I’m an immigration attorney at YMCA International Services and am excited to share with you an opportunity to serve Afghan immigrants that are now arriving to the Houston area. Our staff are assisting Afghan immigrants who have risked their lives protecting and assisting U.S. troops and actively receiving eligible Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) cases for those that can secure travel out of Afghanistan.
With the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19 and increasing hospitalizations, there are still many nuanced, complicated decisions to be made. With that in mind and that we are now worshipping regularly inside and running our children’s program, I have asked four physicians to serve as our COVID Advisory Team to make recommendations to the senior leadership at City Church. I am grateful that each of them are willing to help us navigate these uncharted waters. Below is a letter from them giving their thoughts on the current state of the pandemic.
The mission of the church, and City Church in particular, is dependent upon a heart of service. This summer we have been working through the book of Philippians, where Paul writes, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Phil. 2:3). Our prayer is that in honoring and serving others, City Church is a beacon of hope and beauty for a time often defined by division and discord.
We hope you will join us for the final “City Night” of the 2020–21 ministry year. Over the past few months, our “City Nights” have featured Dr. Elliott Mallory-Greene and Tish Harrison Warren, both of whom generated thought-provoking conversations and remarkable insights. Our final speaker will be James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy at Calvin University whose award-winning books, articles, and public addresses have had a profound impact on Christian thought over the past fifteen years.