Hello Everybody,

First, I want to thank you for all your support and encouragement throughout this pandemic.  We are maneuvering in uncharted territory.  Our staff is working hard to offer quality online worship, daily videos, and daily devotionals.  David has a new Lord’s Prayer Class, Ann Marie’s book study group is full, and I have restarted my Men’s Tuesday morning study at 8:00 a.m instead of 6:30 a.m.  We are also calling people in our congregation to make sure people are not left all alone.  If you know someone who feels disconnected, please let us know.  Also, if you hear someone is not receiving my daily devotionals, it means we do not have their correct email.  Please let us know and we will reach out to them.

We are in the process of planning how and when we can re-open our campus.  I will say it is a challenge to wade through the different perspectives and recommendations.  We know some churches have already opened; and we know some churches have been “super-spreaders.”  I hate it, as your Pastor, that we are not able to meet together.  But I also know everybody’s health and safety are primary.  We would feel heart-broken if our church aided in spreading COVID-19 to anyone — especially knowing that the virus spreads asymptomatically.  We are monitoring the CDC as well as Harris County Health officials’ recommendations.  At Monday’s meeting, the session adopted the following Campus Re-open Plan as listed below.

We are currently in phase 2 and our Early Learning Center Preschool is up and running again.  We are following the preschool guidelines (13 pages) prescribed by the governor.  We are also watching, with concern, the rise of COVID-19 hospitalizations not only in the state of Texas, but also locally at Houston Northwest Hospital.  We also have a phenomenal team working on the specifics of what each phase entails and how we can reopen our campus safely. 

We have been through a lot in the past, and I am confident God will help us get through this challenge.  Please pray with me for those affected by this pandemic as well as the healing of our nation.  Right now a good verse for us to live out in our church, community, and nation, is 1 Thessalonians 5:13-15.  “Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them.  See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.”

With much love and gratitude,

Pastor Paul