In-Person Services are available for limited attendance in both Gorham and Sanford. Attendance in Gorham will require you to sign up using the Signup Genius. To attend a service in Sanford, please contact David Elmore. He will be able to arrange seating based on family sizes. Here is a short video to explain what you can expect as we continue to take precautions to avoid the spread of COVID.
Online services can be viewed as a watch party on Facebook. The watch party is posted to Redeemer’s page and begins 15 minutes before the service time to allow time for greetings. By following and liking Redeemer’s page, you can receive notifications to help you find the watch party. Going directly to the videos will not allow you to greet others. If you do not use Facebook or plan to watch the service at another time, you can find it posted on Redeemer’s You Tube channel. The service liturgy is attached.
Matins and Vespers are available either live or in a watch party on Facebook each Wednesday morning and evening at 7:00 am and 7:00 pm respectively. The posts will remain for a week.
Creation Exploration, a virtual Vacation Bible School enters the fifth week today as we explore the Fifth day of creation. Please continue to pray for the children and teachers, that God would bless this time spent in His Word.
Online Mission Opportunity. The COVID-19 crisis has negatively affected many missionary opportunities, but there is a new one that is gaining in popularity. One factor that attracts many people in foreign lands to attend missionary events is learning English as a second language. The LCMS missions team has developed a Online English Conversation Partner missionary position that is available for anyone who is interested in sharing the Word of Christ with children. Trained volunteers will be partnered with a student to have a one-hour conversation in English once a week for six weeks. The next session begins on September 14.
During this time of pandemic and social distancing we have suspended our in-person work at the Preble Street Resource Center since most of us who volunteer are in high risk groups. That being said, the work of food distribution goes on there. If you feel comfortable volunteering there go to their website and volunteer - https://preblestreet.volunteerhub.com/account/signin. We will resume our work there when the pandemic ends.
Likewise, the Gorham Schools Backpack Program continues. The group is feeding 105 Gorham families and the need continues to rise. We are not collecting food items, but we are still supporting the program through monetary donations. You can donate by sending a check made out to Gorham School Depart. In the memo section note Locker Project. Send to the head of the program:
Heather Whitaker, 5 Quin Road, Windham, ME 04062
Finally, if you need anything (rides, supplies, medicine pickups) or any assistance please feel free to contact Sandy or Tom DiPasqua at 207-883-2730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recently celebrated the announcement that a new seminarian has been called to serve at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Waterville. A call to serve as pastor in a church is a serious undertaking. Many who aspire to attend seminary need financial assistance to complete their training. We’ve supported Seminarian Joshua Radke for several years. If you feel passionate about ensuring the LCMS has sufficient pastors in the future, you can give to the LCMS Joint Seminary Fund each directly. Many of us have not been financially affected by the pandemic and may be inclined to benefit others with funds from our stimulus checks. Since there is a match for new contributors, it’s a great opportunity to doubly bless our seminarians. Through November 2020, any donations made by first-time donors will be matched. For more information please visit https://www.lcms.org/givenow/jointseminaryfund.
Church Flowers - There is a signup sheet on the bulletin board for church flowers. If you’d like to commemorate an anniversary, birthday, special event, or just praise the Lord, fill in your name on the appropriate date. If you’d like an announcement placed in the bulletin, fill out one of the information slips that are located next to the signup sheet and put it in David Elmore’s box. You’re responsible for bringing the flowers before church. We have vases in the Sacristy (communion set up room) you may use. You may take the flowers home with you after service or donate them to a shut-in or nursing home.
There is still time to sign up as a Coffee Hour host and hostess…there is a sign-up sheet posted on the “Life Together” bulletin board…THANK YOU!!!
Life Thought in the Church Year for August 9 – Pentecost X (Proper 14A): The Lord of Life intimately and meticulously attends to His creation (Job 38:4-18). He even gently but relentlessly looks after the inanimate objects. But did His devotion to mountains and oceans drive Him to order our world from within and not just from outside (Matthew 14:32)? No. He has put on the universe He put together so that He may love and save and have humankind. And He has not spared the smallest detail. So why would we exclude any, whatever their size, skills, or circumstances?
A Mobile Lutheran Bible Study... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's teachings include: The Word "Blessed" in the Bible, The Lutheran Confessions, Jesus' Mother Mary, Old Testament Patriarch Isaac and more. You can listen on-demand at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
All announcements and prayer requests received in the church office by end of day on Wednesday will appear in print that week in Friday’s email. If there is an announcement that you would like Pastor to make following Sunday’s FB live stream, please email him that information.
Looking Forward to the Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost