Sunday School & Bible Studies
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
What a couple of weeks this has been! In our lifetimes, none of us have ever experienced anything like what is happening throughout the world, in our country, and right here in our own community. Because of the current situation, after much prayer, and deliberation with our elders, we have decided to suspend all activities at the church until further notice. There will be no Sunday corporate worship or Wednesday evening services. I will continue to prepare a sermon each week, that sermon will be recorded as usual, and made available for your viewing.
We hope this will be a very short-term situation, and that we will be able to resume normal activities very soon. I have been very conflicted about this decision, and I know that not everyone will agree with what we have decided. I also know that not everyone would agree if we had chosen to continue our regular scheduled worship services. There is no absolute right or wrong way to deal with something like this.
The primary consideration in making this decision is the well-being of each of you, your families, and the members of our community. As a church, we should comply with what our federal and local governments, and healthcare professionals are recommending be done to slow the spread of this contagion. The disease is very easily spread and is especially dangerous to the elderly, those with compromised immune systems, and those who have underlying medical conditions. Even if YOU are not at a high risk of serious illness from the disease, there is the danger of transmission to someone who is.
Also important through all of this is the fact that our church still has to operate. Just because we are not having corporate worship, does not change the financial obligations we have as a church. We still have a mortgage payment, insurance, utilities, payroll, office supplies, etc. Please make every effort to continue to support our church with your tithes and offerings. And please do not wait until we are once again gathered together for worship to bring your gifts. Please mail them to the church, or if you prefer, you can drop them off at the church.
We will continue to monitor things on a daily basis and keep you informed as best we can. At this point, Carol and I plan to be in the office, so if you have a need or question, please do not hesitate to call. And above all, pray. We all need to be people of prayer, especially at a time like this. Pray for our country, our community, our church, and for each other.
To listen to the sermon, which will be available Sunday morning by 8:15, go to Redeemer’s Facebook page. If you do not have Facebook, you can watch the sermon by going to:
www.youtube.com. In the search bar type: Redeemer Lutheran Shawnee LCMS.
We will not panic, fear, or grow weary. Jesus tells us in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world!” We too will overcome!
In Christ’s love,
Sunday Morning Worship 8:15 a.m.
Sunday School/Bible Study 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Blended Worship 10:45 a.m.
Phone #: 405-273-6286