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Church-wide events in person are cancelled until further notice. We will live stream a Sunday morning service at 11:00 a.m., and prayer meetings will be held as a teleconference.
18 March 2020
As we all are adjusting to life in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Session has made decisions regarding the activities of Redeemer Church for the foreseeable future.
First, this Sunday a morning worship service will be live streamed on YouTube at 11:00 a.m. from the youth room at Redeemer. The campus will remain closed, but we hope you can tune in to this service. We will not stream anything in the evening, however, and we encourage individuals and families to make use of the time for worship utilizing other resources.
Second, prayer meeting will take place on its normal dates and at its regular time, but we will utilize online meeting software to facilitate this. More details are to come, but mark your calendars for March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Third, the following activities at Redeemer Church are cancelled until further notice: Women’s Study, Men’s Fellowship, and Community Groups.
Please know these decisions are not made from fear, but out of a desire to heed the counsel of our governing authorities in order to slow the spread of this virus. In the end, we hope that minimizing physical contact with one another will help save lives. The commandment “Do not murder” positively instructs us to take all lawful endeavors to preserve our own life and the lives of others, and we desire to fulfill this duty in part by complying with the authorities’ directives. (See Westminster Larger Catechism questions 135-136.)
Coming together digitally is no replacement for physically gathering for worship, but we pray this time apart will strengthen our affection for one another and our desire to come together again once this affliction has passed.
We want to reiterate that if you have any need—whether financial, childcare during work, picking up groceries for you, other material needs, or a friendly phone call to avert loneliness—we are available to help. In times like this the church can and must be there for one another.
We look forward to sharing in prayer and song along with hearing God’s word together this Sunday. As Paul said to the church in Colossae, “though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit” (Col 2:5). We as your Session feel the same way and continue to pray for you and desire to be with you again soon. Please reach out to any of us if we can encourage and support you in any way.
Grace and peace,
Redeemer Church Session
15 March 2020
Early this morning the Mayor of Hudson, Craig Shubert, announced that a resident of Hudson tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19) while working in Lakewood, Ohio. There is risk of unknowingly carrying and spreading the Coronavirus, and the likelihood of that reality at Redeemer Church has increased with this confirmed case so near to us.
Therefore, the Session has cancelled the physical gathering for Redeemer services this Sunday (3/15/2020) and the next two Sundays (3/22/2020 and 3/29/2020). Our plan is to offer livestreaming beginning next Sunday.
Sunday remains the Christian Sabbath day, and we encourage you to worship privately and with your family as applicable. There are several opportunities to participate in worship services via video:
- Redeemer’s archive of livestreamed morning and evening services
- First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC at 6:00 p.m. Eastern; Dr. Gabriel Fluhrer will preach “Faith under Fire” from Ephesians 6:16
- First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS at 7:00 p.m. Eastern; Dr. Ligon Duncan of Reformed Theological Seminary will preach “God Is King: Remembering God’s Providence in Scary Times” from Psalm 93
During this time one way we can love our neighbor is by listening to authorities as they are working to control the spread of the Coronavirus. Please refer to materials published by the CDC, Ohio Department of Health, and local public health departments, such as Summit County Public Health.
We are thankful our God is sovereign over this situation, and the decision to cancel worship was not undertaken lightly. While not unprecedented in the history of the church, we find ourselves in an unusual moment making this highly irregular decision, and we desire to be back together as the people of God as soon as possible.
Though we cannot meet this week, the church is still active. As always, the deacons are prepared to assist with physical needs that arise, and our elders desire to talk with any who have concerns about the church or the Coronavirus generally.
The Session is in prayer for the church, for our physical wellbeing, and especially for our spiritual wellbeing.
Grace and peace,
Redeemer Church Session
12 March 2020
The Session has been prayerfully monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and is aware that even otherwise healthy people can carry the virus and spread it to others that are in high risk groups. Helpful, reliable information can be found on the websites of the CDC and Ohio Department of Health. We want to avoid contributing to the spread of the virus while also continuing to be faithful to our divine call as the church of Christ who gathers to worship our Triune God.
The Session has decided to cancel Sunday morning worship this week. The City of Hudson announced today that it has closed Barlow Community Center until further notice after Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health issued notices and orders regarding the ongoing concerns. The closing of Barlow is the primary reason morning worship is cancelled this week, but the totality of the circumstances surrounding us right now led to this highly irregular decision.
Sunday evening worship at Holy Trinity Anglican Church will take place as scheduled this week. There will be opportunity to give tithes and offerings at this service. We will make additional efforts before and after the service to sanitize frequently touched surfaces. Hand sanitizer will be available. Since attendance is normally lower in the evenings than the mornings, there is a lower risk of contributing to the spread of the virus.
Additionally, this weekend’s men’s retreat, including the pre-retreat dinner, will happen as scheduled.
Each family should decide for itself if it ought to gather for worship this Sunday. As always, anyone who has symptoms of any illness should refrain from attending Redeemer events. Individuals who are members of high risk groups as defined by the CDC ought to seek medical advice before attending. Others who are concerned about transmission of the virus should not feel compelled to attend.
Please take the Lord’s Day to worship at home in private and/or family worship. If you would like to view other worship services live on Sunday, we recommend other good PCA churches such as Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia or First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, MS. Pastor Wright’s Sunday Evening sermon will be made available on our website early next week.
The Session is continuing to monitor this issue and will convene next week to determine how to proceed in coming weeks.
Though times like this can inspire fear, we remember the oft-repeated command of our God to not fear. Isaiah reminds us so poignantly of the promises attached to this command:
But now thus says the LORD,he who created you, O Jacob,he who formed you, O Israel:“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name, you are mine.When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,and the flame shall not consume you.For I am the LORD your God,the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1–3)
If you have any needs that arise as a result of this pandemic, our deacons are available to assist in whatever way they can. Please reach out to Danny Stephenson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your church leadership remains committed to your wellbeing and growth even during this time. Your pastors and elders are available at any time to pray and offer counsel from God’s word. Please let us know if you are unable to worship with us but would like a visit.
Our God is faithful, and we pray that we will be reminded of that through this time.
Grace and peace,
Redeemer Church Session
26 February 2020
Dear Redeemer Family,
We are about to begin the exciting project of renovating our sanctuary, and that will mean some temporary changes for us for the coming weeks. The biggest disruption will be our Sunday schedule starting 8 March which will be as follows:
Our hope is to return to our own Sanctuary in time for Easter on 12 April 2020. During the renovations, we ask that no church members enter the Sanctuary or Fellowship Hall as it will be a dangerous active work site. We plan to communicate updates on the progress in the sanctuary regularly. Here is an animation of photos taken almost daily of the sanctuary: http://bit.ly/2xmCdEK
Now for all the details, here’s the Redeemer Renovation Catechism:
Can you help me with precise worship locations and parking information?
Yes! Click here for a map that shows the location of, directions to, and parking information for both Barlow Community Center (41 S Oviatt St, Hudson) and Holy Trinity Anglican Church (55 Atterbury Blvd, Hudson). Barlow Community Center is a mile from Redeemer, and an overflow parking lot is located 350 feet north of Barlow on S Oviatt Dr. Just take a right out of Barlow, and the overflow lot will be marked on the right side of the road. Holy Trinity Anglican Church is only half a mile from Redeemer and has ample parking behind the building. Entrances into the buildings will be well marked.
Will our services be different from a normal service at Redeemer?
Substantively, no! But there will be a few logistical changes. We will not carry hymnals and psalters with us, and we’ll use printouts of songs for each service instead. The Lord’s Supper will still be celebrated each Lord’s Day morning, and the plates of bread and juice will be passed down the rows due to the tight quarters. We plan to have the bread cut and cubed so we do not have to tear pieces off of a loaf while passing the plate. Unfortunately, we will not have the equipment to live-stream our services while out of our building.
What else do I need to know about worshiping at Barlow in the mornings?
There are a few things you should be aware of:
- Arrive early to allow time for parking and finding your way into the building, especially the first week. There is overflow parking not far down the street from Barlow.
- There should be enough seating for everyone, but we will need to prove that we like one another. Please do not leave empty seats between families because we need to maximize the seating we have. Ushers will help remind us of this.
- No snacks, food, drinks, or candy are permitted in the Barlow theater. Please help us be good stewards of the building by helping us abide by Barlow’s rules. We ask that candy not be given to children while we are out of our building. After the service, you can help us by picking up communion cups and all trash and placing them in trash cans.
- There will be no Sunday School; the only gathering we will have is corporate worship at 11:00 a.m.
What about nursery at Barlow?
The Session has decided that our Child Protection Policy will continue to operate while we are Barlow. Thus, all check-in and check-out procedures and adult-to-child ratios will continue to be enforced. There will be one large room for all nursery-aged children. Please bring your children fed and diapered. The nursery will not provide snacks for children (though if there is a particular need, you can send your child with a snack), and we are required to take out all dirty diapers when we leave the facility. Additionally, there will be no sleeping babies room. While we regret the inconvenience this may cause, without Sunday School, we expect to only be at Barlow for the 90 minutes of the worship service. If you have any questions about nursery, please contact Naomi Bower.
What do I need to know about worshipping at Holy Trinity in the evenings?
Our friends at Holy Trinity have been very kind to us in letting us use their facilities. We ask that parents are careful to pick up trash and crumbs that may be left over after the service. We want to leave the facilities in better shape than we found them as good stewards of Holy Trinity’s kindness.
How long will this all last?
We hope to be back in our newly renovated Sanctuary by Easter, 12 April 2020. That means we will have about five Sundays of displaced worship. While an inconvenience, we pray this experience will grow our unity and thankfulness to God for the facilities he has given us.
How does this impact other events at Redeemer?
Prayer Meeting, Women’s Study, and Men’s Fellowship will continue as regularly scheduled but will take place downstairs. Youth Group will not meet during renovations. American Heritage Girls will meet at Heritage Classical Academy gymnasium in Peninsula on 11 March and will not have a meeting on 25 March due to Spring Break. Trail Life will likely change their schedule as well, but final plans have not been confirmed.
How do I access the Redeemer building?
The main doors leading to the Redeemer narthex will be closed for Redeemer events during the renovations, so everyone must enter through the back doors in the basement by the office. If you do not know the access code to unlock that door, you can ring the doorbell to be let in or you can contact a deacon to obtain the access code.
Can I stop by and see the renovations?
The sanctuary will be an active work site during the renovations, so unfortunately the sanctuary and fellowship hall are unsafe for us to visit. Only the deacons may grant permission to go to the upper level for any reason during the renovation process. However, we plan to update the congregation regularly regarding the progress of the renovations. If you are curious about what is happening when, click here for a schedule of the work to be done during the five to six weeks.
What exactly is being renovated?
Our carpet is 30 years old and is in desperate need of replacement. Given that all the pews need to be removed to take out the carpet, we are taking the opportunity to do other work in the sanctuary, mostly amounting to a much-needed facelift. In addition to new carpet, we will get a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling, walls, and trim after installing expansion joints to reduce cracking in the walls. Our audio system has been piecemealed together for the last 30 years and needs to be gutted and replaced. Given that we do not use the old choir loft on the chancel, leading to a lot of dead space, we will make the chancel better fit our needs by slightly reducing the size of it and making it one height all the way across. This will also make room for the addition of one more row of pews to help us accommodate some of the growth the Lord has blessed us with. Valence lighting will be fixed and simplified, and a number of smaller items will be fixed.
We are very excited about this project and the improvements that will be made to our worship space. Thank you for bearing with us through the inconveniences that we all will face. No doubt it will be a time of growth for our church in many ways, and we look forward to returning to our own space in April. We praise the Lord for allowing us to do this, and we ask that you would pray for the whole process, our deacons, and especially Deacon Danny Stephenson who is overseeing the day-to-day operations of the renovations.
If you have any questions about any of this, please let me know.
Grace and peace,
Jason Piland (email@example.com)