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Pastor's Note

Dear Sinners and Saints,

First, a video for you to enjoy today. On Monday morning, a dozen Interfaith leaders from across the city climbed to Redeemer’s rooftop to pray over the city of Milwaukee. It was quite a morning:
https://youtu.be/6UQuuCx3gQs
Second, a reprise of the farewell slide show capturing a small portion of Mark Fraley’s time with us:
https://youtu.be/pO8K6lBD2rc

It’s another Friday, and another farewell message, I’m sad to say.  Mark Fraley began his learning experience with us back in September with a Pastoral Internship that plunked him into the Wonderful World of Redeemer 10-12 hours per week through mid-May. The pandemic reality made it possible for him to remain with us throughout the summer at 20 hours per week as part of his Clinical Pastoral Education. This coming Tuesday is his final day of that unit, and he will return to seminary studies for one final academic year.

I want to tell you one thing you may not know about Mark, and share one big thing I want to share about his ministry with us, especially this summer.

Mark burns with a righteous anger.  That word “righteous” doesn’t only mean the anger he expresses (quietly and controlled) is valid.  The anger springs from witnessing injustices and ungodliness, particularly from public figures who are called to have the concerns of the marginalized, oppressed, abused and impoverished at top of mind. “Righteous”, for the Christian, is a relational word.  It speaks of our relationship with God and with one another. So, springing from a devoted life with God and especially a very deep and caring relationship with people, Mark often shared with me a righteous anger whenever he learned of the pain and hurt people were suffering because of others’ greed and/or malevolence. His ministry, as he goes forward, will not be the kind of “pretend” pastoring that tends to be so much about fancy vestments and folksy sermonizing. It will be about getting in the middle and disrupting long-standing patterns of systemic injustice.

His ministry with us this summer began a transformation of the congregation. Difficult to see this change, especially when we have been unable to gather. To a large extent, we only know how each of us have experienced a call (or many calls) from Mark this summer, either asking how we’re doing OR asking for our opinion on something related to ministry. When you get your next issue of Tidings, you’ll get the full picture of Mark’s work at Redeemer this summer. The overall impact, the transformation, is to share the ministry activities of the congregation more broadly.

For most of the decades beginning in 1890, Redeemer been led by a particularly activist kind of pastor with a strong leadership profile. Nearly everything sprang from the pastor’s leadership under the pastor’s direction.  For the health of the congregation and living into the model of Christian community shared in the New Testament, we seek to unleash the ministry gifts of people who call Redeemer their community of faith. As I’ve been calling it, we want to “horizontalize” the congregation’s efforts. And so, you’ll see a Welcoming effort that involves many more people, a small-group ministry that connects us more deeply, and a continuation of the “how are you doing . . . really” check-ins that are often initiated by Redeemer members and friends, and not just the pastor.

This is huge, and it is one way Redeemer has managed (thanks be to God) to strengthen and deepen even during the months of pandemic. Thank you, Mark, and thanks to all who responded to Mark’s inquiries this summer. You will be missed, Mark, and always welcome here.

See Mark lead a Healing Service in Response to Trauma, available on Redeemer’s website, www.redeemermilwaukee.org, beginning Saturday evening.

Peace always,
Pastor Lisa


PS: When will we get together for in-person worship again? Numbers of new cases are declining, but the overall number of tests have also declined, and the percentage of positive results have actually risen. We want to see the impact open schools might have on the wider population, too, and that will take a few weeks to see. That said, we’ve identified September 20, October 11, and October 25 as possible in-person worship times. We’ll keep you posted.


 

Sunday, August 23rd Service of Healing
led by Mark Fraley
Coming to you by this Saturday evening on 
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HOUSE OF PEACE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE
In order to break the cycle of poverty, it is important that
children are properly outfitted with school supplies. 

Can you donate supplies or funds to purchase supplies?

Please deliver supplies to Capuchin Community Services’ House of Peace site:1702 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 am to Noon and from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Backpacks are desperately needed.

Donate items by Friday, August 21.
 
Want to order school supplies online?

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You can make an online gift to the school supply drive and to sustain the ministry of the House of Peace and Capuchin Community Services.

Please mail checks to Capuchin Community Services, in support of the ministry:

1702 W. Walnut Street
Milwaukee, WI 53205

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Redeemer Family & Friends,

We need some helpful volunteers to sign up for these opportunities below this summer. It always a good time at Redeemer while doing something meaningful for our community. Sign up if you see an area where you could help or share with someone who could. Thanks so much.
REDEEMER SANDWICH BRIGADE

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10:30am-12:00pm Redeemer Dining Hall

Volunteer Tasks:

Pick up bread from Just One More Ministries
Make sandwiches to be delivered by Pastor Lisa or Aaron
Label sandwich bags
Wipe down tables before/after sandwich making
Wash trays and spreaders for next use


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

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631 N. 19th Street 
Miwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 933-7004
www.redeemermilwaukee.org
Email: Redeemermilw@att.net

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