Once again, Luther Crest Bible Camp in Alexandria will be sending down a crack-team of counselors to lead our 2014 Vacation Bible School. This event is free and open to the public. The registration deadline is Sunday, June 1, so register now and make sure that your child is ready for a week of fun and excitement. For more information or to begin registration, see our Vacation Bible School page!
This year's synod assembly is right around the corner! Synod Assembly is an opportunity to get more involved with the Church on a different level by getting to know more about what is happening in our synod and building relationships with our bishop and synod staff, as well as other pastors and Lutherans from our area. Our Redeemer's is entitled to send voting members to each assembly - WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR VOTING MEMBERS FOR THIS YEAR! If you are interested, please contact Pr. Seth or Pr. Gary.
2013 SW MN Synod Assembly at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter
Theme: Always Being Made New
Theme Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Theme Hymn: Wash O, God (ELW #445)
Rev. Stan Olson, President of Wartburg Theological Seminary & former SW MN Synod Bishop will be our Bible Study leader; Heidi Hagstrom, ELCA Youth Gathering Director will be our Churchwide Representative; and Rachel Kurtz will be our praise band! Additionally, Professor Gregory Aune, Associate Professor of Music and Conductor of The Gustavus Choir, will be leading our choir, so plan to be a part of this exciting opportunity!!
Visit the SWMN Synod home page for more information about the Southwestern Minnesota Synod or to learn about synod assembly.
May 19 is a busy day at Our Redeemer's! Not only is it Pentecost Sunday, but we will be celebrating the gift of our younger members and sending them out into the community and the world. Please join us for worship!
8:30 AM - Graduate Recognition Sunday.
As graduating seniors prepare to take their next step in life, our church community gathers around to bless them on their way and send them with our love. Please join us as we wish our younger members well and send them to whatever lies ahead. Graduates will help lead us in worship, and we will bless the gift of quilts which they will take with them to remind them of the warm embrace of God our Father and their congregation. Following the service, graduates, families and the community are invited to a reception and gift presentation in the fellowship hall.
10:30 AM - Confirmation
At our baptism, we each receive God's promise of grace. In the Affirmation of Baptism (also called "Confirmation"), our 9th grade students will hear these promises again and make promises of their own, committing themselves to God and their faith. This is a celebration of the Church as much as it is for these students' families. Please come worship with us as we renew our promises to these brothers and sisters in Christ.
Bluegrass gospel band Monroe Crossing is coming to Benson! Thursday, March 21 at 7pm they will be playing at the Junior High Auditorium. Tickets are available at Benson churches, Breen's Thrifty White Drug and Clarks' Rexall Drug. Cost for tickets is $25 for families, $8 for adults ($10 at the door), and $5 for children under 12.
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their airtight harmonies, razor sharp arrangements, and on-stage rapport make them audience favorites across the United States and Canada.
Since the year 2000, Monroe Crossing has released 11 CDs and a live concert DVD and has made over 1250 concert appearances throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The secret to the band’s longevity and success? According to fiddler and lead singer Lisa Fuglie, “It’s just plain hard work and dedication. We all share a love for bluegrass music and for performing on stage. We appreciate every audience, large or small, and understand that we’re there for them, not the other way around.”
In 2007, they were selected as an Official Showcase Band at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Convention in Nashville, and later that year, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.
See Monroe Crossing’s recordings, schedule and booking information on the band’s website: www.monroecrossing.com
On Wednesday, Feb 6 the Our Redeemer's Women are hosting speaker Kathy Cavanaugh to present "Nepal's Majestic Himalayans." The presentation begins at 1:30 pm. Everyone is welcome!
Our Redeemer's members will be Christmas caroling on Sunday, December 23. Adults, children, and families are all welcome to join us for an evening of fun and holiday spirit as we go around and offer seasons greetings and songs to homebound members of our congregation. We will meet at the church at 4pm and caravan to each location. Following our caroling, we will meet back at the church for hot cocoa and a potluck. Please come join us for this wonderful Christmas tradition!
To make Christian unity a visible part of the call for justice and peace, and inspired by the struggles of Dalits in India, this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity explores the theme, “What does God require of us?” (Micah 6:6-8).
The week of prayer is traditionally celebrated between 18 and 25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere). It brings together Christians from diverse confessions and backgrounds from around the world, who organize special ecumenical worships, prayer services and events.
“The search for visible unity cannot be disassociated from the dismantling of casteism and the lifting up of contributions to unity by the poorest of the poor,” states the introductory text for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013.
The theme brings into focus the strong call for justice by the prophet Micah in the Old Testament. As the introduction says, “In many ways, the situation facing the people of God in the time of Micah can be compared to the situation of the Dalit community in India. Dalits also face oppression and injustice from those who wish to deny them their rights and dignity.”
The Student Christian Movement of India was invited to prepare the resource for the week of prayer, along with the All India Catholic University Federation and the National Council of Churches in India.
Since 1968, the liturgical and biblical material for the annual week of prayer has been jointly coordinated by the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission and the Roman Catholic Church (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity).
Resources for the week are available in English, French, German and Spanish, and include: introduction to the theme; a suggested ecumenical celebration which local churches are encouraged to adapt for their own particular liturgical, social and cultural contexts; biblical reflections and prayers for the "eight days"; and introduction to Christianity in India.