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Blog Archives: January 2014 — December 2014

What is Lent, anyway?

March 05, 2014
Tom Gibbs
According to the Christian calendar, today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of the season of Lent. For many Christians, especially Protestant Evangelicals, Lent is viewed as either an empty ritual characterized by trivial acts of self-denial, like giving up chocolate, sweets or carbonated beverages, or worse, it is a gross distortion of the Christian faith perpetuating the notion that we actually contribute something to our salvation through self-denial. Sadly, its practice often gets dismissed before we ever come to understand its ...

Connection Points: Oaths

March 03, 2014
Matt Beham
33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, ‘Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.’” (Matthew 5:33-37) Exp ...

Sunday, March 2.2014

March 03, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day in Children's Ministry yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week we have what the children learned posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: The Golden Rule, Father Abraham, Open God's Word, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul")  The Lesson: Taught by Benjie Slaton Psalm 87   Christian Education 2yr Olds: taught by Chrissy Fitch & Missy Watts Lesson 10- Jesus Calmed the Storm Matthew 8:23-27 ; "Jesus is the B ...

Building Update - Feb 26

February 28, 2014
Benjie Slaton
Rainy days are great for drought-stricken South Texas, but not so good for a building project.  The major work happening right now is pouring the piers to develop the foundation for the new Entry into the building.  Rain has slowed this process somewhat.  But, over the next two weeks, you should be able to watch the steel structure being erected as you drive by the property.  With so much work happening only on the inside until now, it will feel gratifying to watch more exterior work on the Entry and site progress. On the inside, the ...

Sunday, February 23.2014

February 24, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day in Children's Ministry yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week we have what the children learned posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: The Golden Rule, Father Abraham, Open God's Word, Lord I Lift Your Name On High, He's Got the Whole World, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul")  The Lesson: Taught by Dan & Haley Wachdorf Genesis 12:1-9; Hebrews 11:8-10; Hebrews 13:14 The kids were asked what are some things you ...

Making Prayer a Priority

February 20, 2014
Tom Gibbs
Preparing for Redeemer’s transition to its new downtown facility has served to remind me of what has been so foundational to our growth—Kingdom-minded prayer! Prayer is one of the bedrock commitments of a vibrant, growing church. This is clearly seen when we consider the early church who gathered regularly and often for prayer (Acts 1:14; 2:42; 6:2-4). Sustaining the priority of prayer though is hard. So often church plants start off full of dreams as big as the Kingdom of God, yet those same hopes fade as lesser objectives overwhelm a ...

Sunday, February 16. 2014

February 17, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day back to our CE classes yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week what the children have learned is posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: The Golden Rule, Open God's Word, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul")  The Lesson: Taught by Brent Sanderson  Genesis 11:1-9 The kids were read the story of the Tower of Babel!   Christian Education 2yr Olds: taught by Chrissy Fitch & Missy Watts Lesson 7- God is ...

Building Update - Feb 5

February 10, 2014
Benjie Slaton
It feels as though we have turned a corner on the project. The upstairs is looking great. The offices and nursery are sheetrocked and have been given a first coat of primer paint. The sanctuary ceiling has sheetrock and lights and is now awaiting the final wood finishes. The more delicate features of the sanctuary such as the arch and new windows are progressing well. Much of the air conditioning has being put in place and they hope to have it functional before the weather turns toward summer...which could be tomorrow for all we know. ...

Online Giving Now Available

February 10, 2014
Tom Gibbs
The Session of Redeemer Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that members and regular attenders are now able to make contributions online. Contributions can be made to the following four areas: 1) General Fund; 2) Building Fund; 3) Church-wide events; 4) Youth Ministry Events. This secure service is made possible through Church Community Builder (CCB). Please follow the instructions below to guide you through the process: Select the Sign-in or Give tabs at the top right on the Redeemer home page (both will take you to the ...

Sunday, February 9.2014

February 10, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day back to our CE classes yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week what the children have learned is posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: The Golden Rule, I Will Call Upon the Lord, Open God's Word, Go Tell It On The Mountain, Every Move I Make, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul")  The Lesson: Taught by Laura Hobbs  Genesis 3-4 The kids were read the story of a girl who turned pink from eating too many pink ...

February 2. 2014

February 03, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day back to our CE classes yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week what the children have learned is posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: The Golden Rule, Open God's Word, Go Tell It On The Mountain, The B-I-B-L-E, Jesus Loves Me, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul") The Lesson: Taught by Emily Louis Genesis 1-2 The kids were read the creation story to them from the Jesus Storybook Bible.  They learned about how ...

Will You Serve in the Nursery

January 29, 2014
Sarah Beaugh
When you serve in the nursery, you are being entrusted with the most vulnerable members of our church family. This great honor and responsibility is given to all of us who are willing to serve in this way. The church nursery is the first contact young families will have with Redeemer. Your friendly face and exceptional care can make a great first impression on those visiting our church. From firsthand experience, we knew Redeemer was a great fit for our family as our children had a peaceful experience in nursery and looked forward with ...

January 26.2014

January 27, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day back to our CE classes yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week what the children have learned is posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: The Golden Rule, Open God's Word, Thy Word, I Have Hidden Your Word, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul") The Lesson: Taught by Lizette Crosson 2 Kings 24-25 The kids learned that in this passage, there was a lot of evil going on and the kings were not obeying God and were ...

From the Garden to the City

January 20, 2014
Tom Gibbs
From the Garden to the City! (starting Sunday, February 2nd) In preparation for moving into Redeemer’s new home downtown, our sermon series this spring will be devoted to understanding God’s purpose for the city and the Christians who live in them. It has long been noted that God began history in a Garden, but his purposes conclude in a city. The story of humanity begins with Adam and Eve carefully placed in the garden, which is watered by a beautiful river, abounding with food and is centered on two trees: the Tree of Life, which ...

Scripture Memory With No Excuses

January 16, 2014
Tara Gibbs
- Fighter Verses phone app Rocks! Do you ever find yourself wishing you could memorize Scripture?  …perhaps washing out on a Scripture memory program after a couple of weeks?  This is certainly my experience personally and as mother.  No Christian who has read their Bible can deny the overwhelming blessings promised to those who store God’s Word in their heart.  God’s Word encourages, protects, and leads us through every obstacle we encounter—whether temptation from within or hard times from without.  Even though most of us would attest to ...

Sunday, January 12.2014

January 13, 2014
Lizette Crosson
We had a great day back to our CE classes yesterday morning! If you are wondering what your child is learning in their classes, this is the place to look!  Every week what the children have learned is posted here!   Training in the Pews Songs we sang: This Little Light of Mine, Open God's Word, Iv'e Got the Joy Joy Joy, I Have Hidden Your Word, 10,000 Reasons ("Bless The Lord Oh My Soul") The Lesson: Taught by Jennifer Blackstone 2 Kings 22 8:20 The verse they focused on was 2 Kings 22:19 “Because your heart was responsive and you ...

CE Starts Back Up!

January 11, 2014
Lizette Crosson
CE (Christian Education) Classes start back up tomorrow morning!  We are excited to get back in the classrooms with the children of our church and to continue to show them the love of Christ and teach them about their Savior!  

On Spiritual Formation - New Class

January 09, 2014
Tom Gibbs
“The way of Jesus cannot be imposed or mapped — it requires an active participation in following Jesus as he leads us through sometimes strange and unfamiliar territory, in circumstances that become clear only in the hesitations and questionings, in the pauses and reflections where we engage in prayerful conversation with one another and with him.” ― Eugene H. Peterson, The Jesus Way: A Conversation on the Ways That Jesus Is the Way This Sunday, January 12th, Redeemer begins the second installment of its new series of Spiritual Formation ...

Building Update Jan. 8

January 08, 2014
Benjie Slaton
While you were relaxing over the Christmas holidays, there was lots of activity at the building.  I’ll focus on three areas.  On the first floor, electricians have been running wire and the sheetrock is going up.  The Offices and Nursery are starting to take shape.  You can see some of this…along with lots of dust (the quality of pictures leaves a little to be desired).  In the basement, the demolition crew has almost completed removing every vestige of the old YMCA.  You can see across the entire basement now and only a few piles of debris ...

Enjoy the Victory

January 07, 2014
Tom Gibbs
Well, it’s hard to believe another season of college football has finally come to an end. I know for some of you this is welcome relief; the suffering is over and hopes for next can now begin. As an Auburn fan, however, this has been a dream season. Who would have thought after going 3-9 a season ago that Auburn would have played for the national championship? Even though Auburn lost last night to a very good Florida State team, this season has been nothing short of remarkable. War Eagle! As Auburn’s march towards a great season gathered ...

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