Hey, SAF family! We wanted to take a quick minute to give you an update. This week, Governor Greg Abbot made a declaration to begin re-opening Texas. Effective May 1, certain parts of our community *can* re-open, including churches. Our church staff and board have been meeting this week to discuss and pray about what this means for our congregation. We are so excited churches are being allowed to reopen, but we also know there are a lot of strict guidelines that would need to be followed to make it possible. The guidelines, as of now, would make it very difficult for us to have church the way we want to have church. Because of that, we’ve made the decision to stay with Church at Home for the next couple of weeks. We want you to be able to come back to church when it’s safe, and when SAF can feel like SAF! Under the Phase 1 guidelines, our church should only welcome 25 percent of the normal crowd. As you arrive at church on Sunday, you would have to refrain from handshakes and hugs, you’d have to be seated every other row with family units together, leaving at least three seats open between you and other families. At the end of service, we would have to exit the sanctuary one row at a time, leaving to the parking lot without stopping in the foyer for handshakes, hugs or hellos. Also, we wouldn’t be able to have kids ministry or nursery for the time being. In addition, we are being strongly encouraged to take people’s temperatures as they come in, wear masks and recommend those who have health issues or are over a certain age stay home. Ultimately, it’s a lot of red tape to consider. When we envision our first Sunday back, we want to be sure it’s safe for everyone, and everyone is welcome. So, with these things in mind, we will remain online for a little while longer. It’s currently looking like our first Sunday back in the building will be May 24th. This date puts us in Phase 2 of the plan to reopen Texas, assuming all continues to trend in the right direction. We. Cannot. Wait. I also want to THANK YOU for your continued FAITHFULNESS to God and His Kingdom during this time! Your generosity has remained strong, and, to date, all the bills are paid, we’ve been able to continue to support our missionaries and even help people in our community that are struggling during this time. You are what truly makes us an everyone, everywhere, every day church. As always continue to follow us on social media for encouragement and updates. "See" you on Sunday!
STATEMENT FROM PASTOR LANDON
- Mar 18, 2020
Happy Tuesday, SAF family!
If you’ve not yet heard: we, in accordance with national, state and local directives, will not be meeting at our physical building for at least the next two weeks.
Our top priority is the safety and health of our congregation — spiritual AND physical! We are not fearful, but we are submitting to the wisdom of our leaders during this unprecedented time. We encourage you to join us in honoring and praying for our leadership as God's Word directed us to do.
See CDC recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
See President Trump’s recommendations here: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/03/16/president-donald-trump-lays-out-new-guidelines-for-mass-gatherings-as-coronavirus-continues-to-spread/
See San Angelo Mayor xx recommendations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8SHV2fIjKE
Even though we will not be meeting at the physical SAF campus, we still have an opportunity to BE THE CHURCH! Our staff is working hard right now to create a rich, interactive worship experience for you, your family and your friends to participate in from home. If you feel comfortable, we would love for you to gather with members of your life group (no more than 10 people!) for service. The easiest way to connect with a group is to fill out a Connect form on the SAF WEBSITE: www.sanangelofirst.org
Every Sunday, for as long as we need to do church online, both Pastor Landon and Pastor Angie will post videos on our website & our YouTube channel with live chat rooms, along with kids resources for a fun interactive time of worship for the whole family! This will begin at 10:30am with the Kids service, followed by worship and a message from Pastor Landon at 11am.
This is not the time to abandon our commitment to church and the transforming power of Jesus. We believe we need to press in as a spiritual family, now more than ever before! We have faith that God knows exactly where we are, and He has great plans to meet with is this weekend.
We can’t wait to be with you and see what God has to say.
Your San Angelo First Staff
P.S. If you or someone you know has a need or prayer request, please do not hesitate to call us at the church at 325-942-8519 or message our Facebook or Instagram pages. We want to pray with you!