covid-19 updates at wpc

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to distance us from our communities, it is easy to feel isolated. Though we cannot come together in person, we are blessed that we are not alone. We are still a community that cares for one another, and for the world.

 

WPC’s leaders are committed to doing what we can to slow the transmission of COVID-19. To that end, we will continue to follow best practices – including suspending in-person gatherings like worship and meetings for as long as needed.

 

But we are also committed to being the church. This happens in many ways:

 

Worship. We are posting every week. Click here for the latest worship audio and videos. Watch for a new one each weekend. We encourage you to join on-line worship with us Sundays at 10am Pacific time. To receive the video and bulletin by email, click here.


Sunday school classes for children, youth, and adults. Click here for Sunday School Resources prepared by Janelle Pearson, Director of Children & Family Ministries and Brooke Larson, Interim Director of Student Ministries. Janelle and Brooke will also be emailing parents more resources in the coming weeks; click here to subscribe to these email groups.


Adult Education and Spiritual Formation

    • Adult Bible Forum is meeting on Sunday mornings at 11:00am on ZOOM. Contact Matt Hardin at mhardin@westwoodpres.org for details on how you can join the group via Zoom.
    • Lenten study of Frederick Buechner’s The Sacred JourneyClick here to access our Lenten Study Guide here.
    • Women’s meditation is meeting on Thursday mornings at 8:30am. Contact Janelle Pearson at jpearson@westwoodpres.org for details on how you can join the group via Zoom.

Support group meetings like AA, Al-Anon, and FA are connecting in different ways. To find out how to connect with a group, contact your group leader directly.


Congregational care needs all of us. The Deacons are leading the way as we tend our beloved community. If you know of anyone in need of outreach, or yourself need assistance, contact one of our pastors. And if you can offer help – like grocery shopping or making a phone call – please let us know.


Mission and Outreach is going strong and you get involved. Click below to:

Committee and board meetings continue to meet by Zoom or Conference Call as we plan worship, support mission, tend to finances, and more.

in the meantime...

In the meantime, we urge you to use this time to practice your faith – especially to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).

  1. Keep yourself safe. If your health is vulnerable, avoid crowds.   
  2. Keep others safe. Avoid shaking hands. Wash hands frequently. When possible, cover your hand when opening doors and using keypads.  
  3. Keep sharing the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 3:22-23). Our anxious world needs the calm of the Spirit of Christ.  As Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled – neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

 
We will continue to update you as the situation changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with any of us on the staff emergency team:
 
Chris Chakoian, Pastorcchakoian@westwoodpres.org
Gretchen Greenwood, Director of Operationsggreenwood@westwoodpres.org
Sophie Robertson, Preschool Director srobertson@westwoodpres.org 
Mark Jones, Director of Mission and Outreach (and member of Pacific Presbytery’s Disaster Response Team) mjones@westwoodpres.org 

What difference will this make? Governor Newsom said it this way:


“Changing our actions for a short period of time will save the life of one or more people you know. That’s the choice before us. Each of us has extraordinary power to slow the spread of this disease. Not holding that concert or community event can have cascading effects — saving dozens of lives and preserving critical health care resources that your family may need a month from now. The people in our lives who are most at risk — seniors and those with underlying health conditions — are depending on all of us to make the right choice.”

 
For updates from the California Health Department, go to: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Guidance.aspx
 
For the full text of the announcement from the Governor’s office, to to: 

https://www.gov.ca.gov/2020/03/11/california-public-health-experts-mass-gatherings-should-be-postponed-or-canceled-statewide-to-slow-the-spread-of-covid-19/