Update from the General Board-June 2020

The Oakdale General Board met on June 16, 2020. The following items of business were discussed:

  • The general fund bank balance on May 31, 2020 was $93,474.15.
  • The final draft of the wedding policy was approved.
  • A motion for $2,200 for additional equipment and a camera for live-streaming was approved.
  • How to make the July 4 picnic safe for the congregation was discussed.
  • The salary for the senior pastor position was approved.
  • A congregational informational meeting for July 5 at 9:00 a.m. was approved.
  • A congregational business meeting on July 12 at 9:00 a.m. to vote for Pastor Tyler as Senior Pastor and to vote for Nominating Committee members was approved.


Update from the Elders-June 2020

The Elders want to thank the Oakdale Family for their patience and thoughtful suggestions as we try to navigate this current time. Here is a recap of what we have been thinking through or planning:

  • We are ready to move forward with the congregation considering the Elder recommendation of Pastor Tyler as our Senior Pastor. Please watch for dates for a Q & A session and a summer congregational meeting.
  • We are continually looking for options that allow more and more of the church family to return to worship. That will include some upcoming outdoor Sunday services. This will give everyone a safe option to worship including staying in your car and tuning in to the service on your car radio.
  • Starting this fall we are planning an updated format for meeting in the building that allows care, safety, and consideration for all who choose to join us.
  • Last, and most important, we miss you all and long for the fellowship we all enjoyed. It is not an accident that we crave church family fellowship – God created all believers to long for that in our lives. The Elders would like you to read Acts 2:37-47 and consider how, in this current age, you and your family can take advantage of:
    • Teaching – truth from God’s Word
    • Fellowship – Creative connection with other believers in this current environment
    • Worship – True, deep, meaningful worship of the God that with a word created everything
    • Evangelism – Now more than ever we need the Church to be the Church and to share the Hope that is in us with a dying, confused, fearful world

The Elders


July 4, 2020 Picnic

The July 4th picnic will soon be here and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Valley View park this year.
Due to Covid-19, the July 4th picnic will look a little different. We are trying to keep the essential elements but we do need to do some things a bit differently to mitigate the potential spread of the Covid-19 virus.
For those of you that are thinking about coming, we want to give you the information you need to make informed decisions on how you can best participate in the July 4th picnic in a way that addresses your individual and family safety concerns.

We will be having a potluck this year. Here are some things to consider.

– Anyone with a fever or Covid-19 symptoms should not attend.

– For those with underlying health issues, the July 4th picnic this year might not be a good option for you.

– It is OK for families to bring their own picnic food this year and we want to encourage you to do so if that is the one thing you need to do to feel comfortable to fellowship with others at the park this year.

– This year the potluck serving lines will have plexiglass over the food items.  This sneeze guard is being designed for adults to use (age 13 on up).  Children under the age of 13 can accompany a guardian or parent as long as their height allows the proper functioning of the sneeze guard.  We will only serve on one side of the tables. 

– We suggest that for families that Mom and/or Dad go through the line and pick up family servings of food for their family Amish style and serve their family at the picnic tables.

– We are asking everyone going through the food line to use hand sanitizer before and after the food line.  Please be careful not to touch your face when you are going through the food line.

– Nitrile gloves and face masks will be available for use also if you desire.

– We also ask that 6’ physical distancing be observed between families as you go through the food lines.

– Desserts will be served along with ice cream after the main course potluck.

– We are asking everyone to bring their own drinks this year (non-alcoholic of course).  Bottles of water will be available for those who might forget to bring drinks.
These are the basic guidelines for the July 4th picnic this year.
We want to do everything we can to allow each person to manage their own personal approach to the Covid 19 crisis in a responsible way that also shows Christian love for one another. We ask that everyone go out of their way to show respect for the concerns of everyone else and focus on serving one another in every way possible this year.

Yours in Christ,
Jon Zupke and the General Board Members


Letter from Pastor Tyler

Dear Church at Oakdale,

First, I want to say thank you for your support and prayer for me and my family. I am again completely amazed by your generosity and selflessness. Though the timing for these kinds of activations is never good, I am glad to be serving with you all for this one.

I thought you might appreciate a note on the type of things I am doing. I am currently serving as the Task Force Central Chaplain, meaning that I am the chaplain for all of the Soldiers who are currently serving in the middle of the state as well as all of the Soldiers doing deliveries for PPE and food throughout the state. It has been an amazing opportunity to serve God in the military.

Every morning I meet with Soldiers before they go on a mission and talk and pray with them. I meet with commanders and other leaders to talk about issues Soldiers are having; I am leading a Bible study on the Gospel of John on Wednesdays; I am leading virtual chapel on Sundays, and I am doing a lot of counseling.

It has been an amazing opportunity for witness and has served as a reminder for me of the eternal impact of the actions we take. The world is full of people who need to know God, and as I have counseled people who are experiencing the effects of sin all around them, I am constantly reminded that the only long-term solution to brokenness is the grace of God that leads to salvation and that you and I have experienced and know about that grace first-hand. We are eyewitnesses to God’s grace applied to us and the hope, joy, peace and contentment that salvation brings. Praise God for bringing us salvation and hope!

God has given me a great opportunity to be a witness to the great grace and hope we have in Christ, and I am glad to continue to be used by Him in that way through June 24. Yes, I have been extended through June 24, but I will be back to preach on May 31 and June 7. I am looking forward to being back home to stay, but I am glad to be used by God during a time when His presence is greatly needed.

Please continue to pray for wisdom, health and faithfulness for me. Please pray for the Soldiers I serve for safety, health and most importantly, that they will know God.

I pray for you the same as Paul prayed for the Philippians: “ . . . that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” ~ Phil. 1:8-11


In Christ,