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On World Water Day March 22, Redeemer’s team of 13 adults, 2 kids, and 2 dogs joined other teams from around the Lowcountry for Water Missions International‘s 8th annual Walk for Water. (There’s still time to contribute to our team’s goal.) We enjoyed a beautiful spring day, as we walked the streets of downtown Charleston. We carried buckets to simulate the long walk to fetch water that many around the world must take each day.
Last Sunday we were so blessed by our little ones joining the choir for a special song! The kids will sing another song on Palm Sunday, so mark your calendars now for that service and our other Easter week events.
Join us Sunday, March 23 for our Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am, and refresh your memory on Romans 1-8 with this thematic representation. 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 7:6-11.
Redeemer’s Christian-Education class for adults has been tackling Paul’s letter to the Romans for the past few months. To keep us updated and focused, Kurt Brewer one of our teachers has been gracious to share his thoughts in the past through summaries like this. This graphic is Kurt’s latest offering to remind us of what we’ve studied:
By God’s grace we have arrived safely in Romans 8–halfway! Last week as I was trying to make sense of Romans 8 in the overall context of the letter, I started drawing my thoughts. With a little help from some “mind map” software, here’s my thematic representation of Paul’s letter to the Romans so far. It all centers around the big idea of righteousness.
Mark your calendars for Redeemer’s special events of Easter week beginning with Palm Sunday, April 13 when we’ll hear special music from our children and the choir. The children will lead us in singing “Hosannas!” and waving palm branches, as we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, April 16 we’ll celebrate Passover with a Seder meal at 6 pm, a traditional Jewish celebration of God’s faithfulness and goodness to his people. This family-friendly event asks, “Why is this night different?” God commanded his people–prone to forgetfulness–to remember at the first of every year His deliverance, from oppression and bondage under Pharaoh, into the freedom of His ways. Likewise, we must worship by commemorating what God has done to free us from slavery to sin and futility in death by drawing us near through life in Christ. Experience the difference Christ has made by reliving God’s day of deliverance as we enjoy the Passover meal together as a church family. Then on Good Friday, April 18 we’ll join several area churches for a joint worship service at 6 pm at Cathedral downtown looking at Jesus’ words from the cross through Scripture and song, as we remember the death of our Lord.
But up from the grave He arose! Join us three days later for our joyful celebration of Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. First, we’ll enjoy an Easter Sunday breakfast on April 20 during the Christian-Ed. hour beginning at 9:15 am, then we’ll celebrate His victory over death with a special worship service and special music. He is risen indeed!
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.