Dear Catalyst Family,
I want to update you on what’s happening at Our Church in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in our area. Like you, our team has been following this evolving story with great concern. We have also been in touch with local officials and health organizations to gain perspective on how to best move forward.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY.
The health and safety of our members and community are a high priority for us. Therefore, in consideration of this week’s declaration of a global pandemic, along with the state of emergency declared by our elected and health officials throughout Texas, we have again decided not to hold public worship services this weekend.
Moving forward, we will live stream service on Facebook and other social media platforms.
Our hope is to be able to gather together physically at our church home as soon as possible, but in the meantime, we believe we can continue to learn and grow together by sharing worship in our homes with our family and friends. We invite you to join us!
If you’ll be watching the Live Stream on social media, we encourage you to share it on your feed. If you’ll be watching on our website, consider inviting someone to join you by sending them the link.
To watch the Live Stream, www.catalystchurchsa.org
To watch on FACEBOOK, Visit us @catalystchurch.sa/
Even though we’re not gathering in-person for worship, you still have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others by giving your tithes and offerings using any digital device by texting the number 210.405.1220 and following the instructions OR by visiting our giving page on our website.
To visit our GIVING PAGE Click here.
Moving forward, the building will be closed for ministry activity until further notice. We will be suspending all classes, rehearsals, meetings, and gatherings. This is a critical step as we work to stem the spread of this virus.
For Families with Kids
Please know that your families will continue to be in our prayers as we navigate these circumstances together. Our hope is to keep your kids engaged and provide ways for them to grow spiritually.
Three ways you can help right now:
Pray – Pray for those impacted by the virus, as well as their families and loved ones.
Give – Your ongoing financial support is not only helpful, it’s critical in moments like these.
Serve – Pray and think about ways that you can safely serve your family, friends, neighbors and those most vulnerable in your community.
If you’d like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, or ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we’d love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. To make sure you’re kept up to date with the latest news, please keep your info updated through our member service (Click Here)
While we cannot control the virus, the spread, or the impact it has on our church, we’re doing everything we can to keep our church and community healthy and safe. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to help us do just that.
We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear, but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” My prayer is that God will fill us all with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.
Our world has changed, but the power of God has not changed. The truth of Scripture has not changed. The hope of Jesus has not changed. Our mission as a church has not changed. Let us not give in to fear. Rather, let’s fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and the perfecter of our faith.
We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here.
Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you are sick.
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.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
We will provide necessary updates to you via email and post them on catalystchurchsa.org. I ask that you be prayerful for our world and community, specifically for those who are directly impacted by this virus.
Pastor Johnny Ortiz
Pastor of Catalyst Church