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Blog Archives: November 2013

Building Update - Nov 20

November 20, 2013
Benjie Slaton
What a difference two weeks makes!  What had been complete rubble has turned into something that resembles our new home.  The demolition is complete in the upstairs and has moved into the basement.  They waited to start on the basement for two reasons: 1. the upstairs is the more complex area of construction (with the Sanctuary and Entryway), and 2. the basement has much more material to be removed.  In the upstairs, you can see the air conditioning systems being installed in the Sanctuary.  In the Office and Nursery, walls are being framed ...

Redeemer's New Website!

November 20, 2013
Tom Gibbs
After many years of needing an update, Redeemer has finally revamped its online presence. I could not be more excited about it! As you might guess, there were many reasons for taking this step. Let me share a few of them with you. Our website was old and needed serious renovation! When Redeemer first created its website, we repeatedly heard comments about how great it was. Well, let’s just say those comments stopped several years back. Redeemer wants to share the mission and vision of our church with more people. This new website provides ...

Notes from the Recent Women’s Retreat!

November 14, 2013
Tara Gibbs
Deep in the heart of the woods near Blanco, Texas, women from different cultures, languages, and spiritual backgrounds came together on November 8th and 9th to experience "good things."  The cool of fall had begun changing the leaves to vivid red and yellow and the breeze cradled them slowly down from the treetops to end up as tiny boats on the Blanco River.  The warm food filled our chilly stomachs.  The conversation, authentic sharing and music warmed our souls.  Singing hymns of praise with true friends, old and new, while gathered into a ...

On Healing The Heart...

November 11, 2013
Tom Gibbs
Love Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills- A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. Then he wants to use himself and things So that they stand in the glow of ripeness. It doesn't matter whether he knows what he serves: Who serves best doesn't always understand. Czelaw Milosz (1911-2004) was a Polish poet and writer of Lithuanian decent who survived WWII and eventually defected to ...

The Aroma of Grace

November 10, 2013
Tom Gibbs
As many of you know, selling and buying a home is a deeply personal decision. Not only do we pull out our calculators when sorting out the pros and cons, but we pull out our hearts.  Purchasing a house is not just about functionality, it is about our dreams of living well. Several years ago when Tara and I were preparing to sell our first house, we were told that the aroma of a home can help a potential buyer make a strong connection that increases their likelihood to make an offer. For this reason, we were counseled to always leave a batch ...

Building Update - Nov 6

November 06, 2013
Benjie Slaton
It was so exciting to see construction underway in full force today. Now that building permits have been acquired, the first step in our renovation is removing the hallmark features of the YMCA: showers, saunas, locker rooms, workout areas, and yes, even the pool. As you can see, the power is off in the building and it’s dark and messy. Heavy machinery is knocking down walls and clearing out space. Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll be posting pictures from these and other spots around the building. Some images will look great, others ...