COVID-19

Are you in need of Help?

We have also created the REH Disaster Relief Fund. For those in East Harlem, including ministry partner, in need of financial assistance because of COVID-19, we want to assist you as we are able. If you are an REH congregant or you have a neighbor, friend, or family member in East Harlem in need of assistance, we want to help! We will be gifting small one-time grants (typically $50-$250) to help meet immediate needs, such as food, medicine, basic supplies, delivery fees, etc.

  • Are you in need of financial assistance as a result of COVID-19? Please fill out the form

  • Are you able to give financial assistance to support others in need? CLICK HERE

UPDATES

LATEST COMMUNICATION UPDATES

Communication: 3/23/20

What is God doing in this season? I don’t fully know. As we considered yesterday, perhaps this season is the beginning stages of some kind of revival? I don’t fully know. Is God graciously working in the midst of this season? Yes. I don’t know all that God is doing, but I trust his faithfulness. We can be confident in praying that he will do a mighty work in the midst of these difficult times!

To that end, are you currently suffering in the midst of these difficult times? Are you or someone you know if need? If so, consider two things: (1) Our RPC diaconate created a COVID-19 Resources PDF. You will find many resources that might be useful. (2) For REH congregants with particular needs for support, contact us. We would love to be in touch and consider the ways we can best serve you.

Finally, in anticipation of coming needs, we have created the REH Disaster Relief Fund. This fund’s purpose is to help support the physical/tangible needs of REH congregants in this difficult season, especially for, but not limited to, those experiencing job loss. If you are able, would you consider giving a tax-deductible gift, above-and-beyond-your-tithe usual support of REH, to this fund? Any amount would be appreciated––even $10. Help your brothers and sisters if you are able.

Communication: 3/16/20

“His mercies never come to an end...they are new every morning.” That very well might need to be our daily refrain –– constant and never-ceasing –– for the next couple of months as we cling to God’s promise for mercies in this unprecedented season of disorientation in our nation. I don’t know about you, but I need that reminder weekly, daily, hourly. As a church, we will continue to remind each other of his faithfulness.

To that end, there are several important updates for your consideration:

Online Service: We will be having online service every Sunday for the foreseeable future. As you likely know, all gatherings of more than 50 people have been restricted by the CDC for the next 8 weeks; the president, just as of this afternoon, asked that all gatherings not exceed 10 people. Plus, as we’ve been saying, the most loving thing we can do for each other right now is to practice “social distancing.” Though we are apart, please gather with us online this Sunday (Hebrew 10:24-25)!

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Online Tuesday Gathering: While we will pause our in-person Tuesday Gatherings for the foreseeable future, we will still gather online! This will be our time to catch up, check in, engage with a simple Bible-based curriculum, and pray with one another. Join us from 7:30pm-8:30pm tomorrow night via Zoom (this is a free app meeting service available for you to download on your computer or mobile device). For all needed information to join, click below.

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Weekly Check-In: Are you in need of prayer, physical provision (diaconal care), or even just wanting to talk/check in? If so, we’d love to connect with you. If you are part of REH and want to schedule a “how are you holding up?” phone call with myself, an elder, or deacon, let us know. We are scheduling call times in blocks of 15 or 30 minutes in order to serve you in this time of social distancing; we’d be honored to chat and pray with you. Click below to arrange a time that works for you.

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Prayer Meeting: There is probably no greater thing that we could be doing in this season than praying! We believe in a God who desires to hear our prayers and is powerful enough to respond. As a result, we are currently working on a way for us to join in prayer regularly together. Will be in touch concerning this––stay tuned!

Regardless of the seasons of life, God is faithful, loving, and ever present. I am praying that by his grace he might make these truths abundantly clear to us! “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.” - Isaiah 40:28

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Lastly, to reiterate again, do not hesitate to reach out if you or someone you know is in need of groceries, help picking up medications or toiletries, etc. As best we can, as a church community, we want to support one another through this difficult and unprecedented time.

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Communication: 3/12/20

The leadership team has given much thought about how to proceed with services in response COVID-19. After much consideration in regard to the latest update from the governor’s office, along with all other Redeemer locations, we have decided to cancel our gathered worship service for at least this Sunday.

The latest restriction on public gatherings from the governor states that all occupancies under 500 people are to be cut in half (i.e. if the room holds 100 people, now only 50 are permitted). Considering this new guideline in conjunction with a desire to ensure we love and care for one another well, REH will postpone gathering together until further notice.

Worship with us online: While we are saddened that we cannot be together physically, we are going to have a streamed worship service available at 10am each Sunday we do not meet. You can CLICK HERE or go to www.REH.nyc and click Sunday Service. Come online prepared to sing, pray, and dive into the Word, as we continue our series in Lamentations.

Pray: We are in a relatively unprecedented time; many people are scared and disoriented.

Here’s a quick list of how to be praying in regards to Covid-19:

  1. Those infected abroad + at home

  2. The grieving families + friends of those who’ve died

  3. First responders, healthcare workers, + agencies working on containment/vaccine creation/testing

  4. Those experiencing the cruelty of racism in the midst of this spread

  5. Those with compromised immune systems; the elderly, the young, those more susceptible to infection

  6. Those who are quarantined; those who are in non-salaried positions in quarantine or ill for whom missing work means missing paychecks

  7. Those without health insurance

  8. Those who are frightened
     

And above all we pray that even in this really difficult time, people who come to faith in the one who gives hope beyond the fragility of this life. We hope you will join us in those prayers.

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