A note from Pastor Dan...
Dear Gloria Dei family,
I have missed you!!!! Yes, I give thanks to God for the opportunity to worship together through our digital platforms, but I miss our fellowship, interaction, and face-to-face conversations. We continue to pray for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, for those who have lost loved ones, for those who are sick, for wisdom for our governmental leaders, and for the health and safety of our front-line first responders, healthcare workers and others who are putting themselves at risk for the welfare of our community.
Throughout this pandemic crisis, I quickly learned that there are a variety of viewpoints surrounding mandates, guidelines, and responses by local and national leaders resulting in a tension of opinions that can become quite emotional. While I appreciate Governor Abbott’s recognition of religious liberty, and that churches provide “essential services,” I also agree with our governmental leaders that the resumption of in-person gatherings for worship, study and fellowship needs to be intentionally slow and deliberately guided by CDC and THHS guidelines.
While we are still working through all the safety precautions and logistics for re-entry, we are planning to open the building for worship Sunday, May 31 at 9 and 11am. As we continue to navigate through the myriad of details and concerns in bringing the Gloria Dei family back on campus, we will evaluate and adjust based on the best information and resources we have.
Please know that we will continue live streaming for those not ready to return to the building as well as past this pandemic to continue the missional opportunity that God has placed before us through online worship. We are looking for ways to do so that are sustainable and financially feasible, while providing an in-person worship without distraction or disruption of the body of Christ gathered on campus.
Thank you for your financial generosity that has provided us the opportunity to continue our ministry and for your support with our re-entry plan. I will provide more information to you concerning the details and logistics of re-opening the building in the coming weeks, but until then, there’s MUCH to accomplish together as life returns to the “new normal”. God has used the coronavirus pandemic to expose fears, relationship issues, and economic hurts, and is preparing the ground for His work to be accomplished. The coming months will provide us all an enhanced opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our neighbors.
In His service and yours,