OMPC, through our Deacons and our Mercy Team, is focused on mobilizing ministry to those in difficult situations and in need of assistance due to the coronavirus. The links below will lead to forms to request help or to volunteer to help. Please fill out the form relevant to your situation. We will aim to get back to you within 72 hours to provide further information.

Our hope is in Jesus who said in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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COVID-19 UPDATES at OMPC


PRAY WHERE YOU ARE: 8:00 pm daily, pray where you are using the guide below! 

Daily at 8:00 pm, STOP, and PRAY WHERE YOU ARE! Whether you are with your family, by yourself or can connect with others via Zoom or FaceTime, we encourage you to pray at this time for our city, nation and world. Click on the prayer guide below to pray through scripture and specific prayers for each day.

PRAYER GUIDE

EMAIL FROM BOB TO CONGREGATION: March 20, 2020

Dear OMPC Family,  

Thank you for the incredible outflow of love and encouragement that we received as a result of our decision to Livestream our services this past Sunday. It was one of the strangest experiences of my life and an incredible display of God’s mercy: when we are weak, He is strong. Well done, Family! I’m sure it was equally as strange for you and your family as well.

During this unprecedented time of fear, panic, and uncertainty, we are seeking to navigate these circumstances as conduits of our Lord’s grace and mercy in our communities, “Over the Fence.” 

As we announced last week, we have made the decision to go virtual in all of our gatherings, thereby complying with current guidelines outlined by the CDC and our local, state, and national government…and out of a desire to love, serve and protect, not only our congregation, but our community at large.

We have decided to Livestream Sunday morning worship services through May 3, with prayerful anticipation to gather again in corporate worship as one Church Body on May 10. In addition, our church facilities are closed to all meetings and gatherings outside of OMPC Staff. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we seek to keep our campus safe and sanitized.

During this time of mandated social distancing, we as a staff at Oak Mountain are working fervently to help you, our church family, unite through this difficult time and continue to connect to the Lord and to one another. We also desire to implement creative ways to reach “Over the Fence” to our neighbors. Below are some specific ways you can stay connected:  

Mercy: 

  • Request Help. If you or someone you know has a need during this time of isolation, we invite you to fill out this form to request assistance. 
  • Volunteer. Many of you have asked how you can help! If you are in good health and willing to help those in need, click here

Subject to the urgency of the need, we will seek to respond within 72 hours. We’re eager to see how God can use the Body of OMPC to be His hands and feet during this time. 

Connect Virtually: 

  • Follow us on Facebook. We will be posting spiritual encouragement and updates, as well as brief devotional videos from me on topics from our church-wide devotional, A Good Confession, throughout each week.
  • Gatherings via Zoom. Life Groups, Adult Discipleship Classes, and other studies and prayer groups are setting up virtual gatherings via Zoom, a virtual meeting App. More on how to connect to these groups to come! 
  • Worship through Livestream. Join with us corporately from your home every Sunday at 10:45 am! For a tutorial on how to download the OMPC App to your Apple TV or Roku device, click the links below.
  • Apple TV Tutorial 
  • Roku Tutorial

Generosity: 

Amidst the uncertainties in this constantly changing situation, I want to encourage you to continue our culture of generosity as a church family. Even though our offices are officially closed, we are still working tirelessly to minister to the hurting and the lost. The church still needs your support in order to continue ministry within the church, support our U.S. ministry partners, and minister to those hurting in our community. If you normally give via cash or check in the morning offering plates, please consider giving online through our App or at ompc.org during our time of worshiping God by presenting our tithes and offerings during Sunday worship. You can also still mail your contributions to the church, if that is what you prefer.  

Continue in Prayer: 

We encourage you to continue praying for our city, nation, and world during this time. Pray for: 

  • Health & safety for our congregation, community, and world 
  • Virus containment and wisdom for medical professionals 
  • Ministry momentum and new initiatives as we creatively think of ways to love one another as Christ loves us and engage with one another and our community at large
  • Continued generosity from our congregation during this time

Thank you for your support and prayers as we navigate these unprecedented times. We will continue to update you with ministry happenings and opportunities to connect as become available. For more info, visit ompc.org and download our OMPC App! 

In the Grip of Grace, 

Bob Flayhart

UPDATES: March 17, 2020

OMPC Leadership is working hard on gathering resources and organizing information for our church family to stay connected in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned to this page, our social media accounts and our App for ways to keep connected in the days and weeks ahead. We will send out a congregation-wide email this week with details for Livestreaming services and other ways for keeping connected!

INFO:

  • Our Church Offices are closed to all who are not on OMPC Staff, including regularly scheduled meetings and gatherings for community groups, bible studies, etc.
  • We will be Livestreaming our Worship services at 10:45 am every Sunday. Click Here to view our Livestream page.

EMAIL TO TREEHOUSE FAMILIES: March 14, 2020

Treehouse parents, 

I, along with the leadership at OMPC, have been closely monitoring the continually evolving status of the coronavirus in our country. While we are currently unaware of any direct impact within the Treehouse, we are considering the best course of action to take in light of expert recommendations and for the health and safety of our students, staff, families, and community at large. 

Therefore, we have decided that the Treehouse will be closed starting Monday, March 16. We plan to reopen once state officials believe it is safe to go back to school, which is currently April 6. Any additional updates regarding OMPC and the Treehouse will be updated on OMPC’s website

While we will not have any type of learning activities to complete at home, we encourage you to look at this time as a gift to slow down and spend quality time together. Play outside, read books, practice the alphabet and phonics sounds, etc. Get creative! 

Please continue to pray for health for those impacted by this virus, for wisdom for our government leaders and medical professionals, and for the Gospel of peace to go forth during this time of anxiety and uncertainty.

Angel Duke
Preschool Ministries Manager


EMAIL TO CONGREGATION & ADDITIONAL UPDATES: March 13, 2020

Dear OMPC Family, 

Our leadership at OMPC has been closely monitoring this continually evolving status of the coronavirus in our country. While we have not yet felt its direct impact within our congregation, we are listening to the recommendations of our government leadership and health professionals to take the best course of action for the health of our congregation and community. 

Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to make this Sunday a “Livestream Worship Only” Sunday. We will NOT be gathering in person but rather encourage you all to worship with us at 10:45 am via Livestream at ompcworship.org 

Additionally, our Kids Musical, Coming Home, has been postponed, along with all other previously scheduled Sunday morning and evening activities. Keep updated with the latest at OMPC through our webpage, as well as through our social media accounts.

We know this world is not our ultimate home. But we also know as exiles on this planet, we are called to “seek the welfare of the city” where God has sent us (Jer 29:7).  We are also “to show perfect courtesy toward all people” (Titus 3:2) and to “be subject to governing authorities” (Rom 13:1). Our decision has been made in light of these and many other Scriptures as we process our response and course of action during this coronavirus pandemic. We feel that not gathering in-person is the most loving, servant-hearted action we can take to protect not only our congregation, but just as importantly, our broader community.

Please continue to pray for health for those impacted by this virus, for wisdom for our government leaders and medical professionals, and for the Gospel of peace to go forth during this time of anxiety and uncertainty. 

In His Service, 

Bob Flayhart

SPECIFICS: 

3/14

  • Kids Musical, Coming Home, has been postponed to a later date

3/15

  • No in-person gatherings Sunday morning. This includes 8:15 & 10:45 am worship & 9:30 am discipleship classes.
  • Worship via Livestream only at ompcworship.org *
  • Seed Planter Appreciation Lunch has been postponed
  • No Sunday evening activities including Kids Choir, Newcomer’s Life Group, The R.O.C.K., JrHi Worship, SrHi March Madness

Additional changes will be posted as decided.

* Reminder: You can download the OMPC App to your Apple TV or roku device to stream


UPDATE: March 12, 2020

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body. . . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

Matthew 6:25–27

As this widespread concern unfolds daily, continue to pray! Here are some suggested things to pray over in these next few days. Pray for:

  • The economy; specifically the stock market and various industries impacted by this global crisis
  • Church leaders all around the world, and particularly those in affected regions
  • For the Gospel of peace to go forth in this time of uncertainty

Christianity Today: How other the global church is responding to this crisis

CDC: Updates on COVID-19

American Psychological Association: Managing anxiety around coronavirus coverage


EMAIL SENT TO OMPC, WSOM, & TREEHOUSE: March 10, 2020

Dear Households & Families of OMPC, Westminster & Treehouse, 

We are all aware of the global concern over the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Amidst this evolving situation, we would like to inform you of our plan of action for prayer and prevention. The health and safety of our congregation, students, and staff, as well as those who enter our doors throughout the week, is a top priority for us. We continue to be proactive in taking the following appropriate precautions for the cleanliness of our facility:

– Hand sanitizer dispensers are located all around the building; A full supply of antibacterial soap remains available in every restroom

– Daily cleaning and wiping down of surfaces will continue  

– Our building is thoroughly cleaned 4 times/week in the evenings following day-time programming

While we cannot control the spread of illness, we want to assure you that we are doing everything possible to make our building sanitary through the above measures. We will remain in conversation with experts regarding additional steps we should take, if needed. 

Regular Sunday morning and evening gatherings, as well as weekly church and school programming, will continue as scheduled. Check this site regularly for information on how you can pray, OMPC’s preventative measures taken, and any future developments our congregation and school families may need to know as it relates to the COVID-19 and OMPC. 

In addition: 

Pray: Please pray for the sick and those who have lost loved ones through the spread of this virus. Pray for our government, doctors and nurses as they work tirelessly to address, prevent and treat this disease. Pray for our global ministry partners to remain healthy and for impact in their ministry during this time. 

Prevent: We’re certain you have heard or read of ways to protect yourself and prevent spreading illness. As a general reminder: 

– Avoid close contact with those who are sick

– Remain home if you are sick or running a fever

– Cover your cough and sneeze

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

– Use proper hygiene to keep your hands clean and free from the spread of germs

Proclaim: In these anxious days, this is an opportunity for the church to stand out as a light in Birmingham and around the world through our steadfast trust and peace in the Lord’s sovereignty and control in all things, including the global impact from COVID-19.  

Don’t forget that you check back here for the latest updates on OMPC’s plan for prevention and prayer.