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Blog Archives: January 2015 — December 2015

Who really needs a graduate degree anyway?

December 15, 2015
Joel Cook
In this article, Redeemer's director of music, Joel Cook, shares about his transition back to Texas and the value of the theological education he's receiving at Redeemer Seminary's extension in Austin. Click here to read his article!

Children's Choir Music Available!

December 14, 2015
Sarah Beaugh
Parents! Several of you have inquired about music for home practice for our upcoming children's choir. We have an MP3 available to listen and singalong to here. We also have sheet music here. Please drop off your kiddos in the TIP room by 8:45 so we can line them up. We will also reconvene in the TIP room between services to get ready to sing for the second service. We look forward to having your kids participate with us this Sunday, December 20th!

Exciting News About Our Partnership in Ukraine

December 11, 2015
Benjie Slaton
I am delighted to announce that the mission team in L’viv, Ukraine, has asked Redeemer to return this summer to partner in hosting the Leopolis Green English Camp. Our church helped start the camp 9 years ago and has been going every other year since then. This past summer we had a fantastic group go and serve. So, we'll be sending a group back to Ukraine this summer and we’d love for you to consider going with us. Here are some basic details: Dates:   July 7-20 (exact dates will depend on flight schedule) Cost:                   ...

2015 End-of-Year Giving Update

November 15, 2015
Tom Gibbs
Dear Members and Friends, As 2015 comes to a close, I find myself asking, “How has another year passed so quickly?” I guess the old adage is true: “Time flies when you’re having fun!” Just this past week at our most recent Newcomers Dessert, I was especially reminded of God’s rich blessings upon Redeemer. My wife and I host these desserts about six times a year and it is always fascinating to hear the stories of those God is bringing to Redeemer and exciting to invite into Redeemer’s story those who attend. As a congregation gathered in ...

SAVE the DATE: Feb. 12-13

October 24, 2015
Tom Gibbs
Redeemer's Christianity and Contemporary Culture Conference Date: Feb. 12-13 Speakers: Scott Sauls​, Diane Langberg, Tom Gibbs​, John Fitch

2015 VBS Video!

September 14, 2015
Sarah Beaugh

Christianity Explored

September 09, 2015
Benjie Slaton
BEGINNING THIS SUNDAY The Gospel changes people. That’s easy to forget. The longer you are around the church, the more familiar you become with Gospel things: you know more facts about God, know more of the Bible, hear more sermons, and spend more time with Christian people. That’s a good gift. But, it can make it easy to forget the wonderful reality that the Gospel changes people. Christianity Explored is not an Introduction to Christianity as a system of doctrine. It is an introduction (or re-introduction) to Jesus. It is a reminder of ...

Welcome Our Executive Director!

August 25, 2015
Janessa Sullivan
Redeemer is pleased to announce that Jeremy Whitley will fill the newly formed position of Executive Director of Church Operations. Jeremy will assume his duties on September 1st, which coincides with Harriet Peavy, Redeemer’s longtime office manager, transitioning to serving solely as Redeemer’s bookkeeper and personal assistant to Senior Pastor, Tom Gibbs. Since 2005, Jeremy, and his wife, Angel, have been active members at Redeemer. Jeremy has served both as a deacon and most recently as elder on the Session. Jeremy and Angel also serve ...

Messy Grace: Lessons from Hosea

August 17, 2015
Tom Gibbs
At times, we all resonate with A. A. Milne’s character, Rabbit. Of course, Rabbit is Winnie the Pooh’s tightly wound friend who struggles with life’s setbacks. It’s easy, in the face of adversity or disappointment, to echo Rabbit’s familiar refrain: Why does it always have to be me?  Why? O’ Why? O’Why? Indeed, at times it feels as though the forces of nature, the entire human race and even our own hearts have aligned against us. Whether on the afternoon commute or in the doctor’s office, sometimes it just feels like we haven’t gotten our ...

Manny Alaniz to Become Assistant Pastor

July 30, 2015
Tom Gibbs
The Session is pleased to call Manny Alaniz to serve as an Assistant Pastor with oversite of Redeemer’s Westover Hills congregation. Pending final approval by the South Texas Presbytery, Manny should be ordained and installed by early September. In 2005, Manny retired from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) after 27 years of dedicated service. During his career with DPS, Manny worked as a State Trooper, in the Criminal Law Enforcement Division and retired as a captain in the Narcotics Service. Manny’s transition out of DPS was ...

Session Recommends Benjie Slaton

July 12, 2015
Tom Gibbs
The Session is pleased to recommend to the congregation that the Rev. Benjie Slaton, currently our Assistant Pastor of Congregational Life, become Redeemer's Associate Pastor of Congregational Life. In order to act on this recommendation, the Session has called a congregational meeting for Sunday, August 2nd, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service, so that the congregation can vote to call Pastor Slaton as its associate pastor. For those interested, the key difference between an assistant pastor and an associate pastor in the ...

Noticed for Good Reasons!

June 28, 2015
Tom Gibbs
We're very thankful for the leadership of Victor Martinez, pastor of mission and cultural engagement, ministry leaders, Bowman Williams and Alan Williams, and one of our ministry partners, San Antonio's Family Service Association, all who were crucial to Redeemer being selected this year as The United Way Volunteer of the Year Award - Faith Based. To listen to the impact Redeemer is making in San Antonio, listen to Nancy Hard, President & CEO for Family Services: 10 Faith Based.mp4 Shared with Dropbox ...

Redeemer Implements New Policy

June 10, 2015
Tom Gibbs
From Redeemer's inception, ministry to our children and youth has been a priority. This commitment flows from the Lord Jesus himself who welcomed and included children as part of the Kingdom of God. But Jesus called them to him, saying, "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God." (Luke 18:16) In recent years, as many of you recognize, Redeemer has experienced significant growth. Our new, downtown facility and the addition of many new members increase the complexity of existing ministries ...

On the Christian Calendar

June 03, 2015
Tom Gibbs
“On the Christian Calendar” Listen, people, To seconds, minutes, hours Days, weeks and years go by. Moments succeeding, passing endlessly on, Yet still, a portent. Color-clad canvas draped sparse Adorning table and lectern, Story tells. Blue, white and green, Purple, white, red and green, Herald purpose found in ordinary passage. Listen, people! Seconds, minutes, hours Days, weeks and years. God is speaking on, Whose Story makes stories to impart.

Congratulations, Tom!

May 30, 2015
Janessa Sullivan
Please join us in congratulating Pastor Tom Gibbs for completing his doctoral work at Covenant Theological Seminary. Tom has been working on his Doctor of Ministry (DMin) since 2011. His dissertation seeks to educate pastors on how to make a successful transition from a church planter to an established church’s pastor. This valuable work researched how Presbyterian church planters negotiate the leadership challenges that arise subsequent to their churches becoming organized, commonly referred to as the solidification phase. According to ...

Respond to Nepal Disaster

May 01, 2015
Victor Martinez
We all have heard the devastating news coming from Nepal. A land normally known for a beauty that leaves the bravest hikers and climbers in awe is now reduced to devastation by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake. Some of the estimates say that 4,000 people have perished in a large area that has been reduced to rubble. According to the Associated Press, Udav Prashad Timalsina, the top official for the Gorkha district, the epicenter of the massive earthquake, said that Nepal is in desperate need of help. "There are people who are not getting food and ...

Staff Update!

May 01, 2015
Tom Gibbs
We are pleased to announce that our long-time nursery coordinator, Sarah Beaugh, will be assuming the role of Children’s Ministry Director. We will miss Lizette and thank her for the great work that she has done over the past three years for our children’s ministry. Please join us in thanking both Lizette and Sarah for their years of service to our children and congratulate Sarah as she transitions to her new role. We are also pleased to announce that Haley Wachdorf, will be our new Nursery Coordinator. Haley is ...

Introducing Tim Keller

April 29, 2015
Benjie Slaton
Natalie and I were married in 1998. As a part of our pre-marital counseling, our pastor asked us to listen to some sermon tapes (yes, tapes) on marriage. It was a series of sermons given in 1991 from a pastor named Tim Keller. I had no idea who he was, only that he had really dated sermon jokes that people in the audience laughed at far too loudly. But, what I found on those tapes was an expression of marriage that I’d never considered. Marriage wasn’t going to be the answer to all my longings like I imagined. Rather, if done well, marriage ...

Perceiving the Resurrection

March 09, 2015
Tom Gibbs
Recently, every media outlet in America was debating the colors of a dress. Some people saw it as black and blue striped. Others saw it gold and white. How did you see it? By now, many of you know that “the dress” is actually black and blue striped. Some of you are able to explain the reasons for the difference in perspective. Factors like lighting, how different people perceive light and color and more result in most people seeing the dress either, correctly as blue and black or incorrectly as gold and white. If you’re like me, this ...

VBS 2015!

February 09, 2015
Lizette Crosson
VBS 2015!! Our VBS this year will be June 9-12! (Tuesday-Friday) So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more info to come! ~Lizette Crosson (above is a photo from 2014!)

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