As Set the Captives Free Outreach Center closely monitors the progress of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) throughout our nation and region, we are taking steps to prepare for any potential impact. Please partner with us in prayer as we pray for those already affected and those that may be. Prevention is worth an ounce of cure. Let’s work together with our elected officials to help slow down the spread of this virus. And remember to speak the Word of God over yourself and others. We can stand on this promise also as we also take the proper precautions.
Psalm 91:7-8 King James Version (KJV)
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Updated May 15th @ 11:00 am
In response to Governor Hogan’s Phase 1 of lifting Maryland’s stay at home orders; here are STCF’s reopening phases.
PHASE 1 (Current Phase): The first phase of our plans calls for the continuation of the e-church. We will continue to worship via Facebook and Youtube and will not hold any services in our building. The OWE Center and Halos hair salon is closed for business until further notice. Only food pantry essential staff is reporting during times of setup and food distribution. Meetings will still be held virtually as scheduled. No one will be allowed in the OWE Center unless employed by STCF. STCF employees are working remotely. . This will be updated if necessary as we receive new developments.
Sunday worship services will be livestreamed at 10:00 am on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/stcfoc and also on our Youtube page at https://www.youtube.com/c/SettheCaptivesFreeOutreachCenter
Noonday Bible Study is closed until further notice.
The Wednesday night PATH Bible Study will resume tonight April 1st with all P.A.T.H. classes being active. If you are enrolled in a class, you will receive an invitation to your online class location. If you are a non-member or were attending the Home Improvement class with Pastor Linwood & Dr. Karen, please report to www.facebook.com/stcfoc for class.
The Food Pantry will remain open on Thursdays from 9am-12 noon with a revamped procedure. It will operate as a drive through pantry. Recipients are asked to stay in the car and items will be loaded into your trunk. For everyone’s safety we ask you to remain in your vehicles.
PHASE 2: The second phase will be opening and having Sunday worship with limited capacity. A date will be announced to signal when this phase will go into effect. Regarding the announcement by the Governor, our Phase 2 guidance will not be implemented until we’ve had a chance to fully understand how the Governor’s announcement practically impacts our congregation. Our staff is currently working to procure necessary supplies to prepare our facilities so they are safe and in compliance with governmental and public health regulations.
PHASE 3: The final phase will consist of Sunday worship and Wednesday P.A.T.H. Bible study at full capacity. This will be established at a later date as deemed appropriate by local government and health officials.
Above all, we want to be sure that the church we are reopening is safe for our people. For this reason, we will take our time to make the determination of when we will resume public worship.
We appreciate all of your faithful financial support as we continue to build out the OWE Center to the glory of God! We ask you to continue to worship in giving during this time. Giving can be done at https://stcfoc.com/give or via Cashapp $stcf. If you choose to give via Cashapp please submit your full name.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
There are simple measures you can take to protect yourself and help us reduce the spread of Coronavirus in our community.
If you feel sick or are caring for someone who is sick:
- Stay home unless you are seeking medical treatment.
- Limit your participation in community activities.
- Plan to call into ministry meetings instead of attending them in person.
- Dispose of used tissues right away.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth and others with unwashed hands.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water as often as you can. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- If you are not near a sink, use hand sanitizer. Sanitize all of the skin on your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Refrain from shaking your hands to dry them.
- Engage in respiratory etiquette by coughing and sneezing into the bend of your elbow.
- Sanitize freshly touched surfaces in your home, school or office daily.
- Avoid coming in close contact with those who appear unwell.
- Learn the additional measures that high risk, vulnerable individuals should take.
- Stay up on current events.