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We are collecting dry and canned goods for Interchange Food Pantry this Sunday! Interchange provides Redeemer with the food we give to our neighbors at Thursday's food pantry. Thank you for your help!

Pastor's Note

Friends in Christ,

Last Sunday’s worship service was truly special, for so many reasons:

  • The room was fuller than it has been for several weeks; more bodies, more SPIRIT!
  • Leo S. “threw down” a reading of Romans 8 that riveted us
  • Joyce J. inspired us with “Great is thy Faithfulness” that kept building and building to a powerful ending
  • The whole congregation showed how much we are loving Jeff’s composition, “And the Table Will be Wide,” before communion
  • Seeing people gathered outside the church and looking at the front door, I “double-dog-dared” people to go out during the Peace and invite them in. And they did!
In addition to all that, we checked in with the three people whom I had entrusted with a quarter two weeks earlier (Luke 19: 11-27). For “the record,” and because ALL THREE responses were deeply meaningful in DIFFERENT WAYS, here’s what they shared:
  1. In worship R told the story of receiving the quarter and “fearing the harsh leader,” he buried it in a pot of dirt. Days later he saw that the quarter had somehow become many quarters, spilling up and covering the top of the soil! Then a branch grew up from the soil and sprouted paper money like leaves!  Later I learned that R had asked the children/grandchildren in his life to save one quarter a day for 14 days; and he asked many of the adults in his life to save $1 a day for fourteen days. (Some contributed even more.) As a result of R’s “crowdfunding”, the Money Tree ended up returning 100X the value of the quarter, all to benefit the Fearless and Faithful campaign.
  2. When I said farewell to J at the end of the worship service when she had volunteered to take a quarter with her, we both acknowledged that we had no idea what would become of the quarter. This past Sunday, J shared that on the day she received the quarter, she was experiencing a serious money shortage awaiting a check that would help with housing and tuition for the upcoming semester. She had even moved in with a friend, giving up her own apartment. She prayed that the quarter might symbolize more money on the way.  It did! The needed check appeared the next day, and J tithed the check with two rolls of quarters in addition to the quarter she had been given.  The quarter exercise was a faith-filled discipline of trust and waiting for J, and we benefited from hearing her story.
  3. K revealed that she is a person of little money, and she also wondered what would happen as she tucked the quarter in the bottom of her purse and walked around with it. She grew more and more curious about the Luke 19 parable, reading and re-reading it. She struggled to remember and make sense of what she’d heard in my sermon about it. She called to make an appointment to talk with me in my office–about her life challenges, and about Luke 19. Alex printed her a copy of my sermon to take a long and reread. As last Sunday approached, K realized what had grown in the time she’d carried that quarter–her understanding of the priceless value of being led by someone who is NOT “harsh” and to be feared, but a Good Shepherd who is patient, understanding, and willing to listen. With that, she knew she could return the same quarter with confidence and joy.

There’s another Sunday coming up, just around the corner! And the theme is SWEARING! (Matt 5: 33-37). 

Listen to Gloria Roschke on this topic from our pandemic podcast series, “Redeemer Lives”;
https://redeemerlives.buzzsprout.com/1518892/6820225-i-swear-with-gloria-roschke

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lisa

Please share the link to our online campaign to raise money for a NEW kitchen. Our goal is to raise $26,000 by August 31st. Click the button below or visit: give.weraise.org/redeemermilwaukee

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A New Kitchen for a New Day
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Historic Milwaukee's Doors Open event takes place the weekend of September 24th and September 25th. Redeemer will be participating and if you would like to be an onsite volunteer, please sign up at 
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Food Pantry
Thursdays 11:30 - 12:30
South side parking lot entrance


Volunteers Needed
Volunteers meet in shifts Thursdays 10:00am-2:00pm. Help us box meals,
pack bags of groceries, and distribute goods.
Anyone is welcome to volunteer!

To volunteer or donate, contact Joan Jacobs: jacobsje49@gmail.com

 
The Food Pantry is seeking donations!
  • Personal Hygeine Products: The Food Pantry is in need of personal hygiene products (deodorant, soap, tooth brushes/paste, etc.). Donations can be dropped in the box in the Narthex or in the office.
  • Shopping Carts: We are also seeking monetary donations to purchase shopping carts; each shopping cart costs $50. If you’d like to donate a check or cash, please make sure to note that it is for “shopping carts.”
Questions? Contact Joan Jacobs at jacobsje49@gmail.com.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
COMING UP
  • Neighborhood Mapping 3.0: Meet at Redeemer Fridays at 10:45am to walk and get to know the neighborhood we serve!
  • Redeemer Summer Gatherings Schedule: The last beer garden of the summer, come for great conversations and a beverage!
    • August 17th at 5:00pm: Estabrook Park, 4400 N. Estabrook Dr.

REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT
  • The Refugee Apartment Work Day #2 will be on August 7th 12:00pm- 8:00pm: There is more work to be done at the refugee apartment, if you would like to help clean or paint sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094EA9A92FA2FC1-refugee1
  • If you are interested in helping with the refugee resettlement, the Redeemer interest group is being led by Abby Schumwinger, abbyschumwinger@gmail.com or 414-217-4904. Contact Abby to get involved!
  • Inquiries re: co-sponsoring Afghan families can also be made directly to Lutheran Social Services at church.relations@lsswis.org.
 

NAMI GROUPS
  • The Journey Support Group for women who live with PTSD or C-PTSD will meet from 1:00pm-2:30 on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month beginning April 12th at Redeemer in the library.
    • Registration: Call 414-326-3454 or email theresa@namisoutheastwi.org
631 N. 19th Street 
Miwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 933-7004
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