SYMBOLS OF REDEMPTION
Volume 22, Issue 4 April 2011
Isn't this what Martha assumed Jesus was talking about
in their conversation beside the tomb of Lazarus: "I know
Resurrection that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."
Jesus' own teaching reinforced the Jewish picture
and Hope about resurrection except when he begins to tell his
disciples that he himself is going to be killed and then
raised again. But the disciples couldn't understand what
Jesus was saying. The last thing they imagined was that
What did the ancient pagans, the Jews, and early Jesus would actually die at the hands of the Roman
Christians believe about resurrection and life after forces. At no point do we get even a hint of anyone
death? saying, "Well, that's all right – he's got to go and die to
The ancient pagans believed that the road to the save us, and then he'll rise again soon after." So the
underworld was one way. Death was all-powerful. A times that Jesus did hint that resurrection was going to
person could neither escape it in the first place nor break happen to just him, they had no idea what he was talking
its power once it had come. Pagans had no answer to about.
death. Even after the transfiguration when Jesus tells Peter,
At the time of Jesus, the word resurrection was never James and John not to talk about what has happened on
used to mean immediate life after death. Resurrection the mountain "until after the Son of Man has been
was used to denote new bodily life after whatever sort of raised" the disciples talked among themselves what this
life after death there might be. When people back then "rising from the dead" might mean. It wasn't that they
spoke of resurrection, whether to deny it (as pagans did) didn't know about resurrection. It was rather that they
to affirm it (as the Jews did – except the Sadducees), had never thought that it would happen to one person –
they were referring to a two-step process in which Jesus – ahead of everybody else. If the "resurrection"
resurrection, new bodily life, would be preceded by an was going to happen to everyone, so they thought, why
interim period of bodily death. Resurrection wasn't, would they even need to talk about it? Everybody would
then, a dramatic or vivid way of talking about the state be experiencing it! But resurrection did happen to one
people went into immediately after death. person in the middle of history in advance of Judgment
Most ancient people believed in life after death. Day. Jesus' resurrection then anticipates and
Some pre-Christian philosophers developed complex guarantees the final resurrection of God's people at the
and fascinating beliefs about it. But outside Judaism end of history.
and Christianity (and perhaps Zoroastrianism), they did Crucifixion was the end of all hope for the disciples.
not believe in resurrection. Whatever the disciples' expectation, and however Jesus
Resurrection referred specifically to something that had been trying to redefine their expectation, as far as
happened to the body. Many were the debates about they were concerned hope had crumbled into ashes.
how God would do this – whether he would start with the They had backed the wrong man. The kingdom of God
existing bones or make new ones or whatever. The end had not been brought by Jesus. He was dead.
process of resurrection was a physical body, not a ghost That is the world within which early Christianity burst
or spirit. upon the scene as a new thing, and yet not new. It is
When the early Christians said that Jesus had risen not new because the resurrection of Jesus builds upon
from the dead, they knew they were saying that Jewish belief. Yet it is new because the Jewish hope
something had happened to him that had happened to of resurrection underwent remarkable modifications.
nobody else and that nobody had expected to happen. Jesus was indeed the Messiah precisely because of his
Some Jews agreed with the pagans who denied any
kind of future life, especially a re-embodied one. The (“From the Pastor” continued on page 2)
Sadducees are famous for taking this position. Others
agreed with the pagans who thought in terms of a Lutheran Church of the Redemption
glorious though disembodied future for the soul. Here www.rlc927.org
the obvious example is the philosopher Philo. But most
Jews of the day believed in an eventual resurrection – Pastor Dennis M. Drews
that is, that God would look after the soul after death Dir. Youth/Fam Ministry Nancy Schuett
until, at the last day, God would give his people new Youth Counselor Jason Koosmann
bodies when he judged and remade the whole world.
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(“From the Pastor” continued from page 1)
death and resurrection.
In early Christianity there was overwhelming unanimity that Jesus' resurrection was an important message to share.
And they all agreed on what resurrection meant. Paul spells it out. The future body at the resurrection would be
incorruptible and transformed; but it will still be a body in the sense of a physical object occupying space and time. The
new body will, however, have new properties. "Flesh and blood cannot inherit God's kingdom" because flesh and blood
The early Christians were charged and empowered by the Spirit with transforming the present, as far as they were
able, in the light of the new present and future hope that resurrection brought. Baptism, as given by Jesus, became the
way for people to become a part of the Church and be empowered for "dying and rising with Christ" daily.
With Easter being so late this year, we may have a Several children from the Georgetown area attended for
chance to get rid of our snow piles by then----maybe! awhile. The group sang and played instruments for two
As I write this in the middle of March, they are at least Sunday morning services. Children were from grades
melting down before we get more. kindergarten through fifth. We were privileged to work
Ash Wednesday is already past and Lent has begun. with the children in this group and hope they will want to
We thank flutist Amy Suckow, His Own, the King’s return.
Ringers, the Celebration Singers, pianist Kathy Henson, The singers and ringers are busy preparing for the rest
organist Karen Smith, and trumpeter Steve Dix for of the Lenten services and for all the services of Easter
providing special music during the month of March. We week: Palm Sunday (also confirmation), Maundy
also thank all the members of the cast and crew of “The Thursday, Good Friday, and, of course, Easter (8:00
Fingers of God”, our spring musical. We are always and 10:30 a.m.) We hope you will also sign up for the
blessed with faithful people who take their jobs seriously Bible reading on Easter weekend.
and work hard to present a message to our congregation Special events coming up in May are Music Sunday at
and guests. This year is no exception. We are blessed 9:00 on May 15th, Polka Sunday on May 22nd, and
to work with them and also the crew who provides the then at 3:00 in the afternoon on the 22nd the
after-performance dinner each year--Steve and Deb Dix Bloomington Chorale will be presenting a concert in our
and crew. The donations from the performances help sanctuary. Note the date change on the concert. It was
pay expenses and go to MN Teen Challenge. The originally scheduled for May 1st, but that is the concert
donations from the dinner go to VEAP. We will have of Angelica Cantanti at St. Michael’s and we did not want
more on the musical in next month’s newsletter. to double up on concerts for that day. Also you may want
The Praise Club completed their year on March 16th. to go to the Angelica concert. Several members of our
We averaged about a dozen children each week. congregation are in Angelica: Katie and Emmie
Activities included welcome games and activities, Peroutka, Megan Krupka, and Megan Tan. Lots of good
snacks, a Bible story, singing, and a craft or gym time. music opportunities for you before the summer season
Theresa Ribar prepared the snacks and helped direct arrives!
the singing, Sandee Warnke provided the crafts and
activities in the gym, and Cheryl Bratsch presented the Thanks for your support
story and directed the singing. Our three helpers were Keith & Cheryl Bratsch, Music Coordinators
Katie Peroutka, Emmie Peroutka, and Tyler Eby.
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Redemption Lutheran Church
Leadership - Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Members Present: Michelle Borchardt, Kay Lillemo, Pastor Drews, Bob Schneider, Becky Kritz, Lyle Peters, Marc Rood,
Jason Koosmann, Mike Hagen, Debbie Skillings
Congregational Voter Meeting: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
Kay reported that the Elders have sent letters to those who might be interested in being an elder, but has not yet talked to
them all. The Elders are planning to place a notice in the bulletin inviting comments about the call process or our new pastor.
Lyle is starting look at ways to get someone in to train with Marilyn this fall in anticipation of Marilyn cutting back on her
hours. The plan is to put an ad in the Bloomington Sun Current in August. The person should have computer experience
and website experience. Lyle will ask Marilyn for a list of her duties.
Bob reported that Mt. Hope is working to add that preschool tuition be allowed through their Legacy fund. This will be
helpful to RLC should we decide to start a preschool. RLC's share of the Legacy Fund is to be used by members for any
LCMS school for grades K-12. One family at RLC took advantage of the Legacy Fund this school year.
Becky has held receptions after church services for David & Jeannie Polzin and the Stephen Minister graduates. Becky
has started on plans for the Farewell dinner for Pastor and his family, Saturday, October 29. The Easter Vigil reading
signup is posted. Jamie will be ordering the VBS materials. Becky has also been approached by a few families about the
Sunday School classes. Becky will go ahead and see what can be done to get people to fill for Sunday School thru the
middle of May. Robin Peroutka was suggested.
Mike will need to have a budget prepared for the March 29 Voter Meeting. For the budget the Line of Credit with LCEF will
need to be paid off by June 2013. Mike is going to talk to Marilyn to include in the bulletin on the First Sunday of month to
show the balance of the Line of credit at beginning of last month and the balance at beginning of current month to bring
attention that this needs to be paid off.
Pastor reported that Nancy is in Abbott-Northwestern Hospital and is receiving pain medication and therapy. Nancy will
consider applying for Short Term Disability. Nancy will move into Dave’s old office when she returns. Jason Koosmann
will take over office space in the youth room...Pastor reported that there are now 11 Stephen Ministers. Several Stephen
Ministers have Care Receivers they are working with...Door2Hope will be having a meeting on Saturday, April 2 at St.
Michaels regarding the future and vision for Door2Hope. The Latino Ministry group is supporting Kids Club and English as
a Second Language training. The RLC Praise Club is going very well. The Association of Bloomington Clergy (ABC) met
with Spencer Werness who has started up a funeral service.
Jason reported there were 16 kids at he last open gym time, 14 kids for the ski lock in. In March the youth will be going to
the Ghostly Gang Plank, a rope course in Nickelodeon Universe. The youth served about 65 at the lite supper.
Michelle reported that the Feed My Starving Children group had a good time at the event. Some members of the group
came back to church for some ice cream and visiting. The mission cluster has decided to pass on “adopting a chaplain”
at this time. They felt that it was too much of an important commitment to the chaplain and the family to accept if we
weren’t able to fulfill the commitment.
Marc has the LCMS Synod missions donation request. Last year we pledged $9000 and donated $9370. After discussion
Leadership agreed that we should pledge $9000 again for next year.
Debbie Skillings, Congregational Secretary
Salad/Quilt Auction May 7th
Polka Service May 22nd at 9:00am
Bloomington Chorale Concert May 22nd at 3pm
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STEPHEN MINISTRY? TICKETS NOW ON SALE!!! Get your tickets now for
the Redemption Salad/Quilt Auction being held here on
“Whatever you did for the least of Saturday, May 7th @ 11:00am. Tickets are $10. We'll
these…you did for Me,,,” In Matthew have Silent Auction items, guest speakers on quilting, a
25, Jesus says, “For I was hungry and great Salad Luncheon and Live Auction of Quilts and 2
you gave me something to eat, I was Sets of Dishtowels!!!! Be a part of this new event at
thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I Redemption that continues the tradition of supporting
was a stranger and you invited me in…” We Christian Education. Please see Lavina Jagow or
have many opportunities to respond to Jesus’ great love Michelle Borchardt to purchase your ticket. ( If you would
by showing that love to others. Stephen Ministry is one still like to help out behind the scenes by donating a
way our congregation shows that love to people who salad, silent auction item or helping on the day of the
have deep needs for care. You also have many event please talk to Michelle Borchardt ASAP).
opportunities to show Jesus’ love during the week. As
you encounter people this week, try asking yourself,
Women’s Cancer Support Group meets the
“How can I show them Jesus today?” Call Pastor Drews
first Monday of each month in the lounge for
if you have a need.
an hour. In this relaxed atmosphere we
discuss experiences and concerns common to
Women’s Ministries: Spring has sprung and Easter is those of us who are dealing with cancer and
almost here.....join us at our next Women's Ministry cancer survivorship. If you have any questions, call
meeting on Tuesday- April 12th at 7pm in the lounge Marilyn at the church office (952-881-0035).
where our guest speaker, Jackie Berg, will be sharing
with us her craft of Ukranian Easter Eggs. Most of us What Cancer Cannot Do!
have seen these beautiful eggs, usually at this time of It cannot cripple love
year, and we think this will be a great opportunity to It cannot shatter hope
learn more about how these masterpieces are created. It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot invade the soul
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot steal eternal life
It cannot silence courage
It cannot conquer the spirit.
April 4 April 11 April 16
David and Bernice Strege Doug and Virginia Bevers Wes and Berdella Brolin
Mike and Ardys Tordsen Ed and Bonita Lecy
Deaths Directory Changes
Lucille Olson Deb Skillings
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April 4 April 11 April 18 April 24
Isabelle Borgstahl Sophia Becker Sue Jungwirth Marcia Hanson
Mitchell Drews April 12 April 19 Mildred Schramm
April 8 Roxann Lutterman Norma Olson Andrew Zoebisch
Michael Blum Elaine Mielke April 20 April 26
Marrian Borgstahl April 15 David Ahmann Theresa Ribar
Doug Rood Natalie Hagen Lois Towne David Strege
April 9 Ralph Hostutler April 21 April 27
Harold Israelson April 16 Deb Skillings Keith Bratsch
Shirley Kanne Roland Nack April 23 April 28
Alex Newton April 17 Piper Hartmann Roxanne Ahmann
April 10 Dennis Gellert David Jones Joanne Borchardt
Dan Meyers Sue Sasse Jeanne Pommier
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Each Wednesday during Lent
5:00pm – Lite Supper
6:15pm – Hymn Sing
6:30pm – Lenten Midweek Worship
Palm Sunday Worship, April 17th
Maundy Thursday Worship - 6:30pm, April 21st
(with First Communion Blessing)
Good Friday Worship – 6:30pm, April 22nd
Easter Sunday, April 24th
Sunrise Service – 8:00am
Easter Breakfast – 8:00am to 10:00am
Easter Worship – 10:30am
Redemption Lutheran Church
927 East Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, Minnesota 55420
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