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Whether it was the lure of delicious chili and cornbread or the bare Christmas tree still wrapped up this past Sunday, lots of volunteers came Wednesday night to help decorate the sanctuary. Eager volunteers filled their bellies before heading over to hang garlands and bows, string white lights, and decorate the tree with newly made chrismons.
Lots of kids came to lend a hand–and add to the joyful chaos of Christmas decorating.
After the men got the tree situated in the stand, the tree started to look like a Christmas tree.
Worship with us on Sunday to see the finished tree!
Redeemer’s Christmas tree was lassoed in the field, bound up, and sawed down.
We hauled it to Charleston, and now it needs adornment! Tonight is the night to decorate the tree with our newly crafted chrismons and hang the garlands and bows around the balcony. Bring your little ones to help decorate!
Join us at 6 pm in the Fellowship Hall for a chili potluck supper and fellowship. Bring chili, cornbread, or a dessert to share, as we celebrate Advent together. After we’ve enjoyed chili and fixin’s, we’ll head to the sanctuary where we’ll need many hands to help transform the sanctuary with Christmas decorations.
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!
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