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Update: April 23, 8:45pm

Read Bishop Ed’s message regarding reopening churches below

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

Grace and Peace to you in the name of our Risen Lord! I pray that you are all well and maintaining safety given our current environment.

Many of you have inquired about the opening of our churches given the recent statements by our Governor. While I appreciate the Governor’s desire to open our communities and economy quickly, the current trajectory of the pandemic in Oklahoma, in my opinion and that of others, does not meet the standards for a phased re-opening as provided by the CDC and our President.

As such, following consultation with state and municipal officials, as well as health care authorities, I am extending the closure of all churches until at least May 15th. As we approach that date, we will re-evaluate the status of the pandemic considering the most reliable public health information available and either extend the closure or begin the process of re-opening our churches.