Dear Martin Family,
Our Leadership Team and Pastor Lara had a difficult meeting Monday afternoon to discuss a plea from Bishop Mike Lowry of The Central Texas Conference about in-person worship. His message is as follows:
As infections and deaths from COVID-19 spike at an alarming and dangerous rate, I ask that we, as a people of goodwill, join together in observing the best medical and social practices designed to halt the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. As your Bishop, along with the Cabinet, we have encouraged an emphasis in online worship since March, but it is especially vital now that this dangerous virus is spiking across our Conference, state and nation. Where possible, may we together refrain from in-person social gatherings that place ourselves and others at risk.
Decisions about the continuance of limited in-person worship should be made by the lay and clergy leadership of each local church with prudence and caution appropriate to your specific context.
Subsequent to our meeting, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley this morning issued a public request that, due to the very high and rapidly increasing rates of infection and hospitalizations, Tarrant County churches and faith communities voluntarily cease any in-person gatherings and move to online only worship.
After much discussion, the Leadership Team, agrees it is best to put a pause any form of in-person activity, (including the parking-lot service at 8:30 a.m.) effective Sunday, November 22. The production team will continue to meet at the church on Sunday mornings to offer online worship live at 11:00 a.m. The goal is to keep everyone safe and minimize potential exposure while we embrace the ability to worship together online. Along with you, we pray that this growing pandemic can be tamed soon and that we can resume worshiping together in-person when the risk is not so high.
Peace, Love, Faith and Perseverance to all,
and Pastor Lara