Join us for a night of beautiful music! This Saturday, December 6 at 7 pm Dock Street Communities offers a concert in Redeemer’s historic and beautiful sanctuary–FREE for the Redeemer family–titled Gorgeous Twentieth Century English Music. Read more information on the flyer about specific music and musicians featured for the evening.
What antics ensue at Redeemer’s annual Christmas party and talent show! Check out more pictures from last year’s party, and make plans to join us this year on Sunday, December 14 at 5:30 pm. This event will be the highlight of your holiday-party schedule!
Our family-friendly event features church-provided hams, delicious finger foods and desserts provided potluck-style, and party punch along with other beverages. We always look forward to our children’s performance, so don’t miss this event!
Join us for tree-decorating and garland-hanging this Wednesday!
Bring a pot of chili, some cornbread, chili fixin’s, or dessert, and join us this Wednesday, December 3 at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall. After supper Redeemer Kids will rehearse their Christmas songs with Ms. Lauren, and everyone else will head to the sanctuary to decorate the tree and hang the garlands and bows. We need many hands to make this job fun and easy!
Last Friday Redeemer volunteers delivered tons of homemade pies and desserts to the MUSC International Programs Thanksgiving luncheon for international students. We served traditional Thanksgiving fare to friends from around the world. What a thankful “Friendsgiving” we shared with these students!
Redeemer ordained new elders last Sunday, November 23 during the worship service. We look forward to our new elders–Dan Avant, Kurt Brewer, Chris Yates Jarvis, and Tony Paladino–joining the current Session.
Some of our Redeemer family spent Sunday afternoon and evening on Wadmalaw Island enjoying community on the Sabbath. Enjoy these shots of church life.
As women of Redeemer, we’re scattered throughout the greater Charleston area. Though we gather with our community groups during the week, we often need and desire more opportunities for connection with other Redeemer women. So our community groups will take turns hosting bimonthly women’s fellowship events, and the North Area (Wednesday) Community Group volunteered first!
Below JaiLynne Wood shares how she came to know about Rahab’s Rope and why she felt led to help.
Working as the office administrator at Redeemer, I receive a lot of emails. I delete a lot of them before I even open them. The ones that seem to pertain to ministry, I at least give a glance to make sure it isn’t something that we are legitimately connected with, most of which, we aren’t. But sometime in the past year, one of these with which we have no existing connection caught my attention. The ministry was called Rahab’s Rope.
To begin with, just the name, “Rahab’s Rope,” caught my attention. I knew who Rahab was, and I knew the significance of her rope. I wondered what kind of ministry would want “Rahab” in their name. I read through the email and subsequently visited their website to learn that they are a Gospel-centered ministry fighting sex trafficking in India. They exist “to give hope and opportunity to women and girls that are at risk or have been forced into the commercial sex trade of India.” I cannot imagine a worse way to be exploited than forced prostitution. And while this issue was not new news to me, my heart was more than pricked–I wanted to help.
As I was learning their story, I was also seeing pictures of these beautiful pieces of jewelry and scarves and reading something about $200 for 200. As a part of their ministry in India, they offer girls and women vocational training to give them an alternative means of making a living. Some of the women learn to sew or make jewelry and send the goods back to the States where Rahab’s Rope sells them alongside other fair trade goods from around the world to raise awareness and funds for their ministry. At that time, they were running the “$200 for 200” campaign. Two hundred girls and women are trafficked daily in India. To correspond with that number, they set $200 as a goal for people to raise through sales. I thought, “I could do that, especially if I waited until a month or so before Christmas when people have Christmas shopping to do.” So, I set a mental note and planned to host an event sometime in November.
Not many of you have been to one of my kids’ birthday parties or a bridal shower that I have thrown. Thus, you don’t quite have an understanding of how I like to do events. I wouldn’t say that I go overboard (others might), but my events are definitely Pinterest-y, especially the food. I love doing it, but it totally stresses me out: Many weeks of planning are involved in my events. So, as September came and quickly turned into October, and October was over before I knew it. As I had not done the first bit of planning for a Rahab’s Rope event and I had to make a roosar bear costume for West for school (rooster combined with a polar bear. What in the world!?!?), I lamented that it just was not going to happen. (Vacuuming my carpet is considered a special event at this point in my life.) I thought, “there is no way, I can plan and execute a real event.”
Then I received an email update from Rahab’s Rope: I had to do it. I had to. I had to host an event. “Okay,” I thought, “let’s scale back.” The not-so-novel idea of just doing dessert popped into my head–I could do that. And I could open it up to all the women of Redeemer so that I did not have to worry about whom to invite or if I would have enough people. And it could kind of, sort of serve as a women’s ministry event. And I could get some of my friends to help me make desserts and serve. All right! We’re in business, I can do this. Then just this past Sunday, I learned that community groups are going to help plan and host events as part of our women’s ministry at Redeemer. Okay, I’m going to involve the rest of the women from my community group, and this will be our event. Yay! More help.
So join all the women of Redeemer as we enjoy fellowship, have fun, shop for Christmas gifts, and help give hope and opportunity to exploited women. Contact JaiLynne for more information.
Nearly 30 Redeemer women spent the weekend in Myrtle Beach for our Palmetto Presbytery’s fall women’s retreat. Our annual event attracted many women who are new to the Redeemer family, giving everyone a fun weekend to get to know our new sisters. We enjoyed a wonderful time of worship, fellowship, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Some of our women helped lead the worship and singing time during the retreat sessions. We heard messages of hope from our speaker Sarah Ivill, who taught from Revelation. Check out Sarah’s books in Redeemer’s Red Door Book Store.
Mark your calendars for next year’s event: October 2-4, 2015.
Want to join the Redeemer family? Redeemer will hold the next inquirers’ class, the first step toward church membership, on Saturday, November 15 beginning at 8:30 am with a continental breakfast. This class is an informal opportunity for asking questions, hearing the story of God’s faithfulness to Redeemer, meeting other folks who are new to the Redeemer family, and enjoying fellowship. Find more information about the class here. Here’s what recent attendees are saying:
If you’re interested in becoming a member of any church, it’s very important to understand its foundation, mission, and beliefs. The inquirers’ class gave my wife and me a very well-rounded understanding of this. It was also a great opportunity to meet new people who are in a similar situation, and may be new to the Charleston area. We really enjoyed learning about the history of Redeemer, the principles of the PCA, and just enjoying fellowship with other people. –Grant Tucker
What we loved most about the inquirers’ class was connecting to the history of Redeemer. What an amazing story of God working through his people. Also as longstanding Presbyterians, the inquirers’ class was a great reminder of why we believe what we believe. Craig lays out the Gospel and beliefs of the Presbyterian Church in an easy-to-understand and inviting way. –Robby Bosshardt
Our newest community group had a wonderful turnout for their first gathering last week! The West Ashley (Thursday) Community Group enjoyed a delicious meal before studying and discussing God’s Word together. Tonight, October 9 is their next gathering if you’re living in the West Ashley area and looking for a community group to join. Find details for this group and all our other groups around the Charleston area here.