OCF Statement on COVID-19
By OCF NewsMarch 13, 2020
Dear Ontario Christian Fellowship Family,
We love you dearly and, as pastors and leadership team, we want to offer reassurance and guidance concerning the Coronavirus issue. Let us ALL be reminded, at all times, that we are to walk in faith and wisdom.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a statement Thursday banning mass gatherings of 100 or more individuals. This announcement DOES NOT affect churches or other religious gatherings. Additionally, in a meeting with faith-based leaders, US Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, stated “don’t panic … stop buying masks … wash your hands. And, stop shaking hands in church.” We are heeding his advice and taking the following precautions:
- We ask that, if you have any type of flu-like symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, fever, nausea, achiness, or if you have been in contact with anyone who has or is suspected of having this virus, or if you have recently traveled to any country where there is a major Coronavirus outbreak, please stay home.
- If you are elderly or battling serious health issues such as Diabetes, serious infections, or other reduced-immuno-defense issues, you might be wise to stay home as well.
- We are reminding all of our staff and volunteers to be extra mindful of good hygiene practices – especially concerning those who are serving our infants, children, and/or elderly members.
- We further recommend that all greetings, for this awkward period of time, should be limited to verbal greetings instead of handshakes and hugs. This pertains to all ministry areas.
You can join our online community through our Facebook page or our website at www.OCFChurch.org. You can join the preaching portion of Sunday’s service on FaceBook Live around 11:00 AM Sunday.
Please contact us and let us know your prayer requests so we can pray for you. We love you and we look forward to seeing you again really soon.
We are convinced that ‘this too shall pass’, but we want to operate in a spirit of wisdom in order to protect those in our church family who may be vulnerable to this virus. Again, these precautions are being implemented with a spirit of love and wisdom, not fear and anxiety.
We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday. These are great days filled with great opportunities!
Pastor Jim and the entire Leadership Team