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Blog Archives: November 2017

Focusing our Families on Christ at Advent

November 29, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
Growing up, we didn’t really discuss the term “Advent.” We talked more generically about the “Christmas season.” As I grew into adulthood and eventually became a parent, I found the observance of Advent helpful in reframing my thoughts and the celebrations of my own family. Advent spans the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. The focus of the season is on both preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus and anticipating the return of Christ. The season of Advent is undeniably marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of ...

2017 End-of-Year Giving Update

November 20, 2017
Tom Gibbs
Dear Members and Friends, As each year comes to a close, it seems we are confronted yet again with a myriad of tasks that occupy our lives, a list that only grows larger with the fast-approaching holidays and the frenetic pace we keep trying to complete it. In such times we are also given one more opportunity to learn that we are still not up to the challenge. The Psalmist speaks, “From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 121:1-2). All the same, I wish that I was not such a bad student of ...

Children in Corporate Worship

November 16, 2017
Sarah Beaugh
This is Part 2 of a multi-part series on helping your child grow into faith from Redeemer's Children's Ministry Director Sarah Beaugh ( You can read Part 1 here. When my family first started visiting Redeemer, one of the first things that intrigued us was the inclusion of children in the worship service. We were not used to seeing young children participate in Sunday morning worship so fully, and we loved it. For our family, it was not always an easy process, but we persevered knowing we wanted this for our children ...