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REDEEMER’S VOICE
“O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
March 2020
 
A DEVOTION FROM THE PASTOR’S DEVOTIONS
I’m currently reading through Deuteronomy. Most of the book is about Moses restating to the newest generation of Israelites all the things that the Lord had promised and commanded to their parents. Moses will not always be there to remind them what God had commanded and promised. Moses is going to die at the end of Deuteronomy and before they cross into the promised land. And so, Moses said to the Israelites in chapter 6:

These words that I am commanding you today are to be on your heart. Teach them diligently to your children, and speak about them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a sign on your wrists, and they will serve as symbols on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your houses and on your gates.

The parents were to teach the next generation God’s Word. Parents today are still to teach their children God’s Word. They are to teach Law, that everyone is sinful and need a Savior. They are to teach Gospel that Jesus has saved everyone by his perfect life and death through faith in God. Parents can teach their children anywhere: at home, in the car, at church, literally anywhere.

But you don’t need to be a parent to talk about God’s Word with someone at any place. You don’t need to be a parent to live your faith at home or going around town. We all can live our faith. We all can talk about God’s Word. We all can share the love of Jesus. We can say he died for all.
 
A WORD FROM YOUR CHURCH PRESIDENT
Dear Members of Redeemer,

Here we are at the beginning of March and springtime approaching. We seem to have had a mild winter. Of course, I am writing this in February so might be surprised by the time this gets to print. With early spring comes our need to get our ducks in a row, and get our addition rolling. We need our final plan to submit and financing to obtain. There was information put out shortly after the first of the year regarding our building’s funding and asking for membership pledges to help guide us in relation to future budgeting needs.

As we move into March, please remember to have your pledges in by the end of the month. I would also like to remind everyone, once this building project begins we are expected to participate by actually being on site. Builders for Christ (BFC) work week is Tuesday thru Saturday, to facilitate church members being present on Saturdays, for those not able to be there during the week days to help. We are required to provide noon time meals and snacks for the BFC.

We do have some estimated costs, please bear in mind these would be the estimated costs if we hired a contractor to do our building, the figures do not consider volunteer labor, and material donations or discounts. They are posted in the fellowship area for you to review. 

There is also a possible change to our option2, which I think is a good idea, and will be subject to your approval. We will need to have a special voters meeting shortly to consider the change. 

Our building fund, stands at about $27000. It would be wonderful to see it grow and be able to keep financing needs at a minimum. As your pledges come in it will give the council an idea as to future budget needs and adjustments. My prayer would be for the majority of our construction expenses to be covered by pledges and/or offerings over the next three years.

Moving on to a different topic, with summer coming, our plans and activities begin to pickup. We may find ourselves tempted to let church attendance slip. Maybe the fish are biting, maybe we worked or played too hard on Saturday, or maybe we just felt like sleeping in. What we need to think about is what are we saying to God, and what example are we setting?

Two things God said to us: You shall have no other gods before me.

Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.

I enjoy it when we have a full church. It is inspiring to see and hear my fellow Christians and worship with them. It also allows me to sing louder because the others cover my off-key notes. 

C H _ _ C H……….. what’s missing? …. U R

May God bless our worship, our outreach, and our growth,
Church President,
Rich Nickerson
 
A WORD FROM YOUR VICE PRESIDENT
Greetings,

I would like to thank everyone who brought items to Ash Wednesday’s Simple Supper  and all who came for Fellowship before and after Service. I think we can all say the food was excellent but the fellowship was even better.   Talking with Pastor we both agree that we can’t wait till the expansion is finished with more room in the Fellowship Area.  

Just a reminder that during Midweek Lenten Service we will be having Snacks/Appetizers before and after Service.  It will give those who are coming straight from work a little something to feed them physically, while the service will give us spiritual nourishment.  It will also give another opportunity for Fellowship with members, visitors, and visiting Pastors.  Please look on the How You Can Help bulletin board to sign up to bring something.
Also we will once again be having an Easter Egg Hunt after service on Easter Sunday.  Please be on the lookout, around mid March, for a box to donate candy and other small items that we can put in the plastic Easter eggs.    

Thanks,
Joshua D. Preboski
Vice President
 
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Daylight Savings: Clocks are changing yet again this week on the 8th. Don’t forget to SPRING AHEAD so that you don’t miss church.

Church Directory: The most up-to-date church directory is out! Pick up your copy from the How You Can help bulletin board.

Midweek Food: For the following five Wednesday services there will be a snack before and after service. Please sign up as you can under the How You Can Help bulletin board.

Midweek Lenten Theme: Our theme for this Lent is “The Son of God Goes Forth to War”. We will be taking a closer look at Jesus our Savior being a Warrior who has won the victory for us.
Feb. 26th Know Your Enemy Ps. Schwartz
Mar. 4th Hidden Warrior Ps. Rawerts
Mar. 11th Skirmishes Ps. Laude
Mar. 18th The Promised Warrior Ps. Dauck
Mar. 25th The Warrior Rejected by Followers Ps. Schwartz
Apr. 1st The Warrior Faces the World Ps. Laude

Cleaning Sign-up: We are in need of members to clean the church during January-April. Please sign up for a week for you to clean the church on the How You Can Help Bulletin Board.

Pastor Serving Zion in Akaska, SD: Due to the vacancies in our area several WELS churches are not being served by a pastor including Zion in Akaska. Pastor Schwartz has been asked to serve as vacancy pastor there for the time being.
 
Forward in Christ: There are free Forward in Christ magazines by the coffee maker. If you enjoy the magazine and would like to receive it monthly, please let Pastor or Gene King know. If there is enough interest and Redeemer could get a monthly subscription for you.

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.