Updated March 16, 2020
We are all aware of the evolving situation with a difficult cold and flu season, as well as COVID-19, around the world, and we are aware that our response as a church is likely on your mind. As we continue to learn more about these viruses and how they affect our community, we understand that many people are experiencing worry, anxiety, and fear.
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10
We want to remember that we serve a God who is in control and reminds us not to fear because he is with us.
HERE IS WHAT WE ARE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF:
We are keeping perspective and not panicking. No matter how uncertain times get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and display the power of Christ to those around us.
As Christ-followers, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
Things are rapidly changing, and we expect to continue to receive more information about the Coronavirus in the coming days. We are following a reliable list of information for planning and management purposes.
- CDC ON COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on Coronavirus.
- CDC RESOURCES FOR COMMUNITY AND FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to an influenza pandemic, which is applicable in this situation. As a church, we are implementing this guidance.
- MANAGING ANXIETY AROUND CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
- ADDRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
Beginning Sunday, March 22 through Sunday, April 5, our primary form of corporate worship will be via our online services. Each Sunday, our worship, AV, and teaching teams will gather on campus, prepare, rehearse, and provide corporate worship and teaching at the 9:00 am and rebroadcast that service at 10:45 am. We will have designated prayer partners and staff available on-line during these service times to interact with those in need or who have questions.
Currently, we are planning Easter services on campus and online. This will be confirmed by April 6.
Campus Groups & Ministries
Effective Tuesday, March 17 through Sunday, April 12, all campus groups and activities will be canceled due to the national, state, and local guidelines. This includes Mother's Day Out, ministry groups of the church, and any other group from our community that uses our campus. We will reevaluate conditions and CDC and government reports each day to determine if this timeframe will be adjusted.
Information links related to these decisions can be found at the bottom of this page.
Caring For One Another
Throughout the weeks ahead, leaders and volunteers will be praying for and reaching out to individuals and families. Some staff members are working on "in-home" tools for parents and curriculum that can be used to help bring what their children have been learning on campus to their home. Others are working on "live-stream" and chat group opportunities to keep us connected and informed. Our facilities team is using this time to clean pews and carpets. They may even do some painting and repairs.
There are CARE opportunities for you too. We are encouraging everyone to be light-bearers in their neighborhoods. Check on your neighbors and pray for them. There may be elderly people who might need an errand run. It is during times like this, the body of Christ can stand out through CARE, pointing people to God in the circles of influence God has given us.
If you have time and would like to help in one of these areas, reach out via email to one of these leaders:
- To help with Facilities or Grounds, contact Alberto Segura at Alberto@CommunityChurch.tv
- To help with developing or deploying materials for Families or Children, contact Heather Cook at Heather@CommunityChurch.tv
Also, check out the link at the bottom of this page about Guthrie Public School offering free lunches for children during this time.
Tithes & Offerings
- For your convenience, you may choose to share tithes and offerings via online giving.
Give through the church mobile app: https://www.communitychurch.tv/app
Text: GIVE to (405) 253-5313
Mail To: Community Church, PO Box 1413, Guthrie, OK. 73044
Continuing to give your tithes and offerings is vital to keeping our staff, ongoing ministries, and facilities support.
HERE IS WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP:
We encourage you to pray with us for peace, for healing, for health care professionals, and for those in our community who are currently impacted or are on the frontlines trying to help those who are sick. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Be a voice of hope. As you keep up with news and reports, please share with your friends and family this hope that we find in a God who is above all our anxieties and fears.
We encourage you to take proactive, preventive measures which including washing your hands frequently and thoroughly, covering your sneeze or cough, and worshiping with us from home if you are sick, not feeling well, or more susceptible to illness.
We know the world is frantic and anxious right now – the unknown can be scary - but we worship the Creator of this world who is surprised by nothing. He loves us and reminds us not to worry (Matthew 6:25-27). We pray you will stay healthy, you will be able to serve your neighbors with compassion, and you will experience peace during this time that only God can provide.
Bill Williams, Senior Pastor