COVID-19 Updates

March 30, 2020

March 17, 2020

Dear Church,
As you may already know, I was able to be a part of a conference call that Mayor Cain conducted alongside first responders with local pastors. He addressed his decision regarding the declaration issued for mass gatherings, its update, as well as other reminders for health and safety. The conference call revealed that Mayor Cain is being proactive, and I believe that he has been prayerful and wise in this decision. In our church leadership meeting, we developed an informed and prayerfully guided plan for the temporary future. The method of our meeting as the Church may change, but our identity and calling as the Church of Christ does not. We will not be meeting on the church campus for services, but will instead be utilizing our live stream capabilities in order to broadcast the Sunday Sermon and Sunday School Lesson. Please take note of the following:

Beginning March 17th

1. On Sunday Mornings, at 10:45am, please tune into our Facebook or Youtube stream in order to hear the message. We encourage you to check-in and let us know that you are listening. Feel free to share the stream so that others can be a part of the study of God's Word. If you know of someone that would like to listen, but they do not know how, help them or have them contact the church office.

2. On Sunday Evenings, at 6:00pm, we will be live streaming the Sunday School lesson.

3. On Wednesday Night, we will be utilizing social media in order to deliver the prayer guides, to give updates, and share new prayer requests.

4. The staff and I will be posting various updates and content throughout the week (devotional guides, worship music, and updates). Download the church app, follow us on Facebook, and get on the email list (send an email to [email protected]) if you haven't already.

5. The front office will be open on Sunday afternoons until 3:00pm, and Wednesday afternoons until 5:00pm. The church staff will be working diligently, and often remotely, to help our Church Family during this temporary adjustment. Feel free to call or email any of the staff, including myself, if you need to schedule a meeting or have questions.

6. Many have already asked about giving. I want to encourage your faithful generosity during this unusual time, especially towards our special missions offering (Annie Armstrong Easter Offering). Many of you send in your gifts through US Mail, and you may continue to do so. I would like to encourage you to try the online giving, which may be found on our church website or church app.

Moving Forward
The church leadership will continue meeting in order to prayerfully reassess the church schedule and plan of action every 2 weeks. We will certainly be communicating any changes through email, social media, the website, and the church app.

If you, or anyone that you know, has a need that the church can help with, please contact the office via email. ([email protected]).

-Pastor Adam

March 14, 2020

Dear Church ,

I would like to take a moment to officially address the topic of Covid-19 and how it impacts the plan for our Congregational Worship Gatherings. I have been patient in writing this because updates are being shared by officials at various levels quite regularly. We are thankful for the many people in leadership that God has appointed to guide and protect us. As Christians, we are not a people of fear or anxiety. We are a people of faith. With this in mind, I want to take the opportunity to discuss the planning of our upcoming Worship Services and a few other noteworthy matters.

Our church has been blessed with the capability of streaming our services online. Social media already allows us to share our services with absentees and the homebound. Our church app has also become a great tool. I want to encourage you to download and utilize it.

Sunday March 15th

For Sunday, March 15th, we plan to have our normally scheduled service and classes. As a precaution, we will be changing the way that we do our greet time and the way that we collect our tithes and offerings. All of that will be explained in the service and isn't very different from the ways we have responded to flu season in the past.

As a multigenerational congregation, we have many precious members and attendees who may need to stay home because they are in the at-risk category. If that is you, please feel free to stay at home as needed.

For those of you who may not feel well, please stay home. We know you are tough, and you don't have to prove it! Instead, now is the time to show your care for others by keeping those around you from unnecessary exposure.

God has blessed us with the tools needed to stream our worship gatherings from Facebook live. In addition, the sermon audio gets uploaded to the website and the app within a day or two.

Regarding giving: We are blessed to have the means necessary for practicing generosity through our website and app. If you have not used this before, now may be the perfect opportunity to set it up and make use of it! Many people still send their gifts to our church office by US Mail. Your continued faithfulness is appreciated.

After March 15th
Regarding services after March 15th, Mayor Cain has addressed the city of Cleburne through a declaration that should help us respond to Covid-19 with wisdom and minimal disruption. In lieu of this declaration and the accompanying resolutions from the Cleburne City Council, our church leadership will be meeting next week in order to formulate an informed and prayerfully guided plan for the temporary future. We will certainly be communicating any changes through email, social media, the website, and the church app.

If you, or anyone that you know, has a need that the church can help with, please contact the office via email. ([email protected]).

-Pastor Adam