Osage hill's response to covid-19

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!

A letter from senior minister james wright

05.06.2020


Osage Hills Family,


   I am so very thankful for each of you and the way that you have embraced our online church services the past couple of months. In unprecedented times you have been willing to find new ways to connect with the church body and grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know that this has not been an easy time for many of you and I look forward to the time when we can worship together again. I will get to that in a little bit. 


   If we have learned anything during this time we have learned more and more that the church is not a building but a body of believers who follow Christ together. Over the past few weeks you have found ways to make masks, bring gifts to shut-ins, deliver food to those who depend on social services for help, and check-in on your family, friends and neighbors. I also know that some of you have been mowing your neighbor’s yards and finding opportunities to disciple those who are far from Christ. 


   For our family this has been an incredible time to lean into God’s word, get to know our neighbors better, and slow down. It has been such an encouragement for Robyn and me to watch our kids study the Word of God, ask questions, and put what God is leading them to do into practice. There are some elements of this time that we do not want to let go of and helping our kids continue to grow in their faith is one of them.


  What are some of the things that God has taught you over the course of the past eight weeks? What will you continue to do to grow in the grace and knowledge that he has given you? What will you do to Connect Christ to Where You Live by loving your neighbor as yourself? 


   One way that people are serving this weekend is by handing out gifts for Mother’s Day. There is a group of people who will be delivering gifts to shut-ins, so if you received a gift on Easter you will probably receive one again, please be on the look out. There is also an opportunity for Mom’s to come to the church from 2:00-3:30 for a drive-thru gift. Just pull up in front of the Multi-Purpose Building, roll down your window, and a gift will be given to all Moms. Gifts will be given out on a first come/ first served basis until we run out. I would also encourage you to find creative ways to love and serve the Mom’s in your neighborhood, how can you connect Christ to their lives through a card, a flower, or a sign? How can you share the love of Jesus on Mother’s Day? 


   Another way that people have served the past few weeks is to help transform our Kid’s Worship area into an incredible space. Bill Meyer, Alan Young, Jimmy Dale Reeves, and Steve Johnson have worked to make that area look great and we are very thankful for them. Speaking of our building, we are going to need volunteers to help do a deep cleaning of all surfaces, doorknobs and door handles, as well as toys over the next couple of weeks so that everything is as clean as it can be before we all reenter our building. We will continue to do all we can to keep the building disinfected during Sunday mornings and throughout the week. We will need your help in this as well. 

On to page 2 and the good news. We have a plan for meeting together! Our staff and elders have worked on a plan that we believe will allow us to worship together and help you feel comfortable being around others in worship. We have separated this into a two phase plan that is outlined below. 


May 17/24

  • One service at 10:30 offered in the Worship Center and Kids Worship Area
  • Communion Stations will be offered instead of passing communion. Communion supplies will be handed to you by a volunteer wearing gloves and a mask either when you enter the worship area or at the time of communion
  • Offering trays will be at the back of the room and you may give as you enter or leave the service
  • Chairs will be separated and rows spread out
  • We ask that you wear masks and if you are feeling sick or have a fever to please refrain from attending. We also ask that you please refrain from shaking hands with others


May 31

  • Resume all Sunday Morning Programming
  • 2 Services, Sunday School, Kids Programming (including Nursery and Preschool)
  • New Service and Sunday school times
  • Worship at 8:00
  • Sunday school at 9:15
  • Worship at 10:30
  • Communion Stations will be offered instead of passing communion. Communion supplies will be handed to you by a volunteer wearing gloves and a mask either when you enter the worship area or at the time of communion
  • Offering trays will be at the back of the room and you may give as you enter or leave the service
  • Chairs will be separated and rows spread out
  • Please continue to stay home if feeling sick or have a fever and to refrain from shaking hands. If masks are required then we need to honor the rules set in place for us. 


May 31 will not only be the first day we run our full slate of programming but it also serve as our Move Up Sunday for Kids and Student programing. We will also honor our 3 High School graduates on that day.


While this is the plan we want to move forward with, it does need to be stated that this is based on the time frame our government leaders give us moving forward. If this plan changes we will communicate as soon as possible. 


I am thankful for all of you. Thank you for growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus, for encouraging us, and for giving during this time. Remember you may always give at osagehills.com/give or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 927, Sand Springs, OK. 74063. I am excited to see you soon. 


In Christ,



James Wright