OCF Church UPDATE for Weekend of 03/22/2020
By Jim GarrettMarch 20, 2020
Announcement re: Church Cancellations
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.
President Trump, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, and the CDC have issued various statements this week concerning mass gatherings. Officially, groups of 50 or more individuals are banned from congregating. (And again, as per last week, this announcement DOES NOT affect churches or other religious gatherings.) BUT, they are also strongly recommending that we keep groups to 10 or less. WE think there is wisdom in heeding this information AND, as a church, we are supportive of the leaders God has placed in authority over us. As such, we are taking the following precautions:
We are cancelling services for the next two weeks. (This statement refers to March 22 and 29.) We will then move on a week-by-week evaluation as more information becomes available. In the meantime, we understand that this is, perhaps, an opportunity for the Church to be the Church and to step out beyond its walls and into our community.
Here’s what you can do:
You can join our online community through our Facebook page or our website: www.OCFChurch.org. You can join the preaching portion of Sunday’s service on FaceBook Live around 11:00 AM Sunday.
We have Pastors, Elders, and Deacons who will be calling on you to check up on you, see what you might have need of, and take prayer requests.
In the meantime, please contact us and let us know your prayer requests so we can pray for you.
We love you and 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. And, we want to protect our medical services so that they will have the needed supplies WHEN they need them; we do not want to over-burden the medical aspect of our community. Again, these precautions are being implemented with a spirit of love and wisdom, not fear and anxiety.
We look forward to worshiping online with you this Sunday. These are great days filled with great opportunities!
Pastor Jim and the entire Leadership Team