March 24, 2020 Update
To our church family,
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. We hope this letter finds everyone well—healthy in mind, body, and spirit. We pray that you will take a moment to read this letter as it pertains to our worship as a congregation in response to the recent spread of the coronavirus in our country and county.
This week brought increasing changes and restrictions regarding mass gatherings in our county. As of March 20, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra ordered that no private or public assemblies greater than 10 will be allowed until April 3rd (unless otherwise noted). This restriction is being enforced by Hays County Law enforcement agencies. This is in response to the declarations of local and state disasters within Texas due to the coronavirus. Six cases have been reported in Hays county and more are expected in the coming weeks. We ask that you pray for the victims of this virus, as well as our government officials as they make decisions for our area.
Based on this most recent order, the elders at Dripping Springs have decided that the most prudent decision is to abide by this order and suspend any weekly worship meetings until April 3rd. After this time, the elders will reassess the situation to and inform the congregation about our decision moving forward. We don’t make this decision lightly, and only do so knowing that—while we believe our weekly assembly is invaluable—it is not the sum total of the church. The church experienced the same struggle during the Spanish Flu of 1918 and, in accordance with local law, stopped meeting for a period of time. The early church met with small groups in their homes (Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19) and remained faithful and steadfast—we are confident that the church at Dripping Springs will do the same.
With that being said, here are some important guidelines for the coming weeks:
- YouTube Live Link for Sunday Worship: We will be sending out an email with a link to our YouTube channel. This link will be accessible to anyone with a phone, tablet, or computer, regardless of whether or not they have a YouTube account. At our normal 10:30 AM and 6pm, you will simply click on the link and it will pull up a live stream where you can watch Jacob present the lessons for the week. If you’re on Facebook you will be able to access the lessons live at the same time on our church Facebook page. The elders encourage our members to attend these sessions if at all possible, in order to ensure your spiritual health during this critical time.
- Online Contribution. Although we are not meeting, the work of the Lord continues in Dripping Springs. Because of this, we ask that you still plan to contribute to the work here by either 1) Laying by in store and giving to the church what you have saved when we return to our public assembly 2) Mail your contribution to the church mailing address 3) Contribute online through this link: https://dschurchofchrist.com/give-online/
- Fellowship and Communion: Since the order only prohibits meetings of more than 10, we encourage you to meet with other Christians in your area if possible/comfortable. Continue to practice social distancing and good hygiene but, if possible, we would encourage this. The building will be open throughout the week if you need anything. If you want to be a part of a small group, but don’t know who to meet with, please contact Jacob and he will organize one for you. If not, and it is only your family, then simply worship as a family. As far as communion is concerned, we will have bags of communion bread prepared for those who desire it this coming Saturday the 21st after 12pm. Please come by and pick some up so that you can partake with your family members or fellow Christians. We are asking that you purchase the grape juice on your own as the distribution of such will be more difficult.
We realize that such times are unprecedented within recent memory. These are difficult times for many. At the same time, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:17). More than ever, as the shepherds of this church, we exhort you to place your mind on heavenly things (Col. 3:1). Remember the blessed hope we have in Jesus of an inheritance and a body that is untouched by sickness (1 Pet. 1:3-4). Praise be to our Lord!
We also know that many of you might have questions or may simply need to talk. As your elders, we are here for you. Please feel free to call us, Jacob, or Parker. We love you all and want to facilitate this difficult transition the best way that we can. The elders, deacons, and preachers will be working together in the coming weeks to check in on all of our members. We also ask that you keep an eye on your email and our Facebook page in the coming weeks, as there may be new, pertinent information of which you need to be aware. We are praying for you all and ask that you pray for us as well.
In His Grace,
Updated March 18, 2020
All services for the week of March 22nd will be suspended at the DrippingSprings Church of Christ. This includes morning worship.
We encourage you to worship with your family or with a few Christians in your home if all are feeling well and you are comfortable with this. This is in response to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. If you are wanting communion supplies, please stop by the building after 12pm this Saturday to grab some communion bread. You will need to provide the grape juice on your own. We will be emailing a YouTube Live link where you can access Jacob’s sermon this Sunday. Please keep an eye on your email as the elders are meeting to discuss how to move forward in the coming weeks.
We have set up online giving to facilitate our contribution by going to this URL: https://dschurchofchrist.com/
Or you can mail your contribution to the church office: PO Box 1 DrippingSprings, TX 78620.