Congregational Update - COVID-191
Greetings Redeemer Family,
We, like you, are monitoring the Coronavirus spread into our region, and would like to update you on what adjustments we will make to our worship service and events. But first, let us encourage you with these words from Psalm 46: "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.” Because the Lord is on His throne we need not fear the uncertainty of the future. He is a mighty fortress and we shall not be be shaken!
With that said, our duty is to trust Him and to love our neighbors. We want to take some common-sense precautions to help mitigate any spread of the disease. So here are some initial adjustments:
1) We will suspend the Lord Supper for the time being.
2) Offering plates will be placed in the foyer and will not be passed during the service.
3) Greeters will be holding the door open for visitors, and will not be handing the bulletin to people as they enter.
4) We will respect the recommendations of the CDC and try to maintain a distance of about a yard from one another. Please do not force physical contact (handshake or hug) on others. The sanctuary is large. Spread out!
5) As long as we are able to supply, hand sanitizer will placed in the foyer.
6) Community groups will be up to the discretion of community group leaders and participants.
7) For the time being, we are suspending the indoor fellowship and adult education time after the service in the fellowship hall. If people want to fellowship after the service, they may do so at their discretion (preferably outdoors).
8) In the event you feel it best not to attend in person, we will continue to offer live streaming of our service on Redeemer’s Facebook page. You may watch the service in real time there.
9) Our nursery and Discipleship Cove will be functioning and available for children on Sunday.
For the most up to date information on any additional changes being made, visit the redeemervb.com homepage.
In conclusion brothers and sisters, now is not the time to fear. Now is the time to shine. Many Christians in ages past have shown the way for us in caring for the sick, the needy and the hurting in times of trouble. Because we have a firm Rock on which we can stand, we too can face any uncertainty without fear and love with selfless abandon. Lets do so!
Warmly in Christ,
Pastor Carlos and the Elders