Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

➤ THURSDAY, MAY 16:

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Dear 3Crosses Family,

Many people are wondering, “When will 3Crosses reopen?” So, I want to give you an update on our church - adjustments we’ve made this season and a glimpse into what our plans are going forward. 

FIRST, I’d like to say that I miss being together as a church family. I miss getting to see your smile and feel your warm greetings! We know that God created us for connection with Him and, if we didn’t know before, He also created us to be in connection with each other and we miss it!

SECOND, like many churches and businesses affected by COVID-19, 3Crosses has also had to adjust the way we operate and do ministry and though our campus has closed, our church ministry has never stopped. We believe in the mission of reaching the world with the transforming love of Jesus Christ and we are committed to continually finding new ways, even in this rough season, to do just that! We have begun Online Sunday Services, Community Groups, House of Prayer, Women’s Ministry, Men Ministry, Kids & Students and many of you have seen or been able to be a part of some of the new ways we’re coming alongside our Community during this season: 

  • We’ve expanded our food pantry which is now caring for over 700 families each week (including delivery to those unable to leave their homes
  • We’ve been able to help those experiencing unemployment with our benevolence fund
  • We’re finding ways to thank and bless our essential workers 
  • We’re partnering with our local Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and churches to care for and serve our community together 
  • Our Student & Kids Ministries will be having a drive-thru graduation celebration later this month to honor the 2020 graduating classes
     

THIRD, in addition to finding new ways, we’ve also come to the realization that some of what we’ve done will not be able to happen again for quite some time. Our church leadership has agreed to follow our County’s Shelter In Place Guidelines, and we’ve developed a plan to eventually reopen our church for gatherings that will be: 

  1. in phases
  2. in cooperation and coordination with other local churches 
  3. in line with our County’s reopening phases 

Even when we do reopen our campus, we can all agree there will be a new normal! 

Once we are able to gather again physically for worship, we envision using multiple venues during worship service times (Main Auditorium, Chapel, Senior Adult Center, Children’s Ministry Center, Online, etc.) with worship and a broadcast message to each venue. A reservation system will be used based on gathering size restrictions set by our County, and as restrictions loosen the gathering sizes will change. When it’s an option for us, we’ll be ready to move forward!

Another effect of not gathering together is that our (in-person) General Fund giving has decreased. This fund helps to fuel all of 3Crosses Ministries from our Communities to Kids Departments and because of:

  • the length of this season, through the foreseeable future
  • adjustments in ministry focus 
  • our hearts to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted us with 

We’ve decided to make some very difficult staffing decisions. Many of our staff have taken pay cuts and a few, who no longer have job duties as a result of the changes in the ways that we can do ministry, have either been temporarily or permanently laid off.

LASTLY, we don’t have all the answers, we’re not sure when we’ll be able to move forward but we will be ready when the day comes and we are longing for the day that we can all gather together again! 

We thank you and we appreciate your support, your prayers for our church and staff, and your prayers for our surrounding communities who are also going through so many changes. God is working through His church (His people) to bring the transforming love of Jesus to the Bay Area and we are proud to partner with you in this mission!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Danny Strange
Dr. Danny Strange, Senior Pastor

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." ~ Eph 4:2-3

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Dear 3Crosses Family,

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread and we all wait through the Shelter In Place order we want to encourage you with some amazing ways that we’re seeing a fresh movement of God at 3Crosses. Though this has pressed us all, it has not crushed us. Last week we saw more people at church online than in an average ‘at church’ worship Sunday. 

If you missed what’s been going on, here are some updates:

  • We launched an interactive Online Sunday Service with worship, Biblical teaching, chatroom & prayer -- Sundays at 8am, 9:30am and 11am 
  • We started Daily Devotionals with Pastor Danny  | Mon - Fri from 9-9:15am
  • Stay connected  | Weekly Email (click here to sign up) & social media: Instagram  | Facebook
  • Community Groups are still meeting using Google Hangouts (click here
  • 3C Students are on Instagram Live & Google Hangouts
  • 3C Kids are on YouTube, Facebook & Instagram as well as enjoying ‘At Home’ curriculum.

In addition to these things we’ve also begun reaching out to our Community through the 3Crosses Neighborhood Resource Center. We know that many in our 3Crosses Family are experiencing a challenging season as COVID-19 is not only causing sickness but has also caused the shutdown of many companies around the world, resulting in many job losses.

As your church family, we want you to know we are here for you. Everything we have is God's and it is our desire to care for our church family and our community during this difficult time. If you, or someone you know, are in a season of financial hardship, we would love to help.

Here are some ways we can support, serve and share with you:

  • Prayer  | 30 Day Prayer Journey & Prayer Support Line (510) 732-4007
  • Mental Health + Peace  | Find best practices for emotional & mental health
  • Food Pantry  | Open every Saturday from 9am-12pm
  • Benevolence  | Everything we have belongs to God

Or if you are in a season of financial stability, we invite you to invest in kingdom work through our ministry at 3Crosses. Find more information at 3Crosses.org/care.

We love, miss and are praying for you daily!

Danny Strange
Dr. Danny Strange, Senior Pastor

"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:19)

Dear 3Crosses Family,

As promised, during this quickly changing season we want to keep you up to date with all that is happening here at 3Crosses in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommendations we’re receiving from our federal, state, and local governments. 

You may have heard that all gatherings of 250 or more people have been advised to cancel and those who are +60 years old are advised to stay home and away from crowded social gatherings as much as possible. In addition, Contra Costa County has restricted gatherings of 50 or more people. We want to be able to care for you in the best way possible and so we have decided to move forward with Canceling Our Sunday Service ‘Gatherings’ for the Next 4 Weeks

In the meantime, please plan to join us for:

  • An Interactive Online Sunday Service which will include pastoral leadership, worship, Biblical teaching, chatroom and prayer -- beginning this Sunday at 8am, 9:30am and 11am -- find the link, on Sunday, at 3crosses.org
  • Stay connected through our Weekly Email (click here to sign up) or follow us on Instagram or Facebook
  • Also, many Community Groups are still meeting (click here to find one) we want to encourage you to start a Watch Party -- connect with your community group, some of your friends or neighbors and watch the service together -- online 
  • 3C Kids Ministry will have online resources available too -- find the link, on Sunday, at 3crosses.org

Our hope is to be able to meet again on Easter Sunday, April 12th -- but we’ll keep you posted as this continues to unfold!

We’re going to miss seeing you here at 3Crosses so please ‘check-in’ in the chatroom on Sundays and let us know you’re there with us. 

Take care everyone!

Danny Strange
Dr. Danny Strange, Senior Pastor

PS FAQs Are Below

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Psalm 91:2

Dear 3Crosses Family,

The most often repeated command in the Bible is ‘Do not be afraid’.  Although it is wise to take precautions, we should do our best to be hopeful in situations like these. And as we comply with the recommended precautions, we are finding that our gatherings are classified as medium in size (not large gatherings of +1,000) --  because our attendance is spread out over 3 services.

In addition to the precautionary measures we mentioned on March 5, 2020 (listed below), we will also be implementing the following:

  • Cafe 4 will be closed on Sunday (to be sure our crowd size stays under 1,000)  
  • Our services will remain 70 minutes long which is in alignment with Alameda County's recommendations
  • In the case of communion, we will be using single serve packets (beginning April)
  • Balcony will remain open - so that people can spread out
  • We will not be passing offering plates during services and in place of this, we have online giving as well as giving locations in our lobby (wooden offering tables/pillars) commonly known as "Giving Pillars"
  • We will also be offering an online service during our 11am (PDT) service time. Check back on Sunday for a link!

We look forward to seeing you (online or in-person) and worshipping Jesus with you this Sunday!

Danny Strange
Dr. Danny Strange, Senior Pastor

PS  ALL future updates will be posted on this webpage

Dear 3Crosses Family,

As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an emerging situation. We would like to urge you to be praying for all the people involved and for our local government and community leaders.

Although there have been no cases reported at 3Crosses, we would like you to know that we are monitoring the progress of this virus and we want to assure you that we are considering and taking precautionary measures to protect and care for our staff, volunteers and all attendees.

  • Our facilities are carefully cleaned on a regular basis,
  • We provide hand sanitizer stations in our lobby,
  • During our “greeting time” we are encouraging everyone to fist bump or nod as a way of greeting each other,
  • Our door greeters are also encouraged to fist bump or nod as a way of greeting guests.
  • We'll also be using the single serve communion option.

Additionally, if you are not feeling well or choose to stay home, you can watch our sermons online on Mondays at: Watch or Listen to Sermons Online. Also, we are working behind the scenes to be able to live stream services in the near future!

In the meantime, the Center for Disease (CDC) advises us to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick (cold & flu-like symptoms).
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often/regularly with soap & water for at least 20 seconds.

While asymptomatic travelers from China are not mandated to observe a 14-day quarantine, we ask you to consider refraining from attending church services, events and ministries until the 14-day time-frame has been observed. We also ask that anyone returning from high-alert areas (currently South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan) consider doing the same.

Most importantly, let’s remember that God is fully in control and that we have an opportunity to demonstrate our faith in Him through this season.

We are preparing for an amazing weekend at church & we look forward to seeing you here!

Danny Strange
Dr. Danny Strange, Senior Pastor

Coronavirus Information Sources

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION

"The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the leading national public health institute of the United States. ... Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally." Wikipedia

CDC

ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT

Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents and community partners in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities.

ACPHD

WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

World Health Organization (WHO) has more than 7000 people working in 150 country offices, in six regional offices and at their headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. WHO's primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations system.

WHO

FAQs   |   Frequently Asked Questions

We have heard many questions & concerns regarding the Coronavirus and the steps we are taking to care and protect our 3Crosses church family. First of all, we are staying up to date on information released from the CDC, Alameda County, and the World Healthy Organization.

In addition, we hope this section will help put some of these questions regarding precautions at ease.

Will we be gathering on Sunday in the Auditorium? 

No, we will be moving to an interactive Church Online Service with live chat groups during our regular scheduled times of 8:00am, 9:30am, & 11:00am.

As we continue to receive new information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to encourage everyone to join a community group or plan a 'watch party' with friends & family. 

Is the Easter Musical still happening?

Due to the safety recommendations from our state and county limiting the number of people we can have in a room, the Easter Musical has been canceled.

Please check the 3Crosses Music & Arts Webpage: musicandarts.3crosses.org for ticket refund information. 

How long will the Sunday Services be online ONLY?

We do not have a confirmed date for when we will begin to meet on campus again. As we continue to receive new information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we will continue to send out updated information about canceled events & news through our 3Crosses weekly email. Sign up by clicking the button below. 

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Will on-campus community groups still be meeting? 

We plan to continue ministry here at 3Crosses however, groups who continue to meet will need to follow state & county health recommendations. And this will vary on whether or not your group leader is available to continue to lead their group. Please check your email for updates from your ministry leaders.