Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I pray this letter finds you and yours healthy and well. It has been six weeks now since we first began our COVID-19 safety protocols, including hosting worship services completely online. During this time, we have worked diligently to provide you with resources and content via our website and Facebook page aimed at nurturing your spiritual health while also being mindful of your physical health. While we recognize this has been a fruitful endeavor, we also recognize gathering in person as an essential piece of our spiritual life, because something special happens when we come together for encouragement and fellowship as the body of Christ!
As you may have read, the state of Texas is planning a gradual approach to re-opening our economy. As of May 1st, it is the hope of many that a sense of normalcy will be returned as certain restrictions are lifted. While we are under the guidelines set forth by the state of Texas, we are also listening to our local and county leadership closely with regards to this matter.
What exactly does this mean for us? While we are anxious and excited to resume live, in-person worship, we believe our best course of action for the moment is to continue hosting worship services solely online. Because we are blessed to be an intergenerational church where all age groups are represented, we have considered our entire faith community as we have pondered and prayed over this decision, especially those most susceptible to health issues. Until we feel safe gathering together as a multi-generational family, we believe we must take extra precaution.
Valley Praise leadership is already preparing and planning for the day when we will open our campuses again. While it is hard to pinpoint an actual date, we will evaluate our current circumstances at the end of May and make an official announcement regarding a possible re-open date. I hope and pray that when we re-open our doors we will have done everything we can to be prepared to welcome our people, and that the environment surrounding us will be conducive to live interaction and growth.
Friends, I believe we should worship in the freedom of fellowship because it is who we are as Valley Praise. However, it is possible that coming together too early and enforcing social distancing protocols may make it difficult to fully be who we are as a church. While online may not be ideal, we can all use this time as preparation for the move of God that will come when we all come together again! Until that time, stay connected to VP, pray for each other and encourage one another. Make every effort to check in on each other and even invite someone new to connect with our faith family via our online services, weekly devotionals, and content. Keep the faith and hold out hope for the new season to come!
Aaron G. Saenz Sr.
1 Corinthians 14: 26 “How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.”
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