A Devotion from the Pastor’s Devotions
“The Lord is my Shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.” – Psalm 23
Publication of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church Pierre, SD Newsletter June 2018
I have been reflecting on the sermon text from Pentecost. Specifically, John 14:26, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you.”
I know Jesus gave this promise to his disciples, but the Father and Son sends the Holy Spirit also to us. We hear from John the Baptist in Mark 1:8, “I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit,”
or Jesus saying in Luke 11:13b, “how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
We too can say that the Holy Spirit comes to us in God’s Word to teach and remind us of everything Jesus taught.
Paul wrote plenty of passages that encourages believers to continue to grow in their faith and as they do, they grow in their understanding of God’s Word (Eph 4:11-16 for instance). I have noticed it in myself during my personal devotions. Having read through Leviticus and Numbers I am reminded and understand more of how the Old Testament laws and regulations point to a merciful and perfect Lord and Savior. As I am rereading Revelation, I am reminded of what Isaiah, Moses, and other prophets and apostles wrote, giving me better understanding to what John wrote. The person who is teaching me Scripture and reminding me of it later to make connections with what I currently reading is the Holy Spirit! It is exciting for me to recognize that the Holy Spirit has caused my faith to grow this past year.
I want your faith to grow and mature in understanding of God’s Word as it has for me. I cannot cause your faith to grow; neither can you. It is the Holy Spirit who causes your faith to grow and he has promised to be where God’s Word is taught, “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through the word of Christ”
(Rom 10:17). Take advantage of hearing the word of Christ and for the Holy Spirit to increase your faith. You have plenty of opportunities to hear God’s Word such as Sunday Worship, Sunday Morning Bible Study, Tuesday Evening Bible Study, and personal devotions.
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
(2 Peter 3:18)
Message from Your Pastor
We’ve made it to June! Yeah! Time to kick back, relax, and take it slow…or is it? By all mean, enjoy your summer. But with this change of season (and maybe your schedule) there are still plenty of events happening at church. Please keep an eye out for information about upcoming events which can be found in this newsletter! There will updated information coming out in the weekly bulletins, but if you are unable to come to church, visit our website (redeemerpierre.net) and under “Upcoming Events” you can find “Bulletin Announcements” for that week. Thank you, and have a fun summer!
Long Term Planning Survey
As you are aware we have formed a long range planning committee. With this group, it is hoped to be able to identify future needs and growth opportunities for our church. This includes not only our physical building and membership, but also our spiritual growth. To aid this group, a brief survey is being distributed to all communicant members. It is important to have as many survey responses as possible for the committee to work with. Please take some time considering your responses, and we ask to have them returned by the end of June. In addition to the survey questions, feel free to offer additional comments. There will be a drop box to return the surveys and they will be anonymous.
Sunday Morning Summer Bible Class
We will begin a family Bible Class learning about the Disciples starting June 3rd
. Class goes from 9:15-9:45am. A tentative schedule is provided below
|SUMMER FAMILY BIBLE STUDY
||Judas not Iscariot
||No Bible Study
||Simeon the Zealot
VBS Donations Needed
There are a few items we need for the crafts, snacks, and lunch for VBS. The list of needed items can be found on the Volunteer Bulletin Board. Please take a look and donate an item if possible. Thank you.
TIME LAB VBS
This year’s VBS theme is Time Lab. Children going into PrK to 6th
grade are welcome as we travel in time to creation, to Jesus’ life, and the future joys of heaven on June 16th. Preregistration is coming soon. Grab a handout on the bulletin board and give it to your neighbors and friends!
PASTOR ON VACATION
Pastor Schwartz will be on vacation from June 18th
. Due to the slowness of responding to emails and phone calls, please contact either Rich Nickerson (222-8324) or Jeff Hanson (840-1304) for any church related matter.
Due to Pastor Schwartz being on vacation on the 24th
of June, Vicar Reich will guest preach that Sunday. Vicar Reich is the youngest son of Pastor Reich who served as Redeemer’s Pastor from 1990-1997. Vicar Reich is currently serving at St. Martins in Watertown, SD.
4th of July Parade
Redeemer is having a float in this year’s 4 of July Parade. We need some to hand out flyers and others to sit in the trailer during the parade. Please meet in the church parking lot 9am. The Schwartz’s also want to host a cook-out for those participating in the parade. For proper planning for the cookout, please sign-up if you are planning on participating in the parade.
FIND US ON FACEBOOK
Type in www.facebook.com/redeemerpierre and you can find us on facebook. “Like” it to stay current on all things happening at Redeemer.
CHECK US OUT ON THE WEB
Type in www.redeemerpierre.net and see what our web site looks like.
HALLMARK LET YOU DOWN?
Looking for a card for birthday, wedding, sympathy, but can’t find a card that confesses your faith properly? Check out the Rack in the back of church. Cards are $1a piece or 12 for $10
DATES TO REMEMBER
June 16th Time Lab VBS
June 18th-25th Pastor on Vacation
June 24th Vicar Reich Guest Preacher
June 27th Council Meeting
July 4th 4th of July Parade
July 15th Ladies PEACE Meeting
June 6th Phillip Preston
June 7th Addison Sterling
June 10th Tyler Buguier
June 12th Milt Schaffer
June 15th Danita Intorn
June 19th Kori Ringstmeyer
June 21st Alowan Mitchell
June 25th Candi Boes
June 28th Shane Reede
June 28th Darlene Kolb
June 7th Lester & Jerrie Gosch
June 13th Mark & Sherry Lauseng
June 20th Larry & Cindy Kindle
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.