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REDEEMER’S VOICE
“O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
September  2020
 
A DEVOTION FROM THE PASTOR’S DEVOTIONS
As I was reading through 1 Kings, I also read about the prophet Elijah. One of Elijah’s most known accounts is when he took on the prophets of Baal on top of Mount Carmel. In case you forgot, here is a brief summary of what happened.
 
For three years there had been a drought in the land. Elijah, the prophet of the Lord of Israel, decided to take on the prophets of the false god, Baal. So, Elijah, 450 prophets Baal, and the people of Israel gathered on Mount Carmel to see whose God was the true God. The test was simple—which God could set his own sacrifice on fire. The prophets of Baal made an altar, cut up the sacrifice, and spent the morning dancing, shouting, praying, and even cutting themselves in hopes that a false god would ignite the sacrifice. There was no answer.
Elijah built an altar using 12 stones. Arranged the wood and the sacrifice on top of it. Dug a trench around the altar. Then soaked it all with water. The Lord sent a fire that consumed the water, altar and sacrifice. The people knew which God is real and which was a fake. The people of Israel turned back to the Lord that day.
 
Us, today, may wish that God would give us such visible signs so that we would have no doubt and believe that the Lord is God. Well, I hope that we never get to the point where we would need such a visible sign. The Israelites needed such a sign because the whole nation had turned its back on the Lord in worshiping Baal. Let us never get to that point ourselves! Let us also have faith for ourselves and teach the next generation God’s Word.
 
Which brings me to the thing that we have, but the Israelites didn’t. Sure, we do not see with our eyes the Lord sending fire to consume the sacrifice on Mount Carmel, but we have God’s Word that has recorded for us so, so, so many miracles making it obvious that the Lord is God. We have recorded for us Elijah on Mount Carmel, Noah and the ark, Abraham, David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions den, many letters from the Apostle Paul and greatest of all, four separate accounts of the life and death of our Lord, Jesus Christ! What more could we ask for!?! We have all the proof we need within one cover!
 
A Word from Your Church Vice-President
Greetings,
 
Where has this year gone? I know this year has not been what we all expected 2020 to be, I mean who could have predicted. Looking back at the beginning of the year we had some pretty lofty goals for Outreach and Fellowship. This year started out with a great turnout for the Chili Cook Off. Followed by Ash Wednesday’s Simple Supper and Midweek Snacks/Appetizers before and after Lenten Services. And then …
 
As Pastor reminded me with his opening devotion for the first Outreach and Fellowship meeting back since the shut down, all the plans of man take a back seat to the plans of God. Simply put God said it wasn’t the right time. So God willing we will be able to look forward to enjoying all the events we missed this year next.
 
That being said we are planning on having an outside service on Sunday September 27th with a church picnic provided by the Outreach and Fellowship Committee. Since this will be outside please bring a chair for yourself and a guest. Having a nice size area for social distancing we would like to encourage you to also bring a friend. Then everyone is invited to stay for the picnic afterwards. The Outreach and Fellowship Committee will be providing hamburgers and hotdogs, chips, desert, and drinks. No need to bring anything but yourself, a chair and possibly a friend.
 
Hope to see you all there to celebrate God’s word and enjoy fellowship.
 
Thanks, Joshua D. Preboski—Vice President
 
A Word from Your Pastor
September seems like the month of getting back to it. We are starting in-person Catechism classes again on Wednesday, September 9th. We are starting Sunday School and Sunday Bible Class again on Sunday, September 13th at 9am. Our service time is changing back to the normal 10am time. We even have a Bible Information Class scheduled on Mondays starting on the 14th. It feels good to be getting back to these classes, and I encourage you to join me on Sunday mornings or the Tuesday Zoom Bible Class we have or even join us in Bible Information Class. That class is not just for visitors, but a good review for life-long members too!
 
But that’s not all that is changing this month! Edgewood Senior Living in town is allowing pastors to come in and lead devotions again! There are restrictions in place, but I can finally go back in and share God’s Word again! As a church, we are getting back to hosting events starting with an outdoor service and picnic on September 27th, both will be on our property.
 
Finally, for now, a screen has been installed for worship at church. Worship folders are still handed out, but you can come and worship hands free with everything project up in front. And for those who watch online, you too, will be able to make use of the screen and it will be streamed to your home. You can follow along with the service from home now too.
 
Many things are starting up again at Redeemer. I hope you can join us for many of them. But if nothing else please pray that God would continue to bless our Church.
--Pastor Schwartz
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
LWMS Fall Rally: Trinity in Aberdeen is hosting the LWMS Fall Rally on October 3rd. Women, men and children are invited to attend the rally and listen to the guest speaker, Rebecca Wendland. A little information about her: Rebecca Wendland is the wife of WELS Missionary Robert Wendland, who was called to serve the Lutheran Church of Central Africa in Malawi, in 2003. Before moving to Africa, Wendland earned a teaching degree from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Then Rebecca taught at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, WI and Redemption Lutheran School in Milwaukee, WI. Her teaching skills are used daily in rising their four children. She has written a book reflecting her life in Africa called “Bloom Where God Plants”.

Tuesday Zoom Bible Study: We’ve already started looking at the minor prophets, but you can still join us. Each study focuses on a different minor prophet. If you are interested in attending, please let pastor know so that he can Zoom invite you. The minor prophets we still need to study are Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

Bring a Friend to Church: We may not be able to do much in the ways of outreach, but the outdoor service on September 27th would be a great Sunday to invite a friend for the first time to join us. They worship with us while being outside and get to have a meal afterwards.

Sunday School/Bible Class: We will begin having Sunday School and Sunday morning Bible Class at 9am starting on September 13th.

Service Time Change: On Sept. 13th, service time will change back to 10am on Sunday.

The Dakota-Montana 100th Anniversary Service: Did you know that 2020 not only marks Redeemer Ev. Luth. Church’s 50th anniversary but marks the 100th anniversary of our District! On Sunday,  September 20th our 10am service will focus on God’s grace for our district.

Congregational Mission Statement:  The mission of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is to reach out with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to call those who are lost, comfort those who mourn, rejoice with those who come to know and believe that Christ’s victory is their victory and to grow together in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ until the final victory is ours.