REDEMPTION CHURCH’S UPDATE (MARCH 31) TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
I pray that you and your family are staying well during this COVID-19 pandemic. I want you to know that you are loved, missed, and prayed for on a regular basis.
ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE WORD
In times like this, I want to remind you of the truth I shared on Sunday, March 29. In this world, we will have tribulation, but the greater promise is for those who are in Jesus; we can have peace (John 16:33). Peace is internal and tribulation is external. If you want to grow in peace amidst this situation that we are experiencing now, then abide in Jesus and the fruit of peace will grow in your heart and mind (John 15:4-5).
How do you abide in Jesus? To abide with Jesus means you spend time with Jesus. You read His Word. You listen to the Holy Spirit who lives in you as a believer and you walk in obedience to His Word. As you continue to abide in Him, the fruit of peace will grow in your heart and mind.
This week we heard from both President Trump and our Governor Edwards extend the Social Distancing until April 30. So, this means that for at least the next four weeks, we will not be able to gather for worship but will need to continue to minister as we are through virtual means. So, as we walk through this time of not getting to gather for worship, I want to encourage you to stay connected with the church family through as many ways as you can. Here are various ways you can stay connected:
1. Sunday Morning Worship Live Stream -
Every Sunday at 10:30, we will live stream our service.
Below are the two ways you can stream the service.
Live Stream through our church website -
Live Stream through our You-Tube channel -
2. Redemption Church Facebook page
Stay connected and up to date with videos and news on our church via our facebook page. Make sure to "like" the page and you'll be notified each time something new gets added.
3. Church Text
If you would like to receive up-to-date info through a text message, then send an email to me with your name and phone number, and I'll add you to the church text group. My email is email@example.com
4. Virtual Small Groups
Many of our small groups are meeting virtually throughout different times of the week. If you haven't gotten connected to a Small Group and would like to get connected, send me an email. Tell me what Small Group you are interested in, and I can get you connected to the Small Group leader. Our Small Groups help Disciple and Care for each person that is in the group. Here are our Small Groups along with their leaders and the times that they are meeting throughout the week:
Co-ed 2 - Sundays at 9:00 am
(John Nogueras and Tim Wyatt)
Women 1 - Sundays at 6:00 pm
(Kimberly Coogan and Rebecca Estain)
Co-ed 1 - Sundays at 7:00 pm
(Andy Boggs, Brandon Jenkins, and Jon King)
4th-6th grade - Tuesdays at 6:30 pm
7th-12th grade - Wednesdays at 6:00 pm
5. Prayer Needs
If you have any prayer needs, feel free to let us know how we can pray for you.
Pastor Byron - firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew - email@example.com
Liz (Pastor Byron's Wife) - firstname.lastname@example.org
John (Adult Ministry leaders) – email@example.com
6. Family Discipleship Resources
Last week, we added many Family Discipleship Resources to our church website for every age group. Simply go to our website and click on "Resources"; there will be slide out tabs for each appropriate age group. There are Bible Study options, devotions, sermons, music, and much more.
FINAL THOUGHTS –
It is easy to feel overwhelmed with all that is going on. But let me remind you of these words:
Jesus said, "Take heart, I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
Rest in this promise this week!
I Love you and am praying for you,
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.
An Additional resource is the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) who is keeping their website updated consistently with up to date information as it pertains to our area.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend. (see Colossians 1:15-17)
- Have Faith and not Fear – Remember that Psalm 46 tells us that God is our Refuge and Strength and a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we should not Fear. Our Faith is in God who is a refuge and our rock.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials and wisdom for the church staff as we navigate through this time.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online Here or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
- Encourage one another. This is an opportunity for each of us to reach out via text or a phone call and check on others in your Small Group or others that come to mind that you know regularly attends Redemption or that may be newly attending.
- Don’t waste this time – All of our lives and schedules are being adjusted. So, I want to encourage you that as you have potentially more time on your hands, make time individually and as a family to spend time with God. Use this as a time to grow closer together as a family and time to grow closer to God.
Know that I love you and am praying for you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the church office (985-882-5682).