“The Lord is my Shepherd; There is nothing I shall want.” – Psalm 23
Publication of Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church Pierre, SD                                                                                                          Newsletter December 2018 
A Devotion from the Pastor’s Devotions
Christmas is this month! There is so much to do before the 25th and everybody is trying to do something special leading up to that joyful day, including the Church. During the four Sundays before Christmas we celebrate the season of Advent. Advent is a word that means “arrival”, and we look forward to Christ’s arrival on earth, both past at his birth and future when he come to judge the living and the dead. The latter we have meditated on through November during the season of End Times. Now we meditate on the former, when Christ arrived on earth to be the Savior of the world.
To prepared myself, I began reading through the book of Luke once again. Luke 2 has the message of Christmas that we all love hearing. The sweetest message comes from the angel speaking to the shepherds out in the field nearby, “Do not be afraid. For behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which will be for all the people: Today in the town of David, a Savior was born for YOU.” This message is for all. This message is for you. The Savior has arrived to save you! This baby born over 2000 years ago has removed your sin and made you holy like him.
Our response to such good news of great joy is the same as the shepherds who first visited the little Lord Jesus, “When they had seen him, they told others the message they had been told about this child…And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.” This news is not to be kept a secret, but it is for all people! We share this news to them, “A Savior was born for you.” Then let us all join together glorifying and praising God for sending a Savior for us as we sing our hymns and hear his Word through this Advent Season.
“GOD’S HOUSE—YOUR HOME” I love that phrase. I also love being able to look at photos of the members of God’s household on our big board in the Fellowship Area. As I was looking at it, I noticed that they are getting out-of-date, some more than others. It is about time to update those pictures. Dionne Heilman has volunteered to take everyone’s picture for the board. She will be taking pictures during the entire month with Erin Schwartz taking them on Christmas Eve/Day. Please talk to her when you want your picture taken.
Say “CHEESE” 😊.

Upcoming advent/christmas events
Advent by Candlelight: Ladies PEACE is holding their annual Advent by Candlelight on December 2nd starting at 6pm. All ladies of the congregation are welcomed and hear from Hannah and the prophetess Anna as they were for the Messiah.
Children’s Christmas Service: The children of Redeemer have been working hard preparing for the Children’s Christmas Service. They want to share their hymns and Luke 2 with you on Sunday, December 16th at 10am.
Christmas Potluck Meal: After the Children’s Christmas Service on December 16th, we will be having a potluck. Stay afterward for fellowship and some food. A free will offering will be collected to help with the debt reduction.
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: Join us for a special service on the 24th at 6:30pm of hymns and readings as we meditate on the coming of Christ.
Christmas Day Service: We celebrate Jesus’ birthdate on the 25th. What better way to celebrate the birth of our Savior than to worship him together that morning at 10am.
Church Snow blowing: The snow has come. If you are willing to snow blow the church’s sidewalk a few times this winter, please sign up on the Volunteer Bulletin Board. Pastor will call you when the snow needs to be removed.
Ushers Snow Removal: A reminder for ushers that they are responsible for clearing off snow on the walk ways on the Sundays they usher.
Updating your Picture: Dionne Heilman will be taking pictures of every family in the congregation to update the pictures under the “God’s House; Your Home” board. Pictures will be taken after worship from December 2nd-January 6th (Ask Erin Schwartz during Christmas Eve/Day). 
Council Minutes: We would like to keep you updated on the activities of the council of Redeemer. To help inform you, we will be supplying the minutes of each meeting in the Newsletter. Please take a look and feel welcome to discuss any of the topics in the minutes with a council member.
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
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  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.