March 18, 2018


Easter Breakfast

A Continental Breakfast will be served between services on Easter Sunday (juice, fruit, muffins, coffeecake, etc). Please sign up to help – bring something – help serve – CLEAN UP. A sign-up sheet is in the Welcome Center. Thank you for your participation! 

Easter Flowers

The principal reason that we give flowers to adorn the altar, is to give thanks to God for sacrificing his Son for our sins. In that spirit we are offering a variety of flowers to purchase. Please fill out the form included with your bulletin and enclose it with your check in an envelope in the designated box in the narthex, or mail it to the church office. Flowers may be picked up after the 10:30 service on Easter Sunday on April 1.


We praise God for Delores Nath, Bradly Brees, Jeff Hatch, Elaine Lundine, Meghan Bolte and David Lindgren whose birthdays are this week.

Ladies Morning Bible Class

The Tuesday Morning Ladies Bible Study has  returned to meeting on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month. Please call Gail at 815-398-4759 with any questions.

Help for the Homeless

Do you know of anyone ages 16 to 24 that are homeless? Rock River Homeless Coalition is here to help. Call or text “Help” to 779-208-0710.

Mission Mindset

- Food for the Poor

FOOD FOR THE POOR is a ministry that seeks to provide food for poor and starving children in Central America---especially Haiti, Jamaica, Guatemala and Belize. The Bible verse that motivates this ministry is Matthew 25:40, "As often as you did it to one of the least of My brothers and sisters, you did it to me." During this Lenten Season, a generous friend of this ministry will match all funds given, so that our gifts will feed twice as many children. A letter received this week asks, "Wouldn't you like to be able to feed twice as many starving children? Today you can! Your gift will go much farther to feed innocent children like 2-year-old Tyler in Jamaica. His mother, Odette, spends every day searching for work so that she can feed him. Tyler and his 4-year-old sister Kenisha wait each day to see if their mother will return with any morsel of food to fill their empty bellies. A few mouthfuls of rice are often all there is for them to eat, if there is anything at all. On days when there is no food to feed her children, all Odette can do is beg God for someone to help her."

"This Lenten Season, you can help answer the desperate prayers of mothers like Odette. When you give by Easter Sunday, your gift will be doubled to feed twice as many children."
If you would like to be a part of this ministry, write your check to Food For The Poor, Inc. and put it in the donation box in the narthex. Your gift will be tax-deductible. We will mail it in the designated envelope to receive matching funds. A further note: This ministry is very conscientious in using donations for their designated purpose. "Over the last ten years, fundraising and administrative costs have averaged less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor."
We are so blessed. We have never experienced that kind of poverty. We have an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus to share our blessings with those who desperately need our help, and need to know that God is hearing their prayers.

 Pastor Paul & Ruby Bruns

Choir Rehearsal

Choir rehearsal is at 6 pm every Wednesday in the sanctuary.  Join us and come when you can!

Pregnancy Care Center

Donations are still being accepted for the Pregnancy Care Center. Any checks can be made out to the above or to Redeemer with Pregnancy Center in the memo line. Your support is so appreciated and helps to save lives and share Jesus’ love with others. Many thanks to all!

Box Tops For Education

Ladies Aid has partnered with our neighborhood school, Nelson, to collect “box tops for education”.  Many items, such as Cheerios, Betty Crocker products, and Campbell soups have these box tops.  There is a plastic dish in the Welcome Center to place your box tops.  Any questions can be directed to Joni Hutson at 815-985-4943

Mission to the Needy

Redeemer is part of a greater-Rockford ministry to the needy.   If anyone approaches you for a hand-out, you may refer them to One Body Collaboratives who is our “clearing house” for all sorts of needs in the Rockford area.   Their phone number is:   815 – 282 – 4384.

Sunday School

Our Sunday School will be collecting non-perishable items for local food pantries as part of their mission offering this year.   Everyone is invited to be part of an this outreach by bringing items to the Sunday School or box in the welcome center.

Preparation for Lent

Imagine that a friend or family member who is unfamiliar with your Christian faith asks you to summarize the gospel. She isn’t looking for a laundry list of doctrines. She has no interest in hearing you recite the Apostles’ Creed. She wants to get to the heart of the matter. “In seven words or less,” she says, “tell me what you believe as a Christian.”

What would you say? How would you put it? Are you be prepared to confess your faith in Jesus?

To be a Christian is to “believe with your heart” and “confess with your mouth” the good news of God’s love for us in Christ (Romans 10:9–10). Peter calls us to be prepared always to give a reason for the hope we have as Christians (1 Peter 3:15). Christians have the best news in the world to share! But are we prepared to share it?

During this season of Lent, we’re going to prepare to celebrate Holy Week by sharing why Holy Week is so important. Our midweek worship services will serve as opportunities to consider the many ways in which the Scriptures proclaim Jesus. During the week, each of you will be working on your own summary, with the hopes that all of us are more prepared to share the good news of Jesus. Come and join us this Lent, and join us by crafting your own confession of the gospel! 


Lenten Schedule

Mar. 21  - Midweek 6  "The Gospel in Your Words"

             - 7:00 p.m. with potluck at 5:30 p.m.

Mar. 29 - Maundy Thursday  “Jesus Comes to Feed My Hungry Soul”

             - 7:00 p.m.

Mar. 30 - Good Friday  “Jesus is Lord, Even Over MyDeath”

             - 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Apr. 1   - Easter Sunday “Christ Is Risen! In Him We Rise!”

             - 8:00 a.m. and 10:30  a.m.

Prayer Chain

If you or someone you know is in need of prayer, please call Gail Rub at 815-988-5625. Calls are confidential and names need not be given if so desired. If you cannot reach Gail, call Pat Brees (815-398-9152) or Ruby Bruns (815-399-8174).


Greetings from St. Louis:

Well, here we go. On Monday I began my final semester of studies at Concordia. With all that will be taking place this spring, I am sure that the time will fly by. But I am looking forward to the privilege of taking one more class with Dr. Kolb and two more with Dr. Biermann. I don't have enough room to list everyone with whom I would like to take another class.

The "call" process is well underway. We have already had one interview and have at least one more scheduled. The list of possible destinations is diverse and geographically scattered. If we were having to make these decisions ourselves, it could easily be overwhelming. But we both have the confidence that God knew where He would take us long before we left Oklahoma. And that is reassuring. I will gladly leave this up to Him.

In the meantime, I turned in today my application to attend the seminary's Study in Israel course this summer. The class will be led by Dr. Saleska (of Concordia Seminary) and Dr. Zelt (of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fremont, CA). Students will spend two weeks traveling to biblically historical sites throughout Israel learning firsthand the physical contexts in which the events of Scripture took place. Most of the cost of this course is underwritten by Dr. Zelt's congregation.

You are likely aware of how difficult it is to "finish " anything well. That's why builders have "punch lists," most do-it-yourself home projects go unfinished, and high school and college seniors get "senioritis." Please pray for me that I will have a clear and focused mind for my studies as all these major changes rush toward us. My goal is to finish well.

God's blessings to everyone at Redeemer, and thank you for remembering us in your prayers.


In Christ,

W. Jeff & Fadia Jenkins 

Concordia Seminary Student 

1024-A Claytonia Terrace,

Richmond Heights, MO 63117





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