UPDATE: Thursday, March 19
The COVID19 virus is on people’s hearts and minds, and rightly so. The significant impact on the health and economy of our communities is apparent. As we continue to monitor COVID-19, and as we receive new information and recommendations for how we are all to move forward, we ask you to join our staff and our church leadership as we seek God’s wisdom in how to move forward as a church during this time.
We know that there will be many difficult decisions that will need to be made regarding our services and activities in the days ahead. We want to take a minute and let you know where we are at currently, and how we plan to make these decisions moving forward.
– First, we will pray, pray, pray, and then pray some more. We want our first line of direction coming from above.
– Decisions that are made will be based on extensive prayer, factual information, recommendations from health care professionals, and counsel with church leadership. They will not be based on speculation, fear, or misinformation.
– Not everyone will agree with the decisions that are made, but we ask that everyone respond with grace, patience, and understanding. We may not all agree, but we will still be united in Christ during this time.
As we have begun to come to grips with all that is going on in the world, it is clear that we have some very unique challenges and difficult decisions for every individual, family, and for our church leadership. After much prayer, our deacons and staff met tonight and made a very tough choice.
- ALL ON CAMPUS SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS (MARCH 19th – APRIL 1st) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET FOR ONLINE SERVICES (VIA OUR WEBSITE). BOTH OUR 8:15 AND 10:45 SERVICES WILL BEGIN AT THEIR NORMAL TIME; YOU CAN ALSO WATCH ANY TIME AFTER THAT AS WELL.
This was not an easy decision to come to, but we truly appreciate the hearts of our deacons as they seek to protect those who are most vulnerable among us. But as we discussed in our meeting, the church is the people of God, not the building where they meet. At the end of the two weeks, our leadership will re-evaluate the situation and where things stand in regard to the coronavirus, and we will make decisions for the next few weeks at that point.
1. Moving forward in faith – We first want to center our response by relying on God and His Word. God is in control. We trust Him, and our faith is in Him through all seasons of life. Psalm 56:3 guides us: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.” As we continue to seek God, we ask that you continue to support the fellowship of believers by:
- Staying connected online and making a commitment to continue to gather for online services (via our website). Both our 8:15 and 10:45 services will begin at their normal time; you can also watch any time after that as well.
- Praying. Continue to pray that this season in our lives will help refine our faith in the Lord, strengthen our relationships with one another, and ultimately give opportunity for hope in the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to flourish. Pray that the Lord will use us amid this crisis to be ambassadors of the Gospel. Remember, we are His image-bearers, demonstrating His love and grace!
- Continuing to be faithful in giving. You can give your tithes and offerings online at waterlooroad.org thru our website or by texting “GIVE” to 405-467-2323.
- Staying connected through Facebook Groups, emails, calls and texts with your Sunday School class.
- Caring for our senior adults. Calling and emailing to stay connected will be very important. If someone needs assistance with necessities, please call the church office at 405-341-9024.
2. Safety precautions – We want to practice safety precautions and everyday preventive actions as outlined by the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO):
We are continuing efforts to keep our building and surfaces clean and sanitized.
3. Church Office – We will instruct you regarding any WRBC cancellations via email, our website and social media.
- Expect to see a lot more communication from the church office. Please be sure to pay attention to emails, texts, etc. as they will contain important information that you will want to know.
Our Church Offices will remain open for you to call and email us. We are limiting those allowed into the building to Staff and cleaning crew. Contact us at 405-341-9024.
4. Hospital/Pastoral visitation – We are committed to providing meaningful pastoral care to those in need. We will, however, adjust our methods to do this primarily through phone calls, texts, and emails. We are limiting personal visits in order to protect everyone from any virus or illness. Please continue sharing prayer needs by calling the church office (405-341-9024) or emailing [email protected].
UPDATE: Sunday, March 15
If you choose to stay home this morning, don’t forget you can worship with us online! Just go to www.waterlooroad.org/live to join either the 8:15 Classic Worship Service or the 10:45 Modern Worship Service.
UPDATE: Saturday, March 14
Good afternoon, brothers and sisters! Your church staff has been hard at work preparing our response to the Coronavirus. In the coming days, we will continue to make adjustments as needed in order to keep our church family and community safe. We will keep you informed of our plans via these emails, our website, and social media.
Specifically regarding tomorrow’s services, here are a few things you need to know:
1. We encourage anyone whose immune system may be compromised, or anyone who feels sick at all, to please stay home in order to minimize the spread of any sickness.
2. We will forego our normal Greeting Time and ask that everyone refrain from handshakes, hugs, and close contact.
3. We will not pass the offering plates. Instead, we encourage you to give tithes & offerings in one of the tall Black Boxes found in the Lobby or the West hallway outside the Worship Center. Online giving is also an option, as found on our website at www.waterlooroad.org/giving
4. Regarding our coffee/donut fellowship time: – Donuts will be served individually in order to minimize the number of people who potentially touch the food. – Please use caution with the coffee. Only use the provided disposable cups (don’t bring cups from home) and use a new/clean cup for every refill. – Obviously, you’re free to brew a cup of your favorite specialty java at home and bring it with you!
5. Parents: we will have designated helpers at each check-in station, again to minimize the number of people touching the check-in keyboards/surfaces.
Your staff is committed to keeping everyone safe while still ministering to the needs of our community. Thank you for continuing to pray for wisdom as we make difficult decisions.
In the meantime, thank you for continuing to:
- Pray. Continue to pray that this season in our lives will help refine our faith in the Lord, strengthen our relationships with one another, and ultimately give opportunity for the our hope in the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to flourish.
- Be faithful in giving. You can give your tithes and offerings online anytime at www.waterlooroad.org/giving
- Stay connected through emails, calls and texts with your Sunday school class and the church at large, especially our senior adults and those affected by the virus the coming days.
The WRBC staff is closely monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our state. It is our desire that our church family remains safe and healthy while going about the Kingdom work to which God has called us. We will keep you informed regarding our response and ways you can help.
Here are some of the things we do as standard practice to ensure a virus-free environment :
- Common areas are frequently cleaned, including fogging large areas with an anti-bacterial/anti-viral agent.
- Toys, equipment, and surfaces in the Preschool/Children’s Wing are regularly cleaned and disinfected.
- We will encourage you to choose an alternate form of greeting one another during the Welcome Time in our worship services.
What should you be doing?
- Pray for the containment of the virus, the emergence of effective treatments, the minimization of its impact throughout the world, and for wisdom for the WRBC team in being prepared for activities in the building.
- Wash your hands FREQUENTLY.
- Be careful when handling common utensils, coffee pots, donut trays, etc.
- Don’t be afraid! Be smart, be diligent, and trust God! As Psalm 56:3 encourages us, “when I am afraid I put my trust in You.”
- The Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization recommend the following measures: