Novel Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19)
The elders have been monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 virus across the world, the nation, and here in the greater Houston area. Person to person spread of the virus is now being seen in the greater Houston area as well.
We understand that anyone exposed to the virus can be a carrier for a significant amount of time with no symptoms appearing. We understand that those over 60 are very vulnerable, especially those with underlying health conditions. We also understand that the virus can persist on hard surfaces for at least six hours.
For information on the COVID-19 status, prevention, and risk, refer to the CDC website:
As Christians, we want to respond to the situation with love and faithfulness, rather than with fear and anxiety. We can prepare our families and be ready to support and care for each other. We often talk about Romans 15:1, “We then who are strong out to bear with the weak” in terms of spiritual strength and weakness, as we should. It is important also that those who are physically strong and healthy should be careful to avoid any possible harm to those who are physically more vulnerable. The short-term actions we are proposing are based not on fear, but on the desire to protect the vulnerable among us.
The elders have decided the following:
- Worship services will continue on Sunday morning, March 29. We will assemble briefly OUTDOORS in the parking lot. Bring a folding chair if you wish, and dress appropriately for the sun and light wind.
- We will make some modifications to the preparation and manner in which we partake of the Lord Supper to avoid having multiple people handle the unleavened bread and the trays. We have discussed this among ourselves and with Nathan, and are confident that these changes are only made to some of the expediencies in how we partake on Sunday. The changes will be explained on Sunday.
- Bible classes on Sunday morning and Wednesday evening are canceled until further notice. Teachers may wish to send lessons and activities home with the families.
- If you are not able to attend on Sunday morning but wish to partake of the Lord's Supper later in the day, contact one of the elders and arrangements will be made.
We ask that if anyone in your family is not feeling well, even with just a cold, that they stay home. Anyone with chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems should stay home.