From Pastor Chris

Antioch Fellowship | Week of February 28, 2021 | A Note from our Pastor 

Antioch Family, 

I pray that all is well with you and your family as we continue to navigate life during these strange times. I know that God is with us and I pray that the knowledge of this truth and the nearness of His presence has brought you much peace. As you know, on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Abbott declared that the State of Texas is to be opened 100% and that the mask mandate has been lifted. I wanted to reach out to you regarding this news to inform you of a couple of things. 

First, I want you to continue to pray for the leaders  of our government. Because we trust that Jesus is the King of Kings, the government rests on His shoulders, and He alone is the sovereign ruler of all the world, we can be at peace in chaos and trust that God is in control. In our attempt to live peaceably with all men, be aware of our response should never oppose our witness to the Lord Jesus. We are called to pray for our leaders, whether we agree or disagree, and I want to encourage you to do that. 

Secondly, I want to encourage you to continue to practice habits that will ensure the safety of your family and those around you. Our family of faith has witnessed great battles with and loss from COVID-19. I can declare that it is real, and it is deadly. Please be safe! I love and value you. Do what’s necessary to protect yourself and your families as the state reopens. 

Finally, I want to let you know that we will continue to follow the health and safety protocols that we have put in place to ensure a healthy worship environment for those who worship here, as well as a healthy work environment for those who work here. We will still require temperature checks, social distancing and masks to be worn while you are in the building. Also, we will continue to require pre-registration for our worship experiences. If you feel like you are unwilling to submit to the required protocols or you still don’t feel safe gathering in person, our online worship option will continue to be available to you. 

I take your health and safety seriously and I want you to know, without a doubt, that my desire is to guarantee that we maintain an environment that mitigates risk, to the best of our ability. As the CDC and other medical leaders continue to discuss the timeline toward “Herd Immunity”, we are discussing what a return to normal, in-person worship experience looks like for our church. While I anxiously look forward to the day we can gather, like we were accustomed to, I know that now is not the time to rush back. As that day approaches, I will continue to keep you informed. 


Yours in Christ, 

Pastor Chris