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None Like Him, Supplements for Ch. 8

All Redeemer ladies are invited to join us as we read and discuss Jen Wilkin’s book, None Like Him, during our fellowship group meetings this year. In each of the book’s ten chapters, Jen explains and highlights one of God’s incommunicable attributes, like His Sovereignty and Self-Existence. Jen’s hope and prayer in writing the book is that as we learn more about our…

Spreading Smiles to Seniors

In these unique days, families in our church have opportunities to spread smiles to seniors. Many of our senior neighbors and health-vulnerable neighbors have less contact with friends or loved ones than normal. Families in our church family can help spread smiles through delivering drawings, or Scripture verses, or handwritten notes to seniors around us. Perhaps there…

Playlist for this Sunday 3/22/20

Church family, As we continue to navigate these days and weeks of social distancing and the absence of regular person to person fellowship, I want to encourage us all to keep pressing on to worship the Lord through singing!   You know who keeps on singing through uncertainty and fear?  Christians do.  Who keeps on singing even when the world seems to be crumbling around…

Overcoming Anxiety & Video Discussion

Overcoming Anxiety — Free minibook download! Click here to download. New Growth Press has made David Powlison’s minibook, Overcoming Anxiety available as a free download for a few days.  It’s a helpful resource for humans! I highly recommend you receive this free gift and spend 30-60 minutes reading it.  Josh Anderson plans to lead a video discussion…

Seminary-Level Bible Training Online

Here is one opportunity we’re trying to jump on quickly in this unique time.   While the current crisis is interrupting our local gatherings, it also creates opportunities for online training. As a church, we have an opportunity to run one or two cohorts with the online courses offered by the Charles Simeon Trust. These are seminary-caliber courses designed to help you…

Loving Your (Literal) Neighbor

The coronavirus has rapidly and radically changed almost everything we recognize as normal life. We are faced with dizzying restrictions and cancellations, but with those have also come a few new unique opportunities. One of the most obvious is the opportunity to care more intentionally for our neighbors.  If you already know your neighbors well, you can initiate that…

Healthy Helping Guidelines

#FlattentheCurve  Intentionally practice social distancing (keep at least 6 feet away from others).  Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House COVID-19 task force said on Monday, March 16 that social distancing has the biggest impact [to flattening the pandemic curve]. Dr. Birx also said that 14-day quarantine of households where one person is infected with COVID-19 has stopped…

Pandemic Lessons from Church History

A lot of things are changing these days. As the coronavirus continues to spread, things look very, very different than even just a week ago in our culture, in our daily lives, and in our church. However, Jesus is not frightened or confused by what’s happening. This is very new to all of us; but it is not new to Jesus or the church. How has the church survived…

Stay Up to Speed with Redeemer

On Sunday March 22 we are planning a video broadcast (instead of our regular gathering), so we can be strengthened by God’s Word even in the midst of the current health crisis. Our deacons are also cooking up some great strategies for how we can care for one another well and demonstrate the love of Christ in our community. We will send around more information in the…

Some Ideas for Sunday March 15

Well, with a change in plans for Sunday March 15, we want to recommend a few things that you might choose to discuss in your home or with some friends from your church family. If you have a small worship huddle in your home, these three elements could work really well—with a variety of ages or group sizes. Obviously, feel free to adapt these ideas for the people present.…

Update: We Are Canceling This Sunday

Here is the headline issue: we will not be gathering together at Plank Jr. High this Sunday. We sent out a communication earlier this week about the spreading coronavirus. Since then several factors have developed, leading to our decision to cancel our gathering this Sunday morning: The very rapid spread of this virus Governor Pritzker’s guideline that gatherings…

A Letter about Coronavirus

Update on Friday March 13: This situation is developing rapidly, even since the letter below was published. We will no longer be gathering this Sunday. Please check back in the coming days for more information.   Church family, As you are aware, there are increasing concerns about the spreading coronavirus, especially as there now are confirmed cases in the Chicago…