Dear Church Family,
Several Fremont pastors had a phone call this afternoon with the health department for Alameda County. The health director hosted a group phone call for pastors and church leaders to discuss how we can best respond to the challenges and the unknown implications of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Also, it was just announced that Fremont, Union City, and Newark schools are all closing until the end of March. After hearing about the content of this phone call with Alameda County and hearing the news of the school closures, our elders have decided that the best thing we can do to both serve the community and our congregation is to cancel our in-person services for the next two Sundays and potentially until the end of the month. We will also be cancelling our typical small group meetings based on their recommendations. We encourage you worship on Sunday as a family or with one or two others. Pastor Scott will be sharing a message on Facebook Live at 10am.
This is not a decision that we take lightly. We recognize that our worship services are a place of encouragement, relationship, and the proclamation of the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. But we also believe that as followers of Jesus, it is very important that we do our best to follow the instruction we receive from our governmental officials and to err on the side of care for each other and our community. Although our church falls under the 100 person limit for gatherings, the county shared new information today recommending 6 feet of space between people, which is practically impossible for us to do with our facility constraints. Health officials have been very clear that the steps being taken are designed to slow the spread of the virus so that health facilities are not overwhelmed. It is our responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus while pastorally exhorting and encouraging our people for family worship and ministry during this uniquely challenging time. If you have not stayed up to date on the latest news, here is the link to Alameda County (http://www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx).
With Love and Hope through Jesus Christ,
The Elders of Redeemer Church of Silicon Valley