Dear Church Family,
As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, we all must do our part to comply with the mitigation guidelines provided by federal, state and local authorities. In that regard, Bishop Mike McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference provided updated guidance for our churches this week. In summary:
1. All UM churches in the Metro and North Central Districts are to remain closed through May 31, 2020; this includes Oak Grove. These districts are in areas with the highest incidence of COVID-19 spread due to higher population density than the two other more rural districts in the Annual Conference.
2. This DOES NOT mean that our church or any other church will be allowed to re-open on June 1, 2020. Over the next three weeks, Annual Conference leaders will be watching the trends in the spread of the virus to determine what the next steps should be, which could include extending the period for keeping churches closed.
3. In the meantime, Bishop McKee has directed all churches to form a task force to begin the work of developing a plan for reopening our churches WHEN THE TIME COMES. Last week, all pastors received recommendations and requirements provided by the Governor’s office and the Annual Conference for inclusion in reopening plans. I provided those documents to all members of our church council. All congregations will be required to develop a plan and certify with the District Superintendent that they have done so before permission is given to reopen.
4. Bob Brown, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Oak Grove, will form our task force and lead the process of developing our plan for reopening using the guidelines and data provided by federal, state and local authorities and our Annual Conference.
I will keep you informed as new direction comes from the Bishop. Meanwhile, continue to prayer for our church family and for this hurting world.
Love, Peace, and Grace in Jesus
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From Our Finance Team
The finances of our church are quite stable as of April 30, 2020. We have received offerings/gifts/tithes to cover our projected budgetary requirements to date. Simply put, the church had for the year 2019 received approximately $10,000 a month for staff, operating expenses, building repair/expenses, missions outreach, worship and Sunday school. For all the months of 2020, namely January through April, we have received our normal monthly giving of around $10,000, last month over $11,000.
I am so very proud of the way our congregation has maintained a level of giving, some giving more than expected. God bless you all! We will get through this crazy virus and perhaps come through it stronger than before.