The Coronavirus: A Note From Pastor Frank
We just came off one of the best John 21 ministry events we have ever had, while working to ensure the safety of our volunteers as well as those who came for the food. We are monitoring the situation in Richland Hills and the surrounding area for any outbreaks. We are also working closely with the City, Police, and fire departments of any updates. If there are any changes or concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we will let you know as soon as possible. We are taking every precaution to keep our church family safe!
While we live by faith, we also are called to be wise and discerning. Therefore, as of now, we will continue to have our services on Sunday mornings as scheduled. However, should the city or federal government mandate any changes to that plan, we will notify you immediately via Facebook, website, app., and text. Nevertheless, in the meantime, there are a few things that we must do to ensure we are protecting ourselves, and families.
Proactive Action Steps
Pray - pray for our families, community, local, state, and the federal government.
We are ensuring more frequent sanitation of commonly touched surfaces such as doors, handles, tables, water fountains, check-in stations, and sinks.
Our Children’s Ministry Leaders will be leading our children in washing their hands before and after service.
Starting this Sunday March 15, each remaining Sunday in March will be “no-touch Sundays”. We are asking everyone to please refrain from handshakes, hugs, and other close contact.
We are also restructuring how we practice communion and take offering to limit the spread of germs.
We will also temporarily be cancelling the 9:30 am pre-service meeting, but will continue to be holding our 10:30 worship service.
We would ask everyone who is not serving in the Point Café, the Exterior Sign Setup Team, or on the Worship Team to please not arrive earlier than 10:00 am.
To be well informed we ask all members to follow this situation via the daily updates from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov.
The most recent information about coronavirus in Texas is posted here: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/. It is wise to educate ourselves as to the actual facts, preventative measures, and treatment plans should any of us contract the virus.
Follow the Guidelines for Prevention from the CDC
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and quickly discard it.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant spray or wipe.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Stay home when you are sick.
Watching for symptoms.
The more severe symptoms of Covid-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. We encourage everyone to stay home if they experience any of these conditions. We have many people who fall into the demographics who might be more severely affected by the virus. Please be considerate of them if you have these symptoms. The CDC is currently recommending that you remain at home until at least 24 hours after you are free of a fever (100 degrees F) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Planning for emergency’s without expecting it.
We do not anticipate needing to shut down the services. However, we will be following the guidelines for city of Richland Hills so should something change we have a plan in place to ensure the church will still have services. If necessary we will be live streaming the services so that we don’t allow what it taking place to stop God’s word from being preached. The Apostle Paul reminded us in 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
Maintaining a ministry mind-set.
One of the characteristics of the New Testament church is our ability to meet and allow the Gospel to be preached. We do this by any means possible. So regardless of what happens the church will continue to be the church.
I have every confidence that Jesus will be preached during the crisis and that He will use this to reach the lost. Don’t be fearful but in all things rejoice.
As more information is made available to us we will pass it along. If you have any questions please contact my office at the number below. Remember be ready to give an answer for the hope you have in you (1 Peter 3:15).
I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday morning as we celebrate God’s goodness and mercy.
In His Service,
Trinity Point Church