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What an awesome Sunday with the little children! Our Preschool Redeemer Kids made lion masks and pretended to be hungry lions, as we continued our story about Daniel and his experience with the lions’ den. We learned that God is more powerful than even the king of beasts! During the worship service, our preschoolers recited their first 13 Catechism answers, and the children did a wonderful job. They’ve worked so hard; thank you, parents, for working with them! Our Elementary Redeemer Kids will have the opportunity in a few months to recite their Catechism answers, so don’t forget to review over the holidays.
For this Sunday, November 23 both classes will enjoy a special Thanksgiving lesson. During Advent this year which begins on Sunday, November 30, we’re trying something new for our Christian-Ed. classes, so we hope you’ll join our church family as we celebrate Advent all together the four Sundays before Christmas. Get the details about our Advent plans here.
On the Sundays after Christmas and New Year’s Day (December 28 and January 4), we will not have any classes during the Christian-Ed. hour, since many of our attendees and teachers will be traveling during the holidays. Just join us for worship those Sundays at 10:30 am. (There will be a nursery for ages 3 and under provided during the worship service on those Sundays, but NO Children’s Church during the sermon.)
Then bring your children back on Sunday, January 11 ready to start their new Catechism learning during the Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am.
As the world counts down the shopping days until Christmas, we anticipate the Advent season. The word “advent” means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. As Christians we celebrate Advent–the arrival of Jesus, the Savior of the world–for the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Day.
For this year, Redeemer is planning a special series during the Christian-Ed. hour for the whole church family to celebrate Advent together. We invite you to join us, beginning Sunday, November 30, as children and adults together hear the Gospel message told through the story of Advent.
Why are we celebrating this Advent season with children and adults together in the same class? As we adults hear familiar stories contextualized for children, we
- gain a new understanding of God’s truth as it’s simply told
- see the contagious excitement of children as they anticipate Jesus’ birth
- learn from a fresh perspective as we hear familiar stories presented to a different audience
This four-week series will be a wonderful opportunity to invite unchurched friends and neighbors–especially those with children–to learn together as a family about the meaning of Christmas.
November 30: Jesus Is the Light of the World!
Focusing on Isaiah 9, we’ll discover why Jesus had to come as a baby into our dark world and learn to focus on His light this Christmas season.
December 7: Nothing Is Impossible with God!
We’ll learn the story of Zechariah and Mary, how both of them had a special announcement from an angel but how they reacted differently. We’ll see that we can face our problems with the knowledge that with God all things are possible!
December 14: Make Room in Your Heart for Jesus!
This week focuses on the traditional Bible story and manger scene. We’ll learn to make room in our hearts and lives for Jesus this Christmas, just like the innkeeper made room for baby Jesus in his stable.
December 21: Jesus Is the Best Gift!
We’ll discover that Jesus is a gift to the whole world regardless of age or stature, and we’ll celebrate Jesus’ birth and have the opportunity to invite Jesus into our own lives.
Join us this Sunday, November 16 during the Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am, as we look at Thanksgiving in the Psalms. Both of our Redeemer Kids classes will enjoy their recitation-week parties, and during the worship service we have the privilege of hearing our preschoolers recite the Catechism that they’ve learned so far.
At 10:30 we’ll worship our Great God together, and we’ll hear the Word preached from Deuteronomy 11:1-7 by our senior pastor. We’ll also be praising God for his provision and answer to our prayers as we recognize our Redeemer Kids teachers.
Here’s our electronic bulletin for Sunday that’s easily viewed on any tablet; we do offer paper bulletins (including a LARGE PRINT edition) on Sunday morning as well. Use the song lyrics and sermon passage to help prepare yourselves and your families for worship this weekend. You’ll also find a schedule for who’s serving in our various nurseries, a list of how to get involved in current ministry opportunities, and other details about our worship service and church life.
Some of our Redeemer family spent Sunday afternoon and evening on Wadmalaw Island enjoying community on the Sabbath. Enjoy these shots of church life.
Redeemer has enjoyed an action-packed fall semester with our international student ministry at MUSC. At the most recent luncheon, Redeemer helped serve over 100 students from dozens of nations around the world.
Next week Redeemer has another wonderful opportunity to serve international students during their annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Friday, November 21. These lunches are hosted at and provided by MUSC, and our main opportunity to serve is by bringing homemade desserts and interacting with over 100 internationals and their families during the lunch. These large-group lunches are also a wonderful way for us to connect students to our English conversation club that happens regularly on campus. Here’s the latest story from Kurt Brewer about the English conversation club:
Ever since the first week of class, our English conversation group has been filled to the brim with 20+ students who regularly attend. Our depth of trust and friendships has been growing as well. Just the other week a Japanese friend asked me, “What’s the name of the guy who is between us and God?” One could mistake that for a witnessing opportunity.
Use this form to let Kurt know how you can help during the Thanksgiving luncheon at MUSC for international students.
In last week’s Email Blast, we asked our Redeemer family to pray for a special event at the College of Charleston.
Evangelical Event: Kurt & Morgan Brewer and their Cru team at the College of Charleston are hosting a special event tonight, November 6 for leaders on campus. Read more about the event, and pray tonight for this event and the next few weeks as they follow up with students who attended.
From the desk of Kurt Brewer, one of Cru‘s directors at the College of Charleston:
Thank you for praying last week for the Executive and Entrepreneurial Leadership Forum that we hosted at the College of Charleston. The event was wildly successful, not only in the sense that it went well, but that the Lord honored our big step of faith to reach out to the top student leaders on campus.
I could probably tell a thousand stories from the evening and the follow-up activity we’re now engaged in, but here are just a few highlights:
- The students who attended loved the sense of professionalism and compassion they experienced as they ate dinner alongside our executive and entrepreneurial table hosts. Redeemer’s very own Nancy Vinson was one of those table hosts!
- Our speakers, including Elizabeth Hagood from the Lowcountry Open Land Trust and former SC Governor David Beasley, shared about their leadership experience, encouraging the students how to be leaders who love Jesus and love one another.
- The Student Government Association President told us it was the best event of its kind that he’s attended. He asked us if we could do more leadership forums in the future and for other students.
- Our staff team now has an open door to follow up with student leaders from dozens of organizations, including a group of international students from China.
Thank you for praying with us and for us last week!
From the desk of our Christian Education leader Kurt Brewer:
While it’s nice to have a national holiday that reminds us to give thanks, we too often relegate our prayers of thankfulness to a certain time of the year. Jerry Bridges, in his book Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, said:
We ought to be as earnest and frequent in our prayers of thanksgiving when the cupboard is full as we would be in our prayers of supplication if the cupboards were bare.
Over the next two weeks during the Christian-Education hour on Sundays, November 16 and 23, the adults will spend some time looking at some prayers of earnest thanksgiving in the Psalms. If the steadfast love of the Lord endures forever, then our prayers of thankfulness can as well.
This Sunday, November 16 is Recitation Sunday, and we’ll have a little party for the kids during the Christian-Ed. hour where they’ll recite their Catechism answers. So, parents, continue helping your children learn the Catechism this week, so they’ll be prepared for Sunday.
As a special treat for the whole congregation, our Preschool Redeemer Kids will recite their Catechism answers during our worship service. Pastor Craig was so excited to hear the progress our little ones have made, and he wanted to share their learning of God’s Word and hard work with the whole church body. We’ll practice during the Christian-Ed. hour, so your preschoolers will be prepared to recite their answers to the first 13 questions in the worship service just before they dismiss for Children’s Church.
1. Who made you? God.
2. What else did God make? God made all things.
3. Why did God make you and all things? For his own glory.
4. How can you glorify God? By loving him and doing what he commands.
5. Why are you to glorify God? Because he made me and takes care of me.
6. Is there more than one true God? No. There is only one true God.
7. In how many persons does this one God exist? In three Persons.
8. Name these three Persons. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
9. What is God? God is a Spirit and does not have a body like men.
10. Where is God? God is everywhere.
11. Can you see God? No. I cannot see God, but he always sees me.
12. Does God know all things? Yes. Nothing can be hidden from God.
13. Can God do all things? Yes. God can do all his holy will.
Our Elementary Redeemer Kids have 17 answers to recite this Sunday in their Christian-Ed. class. Our 1st-4th graders will not recite their answers during the worship service this time, but they’ll most likely do a recitation before the whole congregation sometime in March 2015. They’ll still have a party this Sunday and recite their Catechism answers for their teacher from questions 16-32 listed below.
16. Who were our first parents? Adam and Eve.
17. How did God create man? God created man, male and female, after his own image.
18. Of what were our first parents made? God made Adam’s body out of the ground and Eve’s body out of a rib from Adam.
19. What else did God give Adam and Eve besides bodies? He gave them souls that will last forever.
20. Do you have a soul as well as a body? Yes. And my soul is going to last forever.
21. How do you know your soul will last forever? Because the Bible tells me so.
22. In what condition did God make Adam and Eve? He made them holy and happy.
23. What covenant did God make with Adam? The covenant of life.
24. What is a covenant? A relationship that God establishes with us and guarantees by his Word.
25. In the covenant of life, what did God require Adam to do? To obey God perfectly.
26. What did God promise in the covenant of life? To reward Adam with life if he obeyed God perfectly.
27. What did God threaten in the covenant of life? To punish Adam with death if he disobeyed God.
28. Did Adam keep the covenant of life? No. He sinned against God.
29. What is sin? Sin is any lack of conformity to, or transgression of, the law of God.
30. What is meant by lack of conformity? Not being or doing what God requires.
31. What is meant by transgression? Doing what God forbids.
32. What does every sin deserve? The wrath and curse of God.
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.
In our continuing series through Deuteronomy, we saw last week how God uses discipline in the lives of his people, so that our lives will look like the lives of God’s people should look. This past Sunday, November 9 we examined how God’s power will go against people within the community. We read Deuteronomy 11:1-7 and referenced Numbers 16, as we saw Korah and 250 other disgruntled leaders question the authority of Moses and Aaron–God’s appointed leaders–and basically ask, “Who do you think you are?”
Moses replied to these rebels that it was against the Lord that they banded together and came against–not Moses and Aaron. We saw God’s cleansing of the community of God’s people. Our senior pastor concluded his sermon with some questions to ponder:
- How much do you love the community of God’s people–what we now call the church?
- How important is the community in your life?
- What is more important to you: your life as an individual or your life as part of the community of God’s people?
- What do you do to protect the community?
- What do you do to promote and strengthen and build up the community?
- Have you ever been a “virus” in the community and, if so, why? What did you hope to achieve?
- What place does the authority God has established in the community play in your life?
- Do you act as a person outside of or under authority?
- How willing are you to allow God to speak to you through His Word about the importance of the community?
- Are you willing to grapple with the interplay that must exist between your life as an individual and the life of the community and to acknowledge that God may grow you through the community in ways you can never grow just doing your own thing with Jesus?
Our community groups will discuss some of these questions, as they examine Deuteronomy 11:1-7 this week. For more information about our community groups that meet around the Charleston area throughout the week, find all the details here.