SYMBOLS OF REDEMPTION
Volume 21, Issue 2 February 2011
Best selling author Kathleen Norris in her book
"Dakota: A Spiritual Geography" talks about her older
Presbyterian congregation, Hope Church, in Hope,
“CHANGE!” South Dakota. Both the community of Hope and Hope
Church are paradoxes. Although dying, they are, in
Norris's words, "beautifully alive." The vitality is a result
of an unflinching refusal to despair. Due to population
The last couple years have brought about many depletion, the continuous flight of youth to urban areas,
changes in Redemption congregation. We have seen and the sheer isolation geographically, numerical growth
two schools close: Mt. Hope – Redemption and Lion's is not possible.
Gate. That has changed the makeup of our staff Did Hope Church despair? According to Norris, the
although until recently we have retained most of the people refuse its presence. The congregation actively
personnel as members. Teacher Barb Prigge participates in reducing world hunger and ranks high in
transferred back to Mt. Calvary where her husband percentage giving among Presbyterians in South
Roger is very active in the congregation, and Teacher Dakota. Norris writes, "The power of Hope Church and
Kim Woebke (along with her family) have transferred to country churches like it is subtle and not easily
Mt. Hope where she is kindergarten teacher. Teacher quantifiable. It's a power derived from smallness and
and Principal David Polzin has a call to be teacher and lack of power, a concept the apostle Paul would
principal at St. John's Lutheran School of Norwood- appreciate, even if modern church bureaucrats lose sight
Young America and hopes to reach a decision by the of it. Their challenge is to go on living thankfully,
end of January. If he accepts the call he would transfer contributing liberally, and living graciously" (p.165).
his membership to St. John's. Teacher Amy Zenda- Quality can be a measure of mission, too. Many
Johnson is teaching at Central Lutheran School in St. churches like Hope may not grow. But, not one of the
Paul but is not required to be a member of one of the members is outside the realm of mission. Growth, as
Association congregations. We hope she and her family significant as it is for mission, does not alone define what
will retain membership at Redemption. mission is. To assign "mission" as a title exclusively to
The whole year of 2011 will bring change as well. numerically growing churches is a mistaken
Hopefully by anticipating where and when some of these understanding of mission.
changes will take place it will assist all of us in The Bible passage we call the Great Commission,
weathering the changes well. The challenge of change Matthew 28:18-20, reads: And Jesus came and said to
for a congregation like Redemption which has been on a them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been
steady downward slope in membership is to redefine given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all
and redirect its mission. Our Day School has been a big nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of
part of Redemption's mission in the past. We have the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe
begun to work at mission a bit differently as we all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with
participate in Door2Hope, Georgetown Park ministry, you always, to the end of the age." This passage was
Praise Club, Loaves and Fishes, VEAP, and partner with not understood to be primarily about mission until the
L.I.N.C. – TC (Lutheran Intercity Networking Coalition – early nineteenth century. Before then, the verses were
Twin Cities) and support Missionary Coral Rose as read mostly as part of the rite of baptism.
financial administrator for all of our LCMS mission
stations in Africa. The upcoming Mobile Pack for Feed
My Starving Children with other congregations and
organizations of Bloomington in March will open up other Lutheran Church of the Redemption
opportunities to feed a hungry world. 952-881-0035
We realize that a decline in our growth as a
congregation has not meant an end to our mission work. Pastor Dennis M. Drews
Yes, we are mere shadow of our past. Yes, rethinking Dir. Youth/Fam Ministry Nancy Schuett
mission is difficult. Yes, we have an aging congregation, Youth Counselor Jason Koosmann
as we've noted many times, and fewer young families.
Yet, I do not see a shortage of hope for Redemption's
present and future mission orientation. (From the Pastor continued on page 2)
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The read-through for the spring musical, “Fingers of growing by leaps and bounds. They meet at 5:30 p.m.
God”, by Keith Bratsch, took place on Sunday evening, on Wednesdays under the direction of Kathy Jones. We
January 9th. Twenty-six people showed up to be in the are very happy to have such enthusiastic ringers and
cast. At this writing we have added at least five more, look forward to hearing them again.
with possibility of a few more than that joining. We are
very blessed to have each and every one of them and Many people have commented very favorably about the
welcome them into our musical family. The musical will five young ladies who sang for us at Christmas. We are
have a slightly different schedule of performances this pleased that they have agreed to get together again and
year: Thursday, Mar. 24 and Friday, Mar. 25--7:30pm, practice for another upcoming song in our services.
Saturday, Mar. 26--two performances--at 3:00 and Thank you, Megan, Ashlyn, Emmie, Katie, and Shelby.
6:00pm, Sunday, Mar. 27--one performance only--at
10:30am. A dinner will again be served on Sunday Paul Anderson of Broken Heart Ministries will be singing
following the service. We will have a sign-up sheet for at our service on February 6th. A door offering will be
the dinner and also are asking for help in the set-up and taken for his ministry.
clean-up of the dinner.(The cooking will be taken care
of.) The musical takes place in New York City, mainly in We are talking with the director of the Bloomington
the area of Central Park. It features two of the Chorale about hosting a concert featuring them on an
characters from the homeless shelter in the 2007 upcoming Sunday afternoon. Please watch your
musical “The Choreographer”, namely Rev. and Mrs. It bulletins and newsletters for more information. Two of
centers around people involved in the financial business our members, Mark Borchardt and Randy Maycroft, sing
who get pulled into an insider trading deal. Thinking that with the group.
they are safe because they are contributing much of the
money to charity, they lose sight of their Christian Upcoming: Easter is late this year---April 24th
responsibilities until God brings their focus back by some Music Sunday---May 15th.
surprising means: a carrousel, an exploding frog, and a
little girl’s song. We hope you will set aside time to Thanks to Rod Cerar for supplying the polka music on
come to the performances and dinner and will invite your January 23rd.
friends and family.
Music Coordinators, Keith and Cheryl Bratsch
The King’s Ringers handbell group (our newest group) is
(From the Pastor continued from page 1)
The command to "Go" is not in the Greek. It is a participle – "going." The translation would be "as you go," So, as we
live, as we go about our daily work, as we move to new settings for service, as we join or create new groups of disciples,
as we fulfill our vocation as a follower of Jesus – we shall be witnesses. This is a call to authentic, faithful witness in all of
life. Whether we are a member of a large, medium or small congregation numerically, we can be a witness to the gospel
in all of life.
That's the way to keep on transforming our congregation as well!
Voters Meeting, January 25, 7:00pm
The 2010 Annual Report & 2011 Church Directory will be available.
Clusters and Elders will give a brief outline of anticipated direction for 2011 and Pastor Drews will give
a brief report.
We welcome Thrivent Representative Chris Hale to our congregation to help the many members of Redemption that
use Thrivent products. Chris will be available to talk with people on Sunday mornings, especially with regard to Thrivent
Choice (the opportunity to designate dollars to charity, including designating Redemption as recipient of Choice Dollars).
Chris will be here on Sundays, January 23 and 30 to introduce himself and address the congregation.
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What Is Stephen Ministry? near the narthex entrance for all to use accordingly.
Thanks Carrol! Keep those great ideas coming!
"Encourage One Another..." In 1
Thessalonians 5, Paul writes, "Therefore
encourage one another and build each Redemption's Women's Ministry group will be
other up ... Encourage the timid, help the gathering once again on Tuesday Feb 8th at 7pm in the
weak, be patient with everyone." God has lounge. Come & see what we are up to now! We'll give
called us all to build up and encourage one you a hint: Spring Salad/Quilt Auction. With a twist or
another. For those who are experiencing a two we are going to continue the tradition of this great
really difficult time, our Stephen Ministers can fellowship event that has supported Christian education
provide the special encouragement, care, and support for years. Trinity First Lutheran School in Mpls will be
they need until they are past the crisis. Please contact the beneficiary this year. If you are interested/willing to
Pastor Drews if you would like more information help call Michelle Borchardt @ 952-884-9719
on Stephen Ministry.
Ladies of Redemption, you are invited to the Mt.
Thanks to Lee Marxhausen for being our "first" Hope Valentine Tea on February 12 at 10am. They
Member of the Month spotlight. Look for the new one will serve a light brunch. Entertainment will be provided
coming up! Also, if you are visiting at another church and by “The Hall Family Musicians”, a large family, pre-
see an idea you like or something we could possibly school thru college age siblings, who all play the violin.
incorporate into our church, please let Becky Kritz know! Tickets are $7 each. Reserve your ticket by signing up
Carrol Stuber brought up a great idea and leadership on the narthex bulletin board by February 6 . Any
liked it so now there will be a bottle of hand sanitizer questions? Call Karen Mueller at 952-881-7887.
February 2 Donald Rebertus February 20
Nancy Lee Christopher Stewart Cheryl Bratsch
David Steffen February 12 February 21
Deb Williams Rose Hermann Darla Crowder
February 4 February 13 Nancy Eide
Edith Kroenke Jann Smeltzer February 22
James Morris February 14 Jacob Ginter
February 5 Tami Hagen February 23
Billy Barber Kathy Meyers Norris Svien
Mark Borchardt February 15 February 24
February 6 JoAnn Hannaman Johnathon Koosmann
Mel Ellinger Lyle Peters February 25
Vicki Newton Adeline Polzin Sharon Hagen
February 8 February 16 Richard Hoffmann
Carolyn Schalo Sandra Bovy Sandy Waters
February 9 John Maxson February 26
Sherry Anderson February 18 Marilyn Hubmer
Alexis Lutterman Amy Drews
February 3 February 13
Rev. Donald and Lucille Lau Blain and Robin Peroutka
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Jordan Diane Danielson, Kitty Corbin
child of Andrew & Katie Danielson 2301 W Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington MN 5543
Frances Israelson Lee Marxhausen
14610 Garrett Ave. #220
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Loaves & Fishes Update: Mission cluster would like to thank all of you who were so supportive in the baking of bars for
the Creekside Loaves & Fishes outreach. Unfortunately this outreach has been canceled until further notice due to
requirements set by the city of Bloomington. We will still be participating in the ice cream scooping and encourage
anyone with a free hour once a month to give it a try! Gregg Warnke would be happy to teach you his great scooping
techniques! (You may even get a free sundae)
B Town Beyond Our Borders ~ Feed My Starving Children event is fast approaching....we hope you have been
thinking about participating in this event.....now stop "thinking" about it and SIGN UP! Two locations: Mall of America &
Bethany Academy. Two hour shifts available all three days of the event Friday March 4th - Saturday March 5th -
Sunday March 6th. Mission cluster will have info and sign-up sheets in the narthex during February.
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Ash Wednesday, March 9th
And each Wednesday during Lent
5:00pm – Lite Supper
6:15pm – Hymn Sing
6:30pm – Lenten Midweek Worship
Palm Sunday Worship, April 17th at 9:00am
(Confirmation at the 9:00am service)
Maundy Thursday Worship - 6:30pm,
Good Friday Worship – 6:30pm,
Easter Sunday, April 24th
Sunrise Service – 8:00am
Easter Breakfast – 8:00 to 10am
Easter Worship - 10:30am
Redemption Lutheran Church
927 East Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, Minnesota 55420
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Youth and Family Ministry
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