Redeemer Weekly – 8/30/2015

Redeemer Weekly — ACTION REQUIRED: Redeemer parents– SALUTING DAVE LAM —  SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Lynne 

Good Sunday morning! We’d love to see you at 10 for coffee, Dunkin Donuts and Munchkins, and fellowship at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO ESL! Our fall session begins on Mon., Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. with registration night. If you have friends or neighbors who are not native English speakers, please invite them to come. Our goal is practically serve the immigrant population and invite them into our community at Redeemer. ESL invitation cards will be available in the Fellowship Room after our service today. You can also direct them to visit

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP GROUP begins THIS Sunday! Youth will be dismissed at the break to join the Jacques and his crew to start Redeemer’s YDG.

ATTENTION PARENTS! Gospel Project for Kids launches NEXT Sunday which we will now have FOUR classes! Please complete this short survey for accurate placement of your kiddos. Jackie’s administrative heart thanks you!



DAVE LAM writes: “Here is a picture of part of our ESL team that just completed a 2-day training in Marriottsville, Md. We had a great time learning about both how to teach English well and how to share Jesus with those from different cultures. We’re coming away excited about the ESL semester starting next month, and aware of our need to pray for God’s help!”

THE ICARDI CG in South Arlington is having an open house night on Tue., Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. The group has lost some members due to moves, so we have room to add more people! The group meets regularly on Tuesday nights at the Icardis’ house. You’re welcome to visit the group anytime, of course, but Sept. 15th will be specifically for visitors, as we will have a more casual time of fellowship, heavy snacks, and prayer. No RSVP required, but feel free to let Laura Icardi know if you are coming, so she can plan enough snacks. You can also email her for the address:

THANK YOU, DAVE LAM! Jordan recently wrote Redeemer members, with subject line, “Next steps for Dave Lam”: “We are incredibly grateful for Dave’s considerable effect on our church. … Among other things, he has helped create our church plant residency, overseen our move to AUMC, managed our staff and eldership, created a five year strategic plan for the church, helped create our budget for the past two years, installed numerous processes for our staff and a host of other things that will benefit Redeemer for many years to come.

“His absence will definitely be felt, but as he mentioned above, he has worked to position us for success in moving forward and graciously agreed to help us in the short term. We are glad that Dave and Rhea still plan to fully participate in Redeemer! If you see Dave and Rhea in the next few weeks, please thank them for their faithful investment in Redeemer.”

–DAVE’S NOTE, included in Jordan’s email: “After over 3 years of working as Director of Operations I have decided to move on from this position starting September 1. When I first discussed this position with Eric and Jordan, I was envisioning a part-time consulting role but agreed to work full-time for a year upon Eric’s persuasion — and the Lord working on my heart! Well that 1 year has turned into over 3 great years, but those who know me know that each year I’d been thinking about returning to the business world where I feel I can do my best work.

“That is finally happening now and this fall I will transition back to working in management consulting and business strategy. I will also be continuing to work part-time with Redeemer through at least the end of the year, assisting with the budgeting/planning process for 2016 as well as continuing to work with the Mercy Team as we launch ESL classes in the Fall. …

“[I]f you need help with day-to-day operational matters, Jackie is now the person to reach. We are also in the process of finding someone to help with Leadership Team administration, so please pray that we could find that person soon.

“I am immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to work for Redeemer, its elders and staff (shoutout to Jackie who has been a God-send) over the past 3 years. Through working with Eric, Jordan, (recently Jon) and the elders I have learned much and grown both professionally and personally, as well as in being a husband and father! Rhea and I feel truly blessed to have experienced this season at Redeemer and count it as God’s good providence for enabling me to work with you.”

UPCOMING EVENTS — Newcomer Lunch: Sun., Sept. 20, immediately following the service, a lunch will be provided for newcomers to Redeemer. For further information or to RSVP, please contact Jen Hong (Whetsell!):

SERVING OPPORTUNITY: Interested in serving on the music team for Redeemer? Please join us on Saturday night, Sept. 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the church building, to hear the vision for Redeemer’s music team, current needs we have, and ways that you can participate. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP here.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Lynne has been a longtime member of Redeemer and with her time at Redeemer has included a long time of serving. Lynne has served in Children’s Ministry and is currently, serves parents and others by assisting with the coffee team. Lynne also uses her musical talents by serving on the worship team playing the piano. Lynne has been faithful to help at a moment’s notice, host various events, and herd children by babysitting. Lynne is an example of Redeemer’s core value of serving. Thank you, Lynne!  

–Shout out to your servant: Do you know someone who is faithfully serving? Please let me know at



Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will



This Sunday – Aug. 30th, 2015

This Sunday we again have the privilege of gathering together to sing, study, and take communion. We do this because God has called us to gather that we might experience his presence, hear from him, and walk away strengthened in our faith.

This Sunday we have the joy to welcome several new members into our church community. Duke will lead our times of singing and I will preach from Galatians 6:1-5. The topic of the message will be what it looks like to be a burden bearing community.

I look forward to worshipping with you all!

Order of Service

– Swallowed up Death
Call to Worship
– Come to Me
– New Again

Prayer – Welcome new members
Song of Consecration – Be Still My Soul
Message – Galatians 6:1-5
– I Stand Amazed in the Presence
– Completely Done


Redeemer Weekly – 8/23/2015

Redeemer Weekly — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Jason and Leah 

Good Sunday morning! We’d love to see you at 10 for coffee and fellowship at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP GROUP starts NEXT Sunday, Aug. 30. Additional information is on The City!

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Jason and Leah are a power couple of serving at Redeemer. Their detail orientation and love of vintage calculators serve the the finance team by handling the Sunday offering. Often, they are doubled-booked on Sundays, serving as they also serve in Children’s Ministry! Leah recently Instagrammed the puppy love all the 1-2 year olds girls had for Jason. They are quick to greet and welcome visitors they meet on the mornings they are not serving. Thank you, Jason and Leah, for how you love and serve Redeemer in multiple ways!

–Shout out to your servant: Do you know someone who is faithfully serving? Please let me know at

This Sunday – August 23rd, 2015

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

Shaun Cross returns to Redeemer to preach to us from Psalm 51 on repentance, and Phil Maucieri from Redemption Hill be leading our times of singing.

Please pray that God would meet us as we respond to his gracious revelation of himself.

Order of service:

– Rejoice
Call To Worship
– My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less
– Jesus is Better

Public Prayer
Song of preparation – Show Us Christ
Message – Psalm 51
– Before the Throne of God Above
– Jesus Paid It All


Redeemer Weekly – 8/16/2015

Redeemer Weekly — YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP GROUP is 2 weeks away — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Gay 

Good Sunday morning! We’d love to see you at 10 for coffee and fellowship at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP GROUP kicks off its bimonthly meetings on Sun., Aug. 30. Jacques Villarreal will be leading a focus study and learning group for middle and high school students of Redeemer. Additional information is on The City!

TODAY is the final KRC (Kids Retreat Continued)! Middles and Big Kid Classes will conclude their study about the Beatitudes. Both Middle and Big Classes will assemble at 10:30 for this final lesson. We look forward to Gay kicking off Gospel Project for Kids on September 6!


SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Sunday mornings are always busy, including children running the halls. And I am frequently asked by running children, “Is today KRC?”

Gay not only created and implemented the spring retreat program for our kiddos, she continued the program through the summer. Redeemer children were excited and eager to learn about the Beatitudes as Kids Retreat Continued once a month. Gay’s energy, creativity, mission, and drive ensured the engagement of kids in the Gospel. Gay’s serving has not stopped but only grown as she has had an active role in the implementation of Gospel Project for Kids starting Sept. 6. Gay’s heart and passion for children learning the Gospel has had and will continue to ripple in Redeemer’s history. Thank you, Gay!

–Shout out to your servant: Do you know someone who is faithfully serving? Please let me know at



This Sunday – August 16th, 2015

“What are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.” Psalm 42:11

We gather this Sunday to hope in God together. We will do this by singing songs about his faithfulness, listening to his Words as they are read and preached, and remembering his unchanging mercies as we celebrate communion. If your faith is weak, come to see and experience Jesus!

This Sunday we have the privilege to welcome Curt Allen as he preaches from 2 Timothy 4:1-8, and I will lead our times of singing. In addition, we will install Mike Icardi as our deacon of finance during our public prayer time.

I look forward to worshipping with you all!

Order of Service:

Yesterday, Today, and Forever
Call to worship
– How Firm A Foundation
– Stronger

Public Prayer
Song of Consecration – Your Words Of Life
Message – 2 Timothy 4:1-8
– In Christ Alone
-All Glory Be Forever


Redeemer Weekly – 8/9/2015

Redeemer Weekly — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Pete — DAVE RAMSEY course begins next month

Good Sunday morning! We’d love to see you at 10 for coffee, fellowship and Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

NEXT Sunday, is the final KRC! Gay and her group will conclude teaching the Middles and Big Kid Classes about the Beatitudes! We are excited as Gay and her gang then shift to launching GPTV! Stay turn for how Gospel Project for Kids gets kicked off by Gay and her gaggle!

UNION CHURCH, our D.C. plant, is taking two weeks off for the summer, then will continue a series on the Apostles’ Creed.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: Fall Financial Peace Learning Group starts in Sept. Graym and Sasha Kasko invite you to participate in a nine-week, Bible-based course, Dave Ramsey’s “Financial Peace,” that teaches God’s way of handling money. The learning group will be on Tuesday evening, starting Sept. 8.  Additional information is on the City, or you can let Graym ( know your interest.

WHAT JOSH DECKARD IS READING, and sharing with his C.G. – J.C. Ryle on Luke 4:33-44, “Jesus drives out an evil spirit, and heals many”: “We should notice, in this passage, the clear religious knowledge possessed by the devil and his agents. … Let us beware of an unsanctified knowledge of Christianity. It is a dangerous possession, but a fearfully common one in these latter days. We may know the Bible intellectually, and have no doubt about the truth of its contents. We may have our memories well stored with its leading texts, and be able to talk glibly about its leading doctrines. And all this time the Bible may have no influence over our hearts, and wills, and consciences. We may, in reality, be nothing better than the devils.

“Let it never content us to know religion with our heads only. We may go on all our lives saying, ‘I know that, and I know that,’ and sink at last into hell, with the words upon our lips. Let us see that our knowledge bears fruit in our lives. Does our knowledge of sin make us hate it? Does our knowledge of Christ make us trust and love Him? Does our knowledge of God’s will make us strive to do it? Does our knowledge of the fruits of the Spirit make us labor to show them in our daily behavior? Knowledge of this kind is really profitable. Any other religious knowledge will only add to our condemnation at the last day.”

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Some superheroes come in at the last minute to save the day — or some servants receive Saturday emails and cover Children’s Ministry teaching. Pete is a superhero, CM servant. Pete has been teaching in Middles Kids for several years and also saves the occasional Sunday morning when needed to serve beyond his schedule (like today)!

Pete is released to serve by his bride, Katherine, who then has to care for their charming daughters. In additional to CM serving, Pete and Katherine lead a community group in Alexandria which includes family dinners, separate guy/gal meetings, and studying together. Thank you, Pete (and Katherine!) for how you serve faithful in community and children’s ministry.

–Shout out to your servant: Do you know someone who is faithfully serving? Please let me know at




This Sunday – August 9th, 2015

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Psalm 95:6-7

This Sunday we will once again gather as a church community to respond to God as he reveals himself through Jesus Christ, by the power of his Spirit.

It is encouraging to know that we do not have to try and work ourselves up in order to meet with God. He calls us to come in our weariness and shame. He invites us to acknowledge our need so that he might lift our eyes to see his sufficiency, power, and grace. What a blessing!

This Sunday we have the privilege of welcoming to our pulpit, Rob Krause. Rob is a pastor in Italy who we have developed a relationship with over the past number of months and look forward to partnering with in gospel mission. He will teach us from Galatians 2 on God’s empowering grace for everyday mission. I will lead our times of singing.

I hope to see you there!

Order of service:

– 10,000 Reasons
Call to worship
– Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy
– Now Why This Fear

– O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing
Public Prayer
Song of consecration – Speak O Lord
Message – Galatians 2
– All I Have Is Christ
– Lord, I Need You


Redeemer Weekly – 8/2/2015

Redeemer Weekly — YOUTH LEARNING GROUP to start Aug. 30 — JORDAN TELLS THE STORY BEHIND ‘All I Have Is Christ’ — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Ben 

Good Sunday morning, and welcome to August! We’d love to see you at 10 for coffee, fellowship and Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

JACQUES VILLARREAL has long-awaited details on a Redeemer youth group: “Hello Redeemer! At our last retreat, Jordan prayed for the youth in our church. Seeing him pray and the church’s response moved me and got me thinking about how I could help. It also reminded me of a discipleship group that I was a part of when I was in high school. It was immensely helpful for me, as a new Christian, to be challenged and guided on how to grow in my relationship with the Lord.

“This summer, I have been talking with the families in our church about starting a similar group. This would be for kids in middle school and high school. It would be a little different from a youth group, in the sense that it would be more like a learning group than a community group. I’m excited to say that the pastors and several families are on board! We aim to start on Sunday, Aug. 30. Here are some of the details.

“Who: Kids in Redeemer, middle school and high school, boys and girls … What: Discipleship group, focused on learning and spiritual growth … Where: Redeemer’s church building, exact location to be announced … When: During the Sunday sermon, twice per month for 3 months (a total of 6 sessions) … Why: For discipleship tailored toward youth.

“There is no need to sign up, but please let me know if you and your kids are interested in participating ( I will provide you with more details about what we will be studying and the activities we are planning. This is an exciting endeavor, and I hope you will be a part of it through prayer. Please ask the Lord to bless our efforts and to guide us, as we guide the youth in their relationships with Christ.

“Some of the parents and other members of the church — such as Mike Henry, Lisa Simmons, Kami Fluetsch, Jackie Black, and John Allevato — have expressed interest in helping with the group. If you are also interested in helping, please email me at: I will send you further details. Thanks!”


JORDAN IS FEATURED in a long post on the Desiring God blog, “All I Have Is Christ: An Interview with Bob and Jordan Kauflin,” by Tony Reinke: “It’s the dark opening verse to a modern-day hymn that has become a classic to some, and a favorite to many, since its release in 2008. The song is titled ‘All I Have Is Christ,’ and it was written by Jordan Kauflin, a pastor at Redeemer Church of Arlington, Virginia, and edited by his father, Bob Kauflin, the director of Sovereign Grace Music and pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville, Kentucky. I recently asked Jordan and Bob some questions about the writing of a modern-day classic.”

JORDAN: “My brother Devon and I were working on songs for Looked Upon, an album that Sovereign Grace Music produced in 2008, and I was inspired to write a song that talked about the joy we have in Jesus that is greater than any joy in this world. That led me to try and describe the futility of our life without Jesus: ‘I once was lost in darkest night.’ … Once I settled on the chorus words, I began a laborious process of crafting each line to tell the story of redemption and our response to it.”

–With Vimeo of Jordan’s song, and image of a handwritten page from Jordan’s journal (hat tip: Carolyn McCulley)


EVENT THIS FRIDAY, 7 p.m., hosted by Nora Shank — Kelli Magee writes: “It’s a Noonday Collection Trunk show, and we would love for all of the women at Redeemer to come. Noonday uses fashion and design to create economic opportunity in vulnerable communities in 13 countries worldwide. I am an Independent Noonday Ambassador and I just returned from a week-long trip to Ecuador to visit our artisan partners there. I would love to share this experience with all the ladies, at Nora’s house … 3022 Castle Road, Falls Church,” on Fri., Aug. 7, 7 p.m.

NEED — CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT: Who is excited about “back to school”?!? Redeemer Children’s Ministry is excited about Sept. 6, when we’ll launch our new curriculum, Gospel Project for Kids. There are still various needs and roles for members to fill. If ready to dive into fall planning, please let Jackie know:

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: With Redeemer’s variety and diversity of musical talent, comes a need for  quality sound-system support. Ben is one of the sound team heroes who helps Sunday mornings. Ben helps run the soundboard. (You know, the board with all the knobs and dials that you want to turn — but don’t.) Ben’s support has been invaluable, and he is quick to step in whenever needed to troubleshoot, train, or support the sound team. Ben has faithfully served on the sound team for over two years and previously helped set up the sound prior to our permanent set up at AUMC. Thank you, Ben for helping us make a beautiful noise!

–Shout out to your servant: Do you know someone who is faithfully serving? Please let me know at




Redeemer Weekly – 7/26/2015

Redeemer Weekly — TODAY at 9 a.m.: Faith & Work Learning Group begins — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Deborah 

Good morning! We’d love to see you at 10 for coffee, fellowship and Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

ESL INFO MEETING: Immediately following the service today, the Mercy Team will have a volunteer interest luncheon for our fall ESL program. Additional information:

NEW FAITH & WORK LEARNING GROUP BEGINS: Why do we work? What does it look like to follow Jesus in the workplace? Starting today at 9 a.m. at the church, we’d love for you to join our new learning group, where we will go through Tim Keller’s “Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work.” To learn more, visit: All are welcome!


NEED — CHILDREN’S MINISTRY VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT: Sure, Jackie is a “little” excited about launching The Gospel Project for Kids in September – but you do not have to just take her word for it! Ask Jordan, Gay, Laura, Tali, Shelly, Michelle, Carolyn, and others. Jackie can refer out her excitement! If you’re curious about the why, the roles, or the needs, please let Jackie know:

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: As excited as we are for Deborah’s new ministry in China, we are sorry to lose a faithful servant. As part of the team who worked on AUMC improvements, Deborah invested time and energy into the space we enjoy for Sunday service and events. Deborah was serving on the communion team even before we were at AUMC, and has trained communion team members. Her communion service includes improving the communion space on the lower level, giving up a Saturday to paint and clean the area. Thank you, Deborah for how you have cared for Redeemer members! We will miss you.

–Shout out to your servant: Do you know someone who is faithfully serving? Please let me know at