A Word from Shea
What the Open Texas Plan Means for Northway Church
Governor Abbot issued an executive order easing some of the restrictions in Texas related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order will allow churches to conduct religious services if they are able to comply with the restrictions still in place. You can read the governor’s order for full details.
If you are wondering how this plan will affect Northway Church, then please watch this message from Pastor Shea Sumlin and read below to see how we will proceed given these new developments.
What we can’t do
At this time, we cannot begin gathering in person for weekend services, and we will continue online services. As the situation develops, we will continue to be cautious in an attempt to do what is best for our membership and community and keep you updated.
What we hope to do
We hope to consider meeting in person again down the road, even if that means gathering with social distancing in place and following CDC guidelines. There is no timeline for when this could take place, so please be praying for wisdom as these decisions are made. That said, we are hopeful to have opportunities soon for smaller gatherings in person and in the homes of members, as restrictions allow.
What we can do
We can still be the church! We will keep finding ways to enter into the mission that God has called us to as His people in this unique season.
COVID-19 Specific Needs
We want to serve those in our community experiencing spiritual and material challenges related to COVID-19. To make service opportunities known, email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Northway Facebook page
. In addition, discuss with your community about ways to meet needs as they arise. If you would like to serve on the COVID-19 response team, please email Damaris Castillo email@example.com.
To share ongoing prayer needs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to serve our community through prayer, email Stefanie Fish email@example.com.
Continue to contact your ministry leaders for pastoral care needs. Your pastoral staff is eager to serve you, and we are available for phone and video meetings. If you are experiencing loneliness or have or know of a pastoral care need and are unsure who to contact, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We desire to continue to be a church not just for ourselves. We know many in our church are becoming aware and meeting needs through their gospel communities or simply through interactions with neighbors and loved ones. We hope you will continue to do that, but wanted to share some other opportunities to love and serve our official partner ministries, and friends doing ministry in Dallas. These needs are changing quickly with the situation, and we will continue to update this page with how you can help.
- Buckner International: You can donate directly to Buckner as they attempt to help meet financial needs within the community. For your gift to go directly to COVID-19 relief when given the option to “Direct My Gift To” select “other” and in the box type in “CO-VID 19 Relief.”
- Involved For Life: As one of few pregnancy centers still open in the area there is a need for sanitation and medical supplies for daily operations as well as diapers, wipes and other essential baby items for the moms involved in their ministry. You can send amazon cards to The Source for Women (a.k.a. Downtown Pregnancy Center) @ 525 N Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75201.
- Our Calling: Our Calling's food donations have dropped by over 80% the last two weeks. Donate a meal a day for 14 days for $17.50. This will allow us to shop for the food we would typically be getting for free. Also, donors who have come together to provide a matching gift for the first $75,000 worth of donations. If families across DFW come together and meet that match, we will be able to provide 120,000 meals during COVID-19. Making a huge impact on the lives of our most vulnerable neighbors. Donate Here.
Resources on COVID-19
While communicating logistics and practical next steps are crucial in a time of crisis, we also believe there is a need for heart level encouragement. We have compiled and will update this list with resources on a believers response to COVID-19.