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Words from a member on the impact of the fire
Written by Pat Enomoto
My decision to come to the Mother church, Our Redeemer, was based on many things, one of which was my past history with this congregation. However, after attending for a while it became obvious that like in many families, Mother needed more attention and assistance than she was receiving from those "Daughter churches." This was normal, each church has it's own ministry and time and resources always seem to be limited for God's work, for some reason. Our Redeemer had stayed in the old neighborhood and under the guidance of it's enthusiastic young Pastor was trying to evolve to serve the community around it. Trying to maintain a basic LCMS congregation and reach other cultures is not an easy task. First a strong Hispanic ministry was established and then the Liberians simply showed up one day. With 3 congregations to serve, and our food and assistance pantry, we were stretched very thin. The assistance from the LCMS community in serving Sunday Community Dinners was always encouraging and uplifting, both to us and to those who were served. Still we struggled to face each challenge, knowing that only with God's help would we be able to continue.
And then..there was the horrible phone call, "the church is on TV, it is burning". Our beautiful sanctuary that we loved was gone. Some of our people had worshiped here most of their lives. We were in shock, we didn't understand why this would happen when we felt that God's work was indeed being done. But, the miracle began. Not only did our Daughter churches absolutely rush to our aid, other churches stepped up with money and other forms of assistance. On one Saturday alone,we had 60 set of hands painting and working to make the fellowship hall, class rooms and offices clean and fresh so they could be used. Wonderful chairs showed up from Timothy Lutheran, a pulpit was found in a garage, the original baptismal font was found in perfect condition and so it has gone. One miracle after the other to help point the way. Two of our members ( one a new member!!!) have spent most of their days cleaning and preparing the sanctuary for rebuilding and they have announced that this phase is complete. King of Kings congregation has offered pews, altar, chancel, pulpit, etc. due to their remodeling. Who would ever think that they would remodel at just this point in their history and ours. I know there are gifts not mentioned here, but if I truly sat down and tried to mention every gift, this would have to go to the printers and be called a book!
There is no doubt that we are here to stay, that we have grown and will continue to grow both as a congregation and as individuals from this. We thank you, truly thank all of you who have reached out to us in any way. The Cross of Christ has been very clear to Our Redeemer since 12/27/2012. Personally I will always have the wonderful memory of my beautiful 11 year old Grandaughter reading the true Christmas Story the last time it will ever be read in the original sanctuary. She has never read so clearly and I do believe that all of the children were especially beautiful that night. That memory is with all of us, and now we move forward.
To follow the Lord's command of making disciples by baptizing; instructing the baptized in God's Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit to love and develop relationships with our parish neighbors through offering the Father's provision for their spiritual and physical needs.
In the last ten years, Our Redeemer has:
- Served on average:
- 600 individuals (130 families) a month with food and clothing assistance
- 120 a month with community services and dinners
- Baptized 60+ people- this number is nearly double the active membership of the entire church 10 years ago!
- Provided utility and rental assistance for the needy of our parish neighborhood.
- Hosted an annual Christmas party that has provided gifts for 60-100 poor children and winter wear to over 70 poor and homeless people.
- Provided individual assistance (money, food, clothing, etc) to over 200 homeless people annually, just by them knocking on the door. Of course, this assistance also comes with a prayer.
- Increased the number of instruction/Bible classes from one to eight.
- Been a site for two DCE internships and one vicarage assignment.
- Tutored children from three different ethnic groups in their schoolwork.
- Nearly quadrupled Sunday worship attendance
This is accomplished strictly through donations from individuals, groups, other churches, etc. We accept donations of food, clothing and financial gifts.
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