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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!
Join us tomorrow, February 23 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am where the adults are studying Romans. To help prepare yourselves and your families, here’s our song list with the lyrics for this Sunday. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 6:20-25. We look forward to worshiping with you tomorrow!
Ben Mosteller, one of our deacons and community group leaders who recommends The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, said:
One book that we went through in our community group last year was Tim Keller’s The Reason for God. I loved the book because it gives a very challenging and thought-provoking yet clear explanation of the Christian faith. It addresses a lot of doubts that people have raised for centuries. It’s a great book to read individually, with a group, or with a non-believer interested in finding more about what it means to be a follower of Christ. Highly recommended!
Spend your Saturday morning with other Redeemer volunteers at the Florence Crittenton home in downtown Charleston this weekend, February 22 beginning at 8 am. We’ll be preparing breakfast for the girls and staff at the home. We’ll enjoy the meal with them, as we show the love of Christ to these young girls who are in tough situations.
You’re encouraged to join the deacons in demonstrating Christ’s love in tangible ways to those in our downtown community. One of our deacons Thomas Szymanski reminds us that our involvement is a “direct example of God’s love working through our church to help those in need.”
After breakfast some volunteers will do needed repairs around the old building, and others will visit and fellowship with the girls–there are many ways to help! Join us this Saturday to help show the love of Christ; contact Paul Pepin for more details.
During past work days we’ve worked in the yard, organized closets, rebuilt shelves, or anything else that was needed. These pictures were from a work day back in the fall of 2012.
After a cold icy week, the Redeemer women gathered on a beautiful sunny Saturday to celebrate the upcoming marriage of Rachel. We enjoyed coffee and punch, sandwich wraps and sweets, as we shared stories and advice with the bride-to-be. We prayed for her marriage, asking for God’s blessing on her new life with her husband.
Our next women’s event will be Saturday, March 22 at 11 am, so check your Email Blast (or sign up here) for all the details.
Kurt Brewer, one of our adult Christian Education teachers who recommends Teaching to Change Lives: Seven Proven Ways to Make Your Teaching Come Alive, said:
In a given week, I typically prepare content for and teach in at least two or three settings. Regardless of the setting, all this teaching has me asking the question “So how do people learn anyway?” I’m investing time and energy in the preparation. The audience is investing time and energy in the participation. How do I know if any of it makes a difference and actually sinks in? Thank God for Dr. Howard Hendricks (a legendary professor at Dallas Theological Seminary) and his book that I’m now reading.
Find this book and more on our Recommended Resources page.
Join us tomorrow, February 16 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am where the adults are studying Romans. To help prepare yourselves and your families, here’s our song list with the lyrics for this Sunday.
We as a church continue to rejoice in God’s goodness to us in providing a home for us at 43 Wentworth St. This is the “land” in which God has placed us. From this land we are to be a Gospel presence and live as believers in the One True God in the midst of a culture and people who may not believe in Him. We dwell among people who serve gods, idols, and ideologies of their own. God provided His people with His word, so they would know how to live in the land among people who did not share their beliefs; so that according to the promise He made to Abraham, they could be a blessing to all the peoples on the earth. Just like the ancient Israelites, we will learn from this book’s timeless truths how we must act and think and live if we are to withstand the temptations and dangers of our culture. As we study this Old Testament book in light of the person and work of Christ, we too will be prepared to “live in the land” in a way that brings glory to God and is a blessing to those around us.
Listen to other sermons in the Deuteronomy series, and subscribe to our podcast. We look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday! If you’re new, be sure to check out our details for Sunday worship.
Maybe you’re one of those who has asked for a list of Redeemer’s recommended resources. Maybe you’re curious about what books the elders recommend. Well, we’ve started compiling lists of recommended books and resources, beginning with a list of Christian books for kids. As we add additional categories, we want to know your favorites, too. Check out our new resources page, and as a bonus Redeemer gets back a portion of anything you purchase through our Amazon-powered book store. We’re calling it the Red Door Book Store.
Join us tomorrow, February 9 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am where the adults are studying Romans. Lord willing, we’ll be back in our sanctuary this Sunday for the worship service, but we did enjoy the cozy nature of worshiping together in a packed Fellowship Hall last week.
Tomorrow we have the exciting privilege of hearing our own William Hunter bring us the Word from Mark 6:30-44. Originally from Charlotte, NC, Will and his wife Caitlyn have been married 4 years. Caitlyn is currently in the physician assistant program at MUSC, which brought them to Charleston last year. William graduated from Erskine College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. William leads music at Redeemer, teaches high school choir at Palmetto Christian Academy in Mt. Pleasant, and works at Lowe’s Home Improvement.
To help prepare yourselves and your families for the worship service, here’s our song list with lyrics for this Sunday. We look forward to worshiping with you!
UPDATE | We’ve rescheduled our Chili Cook-Off for Wednesday, March 5 at 6 pm in our Fellowship Hall. Due to the past few weeks of bad weather and canceled classes at MUSC, the International Student Program recommended that we give their students a few more weeks to sign up for this event. Rather than hosting a smaller number of students this year, we thought it would be best to give them some more time to get their tickets and encourage more internationals to come. And as a bonus, we get more time to polish our chili-cooking skills! We’re sorry for the last-minute change, and we appreciate your flexibility and continued love for these internationals! May the Lord bless our extra two weeks of preparation for this event!
$5,300 That’s about the going rate for a short-term international mission trip to East Asia.
$15 That’s about the going rate for a trip downtown and a pot of chili in order to meet students from East Asia and the rest of the world.
Both trips are strategic in terms of helping reach the nations with the Gospel. But believe me, it’s a whole lot easier to pack up a pot of chili than international luggage. Rather than each of us going through the process of going to the world (not to mention trying to have a ministry once we’re there), why not reach the world in our own backyard?
When we build connections and friendships with international students living in our backyard, we obey God’s command in Leviticus 19:33-34. “When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”
On Wednesday, February 19 at 6 pm Redeemer once again has the incredible opportunity to host international students from MUSC for our annual chili cook-off and social dance. This event is attended by dozens of international students and their families and is a key opportunity for us to make relational connections that could change the world.
The benefits of hosting international students at the chili cook-off goes well beyond the event itself. It’s actually one part of a whole ministry that is reaching out to and sharing the Gospel with internationals at MUSC. The chili cook-off is like the wide part of a funnel that leads to deeper friendships and spiritual conversations through our on-campus English conversation group and one-on-one meetings.
We don’t have to worry about how to share the gospel or even how to discuss spiritual matters. Not at this event. Eventually sharing Christ with international students requires a great deal of trust and friendship. This event will help us with both.
Perhaps the number one hesitation for us as we begin to think about reaching out to internationals is that it might be awkward. We might not understand their accent or might not know anything about their culture. We may struggle to relate to their world as students or wonder why they stand so close when talking with us.
So what do we do when faced with an awkward situation or someone we can’t very well understand? Quite simply, with love and compassion, we can learn to embrace the awkwardness. Not avoid it, not find someone easier to talk to. Embrace the awkwardness. Find some common ground—music, interests, food, sports, literature—and enjoy making a new friend.
Believe me, our love and intentionality doesn’t go unnoticed:
“I really want to say thank you for all the people involved in the international student ministry at Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Your love and caring for internationals students is so meaningful to all of us who came from other countries…Thank you so much for helping us to get used to American culture and be friends with us…I feel Redeemer Presbyterian Church is like a big family and no matter who you are you are fully accepted in this big family, which is truly amazing and only God can make this happen…I am so happy that I can be part of [Redeemer] right now, and I am looking forward to learning more of God’s love in this place for the coming years.” –Cynthia Li