Dear Members and Friends of Saint Michael’s,
As you are all aware, the number of COVID-19 cases in the state and in our county has increased dramatically over the last few weeks. While we had previously hoped to loosen our approach toward Worship and Bible Study beginning in July, the current trajectory of the health situation will prevent us from being able to do so. At the July's Elders’ Meeting, the Elders made a number of decisions related to protecting the health of our attendees at our Worship Services and Bible Studies. I fully support the Elders’ actions in this area as we all work together to show care for our neighbors’ health.
Beginning immediately, our approach to health precautions at Worship Services and Bible Studies will be the following:
If you will be participating in a Bible Study that requires a mask or face covering, please bring your own from home if you have one. If you do not, we do have masks available that we can provide to participants. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the entry to the Sanctuary and Education Building.
Also, please consider your own risk factors before participating in any in-person events. The State of Texas guidelines ask churches to strongly encourage the at-risk population to participate in services remotely. The at-risk population are “those who are 65 or older, especially those with chronic lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; chronic heart disease; severe obesity; diabetes; chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis; liver disease; or weakened immune system.”
We also ask that you monitor your own health situation for the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
If you are exhibiting any of these signs or symptoms, we ask that you not participate in our in-person Bible Studies or in the Lord’s Supper at this time.
I commend our congregation for your commitment to faithfully hearing God’s Word and participating in Worship during this trying time. Thank you for being willing to adapt to different practices for the sake of the wellbeing of your neighbors.
Please contact me at any time if you have questions or if you would just like to talk. I am available 24/7 at my cell number listed below.