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Join us this Sunday, December 1 for the first Sunday of Advent. We’ll partake of the Lord’s Supper as a church family, since it’s the first Sunday of the month. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the songs we’ll be singing to help prepare your hearts and your families for worship. And, the new children’s Christian-Ed. series begins this Sunday!
Since Sunday, December 1 begins the advent season, Redeemer’s children’s ministry will break from the fall series to explore Truth in the Tinsel, an advent experience for little hands. This four-week study for young children will focus on your child’s discovering that Jesus is the best present of all!
December 1: Jesus Is the Light of the World!
Focusing on Isaiah 9, students will discover why Jesus had to come as a baby into our dark world. They will learn to focus on His light this Christmas season.
December 8: Nothing Is Impossible with God!
Students will learn the story of Zechariah and Mary, how both of them had a special announcement from an angel but how they reacted differently. At the end of this lesson, kids will be able to face their problems with the knowledge that with God all things are possible!
December 15: Make Room in Your Heart for Jesus!
This week focuses on the traditional Bible story and manger scene. Kids will learn to make room in their hearts and lives for Jesus this Christmas, just like the innkeeper made room for baby Jesus in his stable.
December 22: Jesus is the Best Gift!
Children will discover that Jesus is a gift to the whole world regardless of age or stature. They will celebrate Jesus’ birth and have the opportunity to invite Jesus into their own lives.
Have your children join us at 9:15 on Sunday mornings for learning and fun through songs, Scripture memorization, and storytelling to teach the real Christmas story. If you’re looking for additional advent activities for your young children, the ebook with the daily activities corresponds with the weekly lessons they’ll be exploring during the Christian-Ed. hour and Children’s Church.
Families and crafters gathered at Redeemer this past Saturday, November 23 to make the meaningful, symbolic ornaments called chrismons that will decorate our Christmas tree. After using borrowed chrismons for the past six years, we decided it was high time to make our own ornaments. But who knows how to make chrismons?
Enter some dear women from Advent Lutheran who were friendly and knowledgeable about all things chrismon. These dear women were instrumental in helping our church purchase our buildings, and they knew we’d need help creating our own chrismon collection. Not only did they share their knowledge of symbolic ornaments, but they also brought a bunch of their extra chrismons to help fill out our tree.
This kid-friendly event attracted lots of little hands wanting to dig in to the glue, glitter, and sequins.
A special thanks to Addo, Redeemer’s ministry to the arts community, for organizing this event!
Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord!
The building committee members have had a busy three days since our congregational meeting on Sunday. We’ve seen the Lord provide in AWESOME ways these last several days–including a $150,000 pledge! We’re excited to announce that we closed this afternoon on our historic church buildings. We’re now proud owners of 43 Wentworth and thrilled to have a more permanent home in downtown Charleston! Praise the Lord with us at his goodness to his people and his provision–beyond all we can ask or imagine!
“The Lord provides.” was the only message that came with an anonymous out-of-state check on Friday for $50,000.00. He does indeed!
Feel free to share our case statement with your friends and family, as you tell them about our church’s struggle to keep a Gospel presence in our historic church buildings.
Check out the latest editorials and mentions we’ve gotten:
Rejoice at the generosity of our fellow churches! At the women’s retreat last weekend, we told of our financial need and our impending deadline. Our hearts have been encouraged as we’ve received $500 and $1000 checks from sister churches in small towns all around South Carolina, like Winnsboro and Blair. Today, we received $3,000 in cash as part of a $10,000 pledge from a wonderful former St. Andrew’s member.
We need to raise $580,000 more over the next two weeks, so please pray fervently for the Lord to provide–as each one of us does his part. Please ask friends and family to partner with us in keeping this 173-year-old church a church. (It is always good to ask folks to prayerfully consider a specific amount, like $1000, or whatever you feel is appropriate.)
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED: Please send your pledged contribution (or as much of it as possible, if it is pledged over three years), so we will have the cash necessary to close on the church property 15 days from now.
Pray this week that:
- Other churches and the potential major donors we are reaching out to will respond positively and give generously
Pastor Craig’s new October sermon series that focuses on faithfully expecting big things from God continued this past Sunday. We encourage you to listen to the sermon online, especially if you missed it. Also, read Craig’s personal letter to the congregation describing the sermon series.
Pastor Craig’s new October sermon series that focuses on faithfully expecting big things from God began this past Sunday. We encourage you to listen to the sermon online, especially if you missed it. Also, read Craig’s personal letter to the congregation describing the sermon series.
We need your fervent prayers as we begin meeting with folks outside our congregation this week. The time is growing very short, and we need around $700,000 more in cash to close on October 31.
Pray this week that:
- Doors will keep opening for us and that folks will be moved to partner with us to save this historic church.
- God will send the right folks our way and that he touches their hearts and makes them want to contribute in significant ways to the purchase of our church buildings.
- More good publicity will call attention to the potential loss of a wonderful downtown church building, so the public will stay engaged and make generous donations to help us.
- Committee members will have insight for creative solutions, so we can purchase these buildings and keep them as a church for another 173 years or so.