Online Service Times : 9:00am | 11:00am | 6:00pm

OAK rIDGE rEOPENING pLAN 

are we open yet?


(Short answer: No. Read on for our real reopening plan.)

As most of you know, Governor Hogan announced on May 13th a limited reopening of churches at 50% capacity.

What you may not be aware of are the many additional state and local guidelines churches are asked to adhere to during this phase which include:
· Wear face masks at all times.
· No congregational singing.
· No refreshments.
· No huddling for fellowship.
· No hugs or handshakes.
· No children’s ministry.
· Seat distancing guidelines which brings capacity down to 15%

This is pretty much like your home builder telling you that your house is ready for you to move in, but only half your family can live there and BTW there’s no electricity or bathrooms yet.

Since we believe the plethora of restrictions effectively mean our church cannot realistically reopen at this time, we will continue to gather ONLINE until Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery moves us to a stage that allows our children’s ministry and hospitality to resume.

We have made significant investments to improve our ONLINE experience and we want to encourage you to continue to engage with us online every week until we are ready to reopen.

Well over 7,000 people from all over participate weekly in our online services.
 
Where Satan intended to damage the church,
God instead DISTRIBUTED the church
to the whole world!

When we meet again, we want to ensure that we will be able to offer the quality of experience and range of Family Ministries that we’ve come to be known by.

We realize that there are so many different feelings and opinions about the corona pandemic and all of the mandates that have changed all of our lives.
· Some of you are feeling frustrated and you’re ready to lift all restrictions. Please be patient as we take steps to get there.
· Some of you are feeling fearful and you’re afraid that the country is reopening too quickly. I want you to know that it’s perfectly okay for you to continue to join us online and move at a pace that’s comfortable and right for your family and circumstances.
· TRUTH is we’re ALL anxious to get back to church!

We want to acknowledge the variety of feelings but move forward cautiously and with wisdom.

I want to ensure you that we will always place the safety of our attenders as our top priority.

We care too much for our vulnerable to place anyone at unnecessary risk.
While we await a full reopening, we have decided to begin allowing a very limited Broadcast Audience to watch the filming of our online 9:00 A.M. service.

So, What’s a Broadcast Audience?

Think of it as attending a live taping of the Ellen or Oprah show. The Broadcast Audience would get a special behind-the-scenes experience watching the live production of our online worship service.

Of course, it’s not intended to be the same as attending a regular service, but the audience will get to experience the LIVE worship and enjoy getting out of the house and back into the building

REMEMBER, we are only in Stage 1 of the reopening and we still have a long way to go before life can get back to a “new normal.”

Keep checking our WEB site and Facebook page and we’ll post more info on how you could be a part of a Broadcast Service Audience

In the meantime, STAY SAFE and we’ll see you each week ONLINE!


God bless!
Pastor Brian Moss
Every need in the world is an OPEN DOOR to share God's love. That's why, as a church family, we're responding to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis, not by panicking or hiding out of fear, but by serving the people who are most vulnerable.

No matter how frustrating, confusing, or scary this crisis gets, fear doesn't have the final say. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Our hope is built on the perfect love of Jesus Christ, so we've been called to share that love with the world. And that's exactly what we'll be doing in the coming weeks and months as more and more people in our community are in need.

“Find a need and fill it, find a hurt and heal it!”

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IMPORTANT UPDATES
Many of you may have heard by now that Governor Hogan has added to the list of emergency closures, all eat-in restaurants, bars, malls, and theaters. In addition, the CDC has lowered the recommended gathering number to no more than 50.

You can watch Governor Hogan's press conference here

In an effort to continue to fully comply with all state and federal recommendations and truly LOVE our vulnerable population by minimizing the spread of the virus:
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL ON-CAMPUS SERVICES, PROGRAMS, AND MINISTRIES ARE CANCELED.

This includes, but is not limited to:
Celebrate Recovery (Mon&Fri),
The Landing, Solutions Counseling,
Care Groups, All Childcare



Remember
Although we are not gathering in person, we will still gather ONLINE through our church APP, WEB site, Facebook and YouTube at our regularly scheduled service times
9:00am | 11:00am | 6:00pm
(PLEASE SHARE THESE VIDEOS WITH FRIENDS & NEIGHBORS)

Again, we will continue to closely monitor the State Health directives and update you as soon as we know of any changes that impact our programming.

For more detailed information and updates on the Corona virus, please go to the Centers for Diseases Control's web site:
CDC Corona

“And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.
And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15, NLT)

Stay Healthy & Informed

In a crisis like this, it's common for misinformation to spread, and it can be difficult to figure out who and what to trust. Here are some reliable resources that can connect you with accurate and helpful info.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is the leading national public-health organization in the U.S. and has up-to-date info on COVID-19 (coronavirus).

MD Department of Health
The MDH is the state department responsible for public health in Maryland.

World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the United Nations' agency for global public health.
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