Fireside Chat: Pastor Rob McCoy reflects on communion that draws believers, media and protesters–“I commend the press; not offended by protesters”

By Michael Hernandez 

Newbury Park—Following public health official guidelines:  Godspeak Calvary Chapel hosted a public communion for over 300 persons—including other pastors as well as members of the press and some protesters in attendance.  “I commend the press and I was not offended by protesters,” said Pastor Rob McCoy during Sunday’s 19th Fireside Chat episode also featuring Dr Robin Evans.

The communion held from 1-3:30 p.m. followed a livestream message on “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem” given by Pastor Rob McCoy in observance of Palm Sunday—the observance of a Christian Holy Week leading up to Easter which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection.

Earlier this weekend (on Saturday evening), Pastor Rob McCoy resigned his Thousand Oaks City Council seat to take a stand that the church is an essential service in the community despite state, county and city ordinances labeling the church as non-essential. 

During his Sunday sermon, McCoy stated:  “If the Church is nonessential, then Christ is nonessential, (but) Christ is essential,” said Pastor McCoy during the Fireside Chat.  “If cannabis stores and liquor stores can be essential;  the church is essential.”

Both Pastor McCoy and Dr. Robin Evans stated that the daily Fireside Chat (always at 7 p.m.) was meant “to dispel myths and sift through information (on the coronavirus) to bring forth golden nuggets of truth.  We are all biased and we look at the world through our own eyes and own beliefs.”

Pastor McCoy shared the difference between the American Constitution: “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” and the French Constitution: ”liberty, equality and fraternity.”.  The French ideas were “polarizing because there was no accountability to God.”  Here in America:  “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was endowed by our Creator, so we are accountable to God and to each other.”

During the Fireside Chats the most recent data of covid-19 in Ventura County is shared.  

View “Fireside Chat” broadcasts at:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYiP2FPff-_TH5kcjTp4oyQ.   Episode one registered 1,000 views. 

(Editor’s Note:  To see the Citizens Journal coverage of Pastor Rob McCoy’s Palm Sunday service go to:  https://www.citizensjournal.us/pastor-rob-mccoy-were-essential-communion-is-assembly-of-the-saints-palm-sunday-observes-jesus-triumphal-entry-into-jerusalem/.  To see the Citizens Journal editorial about this weekend’s events go to:

https://www.citizensjournal.us/thousand-oaks-pastor-resigns-council-seat-over-live-church-session-makes-national-news/.) 

Michael Hernandez, Co-Founder of the Citizens Journal—Ventura County’s online news service; editor of the History Makers Report and founder of History Makers International—a community nonprofit serving youth and families in Ventura County, is a former Southern California daily newspaper journalist and religion and news editor. He worked 25 years as a middle school teacher in Monrovia and Los Angeles Unified School Districts. Mr. Hernandez can be contacted by email at [email protected].


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