Dear Impact Family,
Austin Mayor Steve Adler signed an ordinance prohibiting “community gatherings” of 250 or more people, including “religious gatherings” from taking place in the City of Austin, effective 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2020 and continuing until May 1, 2020 unless terminated or modified by an earlier Order.
What this means for us is that we will be unable to hold services in our building tomorrow and for the next few weeks, unless this ordinance is terminated or modified.
As it states in Romans 13: 1-5 (NLT), “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.”
Because of this, Impact Family Church will be moving our service tomorrow morning to Facebook Live. We will also be posting the audio portion of our service on our website and podcast, and uploading the visual portion to our You Tube page. You may subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes and our You Tube page on You Tube.
We will also be working to livestream our services on our website beginning next week.
Choosing to move services online is not a decision we have made out of fear, but out of honor for our leaders and consideration for our community. While COVID-19 is impacting our cities, nation and our world in a significant way, we are in prayer for you, our church, our city, our state, our nation and the world.
Thankfully, due to the technology we possess, we are able to provide an impactful worship experience online and we want to encourage you to take this opportunity to share the message of Jesus with anyone and everyone. All are welcome to join us for our Sunday experience online at 10:30 tomorrow morning on Facebook Live on our Facebook page.
Tomorrow, I’m preaching on: “How to Overcome Satan, Fear and the Coronavirus.” This timely message will equip you, your family and friends with the faith that you need to live in victory during these perilous times. Expect the spirit of faith and the joy of the Lord to rise up in you!
We will continue to evaluate this situation on a day by day basis and will keep you updated on future developments. To stay up to date on any changes to our plans due to the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) please follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Also, please be sure that we have your correct email address and mobile phone number as those are our primary modes of communication. We hope to reconvene our worship services on campus before May 1, 2020, but we will keep you posted.
To continue to stay connected with us during this time, please:
Join us each Sunday for our online worship experience at 10:30 a.m.
Join with us in prayer for our community, country and world.
Continue to give online at www.impactatx.org or text IFCGive to 484848.
As always, we are praying with you, believing God’s best for you and we can’t wait to worship with you this Sunday.
In His love and service,
John S Larkam, Senior Pastor