We wanted to let you know that out of an abundance of caution for the escalating Coronavirus situation, we have decided to CANCEL ALL SERVICES at Church of the Pines this weekend (Sun, March 15) including Saturday morning prayer and small groups.
The health and safety of our church is our #1 priority, and this difficult decision was made to protect Pines families, Dream Team, and our community. In light of growing national concern, local organizations are taking precautions. TylerISD along with other surrounding school districts have instituted a community mitigation period over this next week.
We also want to address some questions you may have:
Q: Has anyone at Pines tested positive for Coronavirus?
While there have been no cases of Coronavirus reported by anyone attending or affiliated with Pines, we believe it’s best to be proactive by cancelling services this weekend. Global experience is showing that social distancing is one of the best protections against the virus, which has the potential to spread rapidly in communities.
Q: What happens next?
The short answer is we don’t know yet. The situation with the Coronavirus is changing rapidly, and we’re committed to closely monitoring the situation to make those decisions week by week. Q: How will Pines keep me updated?We will be posting all updates to our website, churchofthepines.com. We will also send regular updates out via email and social media.
Begin with a Budget
We believe budgeting should be easy and, dare we say it, FUN! Give every dollar a name and focus your money on what matters. Get started by gathering the financial paperwork needed to completely fill out a Budget Form. This includes items such as pay stubs, utility bills, loan payments, and personal expenses such as cell phones and entertainment.online Budget Tool
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home from public functions if you’re sick.
Friends, I want you to know that the decision to cancel weekend services is not one made out of fear, but a spirit of wisdom. In uncertain times, we continue to look to Jesus and draw confidence from our loving Father who is sovereign over all things.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
I realize this is a difficult time and your daily lives may be in flux-- as workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities shift. In the midst of this uncertainty, remember to draw confidence from Christ. Never forget: God’s got this!
We love you all and can’t wait to worship together again in person.
With confidence in Christ,