Summer 2020 Wednesdays in the Park

To the Oakdale Family,
“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)
This has never been more true than now in a time of unprecedented changes in our lives. And leadership continues to hear story after story of the love and good deeds you are doing for friends and neighbors. And knowing that your care for others has been abounding has been truly a blessing.
We know this time has been very challenging for all of you, so leadership continues to look for ways to return to normalcy as we follow the Governor’s guidelines. So with the recent relaxing in policy for gathering we are going to start meeting on Wednesday nights in the park June 3.
We will meet at 6:00 pm for a meal prepared and delivered using proper safeguards. That will be followed by a time of devotions and then social time. We feel that being outside will give us better opportunity to social distance and still have much needed fellowship.
In doing this we ask that you follow social distancing guidelines. We encourage you to wear masks for your safety but will not require them. And we ask that you respect others when interacting. Some of you will feel confident in attending while others will be anxious about meeting. Please show the proper grace to all no matter how they decide to participate. At the end of this email is a link to a very timely article from The Gospel Coalition discussing our Christian response to the pandemic entitled “Church, Don’t Let Coronavirus Divide You.”
If you choose to join us we want you to understand a couple of important things. First of all, your attendance could increase your chances of contracting Covid-19 so please be responsible. Second, since we will be in the park it will be much more difficult for your children to refrain from playing with other children. If that is a concern for your family, please choose your participation accordingly.
We are excited about the opportunity to move back into meeting as a church family by adding this important ministry opportunity. Thank you for your patience as we navigate uncharted waters. But please know one important thing, even though we are apart for a season the God of the universe has never been closer to each of us