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Covid-19 Update

July 1, 2020

We continually monitor pandemic statistics. On May 24th we made three options available to CLBC guests and church members based upon differing comfort levels and concerns. These options have been widely received with appreciation by members and new guests. Thank you for your Christ-like love and flexibility. We will proceed with these options listed below.

Sunday Services Continue With 2 Worship Services + 1 Online

What to do if you think you have the virus:
If you or a family member experience symptoms of Covid-19, please stay home until being tested and confirmed not to have the virus. If you or a family member do have the virus, please stay home for at least 14 days and consult with a doctor before returning. Also, please notify the church office so members can minister to you.

Gathering On Campus

  • Thank for protecting others by maintaining distance indoors.

  • Only certain rows of seats are open to allow for spacing.

  • After the service, please make your way outside of the building to fellowship outdoors. 

  • Protective masks are welcome but not mandatory. Masks are available in the welcome area.

  • Tithes & offerings are collected at the doors upon exit or online here. 

  • Hand sanitizer is available in the welcome area.

  • Activity sheets are available in the back for children of all ages. Preschool activity tables will be available in the back for families with preschoolers to stay active during the 10am service.

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May 24,2020

  • 9am (60+ only service)
  • 10am (all ages)
  • 10am service will be live streamed and available for replay on Facebook Here


I am so proud to be your pastor and to see how you have demonstrated the love of Christ during this unprecedented pandemic. The Greek word for "church" is "ecclesia," which literally means to gather or assemble together. While we have patiently gathered online to protect our members, neighbors, and hospitals during this season, we can see the seasons slowly beginning to change. I believe it is time to begin the gradual process towards the day when we are all able to gather together as the body of Christ. 

After much prayer and discussion with dozens of ministry leaders, pastors, and neighbors, we have made the decision to resume services on campus Sunday, May 24th, 2020. Although it is impossible to make a decision that will please everyone, we believe the best course of action is to provide options for families to participate according to their own timing and comfort level. There will be no judgment for those who wish to wait several more weeks before coming back, nor will there be judgment for those who wish to gather sooner. As a church family, we will extend much grace to one another and to our leaders, pray for each other, care for each other, and trust each other to do what we believe is best for our personal health concerns and comfort levels. We are cautiously opening up the church building in a limited capacity on Sunday, May 24th to begin the first of three phases. 

Phase 1: Worship Service Only (small groups continue to meet online). Beginning May 24th we will offer two Sunday morning worship gatherings. A 9am service will be available only for those ages 60 and above. This will allow our older adults an option to gather in a more intimate environment with the least risk of exposure. This will be followed by a 10am service for all ages (no children's church at this time). The 10am service will be live-streamed and available online for those who wish to participate from the comfort of their home.

Added Safety Procedures: 

  • We ask that each member and guest take steps to lovingly protect each other. If you have had a fever or have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days, please stay home and consult a doctor. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 please stay home for 14 days and consult a doctor. If you have elevated risk factors, please exercise extreme caution.   
  • Cleaning measures have increased. The sanctuary building will continue to be deep cleaned six days a week, including all doorknobs, handles, and surfaces disinfected by custodial staff during the week as the building will be empty for seven days between Sunday services.
  • Greeters will hold exterior doors open.
  • Interior doors will remain open.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in the welcome area and encouraged.
  • Social distancing is encouraged, including spacing out around the sanctuary.
  • Masks, gloves, and others protective precautions are encouraged although not mandatory.
  • Greeting time will be "non-touch."
  • Giving will be available at the exit or online. Offering plates will not be passed.  


Phase 2. Worship Services, Sunday Small Groups, and Childcare. (Start Date TBD)

Phase 3: Resume All Ministries. (Start Date TBD)

Prayerfully Yours,
John Aaron Matthew
Lead Pastor, Clear Lake Baptist Church

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March 17, 2020

Church family,

Last Sunday was different for all of us, yet still, God was glorified, He is on His throne, and He cannot be shaken. There have already been two hundred views of Sunday's online sermon and many of you reached out to say how God spoke to you through His word. Some of you shared the video message with others who thanked us for providing a Sunday message online (you can still watch by clicking here).

Sunday services update
I'm looking forward to meeting all together soon, but for now as we exercise caution along with our community, our facilities will be closed to activities this week and weekend. This Sunday morning, you will receive a Sunday worship guide by email. Inside the email will be links to a fresh Sunday video sermon, select worship videos, and a small group guide, as well as some additional kids & family resources.

Connect with your small group
Now more than ever we need to stay connected as a church. "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity" (Proverbs 17:17). Check on one another in your small groups throughout the week. One small group was able to meet online Sunday and had 13 members in attendance. Another small group leader has been helping meet needs of those in the group she leads. The way we care for one another during this time as the church is perhaps our greatest witness of the Risen Savior "By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35 ESV).

Contact the staff and deacons with urgent needs 
During this time of social distancing and isolation, it is important for you to remember YOU ARE NOT ALONE! God is always with you and as the church we want to be a physical reminder of that truth. If you have an urgent prayer need or care need, please email or contact me directly and I will work with our team of deacons to support you.

Facebook Live Wednesday March 18 at 6:30PM
I will go live on our church's facebook page Wednesday night at 6:30pm with a time of worship and prayer. I will be posting other encouraging content throughout the week so check there often. 

Make the most of this Opportunity
As Christians, we need to look positive in every circumstance to see what God is up to. This is a rare change of pace many of us have to strength our relationships. You can strengthen your relationship with your loved ones in quality time, with your neighbors in Christlike witness, and with God as you fellowship with Him in the word and prayer.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor John Aaron

KIDS MINISTRY UPDATES

Hey Parents! With all of us being out of our normal routine and rhythm, I know that finding ways to incorporate Bible times and God talks can be the strong foundation that our kids need right now! Here's a few resources that I hope can be a blessing to your and your family: 

Weekly Update for Kids (Video):Whenever you have a minute, I've put together a quick video to let the kids know that we miss meeting together, and that it won't be long until we're all together again as a church family.

Crisis Conversation Guide: With so much confusion in the world, here's a quick guide on how to talk to your kids in the midst of a crisis.  

Bible App for Kids YouTube Videos: If you don't already have a devotional time with your kids, here's a great place to start! You can pick out a Bible video, read the corresponding Bible passage, and have a few minutes of discussion and prayer together. 

We have a few great things in mind for a Sunday Morning Bible Time that you can have with your kids! More updates and resources coming your way in our next email later in the week. 

-Mark Montes 

 

(OLD) March 14, 2020

Things are changing on a daily basis. Since yesterday, the President issued a national state of emergency and many of our sister churches have decided to cancel Sunday services. We don't want to be fearful, confused, or panicked, but we do want to be wise and discerning. We have reconvened with our leadership and decided it wise to join our area churches at the advice of local hospitals to refrain from meeting this Sunday. To be clear, the church facilities will be closed Sunday, March 15th. Although gathering together is very important to the life of Christians, don't forget that the church is a people and not a place. We are going to have to be flexible and take creative measures over the next few weeks. Remember with every challenge, God gives us us new opportunities in our faith and ministry. Feel free to get creative about small group meetings and even gather in homes as you feel comfortable to watch the video message tomorrow. 

Here is the plan for tomorrow: 
Please check your email in the morning. I will be sending a video sermon, prayer guide, and small group guide for you and your family to participate in. 

Please help us get the word out to your small group and friends.  At this moment, we plan to gather for prayer Wednesday night and worship services next Sunday but we ask you to remain flexible and prayerful as we take it day to day. If you need something please notify us so that we can pray for you and care for you.


As we discern how to live through these days, let us keep our eyes on Jesus and our prayerful focus on the mission to be His witnesses and to make disciples (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20).

Prayerfully,
John Aaron Matthew, D.Min.
Lead Pastor
Clear Lake Baptist Church

 

(OLD) MARCH 13, 2020

Church Family,
 
Clear Lake Baptist Church desires to love God, love our neighbors, and love one another.  We are monitoring the many concerns regarding the Corona-virus (COVID-19) and I want to first encourage you that God is in control, is with us, and has a plan for us through every circumstance and season of life. He has empowered us with prayer over worry, peace over fear, and wisdom over confusion. I have been in consultation with our ministry leaders over the last 48 hours and there is an overwhelming desire to continue to hold regular services and small groups this Sunday March 15.

Our desire as a New Testament church is to corporately gather weekly and physical whenever possible to worship God through the preaching of the Word, prayer, and fellowship (Acts 2:42-47). We know that there are some cases when this may not be physical possible so we ask for your continued  prayer and flexibility as we seek to take wise actions for future gatherings. We respect every church and every family to make their own prayerful decisions regarding corporate gatherings. As a relatively smaller church, we do not share some of the same mass crowd concerns that other churches have, yet we still have concerns and have already begun to enact additional cleaning and precautionary measures for the safety of our members and community. Please carefully read our plans below.
 
Here are the steps we are taking: 

  • This Sunday March 15, CLBC plans to hold all regular classes and services including Sunday Small Groups (9:15am), Sunday worship (10:30am), and kids ministry opportunities as usual. The Spanish Ministry plans to meet at their normal time in the afternoon. 
  • We are particularly concerned for our members over 60 with greater health risks. We encourage you to take extra precautions. If you choose to stay home, we plan to make a streaming option available and will have a link and instructions posted here Saturday.
  • Greeters will be holding doors but they will not be shaking hands.
  • We will have Clear Lake Kids volunteers at check-in stations to check in your children, so you don’t have to touch the screens.
  • We are increasing cleaning of doors handles, light switches, seat backs, restrooms, classrooms, surfaces, and toys.
  • We are positioning extra hand sanitizer around our facilities.
  • Our welcome time will be touch-free for the coming weeks. Feel free to smile and wave but we ask that you refrain from hugs, handshakes, and holy-kisses.
  • We will not be passing offering plates during the service, but we will have ushers with plates at the exit of the sanctuary. I encourage you to consider securely giving online here.
  • The three school groups that meet weekly in our facilities have canceled meetings this week to monitor the situation and keep our facilities as clean for our members as possible.
  • Likewise, the Clear Lake Food Pantry will cancel inside ministry this week while seeking to maintain food distribution outside of the facilities to families in need.

 
The Centers for Disease Control as well as the City of Houston’s Emergency Medical Declaration have issued some guidelines to help keep all of us healthy and safe:


  • Clean your hands often, washing them with soap and water for at least twenty seconds, and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you’re sick, and please contact a physician if you develop flu-like symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, and coughing). Use special caution if your immune system is compromised.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • If you have recently taken a trip outside of the Houston area (whether international travel or not) or have had close contact with anyone who has had such travel, it is recommended that you consider staying home for 10 – 14 days (the time period currently believed to be the incubation period/possible transmission period of the virus), even if you are not showing symptoms.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19, please let us know so we can find a way to help, pray for everyone involved, and take any necessary precautions here at CLBC

Getting accurate and Christ-centered information is important. Please monitor our web page for updates concerning CLBC, lean more about the virus here, and read a message from the Southern Baptist Convention here

SBC President J.D. Greear reminds us, "Scripture says: Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts. Pray that the Lord will give us wisdom in this moment of fear as the foundations of what we know are shaken, that others would realize how fragile life is and how real eternity is, and they would see their need to turn to God. (Psalm 90:12)"

As we discern how to live through these days, let us keep our eyes on Jesus and our prayerful focus on the mission to be His witnesses and to make disciples (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28:18-20).

Prayerfully,
John Aaron Matthew, D.Min.
Lead Pastor
Clear Lake Baptist Church