11 Dec A Growing Footprint
As our children grow one thing they are in constant need of is new shoes. During some seasons their feet grow so fast that they outgrow their shoes before the shoes wear out! As they mature and their feet grow they need larger shoes and leave behind larger footprints. The same should be true of churches as well. As a church matures it should leave a larger footprint in its city and beyond. So as we come to the end of 2018 I want us to take a moment to look back at the footprint the people of Redeemer have left behind this year. I hope that as you read down you will not swell your chest in pride for all we’ve done but you would humbly thank God that He would choose to use us as a part of His plan to bless Rockwall county and those beyond with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I also hope it will excite you as we look forward to another year of gospel ministry here among our neighbors and across the globe.
Daddy Daughter Dance
In February we hosted our first annual Daddy Daughter Dance at Highview complete with a catered dinner, professional DJ, a photo booth, and gift bags for the girls. We extended invitations to families throughout Fate and saw a few families visit and connect with us as a church on the heels of this event.
India Tribals in Ministry
In 2018 we continued our partnership with India Tribals in Ministry. As they continue their work among the tribal peoples in rural India, ITM saw people baptized, churches planted, pastors trained, and buildings built in locations where Jesus had not previously been known or worshipped as God, Lord, and Savior.
Miss May Vernon School Supplies
In August we collected and donated hundreds of school supplies for under resourced students and families at Miss May Vernon Elementary School in Royse City ISD. The school administration and teachers were deeply grateful for the investment made in the lives of their students.
Operation Christmas Child
This fall the people of Redeemer put together over 50 shoe boxes full of gifts to be delivered along with the gospel to children across the globe through Operation Christmas Child. Our volunteer coordinators, Brian and Amber Harvey, delivered the gifts to one of the regional collection sites.
In 2018 we continued in partnership with Latitude Global Leadership Communities. We hosted mentor training and leadership development events with Latitude, assisted in the filming of video curriculum, supported Latitude Interns in South Africa, and sent our Lead Pastor to South Africa with Latitude to teach and train indigenous church leaders.
Once again in 2018 we joined with the City of Fate to sponsor and serve at Celebrate Fate. Although the weather did not cooperate and the event had to be moved inside Miss May Vernon Elementary we still had the opportunity to connect with over 1000 people as we hosted a booth, handed out drinks, and served in the Kid’s Zone.
In 2018 we continued our partnership with Athletes in Action in Moldova. As they continue their work among athletes, coaches, and officials in this Eastern European nation they saw some among whom they were working come to faith in Jesus and continued to make disciples of power lifters, soccer players, wrestlers, basketball players, volleyball players, and amateurs or professionals in several other sports with the vision of sending them across Europe with the good new of Jesus.
Trunk or Treat
In October we hosted our 3rd annual Trunk or Treat in the parking lot at Highview and saw several hundred people join us as we played games, cooked food, and passed out candy. We were able to connect with several families who were new to our community and looking for a church home.
Christmas Tree Lighting
In early November our city leaders in Fate contacted us about assisting with their annual Tree Lighting Event at city hall in late November. It was the first time the city contacted us to ask for help and we answered the call. As one attendee at the event commented, there were Redeemer representatives at nearly every station from the smores fire pit to serving hot chocolate. In addition to serving at the event Redeemer was also an event sponsor.
Finally, during 2018 we were able to serve families in need in our community by helping a local teacher move into a new home, providing hotel expenses and clothing for a family who lost their home in a fire, and pay medical bills, power bills, and rent for some to help them through tight financial seasons.
As you can see 2018 was a fruitful year of ministry in our community and across the globe for Redeemer Church. As we look forward to 2019 we are believing God for even greater impact in our city and around the world! Many of these ministry opportunities would not be possible without funding and as we come to the end of the year we are asking you to consider how you might help us prepare for what God has in store in 2019. One way you can do this is by making an end of the year gift above and beyond your regular monthly contributions. If you’d like to make an end of the year gift you can do so in one of three ways.
- You can simply write a check and leave it in the offering box on a Sunday morning.
- You can request a bank drafted check from your financial institution to be sent directly to our mailing address: PO Box 409 Fate TX 75132.
- You can make a one time gift online quickly and easily. (Online giving is simple, but not all of your gift will go to fund ministry in and through Redeemer due to the fees our payment processor charges.)
If you are still evaluating where you will give your charitable dollars at the end of this year, I’d ask you to consider helping us prepare to share the gospel, shape disciples, and send missionaries into our community and across the globe in 2019!