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May 20, 2020
Dear Open Door family!

As our Northern Virginia area is planning to re-open, our leadership is planning steps towards re-opening our on-site Sunday services as well. We would like to update you with where we are right now.


WORSHIP AND 2999 CENTREVILLE ROAD
We start with a word of praise. We thank God that He's allowed us ways to continue to worship Him online and using technology even though we have not been able to gather together on-site at 2999 Centreville Road. We also humbly trust that He, not we, know what’s best. And so, as we plan and prepare, we move forward prayerfully and thoughtfully, seeking His timing and direction as well as reasonably evaluating information, data, and guidance.

A TWO-WEEK DELAYED OPENING
Once our region lifts the current restrictions on the size of in-person worship services, we will wait an additional two weeks to monitor the trends and key data points, such as the number of cases of COVID-related hospitalization and new infections in our area. Depending on what we observe in these two weeks, we will either open as planned or further delay our re-opening. Once we eventually do re-open, given the possible spread and re-occurrence of this virus, please regard all this as a very fluid situation where our leadership's decisions to remain open or close may change -- even week to week. But all throughout, we will still hold our online Sunday worship services.

OUR PREPARATIONS & GUIDELINES
On our end, we have been diligently planning and preparing for the re-opening of our on-site Sunday worship services. In our planning, we are following all the requirements and recommendations of our state officials/government. We have also been consulting with EC members from the medical/healthcare and government fields, receiving guidance and up-to-the-minute information. We have finalized on a plan in our re-opening, and we wanted to share some main points of our plan with you.

  • We will initially hold only one service at 9:20am at a capacity of 50 to 100 people (the varying # depends on whether couples/families sit together). We will send out a pre-registration link for anyone who wants to worship on-site so that we can prepare our space accordingly.
  • We ask that members who are at high-risk (i.e., the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) remain at home and join us online. We also ask that children who are junior-high aged or younger to also remain at home. There will be no on-site Children's Ministry programs or gatherings.
  • We will require all attenders to bring and to wear masks throughout our entire service.
  • As time nears, we will provide further instructions with parking, screening at the door, uni-flow foot traffic, restrictions on restroom use, additional ventilation in the sanctuary space, and modifying parts of the service in terms of singing, offering, length of worship, etc.
We are taking all the possible steps we can to ensure a safe worship space and experience for all of us.

TAKING OUR SURVEY
Finally, our on-site worship services involve all of you as God's people. We would like to hear from you with regard to this re-opening. Would you take one minute to share with us by answering the questions and also providing feedback? Your input will help us to better prepare for our re-opening. Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9GHT9GL

If you have any further questions, please contact myself or any of our staff.

Praying for our church and for our region during this time of re-opening,
Pastor John
May 13, 2020
Dear Open Door family!

We hope all of you are staying safe and well!

In light of our suffering economy, with ongoing unemployment and businesses remaining closed, we have extended our deadline to request relief in financial aid. If you have needs, please reach out to us by Sunday May 31. We will continue to re-assess how to best provide for the needs of our church members as circumstances change.


Later in the summer, we also hope to launch and commission a permanent fund ministry that will also provide financial support for those in need in our church.

Finally, at this time, would you help us with something? Would you be on the look out for brothers and sisters in our congregation who are in need? Please reach out to them and ask how they're doing -- or listen to one another as you text or chat or share in your GCs. If you hear of financial needs/hardship, please encourage them to reach out to us. All relevant information is provided in our initial email (below).

Thank you, church!

Together in Christ,
Pastor John
April 8, 2020
Dear Open Door family!

It's week #4 in our life of social distancing and quarantine. It's also Passion Week.

In some ways, it's very hard to see how we can live through a pandemic while trying to meaningfully remember the final week of Jesus' life and ministry. In some ways, it's not. We see some common themes. Both the death of Jesus and the Coronavirus were unexpected. Everyone was blindsided. Both left Believers confounded, asking questions -- even about Jesus' identity and intentions. Both left his followers in great dissonance and despair. Both left his followers locked in rooms -- overwhelmed in fear and worry. Both are leaving his people yearning and aching for a hope and a renewal that -- as we look ahead -- can really only happen through the resurrection of Jesus. This week, we have a unique challenge -- or I believe, an opportunity -- to remember Jesus -- his death and his resurrection in a way that has never happened ever before in history. Perhaps through this pandemic, we're actually closer to understanding Jesus' final week 2000 years ago. How can we see more of Jesus this week?


1) Continue to join us online for our Passion Week evening services at 8:00 PM. You can join us at www.odpcec.org.

2) For our upcoming Good Friday service, will ask each home to prepare for communion.

  • a) Our Communion Elements
    • i) Soon after we announced hosting communion in our homes, we were urged by our officials to avoid going to the grocery stores. Please improvise and find bread and any kind of juice/drink that will substitute for bread and grape juice in your homes. Prepare a plate for the bread and a small pitcher of juice/drink with separate cups for recipients.
    • ii) Our KC is also handing out pre-packaged elements of wafer and juice for our KC and EC side. Our KC staff will be wearing gloves and masks as they hand out these elements on the following dates and times: 4/8 Wednesday and 4/9 Thursday 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM and 6:45 PM -7:45 PM; 4/10 Friday 9:00 AM -12:00 PM) in the KC West entrance by the flagpole/near the playground and trailer.
  • b) Our Communion Recipients:We ask that only those who have been baptized or confirmed be able to take communion. (*In many Presbyterian and other denominations, churches set an age requirement for baptism and confirmation to ensure that the young candidate has a solid working understanding of the Christian faith and of what they believe as members of the church. Practically speaking, this is common practice for example with a minimum age for marriage, driving, joining the armed service, etc. And so with our age requirement, we hope to preserve the meaning and faithful practice of baptism/confirmation and communion).
  • c) Our Communion Practice:When we partake in the time of communion on Friday, Pastor Paul will walk us through the steps in administering the bread and cup. Please keep this time in prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the love and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus on this solemn night.

As a personal practice, as I hand out the elements, I say the name of the person I'm serving, and say the following:
[As I hand out the bread] " _______, this is the body of Christ broken for you" [As I pass the cup] "______, this is the blood of Christ shed for you." The person in turn often says, "Thanks be to God" or "Amen."

Friday night will be a very meaningful time to share in the body of Christ and the cup. We pray your household will be blessed as we remember Jesus, our crucified Savior and King.

Remembering our Lord together this week,
Pastor John
April 3, 2020
Dear Open Door family!

I'm sure every one of us are adjusting -- and readjusting! -- to our new norm of "stay at home." And with our new norm, we're finding the need to re-structure our lives. We're scheduling classes, Zoom work meetings, walks outside, grocery runs, etc. We're becoming more intentional with our essentials of daily life.

We also want to be intentional in our schedule as a church. Gathering to worship God is an essential of essentials! So join me in going to our calendars and setting apart time to worship our God together, especially during this season of Lent and with our upcoming Passion Week, as we remember Jesus and his journey to the cross.

Join us for our following worship services:

1) Our weekly Sunday worship serviceswill continue to be online up until 4/24. We will inform you of any further changes.

2) Passion Week Online Services (joint EC & Grove; CM Curriculum)will be held all next week 4/6-10. Join us at 8 PM from Monday through Friday on www.odpcec.org. We will have a time of praise, a message, and prayer. Our Children's Ministry will be sharing a week-long family activity guide through Passion Week, as well as hosting virtual activities such as a Zoom FVM Praise Party on Easter Sunday, and Easter story read-alouds from Little Lights and Kids for Christ. Please look out for specific details from your ministry director.

  • Monday Service: Walk Like Jesus; 1 Peter 2:13-25 (Pastor John)
  • Tuesday Service: Love Like Jesus; 1 John 3:11-24 (Pastor Jee)
  • Wednesday Service: Serve Like Jesus; John 13:1-20 (Pastor James)
  • Thursday Service: Pray Like Jesus; Luke 11:1-4 (Pastor David Seo)
  • Good Friday Service: Worship & Communion (Various pastors)

3) Good Friday and Preparing for Communion:This year, we will be partaking in communion from our homes. Good Friday marks the day on the church calendar when Jesus died on the cross, and so we want to partake in communion, especially in remembering Christ's body broken for us and his blood shed for us. Normally, we would only practice communion altogether and have our pastors and elders administer the elements. However, we have agreed to serve communion in our homes due to the extreme and exceptional circumstances. We ask that our adult members prepare bread and grape juice before Friday night.We ask that recipients of communion still remain those who are baptized and confirmed in their faith.

4) Our Sunday Easter Sunrise Service Canceled:Due to limited AV resources/support and with multiple scheduled online services already, we will be canceling our Easter Sunrise Service just for this year. We will celebrate next year!

5) Our Sunday Easter Services (joint EC & Grove)will be online at 9:20 AM and 11:20 AM at www.odpcec.org. Join us as we celebrate His resurrection! "He is risen!" "He is risen indeed!"

Join us all in worship this Sunday and also next Monday night online!

Worshiping our God together with you,
Pastor John
March 27, 2020
Dear Open Door family!

Our local healthcare workers have limited personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies as COVID-19 begins to spread in the DC Metropolitan region. Please help our healthcare friends at INOVA Fairfax Hospital to help the community by donating the following unused items:

  • Masks (N95 or N100 masks; industrial is OK as long as it is NIOSH approved; unused and in original packaging)
  • Goggles (such as laboratory goggles that seal the face)
  • Gloves
  • Face Shields
  • Hand Sanitizers
  • Bleach/Bleach Wipes
  • Paper Disposable Gowns
(list taken from https://www.inova.org/donationsform)


Drop off sites for donations are at:

  • John & Nina's
  • John & Gloria's
  • John & Leanne's
  • ODPCEC Office at 2999 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA 20171

If you have any questions, please contact joanne.y.nguyen@gmail.com.

Serving our healthcare workers and patients,
Pastor John
March 20, 2020
Dear Open Door family!

I hope you're having a full, safe week, especially spending quality time with loved ones in your home or via video chats!

On behalf of our pastors and our Sunday worship teams, I wanted to send this email out today as we look forward to worship together online this Sunday! We have several important announcements.

1) Our entire church (EC, KC, Grove, and our Children's Ministry) will continue to worship online through 3/29 Sunday. We will inform you of further changes or notice.

2) Join us online this Sunday at 9:18 or 11:18 to worship! (2 minute welcome from our pastors before service)You can join us by visiting us at www.odpcec.org. From there, you can click on the little "V" (Vimeo) logo which will take you directly to the Vimeo site where you may access a better quality video. You can also view our service through YouTube or through Facebook live streaming. According to some feedback from last Sunday, different members received better video quality on different platforms. So please stay with the platform that works best for you.

3) Our Sunday online service IS our Sunday worship unto our Lord.We always want our worship services to be an opportunity to actively engage with God, but with all of us meeting online, it is more challenging to do so. It's far easier to be a passive spectator now that we're watching from our couches -- and with a remote in our hands!

And so we want to recommend these following steps to help us prepare to meet God together this Sunday online:

a) PREPARE YOUR PHYSICAL SPACE:Just as we try not to clutter our space in our sanctuary, we want to do the same in our family room or kitchen or wherever we will gather. We want to prepare a distraction/clutter-free space that is conducive to worship.

b) DRESS NEATLY:No, not a suit or dress slacks, but please dress for what you will wear that day. No pajamas please.

c) WATCH TOGETHER FROM 1 DEVICE:Rather than everyone watching the service scattered around the house on different devices, we encourage our members to watch together from a larger screen. Most newer TVs offer the capability of broadcasting the video from phones or laptops. Try a test run on Saturday night.

d) PREPARE WITH PRAYER 5 MINS BEFORE:You can gather 5 minutes before service starts and pray for our church, for our cities, and for our healthcare workers during this outbreak.

e) PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP:Follow the instructions and guidance of our worship leader and preacher. Sing, read the Bible responsively if instructed, and pray.

f) TRY NOT TO LEAVE DURING SERVICE:As much as possible, leave the cooking and other chores for either before or after service, not during where it can cause a distraction.

g) GIVING:Part of our worship is in our giving.

  • i) You can give your tithe and offering through the mail: ODPCEC Offering, 2999 Centreville Rd. Herndon, VA 20171

  • ii) You may already use your bank's 'Bill Pay' feature to pay for your other bills online. Log-in to your preferred banking account (ie checking or savings account). Click on the Bill Pay link and then add ODPC as a payee using the information here: Open Door Presbyterian Church 2999 Centreville Rd., Herndon, VA 20171 703.318.8972 admin@odpcec.org

  • iii) You can give online through www.odpcec.orgwith your credit card, but the church pays a fee for each transaction

4) Feedback?Let us know how your Sunday worship experience went. We want to improve and further grow in leading you together in worship! Please email Pastor Caleb at caleb.lee@odpcec.org.

5) For Our Parents:Our Grove students can find weekly resources and links on their website at www.odpcgrove.com. Our Pre-K and Elementary ministries are reaching out to you all via weekly emails. If you are not receiving these emails, please email your child's director.

Thank you for taking the time and care to follow up with these recommendations and details for our Sunday worship!

We miss all of you physically gathering together in our space every Sunday! We even miss the "dreaded" 90 seconds of actual handshakes, hugs, and "Hello"'s!

Let's stay connected with each other -- and especially with our God!

See you all online this Sunday!
Pastor John and our Sunday Teams
March 17, 2020
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March 16, 2020
Dear Open Door Family,

We wanted to update you and reach out to you about our Hypothermia Clinic which we will host starting this Sunday on our campus.

As a church, we want to love our neighbors. But due to the Coronavirus, many of our missions/service efforts have been postponed or canceled due to travel restrictions, bans, and also out of our own concern of spreading the virus at airports and in other cities and countries. However, here and now, we still have a unique opportunity to love our local neighbors, especially our homeless in Fairfax County.

Our leadership have committed to hosting our Hypo Clinic in light of some considerations:

1) Our homeless guests are forgotten: While everyone else is told to quarantine themselves to their homes, our guests do not have homes. While everyone else are urged to not gather in large groups, our guests are sleeping as a "large group" on mats, cots, and bunk beds. They are clearly forgotten. We want to provide a full week of a warm delicious meal, a place to stay where we practice safe distancing, and most of all, we want them to know that God has not forgotten them.

2) There is no "Plan B" for our homeless neighbors. They will be left outside without a place to sleep during next week. Next week's evening temperatures will dip down to the 30's to 40's.

3) We considered hosting our guests at other alternative facilities, but FACETS considered each of those options but found inherent challenges in the use of those facilities (eg., security for our guests, supervision and care of our guests, etc).

4) Given that our KC has graciously opened the use of a part of their building and that we will use more of our EC building, we will be able to provide the needed space for our guests, especially with the sleeping distance requirement passed on to us by the County.

While we reach out to our guests, we want to practice safety and caution for their welfare, our welfare, and to prevent the spread of the virus through our clinic. We will take the following steps.

ADDITIONAL STEPS IN LIGHT OF THE CORONAVIRUS:

1) We have significantly decreased the level of activity and evening programming to minimize cross contact and interaction. We will focus only on providing a few activities, meals through meal containers, and sleeping arrangements. Again our concern is for our guests and making sure that they are at least 6 feet away from each other when sleeping.

2) We will also ask that our on-site volunteers fit a strict set of restrictions. a) No one who is elderly (over 60 years old) b) No one who has respiratory or underlying health issues c) No one who lives/works with the elderly or those with respiratory or underlying health issues

3) Each day, we will only have 10-15 onsite volunteers who will be in contact with our homeless guests; however we are also recruiting a team of off-site volunteers who will NOT be in contact with our guests. These volunteers will help with prepwork, food-preparations, and other off-site support, etc.

If you would like to serve on-site or off-site, please sign up at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0549A9AF2AA7F94-updated

If you have any questions, please contact Todd at tk.watanabe@odpcec.org.

You can download the training material here: Hypothermia Training (PPT).

Otherwise, please pray for us as we prepare this week. Pray for God's mercy and protection over our guests, our surrounding neighbors, and our volunteers. Pray that we may share and who the radical love and hospitality of Christ.

Serving together,
Pastor John, Director Todd, and Love Herndon
March 13, 2020
To our Open Door Family,

As we have been monitoring the situation with the Coronavirus, many things have developed even within the past few days. Yesterday, Governor Northam declared a state of emergency in Virginia and urged localities and non-profits to limit large public events, effective immediately. All VA and MD schools have closed. Universities are transitioning to online teaching. More and more local churches are changing their gathering practices.

In the life of our church, our focus has been on the care for you, our members -- and especially our elderly and those with underlying health conditions. With the increasing spread of this virus, we have also been realizing our moral and Biblical obligation to love our neighbors, including our neighbors outside of our church building walls. With that, we want to practice social-distancing and do our part to lessen and slow down the spread of this virus. We believe this is part of what it means to be a Gospel community who love the people in our everyday during a pandemic.

With all this in consideration, our joint board of EC and KC elders and joint senior EC and KC pastoral staff have decided to no longer gather physically together on Sundays. Instead, we will transition our Sunday worship services to worship online, starting THIS SUNDAY for our EC, KC, the Grove, and our children.

WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY:

Starting this Sunday, we will not be gathering on our campus. You can watch our services at 9:20 AM and at 11:20 AM. Please go to our website www.odpcec.orgfor instructions at 9:20 and 11:20 to view our services.

For Our Parents of Youth and Children on Sundays: Our Children's Ministry will provide various resources on Sunday and throughout the week for our children. More details will come from our directors. Our Grove students can worship on Sunday online with their parents and join in either our EC or KC Sunday services. Our Grove pastors will also send weekly links for Friday Bible studies.

Offering and Giving: You can mail your offering and giving to our church address at ODPCEC Offering, 2999 Centreville Road, Herndon, VA 20171. You can also go to www.odpcec.organd in the "Members Area" select Give Online.

CONNECT MID WEEK:

1) Connect with God during this season of Lent. Daily devotionals on Lent are provided on our website. You can also watch our weekly Lenten Tuesday Night Renew online at 8:00 PM on our website.
2) Connect through our church website at www.odpcec.org. Our website will have our latest news, updates, and information. You can also sign up for our Happenings which is our weekly email of news and updates.
3) Stay connected with each other through our Gospel Community. If you plan to meet in person, please limit the size of your gathering, or better yet, consider using chats or video conferencing.

LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOW AND SHARE THE GOSPEL:

The Coronavirus only reminds us again that we live in a fallen world. This is not how it's supposed to be. But Jesus is King, and Jesus heals and saves and makes all things new. We draw our hope, our life, and find our peace in Jesus during this time of uncertainty! This is Good News! Let's remember the Gospel. Let's also remember our identity and calling ...

We are a Gospel Community Sent in the Everyday. At this time, our everyday is being "infected" by a spreading pandemic. While others may react in panic and hoarding (at Costco) out of fear, we can be different. We can love, give, and serve, both in our church and in our everyday. Look at the people around you. See where you can serve. Remember the elderly neighbor. Remember that closed schools mean kids with no lunches. Use your health not to hide but to help. GCSE!

Finally, if you have any questions, please contact our staff and elders.

Otherwise, we'll see you this Sunday on your phones and laptops at 9:20 AM or 11:20 AM

Together in His grace and mercy,
Pastor John
March 10, 2020
Dear Open Door family,

In light of the concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how ODPC is responding.

Our senior pastoral leadership (EC & KC) is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, we will send emails and also update our website (www.odpcec.org) so that you can receive answers to important and commonly asked questions.

We are committed to taking steps to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

IS ODPC GATHERING THROUGHOUT THIS WEEK AND THIS SUNDAY?

Yes. Our gatherings are continuing as usual. If at any point this changes, we will send an email and will update our website immediately. We will also share any plans we have for gathering online.

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO OUR CAMPUS?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including: -Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds -Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands -Avoiding direct handshakes (let's wave and elbow-bump instead!) -Staying home for 2 weeks if you are sick or if you were in direct contact with travelers from affected areas -Covering your cough or sneeze

WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS ODPC TAKING TO MAKE OUR GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?

ODPC EC is taking extra cleaning and contact-related precautions at this time. This includes: -Wiping down all common area touch-points (e.g., door handles, rails, check-in keyboards, etc.) before, in-between, and after both services with disinfectant wipes -Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings -Changing fellowship practices (e.g., refreshments, offering collection, greeting time, communion, etc.)

Our Children's Ministry is continuing to ask parents to keep children with a fever at home for at least 24 hours after the fever breaks. Tables, chairs, and large toys are being wiped down with sanitizing wipes before and in between services. Children are being given hand sanitizer when they enter, and also before snack time.

Our KC has canceled meetings and events for our Caleb Ministry (our KC's ministry to our elderly). According to the CDC, the elderly and those with underlying respiratory issues are the most vulnerable and are exposed to most harm from the virus. We want to especially be cautious around and care for the elderly in our church family.

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus, to save, redeem, and to renew all things. We can trust this Gospel and place our hope in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in the Gospel, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

-Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend. -Pray for mercy and healing for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials. -Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, poor, or oppressed. -Stand up against any semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Rally around those being discriminated against. Honor everyone as precious image-bearers of God! -Even if you may not be able to physically worship with us, stay closely connected with our church family. Gather with other church members when appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online at https://www.facebook.com/opendoorec/ -Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online (see www.odpcec.org in the Members Area) or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

In closing, pray for our church. Pray that during this outbreak and spread of the coronavirus, we would humbly be reminded of the fragility of our health, cherish the hope of the Gospel, not take for granted each other (and this precious gift of physically meeting altogether!), and show/share the Gospel in our everyday.

Praying for our church (and washing my hands with soap!),
Pastor John
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