4/3/2020 Update:  Given the directives to extend the physical/self-distancing protocol by President Trump and medical professionals, we will continue to adhere to gathering guidelines through the end of April. Any other information that comes available regarding gathering procedures we will update here and on our group site www.facebook.com/VillageBaptistOKC.
Dear Brothers & Sisters In Christ,
With the onset of this virus moving through the population, the Leadership Team and I have had to make some difficult decisions regarding our gatherings. Initially, we considered having several small services in succession on Sunday mornings moving forward. However, with the President’s directive that public gatherings be limited to ten or less individuals that changed our strategy. Hence, effective immediately all gatherings at Village Baptist OKC, including Wednesday activities and Sunday activities, have been temporarily suspended as we continue to monitor the spread of Covid19. Hopefully, with thoughtful social distancing we will contribute to the elimination of the virus’s spread and its negative impact on countless lives, especially our Senior Adults and any young or old who might be immunocompromised.My job as the undershepherd is to take care of the sheep; after praying extensively about this situation, I believe the Holy Spirit is leading me and us to take these precautions.
For the next several weeksfrom Sunday March 22nd to Sunday April 5thwe will be streaming online via Facebook Live on Sunday mornings at our normal start time of 10:15am. (If you are unaware how to use Facebook Live please call the church at (405) 7511951 and we will talk you through the setup.) Also, we will make CD copies of our live stream for any who may not be on Facebook. If you would like a CD copy of the live stream please call the church and we will coordinate either a Deacon or one of the Ministerial Staff to drop it off at your home. After Sunday April 5th, in conjunction with directives from our local government and OKC Public Schools, we will evaluate our options for gathering moving forward.  In the meantime, we ask that you make a commitment to join us for online streaming at 10:15am on Sunday mornings. Moreover, we will be memorizing 2 Timothy 1:7 together: “For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”Along with memorizing 2 Timothy 1:7, our churchwide discipleship initiative will continue as we study the Book of 2 Timothy together via online portals such as the Village Baptist OKC group site on Facebook as well as email blasts to our membership.
A few other things to remember: 1) Please continue to be faithful in your giving. You can give online at our website:https://www.vbcokc.org/give/. Also, if you do not wish to give your tithes/offerings online you may send it in the mail or bring it by the church. 2) The Properties Committee and Steve are still in need of assistance in cleaning out certain rooms/areas of the MAC and/or the church. Please call and schedule a time to help with the cleanout. 3) For the next several weeks, we will have someone at the church from 9am1pm Monday thru Thursday if you need to get into the church to do anything. Please remember that if you do come to the church to work, etc. that it’s important to help the Leadership Team disinfect areas after use. 4) Most of all, as the Village Bereans, let us join in prayer. Our Lord does mighty and wonderful things when His people corporately pray together and seek His face. I am not anxious or fearful because I know our God holds tomorrow. To Him be the glory forever! I love each and every one of you!
For the Fame of Jesus,
Dr. RA Redwine, Ph.D.
Lead Undershepherd
Village Baptist OKC