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Merry Christmas – “Mine eyes have seen Your Salvation”

Posted in Community Life on December 22, 2010 by dvalentine

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”

Luke 2:25-32

Merry Christmas to You!

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Christmas Celebration

Posted in Community Life on December 16, 2010 by dvalentine

Everyone is invited to join us for our Christmas Celebration. Redeemer will be hosting two Christmas services on Sunday, December 19th. The morning service will start at 10:00 am. There will be a time of fellowship and breakfast foods and beverages followed by a presentation of the Christmas Story through Scripture reading and song. The evening service will begin at 6:00 pm, with the Christmas presentation starting immediately. This will be followed by a time of deserts and fellowship.

The body at Redeemer warmly invites all the community to join us for this time of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Child-care will be provided for all infant – 4 year olds, and all young children will receive a gift from the Redeemer Community. Hope you can be there and Merry Christmas!

Party in the Park

Posted in Community Life on July 1, 2010 by dvalentine

On Sunday, July 18, Redeemer Community Church is hosting a

PARTY IN THE PARK!

Where? The event will take place at Baum Grove Park in the Friendship neighborhood.

When? It will take place from 3:00pm – 7:00pm on Sunday evening, July 18.

What is happening? There will be all kinds of stuff going on for the whole family. There will be several game to participate in (putt-putt, wet sponge toss, balloon dart toss, and much more.) Also, Happy Harry the Clown will be there! He will be entertaining kids and adults with balloon animals, tricks, and a couple of shows throughout the evening. There will be small prizes and treats for participating in the games and slightly larger prizes for winning the games.

What will we eat? There will be hot-dogs and lemonade for all who come!

Who should come? Everyone is invited. Most of the activities are geared for young children through elementary age children, but older kids and adults will have a great time. It will be a fun evening for the whole family, and everyone can grab some food and drink while there.

We hope that as many as can come will make it. It will be a fun evening for the community! For more info or questions, please contact us at info@redeemerpgh.org.

Church Membership

Posted in Community Life, The Faithful, Theology for the Church on May 19, 2010 by dvalentine

John Piper answers the question of the importance of church membership. This is a good little clip that should give you some understanding of why we take church membership seriously.

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Taste and See that God is Good to Us

Posted in Community Life on May 3, 2010 by dvalentine

Yesterday was the charter service for Redeemer Community. It was a great day of worship and celebration in the presence of Jesus Christ our King. We were reminded that many are the plans of man, but it is the purposes of Christ that prevail. Indeed, Jesus Christ will build his church and nothing can’t prevent or overcome that. Pastor Stacy Potts challenged the body with the supremacy of Christ from Colossians 1. We were reminded from his message and from the testimony of so many in the church that the sovereign hand of God has been at work for the sake of Redeemer Community Church long before any of us thought about it. It was a really special day. Thanks to all those who traveled and fought the marathon traffic to be with us.

James was encouraged to see that excitement about Redeemer and the Charter Service had spread, so he passed along these sites from the city. Enjoy!

Death is Swallowed Up in Victory!

Posted in Community Life, Theology for the Church on March 31, 2010 by dvalentine

I would encourage everyone to read 1 Corinthians 15 at some point between now and Easter Sunday. It is a beautiful declaration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Christ’s resurrection, we see his power over all things as every enemy is defeated, and we find our own eternal unmovable foundation for hope and joy.

On this day a few years ago, my younger sister, Emily, was in a car accident. That evening she was taken to be with her Lord. There was obviously deep sadness and grief for our family and friends. We truly walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and some remained in the valley behind a veil of tears for many long and seemingly cruel days. We felt the sting of death, and it was a bitter sting indeed. It was an enemy that had taken Emily sooner than we judged best. However, the cold sting of death felt in the valley of anguish and death could not have a lasting grip on our souls.

Death had no victory, for death did not have a lasting grip on my sister. The sting of death was swallowed in victory, for right now my sister is with her Savior beholding His beauty. Face to face she can behold the risen Lord! The face that was beaten and marred and crowned with a reed of thorns; the face that was spit upon and felt the tearing of its beard; the face that looked upon the crowd cheering for his death, the soldiers enjoying his torment, and even his most faithful friends disappearing in the crowd; the face that looked to the heavens and cried out for our forgiveness; the face that God the Father had to turn away from because of the hideousness of the sin and curse that it had become; the face that fell towards his chest as death overcame him. This is the glorious face that my sister beholds, for death could not hold Jesus Christ!

Sin had no grip on him, so death had no grip on Him. Three days after the Lord was buried, He arose and emerged victorious over sin and death and hell. He is alive forevermore! His resurrection secures our hope and joy. His resurrection secures the fact that the bitter sting of death will be swallowed up with victorious hope, and the valley of the shadow of death will not be our home forever. His victory over death is our victory over death! There is joy today, tomorrow, and for all eternity for those who hope in the risen Lord.

To Live is Christ

Posted in Community Life, Theology for the Church on December 15, 2009 by dvalentine

In our Community Life Group, we have been using the letter to the Philippians as our Text for practicing reading strategies and improving our Bible Study methods. It has been a real blessing to really dive into the Text. We have stepped back and looked at the big picture of the letter and the major themes that Paul is communicating. We have also taken time to search out the parts and find the riches that rest in the force of certain words and the organization of different thoughts.

I came across this, and thought it might be another creative means of getting the Word to lodge in your minds. Also, this contains many of the themes that we have already noticed in the letter.

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