Tuesday evening we were made aware that a child who was in the 1st- 5th grade classroom this past Sunday (11/15) has since tested positive for COVID 19. The child was, and continues to be asymptomatic, showing no symptoms of the virus. We have already reached out to all the families who had children in that specific class last Sunday. While the risk of potential spread remains relatively low, please continue to monitor your health closely and contact your health care provider if you begin to develop any symptoms.
Out of an abundance of caution, Sunday gatherings for the next two weeks will shift to a virtual service. We are so grateful that the generosity of the church has made it possible for us to gather in this manner. You can access this Sunday’s 9:30a virtual service here.
This incident, along with the governor’s new orders have raised a number of questions regarding our normal Sunday morning gathering routine. With this in mind, we wanted to reach out to provide some answers and reassurances regarding our plans to move forward through these times of uncertainty.
To begin, we affirm that regardless of any government mandate, law, or regulation, God is in full control of His church and He maintains absolute authority over Redeemers Church (Mt. 28:18). Even through a time of ever-shifting governmental regulation, our mission and focus remains the same: Make disciples of Jesus Christ (Mt. 28:19-20).
As elders and pastors, we are tasked with ensuring sound doctrine (Titus 1:9) and equipping the saints for the ministry of building the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). And frankly, we love this duty and consider it an honor to serve the Lord alongside you all.
As with most hot-button societal issues throughout human history, the devil seeks out opportunities to divide the body of Christ and distract us from our true mission. The most recent mandates from the state government has provided yet another opportunity for division and distraction among followers of Christ. On one side, many members of the body of Christ view the most recent governmental mandates as another intrusion on our religious liberties and an intentional attempt to prevent the gathering of the church (Heb. 10:25). On the other side, many members of the same body of CHRIST may be considered ‘at-risk’ and desire precautionary measures to be set in place as a sign of our church ‘loving thy neighbor’ (Mt. 22:39).
While seemingly contradictory, both sides may be right, but that is not the point. The point is we cannot become distracted and divided from our mission of making disciples of JESUS CHRIST. With this in mind, we’ve planned the following procedural refinements for the upcoming two Sundays.
For the duration of these mandates:
- Beginning 12/6 we will expand to two gatherings if needed (9:00a & 10:30a) to help increase our church building's physical capacity. Our gatherings will only be an hour long. If things get a little too crowded in the upstairs sanctuary we will have a separate area to watch the sermon from downstairs. Full childcare will be available at the 10:30a service. We will need you to take your child directly to their class before the gathering begins.
- Please wear a facial covering when moving about the building and when you are unable to social distance.
- Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, we’ve invested in live streaming and will continue to stream the Sunday Morning Service for those who prefer to join our gatherings from home. The live stream can be accessed here.
This is an imperfect plan, but it maintains our desire to not forsake the gathering of the followers of Christ, while also demonstrating our desire to show love to our neighbors by implementing some precautionary measures for those who may be in an at-risk category. More importantly, this plan allows us all to stay focused on our true missions: Making disciples of Jesus Christ.
These are unique and trying times, but we have a mighty GOD who remains on HIS throne.