Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
It is exciting that we recently got occupancy in our new Family Life Center. There are still a few items to be finished up on, but the week before Holy Week, we were able to move the office over from the Office house into the new offices. We have begun using the new Sunday School Classrooms, we will be hanging smart TVs with a DVD player in each of the 4 rooms, to benefit the teachers instructing our children in Bible Studies. We have installed WIFI throughout our church campus, and we will have a secure guest WIFI that will be protected with the appropriate firewall software. We have installed a camera with several live feeds into the Life Center, the kitchen, the nursery and the Conference Room; so, if we need the over flow from worship they can watch the live stream of our worship in the sanctuary. All the appliances in the kitchen are new and functioning well thanks to the hard work and grants given by the LWML OK District and the women of our congregation. The ladies have already served a funeral luncheon from the new kitchen. And we hosted some activities of the Butterfly Hunt in the Family Life Center.
It has taken the congregation to pull together during this building program, to rebuild what was lost in the fire. I am sure for many of you who were here when the fire took place, this is a joyous time to see what we have rebuilt and to see what has risen among where ashes and smoke had lain. A huge amount of Thanks is owed to the Laborers for Christ as they worked long and tireless months that helped bring us to the finishing process in late November and early December.
We plan on holding our Life Center Dedication Service on Sunday June 2nd, 2019 at 3pm. Then we will host an Open House open to the whole community from 4pm-7pm that same day. These members have volunteered to help coordinate this Dedication and Open House: Chris Gibson, Mary Jo Rostek, Marj Purkey, Debbie Hendrix, myself, and Cyndi Smith. It is an exciting time to be a part of this new chapter of ministry here at Redeemer.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
God has led us through the rebuilding process, and He is continuing to remind us to be focused on his business, of pointing others into the arms of Jesus. We are as members of the body of Christ charged to be ambassadors of the King of Kings, where ever we go in this life, and to let His love and grace continue to transform our words and deeds so that they are reflections of His love for all people.
In His Grip,
Pastor Ryan Honeycutt