DPCC Responds to Covid-19
UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Destiny Pointe Christian Center is responding.
As a church, we are committed to make the best decisions that will enable us to gather on our campus as soon as possible. However, for now Destiny Pointe Christian Center will not hold worship services or Bible study on our campus until further notice. We are offering varying online offerings while we are apart. We are thankful for God’s protection as we are continuing to do as much Kingdom work as we are able outside the walls of the church during this time.
Our daily focus involves constantly monitoring governmental requirements and medical advice, and will let you know of changes in our policies when we feel we can both follow governmental instructions as well as do our best to protect our physical health.
Here are our responses to a few frequently asked questions to help us safely respond to Covid-19.
IS DESTINY POINTE CAMPUS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR ANY ONCAMPUS SERVICES?
No. Currently, our Church will not hold public services until further notice. We will let you know when we will meet again in person. At this time, all other church-sponsored church activities are cancelled until further notice. We will continue monitoring the situation and post additional updates on our website and Facebook page. Also, we will continue to send notifications via email and texts.
WE ARE CONTINUING OUR WORSHIP SERVICES, however, every Sunday and Wednesday ONLINE!!!
Join us from your home – dressed in pajamas, enjoying brunch, and drinking coffee – for worship at 10:30am or Sunday, and at 7:15pm on Wednesday. We will be streaming live at on our webpage, and our Facebook page. We are looking to create an app soon. So, keep us in prayer so that we can get that new app created!
DO YOU HAVE ANY RESOURCES I CAN USE DURING THIS TIME?
Yes. We have gathered a lot of resources for you and are posting daily – from spiritual questions to financial, how to handle isolation and dealing with stress.
ARE DPCC BUILDINGS OPEN DURING OTHER TIMES?
Yes. Why? It depends on the CDC and State requirements for the gathering and businesses.
Currently, the following is acceptable for our campus:
Destiny Academy Early Childhood Development Center is a designated Texas Certified Essential Worker childcare center. We adhere to strict CDC protocols. We can provide safe care for your child if needed. Call
Destiny Pointe Gymnasium is open in compliance with the CDC requirements for Gyms and Recreations.
Our church offices are closed for the foreseeable future, but we encourage you to contact us if you need assistance by emailing at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please stay up on all the changes by visiting our Website and following our Facebook Page.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE STAYING SAFE BY TAKING THE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS. WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU, BUT PLEASE TAKE CARE BY TAKE THE APPROPRIATE STEPS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS FROM THE CORONAVIRUS, FLU, AND OTHER ILLNESSES, INCLUDING:
Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
Staying home if you are sick;
Covering your cough or sneeze;
Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.
Remember – it is not just about protecting yourself; we are all in this together. We do not want anyone to get sick, and we do not want to inadvertently spread it to others, including our most vulnerable people. Download an instructional hand washing infographic here.
OUR REOPENING TASK TEAM IS WORKING HARD, PLANNING AND PREPARING FOR OUR SAFE RETURN WHEN WE FEEL WE ARE COMFORTABLE TO RETURN TO ONCAMPUS EVENTS.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS THE POINTE TAKING TO MAKE GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
We are taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) throughout the day with a disinfectant.
Placing hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.
Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis.
In our open buildings, and even after our small crew of essential Sunday team assembles on Sunday and/or Wednesday, after each gathering, our volunteers sterilize all surfaces used. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting anyone with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F).
In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!). We are normally a very loving group and hand-shaking crowd, but it is okay to just give a friendly wave during this time.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Anytime we see the spread of disease, we are reminded once again of just how far our world has fallen from God’s original plan. This latest iteration of a communicable virus is another example of the brokenness of our world.
We know that God is still sovereign, and He is paying attention to us. He grieves more than we do when things like this occur. So, let us keep trusting in Him and seeking His guidance as we manage our way through this crisis.
Here are some practical suggestions:
Pray for God’s intervention in the crisis. Ask God for wisdom for our leaders, health care officials, and others who are making crucial decisions that affect the lives of others.
Pray for those who are sick. Ask God for His healing power, mercy, and grace for those in need due to this outbreak.
If you are healthy, seek opportunities to help those who are most vulnerable right now. Check on your neighbors. Is there someone you know who needs assistance? Can you serve a senior adult who may not be able to get to the pharmacy? Can you deliver food or other necessary items to those who may not be able to care for themselves?
No matter what you do, purpose in your heart to STAY CONNECTED TO YOUR CHURCH! We have online streaming, email, the website, and various other means (including our ministers calling you – so please answer the call/email) that allow you stay connected with fellow church members, listen to worship services, support the church financially, and stay informed about all our church is doing during this season.
Remember, that God can use us during this time of challenge. May He find us faithful and compliant!