Local churches continue to spread their message

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Local churches continue to spread their message

By Melissa Perner
The Ozona Stockman

     Standing in a pasture, surrounded by sheep, Pastor Leigh Lloyd delivers a message to children about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
    Wind blowing, sheep bleating, the Ozona United Methodist Church Pastor tells her story while being videoed, in order to have children’s time.
    “I know that right now you are wondering what’s going on in your lives, and you are wondering why we can’t come to church tomorrow, and you are wondering what’s going to happen. I just want you know to know that I trust Jesus is with each one of us. Just like the shepherd takes care of those sheep,” Lloyd said in her message.
    Lloyd, like her fellow pastors, found ways through social media to get a message out to her members with COVID-19, coronavirus, forcing churches to cancel in-house worship services.
    At the First Baptist Church, Pastor Mark Fricke preached to an empty sanctuary while Youth Pastor Erik Mendoza did the filming. Worship music by Rosalind Williams and Tamara McWilliams was also performed.
    This Sunday, March 29, the First Baptist Church plans on having a drive-up service starting at 10:55 a.m. They are asking for cars to arrive at 10:45 a.m. so that everyone can get parked in appropriate places.
    New Beginning Ozona, which often broadcasts their services over social media, also held services in an empty building. Sheena and Zach Youngblood led with worship music and Pastor JC Cantu delivered his weekly message.
    At Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, people sat in their cars and listened to Father Hilary Ihedioha deliver the mass.
    OLPH Catholic Church plans on continuing to have mass this way, weather permitting, at 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. The church building does remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week if anyone needs to go inside to pray.
    Along with social media, and sitting in cars, churches are also emailing videos or video links of their services to church members.
    During all services, pastors assured the community and those watching to not be afraid, to stay strong in their faith and to not panic during this time of pandemic.
    “As we face our uncertain times, we can rest in the certainty that our redeemer is alive,” Fricke said in his message.

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