Building Repairs and Outdoor Services
I wanted to provide some important updates in regard to worship.
Repairs to our church from the water damage are continuing this week, therefore, we will need to worship online at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, March 7. Our confirmation class and senior high Sunday school will be able to meet in Wesley Hall and a portable this Sunday.
Progress has been made by our contractors, but we have not been given a timeline as to when repairs might be finished or when we can begin to worship in our sanctuary. At this point, Dalworth Restoration is still identifying all of the areas with water damage. Portions of drywall have been removed along the east and west hallways. We expect the drying fans to be removed by the end of the week. The plumber has repaired nine pipes that burst and restored water to the building. The light control panel in the sanctuary also has to be replaced. We still need our insurance adjuster to schedule an assessment of the damage.
More than 50 United Methodist Churches in the North Texas Conference experienced some type of building damage from the winter storm so we certainly are not alone as we move through the repair process. We will continue to update you as we learn more.
Weather permitting, we plan to begin outdoor worship at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 14. The vast majority of our congregation seems to prefer outdoor worship and, at this point, it is the safest way to gather. When the sanctuary is available, we will have an indoor, traditional service at 8:30 a.m. that will be livestreamed. We will continue to provide an online option for worship, whether by livestream or prerecorded. More information about Holy Week and Easter will be shared soon.
Social Distancing / Face Masks
Regarding Governor Abbott’s announcement yesterday, our church will continue to abide by Bishop Mike McKee’s order to practice social distancing and wear masks when at church. The Bishop reiterated the need to continue these current practices in a letter issued this afternoon. As we move forward, Jesus’ command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves and Wesley’s General Rule of “doing no harm” will help guide us, along with the leadership of the Bishop and recommendations from the CDC. Our church COVID-19 Task Force also will be consulted to help us make further decisions.
While we continue to live in this liminal space, may we remember that God is with us and guiding us. May we keep our mission of building life-giving relationships with God, with each other, and with the community at the forefront of each decision that we make as a church. May we continue to find new and creative ways to love God and love our neighbors.