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A Wise Word From Our Bishop
Response to Governor Walker:
In a polarized political climate where minds are pretty much made up when it comes to politics, I find letters written by church leaders to be less helpful than they used to be. After all, our Governor has a right to his political views and in fact represents the views of some of the good people in our synod.
At the same time, I find it difficult to say nothing at all about a statement in which the Governor plans to deny Syrian refugees a place in the state of Wisconsin. This is a pastoral issue which goes far beyond the limits of political differences.
Isolationism of any kind, especially when it involves turning away innocent, often desperate people, does nothing to make the world a safer place.
A blanket refusal, whether or not it is within one’s power, seems to play perfectly into the hands of terrorists around the world. If indeed the goal of terrorism is to make people fearful, then we have been invited to live in fear rather than freedom.
In an unsettled world I have witnessed a clear path which begins with ignorance, embraces fear, evolves into hatred and eventually erupts in violence. In my mind that was exactly the path followed in the senseless act of violence at the Sikh temple here in our own state. It is a path that I have seen duplicated time and again in senseless acts of violence around the country.
Isolationism of any kind, especially when it involves turning away innocent, often desperate people, does nothing to make the world a safer place. It only invites ignorance and increases fear of the other. Furthermore, it cuts off a path to the building of relationships which I consider to be the true building blocks of a more peaceful world.
This great nation has been built on the backs of immigrants, many of them refugees, who have found welcome and safety in coming to this country. I dare to believe that caring about others rather than shunning them is who we are still called to be.
In my mind, the choice to ignore the cries of those seeking asylum runs contrary to the values of this country. I am most certain that it runs contrary to the way of Jesus.
– Bishop Jeff Barrow, Greater Milwaukee Synod ELCA
Special Giving for November
The following items are needed during the month of November. Please bring the following on the Sundays indicated:
November 1st – Boxed Cereal
November 8th – Flour, Sugar & Oil
November 15th – Boxed Pasta
November 22nd – Canned Vegetables
November 28th – Canned Pasta Meals
Also use your monthly Special Giving envelope for monetary donations so that perishable items can be purchased. Thank You!
Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Redeemer
This year’s Ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve worship will be here at Redeemer at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 25th. You may bring non-perishable food items for the Hartford Food Pantry. Money offerings will go to the Hartford Food Pantry as well. Fellowship will follow with light refreshments. We will need cookies and bars for fellowship afterwards. We also need people to make coffee, set up, serve and clean up. Please look for the sign-up sheet in the Coffee Bar area.
2015 Redeemer Cookie Fair
Help Wanted: Meal-Delivery Drivers
The Washington County Senior Dining Home-Delivered Meal Program needs volunteer drivers in the Hartford area every other Monday. Volunteers would give approximately 1-1/2 hours to take noon meals to homebound persons. Anyone willing to deliver meals and have your mileage reimbursed should call the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Washington County at 262-335-4497 or 1-877-306-3030 for more information.
Playground Houses, Ground Pads – Free
The two playground houses, as well as the soft ground pads (the ones that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle and can be used under a swing set, slide, etc.) are being offered to any Redeemer member who can come and get them. Please call Anne at the office to make arrangements – 673-2550, M-Th, 8am-4pm.
Sophal Project – October Special Giving
At our October 4th services, we met and heard Jon Schmidt, along with Pisey (Sophal’s sister), and Mr. Sean (Director of the Cambodian orphanage) from the Sophal Project. We have supported this organization in the past – and this year, our October Special Giving will help out. Check out the Project’s website: www.sophalproject.org – and use your October Special Giving envelope to donate generously. 100% of our dollars will directly support the Sophal Project.
Good News – Redeemer Tithes !!
At their September 10th meeting, our council approved the recipients of the 10% tithe of the nearly $130,000 that was bequeathed to Redeemer in the last year.
$4000 will go to our Milwaukee Synod’s support of Gabriel Marcano. He is a former Catholic priest who is working toward his American citizenship, enrolled in ELCA seminary, and in his internship year at Emmaus Lutheran Church in Racine. The Synod has decided to support Gabriel in his efforts to become an ELCA pastor with the specialty of Hispanic ministry in the Milwaukee until he gets ordained. That will be next summer. The Synod gives him a stipend as well as pays his expenses. They have done this because there is such a need for Hispanic pastors – and especially in the metro area.
$4000 will be given to a newly formed program between Hephatha Lutheran Church, Reformation Lutheran Church, and the prison ministry in Milwaukee at the Cheney Correctional Center. The object is to put a church presence in the prison and build worshiping connections with the churches in the surrounding area – so that the inmates have a continuum of congregations to welcome and receive them when they get out of prison. Another purpose is to reduce recidivism and assist in returning them to the community – as they enter life without prison boundaries and a life which will ultimately include making responsible decisions.
$4000 will support our Milwaukee Synod’s Outreach for Hope project. Outreach for Hope came into being in 1995 by action of the Synod Assembly, to strengthen financial support for congregation-based ministries among the poor, located within the Synod. The focus is on congregations that bring people into community around the Word of God and the Sacraments. Funding has included seed money to initiate the work of Neighborhood Ministers, homework help programs, creative arts camp, “Good Samaritan” money, meal programs, development of worship designed to draw in the community, and creative Bible study programs, to name just a few examples.
$1000 will be donated to ShelterBox. This organization provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities around the world overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. Since ShelterBox was founded in 2000, they have responded to more than 270 disasters and humanitarian crises in almost 90 different countries. ShelterBoxes include a range of items designed to help families who have lost their homes and belongings regain a sense of normality. The contents are altered, depending on the disaster – but a ShelterBox typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack. $1000 will buy an entire ShelterBox and its contents – as well as the warmth and protection or extra thermal blankets and groundsheets to help people stay warm.
As Saint Paul reminds us in the 1st chapter of his letter 2nd letter to the Corinthians:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ, we share abundantly in comfort as well.”
Thoughts and Wonderings on God’s Word
Welcome 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
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.
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
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.