AN UPDATE FROM OUR PASTOR
TEMPORARY SWITCH TO ONLINE SERVICES ONLY | OCT. 12, 2020
Dear Redeemer Family,
I pray this email finds you well. As you know, we are so blessed to be at Redeemer and to have such a loving congregation as yourselves. During this trying year of 2020 you have been very encouraging and supportive. For that we are grateful. Even with the church shut down, limited capacities, social distancing, and masks, many of you have continued your support. Many of you have continued to send in your tithes and offerings although you haven't yet attended a service in-person or you have limited your attendance. This is truly amazing, because all of our expenses are still there every month and all of our missionaries are still on field. So thank you.
With that being said, a few people who have attended Redeemer or have been associated with Redeemer have recently tested positive for COVID19. The good news is many of them do not have severe symptoms. A few of them were surprised to learn they had COVID, because their symptoms were so light. In Colorado we are used to the cold and flu season as our seasons change and many people do experience colds every year at some time, so they were surprised to learn this year it was called COVID. If you have been watching the news or paying attention to our city you would also know that there has been an increase in COVID cases overall in this season.
Since we have a couple of different people with positive tests who are associated with Redeemer we are going to cancel all church activities for 14 days. According to Tri County Health, this is the time it takes for this virus to take its course. They are not asking us or requiring us to cancel anything, but I think out of an abundance of caution, this is best for us at this time. Our staff will stay home, the office will be closed, and Wednesday and Sunday services will be on-line only - until NOVEMBER 1ST.
We will resume our Sunday services on the 1ST OF NOVEMBER - so all weekly activities will be cancelled. At the same time, this will be a good time for our staff and volunteers to get a nice break. They have been pressed very hard over the last couple of months with various activities and with the passing of Pastor Lou.
We love you guys very much and we will keep you updated. Keep praying for us as we are praying for you. We are truly looking forward to all that God is going to do in the future here at Redeemer and to meeting with you again in-person soon. Also, please pray for our missionary Doug Peterson who is having some heart issues at this time and is going to have some exploratory tests done today, his health situation is critical.
Remember COVID is not something we should fear, we must fear God. You can take all the precautions in the world and still be affected by this virus. That's why we must trust that God will get us through this time as well. We have had to adjust many things this year and we know that God will get us through!
Think on these verses:
Psalm 103:17 (ESV) - But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him, and his righteousness to children's children.
Psalm 115:11 (ESV) - You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord! He is their help and their shield.
Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.
We love you Redeemer!
MASK UPDATE | JULY18, 2020
The Governor of Colorado has made it mandatory to wear a mask when out in a public setting. Where we have been recommending masks, we now ask that each member wear your mask until you are at your seat and as you exit. We want to continue to be good neighbors and responsible citizens and as we do our part. We will continue to sanitize and disinfect thoroughly between services and throughout the day as well as practice safe social distancing with our seating.
As your church we continue to pray God’s protection and safety over your families.
COVID-19 UPDATE | March 22, 2020
Dear Redeemer Temple Family,
I just wanted to write you a quick note to let you know that the church will be re-opening to all who want to attend this weekend - the 24th of May.
I believe the message of the church has been received at the highest levels of our government. When we initially shut the doors to the church in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in our nation, we shut at the request of the President of the United States. And today he has announced to the world that churches should re-open this weekend. He has also stated, in regard to the individual Governors, he would override any of their direction to keep houses of worship closed. Please watch the video link of his announcement:
We are grateful for this. As you know, we also believe the church is essential. I feel like they should have deemed the churches essential weeks ago, but I am grateful nevertheless.
I took some time this week to look at different ministries and their suggestions for safely opening up. I was glad to know that our staff had come up with every single idea they had and we are already implementing them.
The only thing that will not be available this Sunday is the fellowship hall (that would be for only people wearing masks). The reason for this is that our technical guy, Jeremy Randazzo, is working out of town this weekend. We will open it up next week should anyone want to join us in there and watch the service live-streamed while wearing a mask.
For this Sunday, we will work to fill up the sanctuary first and then if necessary we will move any overflow to the fellowship hall.
We are also starting to pray in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. before the service starts and we would love for you to join us. This is something that we have been doing since the church was shut down with the staff that were here and we have been very blessed by it. If you don’t wish to join us for prayer please come closer to 10:00 a.m. We will be seating from the front to the back and dismissing from the back to front.
As much as we all desire to see each other and fellowship with others, please know that we are working so that people do not bunch up together. This the why the lobby is blocked - so that people cannot gather there. At the same time, we would love for you to fellowship outside in the fresh air after church as long as you wish.
We have hand sanitizer available as you walk in, please feel free to use it. We also have disposable masks available should you be more comfortable wearing one.
If you feel sick or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 we ask that you do not attend at this time, but we would love to pray for your healing. If you contact us, we can work that out for another time or over the phone.
Please do your best to follow the guidelines that we have set up as we work to do our part as well. As the President rightly said today, we are concerned about our parishioners and do not want anyone to get ill, so we will do our part, knowing that our Great God will do His as well.
I know that some of you may still not feel comfortable attending and we respect your position and concern, but I will say with all my heart that I am looking forward to seeing all of you very soon. We love you guys and have missed our time of worshiping our Lord together with you.
I pray you have a wonderful weekend and please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
In His Love,