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Redeemer News

May 2013

Redeemer Lutheran Church Pastor Michael Wolters 711 10th Ave W 483-4463

Acolyte Schedule

May 5 ­ Heidi Jazwa May 12 ­ Dynae Zubke May 19­ Dayna Zubke May 26 ­ Cord Wolters June 2 ­ Dayna Zubke June 9 ­ Cord Wolters June 16 ­ Kace Crain June 23 ­ Heidi Jazwa June 30 ­ Dynae Zubke

Please make arrangements with someone else on the list if you are unable to serve for your assigned Sunday.

677-1789 225-1835 225-1835 483-8876 225-1835 483-8876 227-1185 677-1789 225-1835

Vacation Bible School

Tell It on the Mountain VBS will take you on a expedition to the top of five mountains and teach you more about God's might and grace and His Son, Jesus our Savior and Lord. The dates are June 3rd 6th from 8:00am ­ 11:00am with breakfast served each morning at 8:00 am. Registration is open for ages 3 through kids entering 5th grade in the fall. Get excited to sing fun songs, make wonderful crafts, and more. Plus, you'll learn all about Jesus so that you can go TELL everyone about Him! We can't wait to see you there! To register: 1. Go online at www.redeemerdickinson,org and click on Tell it on the Mountain. 2. Fill out the form included in this newsletter and give it to Tracy or Jan. 3. Call the church office at 483-4463 or Tracy at 225-1835. If you would like to help out in any way, please contact Tracy at [email protected] or 2251835. We always welcome the extra hands! Above all, we ask for your prayers for our Vacation Bible School. Pray for all the helpers and ask God to bring children to our program so they can know and grow in Jesus, our Savior! Thank you Redeemer Board of Education

May 5th-Tea Social @ 3:00pm May 12th ­Mission [email protected] 9:00 am May 13th ­ Peace Officer's Banquet @ 7:00 pm May 16th ­ Executive Board Meeting @ 7pm May 19th-Reception for graduating Seniors @10:20am May 19th ­ Potluck Lunch @ 11:20am Voter's Meeting @12:30pm .

"Reaping What You Sow"

In 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV) St. Paul wrote: "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." In many parts of our country during this month of May gardens will be turning green as new plants spring from the ground and begin the process of producing fruits, vegetables and flowers. If you have ever planted hills of seeds, like beans or cucumbers, you probably know how true these words of St. Paul are. Plant only one or perhaps two seeds in each hill and you will not have the same results that you would have if you had planted four or more seeds in each hill. Of course, St. Paul was not writing about gardening but rather about a special offering to help the saints in Jerusalem and Judea who were suffering from a severe famine. Some may take this passage to mean that it is our motivation for giving. Those folks might even be so bold as to say that if you are stingy in your giving, you will be poorer for it, but if you are generous in your giving you will be even wealthier. But this verse does not state the motivation for giving but simply refers to information and instruction that we know to be true from experience and observation. The true motivation for Christian giving is found in 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV): "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." God's grace in Jesus Christ is the motivation for our Christian giving. Jesus has done for us what we could never do for ourselves, that is, save us from sin, death and everlasting condemnation. Our spiritual needs are fully taken care of in Christ, but what about our physical needs? This passage speaks to that as well when it indicates that God also takes care of our physical needs so that in all things at all times we will have all that we need so that we can abound in every good work.

St. Paul stated this so eloquently in Romans 8:32 (NIV): "He (God) who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all--will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? This question begs for the answer "yes." God does provide all that we need for our spiritual and physical welfare and he does it lavishly so that we can abound in every good work. Finally St. Paul brought the truth of Christian giving home when he wrote in 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV): "Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful (hilarious) giver." Christian giving is primarily a spiritual issue, not a financial one. When we children of God answer the question of what do I believe God is calling me to give then we respond freely and generously not because the church or any other Christian cause needs our money, but because we believe in our hearts that our giving is a consecrated response. The joy that we reap from such free and generous giving is something that brings a special sweetness to our lives that no one can ever take away from us.

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Join Us on Sunday May 19th as we recognize our 2013 Graduating Seniors from Redeemer Lutheran Church, immediately following worship.

The Heart of a Mother

May

Mary was unlike every mother. "The child to be born will be called holy--the Son of God" Luke 1:35b. Mary was like every mother. "Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart" Luke 2:19.

01- Donella Erstad 01- Shayna Monson 01- Peyton Erdman 03- Brehea Meek 08- Darla Messer 08- Vicki Schepp 10- Beverly Trucan 10- Tim Okerlund 11- Paige Balliet 11- Zelwyn Heide 12- Paul Shafer 14- Jaret Meek 14- Kari Monson 15- Tracy Zubke 16-Morgan Kern 16-Britten Kern 17- Bonnie Dvorak 17-Paul Eidenschink 18-Presten Kern 20- Deb Corneliusen 21-Donald Erstad 21-Christopher Gregory 21-Albert Messer 22- Maxine Braun 27- Laura Erdman 27-John Krenz 28-Kira Judson 28-Brian Urbanec 30- Josh Brevik 31-Theodore Brevik 31- Kathy Buckman May Anniversaries 01- Tim and Connie Okerlund 04- Delvin and Tracy Zubke 28- Paul and Paulette Huber 31-James and Kira Judson

A mother's heart is a treasure store of things to ponder.

Things of joy . . . "He who is mighty has done great things for me" Luke 1:49. That first glimpse, baptism, feedings, giggles, wobbly steps, silly words, school days, life. Things of sorrow . . . "And a sword will pierce through your own soul also" Luke 2:35a. Sickness, scrapes, pains, mistakes, bad choices, wrong friends, rebellion, maybe death.

A mother's heart needs the treasure of Christ's love.

To celebrate the joys . . . "My soul magnifies the Lord" Luke 1:46. To be comforted in sorrow . . . "And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation" Luke 1:50.

A Prayer for a Mother's Heart - Thank You,

heavenly Father, for the lofty vocation of motherhood. Thank You for our mothers. Be with mothers of the unborn, newborns, toddlers, teens, and adults. Strengthen their hearts to ponder anew the wonder of Your gift of life. Be with mothers who have miscarried. Uplift their hearts to receive Your love and comfort. Be with mothers whose hearts are crushed because of an abortion. Restore their hearts through Your love and forgiveness. Pour out the treasure of Christ's love that He might be seen and glorified in the heart of a mother. In His name, Amen.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Lutherans For Life

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