Need an air conditioner?

Because we are having central air conditioning installed in the school building, we have a number of window air conditioning units available. They range from 5,000 to 10,000 BTUs.

If you are interested in one of them, please contact Jane in the church office.

Message from the pastors

Along with his plans for reopening Indiana’s economy and travel, Governor Holcomb issued new suggestions for churches. It is very clear in the document that he is not dictating anything to us about how we worship or whether or not we are allowed to worship. He seems to take great pains to be clear that his document is only advisory and in no way mandatory.

He is, however, asking us to take precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and he has some suggestions. Some of his suggestions require almost no effort for us to follow. As long as we can get it or make it, we can put hand sanitizer out for people to use and we can put up notices encouraging hand washing and the like. Other things are less ideal but not difficult. Our building is plenty big enough to only use ¼ of our seating and have all family units remain 6 feet apart and we can easily marshal volunteers to clean thoroughly between services. Thus we will gladly do what we can, as we have been, to meet the current CDC guidelines for hygiene during the services.

The governor does not mandate a maximum number of people allowed for worship services but he does state repeatedly elsewhere that between now and May 4th social gatherings aren’t to be larger than 10 persons. Between May 4th and May 24th social gatherings are limited to 25. On the 24th the number goes up to 100.

It seems best to Pastor Frese and me to honor those limits for the time being out of respect for the governor and his requests. He says that gatherings indoors are one of the worst ways for the virus to spread and asks us to limit it as much as possible. We are neither endorsing nor judging his scientific or political opinions. The same goes for whether or not he is overstepping his bounds as given by the Indiana constitution and the like. We are simply recognizing that he is the governor over us and 1 Peter 2:13-20 is ringing in my ears. 

Besides honoring his position and request, we also think that some of our members and some of our community would find it psychologically distressing to go straight back to full services. The question for us isn’t whether these measures are either guaranteed or required to slow down the virus; we don’t know. It is rather a question of how we obey God and proclaim the Gospel, guarding the hearts of the weak and also obeying the 4th commandment. 

To this end, we think it best, for the time being, to keep our hygiene and social distancing procedures in place and to limit worship numbers for this weekend to nine plus the pastor and then to go to 24 plus the pastor on Monday. We will do this through SignUpGenius that we already have in place. We will also refrain from extra activities at church, including Bible class and Sunday School. We should, however, be able to have our council meeting on May 8. It looks like we should be able to have our Voters’ meeting in person in July.

Thank you for your prayers, support, and your contributions. It has been truly touching. You have impressed us. We hope to have a thorough report at the council meeting about our finances, attendance, etc. That week I will then make another video report about where we think we stand and where we are headed.  

Calls and our new vicar

It was announced last night at the call and placement service at Concordia Theological Seminary that our field worker, Aaron Schultz, has been placed at Redeemer for his vicarage. Our request for this placement was the subject of the special voters’ meeting in February. Aaron will be shared between the church and Redeemer Classical School and we look forward to having him as our vicar.

Many men who have attended Redeemer frequently while they have been at the seminary received pastoral calls last night. A list of them, and the congregations they have been called to, is below. We pray that God would bless them in their ministries.

Christopher Antonetti    St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Lockport, IL

Patrick Baldwin    Christ Lutheran Church, Rawlins, WY

Daniel Broaddus    Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Edgerton, OH

Jeffrey Kazmierski    St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, WI

Mark Kranz    Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Excelsior Springs, MO

Timothy Magill    St. John’s Lutheran Church, Villard MN

                             Trinity Lutheran Church, Grove Lake, MN

Gino Marchetti II    St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Warsaw, IN

Sawyer Meyers    Missionary-at-large, Mid-South District, Cordova, TN

Jonathan Olson    Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, CO

Timothy Sheridan    St. Luke Lutheran Church, Harrison, MI

Thomas Van Hemert    St. John Lutheran Church, Center Point, IA

Isaac Wirtz    Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Tucson, AZ

Brett Witmer    Bethel Lutheran Church, Sutherland, IA

Justin Woodside    Bethel Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND

                              Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Bismarck, ND

Signup update

The pastors have decided that we should go ahead and put up signups for the weekend and the coming week. If there are changes to the number who are allowed to gather when the governor updates the executive order tomorrow, we will make adjustments.

You will notice a change in the service times on Sunday. This is to accommodate an earlier livestream. The service with the choir will be at 8:30 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to figure things out.

Call, Vicarage, and Deaconess Intern Placement Service

Tonight, Concordia Theological Seminary will hold its Call, Vicarage, and Deaconess Intern Placement Service. This replaces the two services that are normally held, one for calls and one for placements.

Redeemer is being assigned a vicar, who will receive that placement tonight. In addition, a number of men who attend Redeemer will be receiving calls or placements, including our field worker, Aaron Schultz, and our former field worker, Mark Kranz.

You can watch the service here. It begins at 7:00 tonight. The seminary page also has pictures of the candidates and, after the service, will indicate where they are going. Tomorrow we will publish a list of those who attend Redeemer and the churches that they will be going to.

Please keep these students in your prayers as they prepare to move on to this next phase of their lives.

Things going on around here

We know that some of you are wondering where the signups for next weekend are. Right now the stay-at-home order is set to expire on May 1. We are waiting to see what the governor does this week and will make plans for the weekend as soon as we know something definite.

In the meantime, we thought we would share some pictures with you. Last week, Allied Mechanical, along with some volunteers from the congregation, took out the old air handlers that nearly filled the janitor’s closets on each floor. Today the new HVAC equipment arrived, and Allied will begin installing it.

One of the old blowers. These things were massive!
The new equipment arrives.
The new high-efficiency units for the main floor.

More suggested readings

Because the current schedule of readings is about finished, Pastor Petersen has come up with a new one for us. He is suggesting reading a chapter of Acts a day. The schedule is below.

Sun Apr 26 Acts 1

Mon Apr 27 Acts 2

Tue Apr 28 Acts 3

Wed Apr 29 Acts 4

Thu Apr 30 Acts 5

Fri May 1 Acts 6

Sat May 2 Acts 7

Sun May 3 Acts 8

Mon May 4 Acts 9

Tue May 5 Acts 10

Wed May 6 Acts 11

Thu May 7 Acts 12

Fri May 8 Acts 13

Sat May 9 Acts 14

Sun May 10 Acts 15

Mon May 11 Acts 16

Tue May 12 Acts 17

Wed May 13 Acts 18

Thu May 14 Acts 19

Fri May 15 Acts 20

Thu May 16 Acts 21

Fri May 17 Acts 22

Sat May 18 Acts 23

Sun May 19 Acts 24

Mon May 20 Acts 25

Tue May 21 Acts 26

Wed May 22 Acts 27

Thu May 23 Acts 28