I am more aware everyday how important the house of God is to our lives. Hebrews 10:25 says “Not forsaking the assembling of our-selves together…”. The psalmist said in Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” And again in Psalm 84:4 “Blessed are they that dwell in thy house…”. The privilege and responsibility to gather as the church is all throughout the Word of God. It is God’s plan for us as believers to be faithful to a local church assembly.
With this I would like to clarify a few things regarding Governor Abbott’s most recent executive orders.
- In references to GA-28 “Every business establishment in Texas shall operate at no more that 50 percent of the total listed occupancy…” and “Any outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people”. WPBC is exempt under section 1, sub-section b. “religious services, including those conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship”.
- In reference to GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings. WPBC and its parishioners are exempt under section 9. “Any person who is actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship”.
We will have our regular 8:30, 10:00, 11:30a and 6p services, along with Sunday School, Children’s Church, and Nursery. We will not be assigning seats and ARE NOT requiring face coverings. However, we understand if you choose to and ask that everyone be respectful of the personal space of others.
We will continue to take additional precautions to help ensure the safety of you and your family as you come to worship.
- There will be a deep cleaning of all facilities prior to Sunday’s services. We are working with PBS of Texas, the same company that cleans and disinfects our state capital in Austin, as well as many other educational facilities, laboratories, and medical facilities. They will utilize a 2 step process to ensure facilities are safe and clean. They begin with a CDC recommended, electrostatic spray of Clorox 360 on all surfaces in the facility. This is a hospital grade disinfectant that is applied in a spray that wraps completely around surfaces that it comes into contact with. It kills harmful pathogens and completely dries within minutes, leaving surfaces safe for contact almost immediately. Once that has been applied, they follow up by applying their RAZOR Antimicrobial Coating System. RAZOR coating is sprayed in a similar manner as Clorox 360, and creates a defensive barrier on all surfaces that kills pathogens that it contacts. RAZOR continues to fight and protect surfaces for up to a month, assuring that surfaces remain clean and safe for all visitors long after it has been applied. This process is designed to pass a medical audit, think “surgical room clean” vs. “hotel room clean”.
- If you have any underlying health conditions, are experiencing any symptoms, or are not comfortable with coming back at this time, we ask that you stay home and encourage you to watch the 10:00a WPBC live-stream.
- The staff, as well as ushers will be available to assist you should you need anything at all.
- If you would rather your children sit in church with you during this time, that is completely understandable. All that is asked is, if they begin to cry or disrupt the service that you would take them to the foyer, as is common practice.
We have a special day planned for this Sunday, July 5th. In the morning services, we will take time to celebrate our nation and I will be preaching from Psalm 33:1-12, a sermon entitled ‘The Faithfulness And Goodness Of God’.
Sunday evening, at 6p, we will welcome Dr. Tim Lee on his 70th birthday! In 1971, while serving in the United States Marine Corps in South Vietnam, Tim Lee gave both of his legs to America. Instead of quitting or becoming bitter, God used this major event in Tim’s life to propel him into a ministry that no one could have imagined at that time. This is going to be a great day! I love you and praise God for you.
Pastor, Clark Bosher