Pastor's Note

Dear Friends in Christ at Redeemer,

Yes, that’s Ericka Jones! She came by yesterday to record a podcast and liturgies for upcoming worship videos. Ericka has often stunned me with her “on point” answers to kinda typical pastor questions; I’m expecting one universe of possible answers and she gives me something that floors me for a moment and wakes me up to my limiting assumptions.

Example #1, from several years back:  

      Me: What do you think we should state as the mission of this church?
Ericka: To end homelessness in this neighborhood.


Example #2, from yesterday:

      Me:  How do you sense God’s present in your life today?
Ericka:  In the smiles and kind words I give to others, any hope I can share, words of encouragement. It would be hugs, but I can’t do that right now!


Usually, when I ask a “God’s Presence” questions, I’m expecting to hear about something *outside* the person—a beautiful sunrise, a surprise visit from a friend, an unexpected blessing, a perceptible answer to prayer. But Ericka’s answer reminds us of another truth:  God dwells within us, always. So God is present in the ways we share what is godly with others—positivity, love, compassion, empathy, comfort. God is present within us, and when we outwardly demonstrate what is within us, God is present in the world. Wow.

I couldn’t wait to share that with you, though Ericka’s full podcast will be made available February 21st.

This weekend, enjoy “Finding Love: A Faith Story” featuring Luann Blohm and Scott McIntosh, who share the story of how they met, and how faith binds them together through 18 years of marriage. A worship experience based on Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals will also be available on our website:  Sunday is not only Valentine’s Day, it’s Transfiguration Sunday—we retell and unpack that time when Jesus took a couple friends up a mountain and he was seen in a new light.

Next week, an opportunity for in-person holy moments at Redeemer:
Arrive between noon and 1pm OR 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Enter through the main glass Sanctuary doors off Wisconsin Avenue. I’ll meet you in the sacristy to give you ashes and Lenten gifts. Then, if you like, spend time in the Sanctuary (masked and distanced) for private prayer. I’m so looking forward to seeing many of you.  In 2020, Ash Wednesday was one of our last times worshipping in person, and I’ll never forget it. It was just hours after the shootings at Miller Brewing, and we were all so stunned. Little did we know the fullness of what the entire year would bring. 

Peace in the God who is present within us,
Pastor Lisa

Redeemer Lives! New Episode Sunday, February 14th
Podcast hosted by Rev. Lisa Bates-Froiland
with special guests, Luann Blohm and Scott McIntosh

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and the Redeemer website.

Sunday, February 14th Online YouTube Service
led by Rev. Lisa Bates-Froiland
Available on Youtube and the Redeemer website.


Home Communion Service

Redeemer Virtual Community
Private group · 11 members
Join Group
The virtual gathering space for Redeemer Lutheran Church. This is a place to share joys and struggles and grow in relationship with one another.
Online Giving
Redeemer Family & Friends,

We need some helpful volunteers to sign up for these opportunities below this fall. 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.
Outdoor Pantry

Thursdays 12:30pm-1:30pm
South side parking lot
We bring food to you!

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

To volunteer or donate, contact Joan Jacobs:
631 N. 19th Street 
Miwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 933-7004

COVID-19 Worship Services on YouTube: Click Here
To respond to this Pastor's Note, please email

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Redeemer Lutheran Church · 631 N 19th St · Milwaukee, WI 53233 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp