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CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE: WORSHIP & BUILDING USE CHANGES

 

March 19, 2020

Dear Muskogee First Family and Friends,

As I shared on my Facebook video post on Wednesday, we will not be meeting inhouse for worship for at least two weeks. The duration of this suspension will be determined by the extent of the Coronavirus containment. There have been some promising results coming from a Malaria drug that has initially proven effective in treating a small group of Coronavirus patients. My prayer is that this will prove true with the larger populations of patients, and consequently, we will be back sooner rather than later to our regular inhouse worship services.

We will, however, be offering online worship through our church’s Facebook page. This service will be streamed live at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. Our Soul Focus Band will be performing a few songs and we anticipate having some traditional music as well. We will work to blend the musical tastes of both services together, but this will be a work in progress so bear with us for a while. This online service will also be posted for viewing later by clinking the video link on our Facebook page.

During this time our church building will be closed. Under some limited conditions and following social distancing guidelines, the church can be used, for example: I have had one request from a church participant who does not have home Wi-Fi access who might need to work from home. I believe we can reasonably and safely accommodate this request for our church family. If other similar needs arise within our church family call me at the church, and we will see if we can accommodate your need. Also, the Muskogee Community Food Pantry, which we host, will still be using the church to distribute food but with limited access.

I encourage everyone to stay connected the best we can but maintaining our social distancing to curb the spread of this terrible disease. Check on friends and neighbors by telephone, texting, email, even face to face but do it 6+ feet apart. If you are feeling sick let others know and quarantine in your home. If you need food, medicine, or other necessities, let us know, and we will have someone pickup and deliver to your home. Please continue to support our local businesses and church the best you can as there is bound to be significant financial costs for the near future.

Remember God is with us! This is an opportunity to draw nearer and dearer to the heart of God through solitude, silence, prayer, and devotional reading. As Jesus says in John’s Gospel, “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” (15:4) In these challenging days let us bear the fruit of light in the darkness, of hope for the hopeless, and love regardless of the obstacles before us.

Again, as the old hymn says: I don’t know much about tomorrow/ but I know who holds tomorrow/ and I know who holds my hand. Let’s walk together with Jesus.

Pastor Mike

 

 



 

      

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  • DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC OUR CHURCH FACILITY IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

    IN-HOUSE WORSHIP SERVICES ARE POSTPONED BUT WE WILL HAVE ONLINE WORSHIP ON OUR CHURCH FACEBOOK PAGE AT 9:00 AM SUNDAY MORNINGS

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