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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.
Join us tomorrow, March 16 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am where the adults are studying Romans. The kids will practice in the sanctuary during that time for their special music with the choir. What a joy to hear little voices lifting up the praises of the Lord! May our spirits be refreshed with the children’s music this Sunday. To help prepare yourselves and your families for worship, here’s our song list with the lyrics. Our senior pastor Craig Bailey will preach the Word from Deuteronomy 7:1-11.
Cole Bros. Circus of the Stars is coming to the Charleston area, and they’ve donated some general admission tickets to the church! Their performances will be held at the Ladson Fairgrounds on March 21-23 for multiple shows each day. These tickets can be upgraded for reserved seating. Please email JaiLynne at the church office to request tickets.
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.