The Administrative Council will meet by Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14, 2021

To access the meeting via the internet, please click here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7184544317

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1-669-900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 718 454 4317 # when prompted.

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PROPOSED AGENDA for Sunday, February 14, 2020:

Opening Prayer

Approval of the Agenda

Reopening of the Church Building – See attached Briefing on COVID-19 (2/10/2021) from Bishop Hagiya 

Community Letter on the Homelessness Crisis in Echo Park – See attached proposed letter to Council Member Mitch O’Farrell (District 13)

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

Finance and Stewardship Committee

Board of Trustees

Staff-Parish Relations Committee

Mission and Ministry Committee

United Methodist Women

Echo Park Refugee Welcoming Center

Pastor’s Report

Other Business

Closing Prayer


BISHOP HAGIYA – BRIEFING ON COVID-19 (2/10/2021)

There are a number of important updates to share on our California-Pacific Annual Conference’s response to COVID-19.

Here is where we stand:

With the Supreme Court’s ruling that churches can open with State, County and City restrictions, the Cabinet is providing for our local churches in California a process by which limited indoor worship can take place.

We are in a time when we are having to rapidly adapt to our constantly changing context; our path forward will continue to be adjusted in light of the circumstances.  We do this to fulfill our mission in all the ways that we can without doing harm.

The process takes into account that the Supreme Court ruling qualified these openings based on the latest health updates from local authorities.  This means that no singing is allowed and attendance must be limited according to where each Church is in the California State Tier Status Guidance:

Widespread (purple)

  • Indoor with modifications:  6 feet distance and No singing or chanting
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity

Substantial (red)

  • Indoor with modifications:  6 feet distance and No singing or chanting
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 25% of capacity

Moderate (orange)

  • Indoor with modifications:  6 feet distance and No singing or chanting
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

Minimal (yellow)

  • Indoor with modifications:  6 feet distance and No singing or chanting
  • Indoor activities must be limited to 50% of capacity

The process also takes into account that more of our Seniors and health care officials are being vaccinated, and if you are in this category, you may attend indoor church events given the same protocols listed above.  One’s safety from COVID-19 increases with both vaccinations, and we are thankful for those who have received these already.

The process to be able to hold limited indoor worship services is as follows:

  1. Obtain permission from the appointed Pastor
  2. Obtain permission from the Church Council or equivalent, and
  3. Obtain permission from the District Superintendent

Remember that we must make these decisions from a faith perspective, which means that this is not as much about one’s rights as the ultimate safety of those whom you care about and love.  Before any action is taken at the local church, I ask that the clergy, lay leadership and loving church community stop and ask themselves, “if only one person in our congregation contracts the virus through a worship service or event, is it worth opening?”

Such a question can only be answered with deep prayer and discernment.  John Wesley’s key instruction of “Do no harm,” must be taken seriously, and I trust that each local church can answer that for themselves.

Not everyone will be comfortable returning to public worship, and this means that our clergy and church leaders will be doing double the amount of work by providing both online and in-person worship.  This is one additional element I hope all of our laity and churches will consider.  Our clergy have been exhausted trying to provide a new online format for our churches, and asking them to double that will take an increasing toll on them.  Please pray deeply over this additional workload you are asking of your clergy.

Patience is a virtue, and the prudent thing to ask for right now.  The hope of the Cabinet is that we all remember to ask God for the patience to endure as we pray about all of these important issues.

Be the Hope,

Bishop Grant J. Hagiya
Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop


To: Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Council District 13
Cc: Supervisor Hilda Solis, Supervisorial District 1

We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, are urging you to take decisive action to address the growing homelessness crisis here in Echo Park by creating and providing the essential services and resources listed at the bottom of this letter.

According to LAHSA’s pre-COVID 2020 count, unsheltered homelessness in Echo Park increased by a staggering 48%. Though LAHSA has announced it won’t be conducting another count until 2022, it’s clear that this number has increased even more over the last year.

For our neighbors experiencing homelessness in Echo Park, opportunities to receive support—to connect with case managers, receive physical or mental health services, or to simply eat a warm meal or take a hot shower—are unacceptably scarce and often exist only through the goodwill of volunteers rather than through dedicated City resources.

We therefore urge that you use your position as our City Councilmember to address this dire situation. We request that you, along with any necessary elected officials and departments—both here and at the County—do the following in Echo Park:

  1. Site Permanent Supportive Housing commensurate with the number of unhoused Echo Park residents based on best available data.
  2. Contact every hotel and motel to determine viability for master lease or acquisition opportunities for use as homeless housing.
  3. Site additional voluntary, non-congregate interim housing options while permanent housing options are created—without special enforcement zones.
  4. Hire a dedicated and full-time outreach team to support the unhoused in Echo Park, including positions for members with lived-experience, with emphasis for those who have experienced homelessness in this community specifically.
  5. Site a Harm Reduction Center that would provide non-criminalizing services including, but not limited to: needle exchanges, substance abuse counseling, substance testing, and Narcan distribution and training.
  6. Site a Navigation Center with on-site case management, showers, mail and storage services, as well as connections to County/State resources—including physical/mental health and unemployment services. This Navigation Center should be open at least five days a week, but ideally is open to the community even more.
  7. Site a dedicated Safe Parking location for RVs that doesn’t require patrons to move their vehicles every morning and night.
  8. Create a meal program with the aid of local merchants and businesses, including street vendors, to provide food to those who need it.
  9. Adopt the non-criminalizing and services-forward version of CARE+ cleanups currently being piloted in Los Angeles and described in the Council File 21-0031.
  10. Hold weekly open community meetings on the development of these items, and solicit input and feedback from members of the unhoused community throughout.

The Administrative Council will hold an open meeting by Zoom at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020.

To access the meeting via the internet, please click here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85944644357

To access the meeting via phone, please call:

1-669-900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 859 4464 4357 # when prompted.

No password is required for this meeting.

PROPOSED AGENDA for Sunday, July 12, 2020:

Opening Prayer

Approval of the Agenda

Conversation on Re-opening the church building

Memorial Service for Carlos Rodriguez

Establishment of a Carlos Rodriguez Memorial Fund

Designated Gift of $1,000 to add handrails in the altar area of the church

Potential renter for space on the first floor

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Trustees (Walter Elmer)

Downstairs bathroom

Other Trustees matters

Finance and Stewardship Committee (Lisa Palombi, Sherman McClellan)

State of church finances

Payroll Protection Plan loan forgiveness

Other Finance and Stewardship matters

Staff-Parish Relations Committee (Frank Wulf)

Selection of a new chairperson

Other Staff-Parish Relations matters

Mission and Ministries Committee (Lois Price)

Online Worship

Other Mission & Ministry matters

United Methodist Women (Lois Price)

L.A. Dong Sa Church (Meeyoung Koba, Andy Lee)

Other Business

Adjournment and close in prayer