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.
Lent begins with the Ash Wednesday service on February 13 at 7:00 pm. The service will include holy communion and the imposition of ashes. Worship will continue throughout the Lenten season. A soup and sandwich supper will be held from 6:00 to 6:45, followed by a short service from the theme Making Sense of the Cross. Please attend these Lenten services as we share this season of reflection and repentance.
Return to the Lord, your God, who is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. (Joel 2:13)
Today was our annual retreat to the Lutheran retreat center at Arden, North Carolina. The weather was dull, but the fire was warm.
That good old Lutheran food was warm.
The fellowship was warm.
And the message of God’s love and forgiveness in scripture and preaching warmed everyone’s hearts.
“Infectious enthusiasm” was experienced by those who attended Youth Sunday this morning, guided by the youth of Redeemer, and Our Savior Lutheran churches.
Seventeen youth from the two churches attended the ELCA National Youth Gathering event in New Orleans along with over 30,000 Lutheran youth and leaders at the Superdome. During the sermon and through a multimedia presentation, they shared some of their experiences of worship, fellowship, music and service to the community.
The scripture theme for the day was:
For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. his purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, this making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.
Once again, Redeemer Lutheran Church will be participating with fellow Lutheran Churches, Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity to build a home. Your labor, volunteer support and financial donations come together to build a affordable housing for a worthy family. For more information on how the program works, visit the Thrivent Builds web site. To get involved, see the display and sign-up information in the church narthex. The next work day is September 14.
Here are some photos of our 2011 build.
Confirmation this Sunday, September 9, will be followed by a pot-luck dinner. Bring food to share and celebrate with the newest members of our congregation.