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.
We will celebrate the life of George Shiebel at a memorial service this Saturday, June 16 at 11 am at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The family will receive visitors at 10. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made the McCall Hospice House.
May 19. Tons of items available for home, auto, vacation, recreation, decorating, food, lodging and more will be up for bid. This is a wonderful event for families to support a great cause and make a difference to abused and neglected children.
Silent auction and preview from noon until 1:15pm, live auction to begin at 1:30pm. All money raised goes directly to meet the needs of the children living in our care. Location: Central Church of Christ Annex, 2052 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303.
View the Event Flier.
Singers from upstate Lutheran churches will join in a concert presentation of Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams at 5 PM, May 20, in the Daniel Chapel at Furman University. Area Lutheran choirs will also present selections of their choosing.
- Bruce Schoonmaker, Soloist
- David Rhyne, Director
- Robert Smith, Organist
Rise heart; thy Lord is risen.
Sing his praise without delayes,
Who takes thee by the hand,
that thou likewise with him may’st rise;
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, just.
Admission free. View the event poster.
Lent begins with the Ash Wednesday service on February 22 at 7:00 pm. The service will include Holy Communion and the imposition of ashes. Worship will continue each Wednesday evening throughout the Lenten Season. A soup and sandwich supper will be held from 6:00 to 6:45, followed by a short service. Choir practice will follow. You may sign up on the sheet in the Narthex to bring soup or sandwiches for the supper. Please attend these Lenten services as we share this season of reflection and repentance.
March 2012 marks Redeemer Lutheran Church’s 40th anniversary.
If you have photos that help portray the history of Redeemer’s congregation and activities, please give those to Sharon Calhoun or David Henderson. Details on the March celebration will be coming soon.