On September 20, we'll be gathering as one church body on the front lawn for worship at 10:30am. Boxed lunches will be provided or you're welcome to bring your own lunch.
On September 27, we'll resume gathering inside for worship with two services at 9:30 and 11:00am in our Worship Center, Overflow Room, and Gym. The Gym will be a masked-suggested environment.
Seating in each of these locations will be at limited capacity, which will look like seating in every other row or spaced out rows depending on the room. Families will be seated together and spaced apart from other families.
Our service will consist of worship and a message starting at 9:30am or 11:00am and lasting about an hour. Each location will have live singers and the message will be streamed from the Worship Center and into the other areas.
Our parking lots will be staffed in order to assist with parking flow. We encourage you to go ahead and decide which location you’d like to worship in and then park accordingly. If you plan to worship in the main building (Worship Center, Children’s Worship Center, Overflow), please park in our new lot on E. Stadium Drive or in the main upper lot. If you plan to worship in the Gym, please park in the lower lot adjacent to the Gym.
If you’re elderly, immune deficient, or just uncomfortable coming, we totally understand! It doesn’t mean that you love Jesus any less! Please feel free to stay home instead of joining us. For this very reason, we’ll still be live streaming our services. You can watch with us live at 10:30am Sunday at osbornebaptist.com/livestream >
While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at OBC, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to join us for our live stream Sundays at osbornebaptist.com/livestream >
We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
OBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:
During our worship gatherings, we will continue using a safer way to serve communion with pre-packaged elements. We will also continue to baptize people in pools filled with sanitized water. In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping instead of hand shaking!).
Yes, OBC and One Way Cafe are open to the public during the weekdays.
Our Missions staff is continually consulting various sources of information including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. Based upon this information, we are making determinations concerning any needs to adjust, postpone, or cancel trips. At the same time, we are encouraging individuals involved in trips to prayerfully consider any decision to travel through consultation with medical professionals, as appropriate. For specific information on a mission trip, contact our church office at (336) 623-6064.
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):