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Pastor's Note

A weekly letter from Redeemer Lutheran Church

This house at the end of my block is being readied for demolition. Since so many of us are out on walks these days, the neighborhood is acutely aware of the build-up to the big day. Families were raised in this big house, and very soon it will be reduced to a big hole in the ground. It seems like a small-scale metaphor for the losses we’ll experience from the pandemic over the next several weeks—losses of life and losses of employment top the list.
 

Communities of faith like ours can be beacons of hope in times like these. We send encouragement to one another with texts, emails, calls, written notes. We remember hymns and bible verses that serve us well in times like these (largely because they were written in times like these!) We are like the tenacious ants who immediately begin rebuilding the anthill when it has been swept away by a careless tennis shoe—that’s how we are trying, day by day, to scrabble together a ministry that cannot include gathering together in person at 19th Street and Wisconsin Ave.
 

THIS WEEKEND:  My daughter Maddi taped a 28-minute Palm Sunday worship service hosted by Aaron and me that will be available (here: https://youtu.be/QSLiAvaXOZY) beginning Saturday evening at 5pm.  On Sunday morning at 9:45, two newer friends of Redeemer, Larissa and Donnie, will greet you on Zoom (here: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/831491602) and work with you so you feel comfortable with our LIVE time together from 10 to 10:15. I just want to use that time to share what’s going on in our community, pray Prayers of the People together, and share some encouragement from within the reality of our shared struggle.
Holy Communion at Home
In Holy Communion, the bread and cup become for us the body and blood of Jesus Christ as we repeat the words Jesus spoke to his disciples the night this meal was first celebrated. Under normal times, an ordained minister speaks the words, blessing the sacrament. These are not normal times.

Inspired by Martin Luther’s assertion that leader(s) of each household are “bishops” of the home, we suggest celebrating the holy meal at home.  (Aaron and I will demonstrate in our taped worship available beginning 4/4 at 5pm on YouTube.) Here’s one way to do it: Holy Communion at Home
631 N. 19th Street 
Miwaukee, WI 53233
(414) 933-7004
www.redeemermilwaukee.org
Email: Redeemermilw@att.net

Sunday Worship Service, 10AM
PASTORAL CARE: We depend on you to inform of the needs of our people, including hospitalizations. For emergency pastoral care, Pr. Lisa can be reached at (414) 238-1043. Friday is the Pastor’s day off.  Shut-In visits occur the 2nd Monday of the month.

WE HOLD IN PRAYER: Aris Townsend & family; Tom Sobbotke; Mary Bockhaus, who recently learned about a new cancer growing near her heart & esophagus; Janice Fowlkes; for God to meet us in our wonderings and wanderings; for the dream of a Mental Health Assessment Clinic and the Interfaith Gathering Center; for those at risk for the coronavirus, our health care workers and the wisdom and compassion of our leaders.

 
CALENDAR UPDATES

Noon Run CLOSED until: Sunday, May 17th
 
ONLINE WORSHIP until further notice
 
EASTER:
Easter Breakfast: 8:30am
Festival In-Person Worship: 10:00am
 
ONLINE BIBLE STUDY at Noon through the end of April
 
REQUIEM FOR A HOMELESS MAN:
Live Performance moved to May 3rd
  
BUILDING CLOSED FOR ALL GROUP EVENTS

Staff and council members will be checking in with Redeemer friends each week. Aaron is working on updates to website: www.redeemermilwaukee.org. Like our FaceBook page: Redeemer Lutheran Church-Milwaukee.  If you’d like to request an updated directory, write admin@redeemermilwaukee.org or pastorlisa@redeemermilwaukee.org.
2019-2020 Winter Tidings Newsletter
is available to read to stay updated and in the know on what's happening at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Click the image of the newsletter to the left to read.

We hope you choose to engage with us, be inspired, share the news and be blessed!

 
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Bee Redeemed Products


Ways to purchase:
See Judy Standiford following worship service
Email redeemermilw@att.net and place an order for pick-up
Call church office between 9am-2pm, Mon-Fri at (414) 933-7004 

 
Real conversations following Frank Zeidler's legacy of civil discourse. Join others in dialogue on vital issues that matter in 2020. These talks are serving a dual purpose of providing spaces to have vital conversations in the community, and to support our facilitator training program. FREE, but space is limited!  See list below.
Go to zeidlergroup.org to Register or RSVP!

WAYS TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE ZEIDLER GROUP

On January 1, 2020, the Frank P. Zeidler Center for Public Discussion changed its name to the Zeidler Group. We’re keeping the Zeidler Legacy while clarifying that we aren’t a “center” you have to come to but a group of caring and qualified facilitators that will come to you!  Find us online in 2020 at 
www.zeidlergroup.org, office@zeidlergroup.org, katherine@zeidlergroup.org etc. If you forget, all zeidlercenter.org will forward to our new emails!
 
Frank Talks: Real conversations following Frank Zeidler's legacy of civil discourse. Join others in dialogue on vital issues that matter in 2020. These talks are serving a dual purpose of providing spaces to have vital conversations in the community, and to support our facilitator training program. FREE, but space is limited!
Go to zeidlergroup.org to Register or RSVP!


Strategies for Difficult Conversations Workshop: Do you want help navigating challenging topics in your daily life? Register for our skill-building workshop for building connection and resilience across divides! Go to zeidlergroup.org for more information.


Our Facilitator Certification Training Application is now available!
Go to zeidlergroup.org to learn more!

 
BECOME A SPONSOR:  We are looking for individuals who will regularly support the Zeidler Group’s local and international programs with financial gifts as we work toward peace and reconciliation through civil dialogue. Checks can be made out to Zeidler Center for Public Discussion and placed in the offering or church office.
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