OCC Chatter December 1, 2020

Hello Beloved Community
At the time of this writing, we are preparing to cook a huge Thanksgiving Dinner for our annual Thanksgiving feast. By time you read this article, Thanksgiving will be over and God willing, the Christmas lights will be going up around the community. But that is jumping the gun, let us tell you about our Thanksgiving plans. Every year, we hold a Thanksgiving Dinner for our members who otherwise would not have one. It is a joy to host such a large gathering. This year with the covid-19 virus, we are going to bypass the gathering, but that is not stopping the dinner. We decided to go ahead and make the dinner for delivery. Years ago, Lee and Pastor Brinda went to a restaurant for Thanksgiving, and later that night they longed for left overs, but alas they had none. Ever since then, not only do they host the dinner, but they make sure everyone has a to-go plate for them to enjoy later. We are thankful there are ways to still share a Thanksgiving meal even in the midst of this crazy world.
It is difficult to make plans. We want to do as much as we can online for the safety of our people, at the same time, we have many members who do not have the technology to stay connected. Therefore, it is important for us to try and figure out ways to offer opportunities to gather safely. As Christmas approaches, we are tossing around the idea of a Christmas Eve candle lit service when the county drops into the red tier. We are not sure if that will happen. So, we are also considering an outdoor service. But will people show up in the cold of the evening to worship with us? There is the possibility, weather permitting, to do a morning or mid-day type service. But in that case, we couldn’t call it a candle lit service, because seriously, who lights candles in the daylight. Hopefully, we will come up with a plan on how to honor this Holy Season for all our people, those with technology and those without. We are also in the process of learning how to upload more church information on the OVA server. We are excited about having a better outreach in our community. Okay, that all the news… Continue to pray for one another and keep an eye on one another, especially as the winter weather approaches. Every so often, go knock on your neighbor’s door to make sure they are alright. God bless you all.
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Oakmont Community Church is a Non-denomination Bible based church. Pastor Brinda Peterson 707-595-0166. Church Office is at the Manse: 6687 Oakmont Dr. / Website: occsantarosa.org

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