Hello Church Family,
In our last email update I had stated that Wednesday programming was still scheduled to take place. However, given the decision of the school system to cancel school for the rest of the week and the new CDC recommendation to limit gatherings with groups of 50 or more, we’ve decided to cancel our mid-week programming for this week. The New Caney Mission Trip has also been cancelled.
That means the following events will not happen:
Tuesday Night – Celebrate Recovery
Wednesday Morning – Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday Evening – ALL CHURCH PROGRAMMING (Both Campuses)
Thursday Evening – Ladies Coffee Gathering
Saturday – Men’s and Women’s Gatherings
We will be making these decisions one week at a time so please stay connected in order to stay informed. I know this is frustrating and may be a source of great anxiety for some of you. I want you to know that we are going to be thinking creatively about how to honor the recommendations of our city/government leaders while also being faithful to our Lord’s call to go and make disciples.
The Lord Jesus has promised to be with us as we partner together in advancing His redemptive purposes. The mission never changes. However, the way we go about accomplishing that mission may need to shift for the next few weeks. Please pray for us as we explore those possibilities and commit yourself to staying connected the best that you can.
As of now we are not cancelling any of our home based or mid-week small groups. We will leave that up to each small group leader. If your group does meet please ensure you follow the CDC guidelines for sanitizing your room.
Honestly, if you’re not sick and you have the ability to provide a sanitary place for a small group of believers to meet then go ahead and do so. Even though large group gatherings are being discouraged, small group gatherings are still permissible. Especially when the environment can be controlled in terms of spreading the virus. Send an email to your small group or ministry team and host a small gathering at your house. Just be wise and be careful.
We don’t want to overreact to this global epidemic but neither do we want to be foolish in our response. I personally believe that we should err on the side of caution as it relates to our vulnerable populations. That being said, we also need to diligently pursue community insofar as it’s wisely achieved and conducive to the mission.
Worship | Connect | Bless
Our discipleship pathway is to worship in a gathering, connect in a group and bless people on a team. This pathway is still achievable. It just might look different for the next few weeks. We will worship in smaller gatherings, we will connect in different types of groups and bless people in a different sort of way. Consider how you can get creative and intentional about serving your brothers and sisters in Christ and then partner with those brothers and sisters in blessing our city.
Church staff will be meeting this Wednesday to discuss how we can best equip everyone to continue experiencing authentic Christian community while also mobilizing you all to grow in your faith and help others find and follow Jesus. We would certainly appreciate the prayers.
If there’s anyway I can pray for you, please let me know. We have people who’ve volunteered to pick up/deliver items for those who can’t get out. Let me know what you need and we will get it to you. Thanks for staying connected and engaged during this time. It’s more important now than it’s ever been.