Posts by Josh Fenska

Posts by Josh Fenska

Any Updates for Sunday Afternoon August 2?

1:45pm: Restroom update: We’ve received a question about the availability of restrooms. Good news: we are able to use the indoor restrooms at Advent. Our hosts request that we wear facemasks inside the building. We also recommend accompanying children and using the available sanitizing wipes to clean after each use. 9:30am: Quick update on Sunday morning about…

Guidelines for Outdoor Worship – August 2

The guidelines below are designed so we can worship our great Redeemer together, in a wise, safe, and unified way. Our approach to these guidelines will lean on personal responsibility, mutual respect, and gospel unity.  Personal responsibility—because we count on individuals to make wise decisions…

Some Additional Resources Related to Race

In this unique cultural moment, every day we face questions regarding our nation’s history and experience of racial injustice. These issues are complex. These issues are grieving. These issues might leave you exhausted. But if we intend to be people who walk humbly with God, and do justice, and love kindness (Micah 6:8), then these are issues we cannot ignore. I…

Justice, Restoration, and Renewal

Our church-planting network, Acts 29, has published a “A Call to Justice, Restoration, and Renewal.” We believe these topics are important for Christians to think carefully—and “Christianly”—about. You can find the entire, longer statement online.  Here is an excerpt: George Floyd’s death-plea, “I can’t breathe,” has become the rallying cry for…

A Few First Steps Toward Re-Gathering

As we look forward to the process of re-gathering, I wanted to write out a few steps for us to consider. (We have sent around a couple of videos which have a little more information on a few of these points; you can find them here and here.) A Few Things to Consider While re-gathering is our goal, it’s very important to remember that this is going to be a process. There’s…

Question: Was Christ Forsaken?

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” is what David cried about 3,000 years ago (Psalm 22:1). Famously, Jesus cried out these exact words of Psalm 22:1 while he was dying on the cross (Matt. 27:46; Mark 15:34). The question arises: was Christ really forsaken? There is a profound sense in which the answer is “Yes.” There is also an important sense in which the answer…

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…

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…