Sheltering In Place Together

Resources and Connections at OCC during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

Our entire community is sheltering in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. But we are still the church. Even though we can’t meet together in person, our church will continue to gather, worship, support each other, pray and care for our community. This can be a trying time, but we as a church are committed to getting through it together. This page gives you all the links to our remote community and how you can get plugged in.

 

Look through the calendar, events and tools to connect together. You can listen to our most recent sermon here.

If you have challenges with accessing Zoom, Facebook or other online tools, please email Myisha at info@oaklandcitychurch.org

CALENDAR


 

HOLY WEEK

OCC HOLY WEEK 2020

MAUNDY THURSDAY-  6:00pm, April 9th via Zoom

This is the celebration of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples, demonstrating true service and friendship in the Kingdom of God. Debbie will lead a Bible lesson and reflection in the “Godly Play” manner that our young children experience each Sunday. We will honor the ways we have served one another during this Shelter-at-Home season. 

 

SEVEN LAST WORDS PODCAST & GOOD FRIDAY LAMENT SERVICE – 6:30pm, April 10th via Zoom

We have shifted the Seven Last Words service to a recorded podcast that will take you on a guided journey through the grief, betrayal, and pain of Jesus’s saving death. The podcast will be shared and posted on the website at 12pm. At 6:30 pm, we will gather on Zoom for an individual and collective lament for the deaths, fear, and separations of our current moment in time.

 

EASTER WORSHIP – 10:00 AM via Facebook Live and Zoom

We will  “gather” for worship at 10am Sunday morning via Facebook Live or Zoom. Services will include teaching, music and prayer. If you’re not able to join us at 10, you can access a recording of the worship service on Vimeo or listen to our podcast. Each week, we’ll send out a Worship Guide with links to the livestreams and the details for service.

GODLY PLAY ONLINE  – 9:00AM & 9:30 AM via Zoom

Children and their parents are welcome to join us for worship and our weekly Godly Play lesson and discussion. Bring out your arts and crafts for a guided creative response to the lesson. Ms. Debbie will send a weekly email with the Story and Craft guide and the Zoom link.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by: Debbie Nederhood

 

456er GROUP ONLINE –  9:00 AM via Zoom

4th-6th Graders are welcome to us for our weekly Bible lesson, discussion and games we can play from home.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by: Rebecca Anderson

 

REFLECTION & CONNECTION- Sunday 11:00 AM via Zoom

Immediately following the worship service, join Ministere Carl and others for a time of connection and reflection using the Study Guide questions.
Zoom Link Here  
Hosted by: Carl Pascual

 

7UP YOUTH GROUP –  11:30 AM via Zoom

Grades 7 and up are welcome to us for our weekly Bible lesson, discussion and games.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by: Rebecca Anderson

 

ONLINE GATHERINGS

Links to worship, chatrooms, youth and children’s ministry events online.

 

COMMON GROUND- Sundays 3:00 – 4:30 PM via Zoom

It’s not too late to join  Minister Riana for the Common Ground class to talk about the foundations of the Christian faith, learn about the story of OCC, and to explore your own faith journey.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by Riana Shaw Robinson

PRAYER MEETING- Tuesdays 7:00 – 8:00 PM via Zoom

Tuesday Night Prayer meeting is the time we take to pray for needs from around the world. Prayer requests that come in to OCC are prayed over individually and corporately each Tuesday evening, as we believe God for an answer to needs.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by: Myisha Hill

 

PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY – Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM via Zoom

Our group discussion in the book of Mark continues online.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by Pastor Josh

 

SPIRITUAL RHYTHMS FOR QUARANTINE – Thursdays 7:00-8:30 PM via Zoom

We will practice four life rhythms designed to work together to create household patterns of stability and hope in a time of distraction, upheaval, and fear. Remember that you cannot opt-out of household habits – like it or not your home is filled with rhythms. The question is, how are they forming you? The rhythms are scripture reading, prayer, gathering safely, and lighting a candle of hope. Learn more here
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by Aeryn Johnson

 

FRIDAY NIGHT “ZOOM IN” THEATHER – Fridays 7:00 PM via Zoom

Premiering March 27 with Coco (2017, Rated PG) Get your popcorn and snacks ready and join us to watch a movie altogether! Over Zoom, we’ll see each other’s faces, laugh, clap, jeer and chat throughout the whole film.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by Ms. Blake Aarens & Jennifer Wilson

 

“GROUPS-OF- THREE”- For Men 

Meet up on Zoom with other men of our community to encourage support and pray for one another at a time convenient for all of you. For more info contact Minister Carl here

 

“GROUPS-OF- THREE”- For Women

Meet up on Zoom with other women of our community to encourage support and pray for one another at a time convenient for all of you. -For more info contact Debbie Nederhood here

 
 

KIDS & YOUTH

Sheltering in place with kids has its own special issues. We want to offer you support, encouragement and even some tools for making the most of this time. Feel free to reach out to Ms. Debbie if you want someone to talk or pray with.

 

BOREDOM BUSTERS

Every day Ms. Debbie will post a ‘Boredom Buster’ on the OCC Facebook Page. If you’re not on Facebook, contact  debbie@oaklandcitychurch.org and she’ll be happy to share the info via email.

 

YOUTH GROUP CHECK IN – Tuesdays 7:30-8:30 PM via Zoom

Young people 7th Grade and older are welcome to join us for our weekly Bible lesson, discussion, and generally catching up on life.
Zoom Link Here
Hosted by:  Rebecca Anderson

 

RESOURCES

Daily podcast, encouragement + tools and tips for what to do during social distancing.

 

DAILY PODCAST

Starting next week, Riana and Josh will be hosting a daily podcast for the OCC community in exile, along with the occasional guest to talk through the state of the world, theology, Bible and tips for staying sane. You can subscribe here for our podcast feed. You can find our sermon archive here as well.

 

LENTEN DEVOTIONAL

We invited the church to a shared practice before we knew that we wouldn’t be gathering together for a while. Sign up here to receive daily devotionals written by members of the OCC’s community in your inbox.

 

SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

David and the worship team have created a playlist of some of OCC’s favorite worship songs. Use the songs for a praise party, encouragement while working from home, or to relax at the end of the day.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Connect to a roster of support and to give to those in need.

 

GIVE

Our Greater than One fund is used for immediate needs. We know that in the coming weeks and months, the needs will be great for those affected by COVID-19. Many are losing income. Housing is at risk. Medical bills are high. The deacons have requested special giving to support this fund for the needs we anticipate will come. Give to the Deacons Fund here.

 

SERVE THE VULNERABLE

Many are asking how they can help our unhoused and vulnerable community right now. We are working with East Oakland Collective to do that. Right now, the plans we are working on involve calling caterers and restaurants to see if they are able to donate food or to order meals for folks, picking up any commercial food donations/orders and bringing it to EOC/coordinating delivery to curbsides. We don’t have all the details on this yet, but if you think you might be able to help in one of these ways, email Josh. You can donate to EOC here or go to their amazon wishlist here. You can also look out for EOC calls to action on their Facebook page.

 

HELP THE CHURCH COMMUNITY

We anticipate the needs in our church community will increase over the next few months. Grocery shopping, mental health check-ins, deliveries – we’re going to need to support each other. We are creating a database of people’s availability and resources. Please complete the form below.

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