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Blog Archives: January 2016 — December 2016

Advent Resources for Families

November 30, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
As a parent, advent might have encroached upon your lingering Thanksgiving weekend. Without warning, the Christmas season is now here and you realize you want to mark the season in some meaningful way with your children but may be unsure of where to start. Fortunately, there are some resources and practices you can easily incorporate into your family’s traditions. On our church book table, you will notice we have varied offerings that should give you a range to choose from for what’s right for your family. Just a few I will mention here ...

2016 End-of-Year Giving Update

November 23, 2016
Tom Gibbs
Dear Members and Friends, As 2016 comes to a close, I think many of us are looking forward to the new year in hopes of better things. When considering the world stage, 2016 has not been easy. Militant Islamists continue to strike terror across the Middle East, Africa and portions of Europe. Even here on American soil we must be ever vigilant to negotiate this threat. The country of Ukraine, which is dear to our congregation, fights occupying Russian forces in the eastern portion of the country and small skirmishes take lives almost daily....

True Gratitude

November 21, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
We wanted to encourage parents to be talking with your children this week about thankfulness and true gratitude. In CE this past week, we discussed a deeper meaning and how thanksgiving can lead us toward Advent. As we approach the American Holiday of Thanksgiving this November, we want to turn our mindsets toward a gospel-forward view of true thanksgiving. It is when we truly see ourselves rightly before God and what he has done, that only then can we experience true gratitude. “Gratitude that is pleasing to God is not first a delight in ...

Faith & Culture in Dialogue

November 04, 2016
Tom Gibbs
On Thursday, November 17th, Redeemer will host Dr. C. John “Jack” Collins who will give two lectures discussing the relationship of the Christian faith to science. In a world where it is commonly thought that the claims of science undermine the tenets of the Christian faith, how should Christians respond? Can we actually support scientific inquiry without sacrificing our faith? What do we do when scientific conclusions conflict with the teachings of the Bible? Are the claims of science truly objective and “provable”? These are just a few of ...

Ukraine Update!

October 28, 2016
Tom Gibbs
Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! (2 Tim. 2:8-9) No matter how you are sorting out this year's Presidential election cycle, if you're a Christian, you're probably discouraged and, at times, have been disgusted by American politics. Even so, I hope that you will exercise your God-established freedom to vote, not taking this for granted, and simultaneously pray that the Lord will establish ...

Let's Welcome Norma!

October 11, 2016
Janessa Sullivan
We are pleased to announce that Norma Choate has joined the Redeemer staff as our new full-time Assistant Administrator! Norma is originally from Corpus Christi and moved to San Antonio in 2006. She is married to Caleb and they have two dogs and a cat. They have been faithful attenders at Alamo Heights Baptist since 2006. Norma has a heart for hospitality and serves on many committees at her church. She and Caleb love the outdoors and enjoy any chance to go camping and kayaking. Norma is filling the position previously held by Anna Schuler....

Show Them Jesus

October 05, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
We are so excited as our CE year has kicked off! We have passionate, committed teachers who are eager to share the Good News with your children. We recently had a teacher training where we discussed having Bible-saturated, Gospel-centered, God-focused, Christ-exalting classrooms. To this end, we have recommended reading Show Them Jesus by Jack Klumpenhower. This invaluable resource is not only suggested for our teachers at Redeemer, but also for parents, grandparents, and anyone else who works with children. Yes, it really is that good! We ...

New Children's Choir Starting!!!

September 23, 2016
Joel Cook
In you case you haven’t heard, we’re launching The Redeemer Children’s Choir for children ages 2nd through 5th grade. This new program is being started through the Music Ministry. Through this choir, we hope to bring musical excellence to Redeemer’s worship. This will also give elementary-age children an opportunity to develop singing skills, to grow in fellowship and community, and to participate in worship a new and meaningful way. We will meet on Sunday nights from 5:00 to 6:15pm (the same time as the evening adult CE classes) in the ...

Pursuing the Gospel & Racial Reconciliation

September 08, 2016
Tom Gibbs
The relevance of such action is all the more poignant in light of the tragic shootings occurring this summer in several major cities — Baton Rouge, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Dallas Milwaukie and Orlando. Indeed, such things provide a painful reminder that our nation has not yet resolved its history of racial prejudice and injustice. While there has been progress, we are still a long way from realizing that vision of shalom immortalized by the words of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is important ...

New Sermon Series!

August 31, 2016
Tom Gibbs
That phrase is common enough across San Antonio, even with the onslaught of 21st century secularity. I’ve said it. You’ve said it too. But what do we mean? What is meant by those who confess this faith in Jesus Christ? It may not be immediately obvious, but the answer to that question is far from clear. Ever since the Enlightenment of the 17th century, Descartes’ bifurcation of the head and the heart has plagued humanity. It was Descarte who, seeking to determine what is irreducible about the self, declared “Cogito ergo sum” or “I think, ...

CE Check In-- New Procedures

August 19, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
We at Redeemer have been called to care for our children and to honor the name of Christ. To this end, child protection policies have been developed to ensure a safe, loving environment where the Lord Jesus Christ is glorified and enjoyed by His people of all ages. We recognize that God has called us to exercise wisdom and prudence in our care for His children. It is our privilege to serve our King in this way. Starting on the first day of Christian Education classes, August 28th, children in our CE program (pre-K through 5thgrade) will be ...

CE is just around the corner!

August 08, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
We’re excited to be kicking off another school year of CE for our Pre-K through 5th grade students! Sunday, August 21st marks our kick-off Sunday. We will have a short Meet-and-Greet time with teachers for students to visit their classroom. Parents, please stay with your children during this time.  Families can see where each student will be and meet the teaching teams for each class. The Open House time will run from 10:45-11:15. Our kick-off luncheon will begin at 11:30. Don’t miss out on this fun opportunity!

Let's Welcome Suzette!

July 18, 2016
Janessa Sullivan
We are pleased to announce that Redeemer member, Suzette DeMent, has joined the staff to serve as our new, part-time Ministries Coordinator. Suzette will primarily assist Victor and Benjie with the administrative tasks necessary to support their ministry areas, such as coordinating ministry events, community groups, and mission trips. Suzette is married to Randy and they have two boys and three grandchildren. They have attended Redeemer since 2011. Suzette has been a valuable part to Redeemer’s ministry for many years, serving with ...

Joy Unchained

June 06, 2016
Tom Gibbs
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” (Phil. 4:4) This summer’s sermons series will take us through Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, a Roman colony about eight miles inland from the coastal community of Neapolis on the Aegean Sea. In Acts 16, we are given Luke’s account of Paul’s founding of this church, which became the first on European soil. Ten years later Paul was taken captive in Jerusalem on account of his proclamation of the Gospel (Acts 21:30ff) and he ultimately appealed to Rome to gain his freedom (Acts ...

Redeemer's Building In the News!

May 17, 2016
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Psalm 103:2 While it's hard to believe, May 25th marks the second anniversary of Redeemer's grand opening in our downtown location! As we hoped and prayed for, the last two years have been marked by rapid growth and a widening scope of ministry. How many of you have joined Redeemer during that time period? Bless the Lord! Looking back, the Lord's blessings were apparent in lots of ways. Among the most important of blessings though, were the team assembled to lead the project and ...

Pray for Officer Elections

May 03, 2016
Tom Gibbs
Last night (yes, the Session gave up watching the first half of the Spurs game...which is dedication!) the Session had the privilege of sitting down with those who have most recently completed officer training at Redeemer and is pleased to announce their candidacy for office in the class of 2019. Elections will be held on Sunday, June 5th, immediatly following the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Candidates for the diaconate include new candidate, Jonathan Sherrod, and previous deacons, Ben Bingham and Jeff Brouilard. Eligible to return to ...

Easter's relevance: Self-reliance or God-reliance

March 22, 2016
As we journey towards the resurrection this Holy Week, it's important to acknowledge that this passage is not always easy. The pastel painted eggs of Easter belie the difficult burdens we bear, and which will persist long after Easter passes. Their presence is not the only thing that's hard either. What's their purpose? If you're like me, you want to know what God is up to in the midst of the struggles. No matter how special Easter is, sometimes it's hard not to ask, "God, why am I going through this?" Now, I know there are silver-tongued, ...

Ways to Celebrate Lent and Easter with your Children

March 16, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
As a new mom, I was confounded on ways to make holidays more meaningful for my children. I read articles, listened to speakers, and read blogs on projects, crafts, and activities to do… and I just felt overwhelmed. What I wish I could go back and tell my beleaguered self is this: Don’t get bogged down with your own shortcomings or imperfections. Just start somewhere. Baby steps. Over the course of time, we have added in things, taken out others that didn’t fit our family, and in the end, we have kiddos that look forward to holidays and are ...

Tips for using Kids' Sermon Notes

March 01, 2016
Sarah Beaugh
Parents, We wanted to highlight the new “Sermon Notes” we have for kids. You’ll notice the formatting is different than what we had this fall, but similar to what we had before that. Our intention is to aid kids in focusing on the sermon (rather than merely distract or redirect attention). We wanted to give you three ways you can utilize this tool for your own interactions at home: 1) Ask your children to take notes or draw pictures of what they heard during the sermon and then ask them about it at lunch. You could even “quiz” them. 2) ...

You're Invited - Ash Wednesday Service at Redeemer

February 08, 2016
Benjie Slaton
At noon on March 1, 2017 Redeemer invites you to attend its Ash Wednesday Worship Service. For many of you this is an unfamiliar aspect of Christian worship. For that reason, I wanted to repost a short explanation on Ash Wednesday from Tom Gibbs that was originally posted in 2015. We hope to see you there! The nursery will be open for children up to the age of four during the service.     During this service and for those desiring, Redeemer will mark worshippers with ashes in the sign of the cross. I recognize that for some of our ...

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