July 15, 2020
Redwood Chapel Family,
It was a joy and pleasure to see many of you on campus this past Sunday as we re-gathered as a church! Thanks to our volunteer team that warmly received those of you who were able to attend in-person as we implemented safe procedures to help protect our collective health. Unfortunately, our re-gathering must be paused because of California state guidelines related to recent developments with COVID-19 in our county.
On Sunday, July 12, 2020, Alameda County was placed on the State of California’s County Monitoring List because of increased reported COVID-19 cases. After three consecutive days on the Monitoring List, counties are subject to State-imposed restrictions. On Monday, July 13, Governor Newsom announced the statewide restrictions related to many California indoor operations:
· Some restrictions apply for the entire state (e.g., closure of all indoor restaurants, movie theaters, family entertainment centers, zoos, museums);
· Some restrictions are only for those counties on the State Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days (e.g., closure of fitness centers, offices, hair salons / barbershops, malls, worship services).
Today was Alameda County’s third consecutive day on the List, which means that indoor worship services in Alameda County are now closed by the State. As such, we will not be re-gathering as a church this Sunday, July 19, and we have closed online registrations temporarily. While Redwood Chapel has considered the technical feasibility and realistic possibility of conducting outdoor services and drive-in services on our campus, we have decided that Redwood Chapel’s online services are the best alternative while the Governor has restricted indoor worship services due to health concerns. This video from Pastor Jeff provides more information about this decision.
In consultation with Redwood Chapel’s elders and staff, and in light of the State’s most recent decision, we have also decided not to resume midweek ministry gatherings on our campus through August. However, we will still continue with online Summer Electives and we will be sending you information on exciting new ways that we hope to demonstrate “ridiculous generosity” and be a blessing to the Castro Valley community during this time. We encourage your families and social bubbles to watch our worship service this Sunday, July 19 at 11am on Redwood Chapel’s You Tube channel.
We will continue to keep you apprised of significant developments by the e-newsletter, our website and social media pages.
In His Grip,