CORONAVIRUS UPDATES (March 18, 2020)

ONLINE WORSHIP ONLY MARCH 22 & 29. YOU CAN WATCH ON THE HOME PAGE.

ALL EVENING ACTIVITIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.


The news concerning the current viral outbreak is ever evolving. If you go to the links to the right, you can hear two physicians from Methodist Hospital speak about the Coronavirus. Since that conference was last week, we have learned even more and expect another conference this Friday (March 20)

Sunday went very well. I hope you enjoyed the live streaming and we learned some valuable information as the services progressed, so the sound continued to improve through the services. Monday morning, in a special staff planning meeting, we thought we had this all figured out and we could have a both/and scenario. However, as of Monday afternoon, we were all asked to follow additional restrictions that limited group gatherings to no more than 10 people. That being said, it takes almost that many people just to make the service work with ushers, tech, musicians and pastors.

So, we will gather through online worship. To keep a sense of normalcy we will continue doing both 9:00 Traditional Service and an 11:15 Modern Service containing your favorite elements except hugging one another. We will evaluate the need to do worship this way on a week to week basis, but know it will be online only March 22 and 29. After that we will follow protocol set by health, government and our Conference officials.

For some of you, this seems to be a lot of silliness. But having seen the graph of the steep mortality rate as we age, this is a protection of our family and loved ones. We are all taking rotations in the office so, if you need anything, don’t hesitate to call the church at 281-446-2332.

How can people help during this season?
  • Please exercise an abundance of caution to help prevent the spread of viruses. Stay at home when you or a family member are sick.
  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds. (Sing Happy Birthday or the Doxology)
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Set up giving online to make sure changing weekend attendance doesn’t hinder our ability to fuel ongoing ministry. Online giving.
  • Stay up to date from trusted sources such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • For those at greatest risk, we encourage you to stay home and watch our services online. (9am - Traditional & 11:15am - Modern)
  • Check on each other by phone, especially our elderly attenders.  A friendly phone call does much to remind others that they are not alone and they are cared for.
  • Let the office know if pastoral care needs are present.
  • If you or someone you know tests positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can pray for everyone involved and take any necessary precautions.
  • Pray for each other, for our community, for health care workers, and for those whose livelihood is threatened by time away from work.

How is the church responding to the outbreak in our area?
  • We have currently canceled services at this time and switched to online worship only. However, this is an evolving situation, and we will notify you of any updates.
  • Please subscribe to our email list or follow us on Facebook for up to date information.

Resources

What you need to know about the Coronavirus from Houston Methodist.
Conversation with the Doctors at Houston Methodist (Password BISHOP2020)