NEWS FROM ETHIOPIA
Our greetings to all the congregation. How are you? We are fine but here in Ethiopia Covid cases are increasing daily and there is a shortage of machines. There is not much vaccine so only people above 65 can be vaccinated, but the Covid cases are increasing rapidly. I want to thank all of you for being there for us till now. You have been like a parent for my children, and we are so grateful for that. The kids are learning happily because of this congregation You are in our prayers.
May God bless you all. ~Elsabet and family
There are hospice patients in our area that would benefit greatly from your companionship & encouragement. We are currently looking for knitters, crocheters and sewers for our comfort care hospice program. Volunteers would create blankets, robes, draw string bags, prayer shawls and other needed items for hospice patients. Your volunteer time would suit your schedule and your location.
Also donations of yarn, fleece and material are also needed and welcomed!!!
Find out more about our amazing team of caring VITAS Volunteers by calling Joanna Voorhees at VITAS Healthcare of Chicagoland South,
- The Women’s Group for buying 15 new red hymnals
- Steve & Art for painting and redecorating to make our church a more inviting space
- Together We Cope who has provided baby food to our Little Pantry, and to the Crisis Center
- To Pastor Soren who has completed 3 years with his Redeemer’s family
- Mick Strojny for your commitment to keeping our lawn neat
Woman to Woman
So, if you look at the Events tab, you will see that I have an anniversary this month. 49 years and still counting! I remember when I was young and the Community Reporter came out once a week. If you were celebrating your 50th golden anniversary, it was a big deal. Your picture was in the paper and they wrote up something about the lives you shared together. Nowadays, it's not uncommon to hear people making it to their 60th. I hope to be that lucky but one year at a time.
So, what is the secret for staying together that long? In my sister's case, it's obstinance and laziness. She's not a good judge for asking the question. But, fortunately, I have friends and other relatives who have loved each other for 50+ years and are willing to talk about it. Here's some of the answers.
Patience - after this long, you're not going to change each other so just admit you have some quirks that annoy each other and patiently put up with them.
Respect - this works both ways. Also keep the dirty laundry at home.
Compromise - this is the one that came up the most. Who cares where the toilet seat ends up, you're both capable of moving it. Who cares which way the paper rolls face, again you're capable of moving it if it bothers you. Who cares where you squeeze the toothpaste, buy two and you'll both be happy. Our biggest compromise came in the bedroom. I like to sleep in the dark with it perfectly quiet. Mick on the other hand, liked the TV on. So, I gave in to the noise of a radio but nixed the TV. It worked even better when I found the timer switch on the radio. After 15 minutes, when Mick was thoroughly asleep, the radio shut itself off and I could then sleep. See? Compromise!
Of course, love takes over all. That's a given and if you have the love of Christ in the middle of your marriage, you're sure to have a success.
‘Til next month----------------
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I am once again doing Thanksgiving dinner giveaways. If you are able to donate, I will be looking for sides for the meals. Things I need are: canned vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn bread, Jell-O, cake mix with frosting, yams, , or anything else you think they would like. Please bring these items to church no later than November 21, as we will be handing out the meals on Monday November 22. If you would like to help put the meals together and hand them out let me know. I would like to thank Dan for contributing the turkeys via a Thrivent Action Team.
Thanks for supporting Redeemer’s little free pantry. ~~Marilyn
JUST A REMINDER: If you have policies with Thrivent, you may qualify to help out organizations twice a year with up to $250. Please think of a nonprofit you would like to help out and contact Thrivent, or talk to Deb or Dan Frawley.
Hi. As always, I want to thank everyone for their donations and support of the pantry. With summer coming, donations usually slow down and usage escalates, so all donations are appreciated. Water, freezer pops, Kool-Aid, and cereal are needed, as well as drink boxes and snacks. I will be putting snack bags in the pantry daily for the kids throughout the summer months. Produce is also welcome, like apples, oranges, potatoes and onions. Things that won’t perish easily.
Also, always looking for books for the little free library!
God bless all the pantry angels,
Dear Redeemer’s Lutheran Church,
Thank you for your gift of $300 to help individuals and families escape homelessness this Spring season. As you know, we sheltered in place and followed CDC and State government guidance in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Your support helped us pivot services to keep homeless individuals and families safe at local hotels, as all congregate shelters closed, while continuing to provide essential lifesaving services. Thank You!
Philanthropy Manager, PADS
I pray this letter finds you and your congregation hopeful and enjoying the waning weeks of summer during these unprecedented times. As always, thank you for your generous support of the ELCA, the synod, and our shared ministry. The impact that our congregations have in the world is truly amazing! I am proud to be a part of this effort and look forward to working with all of you in finding new, faithful ways to continue this inspiring work of Kingdom Building.
Many blessings of thanks!
Executive Assistant to the Bishop
Dear Redeemer’s Lutheran Church
Thanks be to God for YOU! Your support through your benevolence and other giving is a blessing.
Please keep Bishop Curry and the MCS staff and all congregations of the synod in your prayers as we continue to press through this new way of being.
In Christ, Heather Haynes (Executive Assistant to the Bishop)
New to Redeemer's? Here are some common questions
You’ll find everything from jeans to casual clothes to business suits at our worship experiences. At Redeener's, we don't care about what you look like or what you wear. We want you to be comfortable.
If you are visiting us for the first time, we will not ask you to stand up or ask you to give money. Many people want to check out a church and “be anonymous” for a while. That's ok by us!
It can be a intimidating visiting a church for the first time. So we will do our best to welcome you. We are dedicated to making sure you feel right at home. We'll answer any questions you have and make sure you get a hot cup of coffee and know exactly where to go.
When you get here, just head straight upstairs (or take the elevator) to our narthex to sign in! Your family is in good hands!
Giving is entirely up to you. If this is your first visit, we don't want you to feel any obligation to give. You are our honored guest. Also, if you start attending regularly, you'll only be expected to give what you feel you should.