June 4th: We rejoice that we had 19 worshipers at our first service in 10 weeks on May 31st! We are glad that so many feel comfortable returning and hope to welcome more back in the coming weeks. We have plenty of room for social distancing and are taking pains to sanitize common surfaces. Since the virus does not live long on surfaces, our pews and hymnals are not a threat to our safety.
The choir is not meeting for practice yet but we will have some kind of special music every week. Last week Kathy sang a lovely song about the Holy Spirit.
We are starting fresh with the prayer list so if you have additions to make, please let us know.
May 30th: Janice Neely is back at home with Roy. Please continue to pray for them.
Welcome back to services starting tomorrow! We will be following the protocols on the Links page per the recommendations of the CDC and others. It's going to be a pain to wear masks but it's for the protection of our vulnerable members and so everyone can feel safe coming back to church. As the Apostle Paul wrote in Corinthians 10:23-24 "All things are lawful, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful, but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor."
May 18: We will begin regular services again on May 31st with safety protocols in place to protect our vulnerable members. Please go to the Links page to open a pdf file of our protocols. The main points are that everyone should wear a mask, refrain from hugging or shaking hands, and sit 6 feet away from others. It will take some getting used to but we don't want to take any chances. Hopefully we can get back to normal soon.
We won't be able to resume choir for a while so I have put up some of our favorite past choir videos. To see them go to the Choir Videos sub-page under the About Us tab.
May 3rd: A link to the Oklahoma Dept. of Health CoVid 19 site has been added to the Links page. According to this site there have been no confirmed cases in Tonkawa, 2 in Blackwell, 1 in Newkirk, and 42 in Ponca.
The CDC says that wearing a non-N95 mask does not necessarily protect you from the virus but may prevent droplets from another's sneeze or cough from hitting your face. They do say wearing a mask limits persons who are infected from spreading it to others. Since one can be infected and not know it, it is courteous to wear a mask in public.
Make sure your mask covers your nose and fits well so you are not constantly touching it to adjust. Don't wear a mask for long periods of several hours because it becomes wet from breathing and will attract bacteria and it can also restrict your breathing and lower oxygen. A homemade 3 layer fabric mask with a non-woven middle layer (like interfacing) offers moderate protection and can be washed after each use.
May 1st: Janice is now recovering in the rehab center in Ponca City. Of course they are on lock down. Please continue your prayers for her and Roy.
Many churches are now making plans to reopen with CoVid 19 protocols in place. Governor Stitt has declared churches may reopen as of today as long as worshipers are spaced with one empty pew between each row and social distancing maintained between those who do not live in the same house. However it is still recommended that those with underlying conditions or over 65 still shelter in place. That's most of us, so we probably won't be starting services right away. But we will begin planning our protocols.
April 21st: Please pray for Janice Neely as she recovers from hip surgery. She fell and broke her hip and is in the Ponca City Hospital after surgery this morning. She was in room 320 but you might call the hospital first to make sure this is still the case before you send a card. Because of the Corona Virus protocol, the hospital does not allow visitors.