April 2018 Newsletter
April 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Grace and peace to each of you this wonderful month of April! Spring is definitely in the air! The pollen is everywhere! I try to remind myself that it is the beautiful process of creation that God has implemented; the pollen on the ground is a part of renewal and new life. Still, it makes it difficult to remember that when everything is covered in a thin layer of yellow and our noses are stuffed with watery eyes.

We also know that it is a time of new life and renewed life because as you receive this we will have celebrated another Easter Sunday! He is risen (He is risen indeed, alleluia!). We get to be a part of a life renewed through the resurrection and the empty tomb. We are constantly being renewed and brought to new life because of what God has already done and continues to do in our lives.

With that continues good news of being made new in Christ’s resurrection, there are some exciting things in store for us as the people and community of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. First, a letter will be mailed to your homes shortly from our Council President, Beth Singletary, with a little more information regarding some great news. Be on the lookout for that letter and be open to being a part of all that this opportunity brings our way. It is really, really exciting. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us and how we can bring even more impactful ministry to our community, state, and beyond.

Another thing that I’m really excited for Redeemer to be a part of will occur at the end of this month, April 29th, to be exact. We, along with other congregations in our community, are invited to a viewing of the movie Selma. This is the 2014 film chronicling Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. White and Black congregations from our community will gather to view the movie at the Newberry Opera House at 3:30pm and then head over to Redeemer’s Family Life Center to have a small meal while being in conversation about the movie and our lives.

We live in a world that is indeed divided in so many ways – race, privilege, wealth, class, and more. This is an opportunity for us to confront those realities and forge new and deeper relationships both within our churches and with individuals in our community. This could open us up to even more opportunities to proclaim God’s word of radical love in even more thoughtful and meaningful ways to those in our community who need to hear of and experience this love.

The season of Easter reminds us of the new thing that God has done in Christ our Lord. That new thing continues to shape and form us even today – in ways that we never thought possible.

New opportunities abound at Redeemer. We – as a community where God is definitely at work – are at the cusp of something great. Great for God’s Kingdom lived out through Redeemer and great for God’s Kingdom for the community around us.

So, keep a look out for your mailboxes in the near future for a letter from our church council president and be open to participate in honest conversations about life that will bring us to new opportunities for ministry in our community!

I love y’all, I really mean it!

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