5/22/2020 Update:

#VillageBereans,

I’m excited to have some people back in the most beautiful sanctuary in OKC!

Tomorrow at 10:30am we will start our service and Livestream. For the people who made a reservation, you will be able to enter the church starting at 10am.

We will have volunteers in place to tell you where to go and what to do. The most important thing to remember in approaching and entering the church campus is, of course, a mindset of social distancing. We have set the distance at approximately 10ft and we ask that you rigidly adhere to this distance the whole time to insure that we maintain our safety protocols. (Families and couples can stand/sit close-together.)

*A few reminders: please use the restroom before you come (bathrooms will be limited), when you come in the building there is no need for you to touch anything (no bulletins, no touching other surfaces), you will keep your mask on entering and leaving the building (if you desire you may remove your mask only when the service starts), the only entrance is the Welcome Center on the northside, the only exit is the back of the sanctuary facing May.

The Online Livestream will still be available moving forward through Facebook Live staring at 10:30am. We will not be doing Park&Pray to insure that we will be fully ready to receive people.

Let’s get prayed up! We’re the #VillageBereans—TextDriven Disciplemakers Reaching OKC & Beyond for the Glory and Fame of JESUS!

I love each and every one of you and I’m stoked to see you!

Blessings.

For the Fame of Jesus,

Bro. Ryan

Dr. RA Redwine, Ph.D.

Lead Undershepherd

Village Baptist OKC

 
5/14/2020 Update:

#VillageBereans,

I regret to inform you that we will not be able to launch our in-person gathering this Sunday May 17th as deemed by the Village Baptist OKC church council. We will push back our first in-person gathering to Sunday May 24th. The service and Livestream will start at 10:30am.

One of the key facets of enacting our plan to receive membership and/or guests was to do temperature scans with thermometer guns. Using thermometer guns allow us to assess and detect anyone who might potentially exhibit a fever, which is one symptom (among others) of the virus. The most important function of the thermometer gun, along with temperature detection, is that it allows the user and scanee to maintain a safe distance for the scan. Our order was placed for thermometer guns several weeks ago and we have not received them.

I was very excited to meet in-person this coming Sunday, but the good thing is that there is no reason for us to rush and force our way into having an in-person gathering if one of the most important protocols cannot be followed. In this whole virus scenario and above all else, my primary aim along with church leadership has been (and will remain) your safety and the personal safety of your family, and ultimately our church family.

Moreover, the church leadership and I feel strongly that we have a good plan in place to promote the proper self-distancing (and then some) which creates a safe and healthy worship environment. We do not want to take one small chance of undermining our detailed plan for in-person gathering.

This Sunday May 17th, we will be doing our Livestream on Facebook Live just as we have been with only one difference—we will start at 10:30am. We still will do Park&Pray this week at 9:45am and invite any who have not attended to this sweet time of corporate prayer. We even sing a bit!

My heart is heavy. I long for the day when we are back together in-person. That day is coming soon. It will be a process, for sure. But I’m ready to get it started. Please join me in constant prayer that our Risen Lord Jesus Christ is glorified above all else as we move forward.  I love each and every one of you. I’m praying for you. I will see you soon. 

Blessings.

For the Fame of Jesus,

Bro. Ryan

Dr. RA Redwine, Ph.D.

Lead Undershepherd

Village Baptist OKC

 
5/7/2020 Update:

#VillageBereans,

Just a note to say that the Staff and I are praying for you. I’m personally praying Colossians 4:2 over our Village Baptist OKC Family today: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.”

We miss you and are excited about our first in-person gathering two Sundays from now on Sunday May 17th. We feel confident that we have a solid plan in place to maintain your safety. As we have said, your safety and the safety of your family is the most important thing to us. Make sure that you personally are making decisions in-line with Governor Stitt’s Phases (attached). As businesses open back up in the public, we will be watchful to see any potential resurgence of the virus. As we get closer to the 17th, we will be sending out several helpful and informative emails that will assist in educating attendees to the in-person gathering about meeting the proper protocols. Church leadership and I are doing several walk-throughs to make sure we have the detailed steps in place for when you arrive.

Also, when you have a chance, take a moment to send an email, a text, or a personal note to Steve and Sue Damlo and Yugenia, Jenna, Toni, and Gia Ibarra. They have done such an awesome job the last several weeks with the Food Ministry, in preparation, organization, and distribution. Their hard work for you and our #VillageBereans membership makes me proud to be their pastor as we have seen so many of you blessed and encouraged by receiving a warm meal with a warm smile.

Finally, keep an eye each week for our new #VillageBereansBroadcast newsletter. Jeremiah, Rachel, and I have written the letter the last few weeks, and Allen and Steve are up in the weeks forthcoming. It’s very important that we as a Staff, both ministerial and admin, stay in touch with you through emails, phone calls, texts, Facebook Live, etc. Are you making calls to fellow church members—those in your Sunday School, Bible study groups, etc.? Let’s all continue to work on making our calls and staying in touch! Something as simple as calling someone and asking them how they are doing and then praying over them can be such an encouragement.

I sure do appreciate all of you. Please do not hesitate to let me know how I, the Staff, and the Deacons can serve you in any way. Let’s get prayed up for our Online Community Livestream for Sunday!

Blessings.

For the Fame of Jesus,

Bro. Ryan

Dr. RA Redwine, Ph.D.

Lead Undershepherd

Village Baptist OKC

 
4/30/2020 Update:
#VillageBereans, I pray that you are having a wonderful start to your day. The Scriptures say “I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words” (Psalm 119:147). And it is always a good day to rise and cry out to, pray, and call on the Sovereign Name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I had a good and productive meeting with the Village Baptist OKC Church Council last night and they felt led of the Spirit that we should push back our first in-person gathering until Sunday May 17th. The situation is very fluid. The May 17th date may be pushed back if we have different information in a week or two. As of right now, I think it is wise to meet on May 17th for a number of reasons:

*this is in-line with staying a bit behind Gov. Stitt’s Phase 1 Timeline (attached)

*with the availability of our Online Community and Livestream we do not have to force a quick return

*we will have more time to evaluate and detect if there has been a resurgence of the virus within the public

*we will have more time to communicate clearly our comprehensive plan for the in-person gathering

*we will continue to watch other sister churches in our community and monitor their dates/plans

Also, when we do get back together there will be several points of protocol that all of us will be following so as to continue to safely self-distance before entering, entering the building, and exiting the building. Church leaders and I have come up with an executable plan that meets safety requirements (in fact, it goes beyond the prescribed safety self-distance of 6ft to 10ft).

In the meantime, we ask you to continue to pray with us. We absolutely do miss you but more time allows us to evaluate the situation and make sure that you and your family are safe, which is my and the church leadership’s top priority. (Here is a link to the current CDC guidelines of symptoms: cough and shortness of breath are the primary indicators along with an array/combo of other symptoms. Check it out and continue to evaluate your health and your family: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

Also, don’t forget to continue to check-in and join our Online Community @VillageBaptistOKC on Facebook or use our handy-dandy website www.vbcokc.org and peruse it and pass it along to others so they can learn more about our wonderful church!

If I can serve you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me. Love y’all!

Have a blessed day in the Lord, Brothers & Sisters!

For the Fame of Jesus,

Bro. Ryan

4/28/2020 Update:
#VillageBereans! We sure do miss you. Just a quick update regarding our future in-person gatherings. The possible May 10th in-person gathering is not set in stone by any means. Some of our leadership is meeting the next few days to determine if we want to suspend in-person gathering a little bit longer.

We want to be clear in our communication that our utmost priority is your safety and the safety of your families. As you know, our governor, Governor Stitt, handed down several directives through Phase 1, 2, and 3. We will adhere to these phases and most likely even be a bit more cautious as we evaluate if there is a resurgence of the spread of the virus in the next several weeks and month. Hence, in Phase 1 (roughly early May to mid May) any elderly, children, and immuno-compromised are not allowed to return to in-person gatherings whether at church or in the public.

We will most likely extend Phase 1 precautions by at least a week or two (maybe more). We will be watching other churches in our community and across OKC to see what they are doing/deciding too. We will not be the “lone wolf” and calling for in-person gathering if other churches are not deciding to gather in-person. That gives you an idea of our thought process and how we will approach the reestablishment of in-person gatherings.

Again, we sure do miss you and love you. I’ve received several sweet messages of encouragement thanking me for the sermon on Sunday. I’m so blessed to hear that our people are being edified by the Holy Spirit as I preach His inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word. (I posted the sermon outline below for you in case you didn’t get all of it on Sunday.)

I can’t tell you how thankful I am for every one of you! I’m blessed to be your undershepherd.

Blessings.

For the Fame of Jesus,

Bro. Ryan

“Be A Heresy Hunter” from Acts 21:-1-26.

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1. Anti-Heretic: Living a
GOD-CENTERED life. (Acts 21:15-19)

2. Anti-Heretic: Living a
GOSPEL-CENTERED life. (Acts 21:20-24)

3. Anti-Heretic: Living a
GRACIOUS-CENTERED life. (Acts 21:25-26)

 
4/21/2020 Update: 
With the President’s allowance of states to decide when to slowly lift gathering restrictions, it appears we may have the opportunity to have an in-person church-wide celebration service on Sunday May 10. This is a tentative return date and we will let you know for sure as the date gets closer. We will continue to adhere to and monitor our Governor’s directives as information comes available. In the meantime, please pray for Dr. Redwine, staff, and church leadership as they are meeting together and thinking through all scenarios for our future gathering. We know it will happen soon enough! The Ministerial Staff and the Admin Staff want you to know that we are still working diligently behind the scenes and some outreach opportunities and more ministry initiatives have presented themselves as a result of this virus. Join us in praying against the spread of this virus and that lives will be saved as a result of needed physical distancing and precautions. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use us to serve our #VillageBerean community as well as reach outside of our own local church family to bless our community. Let’s pray, pray, pray! We miss you and love you.
 
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.
 
3/16/2020 Update:
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