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

Oakwood is back with in-person worship services on Sundays at 9AM & 10:30AM!  We will still have live streaming online services available every Sunday at 9AM & 10:30AM for those that are not able to join us in person yet.  Church Online  

THANKSGIVING DINNER CANCELLED

COVID UPDATE

November 18, 2020  3:02pmm

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that this email finds you well.

Praise God for the wonderful work He is doing in our church!

This coming Sunday we will have 4 baptisms in 1st Service!  We are so excited that God is continuing to move in spite of anything this world can throw at us in 2020.  Take a moment and reflect on how good the Lord is!  He is worthy of our adoration and thoughts of affection, not just in November around Thanksgiving, but always.

I'm writing to let you know that after much prayer and consideration, we are going to cancel our All-Church Thanksgiving Dinner for this coming Sunday night.  Though we hate to miss this gathering, the elders feel it is prudent to try to support our community by doing our best trying not spread COVID-19 any faster than it is already spreading.  So we will not be doing our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner as a church this weekend.  So, you may be wondering, what are you going to do with all that food we purchased?  We are going to bless our community at Christmas time with it.  Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more information on that.  We have a unique ministry opportunity ahead of us and we will need your help.

I want to say thank you and commend everyone on their efforts to keep our church safe and healthy during this season. Thanks for helping our church movie forward in our mission to make fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ!

With the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, we are wanting to remind you of some precautions so we can keep meeting in person for services.  The best thing that we can all do is stay home if you are feeling sick in any way.  This isn't the time to take your cough and sniffle to church with you, or anywhere else for that matter.  Even if you are have the slightest symptoms, we encourage you to take the highest precautions.  Our staff and lay leaders are dedicated to doing the same as we serve the church.  Another good practice is to wash or sanitize your hands regularly.  Remember to try to keep physical distance in lobbies and services and when that is not possible it is suggested that you wear a mask.  I always have one in my pocket and put it on as needed.

I know that these things are frustrating to some.  But what is more frustrating to me is to have to cancel worship services and not being able to gather with our church family.  I also know that some people are just "over it".  I know that many people have already had it and are ready to move on with life as "normal".  Getting back there will still take a little time, but I anticipate that we will be there functionally in just a few months.  In the meantime we need to do our best to not live in fear, but to be wise about not spreading the virus and possibly contribute to overwhelming our healthcare system.  Stay upbeat and positive and do your part!  Shine the light of Christ into all of these situation and scenarios!  Pray and seek the Lord's direction and favor!  God can use COVID-19 for His glory believe it or not! 

Another way that you can help is to consider switching worship services to help us spread out just a bit more.  First service at 9AM has lots of room still available in it.  Second service is getting fuller though every other row is still closed.  It will help all of us and especially our guests that are coming if we can get some of you to attend first service, at least for a season.  We want you to continue to invite lost people to church.  We have new families every week.  So many people are more open to His presence in their lives right now.  But we need space for them when they do come.  Thank you for your help and consideration on that.  Giving up your comfort or preference for a season can have an eternal impact on someone's life!  Please consider it!

Church...God is going to get us through this season.  Just trust and have faith in Him.  And remember to be thankful for His love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, and sovereignty over our lives and circumstances.  If you ever have a ministry need, please reach out and let us know.  Call the church office at 580-233-1225 and let our staff and elders and deacons minister to you and encourage you in your time of need.  God's church is always open!
I leave you with this passage from Sunday's message: Philippians 4:4-7  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.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

SERVICES CANCELLED

WED (7/1) & SUN (7/5)

July 1, 2020  9:54am

Dear Church Family,
 

During this time of Covid 19 crisis we have all had to learn to make some quick adjustments and changes in how we go about our everyday lives.  I need to let you know of a change in plans that will effect our Wednesday night events (tonight July 1) and also this coming Sunday July 5th.  
 

One of our staff has tested positive for Covid-19 and through normal interaction the rest of the church staff has been exposed to the virus as well.  This person is doing well and only experiencing some mild symptoms.   As a precaution all church staff will be tested to make sure it hasn’t spread past the one staff member.  Because we value the safety of all of the Oakwood family, we have made the decision as a precaution to cancel both Wednesday night and this coming Sunday morning service.  We will have church online again so you can watch either through the church website, the app or Facebook.  
 

As we deal with this situation that we had not anticipated, please pray for our positive staff member, and that it hasn’t spread past the one person.  Continue to pray for the eradication of this virus.  And please pray for us, your church leadership.  None of our decisions are made lightly or quickly. We are disappointed to have to cancel this week, but it is out of a heightened sense of caution that we show care for as many people associated with our church as possible.
  
 And yet, through all of this unprecedented season, we are seeing how you continue to stay on mission by making a difference in your areas of influence. We are still seeing decisions for Christ and eternal destinations being changed.  Keep pointing people to Jesus.  For some, they are more open now than they have ever been to hear The Gospel.  Make the most of this opportunity.    Be bold and be the church.
 

Alan Seibel
 

Associate Pastor
 

P.S.  None of this will effect Pastor Eric’s sabbatical, so please pray for him and his time away from the duties of the ministry to refresh and recharge.  

 

 

REOPENING UPDATE

May 15, 2020  12:33pm

Two weeks ago, Oakwood reopened our doors for in person services. We are continuing to monitor the situation in Enid to determine any necessary changes. We encourage you to make the best choice for your family's health, as you consider attending in person or continuing to worship at Oakwood.Church online.

Enid’s Mayor, George Pankonin, announced on Tuesday that our families are no longer required to keep children with their parents in church.  However, Oakwood Kids is going to continue with our original plan to NOT meet in person until June. At this time, we don’t have the necessary kid’s ministry volunteers to begin meeting. We hope to be able to meet again soon. Our plan is to open Oakwood Kids and Student Ministry again beginning in June. Your entire family is welcome to attend church in person with us every week. If you are unable to join us, we have a second option for you. We have provided kid's worship kits that you can pick up on Friday through Sunday, outside the west canopy entrance. 

OAC REOPENING PLAN
April 28, 2020 3:04pm

 

The Activity Center will open on May 4th to members only.
Maximum occupancy - 30 members
Members will be required to follow social distancing guidelines 
All equipment must be disinfected before and after use.
Members under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
No guests can use the activity center for the month of May. 

Please continue to shelter in place if you are over 65 or part of a vulnerable population.
If you have been and are exhibiting any sickness, please stay home.
Examples: Fever, Coughing, etc.

Hours of operation for the month of May: 
M, T, Th & F from 7 AM to 7 PM
W from 7 AM to 5 PM
S from 8 AM to 12 PM

Available Equipment and Areas
Cardio area (every other machine)
Weight room (4-person limit/6 feet apart)
Indoor track  (8-person limit/6 feet apart)  
Cybex room (4-person limit/6 feet apart) 

Unavailable Equipment and Area (until June 1) 
Towel service
Lobby/self-service coffee
Locker rooms
Downstairs gym and racquetball courts
Sports programs 
Tiny Town  
 


April 28, 2020 at 9:15am

 

Reopening Plan for Oakwood

 

Below are Oakwood Christian Church’s plans for reopening the church for live, in person gatherings.  Please note that God’s Church is never “closed”.  We have just been challenged to step up and minister in new and innovative ways.  I’m proud of our team as we have continued to minister to both those inside and outside of the church family in these last 6 weeks of isolation.  The plan below outlines our way forward.  All of our plans remain fluid and may be subject to change as we continue to monitor local, state, and federal government recommendations and emergency orders.  Sometimes, new data means that we need to adjust.  The last thing we want, or anyone wants for that matter, is to be a place where illness is spread.  As Christians, we are called to follow our government authorities.

 

Romans 13:1-2  Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  

 

We plan to honor their guidelines as much as possible and support our civil authorities in the best and most positive way.  Here is Oakwood’s 3 phased plan: 

Phase 1 (Beginning Sunday, May 3rd, 2020)

 

Sunday worship services only.  

 

Starting May 3rd, we will have two Worship services at 9am & 10:30am on campus.  Sunday School classes will not begin until June 7, 2020. There will be no children’s church or staffed nursery for May, however, the infant nursery will be available for any who need to change a diaper or soothe their own infant or toddler.  A TV monitor is available in the nursery to keep up with the services in progress.  For Children’s Ministry we will offer children's bulletins for both services in the back of the sanctuary, and we will offer worship @ home kits for the month of May for those who choose to stay home.  The kits will be available for pickup every Friday by noon under the front canopy.
 
New operating procedures on campus:

 

Greeters will open all entrance doors and breezeway doors for touchless entry into our facility from 20 minutes before services till 10 minutes after services start.  Though you may still be greeted by our greeting ministry, this will remain touchless for May.  (Air high 5’s and hugs are awesome!)

Signs at every entrance will state, "If you or any family member with you is sick in any way, please return home and enjoy church online with us!”

At every entrance to the building we will have hand sanitizer and masks available for anyone that wants or needs them.  While we will not require masks to be worn, we do encourage them in situations where social distancing cannot be practiced fully.  If you have a mask already, please bring it with you.  The masks at the doors are for those who do not currently have one.  Thanks to His Quilters for making these masks for our church and so many others in our community!

Families or friends who came together are encouraged to sit together during worship services in the sanctuary, but otherwise we will encourage people to spread throughout the sanctuary.  Every other pew will be closed off to allow for more distancing from front to back.  We will adjust this as needed so everyone can have a seat.  Please be patient with this process.  We will consider plans for a 3rd worship service time if we cannot accommodate everyone comfortably.

We encourage the physically frail, those with pre-existing health conditions (no matter what age), those who are sick, or those who are uncomfortable with attending to please remain at home at this time.  The Governor’s recommendation is for those 65 or over and for anyone who is immune-suppressed to stay at home.  This recommendation was extended until May 6, a week past the original date of April 30.

Bulletins and individual communion cups will be passed out at the doors of the sanctuary by our door greeters.  Door greeters will be wearing gloves to pass out those items.

Lock boxes are located at the back of the sanctuary by each set of doors for tithes and offerings to be collected.  Please remember that you can also give online as always.

Online services will still be aired at 9am and 10:30am each and every week going forward.  The best way to access our services is by hitting the "Go Live" link at the top of our home page on our website oakwood.church.  You can also click on the Watch Oakwood Online link in our app.

All common areas will be cleaned and sanitized during and/or between services.  This includes bathrooms, nursery, and pew backs in sanctuary where common touches occur.

Phase 2 (Beginning June 1, 2020)

 

We will still observe whatever guidelines are updated during this time and adapt accordingly.  If everything continues to go well, we anticipate that we’ll do the following:  

 

Planning for VBS to happen at the end of July.

   

Other necessary ministry planning and equipping meetings can resume.

 

Connect groups will resume meetings on or off campus but meeting times, dates, and places will be left up to each group and their leaders.

Wednesday night adult groups, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry will begin meeting again on campus when applicable with summer ministry scheduling.  

 

All of children’s ministry will reopen for Sunday morning Children’s Church for both services.  Children’s Ministry staff will have some new guidelines and procedures in place to protect our children and our volunteers who teach them.

 

Sunday School classes will resume meeting again.

 

Phase 3 (Beginning July 1st, 2020)

 

Church will be up and running as the new normal.  We will make further adjustments to operations as needed.  Will be proceeding toward fall kick-offs and the fall ministry season.

April 23, 2020 at 5:18pm

Based on Governor Stitt's orders this week, we are excited at the possibility of moving toward returning to church again in May. We are waiting on city officials before officially making that decision. We will let everyone know once its official. We are working on what church will look like when we return and implementing guidelines to help us all stay safe. We'll continue to keep you updated as we receive updates.

April 16, 2020 at 11:00am

We know this isn’t the 2020 any of us had in mind. Navigating what church looks like during a pandemic has been a challenge, but we find hope in seeking our faithful God and knowing that nothing can cancel the Church.  Worship looks a little different right now but we will be back together again. I know you’re facing disappointment, grief, and other difficulties in this season too, but we’re all in this together and we’re here for you.

 

Our church leadership is praying continuously and trusting God. We encourage you to do the same. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns. 

 

If you have financial, physical, or other needs right now, please click here to let us know.

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