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2017 by Oakwood Christian Church  |  401 N. Oakwood Rd. Enid, OK 73703  |  office@myoakwood.org  |  580.233.1225

The latest updates as we continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

As we continue to monitor guidance related to the coronavirus, we’ve made the decision to move all Oakwood services to Church Online this weekend. 

March 20, 2020 at 5:00pm

Message from Eric Keller, Senior Minister

Hey Church Family!

Happy Friday to you!  T.G.I.F.!  We are excited to share church with you online this weekend.  We’ve been praying for our church all week.  Just wanted to drop you a quick note so you’d know where to go on Sunday morning.  All you have to do is go to our website: www.oakwood.church.  At the top of the page just click where it says “Go Live”.  That will take you into a viewer where you will be able to watch the service AND interact with some of our staff live.  On a mobile device, the “Go Live” is located in the menu at top.  Just click the drop-down menu in the top right corner.  Services will start at 9AM & 10:30AM.  Come early and let’s chat!

That’s it!  Looking forward to seeing everyone online this Sunday!

Keep the faith-
Eric Keller
Senior Minister
Oakwood Christian Church

March 18, 2020 5:36pm

Message from Eric Keller, Senior Minister

Dear Church Family:

The leadership of Oakwood wants to update our church on decisions we’ve made and encourage you to connect with us as we continue to monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  First of all, the global outbreak of COVID-19 is on the minds of individuals and organizations everywhere. As a church, we are exploring new ways of doing ministry when we are unable to physically gather. We sincerely believe that our gatherings can still have spiritual impact even if they are not in physical proximity. So, our team is innovating alternative ways to gather and stay connected as church family during this time.

The health and well-being of our church staff, church members, and greater community of Enid is always at the forefront of our minds. The leadership of Oakwood still desires to minister to our flock and community as best we can. Keeping all of these things in mind, we are adjusting how we work and minister. We are contingency planning for the next several weeks. Here are some changes that we want you to be aware of:
Sunday Worship Services - We will be transitioning our worship services online for March 22, March 29, and April 5 . While online, we will have opportunities for you to connect, worship (plus you’ll get to meet and worship with our new Worship Minister, Rusty Moles!), great teaching, communion, offering, and announcements. Sunday services will be accessible on Sunday mornings at www.oakwood.church. We encourage you to join us online at 9am or 10:30am. After lunch we will post the services to be enjoyed
anytime with your household. Invite a neighbor or family to join us online for these services. We want to be a light and an encouragement as we all go through this time.
Church Office & Staff - We are closing the church offices to all physical visits through April 6. However, there will be someone there to receive calls and help people during our normal operating hours. We ask that you contact the church at 580-233-1225 or email us at office@myoakwood.org with any ministry needs you may have. Our staff is still working and will return calls and emails as promptly as possible. We are taking extra precautions with our staff on how we work and interact with each other and the congregation.
Oakwood Activity Center - The OAC is closed for all hours and activities until April 6. We hope to be able to resume normal operating hours by that time.
Groups and Classes - We will still invite you to meet in your connect and study groups through virtual groups. We’re encouraging group leaders to use Zoom, an online platform where you can gather, interact, talk, see each other, study the Word and pray together, just like you would in your normal group setting. 
Group members only need internet access and a smart phone or computer. Contact Alan Seibel to receive more information and/ or for help assisting your group.
Easter Eggstravaganza - It’s with a heavy heart that we decided to not host our Easter Eggstravaganza outreach to our community this year. HOWEVER, in staff meeting today we had some great ideas on what to do with the 15,000 plus eggs that you filled! Stayed tuned as we are coming up with some fun and creative ideas for those eggs that will still make a spiritual impact in homes this Easter. More info coming soon on that!
Shut-in and Senior care - We see the need to reach out to the shut-ins and senior adult members. It has been identified that they are our most vulnerable to this virus. We want to offer to help them, to do their shopping or errands, so they can stay inside their homes. If you can help us by making phone calls to check on the elderly or if you are willing to help a Senior adult running some errands, please contact the church at 
office@myoakwood.org to get signed up for our Senior Care Team.
Please share this information as much as possible. Forward it on in your email, post it on social media, text it to people, whatever you can do to get the word out. We are excited to see everyone online this weekend!

Keep the faith-
Eric Keller
Senior Minister
Oakwood Christian Church

March 14, 2020 4:24pm

Message from Eric Keller, Senior Minister

 

We want to communicate with you in light of current concerns in our world today. In the past 3 days, I’ve received 37 emails from businesses, ministries and para-church organizations in regards to their response to the outbreak of COVID 19, a.k.a. the Coronavirus.  We felt it prudent to let you know our plans here at Oakwood as well.  

First of all, let me say we hope to see you and your family at our Sunday services tomorrow, March 15, at 9:00AM or 10:30AM. As the Coronavirus situation continues to unfold, we want you to be assured we are committed to your health and safety while attending services and ministry programming here at Oakwood.  This situation remains very fluid and dynamic as you probably know. As a general rule, we plan to follow CDC guidelines as well as recommendations from the Oklahoma State Department of Health, the governor of Oklahoma, or anything from the Federal Government that effects the entire country.  While we do not want to overreact to the circumstances or create fear, we do want to protect all members and guests of the Oakwood family, particularly those who are dealing with age related health issues or have compromised immune systems. Our number one request is that you stay home if you have a temperature or feel sick in any way.  We encourage an abundance of caution at this time.

We have met as a staff, and contingency plans are now in place that include the following:

  • Hand sanitizer will be even more available at numerous places throughout our facility.

  • Our custodians are being extra vigilant in their cleaning and sanitizing efforts.

  • We are treating surfaces more often and with higher grade sanitation products.

  • All children's areas, classrooms, toys, etc., will be sanitized after each ministry program.

  • We are adjusting our options about how we take communion together.  This will be explained in services tomorrow.  We also want to assure everyone that we sanitize the communion trays after every use and have done so for years.

  • We are asking our greeting teams and our people in general to not shake hands for the next few weeks.  Try out the “air high five”!

  • We will continually look at areas of our church and make necessary adjustments for our health and safety in the weeks following.

  • We are prepared to offer online viewing of our services if the need arises.  

We understand that some of our families may travel over Spring Break and we want to ensure that our community is not placed at risk. For this reason, we point Oakwood members and guests toward CDC guidelines for travel as well as procedures for returning home. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Please continue to join us in prayer for our community, our country, and the world as this situation unfolds.  President Trump has declared tomorrow as a National Day of Prayer.  We will be praying in our services as well as throughout the day tomorrow.  Please join us in these efforts for prayer.  Remember these words:  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:4-7

If you know someone who is struggling with fear, worry, or anxiety over these circumstances, they may benefit from the series that we did this January and February together called, “Anxious for Nothing”.  Here’s the link to this series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWWjCVZE_-a-S6rhAGO31b2IHKvWuDSCE

Love to all of you in Christ Jesus!  Remember, we are always under God’s watchful care!

Keep the faith-

Eric Keller