weekly updates

1. Roadmap to Reopening:
  • Governor Hogan has described the reopening process through 3 Stages.

    • We are in Stage 2.
  • Our guesstimated reopening day is July 12th.

    • This is NOT set in stone. It is just an estimation based on the trends we've been seeing during the reopening process.
    • We're not saying this is the day that we'll reopen. We're saying that we're going to plan like it's the day.
  • Help us prepare for your return by taking our reopening poll!
    • Click here to take the poll.
    • We need a response from every individual, not one response per family.
2.  General Updates:
  • Over 5,000 people are joining us online weekly!
  • As mentioned a few weeks ago, Stacie Siers has transitioned into the role of Growth Track Director!
  • Growth Track will be available on Sunday mornings (during two service time frames) in the fall.
  • Pamela Cahill has joined our staff as Guest Services Director!
3. Small Group Updates:
  • Groups are still meeting online and in person!
  • Talk with your group about if you would like to keep meeting weekly during the summer.
    • If so, small group leaders have been equipped with curriculum suggestions and resources.
  • The Green Room has been paused for the summer
    • It will pick back up in the fall.
  • If you don't continue to meet weekly, try to get together several times a month to stay connected with each other.
  • We just launched a ladies small group that will be meeting through the summer. Go to our OAK Ridge SMALL GROUPS Community Facebook group for more information.
4. PEACE Updates:
  • Last Saturday, we distributed over 100 chickens given to us by Perdue.
  • We've wrapped up handing out boxed lunches at Mardela Middle and High School each week.
  • We're making 320 bagged meals for Halo every Thursday.
  • We're continuing our partnership with the Salvation Army as needed.
  • Jim Kaylor has continued to support Stone Grove throughout the pandemic.
    • When we've had food to distribute, we've made sure to have extra boxes set aside for Stone Grove.
    • Jim has been instrumental in distributing the food to them for us.
  • Our Care Callers are continuing to check on our at-risk members!
  • Pray for Pastor Jeff, one of our church partners in Togo, West Africa. He has been very sick, but it doesn't appear to be from COVID-19.
  • Our church partners in Macedonia are doing well!
  • Pastor Timothy, our church partner from China, has finally reopened his church!
5. Student Ministry Updates:
  • We've been doing everything we can to connect with our students online.
  • Once we reopen, the Sunday morning services in the Ridge will be for Middle School students only.
  • We will hold a High School student-only meeting called "Equip" in the middle of the week.
  • On Sundays, High School students will be asked to attend a service in either the Live or Theatre Venue and begin serving alongside the adults.
    • We are still working out the details for these changes.
6. Pastor Bryan is celebrating being 9 years clean!
  • God has used this experience to turn Pastor Bryan's life around.
  • If you or someone you know needs help getting into treatment or starting the recovery process, reach out to Pastor Bryan.
7. Broadcast audience and Oak Ridge online updates:
  • Each week, we're allowing a small number of people to attend the taping of our 9am service.
    • It's like sitting in a studio audience for Ellen or Ryan and Kelly, but you will still be able to worship and enjoy the Sunday message like you would on a normal Sunday.
    • You can go HERE to learn more and register to attend!
  • We held our first baptism since the shutdown this past Sunday!
    • We have another one scheduled for this Sunday too!