Dear Redeemer Church Family,
News of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it impacts us as a church and community is rapidly changing. We value our church family, and so we want to act responsibly when considering what steps we should take as we deal with this crisis here at home. Nothing will completely replace in-person meetings and gatherings, but this is a critical time that compels us to be sensitive to the health and well being of the vulnerable among us. We will continue to adjust and adapt as necessary, here are the most recent and necessary changes we are making at this time.
Weekend Services/Large Gatherings – In-Person & Online
- Those who have been vaccinated may discontinue mask-wearing (but are welcome to continue to do so, should that be their preference).
- Those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated, or who simply prefer to wear a mask when unable to social distance, should continue to do so.
- We will not have assigned seating therefore those who are wearing or not wearing a mask may sit together. Those wearing face masks and attending in person can still practice social distancing, and we encourage you to do so.
- Proof of vaccination will not be requested.
- We will continue holding our online services for those not yet able to attend in person for whatever reason.
As Christians navigating the changing landscape of this pandemic, all that we think, say or do must be through this lens: loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, soul, mind and strength, and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Luke 10:27). It is possible for Christians to have differing opinions on the best course of action. To that end, let’s continue working together to be a community that respects one another’s consciences.
What we must not do, however, is let disagreement divide or distract us. Instead, as we seek solutions, let us be united in our love for our Lord, for one another, and for our neighbors. Our congregations contain immunocompromised people and unvaccinated adults and children. As we navigate this work, let’s continue to protect the least of our congregation.
We recognize things are changing very quickly, so we thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we work toward the goal of gathering back together again fully in person. We miss seeing everyone!
Children’s Ministry will now be meeting in-person on the weekends as normal, following all social distancing and mask guidelines. Additionally, there will be online resources provided on a weekly basis for your family.
Encounter & Launch are now meeting in-person, following social distancing and face mask guidelines. We will continue to host online live services on Facebook at the regularly scheduled times – Wednesday at 7pm (Utica). For more information on reopening guidelines, please visit myredeemerchurch.com/ministries/encounter
You can give online by going to myredeemerchurch.com/give. If you would rather give by check, please send your gift to Redeemer Church, 931 Herkimer Rd., Utica, NY 13502 if you attend the Rome, Syracuse, or Utica campus. If you attend the Albany campus, please send your gift to Redeemer Church, 183 Schoolhouse Rd. Albany, NY 12203. We can assign gifts by the campus you regularly attend. If it’s your first gift, you can denote in the memo which campus you attend or plan to attend. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness and generosity.
Prayer for the Sick
We still believe in the power of prayer and God’s desire to heal, and we want to pray for you! So send in your prayer requests by sending an email to: email@example.com or join us online during the service times and make your requests known in the chat section.
*What might it look like to have comfort in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak? It begins by reminding ourselves that we belong to God. It is in Christ and Christ alone that we place our trust. While we need to use wisdom, our hearts do not have to be ruled by fear. We take comfort in reminding ourselves that God is faithful, that He preserves us, that He is sovereign, and that He rules the nations. As a church with this understanding we should commit ourselves to pray accordingly:
- Pray for our community, our country, and our world.
- Pray specifically for those on the frontlines of making decisions, treating the sick, and seeking a cure/vaccine (health care and government officials).
- Pray for the many affected by the virus.
- Pray God moves miraculously in healing for those who have contracted the virus.
- Pray that our Lord, in His providence, would use even this crisis to strengthen and mobilize his church as we seek to minister to a world in need.
We will continue to keep you updated with any changes as we become aware of them. Any questions, please reply to this email or contact your campus pastor by clicking on their name below:
Pastor Servello Sr., who wrote God’s Shield of Protection based on Psalm 91, gives this timely advice to take the time to read, pray and meditate on Psalm 91:
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall find protection; His faithfulness shall be your shield and wall.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; 6 nor of the pestilence that pursues in darkness, nor of the destruction that strikes at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling, 10 there shall be no evil befall you, neither shall any plague come near your tent; 11 for He shall give His angels charge over you to guard you in all your ways. 12 They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, and I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.