Update about Oak Grove Staff (March 19): Please note that Pastor Anne, Pastor Mary, and Britta Weber are now working from home during the week. Bookkeeper Anne Swenson will be in the office only as needed. Office hours will probably change as we continue to adapt how we work. We will keep you updated. Before you come to the church office, please call 952-888-4621 to be sure that the person you need to see is available. If you need to contact one of the pastors, call the church and we will be sure you are connected to one of them.
March 16, 2020 Letter from Pastor Anne
Here is an update about upcoming events in light of the COVID-19. Our concern is for all of our church community and beyond to be safe and well during these challenging times.
Our Session met on Sunday, March 15, and passed the following:
-The Rutter Requiem concert is postponed to November 1, 2020.
-Beginning Sunday, March 22, we will have a single VIRTUAL worship service at 10:45 a.m. with ONLY worship leaders and tech crew in attendance. We invite ALL to attend remotely via live-streaming and archived videos on Facebook and the web page.
-WoW! and Palm Sunday Brunch are cancelled. As of noon on March 16, all other church activities and meetings are delayed until further notice.
-Church office hours will continue: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. [UPDATE: see March 19 update above.]
There are things that you can do in this season of uncertainty:
-Pray for our Church, our community, and our world. While we are disrupted and inconvenienced by the virus, others are devastated and face ruin.
-Please keep your gifts and pledges to Oak Grove and other Not-for-Profits current. The needs will be great. You can send checks to the office or go to the DONATE page in our website to find other ways to keep your offerings current.
-Give generously to our One Great Hour of Sharing offering during our Lenten and Easter Season. A portion of that offering goes to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance which is one of the front lines of helping those most in need.
-Consider giving toward Easter flowers (even though we may see them only virtually). Money that we receive over and above our flowers for the sanctuary will go to VEAP, and the flowers will go to those who may need a bit of cheer and beauty during this trying time. Contact Sharon Fields at email@example.com or 952-831-0504 to order flowers.
-Continue to offer creative and whimsical ideas as we strive to stay connected as a community. We need to think out of the box about how we can bear witness to God’s Love and mercy through Christ to each other and to the world.
I give thanks to every one of you.
A Message about COVID-19 Virus Precautions at Oak Grove (March 15)
We are all aware of the COVID-19 virus and how it is affecting our daily life. As a community, Oak Grove Presbyterian thrives on gathering and being with each other in the name of Christ.
Here are some actions we encourage you to take to help people feel safe and remain healthy:
·First and foremost, if you are not feeling healthy, please stay home – but let us know that you are ill!
·Remember to wash hands regularly!
·Consider greeting one other with enthusiastic smiles and eye contact instead of a handshake.
Here are some actions the Church is taking:
·Let us know if you are sick so we can pray for you and care for you as a community.
Prayer knows no barriers or walls and is not quarantined because of viruses. Let us keep each other close in our hearts.
Pastor Anne & the Oak Grove Staff