News and Announcements

 NOVEMBER 2018

The Redeemer Lutheran mission quilters will continue to meet at Kathy Fletchers home to 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 9 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 12 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 13 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 at the white house. 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.

The daytime LWML ladies meet November 15 at 9:30 am.

The evening LWML ladies Bible study will meet on November 26 at 7:00 pm.

The LWML Christmas dinner will be December 13. Bring a white elephant gift under $10.00.

ALL SAINTS’ OBSERVANCE, Sunday, November 4 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 98th annual presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” by the area’s Lutheran churches. Performances are on Saturday and Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018. 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.

“MESSIAH” HELP NEEDED! Do you want to be involved in the Tulsa All Lutheran Messiah, but don’t sing, or don’t have the time for rehearsals?  You are still needed!!!  Here are the opportunities:

USHER: choose one or more presentations to greet visitors, give directions, give bulletins, and offer other assistance as needed.  Time requirement is just a couple hours the night of the presentation you choose.

SET UP on Thursday, December 4th.  Helpers are needed to set up the sanctuary and to assist with light tasks such as assembling the bulletins and moving items from the sanctuary.  Start time is 6:30 p.m.

TEAR DOWN and return all items to their rightful place and eat the left-over cookies.

Interested? Need more information?  Contact our representative, Mary Slater.

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.

Please mark your busy December calendar now for Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. when the Claremore Community Chorus will present its annual Christmas concert. This festive event will be at First United Methodist Church on Highway 88 North in Claremore. There will be a cookie and punch reception after the concert. Bring your friends and come hear several of our Redeemer members along with the other chorus members sing for joy to the newborn King!

The children of Redeemer will present a Christmas program, What Child is This? on Sunday December 2. You will want to make plans to be there. Parents there will be rehearsals November 4, 11, and 18 during Sunday School. The dress rehearsal will be Wednesday November 28 from 6pm-7pm. 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.

Youth Sunday is December 2 with the youth helping with the service. Please give our youth a word of encouragement. There will be a youth outing that day to go to Woolaroc. Be at the church at 4:30 pm and dress warmly.

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 2, the First Sunday in Advent. Also, our special, preparatory, contemplative, midweek Advent worship services will begin on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. and will continue December 12 and 19. 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.

VETERANS DAY NOVEMBER 11, 2018

          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 country … Amen.

BOOK CHECK-OUT AND RETURN

          To check out a book:

  1.  Write the date and your name on the card which is located on the inside back cover.
  2.  Place the card in the check-out box.

To return a book:

  1.  Leave it in the check-out area or on the desk. I will return the card to the book and then reshelf the book.

AUDIO/VISUAL CHECK-OUT AND RETURN

          To check out an audio/visual:

  1. Write your name, the title and date out in the audio/visual notebook.

To return an audio/visual:

  1. Place the material (DVD, CD’s, etc.) in the check-out desk.

A special thank you to an anonymous donor for a new children’s Bible.