BEING THE CHURCH - Serving Hungry People - November 26 (of a month long look of celebrating Our Redeemer)
As you gather around your tables today for thanksgiving we invite you to think about the large meal we serve as a congregation every other month. Three days after Christmas, December 28th, we will again serve a hot, delicious and nutritious meal to about 250 to 300 people at Dorothy Day Center in St Paul. Our Redeemer is committed to purchasing food, preparing it and serving the meal to people in our community who may be homeless or need to supplement their income with a free meal.
As we enter our 6th year serving at Dorothy Day over 90 people from Our Redeemer, along with friends or family, have helped prepare and serve 9366 meals. Often we hear “Thank you” or “God Bless You” as people pass through the food line; but some may be quiet or sullen obviously struggling with life. We know there are many stories and as a congregation we find it important to be there for them. Serving at Dorothy Day is another way we are living out our new mission statement; Transforming Lives and Building Community by Loving God and Serving Others. Thank you for being part of this important ministry. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH : Ecumenical Worship - November 25 (of a month long look celebrating Our Redeemer)
One definition of Ecumenical means ‘promoting Christian unity’. Here at Our Redeemer we are proud of who we are as a church, what we stand for, and how we live out the gospel. But we also value the work of other Christian churches in our neighborhood and community, knowing that they too praise the same Lord and try shaping disciples and servants in their congregations.
Tonight we gather with six other Christian congregations for an annual ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship being hosted right here. We will be with the good folks from Progressive Baptist, Presentation of Mary Catholic, St Pascal’s, Hope Lutheran, Grace Lutheran, and Good Samaritan Lutheran. We will sing together, pray together and eat together. This is the favorite service of the year for many as we gather in a grand way to be the church – sharing ministry and worship with our Christians in our community. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH - Staff Meetings - November 24 (of a month long look celebrating Our Redeemer) Tuesdays are the time when your staff gets together. We meet for a little over an hour with devotions, time for each of us to share news and ideas around upcoming ministry, and tending to many details that keep Our Redeemer being a fine church. You can see calendars and papers on the table today as we are walking through final plans for the Thanksgiving Eve service as well as our shared worship service with Spring of Eternal Life and Savior this Sunday. We talked about Project Home, Advent, the Sunday school program, stewardship and a few more things. You have a fine group of people with strong skills, grounded faith, and servant hearts for their Lord and for you. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH - Operation Christmas Child - November 23 (of a month long look of celebrating Our Redeemer)
Some of us tend to be Christmas purists who don’t want to hear the songs, see the decorations or think about presents until Thanksgiving is done. Others love to let the season stretch well before and beyond December which means some people need to begin preparations early in order to make the season memorable for others.
One way we were being the church again this year, and bringing Christmas joy to children around the world, was collecting shoeboxes filled with toys and useful items. What a delight it was to see those stacked in our narthex. We collected over 70 boxes and as you read this they are being moved from a collection site to warehouses and soon on planes for delivery. Children in many parts of the world will experience a little more Christmas joy because of our care and early preparations. ... See MoreSee Less
BEING THE CHURCH - Creation Stations - November 22 (of a month long look of celebrating Our Redeemer)
When was the last time you colored with markers? Children and adult volunteers in our Sunday School program titled, “Creation Stations!” get to enjoy weekly crafts, music and games as they learn more about Jesus and God’s love!
Today our children are practicing for the Christmas Program which will be Sunday, December 6 @ 10 am. We hope you join us as we serve as church for our children and their families. ... See MoreSee Less