COVID-19 Update | March 24, 2020

The new city ordinance has now asked for all citizens to stay home. To that end, we feel the safest course of action is to cancel public attendance to our Sunday services and offer online Sunday services only. 

You can join us online on Sundays at the following times: 10:30a CST (Agape English) | 12:00p CST (Arabic)

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Weekly Bible Studies & Home Groups

  • In order to comply with the new city ordinance, we are canceling the weekly prayer meetings and Friday night Bible studies at the church until further notice.
  • ACH Church-wide small groups and Agape Home Groups will be meeting via Zoom Conferencing. Learn more >>

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ with Dr. Issam Raad

Learn the information you need to know about the Coronavrius, straight from expert and our Senior Pastor Issam Raad, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, Distinguished Professor & Chairman of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control & Employee Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

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Retreat Cancelled | COVID-19 Update | March 20, 2020

Major developments occurred that influenced Church leadership to decide to cancel the retreat. 

  • As of March 11, 2020, the Mayor of Houston declared a Local State of Disaster Due to a Public Health Emergency to help contain and mitigate COVID-19 from spreading. 
  • As a result, the Rodeo and other local larger events have been cancelled including local university in-person classes. 
  • Additionally, Health Officials are strongly recommending that social distancing protocols include canceling, rescheduling, or not attending events with prolonged exposures to hundreds of people. Therefore, we are canceling our upcoming annual retreat on March 20-22, 2020.
2020 Retreat Payments *Update 3/20/2020
Camp Allen graciously decided not to hold us accountable for the retreat fees after all. 
  • To give your retreat payments as a tax-deductible donation, there is nothing you have to do. We thank you greatly for your generosity during this difficult time. 
  • To receive your retreat payment as reimbursement, please email us with the correct spelling of your name and your address and we will be glad to send you a check.

Actions You Can Take

Guidelines Based on the CDC

Below are some best practices given by the CDC for not spreading germs and guidelines to keep in mind: ⠀

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.⠀
  • Put distance between yourself and other people. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you or your child are not feeling well and call your healthcare provider covered by your insurance plan.⠀
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your forearm when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds at a time. Use soap and water when possible or alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol. ⠀
  • For more detailed guidelines and resources, please visit the CDC website on COVID-19 which is being updated almost daily.

Pray

And most importantly, please pray. As people of God, we exercise Godly wisdom in all things, but we are not a people who fear. As the news may seem grim and dire, we focus our eyes on Jesus "the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrew 12:2)." As the world goes up and down with each shifting shadow, may we continuously be a people shining His brilliant Light of Peace and pass on the Holy Spirit's comforting message of hope to a people gripped by fear. We love you, and we are praying with you.

"I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

"Peace is what I [Jesus] leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset and do not be afraid." John 14:27

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