In light of the global pandemic of the novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, we’re making every effort to consider the health of our congregation and to contribute to the national support and safety of our citizens.
Proverbs 11:14 tells us that Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety. We have consulted with representatives with our local government, health professionals including the president of MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann Hospital, the Harris County Health Department, the Center for Disease Control, and World Health Organizations. To demonstrate social responsibility, we are making adjustments to our worship services and gathering practices to help stay below the line of Coronavirus cases that are currently impacting our healthcare system. This Sunday, March 15, 2020, instead of coming to the sanctuary, we are asking you to stream our exciting worship services online. Additionally, ALL meetings and gatherings outside of our Sunday worship services have been suspended from 3/13/2020 – 3/21/2020. This is not a casual or uninformed decision; this is our contribution and sacrifice to global safety and we will monitor updates from week to week.
Please don’t take this lightly, we’re in a place where we’ve never been. However, this is not an apocalypse and not a time for panic, so I need you to calm down, because you cannot stop living. According to Johns Hopkins University, currently, over 137,000 cases have been confirmed throughout the world, but thanks be to God, over 69,000 cases have recovered.
We have pondered, volleyed back and forth, given great prayer and consideration, and our decisions are not about an absence of faith, but really an act of faith. It takes more faith to shut down on a weekend, than to be reckless. It is extremely important at this time, to rely on our faith and encourage each other. But isn’t this a great time to be alive to see what God is going to do!
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
So, let us be extremely prayerful, sensitive, and non-critical toward pastors and churches as they are making the tough and aggressive, albeit the best decisions for their congregations.
We will continue to be prayerful as we monitor the situation and will keep you abreast of any changes. We are a church of faith and wisdom and as we know, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
As the health professionals have advised:
Everyone is encouraged to take the following steps to minimize their risk for exposure:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick with a fever or cough.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- And as you encounter one another, greet each other with a friendly wave or an elbow bump.
We are aware that everyone will not receive the message, so we are asking you to share this video. This is also a great time for evangelism, consider watching Sunday’s sermon with an unchurched family member by Bringing God’s House to Your House or have a Facebook Watch Party!
We can’t wait to get back together at church, prayerfully, next Sunday!