Volunteers from area Lutheran churches gathered today for the second day of the Thrivent Builds / Habitat for Humanity construction of a house for the Downs family in Taylors. Here was the scene as work began at 8 AM:
The Rev. Craig Abee, associate pastor of Messiah Lutheran Church in Mauldin (not in picture), led volunteers, representatives from Greenville Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and the new homeowner in the blessing of the new home at the noon hour.
Following a fine lunch was had by all. Nothing quenches your thirst like good old southern iced tea after a hot morning’s work!
For more information on volunteering, see the display in the church Narthex. We need help with construction, lunches and financial contributions.
When Habitat Greenville’s newest development, Abigail Springs, was begun in 2010, the first home in that community was built by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans with several Upstate Lutheran churches. Since that time, Upstate churches and Thrivent Builds, a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, have built five homes. In August, Thrivent will begin construction on their sixth home in Abigail Springs, with partners:
- Christ the King Lutheran Church
- Immanuel Lutheran Church
- Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
- Lutheran Church of Our Saviour
- Messiah Lutheran Church
- Redeemer Lutheran Church
- St. Michael Lutheran Church
- Thrivent Builds Greenville Chapter
- Trinity Lutheran Church
Work starts August 15. Click here to volunteer! Contact Michael Lybrand for volunteer opportunities through Redeemer.
Those interested in following up on this past Sunday’s sermon may find the web site mentioned by Pastor Scottie here: Greater Good Science Center.
You scream, we all scream for Redeemer Ice Cream!!!! Join us August 17 at 6:00 pm for a fun evening, cool down with handmade slow-churned ice cream. If you have a churn please consider churning your favorite flavor and join the fun! If you are not a churner, bring a plate of your favorite cookies or desert to complement the ice cream.
You are invited to journey with us in the memory of the death and resurrection of Christ.
April 17 @ 7:00 pm – Maundy Thursday
With nightfall our Lenten observance comes to an end, and we gather with Christians around the world to celebrate the Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection. At the heart of Maundy Thursday liturgy is Jesus’ commandment to love on another. Recalling that Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, we are called to follow his example as we humbly care for one another, especially the poor and the unloved. At the Lord’s Table we remember Jesus’ sacrifice of his life, even as we are called to offer ourselves in love for life of the world.
April 18 @ 7:00 pm – Good Friday
At the heart of the Good Friday liturgy is the passion according to John, which proclaims Jesus as a triumphant king who reigns from the cross. The ancient title for this day –the triumph of the cross- reminds us that the church gathers not to mourn this day but to celebrate Christ’s life- given passion and to find strength and hope in the tree of life. In the ancient bidding prayer we offer petitions for all the world for whom Christ died. Today’s liturgy culminates in the Easter Vigil tomorrow evening.
April 19 @ 9:00 pm – Vigil of Easter
This is the night! This is our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. Tonight is the heart of our celebration of the Three Days and the pinnacle of the church’s year. The resurrection of Christ is proclaimed in word and sign, and we gather around a pillar of fire, hear ancient stories of our faith, welcome new sisters and brothers at the font, and share the food and drink of the promised land. Raised with Christ, we go forth into the world, aflame with the good news of the resurrection.
April 20 @ 7:00 am – Sunrise Service
This service will take place on the front lawn this year. You are asked to bring a lawn chair of at all possible. Today, we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.
10:00 am – Easter Worship
On this day the Lord has acted! On the first day of the week God began creation, transforming darkness into light. On this, the “eighth day” of the week, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. We celebrate this new creation in the water of baptism and in the feast of victory. With great joy we celebrate this day of days, even as we begin the great fifty days of Easter. Filled with hope, we go forth to share the news that Christ is risen!
This Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, its name from the verb “to shrive” which means to confess sins and receive absolution. The tradition on Shrove Tuesday was hearty and included meat and pancakes, which were made to use up any eggs, dairy products, and fat in the larder, foods which would be abstained from during the Lenten fast.
As part of the SC Synod of the ELCA our four missional priorities guide us to…
- BE equipped in order to engage in our community
- Deepen Discipleship
- Address issues of education in our community
- Address issues of poverty in our community
Our Mission Statement keeps us focused:
In response to the overflowing love of God,
Redeemer Lutheran Church is a community of
God’s people gathered to worship, learn, and
minister to the needs of those
in and beyond the congregation.
Working toward these goals, we are called
to share His love and invite others to Christ.
Bring your sweethearts and a sweet treat (candy, cookies, etc.) for a fun, family movie night on Saturday, February 15! We will be showing “I am Gabriel” at 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall. The film takes place in Promise, Texas. There is no rain, businesses are failing, and all the kids in town cannot wait to grow up and move away. Some folks think the town is cursed. Just when things are at their darkest, a mysterious boy wanders out of the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on his back and a strange mat tucked under his arm. He has a message for the people of Promise, but they are slow to listen. “I am Gabriel” is a lesson in connecting with those that really matter, whether they are on earth—or in Heaven. The movie is unrated, but most of the reviews say it is appropriate for older children and possibly for younger kids; however, it does deal with some difficult areas openly such as death and suicide.
This year’s Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home build starts on Saturday, August 17th in Greer at 8 am. If you’ve never participated in a Thrivent Builds with Habitat for Humanity home, now’s your opportunity to be a part of an exciting experience. There are specified build dates from August 17th to October 26th, and the “Home Dedication” on Sunday October 3rd. Check the Thrivent Builds display in the Narthex for specific build dates and sign up! And don’t forget to sign the 2 x 4’s in the Narthex as they will be part of the home’s structure. See Doug or Missy Logan for specific details, and, thanks for participating.
To sign up for a particular work day, visit Volunteer Hub online.
Tools: Each volunteer needs to bring work gloves whenever possible. Many volunteers also bring tools such as their favorite hammer, a nail apron, pencil, and tape measure.
Clothing: Each volunteer should wear clothing that they do not mind getting quite dirty and that is appropriate for the season.
- Closed-toed, flat-soled shoes only (tennis shoes, work boots, etc.)
- Do not wear clothing that is so loose that it could easily get snagged on the build site
- Wear clothing that you do not mind getting dirty
It is always a good idea to bring a hat, bandana, or sunscreen
No one under the age of 16 will be permitted on a building site while
work is being done. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed to use any power equipment. Volunteers under the age of 18 and their parent or legal guardian are required to complete and sign a “Minor Release and Waiver of Liability Form.”
Forms (also available in the Narthex):
Check out these photos from our 2011 build!
Mark your calendars and share with friends that Vacation Bible School comes to Redeemer the week of June 23. Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God! Kids stand strong in God’s power and learn that God’s love helps us stand strong, family & friends help us stand strong, prayer helps us stand strong, trusting God helps us stand strong and the Bible helps us stand strong.
If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Peggy Neel.