Bartlesville
First Church of the Nazarene

COVID-19 Response

March 17, 2020

What are we going to do? That is the question I have been getting. That is the question I have been asking.
So, let me do my best to address this…

First and foremost, Trust in the Lord.
God has not been taken by surprise in any of this. Remember His promise: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Second: Pray.
Pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers.
As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.

Third: Be Wise.
Follow the guidelines personally for not spreading this virus. Avoid contact with people who are sick. Stay away from other people if you are sick. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Follow the guidelines corporately
for not spreading this virus. As I am sure you have heard, the government issued new guidelines on March 16, 2020, restricting public gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days. In compliance with those recommendations, we will cease having on-site services during these 15 days.

Fourth: Stay Connected.
“Social distancing” is not the same as disconnecting! We can and must stay connected as a body of Christ. We need each other. So, use the multitude of “safe” avenues available to stay connected to your church family - check on each other and don’t hesitate to ask for help when its needed. Here is a novel idea - pick up the phone and call your church family members. Encourage each other. Pray with and for each other. Be the church!

Digital Worship. We can still worship together as a congregation even if we are not physically present in our sanctuary.We will broadcast worship at our regular time - 10AM each Sunday. You can join us through video livestream on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BFCNazPage) or through our radio broadcast (100.1 FM)

Generosity. Consider how to help our congregation remain financially healthy during these days. If you are like me, your financial support of the church is in the form of a check placed in the offering each week.So, I have to find a different avenue to support this church I love.There is always the online giving platform on our website (the “give” tab at the top of the page). You can use also use your bank’s bill pay to have a check sent to the church. Of course, mailing a check is always an option as well.

Above all: Seek the Lord.
While we exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe, we know that divine health and protection is from Jesus. Let’s continue to trust in His promises of protection for ourselves, our families, and all those who are affected by illness and pray that the virus will be contained and conquered.

We may not be able to go to the church, but we can still be the church!

You are loved,
Pastor Russell

Bartlesville First Church of the Nazarene 3650 Southeast Adams Blvd. Bartlesville, OK 74006

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