Dear Chapelwood Family,

I just completed a call with Houston religious leaders, Dr. Peter Pisters (President of MD Anderson), Dr. David Callendar (President of Memorial Hermann), and the Greater Houston Partnership regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The immediate concern of the city, public health, and our leading medical experts is to curtail public gatherings. The recommendation from the city is to limit 250+ gatherings, but on the call tonight they encouraged limiting any gatherings over 10 people. We want to care for our members and participants in all respects, including the physical well-being of our community. To that end we are asking you to take practical steps to keep yourself and others safe in light of recent developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

At the recommendation of the City of Houston, Harris County, and the Texas Medical Center hospitals, Chapelwood is cancelling all worship services and all activities for the next two weeks. We will evaluate this decision with community and medical leaders next week. For now, we will cancel all events through Friday, March 27 on all of our campuses. We will provide worship on Sunday via livestream on live.chapelwood.org. Naturally, these services will be simplified and shorter, and recorded with no one in attendance. So everything will have a bit of a different feel, but we're grateful we can still worship together as one church family from wherever we are.

Hospitals and nursing homes are not allowing visitors. Our Pastoral Care staff and clergy want to support you in any way we can. If you have an emergency, please call the main Chapelwood number, (713) 465-3467, and then dial 810 to get a message to the pastor who is on call. Please check this webpage for updates. You may also subscribe to text message updates from Chapelwood by texting "cwupdates" to 555888.

Please let your friends and neighbors know about this development, especially those who do not use a computer. We are doing all we can to reach our members and participants, but we know there are those we will miss.

The uncertainty of this potential outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day lives. Yet we remain certain of God's steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.

Some may feel this is an over reaction. On our call tonight with medical leaders, it was lifted up that 80% of the people only express mild symptoms and people who can transmit the virus four days before any symptoms manifest. We are doing this out of love for all our friends and members - especially those with compromised immune systems. Dr. Pisters mentioned people with compromised immune systems could be seriously affected by the transmission - those with diabetes, treated with chemotherapy, or on other medications that could limit immune systems.

We will update you with more information next week.

Finally, I want to encourage you to find shelter in the Word. Last week, I reminded you of some scripture passages that are meaningful to me in times of uncertainty and even fear. Use them to soothe your soul and to be a calming presence in the midst of chaos.

"...that perfect love casts out all fear." 1 John 4:18
"He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8
"Don't fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name...you are Mine!" Isaiah 43:1
"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer." Psalm 18:2

Love,
John Stephens
Senior Pastor of Chapelwood UMC



Welcome to Fair Haven!

     If you’ve never visited Fair Haven United Methodist Church at 1330 Gessner Road, or it’s been two years or more since you’ve visited, major changes have occurred with Chapelwood UMC’s newest campus. The FHUMC staff is a combination of new and previous leadership; the music program as a whole has been revitalized with some of the most gifted ministers of music in Houston leading multiple worship services; and, the message delivery has evolved into sermons featuring as much teaching as preaching and include both biblical history and timely guidance for conquering the challenges we all face today. Many sermon themes are explored including getting back to the benefits of practicing a simpler lifestyle even in a world plagued by complexity and chaos.

     Each week we seek new and improved ways to integrate God into our daily lives; we seek to encourage and support our neighbors and community; and, we seek to grow into a deeper understanding of Jesus and how His presence in our lives can change everything. Our worship experience has something for all ages and is family oriented by design. 

     Come experience worship any Sunday, at any of our services, and see what the Lord is prepared to do (and has already done) for you through His love, His mercy and His grace.

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Serving others is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. If you want to find a way to make things better for the church, local area, or even global community, here's where to start.

Events

Events: These are the large, one-time occasions or opportunities happening at Fair Haven. Examples? The August 20 Kick-off with Rev. Andy Cunningham, special meetings, anything that's not a regular group meeting or an opportunity for service.

Studies and Groups

Groups and Studies: These are the groups that meet on a regular basis, including book studies, Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Youth groups, etc. If you're looking for a group to join, here's where you start.

Serve

Serving others is a cornerstone of the Christian faith. If you want to find a way to make things better for the church, local area, or even global community, here's where to start.

Events

Events: These are the large, one-time occasions or opportunities happening at Fair Haven. Examples? The August 20 Kick-off with Rev. Andy Cunningham, special meetings, anything that's not a regular group meeting or an opportunity for service.

Studies and Groups

Groups and Studies: These are the groups that meet on a regular basis, including book studies, Bible studies, Sunday School classes, Youth groups, etc. If you're looking for a group to join, here's where you start.