Dear Church Family,
This is what I am praying over you today: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”- Romans 12:12
Yesterday Governor Greg Abbott presented Phase One of a state-wide plan to “reopen Texas." You may be wondering what that means for our gathering together again in person on Sundays. I cannot wait for us to be together again (and we know that day is coming!), but it will not be this Sunday. In fact, we have determined to stay sheltered and to worship from our homes at least through the end of Phase One, which is May 18.
The first task of the shepherd is to provide and to care for the sheep and I do not want any of our beloved sheep sick or to die from the Coronavirus on my watch. Data shows that we may be peaking right about now, but we must do all we can so we can cross the goal line safely together. Let's don't spike the ball at the 50 yard line. We will one day be together again, but let us be joyful in hope!
Many businesses will be re-opening on Friday because they must in order to accomplish their mission. We certainly affirm that some level of good business is a part of God’s plan for the flourishing of our city. However, we also recognize that there’s a level of ongoing risk to the vulnerable in our society presented by any large gathering of people. At PCBC we realize that, as important as our gathering is and as much as we long for it, it isn’t strictly required for us to fulfill our mission. So, for now, we are going to choose to sacrifice what we are allowed to do for the good of our city and the flourishing of our neighbors. Meanwhile, we’ll continue doing what we must do in order to be faithful disciples of Jesus: worship where we are and love others where we are. Let us be patient in affliction.
I have called together a Restart Task Force made up of teams of lay leaders and staff to help us form a strategy to determine when and how we will take steps toward some form of gathering in the future. The teams will look at five areas: 1) Worship Gatherings; 2) Guest Experience; 3) Connect Groups and other group gatherings; 4) Kids Ministry; and 5) Operations. I’ll offer updates every week via email, on our website, and through social media platforms. We have some exciting services planned over the next few weeks and we have a special surprise for you this Sunday. Invite your friends and neighbors to join us online! Let us be faithful in prayer.
I love you and miss seeing you.