Hello Grace,

As I hope you know, we miss being together!  But I am encouraged to hear of many finding ways to connect during this time to share life together.

The apostle Paul writes to the church at Corinth to remind them, among other things, who they are corporately –

1 Corinthians 3:16 (NLT) Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?

Paul was reminding them that together they formed the temple of God, and that each was responsible to yield to the Holy Spirit and mature.  Ultimately God’s goal is for us to work together in harmony and glorify Jesus our Lord in our lives.  My prayer and expectation as we gather together again is that God’s presence will be obvious to all and lives will be transformed!

I’m excited to remind you that we will resume in-person meetings Sunday, August 9 at 9:00 am and 10:45 am.  You will need to register so that everyone can safely practice social distancing.

  • Register Online or
  • Call 817-428-8977 (Monday – Saturday) between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.
  • For those unable to come, we will continue to have our messages recorded and available later on Sunday on both Facebook and our website.

The elders continue to pray, listening to God, and considering what health care officials suggest about how to proceed.  We will continue to do this as we move forward in the coming weeks and make adjustments as needed.

Tarrant County seems to be coming out of the Corona spike as the graph (daily Corona cases from April – Tuesday) shows.  I’m sure there are several reasons for this decline, but everyone is in agreement that wearing masks and social distancing are two important reasons for the decline.

While masks are certainly an inconvenience, we have decided that masks and social distancing will be an essential element for us to successfully meet again in August.  If you forget your mask we will provide one for you.  We ask that everyone wear a mask while moving around fellowshipping with others (and remember to maintain social distancing).  Once you are seated with your family group you are free to remove your mask.  When we finish our time together, please wear your mask again as you fellowship and leave in consideration of your brothers and sisters.

We know masks are not to protect the one wearing it but to prevent you from infecting someone else.  Masks have nothing to do with faith or a lack thereof, but a visible display that we care more for the peace and health of others than our personal comfort.

The apostle Paul speaks to us about our heart for others

Philippians 2:3–4 (NLT) …Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

So, let me encourage all of us; be in prayer for God’s presence in this time as we meet again and consider how we can encourage and bring God’s peace to all those around us, including wearing your mask.  I’m excited to gather and see what God will do!

Obviously, we will continue as we did before with thorough cleaning, having sanitizer available, and having a separate room available for those who want to come but need a little more space.

We will send an update early next week with additional information but please don’t hesitate to ask one of us if you have a question.  While this is certainly not where we want everything to be, it is our exciting next step into God’s new normal moving forward!

Grateful to be serving and seeking God together with each of you!

Pastor Jim
Cell: 214-215-8043
Transforming Lives for Christ