Newsletter
REDEEMER’S VOICE
“O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
January 2020
 
A DEVOTION FROM THE PASTOR’S DEVOTIONS
Many people do not like numbers. For many people the book of Numbers in the Bible (the book after Leviticus and before Deuteronomy) is not their favorite. The book of Numbers is about the Israelite’s time wandering in the wilderness for 40 years. It recounts some of their laws, some major events during that time, and their census data during that time. So, yes, the book of Numbers does have numbers in it.
I have just begun reading the book of Numbers and the very first chapter is “The First Census of Israel.” Did you know that there were this many twenty-one year old or older men in these tribes:
Reuben........................................................................ 46,500
Simeon........................................................................ 59,300
Gad............................................................................. 45,650
Judah........................................................................... 74,600
Issachar....................................................................... 54,400
Zebulun....................................................................... 57,400
Ephraim...................................................................... 40,500
Manasseh.................................................................... 32,200
Benjamin..................................................................... 35,400
Dan............................................................................. 62,700
Asher........................................................................... 41,500
Naphtali...................................................................... 53,400
Total.......................................................................... 603,550
How many people do you know of? How many people’s names do you know? How many people do you know that you also know the rest of their family, or know their favorite food, their favorite color, their pasts, their thoughts, their… God knew all 603,550 men’s and all the women’s  and all the children’s names, he also knew their families, favorite foods, favorite colors, their pasts, their thoughts, their every things! God knew what would happen in their future. God knew their troubles. God knew what they needed most—a Savior from Sin, Death, and the Devil.

603,550 people may seem like a lot to you, but do you know there are 882,235 people living in South Dakota; or that there are 327,200,000 people living in the United State; or that there are 7,520,000,000 people living in the world! Yet, God knows each and every person. He knows their names, their families, their favorite foods, their favorite colors, their pasts, their thoughts, their every things! God knows what will happen in their future. God knows their troubles, God knows what they are in need of the most—a Savior from Sin, Death, and the Devil.

God knows YOU. God knows YOUR name, YOUR family, YOUR favorite food, YOUR favorite color, YOUR past, YOUR thoughts, YOUR every things! God knows YOUR future. God knows YOUR trouble. God knows what YOU are in need of the most—a Savior from Sin, Death and the Devil. God sent that Savior in Jesus Christ our Lord for YOU.
 
A WORD FROM YOUR PASTOR
What’s new? So much.

We have entered into a new day, week, year, and even decade! There has been many new things this past year that has been started and there are many new thing to come this year.

Did you know that in this past year we have welcomed eleven new members into our church family (8 by baptism and 3 by profession of faith)? Most of those additions were from members like you inviting family and friends to church. We also started a large effort event to our Outreach with an Annual Fall Festival. Despite the weather, we have a great turn out from the community! In the anticipation of increase attendance during worship, we have added 24 soft, cushioned chairs to our sanctuary. Besides growth at our church, we have seen growth in our ministries as Redeemer began devotions at Edgewood once a month and offering Christian counseling at the Woman’s Prison in town. God has been good to us in 2019!

There is plenty of new things coming in 2020. What new members will join Redeemer? What new opportunities will God create for you to invite family and friends to church? What new ministries will begin? I can tell you that we have a new Church Council structure and because of that our Church Council is slightly different. We also are celebrating a major anniversary year of God allowing Redeemer Ev. Luth. Church to exist in Pierre. 50 years! God be praise! The synodical district that Redeemer is in is celebrating a major anniversary too. God has allowed the Dakota-Montana District of WELS to exist for 100 years! God be praise! WELS is also beginning to introduce a new hymnal. Although the release date is not until 2021, there are sample worship materials out already that we can begin implementing into our worship in 2020.

What’s new? By God’s grace, so much!
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
2020 Offering Envelopes: They can be found on the table next to the bookshelf.

Chili Cook-off: Our next annual Chili cook-off will be on January 19th. Please sign up on the “how you can help” bulleting board if you would like to enter into the cook-off.

Council Installation: During worship on Jan. 12th will include the installation of our church’s new council. Please keep these men in your prayers as they serve you.

Church Council Meeting: The Church Council Meeting will be held after worship on Jan 12th.

Special Estate Planning Presentation: On Jan 26th Mr. Scott Wagner, part of Christian Giving, will give a presentation during the Bible Class hour on Estate Planning.

Voter’s Meeting: On Jan 26th we will have our 1st quarter voters’ meeting after worship. All members are welcome, especially voters.

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.

Building Expansion Update: For an important update on the building expansion, please check your church mailbox. 
  
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.

Church Constitution & Bylaws: There are several copies of the Church Constitution & Bylaws next to the offering envelopes for those who would like to take one home with them.

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.