Dear Congregational Family,

It goes without saying, but I sure miss seeing each of you on a weekly basis!!  But I am so delighted that we have been able to continue to have our services and to put them online.  We are hearing from people from many other states who are going online and engaging in our services as well.  We had been more intentionally thinking and praying for an extension of our ministry.  In the midst of the virus, this prayer has been answered.  Please pray especially this Holy Week, and Easter, that God would be mightily at work in the hearts of all people.  Honestly, I must say, that right now it feels like we are in a tomb, waiting for resurrection!

  1. Holy Week Services: We are recording Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, and they will be posted online (ruthfred.org) for you on those days.  Please take the time to engage in those services to prepare your heart for Easter.
  2. Easter Sunday Worship Service: We will be livestreaming this service!  The service will begin at 9:00am. It will be wonderful to be engaged together at the same time during the service!  We will also start a countdown around 8:30am so that you can make sure to be ready for the service start time.  When the service is finished, it will be uploaded and placed online for you to view (and share!) at any time thereafter.
  3. Ruthfred YouTube channel: Subscribe to our YouTube channel by going to ruthfred.org and clicking “Online Services” in the pop-up.  From there, you will be taken to the Ruthfred YouTube channel.  Click the red “Subscribe” button on this page to receive notifications about our latest videos and live streams.
  4. Future: Church researcher Thom Rainer offers this reflection and prediction: “Churches will rapidly adopt more virtual practices. Many churches have resisted the migration into the virtual world, but the coronavirus has taken many congregations into a quick immersion into the digital age. The initial forays have been to move into digital giving more fully and to stream some form of worship services. But coronavirus is the tipping point of much more to come in the digital world. Indeed, this change may be the most profound of all the changes churches will face after the coronavirus is no longer considered pandemic.”
  5. Easter Sunday Sermon: We are continuing our sermon series in I Corinthians:

The sermon text is: I Corinthians 15.

    The Title is: “Power: Seeking the Peace of the Neighborhood

 through the Power of the Resurrection.”

 

God bless you as we continue,

            “Growing Together in our Faith as the Family of God”

                      Pastor Carlson