Message from Pastor Aida
Beloveds, As we begin a new month, we also start a new season in our ecclesiastic year, the season of Lent. With Lent, not only colors change in our sanctuary, but the mood and rhythms change in the way we worship, as well. Everything is a little bit darker, quieter, and reflective. We start acknowledging our sinfulness, and therefore, we rejoice in God’s grace. God is extending us an invitation to put a pause on our daily lives and to let the Spirit open our eyes and ears, so we can be able to see and hear our neighbor through the eyes and ears of the Kingdom. God is also inviting us to reflect on how we are participating in his kingdom of peace, love, and justice, and therefore to imagine what else we can do in our community, and in our Synod, to keep showing His face of love, inclusion, and equality. Let us, intentionally, take a moment during these next forty days, and look around us, then, let us be humble, and ask for forgiveness. As the psalmist invites us, let us return to the Lord, our God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
In Christ our Lord,
– Pastor Aida
If you have wondered about the small group of members sitting at the Gathering Room table from 8:30 to 9:15 on Sunday mornings — that would be our Adult Ed group. We have discussed books in the Bible and current events as they relate to Jesus teachings.
Currently, we are discussing “Jesus a Pilgrimage”, by Father James Martin, SJ. He and a friend took a tour of the Holy Land – to the places where Jesus would have walked, preached, taught, and interacted with the people and the surroundings. The chapters correspond to the geographical areas where Jesus lived or where significant parts of his life were spent, the Bible stories that happened in these locations, and how it all relates to our lives today.
Join us. We think you will find this fascinating and will increase your faith. See you next Sunday morning,
– The Adult Ed. Group
Redeemer’s Giving Tree
A permanent Giving Tree is now located in the Narthex! It’s simple to use and benefits many worthy causes in our community and at Redeemer. Simply remove a tag from the tree, bring in the donation on the tag and place it into the proper bin at the foot of the tree. Many thanks to Matt Nettesheim for constructing this amazing work of art (including LED lighting), to Jenny Nettesheim and Sheila Bauer for managing this project, and to Thrivent for providing a grant to help get in “off the ground”. We look forward to many years of use in service to others.
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.