A WORD ON (COVID-19) FROM DECLARATION
 
OUR RESPONSE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
Mar13, 2020

A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR JOHN:

Church Family,

We’re all aware of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and we’re aware that you want to know what we are thinking at Declaration Church. We continue to resist to post things too quickly because of how news about this is literally changing from day to day, even moment by moment. However, I wanted to send you a message updating you on how we’re preparing, and the decisions we are having to make. We’re staying in contact with our local health and governmental official updates.

Because of an order from our County Judge, Mark Keough, as well as with the closing of all CISD campuses, we have had to make the hard and unfortunate decision to suspend our Sunday gathering. During this time, we will be doing live-stream interactive services, and would love for you to join us there. We will continue to assess this situation day by day and update you if anything changes.

Having to cancel our Sunday gatherings was an incredibly hard decision for me to make. I really believe that in times of crisis that the Church (the gathering of believers) is needed more than ever before. I believe we all need to be with our church family in worship, in prayer, and in the study of God’s Word together, so to receive the encouragement and hope that comes from being together.
I did not come to this decision lightly, as I do believe we need each other, and we need to be the church in action in moments like these. Please let us know if you are immune-compromised, or above the age of 65 and have any physical needs that you need help with! We will do all we can to help meet your need. We are also working with our school district and local vendors to see how we can make an impact in our area for many families that may have been impacted by school closures or are in need of assistance.

Remember: 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Please know that Kelly and I are praying for you, as well as our staff team!

Pastor John


“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)



Here at Declaration we are all aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 around the world. We are aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind. We are trusting God, praying for those who are sick and scared, and working to prevent the spread of this disease.
As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.



“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”-       2 Chronicles 7:14 


HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:

1.  Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19.Pray for the health care workers who are treating the sick, and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray for President Trump, Vice-President Pence and all in our local, state, and federal government that need wisdom from heaven in order to lead us in this time. Also, pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.

2.  Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us)can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear. 

3.  Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Stay home if you are sick and enjoy our online service!

4. If you have traveled internationally, or even domestically to places of high impact, please consider practicing social distancing for the period of time recommended by our governmental officials and the CDC.

ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HERE ARE SOME STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE:

·      If you are high risk, such as older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, avoid crowds as much as possible. 
·      Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
·      Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
·      Stay home when you are sick or symptomatic.
·      Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
·      Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
·      Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

STAYING INFORMED:

Follow Declaration social media for updates: Facebook - Instagram You can find out more information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Texas Department of Public Health. While we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that divine health and protection is from Jesus. Let’s continue to trust in His promises of protection in Psalm 91 for ourselves, our families, and all those who are affected by illness and pray that the virus will be contained and conquered.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the MostHigh, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.
Psalm 91:9–10