Alameda Cancellation Notice and COVID-19 Statement

Our elders and ministers have been praying and meeting about a response to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.  We have also consulted with trusted medical experts in an effort to gather the most current and accurate information about this virus.  It is clear, now, that it is not wise to call our people into a single space until the spread of this virus levels and fades away.  As a result, we are cancelling our Sunday morning worship gatherings through April 5th.  Also, all activities at the building are cancelled this week.  We are also encouraging our small groups to use wise judgment about their meetings for the same reason.

This is a decision driven by love, not fear. We dearly love our all of our members and know that we have a significant number of our church family that are more vulnerable to the potential devastating effects of this virus. We know their deep love for Jesus would compel them to come if we called for members to gather for worship and prayer. To protect them and all of our members, we are asking all of us to stay home this Sunday and next and worship God together…while apart.

We also want to be a good neighbor in our community.  Our city leaders are discouraging all large-group meetings in an effort to limit the outbreak of the virus in our city, and we want to support that effort.  We love our community and this is one way that we can demonstrate that love.

This Sunday, we invite you to visit our media page and/or all of our social media outlets for a sermon from Rusty.  For giving, we still need your financial support.  You can give online or you can text to give by texting any dollar amount to 84321.

We will continue to evaluate the situation weekly and keep you informed about any other changes to our schedule.  In the meantime, we want you to know this: Even though our worship service is cancelled, the mission of the church is not.  And even when we are scattered, we are still the church.  So, let’s all do our best at making Jesus known to our community by being good neighbors, caring for those who are sick or needy, checking in on one another, and continuing to pray and work daily for the Kingdom.

May God bring a quick end to this season and may our faith shine greatest in this darkness.

In Christian love,

Elders & Ministers

Event Cancellations

As world health experts and government officials continue to urge us to limit the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social-distancing, we believe that it is necessary for us to make some modifications to our church=life schedule. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the following activities/events:

  • Sunday morning classes and worship service through April 5th
  • All Wednesday Bible classes through April 1st
  • Celebrate Recovery on March 17th & 24th
  • Missions Sunday on March 29th (postponed to a later date to be determined)
  • "WOW on the Road" worship event on March 29th
  • Ray Evans Seminar on April 3rd-5th
  • Community Egg Hunt on April 5th (We will find an alternative avenue to give children's books to our neighbors.)
  • Lenten Service & Luncheon on April 8th (All Norman Lenten services have been cancelled.)

The Streams of Water Ministry food pantry will be available during it's normal hours on March 18th, 25th, and 26th by drive-through only, but the clothing closet will be closed. In addition, the ministry staff has been asked to alter their schedules and do as much work from home as they can.

It saddens us to have to make these changes, but we believe that this is the responsible thing to do. Ministry will still happen and the work of God's Kingdom marches on; however, for a time, we are going to have to find other ways to do it. 

We will stay in continuous communication with you, as the coronavirus situation is constantly changing. Thank you for your patience and understanding.