Dear FBC Family:
Yesterday, Governor Abbott announced a temporary pause of any additional reopening phases following the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. He said, “As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families.” This morning, he announced a few steps to reverse the reopening progress. He believes these actions will “corral” the spread of the virus and will help prevent reverting to closing business.
In response to this announcement, we are making a few adjustments to our current activities:
- Effective immediately, the Student Center will be closed to all non-essential traffic until further notice. The Playground, Gym, and Walking Track will not be available to use by church families or the community. The office and pastoral staff will still keep their hours in the office, working to serve and communicate with the church. The outside Student Center doors will be locked, but there is a doorbell to the right of the doors, with signs giving instruction on how to contact the office staff so that they can continue to be of assistance to you. Your family still has the option of delivering your tithe money to the office in-person, and the office staff will still be able to speak to you in-person about any benevolence, financial, or pastoral matters.
- Our plans for worship services in the gym remain the same. We recognize that there are varying opinions on whether or not wearing masks helps to prevent the spread of the virus, but we ask you to consider the encouragement of Governor Abbott. He said, “I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.” While we will not require masks, we ask that you prayerfully consider his encouragement.
- As of today, we are not making any alterations to our ministry schedule. If there are changes in our various ministries (students, children, committees), we will notify you as those changes are decided.
We are grateful for your continued grace and patience in this season. It is certainly a wonderful opportunity to “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 5:21) and “in humility, count others more significant than yourselves,” looking “not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4).
Grace and Peace,
The Pastors of FBC Lindale