It can be easy at times to feel disheartened in today's world. But at Sunday's MLK Celebration, community members took heart in great food, community and conversation. After enjoying a delicious potluck, members took part in a service that combined music with round table conversation. Members talked about feeling angry and often times hopeless in the face of today's politics and racial issues. But they also talked about how anger can turn into power and love. Several people talked about the importance of not demonizing others, in fact seeing us all as God's creation. Others talks about finding more profound ways to take care of each other within the notion that, "When all do better, we all do better." A couple people spoke on how the church has the potential to be a major force in the community. We have the potential to be brave, they said, to call things out that are not ok, and set the tone for how we can honor everyone's humanity.
Last night, the Redeemer and Westwood young adults gathered in the Living Room for chili and Christmas desserts followed by some games and a brief worship service with music lead by Paul Koopman. It was a great time to come together with other congregation members and share in some delicious food and company. Redeemer hopes to continue to have more young adult nights like this one, so stay tuned for those dates!
The Redeemer Christmas Store has become such a staple in the community that we hardly have to advertise it. In fact, it's been around longer that Pastor Kelly (who has been here 17 years!) Everyone just seems to know the second Saturday in December is a day of truly beautiful generosity. This year's Christmas Store featured 163 individual child shoppers (ages 5-12), over 85 volunteers, and more than 1,000 presents! Beyond some particularly abundant donations from our partner congregations, this year's event featured a special bonus for the parents and guardians – free massages and refreshments at Health Commons in the Living Room! Numerous adults took part in this treat while their children shopped.