Dear Life Connection Family,
I wanted to send you a message of clarification about the direction of Life Connection Church as it concerns reopening for service. First, Governor Abbott’s declaration doesn’t mandate or advocate that churches should open on May 3rd, but they may choose to open. They are still directing the church to take caution about reopening when there is so much we don’t know about COVID-19.
Now more than ever we must continue safe-distancing practices.”
— Governor Greg Abbott
“It is very important that we do not let our guard down.”
— Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
Our District Superintendent of North Texas District of the Assemblies of God, Gaylan Claunch, has offered this wise counsel to pastors: “We are trying to navigate the healthy tension between what churches CAN do and what churches SHOULD do.”
Therefore, after prayerful consideration, Life Connection Church will not be holding in-person services on campus at least through the month of May. We will continue to hold at-home services online for the rest of May and will continue to prayerfully evaluate how to proceed thereafter.
Secondly, when Life Connection opens, it will be in compliance with the CDC and AG guidelines, which includes certain protocols (e.g. deep cleaning & sanitizing the facility, social distancing, masks, hand sanitizers, etc.) which also means training staff to monitor and direct these protocols – so opening will be a process of preparation that takes time.
Thirdly, while we want to be back as we once were as soon as possible, we will not jeopardize the health of our Life Connection family to do so. We are a church with a healing message that flows from the Gospel itself, and we do our best to walk worthy of the gospel’s call to walk in love, and health.
Fourthly, I want to ask you to pray that our God will intervene, and this virus will be history sooner rather than later. Also, pray for the sick, and those who are the front lines taking care of the sick, and of us all. Pray for those who are transporting our food, processing our foods, and those who are serving us in our supermarkets. Pray for our elected and appointed officials for guidance in their decision making.
Lastly, I want to thank you for being a great church! Thank you for your faithfulness in giving and gathering with your family weekly to have church online. Thanks for encouraging people through text, emails, zoom meetings, etc.
I am confident with God’s help we will make it through this trial, and when we do, we will emerge a stronger, wiser, more active, more creative, and more evangelistic than ever!
I close with Paul’s words:
Romans 8:35-37 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
With Love & Appreciation,
Pastor Jim & LCC Board