Worship services changing

As we prepare to gather (or not gather) with friends and family to give thanks, though our thoughts should be on gratitude, family, and blessing, the dark cloud of COVID hangs over us.  Is it safe to visit, to see the grandkids, to be in a room with family, eating dinner?

Last night, our church council discussed the COVID crisis, reluctantly acknowledging that we may have to close the church again.  And we were all cognizant of the fact that we have a responsibility to love our neighbor, to work to ensure the safety of those who worship and gather at Lake Ozark Christian Church.

And we know we all have COVID fatigue.  I certainly do!  I’m just sick of it!  But now is not the time to become lax.  Now is the time for renewed vigilance!  And so here are a few steps Lake Ozark Christian Church is taking.

  1. We are increasing our presence online, including worship and gathering options, so even if you don’t come in person, you can still join us.
  2. If you are sick or showing symptoms or think there might even be a chance you are a carrier, please stay home.
  3. We will all wear masks, no exceptions, and we will practice social distancing.
  4. Bulletins, communion cups, etc. will be placed on tables instead of being handed out to help maintain social distancing.
  5. No congregating before or after service!  I know you miss your friends, want to catch up, want to decide where you are going to eat. You can do this outside if you must!
  6. If you arrive early, move to middle of pew to sit.  Spread out!  You may even want to sit up on the wings!
  7. We will be installing a plexi-glass shield over the pulpit.
  8. Starting November 29, we are adding a NEW early service at 8:30 am for those at high risk.  This will be a shorter service with no singing, and we want people to spread out even further.
Be patient.  Stay vigilant.  Remain cautious.  Let all of us do our part to help stop the spread of the virus.  We’ll get through this!

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation (including COVID 19!), will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39

Blessings and Peace,
Pastor Ron

For the month of November, we will return to the Gospel of Matthew.  We’ll begin with a passage about integrity, humility, and service, but then we will move into Matthew 25, with three stories that teach us about faith and action.

November 1, 2020: Matthew 23:1-12, “The Exaltation of Humility”
November 8, 2020: Matthew 25:1-13, “A Ready Faith”
November 15, 2020: Matthew 25:14-30, “The Risk of Faith”
November 22, 2020: Matthew 25:31-46, “Faith Must Act”

For November 22, 2020, we will look at Matthew 25:31-46, “Faith Must Act.”   This week we have a familiar passage about the end times and being divided as if sheep and goats.  “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Sermon from November 15, 2020
Missed the sermon from last week?  For November 15, 2020, we looked at Matthew 25:14-30, “The Risk of Faith.”   What are we to do with the blessings of God?  Keep it safe or risk it all?  We looked at the Parable of the Talents.  Click here to watch the sermon from last week.