“The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: 'Can I not do with you...just as this potter has done?' says the Lord. 'Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.'” Jeremiah 18: 4-6a
October 27, 2016
Redeemer’s mission is doing God’s work in a way that changes people’s lives! Here are some success stories:
“This summer Redeemer Vacation Bible School hosted 83 enrollees. The majority, 58, had no church affiliation at all. About two-thirds either had some difficulty socializing or were not interested enough to openly communicate. Remarkably, by the middle of the week these young people were listening better to each other and the volunteers. By the end of VBS the youngsters mixed together in energetic fashion. The week ended singing their theme song enthusiastically, loudly and together. The volunteers and I were uplifted, just like our participants, because we created an environment that praised God in every way. Redeemer planted healthy seeds for future spirituality in these young people.” Dominique Devine, Children's Ministry Director
“There are three incredible souls who were recipients of Redeemer’s Food Pantry who are all now givers. The three are so grateful for what they receive that each has said, “I would like to help pay it forward if there is anything I can do to help.” So, each comes every Tuesday to unload the van, mark, stock, move and organize food. They come back on Wednesdays to help stuff bags and boxes for distribution. One serves as a translator because he speaks fluent Spanish. He drives the van to the various food pick up sites. He also enjoys our 10:30 am Sunday service each week. These three continue to receive food every Wednesday and each leaves the pantry feeling filled with the love of Christ.” Ellen Fitch, Pantry Director
“I first started coming to the UNF Chapel as an angry agnostic who went to bible study to be sure of why I wasn't a Christian and a little antagonistic to those who were. Then I found myself there all the time, asking 'where did Jesus get all this love from?' I starting going to church with friends, even sometimes when I couldn't afford to get there. I am so thankful because I wasn't fear-mongered into faith, but found out about a God who loves me. Baptism wasn't demanded of me, I was invited. When I came up from the waters, it was like the whole world was filled with water and I had just never seen it before. I called everyone in my address book, 'I got baptized!' I saved my grandma, sister, and parents for last. Grandma put all her friends on speakerphone and they cheered. Sis cried. Mom said, 'it's about time! I've been praying for you for years. I hope your walk of faith is a good one.' As we cried together I said, 'He hasn't disappointed me yet, mom, and I don't think he ever will.'
Sam Gironimi, Parish Sexton and UNF Student.
Truly, Redeemer is doing "THE WORK OF HIS HANDS" by changing people's lives. We have an exciting journey ahead in 2017. Please give from your heart in support of that journey.
Yours in Christ,
Tom McMorrowScott Trundle Stewardship Co-Chair Stewardship Co-Chair
Redeemer is a growing parish of over 200 families located on the south side of Jacksonville, ten miles south of downtown.