News and Announcements

 

Redeemer Lutheran mission quilters will continue to meet work on quilts for Lutheran World Relief every Monday at 9:00 am. Now is the time to join in this mission project. No sewing experience is needed.

The Keenagers will meet on Friday, November 8 at 6:00 p.m. Come join them for a great time with this group!

Our next Friendship Feast will be held on Monday, November 11 at 5:00 p.m.  Many hands are needed to help with this very important ministry.  If you can help with cooking, serving, or cleaning up after, please let Pastor Mark or Roz Burger know.

The Braille workers will meet November 12 at 9:00 am. at our Savior Lutheran Church, Tulsa. Please consider joining in this worthy mission project. All are welcome!

Pastor Honeycutt is leading a Bible study on Wednesdays at 10:00 am. The study will be based on the upcoming scriptures for the next Sunday’s service. All is invited to delve deeper into God’s word.

 

T The daytime LWML ladies meet November 21 at 9:30 am.

The evening LWML ladies Bible study will meet on November 25 at 7:00 pm.

The LWML Christmas dinner will be December 12th at 6:00 pm. Bring a white elephant gift under $10.00.

 

ALL SAINTS’ OBSERVANCE, Sunday, November 3 will be observed at Redeemer Lutheran as the Festival of All Saints, a special day to celebrate alongside fellow saints and recall those who have gone before us in the faith.  The service will include a roll call of members and loved ones who have entered the Church Triumphant. 

"And I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.'  'Blessed indeed,' says the Spirit, 'that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!'”

Revelation 14:13

 

 

The lights dim. A hush spreads throughout the church. The Multitude enters, engulfing the listeners, hummin softly. Thus, will begin the 99th annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” by the area’s Lutheran churches. Performances are on Saturday and Sunday, December 7 & 8, 2019. Include yourself in the experience of sight, sound, and a deep and wonderful feeling of telling the Advent/Christmas story using Scripture, beautiful music, drama and pageantry.

 

Advent is about preparing not only for Christmas, but also for Jesus’ return. According to Scripture, that won’t be the calm, silent scene described in Christmas carols.

In 1928, Dietrich Bonhoeffer preached: “It is very remarkable that we face the thought that God is coming so calmly, whereas previously peoples trembled at the day of God….We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s coming should arouse in us. We forget the serious aspect, that the God of the world draws near to the people of our little earth and lays claim to us.”

God is love: we’ll be in good hands at the end of time. But during Advent, also be in awe of God. Embrace a reverent fear of the Lord that reminds you how profound it is that God chooses again and again to draw near and lay claim to you.

The children of Redeemer will present a Christmas program, Behold the Child on Sunday December 15. You will want to make plans to be there. Parents there will be rehearsals November 24, December 1 and 8 during Sunday School. The dress rehearsal will be Sunday December 8. Please try to have your children at as many of these practices as possible. Thank you! Caroline Honeycutt will be directing this year’s program, if you have any questions or would like to volunteer to help, please call her. 

Our Next Youth Night is November 10. Bring a friend and join in the fun with games, food and fellowship!

 

THANKSGIVING BEATITUDE

 

Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary, because it means you’ve made a difference.

 

Advent (and a new church year) will begin this year on Sunday, December 1, the First Sunday in Advent. Also, our special, preparatory, contemplative, midweek Advent worship services will begin on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue December 11 and 18. Join us!

 

The Christmas parade will be December 7, and we are again participating with a float. Many hands are needed to make this a success. Please see Marilyn Kirk for information on how you can help and to sign up.

 

The church office will be closed November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday, December 24 and 25 for Christmas and December 31 and January 1 for New Year’s.or

 

Library News – New books in the library are “The Signature Series” by C. S. Lewis. Included are the folowing eight books

Mere Christianity

The Screwtape Letters

The Great Divorce

The Problem of Pain

Miracles

A Grief Observed

The Abolition of Man

The Four Loves

The Weight of Glory

 

“The Chronicles of Narnia” for older children or young adults is another series by C. S. Lewis and it too is in the library. This seven set series includes:

The Magician’s Nephew

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

The Horse and His Boy

Prince Caspian

The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

The Silver Chair

The Last Battle

 

All of these books are located in the “Inspirational” section.

For those who are interested in Christmas reading, there are several Christmas books available. They are on a lower self on the right side of the desk.

I’m sorry the “thank-you” were not included in the list of names in the September newsletter. For all who donated books of the summer, your donations were very much appreciated, so thank-you very much.

Many thanks to Carla Naegele, Kathy Iwanaga and Caroline Bening for the many, many books they donated. Also thank you to Cyndi Smith and Mary Jo Rostek for the books that they donated. Virginia Funkhouser - Librarian

 

PIANO RECITAL COMING TO CLAREMORE!

 

Dr. Cole Burger, son of Rosalind and Pastor Mark, will be performing a solo piano recital in the sanctuary of First Christian Church (200 E. 5th Street, Claremore) on Saturday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Burger studied piano at Northwestern University and the University of Texas. He has performed across the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. His benefit recitals have raised more than $60,000 for non-profit organizations. Burger instructs class piano and piano pedagogy at Bowling Green State University in Ohio and teaches at Lutheran Summer Music.

You are urged to plan to attend this recital and invite any and all to come for this unique opportunity to hear live classical piano music. A light reception is likely to happen after the recital.

 

Christmas is coming!    November 24 after church we will have pizza and decorate for the Christmas holidays! This will be our first Christmas in our Family Life Center so we need many ideas and any surplus decorations. Many volunteers are needed, please sign up to help!

 

VETERANS DAY NOVEMBER 11, 2019

God of all nations, you are our Strength and Shield. We give you thanks today for the devotion and courage of all those who have offered military service for this countryAmen.