St Mark's Episcopal Church
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A Note From Our Rector About Worship and Cornoa Virus
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Not Returning to Worship Yet
With great anticipation, we have been planning to return to in-person worship next Sunday, July 12. At the same time, we have been live streaming our worship services and intending to continue doing so, since March. Worshiping together is central to the expression of our faith as Christians.
We have been monitoring local COVID-19 conditions regularly, relying on data provided by the Fort Bend Health Department and the Southeast Texas hospitalization data. Fort Bend County has been declared to be at "moderate to severe Risk" level, level orange since June 18, and gatherings (10-50 and up) are to be avoided, at this level of risk. Because of this level, we planned to have our return be outdoors, under our front porte cochere.
However, as of July 3rd, we've had 566, 565, and 570 positive cases over the last three consecutive weeks in our county. As of July 5th, there are 13 combined beds left in Fort Bend County's ICUs before they are full and must shift over to the 20% overflow status required by federal standards. As of July 5th, 62% of patients in Fort Bend County Hospitals' ICUs are COVID patients and 34% of the general hospital populations are COVID patients.
That data is startling and the Texas Medical Center's statistics are in a similar situation.
Given this news, Sr. Warden Lee Leaman, Jr. Warden Jon Eiche, and I all agree that the faithful, safe and prudent course of action is to suspend in-person worship services for this Sunday, July 12th at 8:00 a.m.
Our wonderful live stream worship will continue on Sundays at 10 a.m. I encourage you to participate fully from home. We will continue to monitor conditions weekly and as soon as we are able to return to in-person worship, we will do so.
As we continue to chart a path in these days, I am reminded of the words God spoke through the Prophet Jeremiah, "For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future filled with hope." I trust in God's hopeful future for us, and I keep you in daily prayer.
Grace and peace,
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St. Mark's 2020 Annual Report
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