In-Person Worship Temporarily Suspended

Update from the Leadership Team

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

On Friday, January 7, 2022, the LAHC Reopening Committee comprised of Pastor Michael Furuyama, Pastor Makito Takagi, Brian, Shotaro, Shirley, Rex, Garrett, and Becky, met to discuss the significant rise of positive COVID-19 cases, the rampant spread of the omicron variant and its impact on our ability to provide a sustainable safe environment for worshiping together in person. After careful consideration and trusting in God’s sovereignty, we have concluded that it is in the best interest and safety for all of our congregational members, family and guests that LAHC temporarily suspend in-person worship services and continue live-streaming the worship services for each English, Nichigo, and Spanish speaking congregations at least through the month of January. The Reopening Committee will reconvene at the end of January to discuss and discern when it will be considered safe to reopen for in-person worship services.  

Though we are a bit discouraged by this decision, we have full confidence in God’s sovereign power and His perfect timing. Ecclesiastes 3:1 states, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” While we were still weathering through this pandemic, He allowed us to enjoy a season of worshiping and fellowshipping together. Our hope and prayer is that we continue to practice a lifestyle of holiness and offer our bodies as living sacrifices. Let us remain steadfast in prayer and wait patiently on the Lord as we have done so in the past. May God grant us opportunities to serve one another and with the help of His Holy Spirit to keep us accountable in our faith journeys. Please pray for our pastoral staff, leadership team and Board of Deacons for wisdom and discernment as we seek God’s guidance to effectively lead LAHC through these difficult times. Pray for the live-streaming teams as they work diligently to provide us the opportunities to worship God with minimal glitches along the way, and for the ministry of Sunday School and its staff as they work to find creative and entertaining ways to teach our children about God’s love via live-streaming from home.    

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—

    where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord,

    the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—

    he who watches over you will not slumber;

indeed, he who watches over Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—

    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;

the sun will not harm you by day,

    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—

    he will watch over your life;

the Lord will watch over your coming and going

    both now and forevermore.

- Psalm 121

God bless you with His grace and peace!

Brian Lowe

Chairman, English Board of Deacons