Redeemer Weekly – 2/7/2016

Redeemer Weekly: Feb. 7, 2016 —  NEW TAYLOR, MOORE BABIES — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Daniel Turner — BUDGET UPDATE

Good Sunday morning! We’ll have coffee, donuts and fellowship waiting for you at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

TODAY — Newcomer Lunch: Right after the service, we invite newcomers to lunch to meet Redeemer members and elders. Head back to the welcome table for details.

FRIDAY, SATURDAY — Core Seminar: Our first 2016 Core Seminar will be Friday night with a casual dinner and Saturday morning seminar. This time is for those interested in membership and hearing the heart and vision of Redeemer. Information and RSVP is here.

NEXT SUNDAY, Feb. 14 — ESL Info Meeting: Are you interested in practically serving and making disciples among the different nationalities in our community? We’d love for you to join us immediately after the service as we give an overview of the ESL program at Redeemer and discuss new opportunities to serve our students! We’ll provide pizza. Please take a moment to RSVP. If you are interested but unable to come to the meeting, please contact Katheryn Wolfe (katherynawolfe@gmail.com) for more details.

Feb. 28 — Evening Member Meeting: We will be having our first 2016 Member Meeting at 5 p.m., followed by dinner. Jordan will be sending an email to members regarding childcare this week.    

LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES!

–Feb. 19-20, Matt and Lauren Chandler are holding a marriage conference that can be live-streamed. If you are interested in doing this, either for yourself or with a group, go here for more information: http://www.minglingofsouls.com/marriage-conference/

–February Saturdays, Nora Shank is hosting a book club in support of a book by my friend, Alli Worthington, Breaking Busy. At its heart this book isn’t about prioritization— it’s really about finding PURPOSE and PEACE. You can order a book here on Amazon. What will you get out of it?

  1. Workshop time— not just chit-chat — so that you can make headway on living with purpose and peace. 2. Free printables to help you with #1. 3. Girlfriend support

Details for the commitment shy: We will meet three times in February (13th, 20th, 27th) from 8 to 9:15 a.m. RSVP to me via email for directions and address: noraeshank@hotmail.com.

Coffee will be hot!

SPRING RETREAT: We are excited to be returning to Capon Springs, WVa., for our spring retreat, April 22 to 24! Further details will be coming but mark your calendars. Early bird registration opens Feb. 10.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: I love shoutouts! I get to brag on servants at Redeemer but also get to “re-introduce” new members to the Redeemer community. Daniel Turner, a new member, has jumped in with both feet and graciously serves on three teams — teams which have felt the pinch of need with members moving away.

Daniel ensures we have hot coffee on Sunday mornings; he dove right into to help as Laura Walton (last week’s shout out!) trains and equips the team efficiently. If not preparing coffee, Daniel can be found at the door, greeting you as you come into service OR downstairs with our Redeemer kiddos in Children’s Ministry.     

Thank you, Daniel, for diving right into serving! We are grateful for you!

— See serving? Say something! If you see, hear, know of serving: give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

 

This Sunday – February 7th, 2016

This Sunday we have the have the privilege to gather together to sing, study God’s word, and take communion.

Duke will lead our times of singing and Eric will continue our series in Acts, preaching from Acts 9:1-19.

I encourage you to take a couple minutes to prepare your heart as you commute in. Ask God that he would use you to encourage and edify our congregation. Ask him that he would increase your faith. Ask him that you would experience his presence in a unique and powerful way.

God promises to be with us!

Order of service:
– Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
Call to Worship
– It Is Well With My Soul
– Love Shines

Greeting/Offering
Break
Song of Consecration – Grace and Peace
Message – Acts 9:1-19
Communion
– Amazing Grace
– How Great Thou Art

Benediction

Redeemer Weekly – 1/31/2016

Redeemer Weekly: Jan. 31, 2016 —  LIMITED PARKING OPTIONS — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Laura 

Good Sunday morning! We’ll have coffee, donuts and fellowship waiting for you at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

Parking: Due to the recent snow there is limited parking in the AUMC lot and on the street! Carpooling is encouraged. We ask that the parking lot be for guests and families with young children. The parking lot  at the Bank of America is cleared. Thank you!

COMING ATTRACTIONS!

Feb. 7: Newcomer Lunch: Are you new to Redeemer? Visited in the last week? Month? Several months? Sunday, Feb. 7, right after the service, we invite you to lunch to meet Redeemer members and elders. Please RSVP: jenkhong@gmail.com

Feb 12-13:  Core Seminar: Our first 2016 Core Seminar will be Friday night with a casual dinner and Saturday morning seminar. This time is for those interested in membership and hearing the heart and vision of Redeemer. Information and RSVP is here

Feb. 28: Evening Member Meeting! We will be having our first 2016 Member Meeting on Sunday EVENING (5 pm) followed by dinner on Sunday, February 28. Child care details are forthcoming.   

2016 PLANNING AND LEARNING GROUPS!

Jordan shares about 2016 learning groups: In 2016, we hope to provide more contexts for us to learn together as parents, spouses, and singles.

For parents:

– Carolyn and Cameron Doolittle are currently hosting a parenting learning group where they are going through a book called “Boundaries with Kids”. If you are interested in joining in, you can email them at camerondoolittle@gmail.com.

– We will also hold another learning group in the fall that will focus on parenting

For couples

– Dale and Gay Brown are in the midst of planning a learning group that will focus on couples who have been married for less than a year. Be on the lookout for more information about this.

– On February 19-20, Matt and Lauren Chandler are holding a marriage conference that can be live-streamed. If you are interested in doing this, either for yourself or with a group, go here for more information: http://www.minglingofsouls.com/marriage-conference/

– In late February and early March, Eric will give a three part marriage series on Sundays

– We continue to offer pre and post marital counseling for couples desiring to be married, or in need of focused help and counseling. If you interested in this, you can email me at jordan@redeemerarlington.com

For singles

– There are a few singles that want to develop more consistent social events for people to get to know one another. Be looking for more information soon! If you want to be involved in planning, let me know and I’ll connect you with this group.

– I am also in the midst of planning an event for singles in late spring which will be an opportunity to talk about what it means to develop healthy relationships as a single person. More information forthcoming!

SPRING RETREAT: We are excited to be returning to Capon Springs, WV for our spring retreat, April 22-24! Further details will be coming but mark your calendars for April 22-24 and February 10 when early bird registration opens!   

GOSPEL COALITION FOR WOMEN: DISCOUNT! The women of Redeemer Arlington are able to use a discount code to register for The Gospel Coalition for Women this coming June 16-18 in Indianapolis. Our Carolyn McCulley will be there speaking, so she gets to spread the love with a special discount code to receive $40 off the regular registration fee. It may be used until June 16, so you can use it up to the last minute! Discount Code: SPEAKERFRIEND. For more information, check out http://conference.thegospelcoalition.org/2016.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Recently, there was a shift of coffee power at Redeemer as John released the coffee team organization to Laura . New member, Laura had already been serving on the coffee team but jumped in to relieve John of his duties. Laura has provided some great training and updates to keeping the ever important coffee team running smoothly.

When Laura is not keeping Redeemer caffeinated, she is helping our growing youth discipline group. Laura once again brought a servant heart to how she support Jacques Villereal and our youths. Laura’s personal testimony and serving is a gift to Redeemer – Thank you, Laura!   

— See serving? Say something! If you see, hear, know of serving: give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

This Sunday – January 31st, 2016

We have survived the blizzard and we will be meeting!

This Sunday we come to celebrate the unchanging hope we have in God’s provision and strength. We’ll teach a new song based upon the hymn, Blessed Assurance, and also sing the timeless hymn A Mighty Fortress is Our God.

Jon will continue our series in the book of Acts, preaching from Acts 8:1-25 and I will lead our times of singing.

Order of Service:
– My One Comfort
Call to Worship
– A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
– Blessed Assurance (NEW SONG)
– In Christ Alone

Greeting/Offering
Song of Consecration – Speak O Lord
Message – Acts 8:1-25
Response/Communion
– Stronger
– Revive Us Again
– O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing

Benediction

ESL starting February 1

REGISTRATION NIGHT MOVED TO Monday, February 1!

ESL_Flyer_Jan2016

Printable information: ESL_Flyer_Jan2016

Jan. 24 Sunday Service Cancelled

Due to the amount of snow we are expected to receive, Redeemer’s Service tomorrow morning is canceled.

I encourage you to check in with your neighbors and Redeemer community and spend some time tomorrow thanking God for the true rest he has given us through Christ. Times like these are a unique opportunity to slow down in the midst of the busyness of life. You could read through the book of Acts, take time to pray, listen to some worship music, take a nap, play games, laugh with friends and family, make the most of this time!

Hope everyone stays safe and warm. See you all next Sunday!

Redeemer Weekly – 1/17/2016

Good Sunday morning!

We’ll have coffee, donuts and fellowship waiting for you at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

COMING ATTRACTIONS … Jan 31: Children’s Ministry security meeting: Before service on Sunday, January 31 we welcome Arlington PD for security training. All are welcome! Please RSVP for us to plan accordingly. Feb. 7: Newcomer Lunch: Are you new to Redeemer? Visited in the last week? Month? Several months? Sunday, Feb. 7, right after the service, we invite you to lunch to meet Redeemer members and elders. Please RSVP: jenkhong@gmail.com … Feb. 28: Evening Member Meeting! We will be having our first 2016 Member Meeting on Sunday EVENING (5 pm) followed by dinner on Sunday, February 28. Child care details are forthcoming.
2015 Giving – Please ensure your City email AND mailing address is accurate by January 20! Statements will be mailed the week of January 25.

2016 PLANNING AND LEARNING GROUPS!
In preparation for planning 2016, we wanted to provide a list of 2016 events, (psst! Note our retreat: April 22 -24, is coming soon!)

2016 Calendar of Church Events
Retreat: April 22-24
Member Meetings (4th Sunday evening, every other month): Feb 28, April 24 (Retreat), June 26, August 28, October 30 (Budget)
Core Seminars (Quarterly, 8am-1pm): February 13, May 14, September 17, November 19
Anniversary Picnic: June 5

As well share our staff vision for 2016 learning groups:

From Jackie: As we move into 2016, I am excited to have three different learning groups with a focus on counseling practices with practical consideration for Redeemer. For the winter, we will have the psychiatric disorder learning group (information below), with two additional learning groups in the summer (Side by Side by Ed Welch – a practical training for living in community with hard stories) and fall (TBD). The goal of these learning groups is to equip us as a church to walk, pray, and know well how to walk with those facing suffering and familiar with difficulty stories or mental illness.

PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS LEARNING GROUP: Starting Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7, Jackie Black will facilitate a study of how to think Biblically about psychiatric disorders. This learning group is using Psychiatric Disorders, a structured guide from Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) for Biblically thinking about psychiatric disorders. With decades of combined medical, seminary, psychiatric, and counseling experience of CCEF faculty: five ~30-min. videos talks with handouts. Additional information is on the City.
The group will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (have to be sure not to conflict with the Super Bowl!). We’ll watch a DVD session before moving into discussion. If interested, please let Jackie know: jackie@redeemerarlington.com. A location will be determined, based on interest.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: DC is known as a land of transition and with that comes those who move. Redeemer is sad to see Carrie transition back to her home of Ohio. However, we have to shout about her ways of service at Redeemer.

Carrie has been with Redeemer since the early days and always jumped in to help with group events, children’s ministry, and women’s ministry and discipleship. Carrie has ever been a voice of wisdom and heart of service. As a children’s ministry sub, Carrie would jump in when there was a need for coverage. As part of the women’s ministry committee, Carrie brought a creativity to planning events as well as heart of discipleship in how women can grow together at Redeemer. Thank you, Carrie for how you have loved and served Redeemer – you will be missed!

–CHEERS to a new year of shouting out servants! If you see, hear, know of serving: give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

This Sunday – January 17th, 2016

For most of us, much of our existence is spent trying to manage and control our lives.

We set limits, create schedules, avoid certain situations, and plan our futures. But then life happens. And at some point we realize, we are not in control.

This Sunday we are going to celebrate that we are not in control of our lives. Celebrate? you might say. This is hardly cause for celebration!

More specifically, we are going to celebrate that God is in control of our lives. Our future is entirely dependent on his existence. And this is a good thing! There is no moment in our lives that is removed from the unstoppable flow of his perfect plan to bring us home to heaven. There is incredible freedom knowing we worship a God so sovereign, powerful, and brilliant that he can take the mess and confusion and complexity of our life and make it all work out perfectly. He is in control. We can trust him.

So come and declare “On God rests my salvation and my glory, my mighty rock, my refuge is God.” (Ps. 62:7)

Eric will continue our series in the book of Acts, and I will lead our times of singing.

See you there!

Order of service:

– All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name

Call to worship
– Hail the Day
– Jesus, Firm Foundation
– The Strife is Over

Song of consecration – Show Us Christ
Message – Acts 6:8-7:60
Communion/Response
– I Have a Shelter
– All Glory Be Forever

Benediction

Redeemer Weekly – 1/10/2016

Redeemer Weekly: Jan. 10, 2016 — DOOLITTLE PARENTING group returns: Saturday brunches — FINANCIAL UPDATE — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Travis

Good Sunday morning! We’ll have coffee, donuts and fellowship waiting for you at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY launches 2016 today with our unit kickoff, God the Redeemer. All kids are invited to participate for the whole service!

COMING ATTRACTIONS … Feb. 7: Newcomer Lunch: Are you new to Redeemer? Visited in the last week? Month? Several months? Sunday, Feb. 7, right after the service, we invite you to lunch to meet Redeemer members and elders. Please RSVP: jenkhong@gmail.com.

REDEEMER BUDGET Approved! Our 2016 budget was affirmed by members. Here’s a financial update from the Finance Team and Elder Dale Brown:

Operating Budget: Our 2016 budget year started in December and we received gifts to our Operating Budget totaling $70,800. This is approximately $10,000 less than we budgeted to receive.

Strategic Opportunity Fund: We also identified in our 2016 budgeting process several opportunities to invest in other ministries with whom Redeemer is partnered and called this our Strategic Opportunity Fund. We set a goal of $60,000 to give to these ministries as funds are available either in excess our Operating Budget needs or as one-time gifts from Redeemer members. We received $9,500 in gifts to the SOF in December.

We encourage you to give to further our mission of making disciples of Jesus who integrate life with the gospel. Give cheerfully, generously, regularly!

2016 WINTER LEARNING GROUPS:

PRAYER: If you would like to learn more about praying deeply in the Spirit for spiritual and physical healing, the Doolittles are going to be hosting an eight week learning group, starting this Tuesday. Additional information is on the City or email Carolyn: carolynsdoolittle@gmail.com
P.S. from Carolyn: Our kids will be hanging out in the basement. So if you have little ones, you are welcome to bring them. It won’t work well to have kids upstairs with us after dinner unless they are good lap-sitters. Please let me know if you plan to bring them!

PARENTING: Back by popular demand! Starting next weekend, the Doolittles will host a series of Saturday brunches to encourage you as you raise the kids God’s entrusted to you. (They’re hoping to learn a lot from you all!) How do we discipline? What about family devotions? When should they have cell phones? How do you talk about sex with your kids? The Doolittles don’t claim to be experts, but they’re happy to share what they have learned to date! We’ll be reading through “Boundaries with Kids” and encouraging one another in the joys and challenges of parenting. When we did this in 2014, it was a packed house. To reserve a spot, email camerondoolittle@gmail.com.

Details: Saturdays, 11:30 to 1:30 (before afternoon naps). Come enjoy lunch together, courtesy of the Doolittles, then discuss the week’s lesson. Childcare: Provided. The specific Saturdays are: Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, Feb. 20 and Feb. 27.

PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS: Starting Sunday afternoon, Feb. 7, Jackie Black will facilitate a study of how to think Biblically about psychiatric disorders. This learning group is using Psychiatric Disorders, a structured guide from Christian Counseling and Education Foundation (CCEF) for Biblically thinking about psychiatric disorders. With decades of combined medical, seminary, psychiatric, and counseling experience of CCEF faculty: five ~30-min. videos talks with handouts. Additional information is on the City.

The group will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. (have to be sure not to conflict with the Super Bowl!). We’ll watch a DVD session before moving into discussion. If interested, please let Jackie know: jackie@redeemerarlington.com. A location will be determined, based on interest.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: As we often note here in the Weekly, we value transparency and communication regarding Redeemer finances. Essential for wise management and planning is our Finance Team — people who speak numbers, planning, spreadsheets, etc. Now combine that skill set with teaching K to 2nd graders, and you are describing Travis.

Travis serves on our financial team as well as in Children’s Ministry. Drawing on his skills of organization, patience, and sheer will, Travis is able to serve all ages, all educational levels, and even can throw in a dance move for the kids. Thank you, Travis for serving in multiple, needed areas at Redeemer!

–CHEERS to a new year of shouting out servants! If you see, hear, know of serving: give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

This Sunday – January 10th, 2016

Do you know how long it takes to develop a habit?

I’ve read it can take anywhere from 21 days (largely considered a myth) to 66 days or more. I’m not sure though, because I’m still trying to develop one. I’ll let you know when I do.

Have you ever stopped to consider the habit of attending our Sunday gatherings? Whether you know it or not, your attendance at church on Sunday is a formative influence on your life. This goes beyond just attendance. One of the habits we form as we gather each week is how we approach and experience God.

Each Sunday, we begin our services, not with songs about what we are going to do for Jesus or how we can excite our emotions, but with songs that tell us about God and all that he has done. We want to begin our services with truth. As we do this, we are reminded both of our sinfulness and his provision through Jesus. In grateful response to this glorious truth, the rest of our service is responding to these truths. Listening to his word so we can follow him better, obeying his command to take communion and remember his death, and singing songs of consecration and devotion.

Each week our service will vary, but hopefully these principles remain.

So what are we going to do this Sunday? Participate in the same joy-filling, hope-building, needed habit. We will sing and tell of who God is, confess our need for him, find assurance through the blood of Jesus, and gratefully respond in worship.

I hope you can join us!

Order of service:

– Holy, Holy, Holy
– Rejoice

Confession of Sin/Assurance
– Now Why This Fear
– Revive Us Again

Greeting/Offering
Song of Consecration – Your Words Of Life
Message – Acts 6:1-7
Communion
– O God of All Our Good
– I Need Thee Every Hour

Benediction