August 5, 2020

We’re grateful for your support as we’ve taken the time to discern how to move forward. We’ve decided to structure our reopening plans for our Faith Community around the Dallas County Guidance System. Our current intention is to reopen 2 weeks after the county moves to the yellow phase. As Dallas County moves into each new phase, we plan to host Community-Wide Zoom Gatherings to review our reopening plans in greater detail. The Gathering Weekly Update is the best way to stay up to date with all of our upcoming events. Subscribe below if you’re not receiving this weekly newsletter!

April 30, 2020

Dear Community Members,

Since Governor Abbott announced plans to begin reopening the state, you may have wondered how it will affect LIDE. Our Board and Staff feel it is best to use caution and follow the state’s suggestion to “conduct as many activities as possible remotely.” Therefore, we will not resume our in-person services just yet. We plan to take the next 2-3 weeks to discern what will best serve this faith community. Though we are very much looking forward to being together again, our primary concern is the health and wellbeing of our people. There are a lot of questions and logistics to work through. We will take this slowly, listening to the guidance of state and county officials, and welcoming input from all of you. We will be together again when we can do so safely. For now, we’ll continue to provide digital experiences with the hope of keeping you connected and encouraged.

Please be praying for our leadership as we discern how to best move forward. We will let you know our collective assessment in a couple weeks once we’ve had the opportunity to observe how everything is developing.

Many Blessings! We miss you so much!

Joel and Rachel Triska

April 22, 2020 Update

At Life in Deep Ellum, one of the main thrusts of our faith is the call on each one of us to be the “Umbrella Man” to our neighbors. That means taking care of those around us, even if we might get a little wet and dirty in the process.

Because of COVID-19, many of our Community Partners are feeling some pressure in trying to accomplish their mission. If you are looking for ways to give and support our Community Partners, click here. You can find ways to support our community partners in a variety of ways. The page will be updated as we become aware of new needs.

March 21, 2020 Update

Starting Monday, March 23rd, Mokah Coffee & Tea will be closing at 5pm Monday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours will remain the same (9a-2p).

Mokah is still serving to-go orders only.

March 17, 2020 Update

Mokah is still open! However, due to city restrictions Mokah services are for to-go orders only.

All in-person gatherings onsite have been suspended until further notice. We will continue to share digital services and resources via our newsletter, so sign up for updates below.

March 15, 2020 Update

Our goal as a faith community is to help “flatten the curve” by limiting large gatherings at Life in Deep Ellum – including the Gathering. Out of respect for our community, healthcare system, and our love for all of you, we have developed the following plan: 

  • Beginning this Sunday, March 15, we are suspending all in-person worship attendance and events of 250 or more until Dallas County lifts the ban or alters recommendations on large gatherings.
  • In lieu of our in-person Sunday Gathering, we will offer a weekly online worship option (subscribe to our newsletter to have these delivered to your email weekly). 
  • Our small groups (life groups, support groups, & prayer groups) may continue to meet or choose to use a tech alternative, as determined by the group leader. We discourage small group gatherings of more than 25 people. 
  • Mokah will continue to stay open, however, we encourage patrons to observe “social distancing” recommendations.

For the time that we are unable to gather corporately, we would encourage you to stay connected to one another. Studies have repeatedly shown that a strong support system bolsters immune systems and makes it more likely for people who are ill to recover. Even as we take a physical step back from one another, our hope is that we will lean into community in meaningful ways. Our commitment to you in the coming weeks include: 

  • Continuing to provide meaningful worship experiences online.
  • Pastorally care for this beautiful community.
  • Be extra responsive to your emails, texts and calls.
  • Use our social media accounts to provide regular updates and encouragement. 

For people of faith, Lent has long been a season of going into the wilderness. In the coming weeks, our hope is that we will support one another, our neighbors and the larger community of Dallas. We would ask that as opportunities for support arise in your homes and communities that you would make us aware so that we can continue to show up as the Unexpected Neighbor (aka the Umbrella People). You can submit needs to and requests for prayer and support to

If you have any questions, please direct those to our Director of Operations, Lindsay Kramer,

Warm regards,  
The Staff of Life in Deep Ellum

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