Newsletter
REDEEMER’S VOICE
“O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
March 2020
 
A DEVOTION FROM THE PASTOR’S DEVOTIONS
If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is pointless, and your faith is pointless too.
(1 Corinthians 15:14)
 
I know Easter four months ago, but after reading 1 Corinthians 15 how can I not talk about Christ’s resurrection! By Christ’s life, he proved his perfection. By Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, he atoned (to make another ‘at one’ with God) the world. By Christ’s resurrection, he proved his victory over sin, death, and the Devil.
 
Imagine if Christ never rose from the dead but stayed in the tomb. There would be nothing but despair for us! We would have the constant doubt of whether or not Jesus truly defeated the Devil and if he truly forgave our sins. If Jesus didn’t raise from the dead having life after death, then we had not chance of being raised from the dead and having life after death too. Death would be the end. Death would have the last laugh. There would be no point to preaching about Christ. There would be no point in having faith in Christ.
 
But Christ DID raise from the dead. And so, we have proof of Christ’s victory over the Devil; we have the receipt that confirms Christ’s payment and the forgiveness of our sins; we have a guide to take us through death to life everlasting.


Though it may not be Easter, let us remember this Easter message always—because Christ lives, I too shall live!

 
A Word from Your Pastor
Three years ago…what was going on for you three years ago? For me, three years ago Bella wasn’t born. Jonah was half a year old. I just graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. I had been living in Pierre for only a month. Yep, it was about three years ago when I was installed as your pastor promising to teach God’s Word to you and share it with our community. That has been my focus ever since.
 
As a church, we had so much momentum and excitement to stay in God’s Word and to reach out to our community with God’s Word. Then COVID19 hit the United States. The country practically closed. Life in South Dakota was even put on hold for most. Now, I understand and agree with what we did and are doing currently in response to COVID, but I feel like that momentum and excitement of Redeemer Church’s ministry has been put on hold. That bums me out. Has it bummed you out?
 
We may have lost some momentum, but I can tell that we are still excited to share Christ crucified to our community. I also know we can regain that momentum. Our church leadership will make sure of it. They are pushing forward with many of our original plans and events, just postponed until next year. They also plan on rolling out other plans and events this year, when the time is right.
 
I know, I am being very nondescriptive of those future plans and events. What I can do is encourage you to keep your eyes open and be ready to jump back into helping out as we get back to hosting events for our own members and inviting visitors to our church.
 
Finally, I want to remind all of us that even though we are planning and hosting events, we are not the ones who grow the church. God is in control; God grows his own church; God is the one who blesses our efforts as we work out in His field.
 
Paul reminded the Corinthians of the same thing in 1 Corinthians 3:7, I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but it is God who causes the growth. It is God who will cause Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church to grow through us. See you out in the field.
--Pastor Schwartz
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Pastor on Vacation: Pastor will be on vacation from August 10th-17th. If you have a church question or concerns, please contact Rich Nickerson 222-8324 or Gene King 769-0344. If you need pastoral care, they will connect you to a pastor.
Elders Meeting: We will have an elders meeting on Sunday, August 2nd at 10am.
Outreach/Fellowship Meeting: We will have an Outreach/Fellowship meeting on Sunday, August 9th at 10am.
Council Meeting: We will have a Council meeting on Sunday, August 23rd at 10am.
Service Times: We have returned to only one service at 9am on Sundays while still observing social distancing e.g. sitting in every other pew.
 
Offering: We will not be collecting the offering during the service. Instead, there will be an offering basket on the back table as you leave in which you may give your offering to the Lord.
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 Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
 

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.