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Regathering Plan (May 5th, 2020)

Dear Church Family,

 

I am excited to write this letter to you! This letter is to inform you of and detail for you our Regathering Plan for Trinity Baptist Church. Our time apart has been both informing and hard. It has informed us of the importance of Christian Community. We are designed by God to be together in Christ-centered fellowship. Without it, the living out of our faith grows increasingly difficult. That also means that being apart has been hard. Absence does make the heart grow fonder, and I hope that the absence from this body of believers has shown you and reminded you of how much you love this church family and how much you are loved by this church family.

 

Such a reminder of love and necessity should make us eager to be back together again! So, with God answering our prayer to bring us back together, the following tentative plan is how we will proceed. This plan is subject to change depending on either good or bad changes pertaining to COVID-19 and the safety of our Church Family.

 

We will begin to phase back into the normal life and ministries of our church beginning on May 17th. Every two weeks we will add something back into the routine. These additions will depend on how well the previous two weeks go. We will begin on May 17th with Sunday Morning Worship ONLY. There will be no Bible Study Groups, no breakfast and coffee, no nursery, and no Sunday Evening Studies. As things go well, in two weeks’ time, May 31st, we will add our Bible Study Groups back at 9:30am. This will include all Bible Study Groups. Zoom meetings throughout the week will continue until May 31st after which they may continue past that date as Group leaders desire. Zoom meetings could still be a good way for continued growth and encouragement. Next, during the week of June 3rd, we will add back our Wednesday Night Activities. This will include children ministries, youth ministries, and adult prayer times. Finally, our Sunday Night Studies will be resumed sometime in June.

 

Here is another way to put it:

  • May 17th – Sunday Morning Worship ONLY
  • May 31st – Add Bible Study Groups at 9:30am
  • June 3rd – Add Wednesday Night Activities
  • June TBD – Sunday Night Studies

 

All of these plans are subject to change. If things seem to be going well, then some dates may be moved up or combined. If things seem to go poorly or put people in serious jeopardy, then some things may be postponed. We will be continually evaluating and informing the church as to the progress of our Regathering Plan.

 

As Doug put it in our pastor meeting, we are trying to move quick enough, but also cautiously enough to care for all our members – those eager to be back and those with some concern or hesitancy. Please know, your pastors are working to develop a wise and God-honoring plan. We are not just making things up as we go. Please pray for God to continue to give us insight and discernment. Pray for all things to go smoothly. And please pray for us to be united in our patience and understanding as we navigate this process.

For the time being, we will follow our original procedures. I am including them below:

We are reminding you that it is very important for you to thoroughly wash your hands after contact or restroom use. Please use soap and warm water. Wash for 20 seconds. This is the best measure to keep yourself free from illness. 

We are limiting contact and exposure in every way we can:

    • The offering plate will not be passed around. Instead, a box will be designated at the entrance of our building for you to continue to give to the church.
    • We are asking that there be no handshakes, hugs, or unnecessary interaction. Please still be friendly and loving, just not touching.
    • We are asking that you do NOT touch or interact with babies or children in any way. Be mindful of concerned mothers and fathers, and of the vulnerability of babies to this and all illness.
    • We are asking that you be mindful of those who are older, more susceptible, and who have other health issues as you interact with them, sit next to them, or visit with them.  

We are asking that if you are sick or have been around someone who is sick that you please stay home. You may feel ok, but we do not want to pass our illness on to others.

    • This means that if you have any of the following issues/symptoms you should stay home: cough, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge of an uncommon color or nature, fever, or any other symptom of an illness. All individuals must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medication before returning.  
    • If you see someone get sick please inform one of the pastors immediately.
    • When sneezing or coughing, please do so into a Kleenex and them promptly throw the Kleenex into the trash. 

We have extra material to wipe down and clean all surfaces like door handles, counters, equipment, etc. There will be Kleenex available all throughout the auditorium. 

Please take advantage of using our hand sanitizer located at both entrances to the auditorium. Please do not use more than is necessary. One pump/squirt is plenty. 

We encourage each person to use their best judgement on whether or not they should attend.

 

We dearly love you all and have your safety and well-being, and the safety and well-being of your family and our entire church, in mind. Please remember, we are not medical experts. We are simply trying to make decisions off of the data and information given to us. Please never hesitate to reach out to us with further questions. We sincerely look forward to seeing you all again!


Gatherings

We will attempt to update and list our gatherings that are still planned or cancelled. 

  • Sunday, May 17th

    Sunday Morning Worship ONLY. Beginning at 10:40am. 

  • Sunday, May 24th

    Sunday Morning Worship ONLY. Beginning at 10:40am.


  • Sunday, May 31st. 

    Sunday Morning Bible Study Groups at 9:30am. Sunday Morning Worship at 10:40am. 

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Past Updates


Current Updates Regarding Future Services (March 19th, 2020)


As of March 19th a confirmed COVID-19 case has been located in Weatherford. According to Oklahoma State Department of Health officials and the Weatherford Daily News, the individual who tested positive was present at a funeral late last week on Thursday(March 12th). We are asking that ALL church members and attenders notify the church IMMEDIATELY if they were either at a local funeral on Thursday, have been in contact with someone who was at the funeral or who was ill, or who is feeling ill themselves. 


Currently, we have a few church members who might have been exposed and are therefore under self-quarantine. They are currently showing NO signs or symptoms of being ill. Please pray for them.


Because of this new outbreak, its local nature, and the potential exposure of some of our own, we will be canceling ALL foreseeable in-person gatherings until further notice. It is our hope that these cancelations will only last a few weeks. We will continue to monitor the spread f the virus very closely. Our concern is not fear because our God is in control. Our concern is for those most vulnerable among us and the spread of the virus throughout the whole community. 


Here are a few of the plans coming for the next several weeks:

  • We are actively working to post some form of our services online for the next several weeks. It is our desire to broadcast these services live. However, we will at least pre-record them and post them online for viewing. Videos will be posted both on the church's Facebook page and the church's website home page. 
  • Wednesday night prayer times will continue to meet via online video. 
  • Sunday night services will be canceled until further notice. 
  • Sunday School/Bible Study Groups will also be canceled until further notice. We encourage any group that is able to meet via online platforms for continued study and fellowship if they are able. 

Please continue to check back to this page for additional and updated information. Feel free to reach out with more questions. 


Remember, our God is always in control. And we have nothing to fear! We respond with faith instead of fear! However, we can love our God by loving our neighbor by doing what we can to help slow the spread of this Coronavirus. We do not want to over extend our health care system nor expose those who are in danger. 


Please pray diligently to our God for faith, protection, the stop of the virus' spread, all those working in health/emergency care, and that the gospel and God's glory would speed forth in these times!

Current Plans (March 17th, 2020)

ADDITION: March 18th, 2020

The City of Weatherford, Oklahoma has declared a state of emergency for the city. This declaration strongly discourages the meeting of any groups of 50 or more. This announcement will be require us to change the way we will be meeting as a church in the coming weeks. Please continue to check this page for more information and sign up for our text alerts by texting '@tbcwford' to 81010, follow our Facebook page, and reach out to us with concerns and questions. 


The Coronavirus pandemic, and the global, national, state, and county response, is changing by the hour. As of Sunday, Oklahoma has been placed under a state of emergency. As of Monday, Custer County has been placed under a state of emergency. Also on Monday, the Oklahoma State Board of Education closed all schools until April 6th. On Sunday the CDC gave a nationwide recommendation that no gatherings of 50+ people meet. On Monday, the White House asked that gatherings of 10+ not meet together. 

 

All of this means that we have several decisions to make as a church. We are not living in fear like the world around us because we know and trust our God! He is Ruler over all things, including COVID-19. However, we want to love our neighbor well and not put anyone in harm’s way. For certain individuals this virus is very dangerous. So, with that being said, we are adjusting our normal schedule for the next few weeks. God is our shield, but we are also playing our part to respect our fellow countrymen, and honor the requests of the government. This is one way that we might display the light of the gospel.

 

Other ways in which we want to be gospel lights in the world is by taking this opportunity to share hope and not fear. Point people to God. Avoid ridiculing others. Avoid downplaying someone else's real fears. Instead, love your neighbor by avoiding contact with those who are in the greatest danger. Love God by sharing His hope, sovereignty, and Lordship over all things. Most importantly, as you interact with others, take the time to focus on the gospel instead of the negative things around you. COVID-19 has become a great tool to tell people about salvation in Jesus!  

 

Here are some upcoming changes to our schedule. Make sure to prepare yourself accordingly. 


  • THIS WEDNESDAY – All activities will be cancelled. There is to be no one at the church property.

  • SUNDAY MONRINIG – To be determined. It is likely that we will not meet in person. However, if that is to happen, we will host online services via Facebook and possibly even our website.

  • SUNDAY EVENING – To be determined. It is likely that Sunday Evenings will be cancelled.


The next several weeks will change the way we do many things. Our goal is to be flexible, understanding, and still as devoted to Christ as ever.

 

Meeting online is less than desirable. The people of God should be together in person, and that is our goal and desire. However, we still want to care for those in our midst who are not as safe due to health issues and other factors. These changes are not permanent. They are only for a season.

 

During this season, let me remind you of a few practical things. First, continuing to give is still a form of worship. Giving can be done through mail or by delivering it in person. Second, though you may not see one another face to face, you should still continue to pray for the church. Third, utilize things like FaceTime, Zoom, or other technologies to interact over the phone or internet. Just because we aren’t meeting in person doesn’t mean we can’t carry on Christian fellowship in some form.

 

God has given us an opportunity to uniquely be the church and love our community. Let us take full advantage of it for the glory of our God!

 

You ought to think this way: "Very well, by God's decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely." – Martin Luther


ADDITION: March 18th, 2020

The City of Weatherford, Oklahoma has declared a state of emergency for the city. This declaration strongly discourages the meeting of any groups of 50 or more. This announcement will be require us to change the way we will be meeting as a church in the coming weeks. Please continue to check this page for more information and sign up for our text alerts by texting '@tbcwford' to 81010, follow our Facebook page, and reach out to us with concerns and questions. 



Current Plans (March 14th, 2020)

As many of you know and have seen all over the news and internet, our world is stricken with fear over a new virus called the Coronavirus; officially named COVID-19. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has labeled this current outbreak a global pandemic. The United States, along with many other countries, has declared a national emergency because of this virus. Currently, most travel is banned to the United States. Most states within the Union are under their own implemented emergencies. Corporations have closed, the economy is suffering, many universities and schools have moved the next few weeks to online learning (including SWOSU), and in most places large group gathers are encouraged not to meet. On top of this, there is much misinformation floating around leading to panic and confusion.

 

As the people of God, we have a unique perspective on the situation at hand. We know our God is sovereign. We know that He holds our futures. We trust in His good plan and providence. We know that we can have faith in God’s care for us. As the people of God, let us display this faith in our response to this current crisis. Let me encourage you to have no fear but to trust in God. COVID-19 might have surprised us, but it did not surprise God. The gospel change that has taken place in our lives means that we do not fear like the world who does not know God, but rather we display hope, confidence, and compassion.

 

That being said, many of you have wondered whether or not we will have our regular church gatherings and, if so, what we are doing to protect ourselves from the spread of illness. Let me outline some of the ways our church is currently handling the COVID-19 outbreak. 

 

  • Frist, there are no confirmed outbreaks in the Western Oklahoma area. That being said, there are not current restrictions in the Oklahoma area concerning meetings or gatherings. 
  • We do, as of now, plan to continue meeting together in our gatherings. We are monitoring the state, national, and global recommendations every day. If something is to change, we will send out a mass text. You may sign up for these texts by sending ‘@tbcwford” to 81010.
  • We are reminding you that it is very important for you to thoroughly wash your hands after contact or restroom use. Please use soap and warm water. Wash for 20 seconds. This is the best measure to keep yourself free from illness. 
  • We are limiting contact and exposure in everyway we can.
  • Coffee and breakfast will be served to you rather than letting each individual handle their own and risk the spread of germs.
  • The offering plate will not be passed around. Instead, a box will be designated at the entrance of our building for you to continue to give to the church.
  • We are asking that there be no handshakes, hugs, or unnecessary interaction. Please still be friendly and loving, just not touching.
  • We are asking that you do NOT touch or interact with babies or children in anyway. Be mindful of concerned mothers and fathers, and of the vulnerability of babies to this and all illness.
  • We are asking that you be mindful of those who are older, more susceptible, and who have other health issues as you interact with them, sit next to them, or visit with them.  
  • We are asking that if you are sick or have been around someone who is sick that you please stay home. You may feel ok, but we do not want to pass our illness on to others.
  • This means that if you have any of the following issues/symptoms you should stay home: cough, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal discharge of an uncommon color or nature, fever, or any other symptom of an illness. All individuals must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours without medication before returning.  
  • If you see someone get sick please inform one of the pastors immediately.
  • When sneezing or coughing, please do so into your elbow or into a Kleenex and them promptly throw the Kleenex into the trash. 
  • We have extra material to wipe down and clean all surfaces like door handles, counters, equipment, etc. There will be Kleenex available all throughout the auditorium. 
  • Please take advantage of using our hand sanitizer located at both entrances to the auditorium. Due to the outbreak, we have a limited quantity. Please do not use more than is necessary. One pump/squirt is plenty. 
  • If you would like to wipe down an area before you eat, sit down, or use it, please ask a pastor and we can provide you with a Clorox Wipe. 
  • We encourage each person to use their best judgement on whether or not they should attend.


 

The spread and issues of COVID-19 change hour by hour. We are monitoring all available sources of information to be prepared to make the changes we need to make. Let me reiterate, there are currently NO COVID-19 cases in Western Oklahoma. We are simply trying to help prevent the spread of potential illness and ease the nerves of people who are in fear. This is one way we are able to love our neighbor during this time.

 

We are committed to making sure we can do all within our power to keep people free from illness. We are also committed to encourage each other in the Lord. God has not given us a spirit of fear, instead He calls us to faith. If you find yourself panicking in these uncertain times, let us pray with you, and exhort you to trust in God and display the faith that the gospel brings about within us.