“O Lord, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14
May 2021
Imagine that you are part of the nation of Israel. Your nation is God’s specially chosen nation and God will protect and guide your nation. Sounds comforting. Sounds like the nation is invincible. That is until the nation of Israel split in two and not only has the Northern Kingdom of Israel was led into exile. Now the Southern Kingdom of Judah was led into exile away from the promise land. As God’s special chosen nation, what would you do? What do you think God would want you to do? Rebel? Start an insurgence? Fight? Complain?

The Lord gives his answer in Jeremiah 29:4-7.
The Lord of Armies, the God of Israel, says this to all the exiles whom I have deported from Jerusalem to Babylon.
Build houses and settle in them. Plant gardens and eat their fruit. Get married and have sons and daughters. Find wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there, and do not decrease in number. Seek the peace of the city where I have exiled you. Pray to the Lord for that city, because when it has peace and prosperity, you will have peace and prosperity.

God tells them to live their lives. Seek the peace while they live in the city. Pray for the city so it would have peace and prosperity. God did not call for disrespect, but honor. He did not call for war, but peace.

How about living in our nation? Our nation is not God’s chosen nation. God never promised that the United States of America would always be under his protection and guidance, though as a nation we have been blessed by God. Many people look how immoral our nation has become and the blame is given to our nation’s leaders. If our nation’s leaders are going against Christian principles, what should we do? Rebel? Start an insurgence? Fight? Complain?
God’s answer to us would probably be very similar to what he gave in Jeremiah 29 to the Israelite exiles. Live your Christian life. Seek peace. Pray for the nation to have peace and prosperity. Do not be disrespectful, but honor. Do not seek war, but peace.

We are able to honor and act peaceful no matter who our nation’s leaders are because this is not our final kingdom. We are in God’s Kingdom now and for an eternity. We live for God. We have peace in God. We trust God to give peace and prosperity. We honor God. We are at peace with God.
A Word from your Head Elder
Hi, my name is Richard Mitchell. I recently took over Head Elder position from Gene King. I want to thank Gen for his leadership during his time as Head Elder before me.

I am married to Vickie going on 17 years. We have a family of 4 children, the youngest two who are still in Catechism class. Brayven will have another year left after this year. Alowan will be confirmed this May on the 16th along with Dani, Kali, and Sawyer.

God’s Work is continued through the church. His Ascension, which is on May 13th, is a significant part of our lives as it reminds us that God has prepared a place for us in heaven.
Altar Training: After worship on the first Sunday of May and June, Pastor will be showing how to change the altar color, set up for communion, and refill the candles for all members to learn.

Youth Group Pizza Party: The Outreach/Fellowship committee is hosting a Pizza Party for all students in 5th grade up to Senior in High School on May 4th @5pm. Besides eating pizza, we will be playing Trivia Pursuit with Catechism questions.

Ascension Service: We will have an evening service on May 13th, at 6:30pm to celebrate Jesus’ ascension into heaven.

Confirmation Sunday: Four eighth graders of our congregation will be confirmed on Sunday May 16th during the worship service. They will also be examined as an opportunity to share their faith during the Bible Class hour on May 16th at 9am.

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.