COVID-19 UPDATE

Details for June 7 Worship Service

Hello Redemption Family!
Since our state is moving to Phase 2, this Sunday, June 7, we will be able to increase our Worship service amount to 150 (50% of our seating capacity). If we reach the capacity of 150, we will overflow into the Lobby with the maximum of 30 in the lobby.

Please take the time to sign up on the weekly worship survey to give us an idea of the number of people coming so we can plan accordingly.
https://rclacombe.org/weekly-survey/

Worship Service Times
We will have one service at 10:30 am.
The doors to the building will be open 15 minutes prior to the service.
* This is a worship service only.
* There will be no Small Groups.
* Additionally, there will be no Nursery or Preschool at this time.

Small Groups and Preschool/Nursery
We are working on the details of when we will be able to allow Small Groups to meet at the church.
Additionally, we are working on the details on when we will be able to have Preschool and Nursery. We will notify you as a church as soon as we have
been given the proper information.

Live Stream Option
We will still offer our Worship service via Live Stream if you choose to not come at this time.

https://rclacombe.org/live-worship/
https://www.youtube.com/c/redemptionchurchlacombe

Requirements and Recommendations
- Social Distancing
During this time, we encourage you to still maintain 6' Social distancing. Thus, we are encouraging you to not make physical contact with anyone except your immediate family.

Those who should consider the risks before coming
Anyone who is 65 years and older is encouraged to continue streaming the service from home.
Additionally, anyone of any age that has medical issues like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, or a weakened immune system is also encouraged to not come at this time.

Masks
All of our greeters will be wearing masks for your safety. Masks are to be worn at your own discretion. (Individuals who have difficulty breathing or a child under 2 years of age should not wear a mask).

Health
* In order to worship in the building, you need to meet these guidelines:

* You need to have been fever free for 72 hours.
* You need to not exemplify any symptoms of sickness.
* You also need to not have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
* You also need to not have the symptoms of Covid-19 - cough, shortness or breath, fever, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new less or taste or smell.

Arriving and Entering
The doors to the building will be opened 15 minutes before the service.
Once you are allowed to enter the building, we will not be allowed to congregate in the lobby or sanctuary aisles. We ask that you go straight to the sanctuary and find a seat.
The seating is labeled for the service (green for 10:30).
After you are seated, feel free to wave and talk from your seat to those who are around you.
We also want to encourage you to take a moment to pray for God to prepare your heart for worship and for God to bless the service with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Dismissal and Offering
As you leave the sanctuary, you will be able to drop any offering into a basket at the rear of the sanctuary.
Once you leave the sanctuary you are asked to leave the building and go straight to your vehicle.

Safety Precautions
Doors - Our doors will be either propped open or opened for you by a greeter.
Sanitizing - The building will have been cleaned and sanitized before each Sunday.

Questions?
If you have any specific questions or concerns, please feel free to email me directly - bbrown@rclacombe.org
See you Sunday in worship or online!
Pastor Byron

 

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.  

http://www.ldh.la.gov/coronavirus/

 

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). 

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