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     THRIVENT FINANCIAL IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that PBS has agreed to air a two-hour documentary on the life and impact of Martin Luther.  The film, "Martin Luther:  The Idea that Changed the World," will air Tuesday, September 12 at 7 pm.  (Check your local listings.)

     CHAPLAIN GREGORY TODD, son-in-law to Huey and Bonnie Schulze, will lead our worship service on September 24.  Members are encouraged to attend. 












                A fire broke out at Redeemer Lutheran Church on the evening of December 1, 2016 and destroyed the building  which housed its fellowship hall, kitchen, library, nursery, and offices.  Dedicated firefighters worked through the evening to contain the fire, and saved the congregation’s sanctuary.   There was, however, smoke smell that needed to be abated immediately, and this work, along with repairs and restoration, continued in the narthex and sanctuary in the weeks following the fire.  

                Plans for the replacement of the 1950s and 1960s “fellowship” building had been underway for many months, even years, before the fire; and a capital fundraising campaign had been initiated in the fall of 2016.  The fire obviously accelerated the need to replace what was lost.  Within three weeks after the fire, the congregation hired TAP Architecture of Oklahoma City as architects for a new building.  The church office and spaces for meetings and other church activities were moved into the house the congregation owns just across the street.  The three-room Sunday school “annex” building which had also been spared, was promptly moved away from the burn site to provide space for a nursery and classrooms.    

                Fire investigators combed through the remains of the burned building and determined the fire had been of an electrical origin.  Members then retrieved what little could be salvaged from the burned building.  Extensive inventories of lost items were prepared as needed for the insurance settlement.  Early in 2017 CRV Company of Claremore took down and removed the remains of the burned building.

                From late winter into spring the building committee collected information from members of the congregation and met a number of times with TAP Architecture to determine space, design, and furnishings needs for the new building.  The architects have done extensive work to prepare building drawings.  At the same time work was done for the site and building by Wallace Engineering from Tulsa.  Also, necessary communications with the City of Claremore about permits and requirements were made.

                In May the congregation formally approved construction of the new building and authorized seeking a loan to enable construction to begin.  Extensive paperwork had to be prepared and meetings held to apply for the building loan with Lutheran Church Extension Fund.  Application was also made with Laborers for Christ, an organization that provides retired Lutheran workers who come from across the country in the likes of motorhomes, to spend weeks doing the actual construction work on the building.

                Although there had earlier been hopes of beginning to build the new building as early as the summer of 2017, a more realistic current goal would be to do the extensive work of preparing the soil for the site, laying the foundation, and pouring a slab during what remains of 2017.  Building up from there could then begin in 2018. 





We are so grateful that our sanctuary was saved from the fire.     




          Tap Architecture is continuing our design and construction development. This looks to be about 65% complete for the master plan.

          We presently continue to work on the property which requires removing and replacement of soil. The existing soil must be lime modified on-site clay. This would be approved to construct the 30” LVC fill layer for the building pad and 10” fill layer. There is also work to be done to satisfy the city for lot combination description in order to generate a warranty deed.

          Blackmon/Moaring, our restoration company, has almost completed the work to restore the church back to the original condition.

                                                                                                  Don Purkey

                                                                                                  Building Committee

                                                                                                  July, 2017



          Volunteers are needed for several events that will be coming up this fall.  In September we will need volunteers to man the booth at the Rogers Co. Fair; October brings 'Trunk or Treat,' and that always means we'll need lots of candy and lots of trunks; December brings the bell ringers and the Christmas parade. All need lots of volunteers. If you can help with any of these, please let Marilyn know. 



     The Rogers County Fair is the first of our fall evangelism events and will be held September 12-18, 2017. We will have our booth again this year and will need volunteers to help out. There will be a sign-up sheet in the narthex. We are asking for volunteers to sign up to staff our table for 3 hour segments/shifts on one (or more) of the days. If you have questions, please contact Marilyn Kirk.  Let’s go to the Fair!




A NEW MISSION PROJECT has been adopted by the Council for this quarter--July, August and September.  The offerings received at Sunday school classes will be used to purchase BIBLESTICKS which are given to military personnel.  A sample is hanging on the bulletin board in the narthex.  These sticks contain the entire New Testament and certain Psalms, and can be easily hung on equipment belts or placed in knapsacks to be used most anytime and anywhere.  They are distributed by military chaplains free of charge.  Each stick costs $25.00, but any size gift will be appreciated.  Those not attending Sunday classes may also participate in the special door offering that will be held for this mission starting Sunday, August 13.  What a great way to show our care and appreciation for those who protect our freedoms every day!


             A Well-Deserved word of thanks goes to Ben and Gail Colvin for week after week preparing the coffee and transporting and serving the donuts that many enjoy on Sunday morning, and cleaning up and putting things away afterwards.   “Your service to our Redeemer family is noticed and appreciated!”



    If you're retirement age and like snacks, games, and fellowship, join us for the fun of it in our "Office House on the 2nd Friday of the month beginning at 6 p.m for a potluck,  Please bring your favorite games or cards and a snack or potluck item to share.  Come join our merry crew for games  and laughter Friday, October 13, at 6:00 pm in the "Office house" north of the church.   The Youth group will play Bunco with us again at our September potluck.  Join this intergenerational fun!


    Please consider adding your voice in praise to the Lord when we re-convene Wednesday night, August 30, at 7:00 pm.