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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.
Since Daylight Saving Time begins tomorrow, remember to change your clocks and “spring ahead” with us! Then join us tomorrow, March 9 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am where the adults are studying Romans. To help prepare yourselves and your families for worship, here’s our song list with the lyrics for this Sunday. We’ll enjoy a special missions moment during our service when we’ll hear from missionaries Chris & Donnette Brock and the Lord’s work in southern France. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 7:1-11.
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!
The Lowcountry Biblical Counseling Center offers an intensely practical and thoroughly Biblical training on how to use the Scriptures to counsel those in crisis to be sustained and not derailed when trouble strikes. This two-part series, scheduled for Tuesdays, March 11 and March 18 from 6:30-8:30 pm, is open to the public. Our own Patty Brown has attended and highly recommends the training:
Have you ever received a desperate phone call from a friend whose life was turned upside down in an instant due to an accident or unexpected loss and lacked the words to comfort or help quiet her soul? Have you asked yourself, “What do I say?” or “What should I do?” These situations can be intimidating and uncomfortable. You may think that all you can do is call the pastor or a professional counselor, but it’s in times like these the Lord uses everyday people like you and me to minister to hurting friends who are in crisis.
Register for the training series, and share the opportunity with your loved ones.
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.
Jesus wants our lunch.
At the beginning of our first Uganda team meeting in preparation for this summer’s trip, one of our team members reminded us of the story of Jesus feeding the 5000 with a child’s meager lunch–two fish and five loaves of bread. Just like He worked the miracle in this story, Jesus today is in the habit of taking something insignificant and making much of it. As we prepare for this trip, we are asking God to remind us of all we might contribute–every bit of education, life-experience, skill, and passion, so that He can make much out of our giving.
“Africa has been on my heart for a long time. I love experiencing other cultures and encouraging fellow brothers and sisters in Christ cross-culturally. I believe missions is our work as believers, whether it’s in our current circles of influence or overseas; my heart beats, in part, for overseas.” –Leslie Mosteller
Redeemer is excited about this opportunity to serve in Uganda! The entire church, community, and friends can be involved with this ministry opportunity–through prayer, education, provision of materials, help in planning and participating in our Uganda fundraiser, and more.
“I want to be able to share my faith and the infinite grace of our Lord with people who may not have heard or who may just need to see the Lord’s work in another person’s life in order for the Holy Spirit to move them.” –Erin Forbes
This trip is the work of an entire body of believers, with the group of 17 representing the whole. Please join us as we give our meager lunches to God’s hand to see what mighty works He will accomplish in and through us! Check out our Uganda page for more details.
Join us tomorrow, March 2 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’ll also observe the Lord’s Supper together following the sermon, and we have a gluten-free option if you need it. We look forward to worshiping with you tomorrow!
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!