sunday morning April 12th
"As the new coronavirus continues to spread, state and local governments are shutting down schools and businesses and setting limits on the sizes of public gatherings. The latest recommendation announced Monday by the federal government to promote social distancing and limit the transmission of the coronavirus: no more than 10 people in one place."
-New york times
after meeting and praying about gatherings at oasis, the staff and elders have agreed and decided to follow the recommendation of the federal government and cancel in-person gatherings and meet online. we will hold online services on sunday mornings at 9am & 10:30am for the foreseeable future. we will continue to give you updates here and on social media.
if you are an older adult or have underlying health issues and it is unwise for you to get out of your house, please reach out to us through email: firstname.lastname@example.org
we have a team willing to run and grab your medication, some groceries or other items you absolutely need.
Hey, Oasis Church family!
One of the most frustrating, if not frightening, things we deal with as humans is uncertainty. Will that hurricane come this way? Will I pass my test? Is the state trooper going to pull me over?
My family faced a great deal of uncertainty this past week when we found out our son, Brandon, was in heart failure and nearly died. The most difficult moments of our life have been since last Friday when Brandon was airlifted to Orlando. Watching and waiting while he was on a ventilator was simply awful. The sense of helplessness would have been overwhelming if not for the absolute assurance that Jesus was in control of the whole situation. We didn’t know what the outcome would be, but we knew that He did, and that gave us hope in our darkest moments. But the fact remained—the whole situation was completely out of our hands. When choice is taken away from us, it’s just plain scary.
That’s why we want you to know that Oasis Church has plans in place for how we can still worship and draw near to God’s Word even if we don’t gather in person. We have not made the decision to cancel any services yet. We understand, however, that some people may not be comfortable gathering together right now. Since Brandon is still in heart failure, my family won’t be there this week because we can’t risk him (or us) contracting anything. I’ll be preaching at Oasis Sunday morning, but it will be by video. Some of you may likewise have some of the specified high-risk markers we are all being warned about. Or maybe you’re just unsure. If so, please feel free to stay home. Think maybe you’re coming down with something? Stay home. You won’t miss a thing.
We already have our live broadcasts of the worship service every Sunday morning on the Oasis Facebook page. In the event of the cancellation of Sunday services at any point, we will still have a live broadcast at 9:00 am on Sundays for you to tune in to on the Oasis Facebook page. Jordan will lead in a couple of songs, then I’ll be teaching from the Scriptures. One thing that we’ll be doing differently during that time is giving you the chance to ask questions about the subject matter that day and I will be able to answer them during the service.
COVID-19 is certainly making things challenging for everyone, to say the least, but it’s like I always say—the church isn’t a building, it’s a body. And we are the church, whether we’re together in person or online. We will continue to be here for one another, encouraging and uplifting one another and pointing others to the one who is the true Hope—Jesus Christ.
Love you all!