May 2022 Newsletter
Communion (Regular services): 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
1) Proof of Vaccination will not be requested; Masks will be mandatory.
i) Collection plate will be at the back of the church and will be brought forward for the offering.
ii) singing will be permitted
iii) Zoom participants will be muted.
2) Mar 27: Resume in house worship (Wearing masks)
3) Please let me know of anyone in hosp. or other health issues.
4) Prayer List: we lift up (especially Sonja, Roselie, Fern, Josie, Barb, Gladys, Pete & Ella, Renate, Alf & Annie, Colleen, Jan's dad Douglas, Lottie, Joyce, Kirsten, Ralph & Helen, Jean Brown, Heddy, Jon Parsons, Kathy Kirby (Arlene Pottingers daughter-in-law) & others lifted from my heart) Merciful God, receive our prayer.
5) A Reminder to all members who attend Zoom services. Please remember to send your Offering to Redeemer Lutheran by mail or drop off in the mailbox by the office door. Your financial gifts are appreciated.
Pastor's Newsletter - May 2022
Sisters and brothers in Christ, Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
"Christ is Risen! He has Risen Indeed! Alleluia!"
Snow is melting (slowly). Temperatures are rising (slowly). The earth is struggling to replace browns and grays with bright colours of green grass and leaves, the yellow of dandelions and the host of perennials breaking through the snow packed soil. They struggle to peek out as they search warmth and light. All this brings us to one explanation: It must be spring!
Spring - the season of the year that, in the prairies, reminds us that God is all about making things new. In fact, Jesus promised to make everything new one day (Rev. 21:5). My friend always says that spring is God's way of giving us a glimpse of the coming attractions.
This year winter is tenacious. Like a terrier who catches your pant leg in its teeth and won't let go. The two seasons are in a "tug of war" one article said. Back and forth. Spring will win...of that we are certain. So lets celebrate the shift from winter to spring:
A. Growth: spring is a time for growth. [“That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Psalm 1:3 (NIV)]. The right combination of sunlight and moisture. Our spiritual journey grows from the combination of time with God and the Word as well as time with other Christians in fellowship. Praise God that we are slowly able to gather together in person once more at worship, prayer and song.
B. Starting Over: [“As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” Hosea 6:3 (NIV)] In the forgiveness and grace of our Lord we face each day in new, refreshed life. We sprout out and lift our faces to the Son/sun. Repent.
C. Provision: [“I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.” Deuteronomy 11:14 (NIV)] The Christian life is a balancing act between working like everything depends on you and trusting like everything depends on God. God will send the rains you need, but you’ve also got to do your part by working the harvest.
D. Learning: [“Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.” Deuteronomy 32:2 (NIV)] You’re never too old to learn a little more about God and God's goodness. Just like rain provides nourishment to the plants, the Word of God reaches into our hearts and shows us things we never would have imagined. New insights.
E. Renewal [“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)] God is in the renovation business. The Lord takes what’s old and broken down and transforms it into something incredible. If you’ve got an area of your life that needs some renewal, trust God to be ready to meet you where you are.
F. Peace [“Why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28–29 (NIV)]
[Take a look at the flowers and plants blooming around you. They didn’t worry their way to awesomeness. And you can’t either. God cares about you, so let Him carry your worries and fears (1 Peter 5:7).]
Conclusion: Whether it’s a long walk on a sunny day or splashing through puddles during an unexpected shower, soak up the blessings of spring. Let the sights, sounds and smells of a new season bring to life something new within you.
May this Easter season be filled with the wonder of Christ in your life. May the Word guide you, enlighten you and teach you of God's love, grace and forgiveness. May the joy of the Resurrected Christ rain down upon you grow and blossom as the beloved child of God that you are.
Christ is Risen, Indeed! Pastor Laurel
Finance Report: April 2022
Lord, as we gather together as family and friends; we invite you once again into our lives. May the hope of your resurrection colour our days. May the promise of your spirit working in us light up our lives.
Redeemer Council met at Redeemer in the basement on April 20th.
Dorothy provided the financial reports for March.
Envelope Giving's and PAR in March $5590.00
Total Income from all Sources $7031.12
Total Expenses in March $6401.69
Net Income for March $629.41
Net Income for 2022 ($458.65) deficit
Beginning March 20th, We have resumed in-person church services at Redeemer. As COVID is still not finished, we recommend wearing masks and social distance where possible. Please come back to church. We will continue to live stream our church services on Zoom.
Video Equipment Fund $4250.00 to the end of March.
Our thanks those who have given generously to this project. The equipment was installed on April 2nd and April 9th. Our thanks to Don Wrobleski, Terry Paver, Jeremy Grasby, and Rick Norberg for helping with the installation. Easter Sunday was the first church service using our new equipment. Jeremy Grasby will be training those who are interested in learning how to live stream a service.
Pancake Supper donations to the end March are $220.00. Our goal $1000.00.
Winter Shelter Project to the end of March $140.00. Our goal $1000.00.
Thanks be to God, Alleluia!!
Property Finance Committee
Rick Norberg, Marv Hollender, Don Wrobleski, Jerry Erickson
2022 Elected Executive
President: Rick Norberg
Vice-President: Heddy Mueller
Secretary: Kathy Maxon
Treasurer: Dorothy Raynor, Raynor Bookkeeping
Envelope Secretary: Sharolyn Molnar
Parish Life Committee: Arlene Pottinger, Heddy Mueller, Tyler Foster
Mission Committee: Sharolyn Molnar, Kathy Maxon, Jan Cuggy
Property & Finance Committee: Marv Hollender, Don Wrobleski, Jerry Erickson
Our Mailing Address:
Redeemer Lutheran Church
114 Ashgrove Boulevard
Brandon, MB R7B 1E1