March 19th 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Saint Michael’s,
Today, Governor Greg Abbott issued an order prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 people from taking place within the State of Texas through at least April 3rd in response to the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic.
This order does affect churches and religious gatherings and therefore all scheduled activities at Saint Michael’s including Worship Services and Bible studies are cancelled through April 3rd. Decisions regarding church activities scheduled for after April 3rd will be made at a later date.
The fight against this virus is an unprecedented situation and we trust that the Governor and other elected officials are exercising their powers with the aim of maintaining public health rather than with the aim of curtailing religious expression. We support those whom God has given the vocation of governing our people and we remain committed to praying for them regularly.
Yet, the fact that we are unable to worship together as a congregation at this time brings us deep sorrow. This may be the first time in the living memory of any of our members that Sunday services have been suspended. Indeed, it may be the first time in the history of our congregation. Please do not take this time as a vacation from God and His Word, but as a reason to flee for refuge to God and the comfort that His Word brings.
To that end, I would commend the following resources to you and urge you to use them diligently until the time that our corporate worship can resume:
I am also available to you anytime 24/7 via cellphone at (979) 966-8036. If you desire a pastoral visit or have any kind of need, please do not hesitate to call me.
Also, if you or someone you know has a specific need brought about by these circumstances (like a need for help getting groceries, etc.) please contact me or Tom Atkins at 512-750-3345. We have a few members who have volunteered to help!
Finally, the inability to meet together will make it more difficult for members to contribute their offerings to the church. Please consider this as an opportunity to utilize our E-Giving program at www.stmichaelswinchester.org/give or if you would prefer, you may send offering checks via USPS to the church at 700 Frio Street, Winchester, Texas 78945.
Please keep an eye out for additional communication from the church via email.
Pastor Nate – (979)-966-8036