Earlier this week, the World Health Organization officially classified the current COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic. After participating in a call for faith leaders in Houston with lead physicians from the Texas Medical Center and city officials, our leadership has made the decision to move our Sunday service to online streaming only beginning this Sunday, March 15. Following the recommendations of the CDC and those on the call, the impetus for this decision is to promote social distancing by limiting large group gatherings. In doing this, we hope to contribute our part in mitigating the spread of COVID-19. We believe it is an important expression of our commitment to love and serve our city.
During unsettling times like these, let's encourage one another that our sovereign and loving God is "our light and our salvation" (Psalm 27:1). Remember to take steps each day to connect with others, being sensitive to the physical, spiritual, and social needs around us. Join me in dedicating time daily to pray for our medical community, those working to address the spread of the virus, those most at-risk, and all who are infected. We must help each other remember that as the body of Christ, we are the presence of Jesus in the midst of this developing crisis. Though our ministry will need to adapt, our mission has never been so vital. We will continue to be in touch with you as we modify our ministry to each other and our city in the coming days and weeks.