UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
As we continue gathering on The Crossing campus and for various ministry programs, we recognize that we are doing so in the middle of a drastic increase in active Covid19 cases. Many of you heard Governor Abbott adding restrictions on wearing masks while in public and limiting the assembly of groups of more than ten people. In Parker County and Aledo, local officials have recommended face coverings for public gatherings larger than 100 people to help slow the spread. In light of the increased numbers, the elders and church leaders have decided to pause our reopening plans, and stay in Phase 2. Phase 2 includes assembling for the main worship service at 11 am with children's activities provided for birth through 4th grade during that time.
As we gather this Sunday, July 5th, we ask that you observe the social distancing guidelines and wear a face covering while on campus. We are in this together and will get through it as we learn to live with Covid19 in our community.
Since things are changing quickly, the Elders plan to meet mid-July to re-assess how things are going and adjust as needed. During the week, our staff and any visitors who need to be at church are required to wear face coverings and to observe the standard social distancing and sanitation guidelines strictly. Please be aware that if you visit our campus to meet with staff or attend a small group meeting, we ask that you adhere to the same guidelines. We are also taking steps to enable "contact-tracing" should the need to track down who came in contact with someone who has tested positive in our classrooms or small groups.
We appreciate everyone's support and will help us provide a safe environment to worship and serve God.
We will have one in-person, service at 11 am. Everyone attending our in-person service is encouraged to wear a face covering. The Children's building will be open for children birth - 4th grade starting Sunday 6/21.
If you do not feel comfortable coming in-person, you can join us online by clicking this link: CROSSING LIVESTREAM
WHAT ABOUT OTHER PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES?
Some of our Sunday school groups and bible studies have started to meet again in person during the week. Please check with your group leader to see what the status of your group is.
We have also decided to cancel all other scheduled events held on The Crossing campus until further notice. This includes all small groups, home groups, Lil’Cats preschool, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), men's and women’s Bible studies, and all Wednesday night children’s and youth events. The church campus, including the church office, will also be closed until further notice. If you need anything from the office staff or want to arrange a meeting with our financial director, please email .
ARE THE CROSSING OFFICES OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
No, the Crossing office and campus is closed until further notice.
CAN MY SMALL GROUP STILL MEET?
We feel very strongly that small disciple groups are critical to our people's spiritual health. In order to support the continued meeting of all of our small groups while also respecting the desire for social distancing, we are providing a technology solution using video conferencing
The Crossing will supply video conferencing software from Zoom (www.zoom.us) which allows small groups to meet virtually using the computer. This solution allows us to continue the Bible studies and discipleship which takes place in our groups, without the risk of spreading the virus. It also will assist in avoiding feelings of isolation and disconnection. Connect AndyBob Ward to sign up for this service.
WHAT ABOUT THE CROSSING SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIPS?
All of our short term international missions trips for this summer have been canceled. Check our missions page for ways to serve locally.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Much of our church family (and much of our city) is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.