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Coronavirus Letter (UPDATED)

by on March 20, 2020

Friday, March 20, 2020
Dear TBC

We as Pastors & Elders want to inform you of how we are responding in light of Covid-19 and its effects on our country. Our primary goal during this time is to keep you, our TBC family, safe. We have made some decisions that are not easy decisions to make, but we feel are the best decisions during this unprecedented time.

As of today, all TBC gatherings and events are suspended indefinitely. While this is not ideal for any church, we want to do our part and help stop the spread of the virus. We really don’t know an exact timeline on how long this will last. We are following the CDC & WHO guidelines, and instructions from state & federal government as they happen. We will know more in the coming weeks what it looks like for churches.

We will continue to do Remote Services each Sunday. Check the website under the tab “Remote Services” for the latest video. Feel free to go back and listen to sermons from past Sundays as well.

We plan to put out videos from our staff every day on the church’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Check those daily and if there are any prayer requests you have, please don’t hesitate to contact a pastor.

Since our update last week, the recommendations from the CDC and WHO have changed, encouraging social gatherings to be 10 people or less. While these times are unprecedented, we know and believe that God will see us through. This too shall pass! We love you and look forward to a day soon that we can all gather together again as we work to bring God’s Kingdom to the world through the ministry of TBC.

TBC Pastors and Elders


Friday, March 13, 2020
Dear TBC Family,
In response to Governor DeWine’s statement Thursday afternoon regarding banning large gatherings over 100, The Branch Church has decided to move away from our Sunday Services for at least the next two weeks which includes this Sunday March 15th and next Sunday March 22nd. While religious institutions are excluded from this ban, TBC has decided to follow the state's guidelines. We want to show an abundance of care and concern for our neighbors and especially for those in our church who are at a high risk, and do our part to slow the spread of the virus.

Please note: All the following TBC events will be cancelled through Saturday, March 28th: TBC Youth, The Gathering (Saturday night service), AWE Service, Marriage Workshop, Choir Practice, All Bible Studies, Celebrate Recovery.

While it isn’t ideal as a church to cancel most of our functions, we do believe there are some opportunities to be creative and grow as a church family, even in the midst of this situation.

  1. On Sunday, March 15th and 22nd, we will be providing a video from our pastors. We will finish the last passage of our James series and next week (March 22nd), we will recap the book of James and share some of the key lessons learned along the way. You can find the video on our website Sunday morning at 9am.

  2. We encourage you to watch the message together as a family and spend some time in prayer.

  3. We understand that many of you still desire to gather together in small groups. If you are going to meet together, we are asking you to practice good hygiene and wisdom when doing so.

  4. We subscribe to right now media and everyone who attends the Branch is able to access it for free! We will be sending out some studies and recommendations for you as our church family to participate in. If you aren’t subscribed to RightNow Media, contact

  5. Pray! We know life is crazy, but life’s interruptions are often God’s opportunities. Take advantage of the time we have, pray for your families, our church, your workplaces, and our communities.

  6. You can give online (www.thebranchchurchohio.com) or through our church app at anytime. If you don’t have our church app or need help accessing it, email Jill at

During this time, our offices are open and our pastoral and administrative teams will continue to care for the needs of our congregation.

Let us strive to be examples of Christ to our communities, co-workers, neighbors, families, and friends throughout the duration of the Corona Virus. We as a staff love you and are privileged to serve you.

Your TBC Pastors

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