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Seeking Racial Reconciliation

May 31, 2018
Haley Wachdorf
This summer, Redeemer is inviting the congregation into a conversation about the implications of the Gospel for racial divisions in our churches, city and country, and what it looks like to be a church that lives out Biblical reconciliation. The Presbyterian Church in America has wrestled with this question for years, but in a more intentional way since 2016, when the 43rd General Assembly approved a resolution repenting of the denomination’s sin during the civil rights era. The resolution lamented that some founding fathers of the PCA ...

New Duties Announced for Assistant Pastor Matt Beham

May 31, 2018
Tom Gibbs
I am pleased to announce that Youth Pastor Matt Beham will assume pastoral oversight for Redeemer’s nursery and children’s ministries beginning June 4th. These are additional responsibilities for Matt, and which were previously under the pastoral direction of departing pastor, Benjie Slaton. Bringing together Redeemer’s youth and children’s ministries in this way serves our entire program of discipleship for children under the age of 18. Additionally, this will provide Redeemer’s incoming Assistant Pastor of Congregational Life, Brad ...

RPC Youth Staff Update

May 10, 2018
Matt Beham
I am excited to announce to Redeemer Youthies, parents and the congregation that Redeemer has hired a new full-time member of the Youth Staff, and has also hired a new Youth Intern. Julianne Atkinson will be a full time member of the Redeemer Youth staff. Julianne has been a volunteer with the Redeemer senior high youth group for a year. I am so thankful for the relationships she has built with the young women of our congregation in that time, and I am thrilled that in this role she can further develop her discipleship and counseling of ...

2018 Officer Elections

May 02, 2018
Tom Gibbs
This week, 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 2021. Elections will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, immediately following the 10:45 a.m. worship service. Candidates for the session include new elder candidate David Schwab and returning elders John Browning, Henry Sauer and Winston Meeker. New candidates for the diaconate are Chris Allen, Eric Arguello and Alex Beaugh. Craig Goedecke is a ...

Serving the Border Through Medical Mission Trips

April 24, 2018
Haley Wachdorf
Dr. Bernard Hildebrand, a rheumatologist and elder at Redeemer, says before he started going on medical mission trips, he was doubtful that they could have much of an impact. After all, a three-day clinic can't provide long term care for chronic conditions or perform complex procedures. An opportunity to attend Mission to the World’s Advanced Medical Leadership Training a few years ago changed his mind, he says. Now Hildebrand is serving as the team leader for regular trips Redeemer takes to conduct free medical clinics on the border in ...

Brad Tubbesing Called as Assistant Pastor of Congregational Life

April 20, 2018
The Session of Redeemer is excited to announce that Brad Tubbesing has been called to serve as Assistant Pastor of Congregational Life at Redeemer. Brad is the current campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He will officially begin his role at RPC on July 2nd. Brad and Caroline Tubbesing were both born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. They were high school sweethearts, dated through college, while Brad attended Miami University in Ohio and Caroline, The University of ...

New Sermon Series: The Gospel According to Joshua

April 04, 2018
Tom Gibbs
This Sunday I will begin a ten week sermon series on the Old Testament book of Joshua, which I’ve titled The Gospel According to Joshua. For most, our familiarity with the book of Joshua is limited to one famous battle involving the ancient Canaanite city of Jericho. The song we learned as children notwithstanding, Joshua did not “fight” this battle. In fact, this is an important lesson Joshua impresses upon the people. "Shout, for the LORD has given you the city (Josh. 6:16). Throughout Joshua, our stereotype of a vast, dominant military ...

Nettletons Find a Perfect Fit at Trinity RUF

March 08, 2018
Haley Wachdorf
As Wil and Mary Nettleton approach the end of their first year leading Reformed University Fellowship at Trinity University, they are settling into life and ministry in San Antonio. Michael and Rachel Novak’s departure from RUF to lead the Trinity Grace Church plant in 2017 after seven years  brought a season of change to RUF at Trinity, but the Nettletons say the ministry they have stepped into at Trinity feels like a perfect fit for them. Mary is the child of a PCA pastor in Marion, North Carolina. Wil was raised in a Christian home in ...

Talking to Children About Lent

February 22, 2018
Sarah Beaugh
Lent can offer parents a rich opportunity to bring the Gospel home to our children’s hearts. My kids love and look forward to Christian holidays, but this year I realized that although they are familiar with the rhythms of the church calendar, sometimes I am taking for granted that they fully grasp the deeper meanings of the seasons. This year, we were able to further discuss the symbols and story of Lent. Sometimes the best way to start is to talk about the joy and glory of Easter. Starting with Easter, you can discuss Jesus’ death and ...

Mentors Needed

February 20, 2018
Haley Wachdorf
In 2017, Redeemer embarked on a new ministry partnership with San Antonio non-profit Communities in Schools to connect male mentors from our congregation with young men in San Antonio’s public high schools who are at risk of dropping out before completing their high school degree. Seven men from Redeemer have been part of the program this school year, primarily mentoring students at Lanier High School, less than two miles from Redeemer. Chris Allen, whose family has attended Redeemer since 2015, says it has been a gradual road to build ...

2017 Ministry Report

February 10, 2018
Tom Gibbs
View the full ministry report here. Dear Redeemer Members and Friends, This year, we celebrate Redeemer’s 15th anniversary of ministry. It is remarkable to look back and reflect on all the ways God has shown His faithfulness to us. From our small beginning as a home-based Bible Study of ten families in 2002, we have grown into a congregation of more than 800 members with a permanent home in the heart of Downtown San Antonio. As you will see in the pages of this document, 2017 was an especially rich expression of God’s faithfulness to ...

Ash Wednesday 2018

February 08, 2018
Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. May these ashes be a sign of our mortality and penitence, and a reminder that only by your gracious gift are we given everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. - Ash Wednesday prayer Redeemer will hold an Ash Wednesday service to mark the start of Lent at noon on Wednesday, February 14th. The Redeemer nursery will be open for children ages 3 months to 4 years old. We encourage you to come and join us for this beautiful service in the life of the church. Ash ...

Spiritual Formation: What do emotions have to do with it?

January 16, 2018
Tom Gibbs
On Sunday, January 21st, Redeemer's Adult CE classes will reconvene for the Spring semester. At this time every year, Redeemer offers a class called Spiritual Formation II - Grace-Based Spiritual Formation. I want to encourage you to attend if you have not taken this class before, or to take it again to refresh these concepts in your mind.  Grace-Based Spiritual Formation weaves together three topics we talk about frequently at Redeemer: Grace, spiritual disciplines, and the connection between our emotional and spiritual lives. In church, ...

Epiphany: A Great Revealing

January 01, 2018
Sarah Beaugh
As a child, I had a great fondness for Epiphany, or, as we called it in my house, Three Kings Day. I grew up hearing how my grandmother did not receive presents on the 25th of December, but rather she and her siblings had to wait until January 6th to receive gifts tucked into their shoes, which were placed at the foot of their beds. It was also considered borderline heresy to take your tree down before that day, and so in my home, our tree stays up until Epiphany. As a parent, I have sought meaningful ways to discuss this day and season with ...

Grief, Waiting and Advent

December 11, 2017
Haley Wachdorf
It is Advent, so liturgically speaking it is time to talk about joyful, expectant waiting. The only problem is that I really don’t want to. Because in order to contemplate waiting, I have to slow down, and when I slow down, the griefs and losses of the year might catch up with me. This, to me, is one of the paradoxes of Advent — that at the time of year when we celebrate the greatest gift God has given us, the very celebration can highlight the vast distance between the promises fulfilled by Christ’s coming and the promises that will only ...

Do faith and science mix?

December 06, 2017
Tom Gibbs
A young teacher asked her students to list what were, to them, the current Seven Wonders of the World. Votes were cast for the pyramids of Egypt, India’s Taj Mahal, Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Panama Canal, the Empire State Building, Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica and China’s Great Wall. While gathering the votes, the teacher observed that one student had not turned in her paper yet. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list. The girl replied, “Yes, a little. I couldn’t quite make up my mind because there were so many.” ...

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 ...

Happy All-Hallows'-Eve!

October 31, 2017
Tom Gibbs
Tonight communities all across America will celebrate Halloween. Tara and I will also be on our front porch greeting the neighborhood children with the traditional candied treats. As Christians though, how ought we to respond to this holiday? The word "Halloween" is simply a contraction for All Hallows' Eve. The word "hallow" means "saint," — ”hallow” is just an alternative form of the word "holy" ("hallowed be Thy name"). All Saints' Day is November 1, and celebrates the victory of Christian saints in union with Christ. The observance of ...

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