A Letter from Pastor Christian concerning Our Redeemer and the Coronavirus:
March 18, 2020
Dear Friends in Christ:
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46
We now find ourselves in uncharted waters. News and views surround us from all sides. As Christians we place our trust and hope in God and we seek to act according to his will in faith toward him and love toward one another.
We owe our local and national government authorities respect according to the Fourth Commandment. We owe them our constant prayers according to the specific directives of St. Paul. “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.” I Timothy 2
In addition we have a duty to love our neighbors according to the Fifth Commandment. “We should fear and loved God so that we do not hurt or harm our neighbor in his body, but help and support him in every physical need.” (Luther’s Small Catechism)
Our Board of Directors had a special meeting on Tuesday evening (Saint Patrick’s Day) where we talked about the situation in our country and our community with respect to the coronavirus threat. Following a lengthy discussion from all angles I made the pastoral decision to cancel our worship services through March 29. The Board immediately passed a unanimous resolution supporting me in this decision. It is one not taken lightly, but taken with respect to those in authority and especially in love and concern for the health and well being of the members of our congregation.
At this point it is not clear if the cancellations will have to be extended. We have already cancelled use of our facility by outside groups through April 13, though many of them had already cancelled themselves. This would also include the Saturday morning Zippy’s fellowship, the Women’s Fellowship April 2, and the Palm Sunday Brunch.
In the meantime I would encourage all of you to remain faithful in your daily prayers and Bible reading. There are helps in the hymnal as well as a applications from the App Store called such as Lutheran Public Radio or PrayNow. PrayNow contains prayers and Bible readings for every day of the year. It was produced by Concordia Publishing House as a digital version of their Treasury of Daily Prayer. And don’t forget your Portals of Prayer. There are extra copies at church if you need one.
Private communion for individuals or family units. Schedule by appointment on Monday 9 to noon and 6pm-8pm Wednesday 11am to 1pm and 6 to 8 pm and Saturday 9 am to noon. Each appointment will be set for 20 mins so please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. We are looking into ways to stream the service and we do post our services on our website at ourredeemerlutheran.us to listen to services at this time.
Thank you for your patience during this difficult time. I know we will be sending out more emails to keep us all in the loop as the changes unfold.
God’s riches blessings,
Pastor Christian Rasmussen
Welcome to Our Redeemer Lutheran
We are a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation, located in magnificent Manoa Valley, where the rainbows daily remind us of God’s abundant promises: the promise to love us, the promise to hear us, the promise to save us, and the promise never to forsake us.
Our faith is our relationship with this same God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit. At Our Redeemer everyone is welcome, everyone matters, and everyone shares in a variety of different ways. We grow in our faith through weekly worship with Holy Communion, enthusiastic singing of great hymns of the church, inspiring music, regular Bible studies, and sound biblical teaching.
We are committed to a ministry of connecting people to Jesus through dynamic worship, Bible study, prayer, making new friends, community service events, support for global missions, and a variety of activities for groups within and outside the congregation.
For the protection and health of our parishoners and guests because of the coronavirus (COVID-19), our Wednesday evening Soup Suppers and Worship Services are CANCELLED.
Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 pm
We will be having a Chili Cook-off to start our mid-week Lenten Services Soup Supper. Do you have a favorite chili recipe that you would like to enter? Make it and bring it. The prize? Bragging rights for a full year that you made the best chili!!!
Sunday, March 8, 10:30 am
15 Students from the School of Architecture at UH Manoa will present their ideas for what can be done at Our Redeemer. This is a class project and it is only for us to dream about the possibilities of improvements to our campus and to give us ideas of how we can make better use of our facility. Each student will have about 15 minutes to present their design. Once they have all presented their ideas/designs, the congregation may then have the opportunity to talk with the students during a pot-luck lunch.
Sunday, March 8, 12:00 noon
A Pot-Luck Luncheon where we can have fellowship with the students who presented their designs and discuss further their ideas. Please bring your favorite dish to pass and share. Remember to bring a little extra to share with the students.
THIS WEEK AT OUR REDEEMER:
Until further notice, all activity and services at Our Redeemer Lutheran have been cancelled in accordance with the directive from Governor Ige due to coronavirus pandemic.
|Wednesday, March 4||10:00 am||Bible Study||Aloha Room|
|6:00 pm||Chili Cook-off||Aloha Room|
|7:00 pm||Lenten Service||Sanctuary|
|Saturday, March 7||8:00 am||Fellowship Breakfast||Zippy’s in Kahala|
|Sunday, March 8||9:00 am||Divine Service with Communion||Sanctuary|
|10:15 am||Fellowship with Coffee and treats||Aloha Room|
|10:30 am||UH Architecture Presentation and Pot Luck||Auditorium|
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At a recent Board of Directors meeting, money was designated to support four different organizations. Click on the link below to view those missions and to get more information about them.
9:00 a.m. – Sunday Service (Word and Sacrament)
Immediately following the Divine Service – Fellowship in the Aloha Room
10:45 a.m. – Bible Study (Classroom 2)
Bibles and Coffee
10:00 a.m. every Wednesday
8:00 a.m. every Saturday at Zippy’s in Kahala
12:00 Noon 2nd Thursday of the month