As a congregation we seek to passionately and joyfully live out our identity as followers of Jesus sharing God’s love with all. Call our church office at (614) 237-1263 for more information on any of these exciting Summer activities:
Monthly Produce Give-Away: The 3rd Thursday of the month (May through September) from 3 – 6 pm. Redeemer is teaming up with Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio and Mid-Ohio Food Bank to provide households in need with perishable food items once a month.
Church Garden Give-Away: Every Saturday (June – September) from 10 am – Noon. We harvest the vegetables from Redeemer’s garden and set them out on a table near our parking lot. Redeemer members and our neighbors are invited to bring their extra vegetables from their home gardens so they can be given to others.
Raven’s Farmer’s Market: Every Sunday (June – October) from 1 – 4 pm at the corner of South James and Scottwood. Sponsored by: Berwick, Berwyn East, the MACC, Christ United Methodist, Christ the King, Brookwood Presbyterian, The Bishop Griffin Center, and Redeemer Lutheran
Summer Basketball Camps: June 9th to July 17th. There is a Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday camp 6:30 – 8:30 pm for youth ages 8 – 14. Redeemer’s basketball camps are led by former NBA & ABA player and coach Larry Jones
Vacation Bible School: Weird Animals: Sunday, June 22nd – 26th Dinner & Activities from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. “Weird Animals: Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind!” is a vacation Bible school experience where kids 3 years old to 6th grade will learn that even when they feel different, left out, or afraid Jesus loves them no matter what and will always be there for them!
Book Discussion Group: Saving Jesus from the Church by Robin Meyers Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:00 pm, call for details. Join us as we all step out of our comfort zones in order to take another look at what it is to be a follower of Jesus in today’s world. You may hear things-you-like and things-you-do-not-like. You may ask why more churches are not opening these kinds of doors of discussion on a regular basis.
Welcome means welcome. All means all. Beloved means beloved. Forgiven means forgiven. In the world of American Christianity, those words are quite common, but each one can be dropped or burdened with conditions. When the love of God that knows no limit cannot be contained by the conditions humanity loves to place on all things, it is truly a love that will not let us go. This is a rare love . . . it is a costly love . . . it is a bold and upfront love for all.
When we hear about such a love, we must not let it go sour. That is, we must not let its character be changed into something it is not. When we hear about the Good News but it seems to be held back from some people, we must hold that kind of "news" suspect. Too often, popular religious movements put together some fine music, great organizational prowess, and dynamic oratory, yet they quickly drop or limit the expansive nature of God’s grace. Welcome becomes a word limited to some. All becomes merely all of us. Beloved becomes a label we must keep earning. Forgiveness becomes loaded with fine print.
Well-greased and dynamic organizations that appear to serve great numbers of people can be a wonderful sight. But when that service to others lacks an unbounded grace that boldly serves without condition, we must risk saying that such service is not "Good News" at all. It is simply the same old model of business and success that has been shaped by a culture of conditions, rewards, bias, and self-justification.
Members of Redeemer join with other ELCA congregations in the area to march in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride parade held on June 21st here in Columbus. We sang "We are Marching in the Light of God", passed out information cards, and shared the love of God.