Greetings! I miss seeing all of you and I pray that you are well.
We are waiting to see if Governor Abbott updates or revises his statewide guidelines and restrictions. It is possible he will release more information on Monday, May 18. We will assess the information we have and give some specific details by the middle of next week regarding our plans for in-person worship. I hope we can safely gather beginning on May 24, or May 31 at the latest.
I want to commend all of you for your encouragement, support, sacrificial attitudes, and love for one another. I could not be prouder of our church!
My assumption all along has been that this pandemic is a temporary situation, and that by June or July we could be back to a “normal” schedule. I thought we could just bite the bullet and wait it out. Now I think I have been wrong. I started paying attention to the ongoing negotiations in Major League Baseball to start the abbreviated season in July, a plan that might mean no fans at first, then maybe 25% capacity, then 50% through the summer into the fall. I began listening to friends who work in school districts across the state who may have to consider opening schools in the fall with 50% capacity guidelines, or something like that. No one knows yet what is going to happen. I am becoming convinced that this situation is not something that is simply going to disappear anytime soon. I am becoming more convinced that this summer and fall, and maybe beyond, we are going to have to re-think and re-imagine how we operate and function as a church. Many of you have pointed out that we did this to a certain extent after Hurricane Harvey. That’s true! And, if necessary, we will do it again together with the Lord’s leading.
I ask you all to fast, pray, and seek the Lord with me in the coming weeks as together we try to follow the Lord’s leading into the future.
Please contact me if you need anything or if you just need someone to talk to.
I love you and I am praying the Lord will bless you greatly!