Pastor Kristi Mitchell
9:00 am Worship
10:00 am Fellowship
Redeemer Lutheran Church
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Dear Redeemer Lutheran Faith Community,
On Friday evening your elected church leaders and I had a caring conversation related to Governor Walz's declaration of a state of emergency as a response to COVID-19. I write to inform you that beginning today, March 14th, we are suspending all worship, meals, and church activities at our church through March 26th. This will include Sunday morning and Wednesday evening worship services, Lenten meals, Sunday School, and other activities scheduled at church. This was a difficult decision, however for the care of the people of our commnity we found it necessary to follow the guidelines of the Minnesota Department of Health, the CDC and our ELCA churchwide organization suggestions. The Church Council and I will meet again on March 23rd to evaluate how we might proceed after March 26th.
In Support of our faith community needs I will plan to share a sermon message through a digital link posted in our E-News and our Facebook page which you can use at any time. Each day at noon I will be posting a prayer on Facebook and inviting people to join me in a time of spiritual centering.
If you have pastoral care needs, please continue to contact me through phone calls, texting, or email. I will share in prayer with you over the phone and be available for in person visits or emergencies as the situation allows. If you are staying at home as one of our vulnerable, high-risk, or compromised immune system folks, and you need food or medication, please let me know. I will do all that I can to help you get those needs met so you do not go without and do not have to venture out.
Because we will not be gathering for worship or for our Lenten fundraising meals in the next couple weeks, you are invited to mail your offering to the church. You can also give online using the giving option on our website at www.redeemeralden.com or follow the directions on the website for the GivePlus app giving to use on your phone or tablet. Although we are not gathering together in the days ahead, the financial responsibilities related to our building and ministry will continue. Your continued generosity and care for our mission and ministry is very much appreciated.
This was a very difficult decision for the leaders of your church. We made the decision with the greatest concern for our community in the hope of assisting in the protection of all people from the spread of COVID-19. We hope you will find alternative ways to faithfully support one another as the body of Christ, even though we will not be physically gathering together. Please take seriously the threat of this virus and the need for all of us to share in the preventing its further spread.
I invite you to call to connect with your fellow Redeemer members and neighbors. Let them know of these worship changes for our faith community, especially if you know they do not have Facebook or email. Check in with one another via phone calls, texts or emails. During this difficult time in our world we must continue to care for one another as beloved children of God. Pray for one another, for our local, state, and national leaders, for our health care professionals, and all of God's people.
I am reminded in Romans 8:37-38 that "...in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." May the love of Christ Jesus continue to sustain you in these hours and days.
In the Peace of Christ,
Redeemer Lutheran Church Alden, Minnesota