In light of the rapid changing and recent information about the spread of the coronavirus, please click on the link above to listen to a video announcement from Pastor Jensen. A transcript of the message is included here:
Those of you that are a part of Oologah Assembly of God know that since the beginning of this year, I have been speaking to the church about what we need, not just to survive spiritually in this present age, but to thrive and advance the kingdom of God on the earth.
I have shared messages on our need for discernment, our need for faith, and our need for wisdom.
Over the past few days, it has become increasingly apparent that now is indeed the time to apply these characteristics. God has given us an opportunity to let our light shine in the darkness.
We are certainly living in troublesome times. Every area of our society, including the economy, our education system, our government, and our churches, has been affected by the news and rumors surrounding the Corona Virus. As the church of the living God, we have a wonderful opportunity to share our faith and our hope. I am confident that in the midst of all that is taking place, our Father in Heaven is still in Control.
God reassures us in his word that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Of this we can be sure. We can take comfort in his wisdom, his power, and his ability to provide for us.
In response to the concerns surrounding the Corona Virus, This past Monday President Trump, in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control, asked all Americans to help slow the spread of the corona virus, by avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people for the next 15 days.
While churches were not specifically mentioned, it is obvious that this request affects churches. As a Pastor, the needs of my congregation always stand at the forefront of my prayers. I am continually seeking God for wisdom and guidance as I lead, encourage, and instruct the people that attend Oologah Assembly of God.
Since hearing President Trumps announcement, I have asked God and I have asked myself how I should respond, both as a citizen of the United States, and as a citizen of Heaven. There are responsibilities and ramifications that come with both, and good arguments could be made on either side of the matter regarding whether or not to suspend church services for the next fifteen days in compliance with President Trumps request that we all do our part.
After giving consideration to how this request would impact our local congregation, I reminded myself that the church isn’t a building. The church consists of God’s people, loving, encouraging and caring for each other. We are the Body of Christ, whether we are together in a building or not.
Therefore, I have decided to suspend our services through March 31. I further want to ask all of you to intentionally reach out and encourage others, including new Christians, the elderly, and those that are ill. Pray for one another on the phone, or send a text message letting others know that you are praying for them.
Together, we can all do our part and make this as painless as possible as we trust God to guide us through these uncertain times.
Also, I will be working with the worship team to provide online worship services. Those of you that have ability may want to gather in small groups to worship together. My goal is to live stream these worship services on Facebook during the 10:30 worship hour on Sunday morning.
Furthermore, I will do my best to make a daily post on the church’s Facebook page to encourage everyone during this time.
For those that want to support the church financially, there are options. We will have the church open during the week. You can drop your offering by the church office. You can mail your offering to PO Box 610, and you can give online by texting OAGOK to 77977, or you can give on our church website, by selecting the giving option or following this link https://oagok.org/giving/
My prayer to God for each of you, is that God will give you peace and assurance as together we work to make it to the other side of this trial. Like all of life’s adversities, I am certain that this too shall pass.
Tammy and I love you all, and we are available to you. Feel free to contact us. God bless you and I hope to see you in Church on Wednesday April 1.