TEACHING SERIES FOR ADVENT – What Are You Expecting This Christmas?
Too often we get to the other side of Christmas and realize that we’ve let all the presents, the parties and the shopping crowd out the presence of God. God gets lost in all the activity, cookie baking and gift giving. But the presence of God isn’t the only thing we miss in this holiday season. We miss the song of the angels, the stories of God’s people and even the light of Christ when our lives are too full – too busy to take it all in. What Are You Expecting This Christmas? will remind us not to let the busyness of this season crowd out the presence of God. Join us each week in worship as we explore the Christmas story…and remind ourselves to make this year different so that we don’t miss the central reason we celebrate this holy season.
NO CHRISTIAN EDUCATION – There will be no Christian Education classes for 3 year olds – 12th grade on December 22nd and 29th. We encourage you to take these opportunities to worship together as a family. Nursery will be available for infants – 5 year olds, and activity bags are on the rack outside the worship center doors for older kids. We will start back up on Sunday, January 5th. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Financial Peace University – Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-lesson course designed to help you build a budget, dump debt, grow your wealth, and leave money stress behind! Each lesson is taught by Dave Ramsey and his team, see below for the two different options you can choose from. When you register online through the links below – cost of the class is $99. You will receive your member workbook and one free year of Financial Peace Membership, with access to exclusive online tools to help you on your journey. Questions – please contact: Cassie & Trevor Kornexl, or Luke Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org
OPTION #1: This is an all new format for FPU – Members watch the video lessons on their own online and meet on Sunday mornings at the DeWitt Campus at 11am for one hour to engage in activities and discussion. FPU Flex Class will start Sunday, January 12th. Visit www.fpu.com/1104721 to signup and receive your materials.
OPTION #2: FPU Traditional Class – If you are interested in the FPU Traditional Class, join us at Bath United Methodist Church starting Monday, January 13th from 7-9pm. Visit www.fpu.com/1106445 to sign up and receive your materials.
GIVING TREE – December 15th is the last day to turn in gifts for our “Giving Tree” families. We are so excited to share the joy of Christmas with those in our community who need a little help! All gifts and food items will be distributed on Thursday, December 19th from 9:30am to noon. If you would like to help carry or deliver packages, and are 18 years old or older, join us by 9:15am this Thursday morning! Questions, contact Debby in the church office or email: email@example.com
YEAR END GIFTS – Year-end is a perfect time to take stock and reflect on our many blessings including God’s greatest gift to us, His Son, Jesus Christ. Why not make a special effort to honor Him in your giving – it may be the most important gift you give. Cash is the most convenient and popular way to give a year end gift and the full amount of a gift will qualify for a 2019 charitable income tax deduction as long as it is received or postmarked no later than December 31, 2019. Please note the church office is closed on Tuesday, December 31st but donations can be dropped off in the office until Monday, December 30th at 4:30pm or Sunday, December 29th during one of the services. They can also be made through the mobile app, text-to-give (simply text the dollar amount to 517-731-0518) or online at www.myredeemer.church / Give Now until 11:59pm on 12/31. There are also other ways to give – appreciated property (stocks, bonds, real estate or mutual funds), or an old life insurance policy. Special gifts at year end can be used for needed items that cannot be provided by our annual budget. If you have any questions regarding special giving – please contact Diane in the church office.
DeWitt Campus January Teaching Series – “Fresh Start”
Whether it’s the start of a new year, a birthday, spiritual new beginning,
or just the changing seasons, we humans tend to look for opportunities to
wipe the proverbial slate clean and start again. For some, that may mean
jump-starting an exercise regimen or eating well. For others, it may mean a
commitment to spending more quality time with family and friends.
For still others, it may be a commitment to a deeper walk with Christ. In a sense, the new year is a new chapter for everyone. It means starting over.
Jumping into a new year is not just about getting through the next 365 days; it is about living life every day as a fresh start. It’s about treating every opportunity you encounter from now on as a chance to change your life for the better. This 4-week series will give us the opportunity to reflect on what is and isn’t working in our lives and encourage us to take the chance on something new.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED at WESLEY WOODS – Over the years, many of you have heard of the Michigan Conference camp – Wesley Woods. Several kids from Redeemer have attended summer camp at this location and have enjoyed their experience. At this time, Wesley Woods is currently going through major repairs and updating, and is looking for volunteers to help. For upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and our wish list, please LIKE the “Wesley Woods Camp & Retreat Center” Facebook page. For questions, contact Interim Director, Wendy Elliott at 269-721-8291 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIFE GROUP GUIDES – Life Group Guides are now available each week in the worship folder, along with a note-taking guide. Take the message from
Sunday into Monday, and go more in-depth with a Life Group Guide. Connect your real-life experiences this week with your walk of faith…either individually or in a group. Click here to find out more about Life Groups.
THE MSM (Middle School Ministry) – For 6th – 8th grade – MSM Youth Group – starts September 10th and will meet weekly from 6:00-7:30pm – come join the fun and bring your friends!!
MEMBERSHIP CLASS – If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a member of Redeemer Church, we invite you to attend our Membership Orientation Class at the DeWitt Campus. Watch the Worship Folder for the next class dates (Spring 2020). It is a great time to get acquainted with other newcomers, explore the meaning of membership in our church, and for us to share with you our vision and core values. Everyone is welcome and there is no obligation to join the church.
PIZZA WITH THE PASTOR – If you are newer to Redeemer we would love to have you join us at Pizza with the Pastor. This is a time for you and your family to meet with Pastor Rod, Pastor Tim, staff, and others who are new to Redeemer Church and join in a casual conversation. Reserve your spot today. There is no cost to attend. To sign up, email Wendy Elliott at email@example.com.
SUMMER CAMPS – Summer will be here before you know it and now is the time to start planning. Register online for Christian Athletic Camp, Wesley Woods, and Bay Shore Camp. Redeemer supports Christian camping by providing one $75 scholarship per child for all Redeemer families. Links to the camps and the scholarship form are available on our website under Christian Education, then any of the kid/student home pages.
ParentLink Newsletter – The ParentLink (Pre-K – 6th grade) newsletter for this month has been added to the website. To check it out, visit the Christian Education / Kids section and click Newsletter
Book Club – The Inspired Readers Book Club for adults meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7pm. Click here for more information. We hope you can come and join us!
Offering Envelopes – Many members of our church family feel that having preprinted offering envelopes are a convenient way to give their weekly/monthly tithes and offerings. Once a month these envelopes are sent out for the upcoming month and include the envelopes for each Sunday of the month. If you do not receive this monthly mailing of envelopes and would like to, please contact Diane in the church office at 669-3430 ext. 303 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will include you in the mailing as soon as possible!
Nursery Volunteer Schedule – Click here to sign up
Even if you don’t use the nursery now, you may have children in other ministry areas. Their teachers and Kingdom Quest shepherds who do have nursery-age kids depend on care being available each week. Please sign up and make it possible for them to serve. Thank you!