Mark your calendars for our Uganda team’s fundraiser on Friday, May 16! With live music and dancing, it’s sure to be a good time. Invite your friends, and check out the items we’ve gathered so far for the silent auction.
Jim & Margaret Belton took the Youth Group girls to see God’s Not Dead last weekend. Read Jim’s take on the film:
I would heartily recommend that all members of the Redeemer family see this movie. In the film a college freshman is challenged by his philosophy professor to admit the “obvious fact” that God is dead or rather that he never existed at all. The student feels compelled to defend his Christian faith on both scientific and philosophical grounds by debating his professor in front of the entire class.
The plot is slightly contrived. However, it allows the filmmaker to introduce a very intellectual school of apologetics to the audience. Moreover, the film gives a fairly accurate depiction of the anti-Christian prejudice found on most university campuses today. One of the strengths of the film is that it addresses not only the head but the heart. There are many brilliant Christian apologists today who have defended the faith on both scientific and philosophical grounds. However, many of them are ineffective at addressing man’s spiritual and emotional need for God. On the other hand, there are many heartfelt evangelists who find it difficult to defend the faith on intellectual grounds.
Throughout the film, we are introduced to numerous characters who struggle with their unbelief in God. We see not only the arguments they project to the world but also the life traumas that have brought them to unbelief. We see how God’s working in ways they cannot comprehend is calling them to him.
Big warning! There is a major debate among Christian apologists today. Many embrace the Big Bang because it seems to prove that God created the universe as it states in Genesis 1:1. Others reject the Big Bang because it contradicts the idea that God shaped the universe in six 24-hour days. This film is sympathetic to the Big Bang theory.
God’s Not Dead is a great testimony to Christ. For that reason, the enemy in Hollywood will try to shut it down as soon as possible. I would like to strongly encourage you to see the film soon and take your friends.
On World Water Day March 22, Redeemer’s team of 13 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs joined other teams from around the Lowcountry for Water Missions International‘s 8th annual Walk for Water. (There’s still time to contribute to our team’s goal.) We enjoyed a beautiful spring day, as we walked the streets of downtown Charleston. We carried buckets to simulate the long walk to fetch water that many around the world must take each day.
Mark your calendars for Redeemer’s special events of Easter week beginning with Palm Sunday, April 13 when we’ll hear special music from our children and the choir. The children will lead us in singing “Hosannas!” and waving palm branches, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, April 16 we’ll celebrate Passover with a Seder meal at 6 pm, a traditional Jewish celebration of God’s faithfulness and goodness to his people. This family-friendly event asks, “Why is this night different?” God commanded his people–prone to forgetfulness–to remember at the first of every year His deliverance, from oppression and bondage under Pharaoh, into the freedom of His ways. Likewise, we must worship by commemorating what God has done to free us from slavery to sin and futility in death by drawing us near through life in Christ. Experience the difference Christ has made by reliving God’s day of deliverance as we enjoy the Passover meal together as a church family. Then on Good Friday, April 18 we’ll join several area churches for a joint worship service at 6 pm at Cathedral downtown looking at Jesus’ words from the cross through Scripture and song, as we remember the death of our Lord.
But up from the grave He arose! Join us three days later for our joyful celebration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. First, we’ll enjoy an Easter Sunday breakfast on April 20 during the Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am, then we’ll celebrate His victory over death with a special worship service and special music. He is risen indeed!
Redeemer’s newest community group begins Tuesday, March 25 in downtown Charleston, SC. Though we already have community groups that meet throughout the greater Charleston area, we’re so excited to finally have a community group meeting downtown again! Thomas Szymanski, one of our deacons, lives downtown, and his passion for reaching downtown Charleston is contagious:
My vision is to really, really treat this as something more than a Bible study or book study group. We can have a set-in-stone meeting on Tuesdays that could range from studies to fellowship (in someone’s house or in public) to community outreach/mission work, but I also want to ensure that we are a community group. That is to say that we will also do all of those things outside of a once-per-week, two-hour time frame. We all live so close and, on many occasions, are already congregating for social events or worship. I pray that we’ll truly develop to the point that we have a real family feel that can support one another when it comes to personal, physical, emotional, and especially spiritual support. That kind of trust and mutual accountability would be awesome!
If you’re interested in joining the downtown community group or checking out their first event, then get all the details on the group’s Facebook page.
UPDATE | Last night Jamie Mills went into labor, so her baby shower of blessings will be postponed probably until April or May. Be sure to check your Email Blast for details once the event’s been rescheduled. With her little girl’s coming early, we’ll be able to celebrate with Jamie and her little one at her rescheduled baby shower of blessings!Redeemer’s upcoming women’s event, scheduled for this Saturday, March 22, celebrates Jamie Mills and her little girl on the way. After you’ve worked up a good appetite at the Walk for Water, head over to Patty Brown‘s house for brunch and the baby shower of blessings at 11 am. With delicious food and fun fellowship, these women’s events offer a great opportunity to get to know more women in the Redeemer family. The special time for prayer and blessing gives all women a chance to offer advice, stories, and memories, as we celebrate life’s big moments together.
Whether you have years of experience with newborns, memorable stories of your own mom, or experiences with being a “spiritual mom,” we want you to fellowship with us, share with us, and celebrate these precious little ones with us! Join us for this special event in the life of our church. Check out pictures from our most recent women’s events.
International students and others from the International Programs at MUSC joined the Redeemer family last week for our annual chili cook-off and social dance. The chili cook-off gives our Redeemer members a chance to welcome these sojourners from abroad while they’re studying and working in Charleston. Plus we get to show off our chili-making skills!
Our own Ben Lever shares about his experience:
The chili cook off was a great opportunity to meet international students. I hope this presented an opportunity for the students to have a second thought about what was being offered beyond the chili on a chilly night. One never knows how one may influence someone or what their opinion may be of whatever testimony someone offers through friendliness or kindness. We can only try, which our church did in this hospitable meeting. I hope these students get to experience our freedom of worship and may have a very positive takeaway from being in an American, Christian environment.
And, next year, we need to get our chili more competitive….
After chowing down on the 15-plus pots of chili–from vegetarian to meaty, spicy to mild, the tasters voted using the familiar Olympics hierarchy of gold, silver, and bronze. Serving spoons were awarded to the winners, and the dance instruction started. Our senior pastor led the instruction of an uniquely Southern dance, the shag.
Rebeca Mueller, director of International Programs at MUSC, commented, “What a really fun event!” And our own talented photographer Andrew Donnan took beautiful photographs throughout the night that you can easily browse through here.
To help provide sustainable sources of clean water around the world, Redeemer will participate in Water Missions International‘s Walk for Water event. This family-friendly, dog-friendly 3.5-mile walk will start at Cannon Park at 9 am on Saturday, March 22 and end at White Point Garden. Register to join the Redeemer team, or make a donation in support of our team. Our own Lauren Martin is helping captain our team, and she enjoys this annual event:
I love participating in the Walk for Water because it is a great time for fellowship and exercise in a beautiful part of downtown and a chance to take a walk in someone else’s shoes. The walk gives you just a little taste of what life is like for many people in other parts of the world who have to walk several miles each day for water. You fill a bucket with dirty water, and carrying it really makes you think about what life would be like without a clean or convenient water source. Just when you start feeling hopeless about the situation, you find yourself at the finish line and pour your water into the purification system that your registration fee is helping to take to countries all over the world.
Enjoy our pictures from last year’s Walk for Water, and make plans to join in the fun for this worthy cause!
Redeemer’s deacons and other volunteers will join forces this Saturday, March 8 for a church-wide work day. With spring coming in a few weeks, it’s spring cleaning time at the church-house! Join us for Saturday morning fun and fellowship as we paint, scrape, clean, and purge. Contact Robert Wood for details.
We have a great history of hard-working volunteers who give of their time to improve the form and function of the wonderful resource we’ve been given. Enjoy some pictures from past work days, and then put on your work clothes for this Saturday.
Last Saturday volunteers from Redeemer gathered early at the Florence Crittenton home to make breakfast for the girls and staff. Isabel Alele helped organize the food for breakfast, and she said:
I think that our deacons are such a good example of servant leadership. They have such a heart to minister to those girls, and it was really encouraging to me.
After a hearty breakfast, the volunteers got busy with a list of handyman projects that needed completing, including some painting and hanging blinds. Chris Jarvis, a deacon at Redeemer, summed up the work day in this way:
I love that we didn’t just work on broken things. We dressed things up! Rarely do we get the opportunity to not just serve, but serve in making people feel more loved, more human, more beautiful, or more special. We hung blinds. We didn’t save lives, we didn’t heal sickness, and we didn’t rescue anybody. We got the opportunity to dedicate our presence and hard work to these strong women who need to know that the Lord loves them and is with them through their journey. Not just in surviving, but in living. At the Florence Crittenton home last Saturday, the Lord sent neighbors to be neighbors; and we had a blast!
A special thanks goes to Andrew Donnan for not just “taking pictures” but capturing beautiful shots and creating art from hanging blinds and painting!