COVID 19 Weekly Updates:

This page is for weekly updates about changes to our church programming as a result of the COVID 19 outbreak. 

For the week of 6/14-6/21

Connect Groups: I am recommending that Groups not meet in person this week.  Instead please arrange for each person to be contacted by phone. This may require the leader to set up a phone tree or call each person in the group personally if the size of the group is small.  During the call I encourage you to share a verse of Scripture you have found helpful in your life this week, pray together, and share any specific needs or concerns.  If you would like to utilize an online meeting platform and need assistance feel free to contact the office.
 
Battalion and CSB: Live stream at 7 pm, Wednesday night.  To sign up or join, follow this link.


Pioneer Girls: Canceled for the year. 
 
Tuesday Prayer: changing to online zoom format – email the office for a link if you want to participate
 
Worship Team: cancelled this week.
Choir: cancelled until further notice.
 
Friday Crew: cancelled until further notice.
 
Sunday Service June 21:  10 am outdoor service!  Join on the lawn or from your car!  Facebook live stream will still be available. 

 

Sunday Youth Night: 6 pm Zoom call (email Pastor Andrew if you would like the link at andrew@opwc.org)


 

We are praying for you and we are here to help.  If you have any needs please do not hesitate to call Pastor Dan (585) 919-9524 or the church office during business hours M-F 9-4 (716-662-9842).  We have people who are available to help shop, help with house work or outside work, drive you to an appointment, and help with financial needs.  We love you.  We are here with you and for you.

Statement on Re-Emerging:

The staff and leadership team are working on a plan for what it looks like for us to be able to come back together again on Sunday mornings.  We are taking into account the recommendations from the CDC and the State as well as our district leadership.  We will re-emerge in phases beginning with small gatherings and then services.  We are hoping to have multiple outdoor services this summer (weather dependent) and will continue to livestream services moving forward.   Once it is safe for us to gather in large groups again we will continue to practice good social distancing and safety measures to help provide a safe and clean environment for worship.  As we get closer to that date I will let you know exactly what to expect.  At this time we are in phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan which would make July 5 the earliest possible date for holding services in the sanctuary again.   If you have questions please feel free to contact Pastor Dan directly or call the church office.  I appreciate your patience and prayers.

Reflective Thoughts from Pastor Dan:

 

   I hope you had a great weekend enjoying the warm weather and remembering the blessings we have because of the sacrifices of others.  The spirit of Memorial Day is one that we can all embrace.  Sacrificing for others is not just a military ideal, it is the way of the cross.  Jesus modeled it and then instructed us to do the same.  As we anticipate re-entering spaces and re-connecting with people personally we can do so humbly and with respect and concern for others.  Remember that other people feel differently than you about how we should go about re-opening events and spaces.  Our country needs models of civility and kindness.  We need to see people who disagree on how things “ought to be done” still respecting, loving, and being considerate towards others.  The church, our church, should be – and can be – one of those models.  We can do this currently through how we treat our neighbors, people in the stores we visit, and in our families.  We must do this when we begin gathering in groups again.  

                                                                              -Pastor Dan

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