AN UPDATE FROM OUR PASTOR
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,