July 9, 2020
As many of you know, Mosaic’s pastoral staff along with the board of elders, have been closely monitoring the positive rise of COVID-19 cases and its potential impact on Mosaic members currently worshiping in-person. We have read the recent written statement by the Texas Conference and have seen its corresponding YouTube video recommendation to re-close its sisterhood of churches.
Our body of leaders, from our church family, who have a vested interest in Mosaic getting it right, struggled with the choice of what would be the proper course of action for our demographic, to either close or remain open for in-person worship services. Did we get it right?
We believe we did! After consulting deeply with the executive officer of the Texas Conference, as well as our continuing discussions with our sisterhood of churches in the surrounding area, along with our review of Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order (GA-29) issued July 2, 2020, and since there is no state or local directive to close the “essential services” provided by churches, it was decided, for the time being, that we will remain open for in-person worship with the stringent precautionary protocols we have outlined in Mosaic’s reopening plan.
The protocols in our reopening plan are demanding and rigorous, yet we have decided, without the prompting of any state mandate or directive, to modify item number four (4) of our reopening plan. Please note that statement 4.3 from our reopening plan, which relates to the second service, will temporarily require facemasks for the remainder of July, as it is required for our first worship service.
However, please note that this change, which now requires facemasks for second service also is temporary. It will expire by the end of July and will revert back to “recommended use” during second service at the end of the month.
We have made this change to our reopening protocols for two reasons:
First, because your God-given life and your health are what matter most to your Mosaic church family. We not only want you to be safe, we want you to feel safe.
Second, because being Christlike means considering the needs and safety of others irrespective of our personal decisions. Hence the required facemasks for everyone that chooses to attend our second service until the end of the month.
We realize that it is virtually impossible to remove all risk. And yet, we also believe that we can provide in-person worship services safely and responsibly.
Which is why we encourage you to make the right choice for your respective families or individual situations. You are truly the experts of your own conditions and are best suited to make these determinations whether to attend our worship services in-person or not.
Please understand that church attendance is a completely voluntary choice. For those currently attending Mosaic on a weekly basis that for whatever reason may not be able to participate online or find that in-person worship is what they need in their spiritual journey, we will; therefore, cautiously remain open to provide for those particular needs.
Does this mean that every Mosaic church member will attend this Sabbath? We hardly doubt it.
Every worshiper and worshiping family has to determine for themselves when is the right time to go back to church. This is vitally important so that no one has to feel guilty for not worshiping in-person. You will know when the time is right.
In the interim, please understand, no one is urging anyone to attend services. We are simply leaving our worship services open for those who may desire and personally choose to attend and can do so responsibly.
If; however, you choose to attend Mosaic, please review the protocols of our reopening plan again (click here to review) and kindly observe the following:
1. If you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please remain home and participate with us via our streaming services (mosaicsda.org [or] facebook.com/mosaicsda [or even] www.youtube.com/mosaicsda)
2. If you are over the age of 65, or if you have any underlying health issues, no matter what your age, please consider participating via our live stream
3. Remember our new protocol, you must wear a facemask for second service until the end of July, except when participating on the platform or if you have a valid medical reason that makes it difficult for you to comply
We will continue, as our practice has been, to oversee COVID-19 and its impact to Mosaic on a day–by–day and weekly basis. If conditions change that warrant us to reconsider our decisions, or if we find that those attending are not able to commit to observing our precautions, we may need to temporarily close again.
Nevertheless, we believe if we choose to act cautiously and respectfully toward others, we can continue to enjoy worshiping our creator and redeemer together in-person while moving forward with the right balance of faith and responsibility. In the meantime, celebrate the reality of the Bible promise; “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord” (Psalms 122:1). God bless…
Jun 6, 2020
Jun 6, 2020
After being in lockdown for more than eleven (11) Sabbath(s), we will be reopening the doors of Mosaic Christian Fellowship SDA for in–person worship on June 6, 2020. We have downgraded to Stage II of our COVID–19 response plan.
We are reopening according to the State, Texas Conference Guidelines for Churches (for conference guidelines, (click here), and in addition to the Reopening Plan prepared for Mosaic. You can view Mosaic’s Reopening Plan (click here) for the precautions we have taken.This is the Reopening Plan we will be using going forward. Have a great Sabbath and a wonderful weekend in Christ Jesus.
May 15, 2020
If you wish to be tested and screened for COVID-19 you can receive information on how to proceed at the following:
Texas Dept. of State Health Services: TXCOVIDTEST.ORG
April 29, 2020
On April 27, 2020 Texas Governor Greg Abbott released executive order GA-18, which outlines the minimum standard health guidelines for reopening churches and places of worship. Mosaic will be complying, not only with the guidelines of this order, but with all local, state and federal health official requirements.
Currently, Mosaic’s pastoral staff along with church leaders will be exploring the best options as we prepare to reopen our facility for in-person worship in the future. However, we will remain at stage III (click here) for our 3-stage document) over the next few weeks to ensure a smooth and safe transition.
When Mosaic does open, be mindful that our ministries models should be adjusted to accommodate the decisions of the government by slowly phasing gatherings into our building for the well–being of our community. This will not be a one-size fit all and we will provide stages, when we reopen, that will ensure the health and safety of everyone in our church family, guests and community.
In the meantime, please keep all the pastors of Mosaic and our body of church leaders in prayer before our Savior, Christ Jesus, as we collaborate to reopen Mosaic for active in-person ministries and in-person worship services. Have a great day, a peaceful Sabbath, and a wonderful weekend in the protecting and saving power of Christ Jesus.
April 12, 2020
April 9, 2020
The Texas Conference recommended that we have a 3-Stage Response Plan for COVID-19. Currently, Mosaic is at Stage 3. Click here for details of each stage. This is the plan we will be using going forward.
MARCH 25, 2020
Dear Mosaic Church Family,
The Texas Conference is joining other organizations in closing its church buildings for at least 30 days effective March 17, 2020. For more information, click here Mosaic will no longer hold regular office hours. Our staff and pastors remain committed to serve you remotely. If you need to contact someone on the team, please visit our contact page.
Sabbath School content is available for all ages. Adult quarterlies (including Quarter 2 Bible Study Guide) are available online, as well as many resources for children and families.
Updated: March 18, 2020
Please note these new changes, in addition to the ones posted on March 13, 2020, regarding our Mosaic life:
1. Effective immediately, our worship experience is moving to online-only—which means, no in-person worship services over the next several weeks. We will offer an 11:10 AM live stream service. This service will be streamed on our Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/mosaicsda).
2. Mosaic will host an online Sabbath School feature on March 28, 2020:
- For our lower children’s divisions and adult classes.
- We will be providing links to prerecorded Sabbath School lessons, created by our local leaders. We want to encourage parents and children to view the content together as a family.
3. Although our facility will not be available to groups larger than 10 individuals, Mosaic church life will continue in a variety of ways through online platforms, chat groups, shepherd/care groups (no larger than 10 people preferably in homes), phone calls, text messages, email, and a variety of online applications.
4. Avail yourself to “Adventist Giving” online for returning tithes and offering. If you prefer, you may come to the church office during the week with your tithes and offerings and place them inside the box, on the wall, outside the church office door.
5. We look forward to worshiping online together.
Updated: March 13, 2020
Dear Mosaic Church Family,
Today the governor of Texas declared a statewide public health disaster as result of coronavirus COVID-19. He stated that Texas is on the verge of being able to significantly ramp up its testing capacity.
These declarations are good news and yet, if any of you are currently fearful over our current events, remember: “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). I want to assure you of the fact that God continues to be in control from behind the scenes even though we may not be able to see or even understand it all; we know His presence is with us.
These developments have caused us to make some changes to Mosaic’s current plans. Please note the following adjustments to our Mosaic life:
1. Effective immediately, we will be rescheduling our church business meeting. We will notify you of the new date.
2. Our Adventist Youth Meeting is being canceled until further notice.
3. Our worship experience for March 14, 2020 (first and second service) will remain unchanged—which means, Mosaic will be open tomorrow and offer both a 9:00 AM and 11:10 AM service. We will also live stream our 11:10 AM service on our Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/mosaicsda).
4. We have taken steps to clean and disinfect high–touch areas and surfaces, in addition to the normal cleaning routine, and have also setup a table (in the fellowship area) with hand sanitizers.
5. Sabbath School classes remain unchanged. More information will be available in the days ahead.
6. All lunch (potluck) and food at the church will be suspended until further notice.
7. Church bulletins will be available but will not be distributed by the greeters at the doors.
8. During this time, maintaining a sense of community through Care Groups (including prayer meeting, Bible study etc) and other fellowship will be important. Your Care Group leader will communicate with you how your group will continue to meet. As a church we are committed to doing all we can to facilitate continued engagement.
9. Tithe and offering will be collected at the rear doors of our sanctuary. The deacons will not pass our offering bags.
10. Regarding your tithes and offerings, please take advantage of Adventist Giving Online. If you prefer, you may come to the church office during the week with your tithes and offerings.
11. We encourage you to continue following the recommendations from the CDC such as washing your hands for 20 seconds, staying home if you feel sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. For a full list of recommendations click here. (http://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public).
12. One of the best ways to ensure a healthy immune system is to continue to follow health practices that are well-known to us: eat healthy foods, get regular exercise, expose yourself to some sunlight, get some fresh air, and rest.
13. For the latest information regarding Mosaic’s response to the coronavirus, see our web site. In this time of national uncertainty, please know your pastors and church office staff is here to serve you. Note: Office hours will remain the same.
Finally, let us not forget that God is still on His throne. The story of Scripture is the history of God reversing the enemy’s efforts to thwart His kingdom. So, from the words of the psalmist let us take heart, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble – therefore we will not fear” (Psalm 46).