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We have CANCELLED: First Sunday Services, F2F Meetings, Community Outreach Activities, and Pastoral Speaking engagements.
"WE ARE WHAT WE DO"
As a local non-denominational, community-based, Christian church we are called to serve. WE EXIST TO SERVE YOU! We believe the church is not a building, but A People who are called the Ekklesia (the church...The Called Out Ones).
Our focus is on "being" the church, not "attending" church!!!
Therefore, just because we have to practice social distancing, and are unable to congregate DOESN'T MEAN WE CAN'T SERVE!!! A church should me more about "being" the church, rather than simply "attending" church.
In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, Ekklesia church members and supporters, who are not “at-risk”, will be assisting the most vulnerable in our community (senior citizens) with grocery shopping and dropping off donated COVID-19 hygiene supplies at their residences.
While some stores are graciously opening an hour early for our SCV seniors to shop before the crowds, many are unable to complete their shopping in an hour. Additionally, being in the store jeopardizes their health by exposing them to possibility of contracting the virus.
Furthermore, some may not be able to get the supplies they need because of recent "panic buying". As a result, each day we will visit stores to purchase certain hygiene items (toilet paper, wipes, hand sanitizer, etc) to maintain our inventory so that when a senior citizen calls with a request we will have ample supplies on hand to meet their need.
To help us replenish/maintain our inventory we will ask others to donate hygiene items from their personal supply. We are open to accepting financial donations as well (click the link to the right to make a financial donation).
IMPORTANT NOTE: We are a very small church, with a heart to serve. However, while supplies are extremely limited, were going to do our best to help as many of our seniors as possible.
Please keep Ekklesia, our seniors, our leaders, and those infected/their families in your prayers.
Pastor Carthel & The Ekklesia Church Family
EKKLESIA CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
OFFICIAL CHURCH STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19
Thursday, March 12, 2020 @ 11:30 AM
Ekklesia church family, friends, and Santa Clarita community
This is Pastor Carthel Towns, Senior Pastor of Ekklesia (Christian Community Church) in Santa Clarita, CA with an official statement on our participation in public events in light of the COVID-19 outbreak spreading throughout the United States and worldwide.
To start out, in 2 Timothy 1:7 the Bible teaches us that “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” It is with that providential insight that the Lord has led me to make a pastoral based theocratic decision (as opposed to a democratic decision where opinions are solicited, and votes are taken) about the care of the flock which He has appointed me steward and shepherd.
Effective immediately, all public gatherings involving Ekklesia Christian Community Church are cancelled until further notice. This includes First-Sunday Church services, face-to-face meetings, community outreach activities, and other events where the possibility (regardless of how remote) and the probability (regardless of how unlikely) exists of contracting (getting infected) or transferring (infecting others) with the COVID-19 virus. As Pastor of Ekklesia, the safety/health of our church family, as well as members of the community we have been called to serve, is one of my top concerns. As shepherd and steward I make this decision based on wisdom (not fear), and God has given me a Spirit-of-Peace! Be safe and protect one another!
As many of you know the corona virus is wreaking havoc around the world and shows no signs of slowing down. On Feb. 11, 2020 The WHO (World Health Organization), under the leadership of Dr. Tedros, officially named it COVID-19 (Co=Corona, VI=Virus, D=Disease, 19=Year the first case was reported in Wuhan, China).
WHAT IS IT?
This virus is a NEWLY MUTATED version of the well-known family of corona virus (which is why it was originally called “novel”, meaning new, Coronavirus). Coronavirus is the name for a large family of viruses known by their protruding shapes that look like crowns or “coronas”, which is the Latin word for crown. SARS, MERS, and the common cold/flu are also part of the corona virus family. The 14 days you’ve heard so much about is the incubation period of the virus and it based on data from the Chinese according to the time when the first symptoms were reported to death. However, that data can be skewed, and the incubation period can be as high as 27 days!!!
WHERE DID IT COME FROM?
12/19/2019 The first case was reported and linked to live-animal markets in Wuhan, China. It quickly spread to Thailand, South Korea, Japan, the US, and eventually most of the world where it was recently classified as a pandemic resulting from “community spread” (where cases were being reported with no known connection to Wuhan, China). It’s now in more than 60 countries!!!
01/20/2020: First case reported in the US in Washington state on the West coast (connected to China)
01/30/2020: WHO (World Health Organization) declares the virus a public health emergency of international concern
02/26/2020: First Community spread case reported in the US (no China connection)
02/27/2020: WHO declares virus to have pandemic potential
03/12/2020: 130,000 cases worldwide and 4,754 deaths so far! That’s a 3.4% mortality rate…over 300% higher than the 1% mortality rate for the cold/flu (according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
In the US alone, over 1,400 have tested positive for COVID-19 and 40 American have died in the US as a result of the virus. That’s an astounding 2.89% mortality rate. And, that’s in only three months!!!
SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, was first identified in November 2002 in the Guangdong province of southern China. The viral respiratory illness, caused by a corona virus, spread to 26 countries in North America, South America, Europe and Asia before it was contained in July 2003. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-diseases-comparing-covid-19-sars-mers-numbers-n1150321
MERS, or Middle East respiratory syndrome, was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. The respiratory illness is caused by a corona virus, a distant viral cousin to SARS. It spread to 27 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America.
Like many corona viruses, MERS is a zoonotic virus, which means it is transmitted between animals and humans. According to scientists, MERS most likely passed from bats into dromedary camels before jumping to humans. https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-diseases-comparing-covid-19-sars-mers-numbers-n1150321
THIS IS NOT FAKE NEWS!!!!! It’s 100% real and folks are dying.
There is no need to panic, but this is real!!!!
THIS IS OUR NEW NORMAL FOR NOW. SO PREPARE FOR “MAJOR” DISRUPTIONS IN OUR DAILY ROUTINES (according to the WHO)
US MORTALITY: 2.9% (1,401 cases, 40 deaths as of 03/12/2020)
TESTING Limited at best…not enough…
COUNTRY POPULATION TESTS PERCENTAGE (As of March 12, 2020)
Country Population Tests Percentage
US 331,002,651 8,554 .0026%
South Korea 51,269,185 210,144 .4099%
Italy 60,461,826 60,761 .1005%
UK 67,886,011 26,261 .0387%
Hong Kong 7,496,981 16,000 .2134%
Does not exist at the moment. At least one year away.
RECOMMENDATIONS TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SPREAD AND INFECTIONS
To FLATTEN THE CURVE
1. Social Distancing (if possible) #1
2. If you are sick…STAY HOME!!!
3. Regular hand washing
4. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
5. Avoid close contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness (breathing problems)
6. Avoid touching your face
7. Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
8. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitize of soap and water are not readily available
9. If you are worried about symptoms or possible infection, contact your doctor or nearest hospital “before” going in.
RESOURCE LINKS & VIDEOS
NOTE: Data are changing on a daily basis and is accurate as of March 12, 2020.
Researched and provided by Pastor Carthel Towns, Sr., MBA
Senior Pastor, Ekklesia Christian Community Church, Inc.
Unlike the the common cold/flu which infects millions each year, there is NO VACCINE for COVID-19. And, a vaccine will likely not be available for at least a year. Until then, PRACTICE GOOD HYGIENE:  Wash your hands,  Do not touch your face,  Cough into your sleeve,  Limit group activities,  IF YOU ARE SICK STAY HOME!!!
God presents himself at different "moments" in our lives. These moments are NOT based on the "chronological" passage of time, but rather in the "Fullness of Time" (as God is not confined to time). This message is gifted to help us recognize those divine moments. Pastor Carthel Towns
THE LATEST EC3 DECISION: Due to the State of Emergency recently declared by LA County, we are suspending our Sunday Morning Church Service and Thursday Morning Bible Study at Pacifica Senior Living in Santa Clarita. Services will resume once an official statement from the County or Pacifica Senior Living is provided ensuring the safety of our members and their residents. While we are sadden to make this decision, ensuring the safety of our members is critically important. Please keep the residents of Pacifica Senior Living in your prayers as well as all those impacted by this virus. Pastor Carthel
LA County Declares State of Emergency Due to Coronavirus Outbreak
Source: VIVIANNA SHIELDS | THE SIGNAL | WEDNESDAY, MAR 4, 2020
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has confirmed six new cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the county and proclaimed a state of emergency Wednesday morning.
“I have signed a proclamation declaring the existence of a local emergency. I want to reiterate this is not a response rooted in panic,” said county Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger, who also represents the 5th District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley. “We’ve been preparing with our local, state and federal partners for the likelihood of this scenario.”
The county proclamation officially asks the state of California to consider a proclamation declaring an emergency. This would enable the Governor to waive regulations that may hinder response efforts, expedite access to state and federal resources, and assist the county as needed.
The proclamation also activates the Emergency Operation Center in support of the Department of Public Health’s response to the coronavirus and to provide operational area coordination.
“Proclaiming a ‘state of emergency’ enhances our preparedness and response capabilities, while also providing opportunities to seek assistance from state and federal partners,” Barger said. “We must all remain vigilant.”
Barger authored a motion, unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors, to request at least $7.5 million from the federal government to support the Department of Public Health and additional resources to support other county departments handling the local response to address the novel coronavirus threat.
A copy of the proclamation can be found here.
Six New Cases, No Community Transmission
Public Health confirmed that six new cases have been found in Los Angeles County.
“We know of an assumed known exposure source for all six of our new cases that we are announcing today,” said Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer. “That means as of today, we still don’t have known cases of community transmission.”
The public needs to prepare for the possibility of business disruptions, school closures and modifications or cancellations of select public events, according to Ferrer. “We ask everyone to start practicing sort of what we call simple social distancing practices,” said Ferrer. “Use verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs …and whenever possible, try to keep 6 feet between you and other people that you don’t know at large events.”
Three of the cases were travelers who traveled in Italy, two cases were family members of someone who tested positive for the virus, and one case had a job that exposed them to travelers from other countries who may have been infectious, according to Ferrer.
Where the new cases were located is not available at this time.
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The Department of Public Health provided additional information Wednesday afternoon, which follows:
“As more cases are identified and community spread is detected in numerous areas, the possibility of sustained community spread of this virus in the US will increase,” said Muntu Davis, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Public Health. “Everyone and every organization has to do their part to help slow the spread of this virus.”
Public Health will be enhancing efforts to include the following:
* Testing at our Public Health Lab: Public Health is among ten California health labs to receive
CDC test kits, with additional kits on the way and we will be able to test locally for COVID-19.
* Ensuring that people who are positive for novel coronavirus and their close contacts are
quickly identified and closely monitored and supported while they are in isolation and/or
* Daily radio briefing updates by the Public Health Director and Health Officer.
* New guidance for childcare facilities, schools, colleges and universities, employers, hotels,
public safety responders, shelters, congregate living facilities and parents on how to prepare
for and slow the spread of COVID-19.
* Weekly telebriefings with elected officials, city managers, and leaders at businesses,
organizations, schools, faith-based communities and healthcare facilities (this includes over
3500 identified contacts).
* Site visits to every interim housing facility to assist the implementation of environmental
practices and modifications that can reduce transmission of respiratory illness.
* Communication and preparation with our first responders, healthcare facility partners and
healthcare providers to ensure continued readiness for this dynamic situation, including
ensuring adequate PPE supplies for healthcare workers.
* Updating our pandemic response plan for COVID-19 in accordance with CDC guidance and
“Our local healthcare system is well prepared to treat more cases should the need arise, particularly among vulnerable populations that require significant clinical care,” Ferrer said. “Specific guidance documents allow each of us to take steps to be prepared, including personal actions that can make a difference in disease transmission.” And although there is no current need for significant social distancing measures in LA County, and the individual risk for contracting COVID-19 remains low for most individuals in the County, all community members should take the opportunity to plan for the possibility of more significant social distancing requirements should there be broad community spread.
Personal preparation measures include:
* Having an ample supply of essentials at home (including water, food, hygiene, medications,
and pet food);
* Planning for the possibility of business disruptions, school closures, and
modifications/cancellations of select public events;
* Practicing simple social distancing strategies that limit your exposure to others who may be ill
(verbal salutations in place of handshakes and hugs, not sharing utensils, cups and linens,
staying six feet apart from others at public events).
LA County is prepared to manage and investigate suspected and confirmed cases of novel
coronavirus. Public Health will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local partners
to provide healthcare providers and the public with accurate information about actions to be
taken to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus and to care for those who may become ill
with this virus.
As with other respiratory infections, there are steps that everyone can take to prevent the
spread of novel coronavirus. The best ways to prevent the spread of respiratory infections,
including novel coronavirus, are:
* Stay home if you are sick. Sick people make well people sick.
* If you have mild symptoms, there may be no need to go to a medical facility to see a
* Certain patients, such as the elderly, those that are immune-compromised or have
underlying health conditions should call their doctor earlier.
* If you have questions, please call the clinic or your doctor before going in. If you do not
have a healthcare provider, call 211 for assistance finding support near you.
* Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the
bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
* Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
* Get immunized against the flu to protect yourself and your family, and reduce the potential
strain on the healthcare system, which may be impacted by COVID-19 concerns.
Public Health is also asking businesses, schools, and community-based organizations to
prepare plans that allow people to stay home if they are sick (even mildly) without the risk
of being academically or financially penalized. This includes the option to work from home
or to complete assignments remotely, where possible. Public Health is requesting
organizations do the following:
* Make sure you are using a robust, regular cleaning and disinfection schedule for frequently
* Ensure that your continuity of operations (COOP) plans are up to date, so their essential
functions can continue.
* Not require a doctor’s note for staff returning to work after being sick, when possible. This
will reduce the strain on the healthcare system.
These actions will go a long way to protect individuals and healthcare services that may be affected once novel coronavirus begins to spread more widely.
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Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about COVID-19:
LA County residents can also call 2-1-1.
While my emotions surrounding Kobe's unexpected and unfortunate death were (and still are) too "fresh" to watch the ceremonies yesterday at the Staples Center, I wanted to share Michael Jordan's tribute to Kobe and Gianna. Now, I understand that there were others who also died in the crash. To their families I send my heart felt condolences and will truly keep them lifted in prayer. However, I didn't know them, like I knew Kobe as a Lakers player. I hope you like the video. Pastor Carthel
We had our first service in Pastor Carthel's garage in Nov. 2017! So, we're young....
While it's impossible to list everything we believe, the more salient tenets are listed here.
Click on the link below to see a "scholarly" explanation of Ekklesia. NO WALLS!!!
In 2020, officially launched our "Alignment Schedule" where we have church services on the First Sunday of each month (until the Lord says otherwise). That's 12 services on the first Sunday of each month in 2020 (with "special services" as the Lord directs).
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