Schedule Closings

OAPC ACTIVITES SUSPENDED beginning Monday, March 16 and ending Monday, March 30

 

All Programs, Meetings, Music Rehearsals, and Worship Services

 

Dear OAPC,

 

We are trying to keep everyone informed and over-informed about OAPC’s response to the coronavirus. 

 

By special vote, the Session of Oakland Avenue has suspended all programs, meetings, music rehearsals, and worship services for two weeks, beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16, and ending Monday, March 30.

 

Youth Group has already been cancelled for tonight, Sunday, March 15.

 

Before Monday, March 30, Session will reassess if the suspension should go longer.

 

The Worship Committee will work with staff to make sure some kind of worship services are available for Sunday, which may include alternatives like live-streaming, a YouTube video, and/or resources for worship at home.

 

This Suspension includes TOW, the TOW meal, and the Great Day of Service.  All programs will be shut down.  Elders, leaders, and staff will evaluate as the suspension progresses.

 

Outside groups that meet in the Student Center, like Alcoholics Anonymous, will be strongly encouraged to cancel meetings, or if they do meet, to disinfect the premises thoroughly.

 

Many, many other churches have done the same.  At 4pm, the Governor of SC closed public schools for two weeks.  We often follow closings from these groups.

 

Rev. Summey is already brainstorming ways to care for our older and infirm folks.

 

Many have expressed concern for our older brothers and sisters, who may not receive email.  The pastors have already discussed this, and are preparing a plan.

 

Clearly, elders and staff will be in contact throughout this time, and if there are any drastic changes the session will be consulted.

 

The congregation will be alerted of any and all changes.

 

Technically, the church office will be open during business hours.  However, we strongly encourage people not to come to the church office.

 

Personnel Committee will work with the hourly staff, who may or may not be able to come to work, to make sure no one is treated or paid unfairly.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the pastors and/or church office.

Please be alert for communications as plans come together and the church moves forward.

 

In this time...

Please pray for the sick, the vulnerable, the doctors, nurses, and caregivers, and all those in the healing arts. 

Please pray for those whose jobs (and pay) are put on hold.

Please pray for anyone, especially children, who may miss meals.

Please pray for our local, state, and national leaders, as well as our Elders, Deacons, and church leaders.

Please pray AGAINST the coronavirus.

 

Lord, please end this soon.

 

Jeff

Rev. Dr. Jeff Bryan