Oklahoma Conference of Seventh-day Adventist - Office of Communications - 3/17/2020
COVID-19: Oklahoma Conference Response and Guidance
The leadership of the Oklahoma Conference is taking steps to protect and support employees, members, churches and schools during the Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The Oklahoma Conference strongly believes that we have a responsibility to care for each other during this situation by limiting physical contact and supporting social distancing. We also believe that we should continue to serve as God’s messengers of hope in our communities, utilizing the technology and tools available to us to continue the mission during this turbulent time.
The goal of these temporary changes is to provide a buffer of protection to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. In addition to the steps we are taking at the Oklahoma Conference, we encourage members to follow the safety guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and healthcare professionals.
We urge our faith community to take this matter seriously as we represent Jesus Christ in our behavior, stewarding our health and homes and those of our fellow neighbors. Join us in prayer as we lift up the many families affected by this outbreak. May the Lord bring comfort, healing and restoration. May our faith be strengthened during this time as we draw nearer to Him.
This page will be regularly updated with any new recommendations or information.
Oklahoma Conference Office
In seeking to limit the potential impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Oklahoma Conference administration has voted the following:
Townhall Meeting & Training in Lawton – March 29 - CANCELLED
Children’s Ministries & VBS Training – April 4th – 5th - CANCELLED
Outdoor School – Adventurer Family Camp – April 8th- 10th CANCELLED
Adventurer Family Camp – April 10th – 12th - CANCELLED
Native Ministries Training – April 17th – 19th - CANCELLED
Townhall Meeting & Training in Okeene – April 19th - CANCELLED
Pathfinder Spring Camporee – April 24th - 25th - CANCELLED
Pathfinder Bible Experience, Keene – March 28 (virtual option PENDING)
Oklahoma Conference administrators and departmental directors are being asked to limit their travel as much as possible and offer virtual meetings where possible.
The Oklahoma Conference will continue to monitor the situation and will review these protocols for the Oklahoma Conference office and staff on a regular basis as new information becomes available. If you have any questions regarding cancelled events or meetings, please contact the department director.
Our Executive Education Committee voted that our Schools will be extending their spring break for an additional two days ending March 24th. Starting March 25th, schools will shift to an online, distant learning program through April 3rd, or until further notice. During this time teachers will be available during school hours to ensure the ongoing learning of all student in our schools and to be available to parents and students. Parents will be hearing directly from the schools in regards to the specifics of how the process will take place at their school
Churches are urged to follow health and safety guidelines being established by local, state and federal governments regarding public meetings and size limits on gatherings. Church pastors/leadership is encouraged to stay connected with the conference administration as this situation continues to evolve and conditions change from one location to another before major decisions are made.
Effectively immediately, we are recommending that churches not have on-site services, with more than ten in attendance, for the rest of March (Sabbath & midweek services). The Administration is encouraging churches to use of technology where possible to provide virtual church community and ways for members to connect with each other. In addition to streaming options, we’ve provided a short list of churches offering online services on the option below.
You will be able to continue to support church ministry through tithe and offerings by visiting AdventistGiving.org or by downloading the Adventist Giving app from the Apple or Google Play stores. Donations can also be made through mailing it to your local church or treasurer.
In addition to ongoing prayer for the current situation, the Administration has voted to make March 28th a special day of prayer and fasting for our entire constituency. Please join us as we pray for our nation, our conference, and the mission of our churches here in Oklahoma. We are also asking that all churches set aside a time for special prayer every Wednesday.
Oklahoma Conference Communication Department
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We strongly recommend that people do not attend events if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. And if event attendees start to experience symptoms while at an event or conference, they should leave the event and seek medical advice promptly by calling ahead to a doctor’s office.
Oklahoma’s public health officials work to provide the general public, including event organizers, with guidance intended to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. The following is recommended guidance to follow at all times as the situation continues to change:
Wash hands often
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Cover your cough or sneeze
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
We are working closely with our strong and expansive network of national, state and local partners to continue monitoring the situation. All Oklahomans are advised to take social distancing precautions such as implementing telework and avoiding large gatherings when possible.
We strive to empower Oklahomans through education and resources. To find accurate information on COVID-19, visit the Oklahoma State Department of Health website at coronavirus.health.ok.gov. For questions, please call the OSDH call center for public inquiries at 1-877-215-8336.
AdventHealth has launched a coronavirus information site for the Adventist Church with videos covering topics like prevention, symptoms, spread and some special considerations for congregations. You can find the first few episodes of the video podcast series at AdventHealth.com/Coronavirus-Resource-Hub/Church-Resources, in addition to FAQs, blogs and CDC resources. Future episodes will be posted as they learn more about the virus and we have additional updates. They will also set up a coronavirus information site for schools in the near future.
Adventist Risk Management Resources
With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 causing concern around the world, Adventist Risk Management, Inc. (ARM) is committed to providing relevant information for our clients regarding travel information, insurance coverages, and tips for preventing the spread of this serious disease.
All of these resources and more can be found on the Adventist Risk Management website at https://adventistrisk.org/covid19.
Prevention and Planning Resources: