We’re less than a week away from Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. Kids are getting out of school, graduations are happening, and the weather is definitely getting warmer. In summer, Nashville seems to slow down a bit. The swimming pools are open, the big blockbusters are in theaters, and the days are long and hot.
Church of the Redeemer slows down for the summer, too. This is both cultural and intentional. Cultural, because that’s what churches in the South seem to do, at least in my experience. But we’re also intentional. Sabbath rest is not “just” a commandment of God, it’s also a helpful pattern of living. If we don’t have seasons of rest, we find that seasons of activity become more and more demanding, and less and less fulfilling.
June 4th is Pentecost Sunday, in many ways the climax of the Church Calendar. On that day we are offering baptism (please contact me if interested!), Family Affair Ministries will join us, and Pastor Glenda Sutton is preaching. It will be a wonderful day. It will also be our last day of Sunday school until August.
During the summer, the Women’s Ministry will be offering Connections on Thursday mornings. Otherwise, there won’t be any midweek programs. On Sundays, there will be childcare for the little ones, but youth and children will be with us in worship. Of course, pastoral care is always available for those who are sick, in a crisis, or in need of spiritual support and direction. Music, preaching, and all the other aspects of Sunday liturgy continue as always.
Summer does bring different opportunities. Here are some things going on:
On Sunday evening, June 11, I’m inviting anyone who wants to join me for a picnic. We’ll be at our church playground, beginning at 6 pm. No agenda, just a time to hang out. I’ll be bringing my grill from home and making burgers. Bring whatever you want, bring your kids/friends/whomever. We’ll just have a beer and watch the kids play.
Summer is a great time to have a picnic/bar-b-que at your house. Invite folks in your neighborhood. You’ll be surprised how many folks would love to come to something that simple. To encourage you to do this, I’ll give Kroger gift cards to anyone in the church who will use them to throw a little party for their neighbors. Seriously. Just tell me on Sunday you’re doing it, and I’ll give you one.
Just because things are laid back doesn’t mean that the discipline or regular prayer and Bible meditation goes away. So, to encourage our devotional life, I’ll be e-mailing daily devotions out to the church throughout the summer. If you are not on our e-mail list, please tell the church office.
We have a great opportunity to help some desperately poor Christians in Haiti this summer. I’m going to send a separate message about that, but you’ll see that shortly.
Creation Care Camp
Registration for “Wild Wonder” (Creation Care Camp) is now open at www.tinyurl.com/wildwonder2017. Through daily devotions in scripture, nature study and exploration, and hands-on science activities, the camp weaves wonder of the natural world into a deeper knowledge of Jesus and the created world. Camp is open to rising Kindergarteners through rising 4th graders and will be held June 12th - June 16th at Church of the Redeemer from 9am to noon each day. Please register each child separately. When you register your child, there is an option to volunteer at camp. More info for volunteers will follow. If you do not have a child at camp but would still like to volunteer, please email Flo Oakes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Summer Pool Party on May 31
Bring yourself and all your friends to our pool party to kickoff the summer! Students entering 7th grade this fall through graduating seniors are invited to attend. We will have pool games, yard games, a hot tub and a cook out. The pool party will be on Wednesday, May 31st at the Sells home (5146 Stanford Dr) starting at 5pm and ending by 8pm. Questions? Contact Johnmark (email@example.com or 630-779-4240). Look for other Summer youth events, too.
Redeemer Men's Summer Brewery Fellowship
One Saturday each month this summer, Redeemer men will be meeting at a local brewery for prayer, loosely guided discussion, fellowship and to sample some beer. Please join us as we grow closer to old friends and take the opportunity to make new ones. The breweries don't all serve food so please have lunch before coming. We will meet at 1:00 and wrap up at 3:00. Our first gathering is Saturday, May 27th from 1-3pm at Southern Grist Brewing. Join us!
Women’s Arrington Trip
Women of Redeemer are meeting at Arrington Vineyards Saturday, June 17th at 6 pm. We will meet at the vineyard. Come sip some wine under the stars, listen to jazz, and spend some time with friends. Bring something delicious, savory or sweet, to share. When you arrive and park at Arrington look for familiar faces around the picnic table area or call/text Esther Ehmann to find the our location: 802-989-0834.