A Note From the Pastor
Friday, March 13, 2020 at 2:30pm
Good Afternoon Woodridge!
We have been in collaboration with a number of churches, governing officials, and health care leaders about best practices given the concerns related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
STATEMENTS FROM HARRIS COUNTY OFFICIALS AND THE UNION BAPTIST ASSOCIATION:
Harris county officials indicated that any gathering over 250 people should be cancelled. Josh Ellis, the Executive director of the Union Baptist Association, sent out a letter to all association churches after having met with Dr. Peter Pisters, president of MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. David Callender, president of Memorial Hermann; and Dr. Umair Shah, president of Harris County Public Health. Each of these health care leaders were urging churches to suspend their Sunday gathering.
The idea behind the suspensions is social distancing– “social distancing” is a public-health strategy used to describe broad measures like school, festival, and public transportation closures in an effort to help slow, track, and eventually curb the spread of airborne diseases like the flu and tuberculosis. The goal is to “allow the healthcare system to meet the heavy demands now placed on it” as well as to curb the spread of the virus.
SO—WE WILL NOT HAVE WEEKEND SERVICES THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 15TH. WE ALSO WILL NOT HAVE OUR REGULAR WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACTIVITIES ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18TH.
Cancelling our services has not been an easy decision for us to make, but in doing so we are keeping in mind two things—we are respecting our governing officials and health care experts, and we are loving our neighbors (especially those that are at-risk, such as the elderly or those with compromised immune systems). That being said, we WILL be livestreaming our service at 10:50 on Sunday morning. You can watch by going to http://bit.ly/wbccorona
Mark Barnhill, along with our deacons, are contacting at risk members of the church to make sure they have what they need given the circumstances.
We will keep you up to speed as things progress and thank you for your understanding and support. In the coming days we can (1) pray that God will intervene and curb the spread of the virus, (2) pray for our missionaries around the world that are ministering in affected areas, (3) pray for wisdom for our governing officials as well as church leaders.
We look forward to having you via livestream this Sunday morning at 10:50!
For Christ and His Kingdom,
Dr. Jeremy Evans
Woodridge Baptist Church