Pastoral counseling, as described in the Church's 1979 annual report, constituted "a very important part of the ministry at Grace Church." Grace Community Church in Sun Valley has filed a lawsuit against the state of California saying it should be able to meet for indoor, in-person services. Newswatch is seen weekdays on the CBN News Channel. MacArthur recently began holding indoor worship services at his Sun Valley-based megachurch despite Gov. Gavin Newsom, Atty. News & Politics Columns Before last weekâs lawsuit was filed, MacArthur and the elders at Grace Community Church had released a statement explaining why it's the churchâs biblical duty to remain open. Pastor John MacArthur of Grace Community Church has filed a lawsuit against California over restrictions on indoor worship after the state issued a second lockdown order as part of its response to COVID-19. Grace Community Church Sues California Governor, LA Mayor Over Alleged Discrimination Lawsuit marks latest legal battle involving churches, COVID rules By CBSLA Staff August 13, 2020 at 1:33 pm Grace Community Church has held a lease from the county on a section of their parking lot since 1975. Gen. Xavier Becerra, Mayor Eric â¦ Church leaders informed civic leaders that they have âexceeded their legitimate jurisdiction,â and â¦ County officials informed Grace Community Church that it will terminate its decades-old lease on a parking lot after the church filed a lawsuit over local restrictions against in-person worship. Grace Community Church and Pastor John MacArthur brought a complaint Wednesday against Gov. A Los Angeles judge cleared the way for Grace Community Church and John MacArthur to have a trial in their coronavirus lockdown lawsuit. Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church have filed a lawsuit against California Gov. 08-14-2020 CBN News Tré Goins-Phillips, Faithwire ABOVE: Thomas More Society Attorney Jenna Ellis appeared on the Thursday afternoon edition of CBN's Newswatch to talk about the lawsuit filed by Pastor John MacArthur and Grace Community Church against California state officials. UPDATE: A judge ruled late Friday afternoon â¦ Now, after winning in court the right to hold worship services, the â¦ A judge said Thursday he will decide later on the scope of a hearing on whether Grace Community Church and its pastor should be held in contempt for continuing to hold indoor services. The Grace Community Church (Church), at the time of the events in question, employed about 50 pastoral counselors to serve a congregation of over 10,000 persons. Gavin Newsom, and other state and local officials, claiming their coronavirus pandemic regulations directed to churches are unconstitutional.