Health and Safety
Dear Oaks Church,
As many of you are aware, yesterday President Trump gave new guidance on containing the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), including the restriction of gatherings over 10 people (effective until April 1st at this point). We want to follow the direction of professionals and government officials who are working diligently to protect our communities. Romans 13:1 tells us that we should be “subject to the governing authorities.” The pastors and staff at Oaks Church have been working on a way to support you in following Jesus while helping our communities to slow the spread of the virus. Here is the plan for now:
Services & Small Groups
We will be suspending meetings for Sunday services and Small Groups until further notice.
We will be recording Sunday morning teachings and making them available to those who attend Oaks Church on our website by 10 am each Sunday. Some people will want to gather on Sunday mornings to listen to the teachings together, and to pray for one another. For others, it may not be feasible. We will leave that up to individuals to decide. If you choose to be with others please adhere to all guidelines given to us of no more than 10 people at gatherings.(If restrictions change, please adhere to those as well!) We trust your personal discernment in making decisions about being with others.
Those of you with children that regularly attend Oaks Kids, we will be emailing you weekly with kids material to work through with your children on Sunday mornings.
Please hold to best health practices, including regular hand washing, covering your face when coughing/sneezing (with a tissue or elbow), and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
If you are sick - experiencing fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or other flu-like symptoms, please stay home and refrain from any type of gathering until recovered. We encourage you to reach out to your small group, so that they may pray for you.
If you are at higher risk due to age, various health conditions, or other personal or professional circumstances, we encourage you to stay at home. If you could use assistance with any practical needs please email email@example.com.
Except for Sunday expenses all other ongoing expenses for Oaks Church will continue. If Oaks Church is your church home, please be faithful and consistent in your tithes and offerings so that we are able to continue in the things Jesus has asked of us and, when this disruption is over, we are still able to move forward effectively.
Because we don’t have regular Sunday morning gatherings as a place to give tithes and offerings, you can continue giving your tithes and offerings by using your own bank’s Online Bill Pay option, or giving online through Paypal at oakschurch.org/give. You can also mail your giving to; Oaks Church, 2901 N Oakwood Ave, Muncie, IN 47304
Caring for each other
It is an important time to care for and encourage each other! The uncertainty puts all of us a little bit on edge, but we have great reason to trust Jesus and go forward with confidence. Praying together, talking on FaceTime/Duo, and texting are all ways for us to stay connected and give each other courage.
When friends from your small group are sick, figure out how to help them. Prepare a meal and leave it outside their door. Take them flowers. Buy them toilet paper (if you can find it ;-). Anything to encourage and build up their faith and confidence that Jesus is with them.
Jesus’ church is not fragile! Let’s do our best to not be afraid, to give one another courage, and to trust him as we walk this out. His promise “I am with you always, to the end of the age” in Matthew 28:20 is still true. And Romans 8:28, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose,” encourages us that God is at work for our good even through difficult times. We believe that Oaks Church will come out the other side of this stronger and full of faith and confidence in Jesus. He has given us a mission to help people know Jesus. Let us live out our faith and be a strength to those around us during this time.
One more thing…PRAY. Pray for each other, pray for our city, our country, and our world. The work he has given us is carried out through prayer. And prayer keeps us close to Jesus and keeps us from being anxious or afraid. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:4-7).
We'll keep you up to date and inform you of any changes as they come.
Hope to see you soon.
-Zach and the Oaks Church Staff