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.
April 18th: Don found the virtual worship services at FPC Atlanta to be pretty good. Click the blue button above to go to the Links page to find a link to their web site. scroll down to the videos of past services to worship with them. They certainly have a good organist!
April 12: Happy Easter! It's a strange year and a different kind of Easter. No Easter morning worship with our church family and no big family gatherings for Easter lunch. Yesterday on Holy Saturday, quarantined in my house, I was reminded of the disciples hiding, afraid to venture out after Christ's death. I hope everyone will take some time to celebrate in your heart this "joyous day of days".
If you become bored later, there is link to an article in the Old Farmer's Almanac about the calculation of the date for Easter, the derivation of the word Easter, and an embedded link to some traditional Easter recipes. Go to the Links page and click on the pink button.
April 5: As far as we know everyone is still healthy. Tomorrow, April 6th is Phil's 90th birthday. Please give him a call or send a card. They have been housebound for over 3 weeks.
Below is the Easter Worship video created by the Presbyterian Church USA. Since we are unable to meet and cannot make a virtual video of our own, perhaps this one will help you feel more like Easter was not forgotten.
Starting today, March 23 I will be posting news from members to let each other know how things are going while the church is closed. Please let someone know if you need any help at all.
Kathy checked with every member yesterday (Sunday, Mar 22) and everyone is currently doing fine. Praise God!
Click the Links button above to see an adorable and uplifting video from Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis