January will find us at the home of Deb Frawley at 7pm January 30.
In FEBRUARY we will be reading:
“The Heart Mender” by Andy Andrew
This will be on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7pm at the home of Deb Nowlan
Saddened and unable to abandon her resentment toward the Nazi war machine that took her husband's life, the young and attractive Helen Mason is living a bitter, lonely existence. Betrayed and left for dead, German U-Boot officer Lt. Josef Landermann washes ashore in a sleepy town along the northern gulf coast, looking to Helen for survival.
MARCH ~ still to be determined
Before going to bed on Saturday March 9!!
God's blessings on the congregation at Redeemer's, and their families throughout the New Year and throughout 2024!
The website request form functions are still having issues. I am working hard at resolution as soon as possible. I thank you for you understanding.
ETA of renovation - January 2024
- Jerry Marquardt
Redeemer’s Little Free Pantry
I’m excited to write this because I will be talking about Spring while Im sitting here on a cold windy day. Easter falls on the last weekend of March and once again I will be doing ham dinners and family Easter baskets. The Easter baskets are always a fun project. I’ll be looking for donations for the baskets and the dinners. Also, if anyone is a Thrivent member, I would love you to sponsor an Action Team to help pay for the bulk of the hams, if you are unsure how to do one, I would be happy to walk you through it. It is really quite easy and the $250 would go a long way with purchasing the hams.
I want to thank everyone for putting all your pocket change into the noisy offering. The church collected $172 and that money will go towards Valentines Day treat bags for a couple of organizations. Thank you!
If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one,
WINTER INTO SPRING!
So, it seems like it was only yesterday and we were singing "Away in a Manger". The church was decorated with garlands, wreaths and candles, lots of candles. The paraments were bright white and everyone came in with a smile on their faces. Four weeks of Advent led to this finale of sorts. The Sunday after Christmas we had a program called "Caroling, Caroling". We had different characters come and witness to us about how they found Christ. These little monologues then led to a Christmas carol that tied in with what the speaker had to say. Our angel brought us to sing about Herald angels for example. It was still festive. We followed that with weeks of Epiphany and following the light.
Yes, it really was just yesterday and now we'll be entering the season of Lent. Quite the opposite in feeling. The songs enter a minor key. We even drop the word "Alleluia" for those five weeks. But like Advent, we are once again in a state of preparation. But there are no decorations this time, no festive lights and candles. Rather symbols of wooden crosses and crowns of thorns. We'll sing "Go to Dark Gethsemane". It might sound a little off but I actually like this period of music. I like the somberness of it and if we could have the sanctuary a little darker instead I would be in seventh heaven.
Oh sure, I like the Carols and the gifts and the cookies, etc. of Christmas but Lent brings a whole different gift. You have to experience the pain to realize the gain. The gift this time is much greater. And shouting "Alleluia" when we've reached Easter is so special.
Reflect on things you can change in your life rather than giving up sweets or soda or whatever. Pastor said in his sermon on 1/7 to look back over the year and count your blessings. Redeemers is a true blessing to me. And my list was pretty long when I got done with it.
Make Lenten services one of your blessings for this year. We will learn how to be better disciples for Christ. We'll work with each other each Sunday. Talking and sharing with each other to be better Christians. I for one am truly looking forward to the whole Lenten season.
Til next month----------------nice chatting with you Jan Strojny