COVID-19 Info and Updates

Update from the Pastor/Elders

July 22, 2021

Hi church family!

Pastor Scott is on vacation, so covid related emails have fallen to me (Pastor Brian). As you’ve probably heard, last week Los Angeles County implemented a mask requirement for all indoor public settings. Of course, people have very different opinions on this requirement, both outside and inside our church. You can make a case that our county is implementing a wise restriction to curb the spread of covid among the unvaccinated; you can also make a case that this is an unnecessarily broad restriction given how effective the vaccines are against COVID and new variants.

This puts us back in a now familiar situation: the government is asking us to do something uncomfortable, sacrificial, and controversial. Wearing a mask indoors is inconvenient, but it also means sacrificing genuinely important things, like seeing each other’s faces during our services. Still, wearing a mask is not sinful, and doing so for another short period of time doesn’t prevent us from doing what we are called to do as Christians. With that in mind, we are now going to ask those who attend our indoor service to please wear a mask while indoors, including children who attend indoor portions of both services.

Masks are still optional any time you are outdoors, including the entire outdoor service. If you attend our indoor service, we encourage you to take advantage of time outside in the courtyard before and afterwards to enjoy relating to others face to face. And we look forward to an increase in vaccinations in our county and an easing of these requirements. But, for now, we think this is the best way to honor God and be good citizens.

On a personal note, I do find this frustrating and difficult. It’s extremely difficult after such a challenging year to have things change without much warning and without much explanation—and without any sense of a timeline or ability to plan ahead. A lot of us have struggled deeply over the last year and a half, and are nowhere near recovered. We are exhausted and discouraged, and these requirements can feel like they take on an added weight because of the last eighteen months. Your pastors labor over these decisions, consulting experts in various fields and struggling to weigh all the different variables that are at play in an extraordinarily complicated situation. Once again, I encourage myself and all of us to give one another grace, and to lean on God’s grace as we continue to walk through all of this. It’s not lost on us how difficult all of this is, and how each straw can feel like another one that breaks the camel’s back. The last thing we want to do as pastors is add to that exhaustion. We want our church services to be a place of rest and refuge. And we believe that God will be a real comfort to us, whether we are wearing masks indoors or not.

Finally, I want to thank you. We are constantly encouraging you to give grace and love to others, to be self-sacrificial, to be humble and patient. While we never outgrow our need to hear that message, we know that you have been loving and sacrificial and humble, and that you will continue. It’s a privilege and a blessing when pastors can encourage a church to do the things they are already doing, and you’ve let us enjoy that. Thank you.

-Pastor Brian
For the Pastors/Elders

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Masks

Masks are currently required for the duration of the indoor service for everyone 2 years of age and older (exceptions can be made for those with disabilities that preclude mask use for that amount of time).

Handwashing

Frequent hand washing is encouraged. Many restrooms have been upgraded with touchless soap dispensers and some with touchless faucets. In addition, hand-sanitizing stations are available at multiple locations on campus. Read more about handwashing here in English, Español, and Farsi فارسى.
LA County Public Health Department COVID website
English | Español

Current Health Officer Order (HOO)
May 5, 2021
 Required COVID Documentation for Cornerstone
Appendix A
 
Cornerstone’s COVID Contact Person
Stephanie Moss steph@cornerstonewla.org

Frequently Asked Questions

What safety measures are in place for the Pre-K and Junior church gatherings?

A thorough outline of the COVID guidelines can be viewed here or contact Jeremy@cornerstonewla.org for more information.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Masks continue to be a requirement for the indoor service regardless of vaccination status, and are particularly important for indoor gatherings where multiple households are present for a long duration of time. For more detailed information about masks, read more here, here, and here.

What kind of air filtration is being utilized?

For maximum airflow, we offer gatherings outdoors and indoors we keep as many doors and windows open as possible to facilitate airflow inside. During 2020, the sanctuary HVAC system was upgraded and includes the EPA approved, MERV* 13 air filtration system
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/ventilation.html 
https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/air-cleaners-hvac-filters-and-coronavirus-covid-19
*Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value

What cleaning solution is used to disinfect surfaces?

The LA County Department of Public Health came to inspect our cleaning supplies and confirmed we are using an EPA approved cleaner that is effective against COVID-19. In fact, it is a Botanical blend and food-safe, meaning it is safe enough to be used on surfaces where food is prepared. 

Can I bring my own cleaning supplies to wipe off what I use/touch?

There are cleaning supplies available in each bathroom and at the check-in table, but you are welcome to wipe off the areas you touch/use on Sundays if desired.

I just returned from traveling, can I attend service?

LA County Department of Public Health strongly encourages travellers returning to LA to quarantine as a preventive measure intended to reduce the spread of COVID. To read more about this guidance you can read it here (updated April 11, 2021)

How can I reduce the risk of contracting and/or spreading COVID-19?

To learn more about how to reduce your risk, please read the LA County Department of Public Health guidance here in English | Español | Farsi 

What if I’m exposed?

Reference information on COVID exposure via the LA County Public Health website here
English | Español | Farsi  فارسى  

Has Cornerstone had any COVID outbreaks?

In January, 2021 three people happened to have COVID at the same time. Cornerstone followed all LA County Public Health guidelines and protocols for reporting, contact tracing, quarantining, and cleaning. Health inspectors came to walk the campus and review our protocols and we had no violations. We were thanked for going above and beyond and for partnering with the health department in preventing the spread of COVID-19, ensuring the health and safety of our staff, members, and the community as a whole. We have not had any other instances before or after that occurrence.