*Updated March 18, 2020
"God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment”
2 Timothy 1:7
While the COVID-19 situation is rapidly changing around us, the verse above remains a constant Truth. We must remain steadfast in our Faith and Trust in our ever-present God.
Much has changed in the last few days, and I’m certain much more will change in the coming weeks. In response, I do want to give everyone an update on where we are as a Church, and how we are responding.
Our Church is still very much alive and functioning. Thankfully, our Church is not the building in which we gather, but rather is the people God is working in here. That being said, we have cancelled all physical gatherings here at Church for the time being. This includes our Sunday gatherings, our Wednesday evening gatherings, and all other scheduled events. We don’t know how long this will need to be the case, but for the time being, we are following recommendations from the CDC and local governing bodies and forgoing all physical gatherings.
In light of this drastic change, we are working hard to keep our Church connected during this time. We will be streaming our Sunday Service at 10:30am this Sunday Morning. I would ask that all of you use this as an opportunity to gather with your family and join in with the rest of the Church by worshipping together and listening to the message together. That being said, this is a huge step for our staff and leaders, so please be patient as we work out the kinks of the most radical change our Church has undergone. As the weekend approaches, we will pass on all the information you need to join with us virtually.
Also, we are putting together a Church care network in order to make sure we are all being taken care of in the midst of this turmoil and uncertainty. As this develops, we will keep you all in the loop. In the meantime, if you need someone to bring groceries, pick up medication, or just check in and pray with you, please let the Church office know (firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-478-1652).
Several months ago, we had a series called, “Be the Church”. As I said earlier, our Church is not the building in which we gather, but rather is the people that God has brought together here at Cross Timbers. I will greatly miss being physically present with each of you this coming Sunday, but know that we are still functioning as a Church. We can pray for each other and we can check in on each other. We can call, email, and text encouragement to each other. We are still going to Be the Church in the midst of this.
One last note: although we are not physically together, we are still very much in need of your support. We need financial giving to continue, because we are already having to find additional funds to meet additional needs during this crisis. You can mail a check to the office (4201 E. Memorial Rd, Edmond, OK 73034) or give online at: http://timbers.church/donate We are also in great need of your prayers. There are many decisions we must make, and we need wisdom and discernment as we do.
It’s only been a few days, but I can’t wait to be together once again. But until then, thank you for Being the Church!
Blessings, Pastor Jeremy Jordan