MARCH 21, 2020
Hi, Local Church….
We just wanted to give you an update on what’s going on at Local Church.
The biggest question probably on your heart is what are we doing this weekend? What is our gathering going to look like?
So with prayerful consideration and, of course, with the recommendation of the CDC and staying in compliance with our government officials asking for physical gatherings being 10 or less, we have decided to put all of our experiences this weekend online. We want you to know we have prepared lots of great things for this experience. We will still have a full service… Nothing held back. There will still be engaging worship and a great message from Pastor Mike. But we will be pulling it all online this Sunday.
How long will we do that? We don’t really know but we have to do it this weekend. And it looks like we may be in that environment for the next couple of weeks. We as a staff are preparing a lot of great content for our online platforms, our social media, our website, etc, as well. So be looking for that.
We want to encourage you to get your family together to watch, to share, to lean in. This is an opportunity for us as a church to share and get the Gospel out. So this is not limiting church. This is the Gospel going forward even more. And social media is prepared for that… to share and to engage. So, we look forward to seeing you this weekend online.
We just want you to know we have a gameplan. This didn’t catch God by surprise, it didn’t catch us by surprise, we are planning and getting ready for God’s word to still advance and for us to help people Know God, Find Friends, Discover Purpose and Make a Difference just in a different way.
We have a lot more of these updates coming as this is evolving on a daily basis so pay attention to our online presence. Just be engaged in this and I hope to see you soon face to face. We love you Local Church.
Pastor Mike and Melissa Hernandez
MARCH 12, 2020
Local Church Family –
By now, we are all well aware of the coronavirus situation. It has been in the news headlines for some time now. For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Scripture, however, reminds us that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound mind. We are to trust God and pray about everything. If you have felt fear trying to take hold of your mind – we want to offer you some encouragement from the Word of God today. We want to encourage you to read Psalm 91 and meditate on each living and active verse. Let God’s Word encourage you that as you trust and follow Him, you can face every challenge with hope and confidence.
While we feel strongly that as Christ followers we should avoid being overcome by panic and fear, it is also important to implement wise and precautionary measures to keep us safe.
At this time, we will continue to provide our usual 10:45am Sunday service, as well as, our weekly lifegroups. If this changes, we will inform the congregation accordingly.
An everyday top priority at Local Church is the safety and the well-being of our guests and team members. We recognize and understand that some may have concerns about the coronavirus; therefore, we personally want to bring an update on everything that we are doing to provide a safe environment for you, your family, and our team members. We are taking the following precautions and recommend you do so as well:
To minimize your need to touch door handles, our greeters will hold exterior doors open to greet you.
We offer the option of giving your tithes and offerings online, in the app, and via Text-to-Give. As well, in lieu of passing the offering buckets, we will have offering buckets positioned at the doors of the Main Auditorium. We encourage you to use our digital options at:
• Text “GIVE” to 830-521-2096
This is a great opportunity to set up recurring giving to make your regular giving easier.
GREETING TIME DURING SERVICE
When/if we have a time of greeting during services, we recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes. If you prefer not to participate in greeting others, feel free to remain seated.
KIDS CHECK-IN STATIONS AND ROOMS
Volunteers will wipe down check-in surfaces and all areas/toys in all the kids rooms with be disinfected before all services. We are also making disinfecting hand soap & hand sanitizer when available throughout our building (this is dependent upon availability of hand sanitizer in our local area).
CAFÉ AND COFFEE
Our café team will disburse pastries using tongs rather than individuals sharing tongs or serving themselves. (Please be patient with our volunteers.)
LOCAL CHURCH ONLINE
If you find yourself feeling sick, we encourage you to join our livestream on our website at localchurch.tv, in our church app, and all our social media. We will be livestreaming our 10:45am Sunday service.
Our sermon videos are also available for watching throughout the week by visiting www.localchurch.tv.
We are closely monitoring the latest developments and following the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and our local governments of Harris County and the City of Tomball. We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here. For additional information about COVID-19, please read the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov, or your local health department website.
Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning 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 readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
According to the CDC – Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. People who are at higher risk are encouraged to take the precaution of avoiding crowds as much as possible.
We will provide necessary updates to you via email and post them on our social media. We are an ALWAYS PRAY church so let’s continue to pray for our world, our country, our city, and specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.
Pastor Mike Hernandez