How We are Responding to COVID-19
We are making adjustments within our church schedule in response to the COVID-19 virus threat and want to communicate these changes, along with some additional information, to you.
Through the month of March, we are canceling our Sunday morning worship gatherings at the church, along with all other small group gatherings. We will re-evaluate as we move through this, as the situation is very fluid.
Here is what will be happening.
• We will be live-streaming our worship services on-line through our ORBC Facebook page. You will have the opportunity to watch the service live on-line, though there will be no audience at the church. We will begin services live at 10:30 am. I encourage you to worship at home as a family. You will also be able to view them here.
• I will be enclosing a Bible reading plan that will take us through the book of John on a journey to the cross. Consider making this part of your daily Bible reading individually or as a family.
• To accompany the Bible reading, I will post a daily video devotional on-line to access through Facebook and the church website.
• I believe prayer will be key during this time. We have ordered even more Pray and Go! Cards to leave on people’s doors, letting them know we are praying for our community at this time. Please contact our office if you need additional information about Pray and Go!
Here are some additional ways we can help.
• We will be checking on people who may have needs during this time. If you are aware of someone in need, please contact our offices. Contact numbers for our deacons are listed below.
• If you do not have the technical ability to watch services on-line (that is, if you’re unsure how to do this), we will find someone to walk you through this. Please contact us.
• If you want to give during this time, you can give on-line through our website (, or you can mail your check to us at:
PO Box 567
Portland, Texas 78374
You can always bring your offering to the church office Monday -Thursday, 8 am – 12 noon.
I was looking back at the first message I delivered this year, January 5, 2020. This is how it began. “There will be a lot of good things occur in 2020. And there are challenges that await us, as well. Nothing that happens will catch God by surprise.
In ISAIAH 46:10 God says, “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand and I will do all that I please.”
I am so grateful to know the Lord as the One in Whom I put my trust. It is our calling as followers of Jesus to trust the Lord.