Celebrating Christ by Growing Up, Out, and Together

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We celebrate Christ as a community of believers by reaching out to God’s world in the name of Jesus.  We desire to make a difference for His kingdom here on earth and give God the glory.

 

We invest our energy in seven specific ways.

 

We learn: We research and vet organizational connections, discerning where God is working and joining Him. We develop friendships, discover their hearts, their needs, and their joys.

We pray: We believe that God will open doors for us according to His will. “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1a

We give: We give from our own time, talents and treasures. We aspire to be like the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37

We go: We go across our yards, our offices, our cities, our rural areas, our country, and to other continents.

We tell: We share our treasure- faith in Jesus Christ.

We send: We send our members and other ‘partners in the Gospel’ to tell people near and far how much God loves them.

We CELEBRATE: HIS LOVE, OUR SAVIOR, AND HIS GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE , ALL TOGETHER, AND GIVE GOD THE GLORY!!!

 

Redeemer shares God’s love with His World. In Acts 1:8 we read, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” In response to the Holy Spirit, Redeemer is committed locally, nationally, and globally.

 

Local

Redeemer supports several Christian organizations which provide significant mercy ministries as well as proclaim that there is hope in Christ. While Redeemer Lutheran Church does not have an organizational tie to other Christian organizations, we have the bond of Christ. We thank God for their good work and encourage one another to serve those for whom Christ died, through these organizations as we have time and ability. Here are some of the priorities God is moving us to learn more about and partner with:

 

Individuals and families with Intellectual and developmental disabilities,

Individuals and families who struggle to choose life, and who grieve the past,

Individuals who need positive relationships including mentoring and teaching,

Families with children who need Christian role models and constructive activity,

Families with children in the poor, harsh, and depressed parts of our community, and

Black Americans and Hispanics who strive to provide their families with Christian guidance, community, and faith.

Early Responders

The LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) includes 44 members of Redeemer who are trained and able to respond quickly to disasters. Redeemer has the largest team in our 50-county district. Our volunteers are equipped to work in a variety of disaster outreach ministries, such as food and water distribution, sheltering, cleanup and debris removal, basic repair, and property protection. Specialized chainsaw training is also available to members of the team.

 

When deployed by the LERT Team Leader and the CID LERT District Coordinator, we have the ability to respond quickly and effectively to assist all people in crises regardless of their background, social standing, or religious beliefs. Our LERT team is self-supporting and self-sustaining, and all of our work and expenses are covered by our volunteers. No one who has been helped is ever charged a fee of any kind. Our LERT Team is truly “Mercy in Action.”

 

For more information, visit www.lcms.org/disaster.

Bethesda

Bethesda seeks to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through services that share the good news of Jesus Christ.  These disabilities include Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and Down syndrome, just to name a few.

 

Redeemer has maintained a relationship with Bethesda Ministries since the 80’s. The first Bethesda home was born in Peoria on September 23, 2013, and has expanded to eight homes in the area. Bethesda residents join us on occasion for dinner or other activities and continue to bless us with their willingness to meet and greet everyone they encounter.  Our Redeemer family continues to seek a relationship with this fine organization of wonderful people, and treasures these individuals and this organization as gifts from God.

Single Mom's Morning Out

In May, Redeemer hosts a Single Mom's Morning Out for over 100 mothers. Available to the moms are free hair styling, brunch, clothing, massage, prayer time, car wash, babysitting, cooking demonstration, crafting, goody bag, and a free lunch to go.

 

Our church wishes to stand with these women, shows our support, and share the love of Jesus by blessing their socks off.

 

Learn more about SMMO at Redeemer

Central Illinois District

Last year, Redeemer financially gave $135,000 to eighteen missions in Central Illinois, including special ministries, campus ministries, and prison ministries. We are especially pleased that we were able to contribute to the fine work of Pastor Mike Burdick, at Western Illinois University. Pastor Burdick is a son of this congregation.

 

Check out the Central Illinois Missions that we support.

National

Appalachia

A group of men of all ages road trip to the heart of Appalachia, one week a year in late April, to be a blessing to a community of very special people! We take their tools and talents; working out of the Binns-Counts Community Center in McClure, VA. The week is spent constructing, securing, and restoring area homes and facilities, sharing our hope and faith in Jesus Christ and growing together in fellowship.

 

This trip is highlighted by the completion of challenging yet deeply rewarding work, witnessing the love of Christ to a community in need, and developing deep friendships!

 

One can truly see God’s love and witness the Holy Spirit moving in the beautiful hills of Appalachia!

 

 

Around the World

We have been blessed to be a supporting congregation in a few very significant places in God’s world.  At this time we are very invested in Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Tanzania.

 

Please learn the most current information about our serving opportunities, supported ministries, and missional endeavors by reading our weekly Priority One, which is distributed before worship, or by subscribing to our email newsletter which is sent out weekly. Information may also be available by clicking on the SERVE tab on this website.