OOTBWC Cancels Services in Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dear Church Family,

At Mt. Vale, Out of the Box, and Savannah; we strive to care for our congregation in all respects; spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically. As you are aware, we are in a global pandemic with the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is a very fluid situation that we have been monitoring continually for the past several days. In response to the escalation of the spread of this virus, the Governor of Virginia announced a State of Emergency. As part of that declaration, he asked that large, scheduled, in-person gatherings be suspended. Also in response to this rapidly changing situation, the Bishop of the Holston Conference, Dindy Taylor; released a statement mandating that all Holston Conference United Methodist Churches suspend in-person worship gatherings for the next 14 days.

In response to these requests, we are going to cancel our Sunday and Wednesday night in-person worship services effective immediately; and will resume once it is deemed safe to do so.

While this will disrupt our regular weekly worship schedule; we are fortunate to be able to continue providing weekly worship services online via Facebook Live. We will release a video message each Sunday and Wednesday until we are able to resume in-person services. We are also going to look for more opportunities to engage during this time through online video and other forms of media. While things won’t be exactly the same as you’re used to, we are actively working on planning and making it the best experience possible. It’s good to change things up from time to time, and this affords us that opportunity. We appreciate your understanding and support during this time.

We are encouraging people to continue to give through online giving or through mailing their tithes and offerings to the church each week. We will be sending updates very soon, stay tuned.

We remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Let us join in praying for those who have the virus, for the healthcare workers taking care of them, and for the ones working on the vaccine. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our refuge and strength and our ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

We love you guys and are praying for you all,
Pastors David and Ronnie