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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.

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.

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   

The Congo Is Calling!

Over the past few years, Dr. Mossai Sanguma and CEUM President Mboka have been asking Pastor Steve to come to the Congo and teach at the Pastor’s Conference in February 2015. In the past, there have been several reasons that this trip has not worked out. However, this February this opportunity is becoming a reality. 
On February 2, Pastor Steve will leave for Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The first week will be touring the Gemena area where many of our Congo Kids live. This part of the mission trip is making connections for Minnehaha Academy, as there is a desire and need to strengthen the educational process for the students in the region. The hope is to build a reciprocal program for educators within the Covenant Church to encourage and equip educators in the Congo.
The next leg of the journey will take an 18-hour drive on single-lane roads to Yakama, DRC, where about 2,000 pastors and church leaders will gather for the weeklong conference. As President Mboka told Pastor Steve when he was in the Twin Cities in November, “You will be teaching every day you are here.” This is a great privilege and
opportunity! Following the conference, there will be another 18-hour drive back to Gemena. Pastor Steve is looking forward to being with Dr. Sanguma and his wife, Sabuli, as he concludes the tour of education sites that are supporting the Lydia Project. These last few days in the Congo will also be spent with a team from World Vision that is partnering in the project.
One of the draws for Pastor Steve when he accepted the call to Redeemer Covenant Church was the mission focus of the congregation. This trip is just one more way that he sees Redeemer living out the call of Christ to “make disciples of all nations.” It is very important that this trip is covered by the church family’s prayers. You may also want to contribute a gift, over and above your regular giving, for the costs of travel and ministry. These gifts can be marked, “Pastor Mission Budget.” Any extra funds remaining after
this trip will be made available to cover other ministry team member’s mission opportunities.
Redeemer Covenant Church is a global mission! Right now, the Congo is calling!

Zanewood Community School Gives Back

Zanewood blankets
The Zanewood school staff are grateful for your continued donations of school supplies and winter outerwear, and they wanted to give back. Four beautiful, warm fleece blankets were made by 4th-6th grade ESP students and given to Ms. Amy Long, Director of Children and Ministry at Redeemer. When she told the staff the blankets would be used for Families Moving Forward 2015 at Redeemer in January, one of the staff members teared up and started crying. Ms. Amy was also able to share with one of the students who had made the blankets how they were going to be used. We appreciate this gift of the colorful, warm hand-crafted blankets. 
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at our adopted school and to donate supplies. This past season, the following winter outerwear items were donated by the Redeemer
family for elementary-aged students at Zanewood including:
  • 30 jackets
  • 7 pairs of snow pants
  • 21 pairs of gloves/mittens
  • 25 hats plus 1 hat/scarf set
  • 12 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of boots

Thank you for your support. 


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