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A Word from the Pastor: July 1, 2020

July 1, 2020

Dear Church Family,

I had hoped to be able to invite you back to church in July today but unfortunately the recent persistent increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in north Texas require us to remain closed a while longer.  We will be watching trends in the spread of Covid 19 over the next two weeks in hope that there will be a plateau or decline that will give us greater confidence to reopen later in the month.  When we do resume worship services, we will do so gradually, beginning with a small ‘rehearsal’ group so that our processes and procedures are well in place before extending a general invitation to the congregation.  I will keep you informed as we proceed.  Our Reopen Task Force has developed a comprehensive plan to reopen our church with our safety in mind when the time is right to do so.  When we do reopen, we want the conditions to be as favorable as possible in order to preclude further local spread and to avoid having to close down again.

I am very grateful to Pastor Brad and Janie Humphrey, and to Nick for joining me on Sundays to broadcast worship from the church on Facebook Live at 10:00.  I will also continue to offer Mornings in the Word on Wednesdays at 10:30 on Facebook Live.  If you do not have a Facebook account,  I will email you a link to these broadcasts upon request.

Some other news you might not have heard is that our kitchen is undergoing a face lift that includes a wider entry doorway, fresh paint top to bottom, and new flooring.  Be sure to thank Pastor Brad for his work on this project!  Also, one of the adult classrooms recently received a fresh coat of paint, thanks to our Lay Leader, Leslie Maynard.  The board of trustees has also contracted for the demolition and removal of the deteriorating education building.  That work could be complete sometime in July, greatly enhancing our curb appeal.

Finally, my thanks to you again for your ongoing faithfulness in giving financially toward the kingdom work of our church.  It is clear that the economy is suffering in many ways, not  the least of which is in the area of price increases that stretch our household budgets.  As you are able, please continue to give to the Lord through Oak Grove, remembering that ‘God provides seed for the sower’ and your church is here to extend a helping hand when you need it.

May God grant you grace sufficient for each day as He holds you firmly in His loving grip.
Pastor Don

Romans 12:12

John 3:16

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.