Lakeview’s COVID-19 Response
Dear Lakeview family,
“I’ve never seen anything like this!”
That has become a common refrain as I talk to people of all generations. The pandemic situation has indeed been challenging on several levels. I keep asking myself two questions:
“How can I/we be a faithful expression of church for such a time as this?”
“What does love demand?”
We are called to be light and salt to our community; to love God by loving our neighbors.
This means that by both our actions and words in person and online, we strive to sow peace and hope instead of panic and anger.
This means that we listen to the advice of our government and healthcare leaders in doing what we can to help stem the community spread of the coronavirus, as well as find ways to appropriately move toward those in greatest need.
This means that we explore creative ways to “gather” as church for worship and mutual encouragement and edification.
With this in mind and in light of the current guidelines from the government and health organizations in regards to public meetings, we–the staff and church council–have decided to suspend all Sunday and Wednesday gatherings, along with committee meetings, until at least the end of the month. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation.
We believe that during this pandemic crisis the best way to be the church and love our neighbors is by not meeting corporately.
However, we are still called to shine the light of Christ to our community, and to love and serve one another. Therefore, we are working on three areas of ministry:
1. Online/social media presence.
Tyler, Adam and I will be leading a time of worship online Sunday mornings at 10:30am. We will have a time for prayer requests and prayer, singing praise to God, and sharing the Word of God. We will post links to this on our website and Facebook. We also hope to give updates and devotionals throughout the week.
2. Serving the needs of our church family.
I have asked the deacons to start calling all their assigned families to check in and offer encouragement and find out about any needs we may be able to help with. I will also be calling church members, especially those who are elderly and may be in the high-risk group. If you have a need or know of someone we could help, please contact the church at 918-396-0506 or email@example.com.
3. Serving those in need in Skiatook.
Beginning Wednesday, 3/25, Lakeview will become the drive-through distribution center for Dividing Bread Ministry in Skiatook. We will also be available to deliver to people that are home-bound. Hours of distribution will be Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 2 pm, deliveries Fridays as needed.
If you can donate any of the following items, Deena will be at the church for you to drop off donations Monday-Tuesday, 9 am– 12pm.:
• Diapers • Baby Wipes • Baby Formula/Food • Laundry Soap
• Hand Soap • Dog and Cat Food
• Clorox Wipes • Hand Sanitizer • Paper Towels • Toilet Paper
Lakeview is a loving and giving church and I know that we will rise to this occasion. Some may also be wondering how you continue to support the church financially while we are not gathering in person. You can mail a check to us at 5480 W Rogers Blvd, Skiatook, OK 74070. Or you can give online through Tithely on your computer or mobile app by creating an account at https://get.tithe.ly, then search for Lakeview Church.
Remember, God is with us and for us, Jesus is still Lord, and the Holy Spirit is still our Comforter! And it has always been true that we don’t actually go to church,
we are the church.
Yours in Christ,