Dear Rosh Pinah community and friends,
We will not be convening at the Rosh Pinah facility for regular Shabbat services tomorrow, January 23. After serious prayer, counsel, and learning what other congregations are doing across the mainstream Messianic Jewish world, we are taking the step of further delaying the restart of Shabbat services until February 6, 2021. We plan to meet at Rosh Pinah at 10:40 AM, Shabbat, February 6 to celebrate the LORD’s Supper together, worship, fellowship and much more.
There are several important changes to our meeting criteria. In keeping with all other community gatherings in Oklahoma City and with the well-being of Rosh Pinah attendees in mind, we are requesting all attendees to wear facemasks at all times within the Rosh Pinah facility until further notice from the Rosh Pinah Elders.
The exceptions to this congregational mask mandate are:
• The worship team as they lead worship on stage.
• Any person speaking on stage for liturgy, announcements, teaching or other official functions.
• And those outside of the building and not in contact with others.
Please maintain a 6-foot minimum personal distancing area while at Rosh Pinah and continue washing your hands regularly.
One major change is the restart of dance during the service under the direction of our dance leader. But, all dancers will need to wear a face mask while dancing. Clasping of hands and similar ‘touch’ dance actions should be avoided. Dancing while wearing a facemask may be difficult for some. Caution is advised.
We will not be serving food or drinks of any kind at Rosh Pinah until further notice.
We will continue with Shabbaton meetings at 2:15pm each Shabbat as a Zoom-only event until further notice including after we restart on February 6.
We plan to reconvene the scheduled 6:15 – 7:15pm prayer meeting followed by the 7:30 – 8:40pm Bible study each Tuesday, starting February 9.
The building will remain under the care of the Shamashim (Deacons) and will be closed during the rest of the week except for necessary cleaning, maintenance or by way of special appointments.
For some, our regathering is highly anticipated while for others, regathering on February 6 may seem too soon. It is okay to have a different opinion on this matter, but it is not okay to be judgmental, harsh, or divisive because of a different opinion. We need to extend grace to others if they see this differently than ourselves. We do ask for your full compliance with wearing face masks, personal distancing, and following the dance protocol. Hopefully as time passes, we will have less and less directives to heed and more and more of a return to normal congregational life.
We are excited about what is happening spiritually at Rosh Pinah. The LORD has been pruning Rosh Pinah and that has been a good work! And He is already causing new growth to spring forth in a number of key areas. We hope to convene an official business meeting by the end of February. Please look for a formal announcement of that meeting two weeks before it is scheduled.
A special thank you to those who have been praying, reaching out to others, tithing or giving, and showing godly support for the Rosh Pinah leadership at this challenging time. Thank you for your understanding heart.
Please keep praying and believing GOD for the good things He has in store for our congregation to come to pass speedily in His timing.
Shalom and blessings,
The Elders of Rosh Pinah