Current as of March 13

Dear Stillwater Family,

We continue to live as a people of faith and action in the midst of turbulent times. While churches are exempt from our Governor’s directive to cancel gatherings of over 100 people, our Bishop has asked all churches in our Conference to cancel public worship services for the next two weeks. We want to do our part to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus, so our worship services will be live streamed only for the March 15 and 22 weekends. However, there are so many great ways to stay connected and grow in your faith as we trust God and take reasonable precautions. 

Live Streaming Worship and some other ministry activities will be featured on Facebook Live (both Frederick Pike and Y Campus pages) Saturday at 5:30, and Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00. We have invited scheduled praise team members from both campuses to help lead, and both pastors will lead at each of the services. This is a unique opportunity for us to worship together as a church and to give our Y Campus setup team a much-deserved break.  

Kids/Teens Ministries will also post video teaching and/or Facebook Live events, both on Sundays and on their regularly scheduled days (Tuesday evenings for teens and Wednesday evenings for kids). We will not have regularly scheduled events for children and teens for the next two weeks. More information will come soon on our Facebook pages.

facebook.com/stillwaterchurch   

facebook.com/stillwaterteens/ 

Online giving is secure and easy. We appreciate your generous support that empowers our ministry! 

RightNow Media is like a Christian Netflix, and it’s a great way to study the Bible while you stay home. Parents, RightNow also has great kids’ content to help your kids grow if they have extended time away from school. Best of all, Stillwater provides it for free to everyone who wants it. If you haven’t signed up yet, please email matt.reynolds@stillwaterumc.org.

Foundations Class will have its last session, led by Matt and Jordan, on Wednesday March 18 at 6:30pm on Facebook Live.

Community Groups are encouraged to take the next two weeks off, but each group is free to decide if they feel comfortable meeting. If the group decides to stop meeting temporarily, we encourage you to consider meeting online or staying in touch electronically. Matt Reynolds will send more information to Community Group leaders soon.

Prayer requests can be submitted at prayer@stillwaterumc.org

Care Pastors are available to talk and pray with you on the phone, and you can reach them at care@stillwaterumc.org

Recovery Group Meetings (AA and Al-Anon) – These groups will continue to meet as planned.

Kairos Cookies are no longer needed because the Kairos weekends have been cancelled due to the prisons being closed to visitors indefinitely.  

Preschool – Preschool is following the normal schedule. The YMCA leads the Preschool, so they will decide if that schedule needs to change. 

Birthday Parties – Parties will continue as scheduled unless the family asks to cancel. If so, we’ll either reschedule them or refund their money

We’ll continue to keep you updated through our website and social media platforms. Please know that our staff is praying for you, and we will continue to look for new opportunities to serve in new ways! Let’s continue to put our trust in Jesus and BE the Church.

We are honored to serve Jesus with you!

Pastors Jon and Jordan

Updates

As more information becomes available, we will post it at the top of the page. We will also archive old posts below in case we left something out. As always feel free to contact us with questions.

March 12 Update

Dear Stillwater Family,

As followers of Jesus, we approach difficult times differently as a people of faith. “Do not be afraid” is found 68 times throughout the Bible. The difficult news about the Coronavirus can induce fear, and we certainly need to take wise and reasonable precautions. Most of all, we place our trust in the Great Physician and we pray that God will bring healing and protection to our world and our church.

We have been taking the following precautions to keep our church clean and safe:

  • Extra disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces
  • Extra cleaning of toys and furniture in children’s spaces
  • Adding hand sanitation stations
  • Discontinuing the Meet and Greet time during worship services
  • Ensuring that Staff and Ministry Leaders are frequently washing hands or using hand sanitizer
  • Posting hand-washing instructions in all bathrooms

Here are some additional precautions that we are beginning this week:

  • Adding live-streaming worship to our Facebook pages during all worship services for those who are sick or do not feel safe coming to church
  • Serving prepackaged snacks
  • Receiving offering in baskets as we exit the Worship Center, instead of passing baskets during the service
  • Greeting at the doors with a smile and wave instead of shaking hands
  • Serving prepackaged communion elements
  • Directing our Care Pastors to focus on phone-based care (please email care@stillwaterumc.org if you have a need)

Additionally, we need your help to keep our church a safe place where everyone is welcome:

  • Pray that God will bring healing to the sick and a quick containment to the spread of disease
  • If you need prayer, please email prayer@stillwaterumc.org
  • Take your spiritual health as seriously as you take your physical health – spend time praying and reading the Bible each day, and worship with us online if you are sick or cannot make it to worship services
  • Stay home if you are sick. Jesus still loves you and so do we, and we must obey Jesus’ words to treat others as we ourselves want to be treated (which means that we quarantine ourselves if we are sick). If you think you are infected or have been around someone who has been infected with the Coronavirus, call the COVID-19 Hotline at (800)722-5725 to find out what to do. Please follow their instructions and please do not return to church until the prescribed precautions are fulfilled.
  • Give online at stillwaterchurch.org/giving. Your faithful giving empowers Stillwater Church to faithfully live out our mission in unique times like this. We are so grateful for your generosity!

Our leaders will continue to make adaptations as needed. Most importantly, we remember the words of Psalm 46: God is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in 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.

We are honored to serve Jesus with you!
Pastors Jon and Jordan