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A Privilege to Serve Together

July 2016 - Redeemer is a serving church. A big thank you for sharing Jesus' love in a big way and helping us make a big kingdom impact—both in Brooklyn Park, MN and in Flint, MI.

Feed My Starving Children
Nearly 80 volunteers joined us at Feed My Starving Children for two sessions on July 25! We packed 33,696 meals for children in Haiti! That's enough to feed 92 kids for a whole year!!! If you weren't about to join us, you can still give! The cost of the meals we packed is nearly $7,000. You can donate online >>

Flint Water Project
A praise update from Redeemer's Vacation Bible School the week of July 18! Our offering project raised funds for lead testing for kids in Flint, MI. Our goal was $400 to provide tests for 50 kids. Our final total was $567, enough for 70 kids! Read more >>

 

 

Northwest Conference Annual Meeting April 2016

It’s a real treat in this day and age when you can be part of an event that showcases example after example of God’s great power and love in this world. We want to share how blessed we were to represent Redeemer at the Northwest Conference (NWC) Annual Meeting in Duluth at the end of April 2016. (You can also find details on the Delegate Summary report, which was placed in church mailboxes on May 22, or get a copy from the church office.)

The Northwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) is made up of 146 churches in Minnesota, parts of North and South Dakota, western Wisconsin, and one church in northern Iowa. These churches have 500 clergy; 1,800 lay leaders; 26,600 people; and 18,600 members. By pooling our efforts the NWC can do ministries beyond the ability of the local church. We have at least one full-time staff in each of these vital areas:

  • Congregational Vitality – Helping churches toward more faithful and fruitful ministry. Programs include Veritas, Navigate, Pulse, and Epic.
  • Church Planting – four new churches in 2015. We have a goal of 50 new ones by 2025. Thirty percent of NWC churches are less than 20 years old!
  • Children, Youth, and Family – MUUUCE, MOVE, Youth Pastor’s Connection, GO:Serve (Miss Amy led the one here at Redeemer in 2014 and 2015 and was involved this year as well).
  • Pastoral Care and Development – Pastors undergo huge challenges in their professional and personal lives. This is a great investment in undergirding and supporting our pastors.
  • Covenant Enabling Residences – Two in the Duluth area.
  • Minnehaha Academy – Pray for our K-12 Christian school that has had a downturn from 1,200 to 800 students due to economic climate and demographic changes.
  • Solid Rock Bible College – A year of intensive study of the Bible.
  • Camping – NWC has 5 of the 22 nationally, most of any conference.
  • CHET – Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos. This is the Covenant’s Hispanic Leadership training center. Pastor Juan and Martha, from La Bendición, are on the board and, in fact, Martha is the first graduate of the “Programa Ministerial.”

We did some business, such as passing the budget and hearing reports. But the exciting part was the theme of Serve Globally. Pastor Al Tizon, Executive Minister of Serve Globally for the Covenant, led a workshop on Missional Worship. His main point is that we need to stop treating worship and mission separately; they are interdependent, two sides of the same coin. Amos 5 is a stern warning from God to a people that are focused on themselves and not serving others; their worship is offensive to Him.

In the Friday evening worship service we heard reports/testimonies from several missionaries including Julio and Katie Isaza and Randy Bevis. We saw a very moving video on Pastor Soudinh Penkhay, who was the pastor of the Laotian Covenant Church in Brooklyn Center until this past year when he was sent as a Covenant missionary to Thailand. The report from Soudinh was incredible; it sounded like he had been back in Asia six years, not the actual six months! We took an offering for Soudinh’s work; for the offertory, a choir from a Chinese Covenant Church choir sang (they meet at Lakeview Covenant in Duluth, just as La Bendición does here). God is working globally, right here in Minnesota!

Finally, if you can, serve as a delegate to the NWC Annual Meeting—you’ll be blessed by the exciting work that is being done by God through faithful servants, including those of us right here at Redeemer. And let’s keep supporting the NWC through our budget, through our prayers, and through our involvement.

Submitted by Redeemer delegates Tom and Pat Trautman

   

Building Projects Committee Provides Update

February 1, 2016 - The short days have begun to lengthen and the temperature is a mercury freezing -10° F. In Minnesota that can mean only one thing, spring is not very far off! Well… you may think this only a cruel tease, but on the Building Projects Committee we are already anxiously looking forward to hot asphalt and construction workers. In three short months we could be watching trucks rolling into the church yard.

Although the sun stays away obstinately, we have plenty of light on the parking lot now that the first fixtures have been replaced. We are 2/3 complete with the lighting improvements and have found significant savings in both the cost of fixtures and efficiency rebates from Xcel. Our $13K re-lighting project should come in well under $10K when complete. Energy savings from our new LED lighting will continue to reward Redeemer long into the future. The slippery parking lot is much safer because of your faithful gifts to the parking lot project. Thank you!

We don’t often think about it, but outdoor space at Redeemer is a huge asset to the ministry of our church in the community. It is a place where THINGS HAPPEN—soccer, picnics, softball, children’s games and summer ministries, bouncing castles and police cruisers you can actually sit in, bicycles repaired for kids who need them, and neighborhood basketball games. To kids and adults in the neighborhood, the yard may seem a safer visit than the pew. But when neighbors are comfortable in the yard, God will certainly find a way to invite them into his house... and then his family. All of that is intended to say, the dollars we invest in our outdoor property is immensely important to the ministry of Redeemer.

PHASE 1 PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS
By spring we hope to have the remaining $20-25,000 available to contract for the Phase I asphalt project and complete the necessary lighting improvements. The first phase will complete concrete curb and gutter in the garage area, finish garage landscaping, correct major surface drainage issues, and overlay low areas with asphalt as we prepare for future chip sealing. Since the parking lot was surfaced more than 20 years ago, it is critical that rehabilitation of the asphalt lot be done now in order to extend its useful life.

PHASE 2 PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS
Before the end of the summer 2016 the Building Projects Committee will assess where we stand financially and contract additional asphalt work as the funds allow. Work planned in the second phase of the project will reduce the overall size of the north lot, overlay the remaining north lot with asphalt, resurface the rest of the asphalt in the parking lot with a granite chip seal coat, and restripe the entire parking lot. The estimated second phase cost is $68,000. We are hoping to complete a significant portion of the work before winter visits again. We are continually amazed at what God is able to accomplish through our efforts.

Please prayerfully consider how you may support this very necessary work. If you are able to give, you may use either the special envelopes available at the central hall kiosk or your normal giving envelope by marking the amount under “Building Projects.” You may also give online at the Redeemer website by selecting the “Giving” box on the home page. Visit the kiosk in the church central hallway to find more information about the Parking Lot Improvements Project.

Serving Him, The Building Projects Committee

   

Park Brook School Says Thanks

The following letter was received from Park Brook Elementary School in August 2015:

Dear Rev. Larson and the Redeemer Covenant Congregation:

As I prepare for the coming school year, I reflect back upon the tremendous support we have been blessed to receive here at Park Brook from you and your congregation. The academic growth this past year was strong and we continue to see a positive culture growing within the school. It is a team effort and you are a part of the team.

One area that I think of specifically is the outreach at Park Haven Apartments with the Park Buddies Program. The students served and the relationships that have been built with Amy are wonderful. While specifically assisting with the academic needs of the students, the relationships have created an opportunity for our students to become involved in activities within your church and for them to hear the truth of Jesus.

Another area of support is just the relationship that we as a school have with your congregation. The support and encouragement is much appreciated. As a fellow believer and follower of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I am thankful for you and the congregation being the hands and feet of Jesus to the Park Brook community.

With appreciation, Scott Taylor, Principal

   

Congratulations to Rev. Seth Lindberg

Rev. Seth Lindberg with Pastor Steve LarsonIt is official! Pastor Seth was approved for his ordination to Word and Service on June 27, 2015, during the business session of the annual meeting held in Kansas City, with the service of ordination that evening. You can watch this service and other highlights from the national conference on CovChurch.tv.   
 
 
 
 
 
   

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