Cornerstone West LA Members and Attenders:

Along with many in our local and global community, our church family is closely monitoring the development of the coronavirus.  We are looking to take appropriate precautions out of love for one another and also to continue encouraging one another to put our hope and trust in Christ throughout this trial (as we do in any trial).

While the ongoing coronavirus outbreak is a unique experience for us, it is not unique in the history of the world or the history of the church.  From the beginning Christ’s church has been a beacon of light in the darkness and a consistent source of love, support, and care in the face of physical illnesses. This outbreak is just another opportunity to show the love and peace of Christ to a world that is hurting, confused, and scared. As always, we turn to God's Word for guidance: 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4)

Our ability to comfort those around us in the midst of difficulty and confusion flows out of our own experience of God’s comfort.  Through the gospel, God shows us the true magnitude of his love. Now, we can trust that he will continue to love us and care for us through any trial.  The reality of God's love produces a humble confidence that allows us to be concerned and cautious about the dangers in our world without being overwhelmed by fear or anxiety.

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:5–7)

In every situation, God calls us to prayer that is characterized by thanksgiving. When the headlines scream that “the sky is falling”—whether for political, environmental, cultural, or epidemiological reasons—thankful prayer is again where we turn. We find true peace in the midst of any storm when we remember God's goodness, his love, and his faithfulness. 

God’s greatest concern in the midst of this global trial is for our hearts, that we would cling to him and trust in him. But there are also practical concerns that we want to take into consideration, particularly out of love for one another.  Since there are many in our church family and our broader community who are older, physically weaker, or immunocompromised, love guides us to take precautions to minimize the spread of the coronavirus in our community.

Corporate worship is an important priority for every Christian, especially during times of societal isolation and fear, but we want to be wise in our gathering.  As Paul encouraged Timothy to practically “take a little wine for your stomach,” we think similar encouragements like “take a little sanitizer for your hands” are appropriate.  Here are a few practical precautions we are putting in place:

We defer to the CDC and other appropriate health agencies to provide you with the best, up-to-date information regarding the breakout and best practices for your health.  And we will continue to hold all of our regular public worship services and activities until we are told not to by the local health authorities.

If you have any concerns or needs as this situation unfolds, please reach out to those in your community group, or feel free to reach out to one of us pastors.  We are here to serve and love one another.  And it’s our joy to care for you in any way we can.

We pray that the Lord will continue to strengthen you and provide you opportunities to show love to your neighbors through this season.  In a world that is captivated by fear, the message of the gospel is a sweet and refreshing truth.  Thank God for the privilege to be the ones who get to share that message with the hurting, confused, and afraid around us.

To God be the glory!

Pastor Scott
(for the Pastor/Elders)

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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