June 15, 2021

Dear Friends,

Not to brag, but I make a pretty good hamburger, as you will see if you come to our third Parking Lot Picnic tomorrow night. With a forecast of 92˚ and sunny, we will have seating set up indoors for those who would like things to be a little cooler. And we’ll have some water games for the kids after dinner.

And next week? The picnic will feature a Kona Ice Truck doing free shaved ice, a bounce house and two inflatable slides for the kids!

In the meantime, if you need me for anything, I’ll be at home hand forming my burger patties…

Let’s talk about our kids for a second.

As you know, we’re planning to install a playground this summer (probably in late August). It’ll look something like this:

With about three weeks to go, we’ve had $4,030 given to help us add some of the extra playground features we’d like to move forward with (a toddler piece, fencing, benches, some shade, etc.). We are hoping to raise another $10,970 so we can take full advantage of a $15,000 matching gift that has been offered to us.

Would you pray this week about what you might be able to give toward this project? You can give on line (https://redeemerlr.churchcenter.com/giving). If you do, please send an email or a text to let us know the amount that was given for the project. Or if you write a check, note the playground fund in your memo line. Thanks.


Can you give us one or two Sundays this summer in the nursery? We need some additional volunteers to help us. It’s easy to sign up. Check your calendar and then click here. On behalf of the kids – and their parents – thank you for giving a Sunday to serve them!

Don’t forget to pray for our students this weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, they will be taking part in a “Serve The City” 24 hour event. May God bless our students and bless our world through their service this weekend!

No newsletter next week. You’re on your own. In the meantime, here’s a thought for you to meditate on.

It comes from the book I’m a Good Man, but… written by Fritz Ridenour back in 1969. It’s a supposedly true story from the mission field. “A missionary was talking to the old Indian about what it was like to be a Christian and the Indian said that being a Christian was like having two dogs inside of him fighting. There was the bad dog (sin) and the good dog (righteousness). ‘Which is winning?’ asked the missionary. ‘The one I feed the most.'”

The story reflects what the Bible teaches in Galatians 5. “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.” (Galatians 5:16–17)

Feed your soul. Renew your mind. Walk by the spirit.

This Sunday is Father’s Day. I’m not sure who said it first, but someone has made the observation that any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. We’ll take a time out to consider God’s assignment for dads this Sunday.

See you in church.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Bob

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