We know that this crisis has given us all kinds of reasons to fear, doubt, and is a significant testing of our faith. We all feel that today. The last week has been one we will all remember for many years to come. Many in our community are facing the threat of illness. Many are struggling to adjust to the demands of children and jobs as they attempt to work from home. Others don’t know when or if they will be able to go back to work again, and still others have already lost their jobs. And, after just a few days of this, many of us are already feeling lonely and long for community and friendship in a way that feels out of reach in this season.
As more information comes out about COVID-19 there are two things that we know:
While there is much to fear with this virus, fear doesn’t get the ultimate word: God is in control, and he loves us.
And second, we know that we are going to have to settle into a new rhythm of life for a while, but “social distancing does not have to mean spiritual isolation”!
After all, we are the church. We must hold on to Christ as we seek to encourage one another. Our pastors and leaders have been working hard to reach out and care for people, spend time seeking God in prayer, and meeting to decide how we adapt our ministry in this strange season of life.
Also, we want to remind you that we are united with Redeemer Fellowship and are acting in one accord with our other two congregations and leadership right now. Because we are leading things together, you will see your pastors and many other leaders, some you may not even know yet. As your local pastors, we are here and available to lead, shepherd, guide, and pray for you ALWAYS!
In light of guidelines passed down from our civic leaders, The Avenue & Redeemer will not host public services for the next eight weeks. In addition, we are no longer encouraging you to physically meet in Small Groups as those generally exceed the “10 people or less” guidelines set out by our civic leaders. You may however, choose to move your small group online, if you so choose. Below we have broken down the ways we plan to move forward as a congregation for now.