“ . .  give thanks in all circumstances,

for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 

1 Thess. 5:18

November 17, 2020

We spoke about the importance of these words this past Sunday, and this week we are asked to apply them in yet another season of change.  Yesterday, the State of California moved Alameda County from the Orange Tier to the most restrictive Purple Tier of the State’s Four-Tier framework.  Because this Purple Tier only allows outdoor gatherings at places of worship, Redwood Chapel’s Sunday morning in-person indoor services will again be paused, effective immediately.  

While this news was disappointing, we choose to “give thanks in all circumstances” for who God is and what we can still do as a church body.  Redwood Chapel’s online streaming service on You Tube will continue at 11am on Sundays, with Lifestage Classes meeting during the 9am hour, and RC Kids meeting online through Zoom at 10am.  Moreover, Redwood Chapel’s previously scheduled outdoor events for its ministries will continue to take place in November and December.  Further, our staff is creatively developing new and safe ways for our church family to remain connected with one another over the coming months, which we will present to you in the coming weeks.

Please be in prayer for our government leaders, our church staff and elders as we always seek to act in accord with all of the Bible’s teachings.  We remain in prayer for all of you, knowing that many of you are struggling with feelings of isolation, fatigue, emotional weariness, discouragement, frustration, and even feeling overwhelmed.  Those feelings are real and Redwood Chapel’s staff and elders are here to listen and pray with you through these trials.  To that end, Redwood Chapel will host “All Church Prayer” on Zoom at 7pm on both Wednesday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 16.

As you absorb the news this week, remember God’s Word to us in both Habakkuk 3:17-18 (when things go differently than you expect, “yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation) and 2 Chronicles 20:12 (“…we do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”).

In His Grip,

Pastor Jeff

Serving the Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Oakland and the East Bay California Communities food bank