COVID-19 Storm Seems A Bit Closer

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But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. Psalms 5:11 ESV

As you are aware, the City of Houston and Harris County have officially declared health emergencies in response to the apparent “community spread” of the COVID-19 virus. The Rodeo and other City events have been abruptly cancelled.

We wanted to let you know that we are closely monitoring the situation and are in active discussions with our sister congregations in the metro Houston area to coordinate our responses.

As of today (Wednesday, March 11, 2020), we are NOT planning on cancelling any worship services or other church activities. We HAVE made several changes in our worship routine that you need to be aware of:

  • We will eliminate the Common Cup as part of our communion elements


  • Pastors and Elders will sanitize their hands before and after serving communion


  • Instead of passing the offering plate, offering baskets will be available at the exits to receive your tithes, offerings and attendance cards.


  • We will probably not be offering pastries and bread in the Gathering Space on Sunday


  • Hand sanitizers will be available at the coffee stations for your use, at the Sanctuary entrances and scattered around the campus. Feel free to use them liberally

As always, if you feel unwell, we would ask that you stay home and let the church office know so that we can be in a position to minister to you.

When you come to worship or other church event:


  • Please bring tissues with you so you can catch any coughs or sneezes


  • We are a welcoming congregation but please do not feel obligated to shake hands with those worshipping around you and do not be offended if others refrain from doing so.


  • Liturgical practices of “passing of the peace” and/or greeting will be practiced without handshaking and physical contact.

Please join us in prayer for our community, strength for our medical professionals and wisdom for our government leaders. God alone knows how this will end, and as Christians we are invited to “place all of our cares upon Him, for He cares for us.” The coming months may provide us all an enhanced opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors. Let’s stay mindful and prayerful.

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