As we continue to navigate this time full of anxiety, we are trusting God for wisdom and guidance. This will be where we update you on the church's response to COVID-19. Please continue to pray with us that God will use this time for His Kingdom and glory!
March 18, 2020
Dear Osage Family,
Thank you for your prayers and encouragement in this unprecedented time. As our current situation develops, we are praying discussing, and listening while we make decisions on how best to be the church. This situation changes fast. We know more today than we did yesterday and are trying to keep as aware of the situation as possible.
At this point the elders have decided to suspend all gatherings of more than 50 people (in-line with CDC recommendations) at the church building, including worship services, until further notice. But will be meeting exclusively LIVE online this weekend for worship services. We welcome you to join us at osagehills.com/live, Sunday at 10:30 am and 6:00 pm.
Many of us are wondering when we will be able to gather again to worship on our campus. While we don't have a specific answer, we will assess the situation on a week-by-week basis. In the meantime, we can't wait to hear the stories about how God uses our online worship gatherings.
Our decisions are not made out of fear in any way; rather, they are motivated by how we can best love our neighbors by preventing the spread of the virus unnecessarily. And we believe this gives us the opportunity to spread the message of hope in Jesus Christ with our neighbors and those who are closest to us.
As a church we want you to take the opportunity to Connect Christ to Where You Live in a very real way. This may mean inviting your friends and neighbors into your home to go to church together. It may mean that your Small Group or Sunday school class gathers in some capacity to participate in the service together. I believe this is an incredible opportunity for us, as the church to truly be the hands and feet of Jesus.
We will be providing daily devotional opportunities for your families, as well as resources for your children at all stages of life. WE want to do all we can to make sure the body is as connected as possible in this time.
We invite you to join us online Friday evening at 7:00 pm on osagehills.com/live for our "Welcome to Online Church" conversation. James Wright and Mark Phillips will facilitate our discussion on how to participate online for worship, community, communion, giving, and the study of God's Word. Our hope is that we'll provide many answers to your questions, so follow our social media accounts and our website where we'll keep you updated. If you miss this conversation you will be able to watch it online at a later time.
As a final note, many people among us are hurting and our team is doing the best we can to help. We encourage you to look for opportunities to serve by taking meals to parents who have kids our of school, offering help to the most vulnerable among us through shopping for them, and helping with childcare needs if possible. Neighbors Along the Line and Sand Springs Community Services will need resources to help people at this time, but they also need volunteers to help sort goods, please contact them if you can help. Remember even in this time you have the opportunity to Connect Christ to Where You Live and be the church.
Remember to join us Friday night, March 20, at 7:00 pm for our "Welcome to Online Church" conversation. We look forward to worshipping with you online this Sunday.