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  • Welcome Rev. Nathan Mattox
  • Welcome Pastor Nathan and family

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Dear Meadowcreek United Methodist Church,

We’re so excited to meet you! My family and I have been welcomed so hospitably here in Collinsville. From a “moving posse” meeting us at the parsonage to help us get our things unloaded, to the trustees getting things fixed up at the house and in my office, including our youngest in the Father’s Day Craft, to the many good ideas that have been communicated on various Zoom meetings—ministry is vibrant and active at Meadowcreek, and that is evident by how kindly you’ve received a new pastor. As you’ve no doubt heard before, you Open up the church and “see all the people.” Though our church building has been fairly dormant for months now due to the necessary precautions around COVID-19, we have remained an active community of faith. I’m thankful to all the laypeople who have brought the word to you through online worship for the past few months. I’m thankful to your outgoing pastor, Mark, who has given so much gracious preparation to me to take the helm here at Meadowcreek. I’m thankful to the leadership team who has made difficult decisions week after week in navigating our plans for worship in a constantly changing pandemic context.

I have met with that leadership team this week, and honestly, even though we are excited to come back to “in person worship,” we make the decision with much “fear and trembling.” We do so because we have seen the worst week in new cases in Tulsa County since the beginning of our battle with COVID-19. Over 700 new cases just this week brings confirmed cases for our county to almost 3000 people who have contracted this illness. There are 44 active cases in Collinsville. (This is fairly high per capita, when you consider Owasso is four times as large and has 85. Not to mention, many in our community are in Tulsa, the biggest COVID-19 hotspot in the state, on a daily basis. Hospitalizations are up to the highest ever. Our Tulsa County Health Commissioner has indicated the “serious seven” activities that have been most associated with COVID-19 transmission, and church services are one of those.

I say all this to let you know we are proceeding with extreme caution for good reason. I am eager to begin our journey in ministry together, and I think that will be best achieved if you have a chance to see me in person and I have the opportunity to see you too. We will offer an in person gathering for worship on Sunday at 9am in the parking lot to provide for ample opportunity to keep a good social distance from one another. The sermon I have planned touches on this conundrum of caring for one another by paradoxically keeping apart from one another. If you are in the high-risk category for the illness, please stay home and participate in our online worship service. We will have a “watch party” for our service together on Facebook. This will give you an opportunity to interact with me and one another in real time as we watch the service together. It will provide you an opportunity to share prayers of joy and concern, welcome one another in Christian love, and even respond to the sermon as it is preached. That will happen at 11am on Sunday. All you have to do is like the church Facebook page and you’ll get the notification to participate. Of course, you can also worship at home with the leadership of the online service on your own time as well as that service is posted there and shared by email as it has been.

If you do plan to come to the in person gathering at the church, please bring your own seating and choose a place in the shade that is 6-12 feet from your closest neighbor, wear a mask as you make your way to your location (if you don’t have one, we have one to give you) and refrain from physical contact with your fellow church people. With all that said—we so look forward to seeing your shining faces come Sunday. May our time of worship together be a healing balm!

In Christ, Nathan Mattox

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Meadowcreek UMC
14205 E. 146th St. N
Collinsville, Oklahoma 74021
Phone 918-371-3250
Fax 918-371-5505
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  • Traditional Worship
    – 8:30 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 9:45 AM
  • Contemporary Worship
    – 10:50 AM
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