Welcome to Redeemer Lutheran Church – ELCA – Hartford, WI

Upcoming Events

Family Fun & Fellowship Event

Diver ClipartPlease join us for a FREE, ALL-AGES Redeemer event at the Hartford Recreation Center on Saturday, March 28th – 1-4 pm. Bring your swimming suit to swim in the indoor pool. Bring games/cards to share with others. Bring a snack to share. Please sign up in the Narthex – as we need to let the Rec Center know how many people will be attending.

Daily Lenten Devotions – from Bishop Jeff Barrow

Unlikely Neighbors Lenten Devotions 2015Read these daily Lenten devotions here – as part of Outreach for Hope’s “Dollar a Day for Poverty” program, to help raise awareness and support for ministries and issues of poverty in the Greater Milwaukee Synod. You can access all 41 devotions, subscribe to have them delivered to your email inbox, or find additional information about making a donation to the “Dollar a Day for Poverty” program on Outreach for Hope’s Website.

Community Lenten Services

Community_Lenten_ServicesAgain this Lent we embark on a Lenten Series with our ecumenical neighbors. The series focus each week will be determined by the host clergy. We see the story of Jesus through Biblical readings and prayers as we follow the Lenten Journey to the Passion and the crucifixion of Christ. Each week will include a homily and a unique worship service.

The series here at Redeemer and our neighboring churches:
February 25th – Redeemer Lutheran – Pastor Marcia Carrier – 255 W. Lincoln Ave.
March 4thSt. Kilian’s – Fr. David LaPlante – 246 W. State St.
March 11thSt. Aidan’s – Pastor Anna Doherty – 670 E. Monroe
March 18thFirst United Methodist – Pastor Paul Johnsen – 738 W. Monroe
March 25th – To be announced

All service times are at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments follow each Wednesday service. Each congregation hosts a week at their location. The series will be meaningful for worshippers of all ages. As is tradition, we will be tasking a special offering for the Hartford Food Pantry each week. Both monetary and food donations accepted.

Thoughts and Wonderings on God’s Word

Pastor Marcia's Thoughts & Wonderings on God's WordWelcome to the world of daily thoughts and wonderings on God’s Word! There will usually be a scripture passage and the a reflection! It is simple, easy and free. This is a place of grace for all of God’s children to think like a child. On this page we will all be invited to join the the conversation. I will give my thoughts or wonderings for you to read and then you are invited to chime in in response — or not! Some days it will be me out there all alone writing my thoughts with no response from you. That is perfectly fine! But if you have something you would like to say on line feel free! I will not use names, to protect the innocent (-; Also I offer this truth, I will probably never give you a perfect, flawless writing. I am not a very good proof reader of my own work. Come along! - Pastor Marcia

Women’s Ministry Outreach Project

The Women’s Ministry Group is collecting items for Friends of Abused Families February 1st through March 29th. We will deliver these items to them in time for Easter.

This program provides emergency shelter to women and children of Washington County who are fleeing violent relationships and homes. Included in safe shelters are the amenities found in a “typical” household. Your donations of these requested items is greatly appreciated:
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Kitchen size Garbage Bags
Liquid Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap
Feminine Hygiene Products
Body Wash (No bar soap, please)
High Efficiency Laundry Soap
Diapers, size 3 and up
Laundry Baskets
Small Toiletry Baskets
Household Cleaning Products
Bath & Kitchen Towels
Bed Pillows, Sheets and Comforters (Twin, Full and Queen)
Non-Perishable Food Items

Please bring your donations and place them in front of the Altar. Thank You!

Holy Week Worship Schedule

Maunday Thursday – April 2nd
7:00pm – Worship / Holy Communion / Washing of Feet / Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday – April 3rd
6:00am to 3:00pm – Prayer Vigil
(Look for sign-up sheet in the Narthex to sign up for a 20-minute time slot.)
1:00pm – Ecumenical Worship Service at St. Aidans
(Traditional service of prayer and meditation – including readings and hymns.)
7:00pm – Tenebrae Worship Service
(Readings and Light-to-Darkness)

Saturday, April 4th
9:00am to 10:30am – Decorating the Church for Easter
(All are welcome to help)

Easter Sunday – April 5th
8:00am – Sunrise Service
9:00am – Breakfast
10:30am – Festival Service
(Holy Communion at both services.)

Good Friday Prayer Vigil

April 3rd, from 6:00am to 3:00pm. A Prayer Vigil is a devotional experience that includes meditation, periods of silence, time for reflection and focused prayer. It is an opportunity for church members to come into a setting of silence for the purpose of un-broken communion with God. A Prayer Vigil calls us away from our busy, daily activities and helps us focus on the importance of prayer in the life of our congregation. You can use this quiet time with God to make a new commitment of your life to Christ.

“Prayer is not an occasional exercise to which you turn now and then; it is a life attitude”.
This is a twenty minute commitment. Look for the sign-up sheet in the Narthex and pick a time slot. We also encourage the youth to participate.

Easter Breakfast

As has been the tradition for many years, we have had an Easter Breakfast between services beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday. Bob Harley has volunteered to chair the breakfast again this year. Bob will need the help of many people to make this a success, so please look for the sign-up sheets in the Information Area and sign-up, especially all the men who have helped in the past. We need people to help set up and prepare the food on Saturday, April 4th and also cooking, serving and clean up on Easter Sunday morning. We also need people to bake muffins and coffee cakes. If you have any questions, please contact the church office at 673-2550.

Colorful Year of Sunday School Begins

On September 15th the Redeemer Sunday School started off on a trip to “Follow and Obey God’s Colorful Way”. First we started with a parent meeting at 9am where the kids and parents met their teachers Ms. Natasha (3K-4K), Ms. Kristy (K-2nd grade), Ms. Brianna (3rd -5th grade) and Alex (helper). Then the kids went to the choir loft where they met music leader Ms. Shannon, who started teaching them the new song about Rainbows! After singing, kids and teachers went to their class areas and worked on Rainbow Projects, look for them decorating the hallway outside the office and Sunday School Classrooms. When crafts were done, all classes got together to play with the parachute and enjoy and rainbow snack. It’s going to be a very COLORFUL year in Sunday School.

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Fall Book Study

Pastor Marcia is planning a book study for the Fall. The book is Reclaiming The “L” Word. This would be a monthly book study. If you are interested, please let Pastor Marcia know.

Pictures From Our Recent Events

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Sunday Adult Forum

The Adult Forum meets between services at 9:15 a.m. in the Fireside Room. We will discuss subjects of interest to the group including items from Bible Study, Lutheran Theology and Faith, Issues in Contemporary Faith and Life. Consider joining us. You don’t have to be there every Sunday so please come when you can.

Community Free Lunch

Served the last Saturday of each month at St. Aidan’s starting at 11:30 a.m. Come for community fellowship and a good meal. If you are interested in volunteering, please talk to Barb Menden.

Food Pantry Sunday

The third Sunday of each month has been designated as Food Pantry Sunday.  Please bring non perishable items and place them in the barrel in the Information Area.

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