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Search Committee Selection

April 16, 2020

Church family the time has come. It’s hard to believe that brother Charlie has already been gone for over 4 weeks, but then again, it’s hard to keep track of anything in these days of quarantine. I hope this letter finds you healthy and content in whatever situation you have found for yourself.

I am writing to you today to help clarify the process that has been decided upon in which we will elect our pastor search committee. The plan, as outlined in our previous video announcement and in the April Proclaimer, was to have a special called business meeting following the service on April 19th. Obviously, that is not going to be possible now due to the unprecedented lockdown of our society. So, this is how we are proceeding. We are utilizing a remote selection process with online, mail-in, or drop-off ballots. Please fill in the names on the online ballot as the Lord directs and do not forget to put your name on the ballot as well. We understand that in the past there may have been some anonymity while simply writing names down on a blank piece of paper while sitting at church, but the only way for us to verify that the ballots we receive back are from actual church members is for you to tell us who you are.

We will allow ballots to be received until Friday, April 24th at 4:00 p.m. At that time five deacons will verify and count the votes. The results will be made immediately known to the duly elected search committee members and to the church body at the next service on Sunday, April 26th.

If the online ballot doesn’t work for you there are several other options available:

1) Come fill out a paper ballot at the church at one of our drive-thru voting times on Sunday, April 19 between 11:15am-12:15pm, Monday, April 20 between 10:00-11:00am, or Wednesday, April 22 between 3:00-4:00pm.

2) Contact the church office at 405-262-5453 by Monday, April 20 at 3pm and we can mail you a postage paid ballot postcard that you can mail back.

Remember church, we serve a mighty God and a risen Lord! Praise God that as difficult as these times are, we are not “truly” exiled like God’s people were in the prophet Jeremiah’s time, just temporarily displaced. But even in Jeremiah’s time he had these encouraging words for the people of God. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

Brian Shafer

Chairman of Deacons

This form closed on April 24 at 4pm.

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