Texas has a special election on November 2. There are eight special state constitutional propositions being decided in this year’s election. All of them have significant impact upon different groups of people in the state. I hope you will take the time to read about them and decide to vote on November 2.

State Proposition 8 allows for an exemption from ad valorem taxes for a surviving spouse of a member of the armed services who is killed or fatally injured in the line of duty. I am hopeful that passes.

State Proposition 3 has a special impact on churches and I am also hoping that it will also pass. It is this state proposition that I am writing you about. This is an amendment prohibiting government from limiting worship services in the state of Texas. It is co-authored by State Representative Scott Sanford, who is also an executive pastor of Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen, Texas.

Please read an article from the Baptist Press which outlines the explanation of this proposition by clicking this link: Texans to vote on amendment prohibiting government from limiting worship services | Baptist Press.

This proposition seeks to place churches, in essence, in the position of essential services allowing churches to continue to help their community unencumbered during emergencies such as we experienced during COVID-19.

This proposition has support across party lines in both the State Senate and House of Representatives and from churches of all ethnicities.

I am hopeful this special constitutional amendment will pass and so I bring it to your attention. Thank you for considering it.

I love being your pastor,

Mark Signature

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