City Church Family,
As I write this on Wednesday, March 18, I am struck by how different the world looks today than it did last week as we finalized our weekly e-newsletter. Our City Church staff team is digesting news and changes as they come and now realize what we think we’re able to do today may not hold true by Sunday. Here are some questions we’re asking ourselves, as I imagine you also may be:
How do we worship?
Join us for the livestream of our virtual service each week on Facebook (no account needed) or at citychurch.org. It was great to see so many of you interacting on Facebook last week. Please continue to do that.
Invite others to watch our service. With so many at home with little to do and so much uncertainty to process, we’re realizing there’s an opportunity to welcome people who might not have previously been interested.
Since last Sunday, House of Blues has closed indefinitely, so we’re unable to hold our services there. We’re extremely grateful our friends at First Presbyterian Church have offered to host our service in their facility beginning this Sunday.
How do we stay connected right now?
Stay connected with your small group. Though we are distanced from one another physically, we need each other socially more than ever. We are in the process of organizing our small groups to meet virtually. Look for instructions coming from your leader.
If you are not part of a small group, we invite you to connect with one now by contacting Linc Ashby.
Let us know how you’re doing. Please click here to give us an update and let us know how we might pray for you.
What about our kids and youth?
City Church will be sending weekly kids material for our sermon as well as what we would have covered as part of our City Kids curriculum.
Please let Sara McDonald know how we can serve you. And if your kids want to FaceTime/Skype with her, let her know that also! She would love to do so.
How do we individually and as a church body further our mission to love Houston right now?
We know that this time represents even more challenges for those who are already marginalized. To that end, City Church has sent unplanned support to the Houston Food Bank, which is working with HISD to provide food through 36 different campuses to food-insecure areas in Houston.
At least through Easter, City Church will be paying all contract workers ordinarily employed by the church as if our normal operations were continuing.
We realize that many of you could be facing financial hardship in upcoming months. Please know that our diaconate is mobilizing to provide help. Click here to let us know if you are in need.
Join me in praying daily. Pray for those who have contracted the virus, those most at risk, our first responders and health care professionals, and our governmental leaders who are making critical decisions that affect all of us.
Finally, I encourage you regularly to think about individuals you know who may find this time more challenging and reach out to them. A text and a phone call can go a long way.
As we adjust to a new reality in this time of uncertainty, I am trying to dwell on the things we do know: We have a God who is sovereign, good, and gracious. He cares deeply for us and his world. And there is immeasurable comfort in remembering that we have a Savior who is thoroughly acquainted with suffering, who calls us to himself: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Much love to all of you,