August 6, 2021
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ:
Peace of the Lord be with you!  May this email find you and your loved ones safe and healthy in this pandemic time.  As you may be aware, the Dallas County COVID-19 Threat Level is reverted back to red, the highest possible level of warning because of the Delta Variant spread.  That means we need to take as many precautions as possible. 
The Deacon Board of DCBC, together with the active Elders and the Senior Pastor, met last night to gauge the situation and the impact upon our Phase IV reopening effort.  We, as leaders of DCBC, have unanimously agreed to adopt the following real-time adjustments as recommended by the Pastoral and Administrative Staff of our church:
  • Masks REQUIRED for all ministries [including all worships] (This is for mutual protection, and for the sake of the unvaccinated among us, such as our children and youth, and those who could not take vaccinations because of health reasons.)
  • Worship service
    • Continue in-person & live stream
    • Contact tracing is still needed
    • No limit to the number of people in service
  • Food
    • No lunch for the time being
    • Abraham Ministry continues to provide pre-packed snacks
  • Bus Service
    • Continue bus service
    • Masks required
    • Drivers need to be vaccinated
    • Suggest to membership deacon to provide box lunches for elderly taking the bus 
  • Sports Ministry
    • Masks required & no food
    • Additional Note: No volleyball & basketball until family center A/V gate fixed
  • Sunday School (2nd hr)
  • English: in-person only for adults; in person and maybe hybrid for college
  • Mandarin: hybrid & in-person classes
  • Cantonese: in person only
  • Youth: in person for the morning; virtual for afternoon
  • Children: in-person & virtual
  • Nursery: will resume in person starting August 15
  • Mid-week
    • Mask required
    • Eating in fellowship hall only
    • AWANA-LIT & Youth Group starting Sept 10
With peace in Christ,
Gordon Ngo, Deacon Board Chair                Rev. Samuel Ling, Senior Pastor
  • 所有事工[拜]必須佩戴口罩 (這是雙向的保護,也是顧念我們當中的尚未接種疫苗者,例如兒童,青少年,以及由於健康原因無法接種疫苗者。)
  • 主日崇拜
    • 繼續面對面以及直播
    • 仍然需要接觸史追蹤
    • 對崇拜人數無上限要求 
  • 食物
    • 目前暫不提供午餐
    • 亞伯拉罕事工繼續提供包裝好的點心 
  • 巴士服務
    • 繼續巴士服務
    • 必須佩戴口罩
    • 巴士司機必須已經完全接種疫苗
    • 建議會友執事為乘坐巴士的長者提供盒裝午餐 
  •  運動事工
    • 必須佩戴口罩、不可有食物
    • 另外:在家庭中心影音區圍欄修好之前,不可進行排球或籃球 
  • 主日學(第二時段)
    • 英文: 成人只以面對面形式進行,大學生有面對面並可能同步在線
    • 國語:面對面並同步在線
    • 粵語:只以面對面形式進行
    • 青少年:上午以面對面形式進行,下午以在線形式進行
    • 兒童:面對面以及在線形式
    • 托兒所:將於8月15日主日恢復面對面形式 
  • 週中
    • 必須佩戴口罩
    • 只可在交誼廳用餐
    • AWANA-LIT以及青少年小組將於9月10日開始

Indoor Air Quality for Church Reopening


As we move into Phase 3 and Phase 4 for church reopening, there have been lots of discussion and preparation by our pastoral staffs, deacons, and coworkers. Thanks for the great support provided by every brothers and sisters at church. This really shows the unity and love in Christ.


And since COVID-19 travels through the air via aerosols due to its size, pressure is being put on institutions, universities, K-12 schools, hospitals, research facilities, and commercial businesses to improve the efficiency of the filters in their HVAC systems. One of the action items we have been working on is to improve the indoor air quality at church. This is based on the feedback collected from church survey earlier this year. 


We have conducted studies on the type of filters that will improve our indoor air quality. According to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), there is an application guideline standard 52.2 for the rating of filter called Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). It rates filters on a scale from 1 - 16. ASHRAE and other leading bodies have recommended upgrading the filters to MERV 13 or higher to help mitigate the transmission of infectious aerosols. Typically, educational buildings use anywhere from MERV 6 - MERV 8 filters in general. This is like what we have been using in our church. Proper filter selection requires an understanding of several factors that include the type and size of particle/contaminant to be removed; expected filter service life; and pressure drop. Also, note that having a higher MERV-rated filter in our unit can increase the amount of energy used for that unit to pull air through the filter. Higher efficiency filters require greater air pressures to drive or force air through the filter because of how the filter is designed. We also need to be careful when increasing the efficiency of the filter and verify that the capacity of the HVAC systems is sufficient to accommodate the higher MERV-rated filters. 


Regarding High Efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA), they may not be an appropriate option for most HVAC systems because of the design of HEPA filters. This is due to the extremely high pressure drops that are associated with HEPA filters. Our HVAC systems are not designed to handle such a filter, it can overwork and damage our HVAC systems. 


Considering all the above factors, MERV 13 filter will be a better option for us. We will replace the current filters to MERV 13 filter according to ASHRAE recommendation in order to reduce the aerosol particles and improve indoor air quality at church.


(DRAFT 草案)

Phases in compliance with the following government guidelines:

Chart of phases for return to in-person worship and ministries

*Action to be taken when church is able to meet health and facility protocols


**At-risk population are those who are 65 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system


*** If you have been fully vaccinated (which means that you have received the second dose for vaccinations that require two doses) it would be wonderful to worship with you in-person, but please recognize there are still health risks for yourself and those who have not been vaccinated, and all safety precautions will still be required.
*** 如果您已經完全接種疫苗(這意味著您已經完成了需要接種兩次的第二次注射),當面與您一起崇拜將是一件很不錯的事情,但是請您意識到自己和那些未接種疫苗的人仍然存在健康風險人,所有安全預防措施仍然必要

Additional Information and Resources



PSALM 147:15-19

15 He sends out his command to the earth; his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel.

May this pastoral letter find you and your loved ones safe and healthy, and that you have no interruption of water, electricity, gas and Wi-Fi.

As a historic, unprecedented snowstorm hit Texas, as we watch the snow adrift silently outside the windows, we can take comfort in the fact that the Lord is still in control, as the Psalmist reminds God’s people. 

With the new President and Administration, the America we live in is facing some unprecedented changes as well.  Rev. Franklin Graham, the son of the late evangelist Billy Graham, has on February 24 sent out an urgent prayer request.  The expected passing of the Equality Act by the House of Representatives, and subsequently by the Senate, is going to hurl a storm into our national life, especially sowing the whirlwind in the churches,  schools, and religious institutions of the land.  Please see attached Rev. Franklin Graham’s urgent prayer request in its entirety.  A Chinese translation by sister Karen Yin is also attached.

In the face of such overwhelming attack on Bible values and freedom of conscience, we seem to be so week and feeble.  Yet we would do well to remember Acts 12.  When the early church was under persecution, and the Apostle Peter was hopelessly marked for execution, the church did the only thing it was able to do: PRAY.  “So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church” (Acts 12:5).  Prayer alone tilted the balance!

Let us therefore get on our knees, and pray earnestly for the policies and moral climate of this land we call home.  May it truly live up to its motto: “In God We Trust.”

God bless America, land that I love,

Stand Beside her and guide her

Through the night with the light from above…  

With love & prayer in Christ,

Pastor Samuel Ling 




15 他發命在地,他的話頒行最快。

16 他降雪如羊毛,撒霜如爐灰。

17 他擲下冰雹如碎渣,他發出寒冷誰能當得起呢?

18 他一出令,這些就都消化;他使風颳起,水便流動。

19 他將他的道指示雅各,將他的律例、典章指示以色列。




牧師,著名的佈道家Billy Graham的兒子,在二月二十四日發出了一封緊急代禱信。美國的參众兩院很有可能即將通過的《平權法案》會給我們的國家帶來嚴重的風暴,尤其是將在教會,學校,基督教機構中掀起一場旋風。請參閱在附件裡 富蘭克林·格雷厄姆牧師的緊急代禱信。施殷慧娟姊妹翻譯的中文版本也附在信裡。

在這樣猛烈地對聖經原則以及良心自由的攻擊面前,我們似乎是軟弱無力的。但是我們該記得使徒行傳12章的記載:早期教會處在逼迫當中,使徒彼得無助地面臨死刑,教會做了當時唯一能做的事情-禱告。“於是彼得被囚在監裡,教會卻為他切切地禱告神。”(徒 12:5)。僅僅憑著禱告就改變了局勢!


God bless America, land that I love, (願上帝保佑美國,我所熱愛的土地)

Stand Beside her and guide her (站在她身旁且帶領著她)

Through the night with the light from above… (讓從天上來的聖光引導她經過黑夜…)





We Cannot Remain Silent!

link to original article

The Equality Act is a dangerous threat to our nation.

I am writing to you about a very dangerous piece of legislation—the Equality Act. The Biden Administration has said they want to pass this within their first 100 days. I cannot say this more emphatically—for people, for businesses, and for ministries of faith, the Equality Act is a threat to life as we know it in our nation today. It’s a real game-changer.

The House has already passed this legislation one time previously, so it will likely pass in the House again before moving on to the Senate. We need you to contact your congressmember and U.S. senators and ask them to vote NO. I also encourage you to let the White House know about your strong opposition to this bill. The progressive Left is zealous about this issue and will pull out all the stops to try to make it the law of the land.

• The Equality Act designates schools, churches, and healthcare organizations as “public accommodations.” With this, schools, churches, and hospitals could be forced to accept the government’s beliefs and mandates about sexual orientation and gender identity. That would be highly intrusive and incredibly far-reaching. It will threaten everyday speech where people can be fined or lose their jobs for using the wrong name or pronouns.

• The Equality Act will legislate that we allow boys in girls’ sports, boys in girls’ locker rooms, men in women’s shelters, and men in women’s prisons. It will force teachers and students to publicly pretend that a biological male is a female. Schools will be encouraged or mandated to instruct first, second, and third graders that they can choose to be a boy or a girl, or neither, or both, making biological sex (and science) a relic of the past.

• The Equality Act will use the force of law across all 50 states to strip Christian and other religious ministries of their right to hire people of shared faith to pursue a shared mission. Can you imagine a Christian organization being forced to hire people hostile to its deeply held beliefs who have no passion for its beliefs, teachings, and mission? That doesn’t work.

• The Equality Act will strip health professionals of their rights of conscience. It will force doctors and medical professionals who long to do no harm to engage in gender transition treatments such as hormone-blocking, cross-sex hormones, or surgery. It is obvious that a Catholic or faith-based hospital should not have to perform gender transition surgeries that go entirely against all they believe.

• The Equality Act will be a tool used by the government to deny or threaten accreditation to religious colleges and universities if they do not satisfy the demands of the secular Left to apply sexual orientation and gender identity to dorms, sports, places of privacy, and even teachings. The Act could be used as a weapon to threaten the availability of federal student loans and grants to students at certain disfavored religious schools.

These are just a few examples. Friends, this is a pivotal time for our nation. The impact of this legislation is immense. We must not remain silent and accept what we know is wrong.

People of faith need to PRAY. Churches need to recognize the significance of this and pray corporately, asking for God’s intervention and mercy to extend the religious freedoms we have been blessed with for so long.

We also must get to work now, in these fleeting days before the Equality Act comes up for a vote again. As individuals, churches, and organizations, we need to let our representatives in the U.S. House and Senate know how important this is to us, and that we are asking them to vote an emphatic NO to the Equality Act.

Franklin Graham





我寫信給您,是為了一項非常危險的立法-《平權法案》。拜登政府曾表示,他們希望在(主政)前100天內通過此法案。我要強烈地表達 -- 對人,對企業和對宗教團體而言,《平權法案》對我們所熟知的國家生存構成威脅。這是真正遊戲規則的改變者。




•《平權法案》將利用遍布所有50個州的法律力量,來剝奪基督教和其他宗教團體僱用具有共同信仰的人從事共同使命的權利。您能想像一個基督教組織被迫僱用對其根深蒂固的信仰懷有敵意的人,他們對該信仰,教義和使命沒有熱情嗎?那是行不通的 。







富蘭克林·格雷厄姆 (施殷慧娟姊妹翻譯)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes generally available in Texas, I know that many of us are interested in getting vaccinated.  Currently the Moderna vaccine is available to those who are 65 years old and above, and people who have preexisting health conditions (see Texas.gov information).  Brothers Lanshu Wong and Jeffrey Yan have kindly provided the attached map of providers who have received the Moderna vaccine.  You will need to call the individual providers to obtain further information if you are interested.

I have personally received the Moderna vaccine on Dec 29 at a MD‘s office in Plano.  The discernible side effect so far has been minimal.  It is milder than the side effects I got from the yearly flu shots.  I am looking forward to receiving the 2nd shot when notified.

May the Lord bless us all with a healthy and safe New Year.


With peace and blessing in Christ,
Pastor Samuel Ling and The Pastoral Staff









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General information 基本信息:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information (texas.gov)