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2016 in Review

Earlier this month marked the four-year anniversary of my first Sunday at Redeemer. In the fall of 2015, I began serving as the church’s “Staff Manager,” a lofty title that exaggerates my actual contributions. In “The Deliberate Church” the authors state, “Jesus is the One who is ultimately building His church (Matt 16:18). But He has graciously allowed us to participate in the construction process.” My role over the past year has allowed me to witness the construction process up close, and see the levels of passion, love, and commitment of so many people who strive to make Redeemer a church “that will accurately magnify God’s glory and faithfully communicate His Gospel.”

As 2016 comes to an end, it’s easy to begin planning 2017 and get lost in the excitement of the new: new resolutions, new plans, new adventures, and new challenges. But we as a church would be remiss to go into 2017 without looking back at 2016 to remember some specific ways the Lord has blessed Redeemer throughout the past year. The highlights below are meant as a broad overview, not an exhaustive list, of how I’ve seen the Lord use Redeemer for His purposes.

Thanks for making Redeemer a place I’m proud to call home.

Scott Moshier

2016 Highlights

1) New Deacons: Six new deacons were installed in the spring, each one serving in a specific role. They include Jackie Black (Children’s Ministry), Geoff and Brittany Geiling (New Person Integration), Dave Mugg (Sunday Production), Jen Whetsell (New Person Integration), and Scott Moshier (Staff Manager).

Jackie continued to recruit, train, deploy, and manage Children’s Ministry (CM) volunteers (all 72 of them!) to teach the Gospel Project curriculum through music, acting, video, crafts, and Scripture memorization. She helped grow the role of youth in serving in CM and expanded CM from four to five classes. She also implemented a safety plan that is now included as part of volunteer training.

Dave continued leading sound production during the Sunday services. Jordan and the rest of the worship team wouldn’t sound as good as they do, nor would we be able to hear the preacher each week without Dave’s hard work, talent, and dedication. Not only does he put in long hours each Sunday, but also for other events such as Prayer & Worship Nights and Members Meetings.

Geoff, Brittany, and Jen established and implemented a process to better welcome and assimilate new people to Redeemer. They revamped the welcome team process and created a database to follow-up with the over 220 people who visited Redeemer this year. They also established a monthly New Person Lunch that was attended by over 110 people in 2016. This team is also responsible for planning and executing the logistics of the quarterly Core Seminars, giving up a number of their Friday nights and Saturdays so that people can learn more about Redeemer and pursue membership. These seminars resulted in 52 new members in 2016, a number that does not include the people who attended the Core Seminar in November.

2) House-to-House Ministry: Community Groups (CGs) and other forms of house-to-house ministry continue to be a top priority of Redeemer’s Staff and Leadership Team (LT). Led by three staff pastors and Jackie, our annual Retreat in April focused on house-to-house ministry and the importance of living life in community with other believers. Jon started providing monthly CG leader trainings to enhance existing CGs, as well as provided “fast-track trainings” for people interested in leading a CG. On top of preaching this year on Acts, Psalms, Galatians, and marriage, Eric led a group of over 20 men through the “Gospel Community” module of Porterbrook during the winter and spring.

Redeemer members have been instrumental in leading house-to-house ministries. Gay Brown, Kim Bellamy, Cory Dimas, and Gillian Springer, launched ReWind on Monday nights and Wednesdays mornings for women to fellowship and grow in discipleship together. Megan Hays and Laura Walton led a book study this fall for girls in middle and high school. And other members such as Paul Curtis led informal discipleship groups.

3) ESL: Led by Katheryn Wolfe and Jessica Watkins, ESL expanded from one night a week to two. 39 volunteers served as teachers, teaching assistants, conversation partners, and in other support roles. 80 people representing 24 different countries attended in 2016. A handful of those students have been attending since we started the program, which is helping to create a real sense of community among students and volunteers. In addition, Obed Molina launched an ESL Bible Study in the spring that continued during the summer and fall semesters. The study this fall had 4 regular attendees, with 3 of the attendees staying for our Sunday gathering. One of the Bible study attendees shared that this was the first time they ever studied the Bible. Volunteers who supported the Bible study include Dennis Bituin, Cory Dimas, Dennis Kim, and Olivia Moshier.

4) Worship: Jordan continued investing his time and talents to support various aspects of worship at Redeemer. Jordan added multiple people to the worship team, installed Dave as the deacon of Sunday Production, and led a worship discipleship group focused on training and equipping new worship leaders. From this group, Caleb Quezada has started leading worship on Sunday mornings. In November, Jordan started leading Worship and Prayer Nights, which he expects to lead on a monthly basis.

Redeemer members also blessed Jordan with a sabbatical this past July. During that time, Jordan was able to write four new songs for corporate worship, co-write with multiple songwriters, and spend extended time with the Lord and his family.

5) OneU: Moses Lee and Jon launched OneU in DC at American University. Since officially launching in the fall, Moses and Rachel Lee have led a group of 30 students. While the OneU students attend a variety of churches, some of them started attending Redeemer, one was baptized last month, and another is waiting to be baptized in the spring.

6) Leadership Team: The LT, comprised of Redeemer’s 7 elders – Eric, Jordan, Jon, Ben Adams, Dale Brown, Jonathan Collegio, and Josh Deckard – continued to lead Redeemer. They met weekly to oversee all aspects of Redeemer, including church governance, budget, teaching, and Redeemer ministries, as well as consistently pray for all Redeemer members. They also led communication of church issues, planned and conducted Members Meetings, resolved church conflicts, and cared for the people of Redeemer. In 2016, non-elders, including Paul Curtis, Moses, Lee, and Jim Riordan, attended the weekly LT Meetings to share their perspectives and grow in their potential roles as church leaders.

7) Giving: Redeemer Members approved a Strategic Opportunity Fund (SOF) in addition to the Fiscal Year 2016 Operating Budget. In October, Eric informed Members of a $50k shortfall of the operating budget. Since then, the $50k gap was covered and $60k out of the $67k in the SOF was raised by the generosity of people at Redeemer! The SOF money will go to support organizations such as Assist Crisis Pregnancy, OneU, and Young Life, as well as a future Redeemer Church Plant, international church planting, and domestic church planting.

8) Moving Forward: The purpose of this letter is for you to be encouraged about how the Lord has been moving in Redeemer in 2016. I’m as guilty as anyone when it comes to looking ahead, so I’d like to share a couple thoughts heading into the new year:

1. Keep doing what you’re doing. Thank you all for your involvement at Redeemer – for your generosity with your time, energy, talents, and money to loving, serving, and caring for God’s church and his people.

2. We need more CG leaders. Due to circumstances such as leaders moving away and other long-time leaders taking a break, the net number of CGs declined in 2016 while the number of members and non-members looking to join a CG has increased. In addition, the 9 CGs that are currently active have about 200 people, meaning many groups have more people than is ideal. As a result, we need more people who are willing to lead a CG. If you’re interested, please reach out to Jon.

3. We need more deacons and volunteers. The work performed by the new deacons is highlighted above, and doesn’t include the great work by deacons established before 2016 such as Mike Icardi (Finance) and Tyler Robinson (Sunday Service Teams). The deacons, as a whole, carry a tremendous workload that staff and elders can’t do on their own. As we move into 2017, we would love for more people to use their talents and passions to serve Redeemer in formal deacon roles or volunteer roles. Below are just a sample of additional needs:

  • Deacon of Outreach/Mercy

  • Deacon of Sundays (e.g., coordinating all aspects of the service)

  • Deacon of Event Coordination

  • More deacons/volunteers are needed in the following areas: New Person Integration, Human Resources, Children’s Ministry, Building Management, Website, Social Media, Sunday Production (audio/visual)

  • Assistance with special projects, including office organization, financial reviews, and website revamp (if a person doesn’t want to be a deacon)

Redeemer Weekly – 1/15/2017

Redeemer Weekly: Jan.15, 2017 — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Claire and Jeff Strickland

Good morning! Please join us this morning for service at 10:30 a.m. at 716 S Glebe. Donuts and fellowship at 10 a.m.

This Sunday in GPTV Studios this morning, Redeemer kids will continue to grapple with our Big Picture Question: How can we obey God?  When God’s people, who had been captives in Babylon for 70 years, returned to Jerusalem, the got to work rebuilding God’s temple.  They finished the temple’s foundation, but when faced with opposition from their enemies, they stopped construction, in order to have peace with their neighbors.  God sent the prophets Haggai and Zechariah to encourage the people with the answer to our Big Picture Question:  We trust God to give us strength to obey Him.  And that’s exactly what happened!  God’s people rebuilt the temple, so they would have a place to worship God.  Years later, God sent His Son, Jesus, to be with His people.  Now God dwells not in the temple, but directly with His people.  Because of Jesus, we don’t need a temple anymore.

THURSDAY,  join us at 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. as we take have our first worship and prayer night of 2017. These are great opportunities to spend undistracted time with the Lord. You also might  consider inviting friends to participate with you.  

2016 Giving Statements: Thank you for all who gave and support Redeemer and our mission! 2016 giving statements (for those who gave through the City or on Sunday morning) will be mailed out mid-January. You can always access your Planning Center Online Giving —  and a receipt will be emailed to you by Jan. 31.

HANDY DANDY: Those wishing to give to Redeemer can do a one-time, or recurring, gift here: https://redeemerarlington.churchcenteronline.com/giving/donations

UPCOMING EVENTS:

–Member Meeting: Jan. 29 All are welcome to come to our first member meeting of 2017! Members please mark your calendars and plan to attend on the evening of Jan. 29 as we discuss 2017 goals and vision of the leadership.

–Core Seminar: Feb. 24 & 25 Our first core seminar of 2017 will be on Friday evening, Feb. 24 and Saturday morning, Feb. 25. This time with elders and deacons is for those interested in becoming members or hearing the vision and theology of Redeemer. Register online here

–ReWinD Resumes: Monday, February 13 The spring semester of ReWinD will begin on Monday evening, February 13, 2017, at 7pm at the church.  We will be using “The Life of Moses” study book by She Reads Truth.  Picking up where we left off in December at the end of Genesis, we will walk through the story of Moses in the Bible – from the baby floating in a basket on the Nile River to the man who lead God’s people out of Egypt, from Mt. Sinai to his burial by God Himself. The cost for the study is $30 and the semester will run through mid-May, with a couple of weeks off for Easter and spring in the middle.  You can register here.

Please Note – we are not offering the Wednesday morning session for spring, only Monday evenings, 7-9 pm.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Gay Brown at gay@brownfamilydc.com.   

— Planning for 2017? Check out all the 2017 dates for members meetings, spring retreat, core seminars, anniversary picnic, and holiday services on Facebook

SERVING NEEDS:

— Winter/Spring ESL! Katheryn Wolfe writes on behalf of the ESL Team, “We need your help to make ESL happen! Would you like an opportunity to get to know and practically serve our South Arlington neighbors? If so, we’ve got the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.

We need 7 new volunteers to support our Winter/Spring ESL session that begins with registration on Monday, January 30th and goes through Monday, May 1st.  We have opportunities on Monday and Thursday evenings. You do not need to be a member of Redeemer or have previous teaching experience to volunteer. We will have a table in the back setup the next three Sundays, so please stop by to learn more about serving in the ministry! You can also contact Katheryn Wolfe via email at katherynawolfe@gmail.com or via phone at 850-586-3244.”

Also, if you know of anyone who would be interested in attending our classes, please stop by our table and pick up a flier to give to them.  

— Children’s Ministry! Ushers! Open/Close! Oh My! As we settle into the new routine of 2017, some of our serving teams are low on volunteers. If interested in serving teams at Redeemer, please let me know and I can point you in the direction of teams feeling the pinch of low volunteers!

Katherine Roddy will be opening her house the evening of Jan. 20th for a time of communal sharing, grief, and prayer for female victims of sexual assault and rape. She says: “No incident that still brings pain is too seemingly inconsequential — something I didn’t realize for a long time! I highly encourage mothers and daughters to attend as well. Though there will be very little program, we will share our stories with the hope that Christ will shed light into the pain of isolation and bring the redemptive healing that only He can offer. There will be no pressure to share.” Please email her at katherine.roddy@gmail.com to RSVP and get details. If there is need, she will also arrange a males-only event as well (again, email her).

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: There is always some trepidation when a new serving team is launched. Especially, when the team is necessary – like our ushering team.  Jeff and Claire Strickland jumped in feet first on our new ushering team – even before members!

As we have the joy of growing, an usher team is necessary. Jeff and Claire are there to be a welcoming face walking into the sanctuary, helpful boldness in finding seats, and calmly release rows for communion; serving everyone before taking communion themselves. Thank YOU, Claire and Jeff for jumping into the new, necessary ushering team; a true blessing!   

–See something? Say something! Give me a shout of who is serving: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

ESL – 2017 WINTER Details!

ESL will return after the holiday season, with our registration night on Monday, January 30 at 7 pm. Sessions will be on Monday and Thursday evenings starting February 6 running through May 1st.

Attached is a flyer to share with location and times!

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Redeemer Weekly – 1/8/2017

Redeemer Weekly: Jan. 8, 2017 — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Eliezer Gonzalez

Good morning! Please join us this morning for service at 10:30 am. at 716 S Glebe.

TODAY we will host our first newcomer lunch of 2017! These monthly lunches are to connect newcomers with the church community over a meal, meeting elders and Redeemer members. If interested in attending, you can RSVP at the Connection Table in the lobby!

Immediately, following the service join Katherine Roddy and others in the balcony for a second Sunday prayer meeting. We pray for repentance, revival, and reform, and at a quick clip. Beginners and children welcome. Guaranteed end time of 12:45 to cater to our rumbly tummies.

Lost to Found! Start 2017 with restored to your lost items! For the new TWO Sundays, lost items will be out for reclaiming by their rightful owner! After TODAY, items will be donated!  

Bible Reading plans for the New Year – Do you want to read the Bible more this year but not sure where to start? This blogpost by Justin Taylor provides numerous options as we seek faithfully hide God’s word in our hearts.   https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2015/12/28/reading-the-whole-bible-in-2016-an-faq/

2016 Giving Statements: Thank you for all who gave and support Redeemer and our mission! 2016 giving statements (for those who gave through the City or on Sunday morning) will be mailed out mid January. You can always access your Planning Center Online Giving – and a receipt will be emailed to you by January 31.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

— Member Meeting: Jan. 29 All are welcome to come to our first member meeting of 2017! Members please mark your calendars and plan to attend on the evening of January 29 as we discuss 2017 goals and vision of the leadership.

— Core Seminar: Feb. 24 & 25 Our first core seminar of 2017 will be on Friday evening, February 24 and Saturday morning, February 25. This time with elders and deacons is for those interested in becoming members or hearing the vision and theology of Redeemer. Register online here

Monthly Worship and Prayer nights – Beginning this month we are going to begin holding worship and prayer nights on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Join us on Thursday night, January 19th, 7:30-9:00pm as we take extended time to pray and sing together as a church community. These are great opportunities to spend undistracted time with the Lord. You also might  consider inviting friends to participate with you.  

Katherine Roddy will be opening her house the evening of January 20th for a time of communal sharing, grief, and prayer for female victims of sexual assault and rape. She says, “No incident that still brings pain is too seemingly inconsequential — something I didn’t realize for a long time! I highly encourage mothers and daughters to attend as well. Though there will be very little program, we will share our stories with the hope that Christ will shed light into the pain of isolation and bring the redemptive healing that only He can offer. There will be no pressure to share.” Please email her at katherine.roddy@gmail.com to RSVP and get details. If there is need, she will also arrange a males-only event as well (again, email her).

HANDY DANDY: Those wishing to give to Redeemer can do a one-time, or recurring, gift here: https://redeemerarlington.churchcenteronline.com/giving/donations

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: One of the sweetest parts of our Sunday service is taking communion together every Sunday. I am personally blessed but this practice as it is a guaranteed moment during service which I can worship with Redeemer undistracted. And it is due to the gracious serving and organization of Eliezer Gonzalez.

Eliezer stepped into the role when Katherine Young move back to the Florida and has continued to serve on the communion team as well as lead it. Eliezer ensure that we have communion supplies, set up, and clean up – his service ensures that the Redeemer community can partake of the sacrament of communion. THANK YOU, Eliezer!  

–Who is a servant I missed? Give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

Redeemer Weekly – 1/1/2017

Redeemer Weekly: Jan. 1, 2017 — HAPPY NEW YEAR! –SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Number Game  

Good morning and Happy New Year! Please join us this morning for an abbreviated service at 10:30 am. at 716 S Glebe.

Children’s Ministry program for today:  Due to the holiday and our abbreviated service, our K – 5th graders will be in corporate service and then dismissed at break to watch a movie: Daniel and the Lions Den

Lost to Found! Start 2017 with restored to your lost items! For the new TWO Sundays, lost items will be out for reclaiming by their rightful owner! After January 8, items will be donated.  

Bible Reading plans for the New Year – Do you want to read the Bible more this year but not sure where to start? This blogpost by Justin Taylor provides numerous options as we seek faithfully hide God’s word in our hearts.   https://blogs.thegospelcoalition.org/justintaylor/2015/12/28/reading-the-whole-bible-in-2016-an-faq/

UPCOMING EVENTS:

— Member Meeting: Jan. 29 All are welcome to come to our first member meeting of 2017! Members please mark your calendars and plan to attend on the evening of January 29 as we discuss 2017 goals and vision of the leadership.

— Core Seminar: Feb. 24 & 25 Our first core seminar of 2017 will be on Friday evening, February 24 and Saturday morning, February 25. This time with elders and deacons is for those interested in becoming members or hearing the vision and theology of Redeemer. Register online here

2017 Highlight Dates

Core Seminar: Feb. 24-25, May 12 – 13,  Sept. 29-30, Dec. 1-2

Member Meetings: Jan. 29, April 30, Aug. 27, Nov. 19

Spring Retreat: April 28-30

HANDY DANDY: Those wishing to give to Redeemer can do a one-time, or recurring, gift here: https://redeemerarlington.churchcenteronline.com/giving/donations

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: As we end 2016, I thought I would share some numbers of our shoutout! Over 75 people received a shoutout of thanks and appreciation! Only 12 of those were repeat shoutouts! That is over 80% of the shoutouts being first time shoutouts! With an average of 230 attendance a week, our shoutouts has cover ~60% of the weekly attendance. THANK YOU to all who have faithfully served – either shout’d out or not – we appreciate your serving at Redeemer!  

–Serving doesn’t end with 2016: Who is a servant I missed? Give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

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Redeemer Weekly – 12/18/2016

Redeemer Weekly: Dec. 18, 2016 — 4th Sunday of Advent — CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: 6 p.m. — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Curtis Crew  

Good morning and happy Advent! Please join us for coffee, donuts and donut holes at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

Redeemer Holiday Schedule! Sat., Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service @ 6-7 pm: no child care  … Sun., Dec. 25: NO SERVICE  … Sun., Jan. 1, 2017: Shortened service: K – 5th graders in corporate worship

2017 Highlight Dates

Core Seminar: Feb. 24-25, May 12 – 13,  Sept. 29-30, Dec. 1-2

Member Meetings: Jan. 29, April 30, Aug. 27, Nov. 19

Spring Retreat: April 28-30

UPCOMING EVENTS:

–Evangelicals for Life conference (hat tip: Shane Pummill): Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family are hosting the second annual pro-life conference for evangelicals in conjunction with the March for Life 2017. Evangelicals from across the country will gather in Washington DC to be inspired and equipped by top speakers including Russell Moore and Jim Daly.  

FINANCIAL UPDATE FOR NOVEMBER and CONTINUED PRAISE:​ We have a giving increase of  106%! We received $108, 656 which is more than twice our giving budgeted for November of $55,956. We are anticipating giving for the 2016 fiscal year to be $706,430, covering our entire operating budget, and $46,430 for our strategic opportunity fund. THANK YOU for your financial partnership with and continual support of Redeemer! If you aren’t giving regularly, we encourage you give to Redeemer through the following site: https://redeemerarlington.churchcenteronline.com/giving/donations

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: As we wind down on 2016, why not highlight a family who has served in almost every area in 2016! The Curtis crew —  and I include all three kiddos since they share their parents’ time and own toys during hospitality! — have dived deep into: Children’s Ministry, hosting countless events (including new comer lunches), community group leading, Sunday reading, public prayer, and worship team.

Paul and Kimberlee kicked 2016 serving off with welcoming Drew’s winter arrival, celebrated their fifth anniversary, and balance family, discipleship, community group leading, and the rest of DC life with music, humor, and prayer. But really? Are we surprised? Since Kimberlee taught in CM with one arm behind her back (well, a broken wrist in cast… which is even more impressive!) – it is clear they are talented and committed and generous with their time and energies. Paul and Kimberlee are exemplary examples to their three kids and all who know them – THANK YOU for how your display your love for Christ in serving Redeemer   

–2016 is ending soon — who is a servant I missed? Give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

Redeemer Weekly – 12/11/2016

Redeemer Weekly: Dec. 11, 2016 — 3rd Sunday of Advent — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Two-Year Musing

Good morning and happy Advent! Please join us for coffee, donuts and donut holes at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

Redeemer Holiday Schedule!

Sat., Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service @ 6 pm
Sun., Dec. 25: NO SERVICE
Sun., Jan. 1, 2017: Regular service
NEXT WEEK, Redeemer Weekly will publish the calendar of 2017 events!

UPCOMING EVENTS:

–Evangelicals for Life conference (hat tip: Shane Pummil): Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family are hosting the second annual pro-life conference for evangelicals in conjunction with the March for Life 2017. Evangelicals from across the country will gather in Washington DC to be inspired and equipped by top speakers including Russell Moore and Jim Daly.

–Online Giving: Reminder! We have a NEW, easier platform for giving to Redeemer: Planning Center Giving — no password or account creation required.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Last week, I celebrated two years on Redeemer staff! It has been a humbling, stretching privilege to serve the Redeemer community. Yet with all the various challenges, chaos, crisis, and hilarity — what has been a mark of my time is how faithful and gracious people serve at Redeemer.

My role includes coordinating over 70 volunteers. That could be the worst part of my job. BUT it is one of the best. I have front-row seats to see people sacrifice time and energy to serve in countless and necessary ways at Redeemer. THANK YOU for being a community where my job has a the joy of serving with you.

–2016 is ending soon – who is a servant I missed? Give me a shout: jackie@redeemerarlington.com.

Redeemer Weekly – 12/4/2016

Redeemer Weekly: Dec. 4, 2016 — SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Ali Deckard     

Good morning and happy Advent! Please join us for coffee, donuts and donut holes at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

TODAY, we will host a newcomer lunch for those interested in learning more about Redeemer. The lunch will be immediately after the service. You can head to the Connection table for details!  

THIS THURSDAY, Dec. 8, we will have our second Worship and Prayer night. All are invited. We’ll take time to sing and pray together from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the main auditorium.

Redeemer Holiday Schedule!

Sat., Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service

Sun., Dec. 25: NO SERVICE

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017: Regular service

Fall ESL Ends with Thanks: Last Monday marked the end of our Fall ESL session. Teachers and students enjoyed an awesome meal and evening together! This would not have been possible without the help of several community groups and individuals. Many thanks to everyone who prepared dishes, helped with setup and clean up, and took care of all the little details in putting on the event!

Online Giving: Reminder! We have a NEW, easier platform for giving to Redeemer: Planning Center Giving — no password or account creation required.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: Serving looks different at different seasons. Ali Deckard is a master of knowing how and what serving looks like for her and her tribe. Ali has jumped into leading the Preschool class with creative and humor. She is faithful to serve or find coverage and kids march, troop, fly, jump, run out of her class with an enthusiasm, craft, and Bible story understanding beyond their years.

However, Ali’s classroom talents do not end on a Sunday – she is quick to set up meals, provide child care, send flowers, open her home to those hurting, suffering, and the Lord leads her to minister to. Ali is an example of serving beyond Sunday. She shows love in every season as wife, mother, friend, and Redeemer member – Thank you, Ali for how you love and serve Redeemer!

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

Redeemer Weekly: Nov. 27, 2016 — WORSHIP and PRAYER NIGHT … SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Joy and David

Redeemer Weekly: Nov. 27, 2016 — WORSHIP and PRAYER NIGHT … SERVANT SHOUTOUT: Joy and David Bann    

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving weekend! Please join us for coffee, donuts and donut holes at 10 a.m. at Arlington United Methodist Church, 716 S. Glebe Road. The service begins at 10:30.

NEXT SUNDAY, Dec. 4, we will host a newcomer lunch for those interested in learning more about Redeemer. The lunch will be immediately after the service. You can RSVP to Jen or head to the back for details at the Connection table!  

NEXT THURSDAY, Dec. 8, we will have our second Worship and Prayer night. All are invited. We’ll take time to sing and pray together from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the main auditorium. Jordan will lead the band and various elders and members will lead us in prayer. These are great opportunities to slow down and spend time with Jesus and his people.

Redeemer Holiday Schedule!

Sat., Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service

Sun., Dec. 25: NO SERVICE

Sun., Jan. 1, 2017: Regular service

Online Giving: Reminder! We have a NEW, easier platform for giving to Redeemer: Planning Center Giving — no password or account creation required.

SERVANT SHOUTOUT, by Jackie Black: The example of serving that parents give to their children is always so encouraging to see. Joy and David Bann are such examples! Joy and David faithfully serve in Children’s Ministry and Joy plays the piano on Sunday mornings. David serves in releasing her by watching firstborn, Noah. (We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Bann kiddo #2!) Joy and David are quick to step into serve with any need. THANK YOU, Joy and David for the example you are to Noah and you future Baby Bann! We appreciate your serving!

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