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Free Flu Shots at The Church Without Walls

Free Flu Shots at The Church Without Walls

The Church Without Walls has partnered with Cigna to bring their Health Improvement Tour to our Queenston Campus. The Health Improvement Tour connects with people in the community to offer free flu shots and other services to help you improve your overall health and well-being.  We are committed to assisting members of the community by bringing preventive care services right to you and making it easy for you to take control of your health.

Health Improvement Tour Flu Shots
December 18 – 19, 2020 | 9am – 2pm
Quenston Campus | New Chapel

From the Office of the Pastor

From the Office of the Pastor

Church Family,

Please understand, we have not abandoned our Sunday Live services. As I mentioned last week, some members of our Sunday morning staff have been exposed to COVID-19. For the protection of everyone and in following Centers for Disease Control guidelines, we have been sheltering in place for 14 days. We must follow the guidelines established by our healthcare professionals and the CDC. It is imperative that you remain faithful and take these warnings seriously: wear your mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and avoid gatherings. I believe our concerted efforts will help to mitigate the virus in due time. I ask for your patience and participation in worship at the highest level this Sunday with your family.

Thank you again and please join me in praying for our church and praying for our instrumentalists, psalmists, preaching team, and our media team, who are faithful in coming every Sunday morning. We hope to return to our live worship services next Sunday. On this First Sunday morning, come to the table of the Lord and worship. Please visit our church website this week to review Sermon Notes and discussion questions for you and your family.

Be Encouraged
Pas

A Message from Mayor Sylvester Turner

A Message from Mayor Sylvester Turner

As you know, we are still in the recovering stages of the Covid 19 pandemic.  We have made some progress but we still have more to go.

The virus can spread very quickly and the symptoms can range from no symptoms to mild to severe illness. Currently there is no vaccine available and we can’t relax on our social distancing and wearing facial coverings until that happens!

I’m asking you to remain vigilant and continue to MASK UP, not just for your benefit but for your loved ones & others around you.  So, take care of yourself and always practice social distancing!

Remember we are Houston Strong, together we will get through this! And Don’t forget to MASK UP!

-Mayor Turner

Pastor West Encourages Us to Get Tested for COVID-19

Pastor West Encourages Us to Get Tested for COVID-19

Listen in as Pas encourages the congregation to get tested for COVID-19.

It is our responsibility to help our city contain and mitigate this virus as we search for a vaccine. We ask that you encourage your family and friends to get tested as well.

Here are some testing resources.

COVID-19 Testing Options

Self-Assessment Tool

How to Get Free Testing

What Happens At Testing Site

Harris County Public Health Testing Location Map
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has put together a comprehensive list of drive thru testing locations across the state of Texas. To access the map and to find a testing facility near youclick here.

Visit our Coronavirus Updates page for additional resources.

PSA from Pas: Lets stay connected via FB Groups

PSA from Pas: Lets stay connected via FB Groups

Amid the COVID-19 season of adhering to social distancing measures, we want you to remain connected. In one of our Facebook groups, you can find a place to belong, receive encouragement, experience authentic community and spiritual growth. We currently offer community groups for men, women, youth, children, young adults, and marriage. Check it out online. Look at it as the hallways and fellowship halls on our campuses and get in on the conversation.

Be encouraged.

Pastor West Encourages Us to Take Care of Ourselves Amid Covid-19

Pastor West Encourages Us to Take Care of Ourselves Amid Covid-19

Church family, allow me to give you a few facts that a bright light has shined upon in the last couple of weeks and has been on my mind and heart about the novel Coronavirus. According to the Center for Disease Control, health disparities are differences in health outcomes and their causes among groups of people. Disparities in the African American community are not new to us, however the news of how COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting us, is.

It’s not that we are getting infected more, it’s that when we do, we are more likely to end up in ICU and succumb to COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and obesity. Astounding, I’d say. Other reasons for disparities in our communities are social economic conditions, health-care access, distrust of the medical community, and multigenerational families in the same house, which makes it impossible for social distancing.

Furthermore, minorities usually have jobs that put them on the front-line in essential roles such as doctors, nurses, radiation technicians, housekeeping, and even retail. Accompanying these facts, the Harris County health officials named zip code, 77084, the zip code of our Queenston campus one of the zip codes with the highest number of COVID-19 cases.

Family, I’m not saying all of this to alarm you, but to ask you to take care of yourself. The way we handle this is by preventing ourselves, and others from getting sick; helping to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus and making sure people who need help can get it. You can find resources here on our website that can help you during this time.

Be encouraged.

-Pas

Important Messages From Pastor West

An Updated Coronavirus Message from Pastor Ralph D West

An Updated Coronavirus Message from Pastor Ralph D West

To our TCWW Family,

Marc Connelly in his play Green Pastures places the angel, Gabriel, on a top floor in a tenement building in a big city where he turns around and said, “Everything nailed down is coming loose.” Everything we’ve known to be sturdy and strong has become flimsy and feeble. Therefore, at The Church Without Walls, our leadership had to make some adjustments to re-fasten what appeared to have come loose.

Here’s a tripart of what we’re working with, first, we’ve now had to change from a physical congregation to a virtual congregation, where every worship service, bible study, and ministry engagement is now online. We are a global village scattered but connected.

Second, I want to invite you to join one of our Facebook Groups. We have groups for the entire church, for our men, women, youth, children, young adults, and small groups. Search for the groups under our official, The Church Without Walls Facebook page. Here in this virtual community, you can converse and get to know each other better.

Third, now this is the big caveat, to my younger members.  After continued conversations today with the CDC, MD Anderson, Memorial Hermann Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and the Greater Houston Partnership, they leaned heavily on the faith community to transmit this message specifically to our millennials. I need you to help me get the word out, the number of Coronavirus cases is rapidly increasing. so, here’s my word to you, take the personal measures by staying home and keeping your distance from people. I’m aware that God is omnipotent, still, we have the power to do something, now. Let me call your attention to the wisest man on the planet, when he said to his millennial son, “as we know, wise choices will watch over you, understanding will keep you safe.” Proverbs 2:11.

And finally, I want to say to The Church Without Walls family, thank you for assisting one another. Thank you for helping our leadership in keeping the church connected to one another. Thank you for giving faithfully to the Glory of God. And now may we learn the lessons that God is teaching us in this COVID-19 season.

Remember to Bring God’s House to Your House.

Be Encouraged.

Pas

An Important Coronavirus COVID-19 Message from Pastor Ralph D West

An Important Coronavirus COVID-19 Message from Pastor Ralph D West

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!

Be encouraged.