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Apr 7

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Easter is almost here! This is an especially momentous occasion for us this year, in this climate of uncertainty. The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are the only way that we can be certain of life – abundant and eternal. In John 10:10 Jesus says, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Knowing how fear can overtake our faith, Jesus reassures us again in John 14 with these words, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.” Let’s meditate on these words of Good News as we prepare our hearts for an amazing weekend celebrating the abundant life we have as Christ-followers.

This will be an Easter we will never forget as we push through adversity and join together to celebrate our Risen Saviour! We have many opportunities and options for you to worship with your Second Family in new and exciting ways.

GOOD FRIDAY, April 10

12PM: Online Service with Lord’s Supper from home OR
6PM: Online Service with Lord’s Supper from home
We will send a “How to” video on participating in the Lord’s Supper from your own home in the next update, on our social media platforms and at second.org.

SATURDAY, April 11

6PM: Online Service, Easter Message

SUNDAY, April 12

7AM: Sunrise Prayer Service
Begin the day with corporate prayer on this most significant morning! Each of our campuses will be open for those wanting to gather in their cars to pray onsite. Simply drive to your campus at 7AM, click on the Sunrise Prayer link at second.org and pray with us from the safety of your car. After parking on campus, please turn on your hazard flashing lights as a symbol of your prayers for our Easter Services, our church, our city, our state, national leaders, our doctors, and nurses. Let’s pray specifically that many will come to Christ and especially for your Focus Your Influence list of “20!” 

9:30AM: Online Service, Easter Message

10:30AM: LOCAL TV LIVE BROADCAST, EASTER MESSAGE
We have an amazing opportunity to broadcast LIVE our entire Easter Service from 10:30-11:30AM on local channels 2 & 11. Plan to TUNE IN for this special celebration!

11AM: Online Service, Easter Message

Choose any or every time that works for you, your family, and your friends as we celebrate our Risen Savior in many ways, on many platforms.

I am thankful for each of you and look forward to seeing you this weekend as we celebrate Easter together.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Apr 4

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

This weekend we will celebrate Palm Sunday, which marks Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We call it Palm Sunday, because the people threw their cloaks on the ground in front of Him and waved palm branches shouting, “Hosanna! Hosanna!” Let me remind you what the word hosanna means. It means, “Save us!”  I can’t think of a more appropriate or timely cry of our hearts. “Lord, save us!” As believers, we know Jesus is in the rescue business.

You will want to be part of this special celebration at second.org as we come together on this significant Palm Sunday weekend.

Next weekend, we will have a myriad of opportunities to make the most of Good Friday and Easter. Mark your calendar for the times your family will participate!

GOOD FRIDAY, April 10

12PM: Online Service with Lord’s Supper from home OR

6PM: Online Service with Lord’s Supper from home 

We will send a “How to” video on participating in the Lord’s Supper from your own home.

SATURDAY, April 11

6PM: Online Service, Easter Message

SUNDAY, April 12

7AM: Sunrise Prayer Service
Begin the day with corporate prayer on this most significant morning! Each of our campuses will be open for those wanting to gather in their cars to pray onsite. Simply drive to your campus at 7AM, click on the Daily Devotional link and pray with us from the safety of your car. After parking on campus, please turn on your hazard flashing lights as a symbol of your prayers for our Easter Services, our church, our city, our state, national leaders, our doctors, and nurses. Let’s pray specifically that many will come to Christ and especially for your Focus Your Influence list of “20!” 

9:30AM: Online Service, Easter Message

10:30AM: LOCAL TV LIVE BROADCAST, EASTER MESSAGE
We have an amazing opportunity to broadcast LIVE our entire Easter Service from 10:30-11:30AM on local channels 2 & 11. Plan to TUNE IN for this special celebration!

11AM: Online Service, Easter Message

Choose any or every time that works for you, your family, and your friends as we celebrate our Risen Savior in many ways, on many platforms.

I am thankful for each of you and look forward to seeing you this weekend at second.org, Saturday at 6PM; Sunday at 9:30 & 11AM as we celebrate Palm Sunday together.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Mar 31

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Thank you for your continued support as we seek to be the hands and feet of Jesus during this crisis. Here are a few updates on our Houston Courage initiative:

  • Today we made our first delivery of homemade cloth masks to Ben Taub Hospital for new mothers to wear home to protect their newborns!
  • This past weekend we launched Second Sews Courage. These 139 volunteers are making cloth face masks to be used by those in the healthcare industry and others serving in at-risk environments. To volunteer for the Second Sews Courage Team, complete this form: Second Sews Courage Sign Up. You will receive instructions on the pattern, tips, and information on delivery.
  • The Houston Courage Prayer Team has been praying for the 469 prayer requests received to date.
  • Call teams have contacted 26,803 families checking on them and offering to pray with them.
  • Prayer coordinators at each campus have processed over 498 prayer requests to date.
  • Our Needs Assessment teams continue to provide food and supplies to our high-risk church members in need.
  • Our amazing Second Family volunteers total 1,039 and the number continues to grow.

As we approach Palm Sunday this weekend, I am reminded that Jesus and His disciples were entering a time that would end in great victory – but they would face great opposition and extremity before the GOOD NEWS would break forth on Easter morning. Be mindful that as Christians, we are entering a holy time, approaching the week when Jesus made His final pilgrimage to Jerusalem before He would face the cross.

Paul writes about pressing on through tough times because there is a goal and a prize we are called toward when we walk with Jesus. “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14). Let’s continue to press on and look forward to the victory of Easter.

I am excited about this weekend as we gather together online with friends, family, and “neighbors” from all across the globe. Don’t forget to act courageously in your invitations to join us for worship this weekend. People are more open than any other time in recent history to invitations for community and fellowship – so ask BIG! We have enjoyed seeing the videos and pictures of the yard signs many of you have made inviting neighbors to join you online for Easter. Please keep sending them in so that we can share on Social Media!

I look forward to seeing each of you this weekend at second.org, Saturday at 6PM; Sunday at 9:30 & 11AM as we celebrate Palm Sunday together.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Mar 27

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Who is ready for some GOOD NEWS? Scripture assures us that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)! Isn’t that wonderful? With that in mind, our Easter celebration should be just as exciting this year as in the past. I believe worshiping together online opens up endless possibilities of who we can invite to Easter service. This year, not only will we gather online as the Second Family, but we can also include relatives and friends who would not typically travel to Houston. Think about it! Parents, grandparents, cousins, co-workers, and college friends all have the opportunity to worship with you from wherever they are. Lisa and I will be reaching out to our friends from all over – from different states, countries and time zones – inviting them to join us online as we celebrate Easter together. I think that is tremendously exciting!

At our Good Friday services, we will share the Lord’s Supper together, virtually. Watch for a “how-to” video that will explain the details to make this a memorable moment for you, your household, and extended church family. On Saturday and Sunday, we will sing, pray and celebrate the GOOD NEWS that “He is risen, He is risen indeed!” With the onslaught of news reports and escalation of emotions, the truth that we serve a risen Saviour is both timely and comforting.

It will be an Easter we will not soon forget and I encourage you to invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to be a part of it.

Now, let me update you on a few items from our Houston Courage initiative:

  • Please continue to visit our Houston Courage webpage with links to Worship, Adult Bible Study, Youth, Children’s Worship and resources for families. You can click HERE to join the fun.
  • 19,384 families have now been contacted by our amazing 861 Second Family volunteers. The calls continue as we reach out to pray, connect, and meet the needs of our neighbors.
  • The Houston Courage Prayer Team has been praying for the 469 prayer requests received to date.
  • Our Houston Courage Medical Team is advising us on how we can mobilize from our homes to support and provide resources for those on the front lines of the crisis.
  • We continue to deliver groceries and supplies to those in our Second Family in the high-risk groups who have expressed a need.
  • Join us this weekend online for traditional worship services Saturday night at 6PM and Sunday morning at 9:30AM, and our 11AM service featuring contemporary praise and worship music. Join us for one or all three!
  • Beginning Monday, March 30, join me HERE for a daily family devotional, posted at 7AM for the early birds and shared again at 7PM.
  • We would love for you to create Easter Invitation yard signs to post in your yard and on social media. We hope to give you a fun and creative way to invite others to join you online for Easter at Second. Specify the time that your family will be worshiping for Easter and how they can join you at second.org. Take pictures and share them with us!

In our extremity, God is using our Second Family to love our community through the Good News of Jesus Christ! Be confident that Lisa and I continue to pray for you, our Second Family, and for our entire community as we press on through this opportunity to share God’s love. We look forward to worshiping with you online this Saturday at 6PM, or Sunday at 9:30 & 11AM at second.org.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Mar 24

Houston Courage Update


Dear Second Family,

Crisis creates opportunity and COVID-19 is providing unprecedented opportunities! Opportunities to be fully present with one another without the distraction of outside influences. Marriages can reignite, parents can re-engage with their kids, families of every shape and size can connect – in person instead of through our devices. 

We also have the opportunity to step outside and take in Creation. When is the last time you looked up at the moon or star-gazed with a loved one? 

Perhaps most importantly, we can take the opportunity to be still before the Lord, to lean in, to listen for His leading, and learn from His Word.

Do not miss this moment in time. Live in the present and in the presence of what we know to be true; our God, the Lord Almighty is with us wherever we go! (Joshua 1:9)

This weekend, and for the first weekend in April, we will plan to worship together online. We will keep you posted on our plans for Good Friday and Easter Worship services, as soon as we know them. Whether we are on our campuses, or making a joyful noise to the Lord from home, you can be sure that we will worship, praise, and pray together as a church family.

Here is an update on our response efforts:

  • Today we rolled out our Houston Courage webpage with links to Worship, Adult Bible Study and Children’s Worship and content for families. You can click HERE to join the fun.
  • Our call teams have contacted 14,772 families offering to pray with them, and the calls continue.
  • We have prayer coordinators at each campus processing numerous requests each day.
  • We are providing food and supply needs to our high-risk church members.
  • On Monday, we delivered 1,000 N95 masks to Texas Children’s Hospital.
  • We also provided N95 masks to the Memorial Villages Police Department. Until now, they only had 1 per police vehicle. This new addition means that each officer will now have his or her own safety mask. The Lord continues to provide!

Beginning Monday, March 30, join us for a family daily devotional at 7AM and 7PM. Be confident that Lisa and I continue to pray for you, our Second Family, and for our entire community as we press on through this difficult time. We look forward to worshiping with you online this Saturday at 6PM, or Sunday at 9:30 & 11AM at second.org.

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Mar 20

Houston Courage Update


Second Family,

History has a way of repeating itself. Sickness and suffering can be found on the pages of Scripture and in the annals of time. In every major epidemic, Christians were noted as the one group who consistently, century after century, served the sick and the suffering, sometimes at great personal risk. This counter-cultural worldview has distinguished Christians from others in a society consumed with self. It was just seven short years ago, that the word “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.

At a time when the world turns the focus on “self,” our Second Family is committed to following the model of Jesus, as we turn our focus to others. Here is an update on our outward focus:

Prayer

  • Please continue to pray specifically for our first responders, particularly our health-care professionals. Pray for wisdom for our leaders and officials amid ever-changing circumstances.

HOUSTON COURAGE Medical Advisory Team

  • Our Medical Advisory Team, made up of outstanding doctors and medical leaders in our community, continues to supply our church with vital and current updates on COVID-19. Their input enables our Second Family to make wise and timely decisions on an ongoing basis.
  • Our medically-trained Second Family members have been invited to register with The Harris County Medical Reserve Corps via the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry (TDVR). They will be assisting with volunteer needs sent out by the Coordinator of the HCMRC, who serves on our Medical Advisory Team.

HOUSTON COURAGE Response Team

  • The Second Family is donating 1,000 much needed N95 masks to Texas Children’s Hospital.
  • Our Second Family staff and key volunteers have done a tremendous job in calling the first wave of Senior Adults/Widows/Widowers, and Single Parents. We have made over 8742 calls. I can report that we have had a tremendous response from those receiving these calls! It will not surprise you that those on the receiving end have been quick to express their appreciation for their Second Family, and to ask what they can do to assist. I love the Body of Christ!
  • Currently, we have over 500 volunteers within the Second Family ready to assist as needed.
  • The HOUSTON COURAGE Hotline (713-365-6300) is fully functioning to provide information about Worship, Bible Study and assessing the needs of our Second Family.
  • We have already touched base with all 79 Mission Agency Partnerships to see how they are doing, and encourage them in their work.
  • We are working with several school districts to determine and assist with their needs.

In 1 Thessalonians 5, we are reminded by Paul, how to live in the face of difficulty. I think The Message version of this passage explains it best. In these uncertain times may His love for us, rather than fear for ourselves, spur us to action.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-24 The Message (MSG)
The Way He Wants You to Live
12-13And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!

13-15Get along among yourselves, each of you doing your part. Our counsel is that you warn the freeloaders to get a move on. Gently encourage the stragglers, and reach out for the exhausted, pulling them to their feet. Be patient with each person, attentive to individual needs. And be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.

16-18Be cheerful no matter what; pray all the time; thank God no matter what happens. This is the way God wants you who belong to Christ Jesus to live.

19-22Don’t suppress the Spirit, and don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master. On the other hand, don’t be gullible. Check out everything, and keep only what’s good. Throw out anything tainted with evil.

This weekend is a wonderful opportunity to invite all of those in your circle of influence to worship with us online by going to second.org or clicking HERE on Saturday at 6PM, or Sunday at 9:30 or 11AM as we reach our goal of having 100,000 join us online to worship our Saviour, our Healer, and our King!

His and yours,


H. Edwin Young

Mar 17

A Letter from Dr. Young


Dear Church Family,

Our extremity is God’s opportunity. Let me assure you that in the midst of this coronavirus crisis, your Second Family is taking proactive steps to provide information, support, compassion, and equipping to our members and also to our community.

Joshua 1:9 clearly states, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” 

God gives us our assignment and marching orders: Be strong and courageous. With this in mind, we are deploying a church-wide initiative called HOUSTON COURAGE, to meet the needs of our church family and community as we rely on the truth of Scripture: The Lord our God is with us wherever we go!

The Hebrew word for “courage” means to be mentally and physically alert and aware. As we endeavor to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our church family and our community, we are also staying alert to the rapidly evolving intelligence provided by government agencies and healthcare professionals, as well as physically taking every known precaution to keep one another safe.

What are we currently doing as the hands and feet of Jesus?

Prayer 

    1. Please pray specifically for our first responders, particularly our health care professionals. Pray for wisdom for our leaders and officials amid ever-changing circumstances. 

Church Family

    1. We are in the process of calling each person in our Second Family to pray with them and assess their needs.
    2. We have created a HOUSTON COURAGE Response Team to minister to Second Family members in limited high-risk groups with grocery pick up, delivery, transportation and any other items of need. More information will be provided soon on how you can help.

Community

    1. We have created a HOUSTON COURAGE Medical Advisory Team of health professionals to advise us and keep us abreast of rapidly evolving information.
    2. We are beginning to work with area schools that we have partnered with in the past, seeking to fill the gap in getting meals to children without transportation.
    3. We have contacted our local mission partners offering encouragement, prayer and resource support in the coming days.

Testing Centers

      1. Working closely with our Medical Advisory Team, we have been in contact with various officials and offered our campuses as locations for testing centers. This is in the very early stages, but God has entrusted us with the opportunity to provide our resources to our city and surrounding counties. 

    Over the next two weekends, we will meet together online Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 9:30am and 11am. You can connect HERE or via our Facebook page, Second Online

    Last week we had 48,096 individuals worship with us online from 14 different states and 15 different countries. What an incredible opportunity for our six area campuses and our online community to worship together as one church and pray for all affected by this virus. Join me in setting a goal to have 100,000 people join together to worship this weekend with the Second Family. What an incredible time to invite neighbors, family, friends, and relatives from all across our great country to worship, praise and pray together!

    I solicit your prayers and you may be confident of mine.

    His and yours,


    H. Edwin Young