Sunday Morning Liturgical Worship 8:15 a.m. in old sanctuary
Sunday Morning Bible Study & Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Blended Worship 10:45 a.m. in new sanctuary
Phone #: 405-273-6286
Redeemed in the Lord,
The long night is ending, and the sunlight is breaking forth on the horizon. Things are beginning to go back to normal after the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we do not want to act in reckless ways, we do have the opportunity to update some of our COVID policies here at Redeemer in light of 1) the ever-expanding vaccine distribution, 2) a greater understanding of the workings of this novel corona virus, and 3) CDC/State guidance. The Planning Committee believes these changes should be helpful and a blessing for all.
If you are feeling ill, especially if you have a fever, we ask you please to stay home for that Sunday; watch the service either on our Facebook live feed (https://www.facebook.com/redeemerlutheranshawnee) or after it is uploaded to our YouTube channel Redeemer Lutheran Shawnee (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHJYDMQamCfwck8O8jENfZA/featured), and please call Pastor (405-827-4664) or the Church if it is something serious so that we can join you in praying for the Lord’s healing.
Masks: Just as CDC guidance has long said, if a person is able to stay over 6ft away from those outside of their family group, masks are NOT required to be worn. A family group is the members of your household and those around whom you have elsewhere gathered without masks. If you are moving around the church or if you are personally interacting with someone outside of your family group who is closer than 6ft, it is still recommended to properly wear a mask [nose, mouth, and chin covered]. We will continue to provide disposable masks for those who may have forgotten to bring their own.
Distancing: The CDC has recently released guidelines for classrooms and similar spaces (like church Bible Studies) that lower the social distancing space to 3ft between those outside of your family group. In public spaces, 6ft is still recommended. In our sanctuaries, we ask that each family group seek to spread out according to their conscience while attempting to leave room for others to do the same. If you are fellowshipping with others in the church, we ask that you purposefully do so in places that allow others to pass around you with plenty of room – not in small access points, halls, doorways, etc.
Communion: We will go to using the whole of the chancel railing spaces during Communion distribution so that we may get three or more family groups spaced 6ft apart per distribution table. You may, if desired, remain standing at the railing to avoid touching the rail. If you feel the chancel area is too crowded for your family group when the usher bids you forward, you may – of course – wait until the next table. Please keep your mask on while moving up the aisle, but you may remove it at the chancel.
Coffee, Food, Meals, etc: Updates about food and meal policies will be forthcoming. For now, we will make and serve coffee again as long as those who partake use the provided napkins to touch the spigot rather than bare hands.
Offerings and Tithes: We will continue to have the offering basket by the entrance rather than passing it around during service. To help those who desire an even simpler and safer way, we will soon be providing means for you to give one time or regular donations through auto-draft with your bank or through other virtual methods. Watch for updates on these options to come.
We pray that these simple updates help us all the more gather in the LORD’s redeeming name to receive His blessed gifts together as the Body of Christ. If you have any questions or comments, please call or email Pastor or any of the Planning Committee. Thank you and God bless.
 If you are unfamiliar with how to follow the service: click on the provided links or copy and paste them into your web browser. This will take you to either the church Facebook page or the church YouTube channel. Usually, you have to have a Facebook account to watch live. You DO NOT have to have an account to watch on the recording on the YouTube channel. If you are having trouble, make sure the volume on your computer is turned all the way up. (Most uploads will need to be played through external speakers or headphones for best clarity). It is recommended that you SUBSCRIBE to the church YouTube channel for ease of access in the future.