February 2019 Newsletter Article
February 1, 2019, 8:00 AM

Grace and peace to you this day!

January has flown by hasn’t it? Hopefully (prayerfully) the weather will do two things this month, be warmer and dryer. Let’s have that water in places that really and truly need it.

This month, we get to celebrate God’s goodness and abundance on February 24 at 5pm. We will worship together as we give thanks to God for the abundance given to us last year with the financial gift offered to the congregation by Legrand Amick, Jr. in honor of God and in memory of his parents Dot and Carl. This will be a wonderful time to celebrate God’s goodness, acknowledge those who have worked so hard this past year in faithfully receiving and using this gift, lifting up those whose ministries have already been greatly impacted, and praying about what the future and the future ministries that will unfold because of this opportunity.

I think it is going to be a great time!

This gift doesn’t change who we are, but I feel that it allows us to pursue opportunities that we never would’ve been able to think about before. This abundance from God allows us to dive deeper into what we already do, and to continually give thanks for what God has already done, continues to do, and will do in the life of The Lutheran Church of The Redeemer. It is a wonderful cause for us to celebrate.

Even as we celebrate this gift, we still celebrate the good work and ministry that this congregation and community of faith have always done and continue to live into. Things like the prayer card group, and the knitters. The folks that gather at White Oak every month. Those who visit the homebound. The ones who volunteer at Manna House. The folks who offer their time and skill to tell stories and lead classes during Sunday School for people of all ages here in this place. The little things that go unnoticed in our community as people offer prayer, food, help, and time to those within and outside this small part of God’s kingdom to those in need.

Redeemer is a place that continually reaches out, digs deep, and lives into what God calls us to do as part of the faithful. I’ve seen that at work so many times throughout my (almost) four years here as your pastor. To say I’m humbled and proud of y’all is an understatement.

Thanks for being you. Thanks for living, striving in, and walking this odd and wondrous call as God’s people to the world. Amen.

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