兒童事工,兒童事工部的主任譚薀慈Rachel Lou也會送給家長們,主日學的課程,讓父母可以在家裏教導自己的孩子。

在這個時刻,我們就想到使徒約翰在約翰一書 4:16所說的: 「16 神愛我們的心,我們也知道也信。神就是愛,住在愛裡面的,就是住在神裡面,神也住在他裡面。 」神的愛在我們裡面;愛裡沒有懼怕,愛既完全,就把懼怕除去。(約翰一書 4:18) 這正是我們目前社會所需要的。我們現在有很好的機會,以愛來轉化這個世界。因此,請多關心教會內和教會外的長輩們,以行動不便的人;因為他們受到的影響最大。

最後,請為我們的教會、社區、國家和世界禱告!我們禱告祈求 神會藉此在實質上和靈性上,醫治我們所處的這個世界。我也已經安排好了線上的禱告會,就在禮拜五晚上6:45pm,你可以點擊https://zoom.us/j/854270966參加我們的線上禱告會。

恩惠與平安,

蕭浩文牧師

主後二零二零年三月十三日


2nd Update
Sent Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

It was an encouragement to see all of you at church this past Missions Sunday.  I pray that the singing, messages, and prayer luncheon stirred your hearts to fulfill God’s desire to bring the gospel to our world.

 Worry about COVID-19 has permeated our society.  As Christians we are called to rest in God’s sovereignty by faith yet be prepared.  The Bible provides a wonderful example to us about balancing faith and preparation for catastrophes.  In Nehemiah 4:7-23, as the Israelites were rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, their enemies threatened to attack and stop them from working.  By faith, the Israelites responded by continuing to rebuild the wall while half of the workers carried swords to repel any attacks. Likewise, in faith, we will continue all activities as usual at church while we prepare contingencies should we be told to limit or cancel our meetings by the civic authority.

 This past Sunday, the elders met to plan out these contingencies.  We anticipate three possible general scenarios. In the first scenario where the risk is assessed as low by the San Diego County health authorities, we encourage all healthy individuals to continue attending services and all other activities at church, and we also encourage those who are sick to remain at home and those who recently returned from China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Iran or Italy to self-quarantine for 14 days. In the second scenario where the risk is elevated to medium and the civic authorities discourage large meetings, we plan to move to streaming our worship services online so you can participate in a service at home on Sundays.  The technology team is working on enabling the church to live stream, which may take several weeks to setup. We are also looking at conferencing software like Zoom to facilitate meetings. In the third scenario where the risk is high and the entire city is placed under quarantine, pastors will broadcast their messages from home through conferencing software, and meetings can also be continued through conferencing software. In addition, our congregational pastors, student ministry pastor, and children’s minister are also working with their teams to create their own contingency plans for all three scenarios. We’ll roll those out as they become available.

Finally, our San Diego County Health and Human Services department continues to assess the risk of infection as low.  As a result, we plan to continue all activities as usual this weekend

Elder Dale Lieu, Pastor Jimmy Lee, Pastor Steven Chan, and Pastor Steven Siu will be the Response Team for COVID-19.  If you have any questions, please contact us. We will keep you updated weekly via email and also through the following webpage: www.cec-sd.org/covid19.

Grace and peace,
Pastor Steven


親愛的華人傳道會大家庭,

很高興能夠在上週主日舉行的宣教主日見到大家。 我禱告當天的詩歌、信息和午餐禱告會能夠鼓勵您遵行神的旨意,把福音傳揚給全世界。

 新型冠狀肺沒COVID-19的隱憂已經彌漫到我們的社會中。作為基督徒,神呼召我們要藉著信心,安息在上帝的主權中,但仍要做好準備。聖經為我們提供了一個很好的例子,能夠幫助我們如何在在預備災難時持守信心。在尼希米記4:7-23中,當以色列人重建耶路撒冷的城牆時,他們的敵人揚言要進攻,並阻止他們重建的工作。以色列人藉著信心繼續重建建牆;同時,有半數的工人則持劍來擊退敵人的侵襲。 同樣地,藉著信心,我們將繼續照常在教會進行所有活動;同時我們也預備緊急應變措施,以應付一旦政府當局要求我們限制或取消聚會。

上週主日,長老團開會擬定了應變計劃。我們預估以下三種可能的情況。第一種情況,聖地牙哥衛生當局評估為低風險,我們鼓勵所有健康的人,繼續參加教會的崇拜聚會和所有其他活動,同時我們鼓勵生病的人留在家裡。同時,如果您最近剛從中國、香港、伊朗、意大利或韓國回來,我們也鼓勵您留在家裹,自我隔離十四天。第二種情況,則是風險上升到中級,政府當局不鼓勵舉行大型聚會,我們計劃轉而在線上直播我們的主日崇拜,以幫助您主日仍可在家參加敬拜。教會科技部的團隊正在努力預備教會直播設施,但這可能需要花費數週的時間來建立。我們也在尋找如Zoom之類的會議軟件,來促成線上會議。第三種情況為高風險,整個城市都被隔離,牧師們將藉著會議軟件在家裹播放他們的信息;並且繼續透過會議軟件開會討論。另外,我們的各會眾牧師、學生事工牧師和兒童事工主任正在與他們的團隊密切合作,針對這三種情況制定他們事工的應變計劃。我們將盡快實行,並將這些擬定的計劃預備妥當。

 最後,我們的聖地牙哥公共衛生服務部門表示,目前感染的風險仍低。 因此,我們計劃於本週末照常舉行所有活動。

 劉建強長老,李晟旻牧師、陳振鵬牧師和蕭浩文牧師將擔任新冠肺炎的應變小組。 如果您有任何疑問,請與我們聯絡。 我們每週將在以下網頁為您提供最新消息:www.cec-sd.org/covid19。

恩惠與平安



Below is Dr. Dale Lieu's update about COVID-19

Concern about COVID-19 remains high, and San Diego County reported its first case this week in a county resident (a returning traveler).  Health authorities are investigating the people this person may have come in contact with.

The California Department of Public Health is encouraging Californians who are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to take actions to reduce their risk. People at higher risk are older adults, individuals with compromised immune systems, and individuals with serious chronic medical conditions.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of age or health condition, it is important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. These actions include:

---Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or having been in a public place.
---Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
---Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from large gatherings and crowds.
---Stay home as much as possible.  Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.

If you are not sure if you are at higher risk, please consult your physician.

CEC continues to remain open this week for services and usual activities.  Bathrooms remain well supplied, and hand sanitizing materials are available for personal use.  Any person who is ill should refrain from attending church activities until recovered.

Dr. Dale Lieu



以下是教會的劉建強醫師長老,於本週二, 3/10,對於新型冠狀肺炎的報告輿建議:

我們對於新型冠狀肺炎的關切程度,還是很高!聖地牙哥郡已經有一位從國外回來的居民感染,並確診了新型冠狀肺炎。政府有關的醫療人員,正在調查這一位患者所接觸過的人們。

加州的公共衛生部門,鼓勵屬於高危險族群的人採取具體的行動,以減少感染新型冠狀病毒的可能性。

這些高危險群的人:包括老年人、免疫系統不好的人、還有患有慢性病的人。

如果你是屬於高危險群的人,那麼很重要的;您必須採取具體的行動,來減少您自己感染新型冠狀肺炎的可能性。這些行動包括:

— 常常用肥皂和清水洗您的手,至少20秒。特別是當您擦噴嚏、咳嗽,或是到公共場所後,更要用肥皂洗手。

— 避免用未洗淨的手接觸眼睛、鼻子和嘴巴。

— 儘可能的避免跟生病的人接觸;而且也避免去有多人聚集的場合和接觸擁擠的群眾。

— 儘量待在家裡。儘量請人,例如您的家人,社會服務機構人員,或是外送的人員,把食物送到您的家裡。

如果你不確定自己是不是屬於高危險群的人之一,請您儘快聯絡您自己的醫生。

教會本週末的一切崇拜和聚會照常進行;洗手間用品的供應很充足,消毒洗手液也都有,可以供您使用。如果有任何人生病,那麼請暫時在家休息,不要來參加教會的活動,直到完全痊癒後,再來教會。

劉建強醫師


1st Update
Sent Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Dear CEC Family,

The first case of the COVID-19 virus in San Diego was confirmed this week.  Some of you maybe wondering how to respond to this virus and its potential effects upon CEC.

First, both Christian history and Scripture inform us on how we should behave during an epidemic. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, there were two major plagues, which struck the Roman empire.  Each time, Christians stayed in plague stricken cities and ministered to the sick, who were left to die in the streets, while many of their officials fled. Many Christians stayed because of their hope in Christ (1 Peter 1:3-5) and their love for their neighbors (Luke 10:27).  Likewise, let us join these wonderful saints in standing firm on our hope of eternal life in Christ, and let us love our neighbors as Christ loved us during this time.

Second, while we rest on our hope in Christ, we want to take the necessary precautions.  The San Diego County Health Department states that the risk of coronavirus infection in San Diego is still low at this point.  As a result, we encourage all who are healthy to continue coming to church to worship our almighty and gracious God. To maintain good health, we have stocked the church with sanitizers, and we encourage the continuance of good hygiene practices, and we advise those who are ill to stay at home, see a doctor, and not attend services until well.

Finally, the elder council is aware that the risk factors may increase to a point where public meetings are cancelled or limited to less vulnerable populations by our civic leaders.  The elders are meeting and starting to plan contingencies should our civic leaders cancel or limit public meetings. We will keep you informed as our plans develop and this change is deemed necessary.

I pray that during this time of fear may our hope in Christ and love for our neighbor be a beacon of hope and love that draws our world to Christ!  See you tomorrow and don't forget to turn your clock forward one hour.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or your congregational pastor.  If you have medical questions, please consult your medical provider.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Steven Siu

Have any questions?

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever” — John 14:16