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This one-night-only special event features "Ask Science Mike" LIVE. Mike McHargue will cover questions about science, faith, and life. The questions are unfiltered and the answered unrehearsed. Join us for a honest, fun, and often hilarious journey into the space between science and faith.
- Volunteers are need to work with infants and preschoolers. The rotation is set up for working an average of once every month. Please contact Nicole Green at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-868-2840 if you are interested.
- The Environment Team is looking for help preparing communion and lighting candles on Sunday mornings. Please contact Michelle Clark if you’d like to volunteer once a month. email@example.com
future discipleship community dates:
- Sunday, September 20th, 4-6pm
- BLITZ: Sundays, October 11, 18 & 25
ESL classes to begin
Redemption’s English conversation classes are starting in September. Please be in prayer for our students, their families and our volunteers.
The ministry to the homeless, UPLIFT, is in urgent need of adult t-shirts, jeans and sweatshirts, backpacks and empty, clean 2-liter bottlesand gallon jugs. Jim Schmidt will be collecting them in the foyer on Sundays.
save the date!
Mark your calendars! Our annual Church BBQ is Saturday, October 17th at 5:30pm.
- Youth Group: Parents are invited to attend youth group on September 2. We will discuss social media and the affect it has on our communication and relationships.
- Tuesday Homework Sessions &Tutoring: Every Tuesday starting September 15th is the opportunity for your 7th - 12th grader to come to the church and get their homework done. The church is quiet and has some great spaces to focus in and work. We are opening the doors between 3:30pm and 5:30pm. Sara Kline will be tutoring from 4:30pm - 5:30pm in Language Arts.
- Youth Ministry Fundraiser: Yard Sale: The youth ministry is going to be having a yard sale in the parking lot of the church October 2nd - 3rd. Please donate items that you think would help the youth ministry raise money for room updates, operating costs, and events for our students.
Just a quick note on our congregational assignment for this week, based on our sermon from Sunday. Here's the challenge:
- Find one way the culture tries to set the pattern for your life (over and against God's vision for our lives)
- Then find a way to resist it.
- Lastly, email Tim and let him know how it's going for you. We are hoping to have a few reports next Sunday!
INTRODUCTION TO THE CHURCH CALENDAR
Following the church calendar is about learning a new way to observe time. Most of us work from a fiscal or school calendar. The church calendar is about organizing our lives around the telling of the Story of God.
As we work our way through the themes and celebrations of the church calendar, we rehearse the movements of the Christian faith, allowing our lives to conform to the gospel.
Following the church calendar (sometimes called the liturgical calendar) involves the observance of seasons such as Advent, Lent, or Holy Week, as well as special days like Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost. The calendar is organized into 3 years: Year A, B, and C. Each year has a corresponding list of Bible readings called a lectionary. The lectionary determines what scriptures will be used during worship each Sunday, as well as a list of daily Bible readings. These are the major movements of the church calendar:
Advent: four weeks leading up to Christmas.
Christmas: twelve days beginning Dec. 25.
Epiphany: Jan 6th until Ash Wednesday.
Lent: 6 weeks from Ash Wednesday to Easter.
Holy Week: Palm Sunday thru Easter Sunday.
Eastertide: 50 days from Easter to Pentecost.
Pentecost: the seven weeks following Easter.
Ordinary Time: the rest of the year.
Advent is the beginning of the new church calendar year (this advent begins Year B). Advent is meant to be a time of hopeful preparation and anticipation for the celebration of the birth of Christ.
One common Advent practice involves using an Advent wreath during Sunday worship and in a family or community group setting. Traditionally, the advent wreath has 5 candles, three purple candles for weeks 1-3, one pink candle for week 4, and one white candle for Christmas Eve.
USING THE FAMILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
What follows is an Advent Family Devotional Guide. Each weekday includes a reading and short devotional written by Dawn North.
Each weekend includes a guide to a family or group devotional time. This guide is for use each Sunday evening during advent, and involves the lighting of an advent wreath. The guides is meant for adults and children to spend time together, talking about advent, praying, reading the scripture, and preparing to celebrate Christmas.
Supplies you will need include an Advent wreath, M&Ms, dominos, and playing cards.
Take three or four minutes at the beginning of your time each week to explain why you are engaging in a special time of prayer, reading, and conversation about God.
Sunday August 31st is a joint service with Via De Esperanza. There will be a pancake breakfast served from 9:30am to 10:45am that morning. The service begins at 11:00am. A $5 dollar donation will be suggested to help with costs for breakfast.