Family Ministry News:
Jr. High Youth Mission Trip: Sunday, June 24 through Friday, June 29
Jr. High students are invited to experience a “Week of Hope” in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Students will learn Christ-like empathy and compassion for others as they meet “the needs of people from a wide variety of age groups and walks of life through community service.” They’ll develop friendships with the people being served, with other teams, and with their own youth group. Projects might include the following … helping in a local food kitchen, helping residents in assisted living, doing general yard work, volunteering with local nonprofits or volunteering at a community center. Fund-raising opportunities will be available.
ALL PRO DAD’S DAY is coming to Our Redeemer!
All Pro Dad’s Day is a national program that provides an opportunity once a month for dads to spend quality time with their children aimed to strengthen their relationship with each other and allow them to engage in meaningful conversations. This monthly breakfast ‘date’ will give dads an opportunity to connect with their kids and with other dads. “All Pro Dad’s Day” is a simple way for you to become an uncommon father and influence your children in significant ways,” says Tony Dungy, an All Pro Dad National Spokesman. Our first All Pro Dad’s Day Breakfast will be on Wednesday, February 21st, from 7:30-8:15 AM. All dads and their kids are invited to join us here at Our Redeemer in the cafeteria for this exciting opportunity! Invite friends, family and neighbors – all dads and their kids are welcome!
The Forge Senior High Youth Ministry
High school is a crucial time for students who face many positive and negative influences on a daily basis. The Forge is a ministry that focuses on peer relationships, leadership skills and building one another up. We have several meeting and activity opportunities that will encourage long-term, positive relationships among students while looking at God’s Word to identify our role in the world as well as serve others in love.
A special note of gratitude to Caitlin Smith and Joe Benson for their dedication to lead Sunday morning Bible study over the past few years, but are now focusing on other opportunities. Beginning Feb. 4, the Bible study group will meet at 8:15 a.m. on Sunday mornings, led by Kirsten Waller. The group will meet weekly outside the Media Center and will wrap up in time for 9:30 worship.
We’ve expanded our Sunday evening fellowship gathering to twice a month to further foster relationships and encouragement with one another. Beginning in February we will meet on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Activities include food, fellowship, games and Bible-based discussions on topics and situations teens face on a daily basis.
Plans are also underway for a Winter Retreat at Camp Luther in mid-February. Watch for details to come soon! Contact us for more information!
Delighting In God (D.I.G.) Advent Offering Update
Praise God for our generous Sunday School families who gave during our special Advent collection. We raised more than $117 in just three weeks!! With the money raised we asked the students to vote on what would be purchased through Food for the Hungry, an international organization that works to end all forms of human poverty. In the end we purchased two chickens, a sheep and a goat, which will be used by families as an ongoing food source.
Women’s Day Retreat 2018
Please plan to join us on Saturday, March 10th, from 9:00-3:30 here at Our Redeemer for our 5th Annual Women’s Day Retreat. You will be blessed by the retreat as you listen to our guest speaker address the question: “Are You Brave Enough?” Tera Elness will travel here from Minnesota to present three meaningful sectionals, all centered on God’s Word, that will enable us to bravely walk the road God has prepared for us! The cost for the day retreat, which includes coffee & treats, a fabulous lunch, and a relaxing wine & cheese hour is only $25.
DivorceCare and GriefShare will begin again in February!
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through separation or divorce alone – join us for support on Thursdays at 6:00PM beginning on February 15th.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone – join us on Saturday mornings at 9:30 beginning on February 17th.