Summer Updates

NO GATHERING NEXT SUNDAY (July 2nd) - Next Sunday we will not gather as we normally do. Use this time to rest, be present with family and neighbors, and we will see you back at CD Fulkes on Sunday, July 9th as we begin our Beatitudes (Matthew 5) series.

Building Move-In Giving Request - This past Sunday Lauren Schauer shared from our finance team that we are inviting those who are part of Redeemer to give financially towards some of the items we need to furnish our new building. You can read more about this on The City and you can give online HERE.

Men’s Retreat - Redeemer is partnering with Soma Austin, Center Church Brenham, and Creekside San Marcos to put on our 2017 Men’s retreat. This will be a 2-day retreat at Camp Buckner and a great opportunity for the men in our church to grow in Christ as we pray, learn, and share meals together. Feel free to invite any men you know who would be interested in joining us. You can sign-up and find more information HERE.

Union with Christ

Redeemer Family,

Over the next five Sundays, we will be finishing our series on Colossians by looking at how we live out our union with Christ in the everyday stuff of life. My hope and prayer are that this last five weeks would really help us take the beauty and truth of our union with Christ and equip us to live this out together. Essentially what we are going to consider how what we looked at in Colossians 3:5-17 plays out in the various spheres of our life. We will be looking at each topic and going back to the first three chapters to help us connect the dots.

We are also going to try a few things for these last five weeks to help us apply what we are learning. For each of these sermons, we will have an opportunity for you to submit questions (comment or email [email protected]) about each topic that our teaching team will address. We also plan on having some team teaching during these five weeks where we get some perspectives from women and also hear from different people in our church as they seek to live out their identity in Christ. Lastly, we will have follow up resources each week that will give you clear next steps to get help in any of the topics you find yourself needing further support with.

Would you commit to praying for these last five weeks? Pray specifically that the Holy Spirit would use it to bring new life in each of these areas to those who are hurting, struggling, and in need of grace. Know that your Elders are praying for you and want to know how we can best serve you!

Here is the schedule for the next five weeks:
5/21/17 - Marriage (Colossians 3:18-19, 3:5-17)
5/28/17 - Parenting (Colossians 3:20-21, 3:5-17)
6/4/17 - Work (Colossians 3:22-25, 3:5-17)
6/11/17 - Prayer (Colossians 4:2-4)
6/18/17 - Evangelism (Colossians 4:5-6)

#7IN7

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life— your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-3

As we enter into 7in7, I want to take a moment to remind us why we step into a project like this.

Why create?

Why spend time developing our craft, skill, and gifts that God has given us?

We do all of this so we may learn in our real, everyday lives that we are stewards of all that we have. Our creating, cultivating, and blessing others with our gifts is not an attempt to find value or worth, but instead, a response to the value and worth bestowed on us by the Father through the Son. We create because we have a creative God who made us in his image. We learn to steward because it is an integral part of discipleship. The way of the world says that your time, talent, and treasures are about you, but the way of Jesus is learning that all of it was a gift from Him. Giving these back to Jesus and, in turn, others is not a loss of freedom, but instead, the only way to find it.

So why 7in7?

Our hope is that through the discipline of creating, cultivating, and blessing others over seven days, we will discover more of the ways God has gifted us, and we can see the Spirit free us from fear. We can create because God created us for this very purpose. In Genesis 12, God said that he would bless Abram so that he might be a blessing to the whole world. This is our story as well. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Bring your gifts, talent, and time to the table, trust God with them, and spend seven days prayerfully creating. Let’s see what God does in us and through us!

This Sunday we will start sign-ups for 7in7 where you can share with one another how you plan on using the seven days! If you are unsure about what you might be able to do, ask someone in your missional community or DNA group for ideas on how you can participate. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at [email protected]

HERE ARE SOME POTENTIAL WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Painting
  2. Poetry
  3. Writing Short Stories
  4. Songwriting
  5. Baking
  6. Serving 7 Times in 7 days intentionally
  7. Woodworking
  8. Writing Confessions/Benediction for Liturgy
  9. Gardening
  10. Landscaping
  11. Cooking 7 New Recipes
  12. Photography
  13. Graphic Design
  14. Sewing
  15. Hand lettering scripture
  16. Give of your finances intentionally 7 times
  17. Give of your time intentionally 7 times
  18. Create Instrumental Music
  19. Do 7 things around your house that allows for more hospitality (rearrange furniture, paint a room, clean out clutter)
  20. Color
  21. Draw/Sketch Stories
  22. Pretend & create short plays
  23. Screenprinting
  24. Write 7 letters of encouragement to 7 friends
  25. Translate a story from the Bible into language children can understand 27-Write scripture songs for Children

7in7: Create.Cultivate.Bless

During our vision series in early January, we spent some time unpacking what it looks like as a church to have a culture of Creative Generosity. We were encouraged from 1 Timothy 6 “not to place our hope in the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.” The command that follows is to “do good, be rich in good works and to be generous and ready to share.” Paul goes on to state that this is what it looks like to grab hold of that which is truly life; we find our life by losing it. Instead of storing up treasures in this life, we let go of what we think will give us life and embrace a life of radical generosity rooted in the radical generosity of the Father to us. I believe our church has modeled this in many beautiful ways, and this is a testament not to us but to how gracious God has been to us. Radical generosity can only come from those affected deeply by experiencing God’s radical provision to us in Jesus. I want to take a moment and share a few ways I have seen this happen in our church in the last six months.

  • Not only did we raise around $8,000 for the launch of Soma Austin, but we had over twenty people dedicate many hours to seeing the Anchored Project come to fruition allowing many to be blessed through the songs, instrumentation, artwork, and the release party.
  • This year as a church we will send three high school students to Young Life Camp where they will hear the good news of Jesus potentially for the first time.
  • Four high school moms involved in YoungLives have received free milestone photo sessions, and one mom had her tuition for YoungLives camp covered through the generosity of one missional community.
  • Many moms have been blessed by the generosity of Ashley Cobb, Redeemer, and the Ryan’s Crossing MC through the ‘Songs for Moms’ project. They hosted a house show in April to encourage and remind women in our city that although motherhood is tough, they are on this journey together.
  • Foster Village has seen dozens of volunteers begin to step in and help organize and deliver donations. Several musicians also helped put on a concert to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Village Fest raised around $3,000 to help serve foster families in our area.
  • Over $90,000 has been given by Redeemer this year for the sake of church planting, locally & globally, and caring for our city. This would not have been possible apart from the generous giving of our church family.

These are just a few of the ways that God has been building a culture of creative generosity at Redeemer. Our hope is that this culture would continue to grow, and we would become a people who can confidently say that we have been blessed so that we might be a blessing. Being a gospel people means not only that we have a message that is good news, but we have a message that transforms every part of our lives. One of the greatest apologetics is not how well we know theology, but how well our theology is lived out in real life. Jesus himself said they will know us by our love.

How do we keep growing in this creative generosity?
Our next step will be with a project called 7in7. This will focus primarily on seeing our time and talents as a gift from God to be stewarded. Colossians 3:17 says, "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." God has given each of us time and talent to cultivate those as worship of Him and a way to bless others. 7in7 is a seven-day creative endeavor to help us step further into stewarding those gifts God has given us.

The goal will be to create for seven days in ways that cultivate our gifts and bless others. Each day you will be challenged to step into the hard work of creating something in whatever way you are gifted.

  • If you are a songwriter, what would it look like to create seven songs in seven days?
  • If you are a baker or enjoy cooking, what might it look like to create dishes in seven days?
  • If you love woodworking what would it look like to work on seven small projects in seven days or one project each day for seven days and see it completed?

(Other ideas might include: painting, sculpting, poetry, writing confessions for Redeemer liturgy, serving neighbors, photography, landscaping, short stories, sewing, drawing, graphic design, coloring)

The goal is not the quality of the work, but to grow in stewarding our gifts and stepping out in faith to serve generously. As a church family, we will celebrate the courage and vulnerability to put our gifts on display, whatever that may look like. This will also push all of us to grow in the discipline of trying new things and finishing what we start. Next week I will follow up with a bit more on how this will work itself out, but 7in7 will run from May 21-27th and will be followed by a celebration with Soma Austin on June 4th at 6:00 pm to enjoy all that was created!

The Gift of a Sabbatical

As was announced on Sunday at Redeemer, I will be taking a break from all church leadership and ministry this summer. From mid-May to mid-August I am being given the gift of rest and spiritual renewal by the Elders of Redeemer Round Rock and the leadership team of the Redeemer Network. This is a gift that my wife Sami and I will receive with much gratitude and excitement. The idea of pastors taking a Sabbatical can often be confusing because 1) many don’t understand what a sabbatical is, and 2) pastors often need a sabbatical for different reasons (some good and some bad). Because of this, I wanted to take some time to share with you a few reasons (all good) that I’m being offered a sabbatical and will gladly receive it. I think you will see what a wise and good thing this will be for me, my family, our church family, and the Redeemer Network.

Pastoral ministry is unique work that is uniquely tiring. All work carries with it a physical, intellectual, or relational fatigue. This is why God, in his grace, commands us to keep the Sabbath— a day to rest each week. This is also why it’s important that every person maintains good rhythms of taking time off work and going on vacation. God wants us to work hard for his glory, but to rest regularly. The challenge with pastoral ministry is that it can be not only physically, intellectually, and relationally taxing, but it’s also spiritually and emotionally draining. I assure you there is nothing major going on in my life. I am just trending toward spiritual, emotional, and relational fatigue. To continue to do ministry from a place of fatigue is dangerous. It’s dangerous for me and it’s dangerous for the people God has called me to lead and care for in our church family and in the Redeemer Network.

And this is exactly why sabbaticals are such a gift to pastors! My sabbatical coach, Jim Cofield, says “a sabbatical is a time when all [ministry] work activity is suspended for the purpose of attending to one’s soul. Sabbatical was honored by our Lord when he “went apart” from the crowds and His ministry to them. He understood the time alone facilitated a work of the Spirit that can only be done in solitude.”

It will be a challenge for me to step away from all ministry work, but I’m eager to engage in focused rest and recalibration of my soul for the purpose of returning as a healthier more attentive pastor and leader. Jim will be walking with me through my sabbatical, providing counseling and coaching weekly. By God’s grace, we have many gifted and growing leaders at Redeemer who will step into my workload. The other elders (Josh and Kevin) along with Tyler Daniel (elder candidate) will give oversight to our missional communities and MC leaders while I’m out. Chad Hilliard, who was recently appointed as a deacon, will take the lead on Foundations and Leadership Development. Rich Hart (church planting resident) will join our preaching team in my place. What a gift it is that our church has so many gifted leaders! My Redeemer Network responsibilities will be shared amongst several pastors across our network.

I need time and space to examine my life and future calling. I do not doubt that God has called me to vocational ministry (He has confirmed this time and time again, even in times when I wanted to run from the calling), but I’ve come to a point where I need more clarity in regard to my calling. I never set out to become a pastor. I went to college to get an English degree so that I could be a teacher/coach and do international mission work. At the age of 21, I found myself on the leadership team to plant Redeemer Lubbock and the last 10 years since then have been a whirlwind. I started a youth ministry, grew a college ministry, and lead the group's ministries at Redeemer Lubbock all within a few years. Not long after Sami and I were married we moved to Round Rock to plant Redeemer with the Reeves, we had kids, we fostered a child, and I’ve continued to lead Redeemer in numerous roles. Additionally, for the last two years, I’ve lead Redeemer Network, which trains church planters and cares for other pastors. I am grateful to God for all of the ministries that He has allowed me to lead over the last ten years. I’ve been able to learn so much at amazing churches with amazing people. Yet, I find myself at a place in my ministry where I yearn to gain clarity on my deepest/primary calling for the next decade. In other words, I can’t keep wearing multiple hats. I’ve always been eager to do whatever I was asked to do or what was needed. It’s become clear to me in the last six months that God is asking me to seek his face and hear his voice in regard to what He is asking me to do going forward.

Last month I was talking with an older pastor, sharing with him a bit of my story in ministry. As I wrapped up my story he looked me in the eyes and said, “So, are you tired yet?”. He was on to something. It was as if he had been there himself. As I learned more of his story I found out that he had once been at a similar place that I find myself. He went on to nearly burn out in ministry. I don’t want to do that. I love Jesus and his church, and I want to serve the church as long as He will allow me. In order for me to do that I need time and space to get clarity on my primary calling.

I need to relearn how to be present with God and my family. One other unique challenge of pastoral ministry is that pastors can get so busy “doing ministry for God” that they forget how to “be with God”. The essential things in our relationship with Jesus (prayer, bible reading, life in community, worship) are also all components of a pastor’s job. These lines can get blurred at times and I can forget that my primary identity is to be a child of God before its pastor or minister. My sabbatical will be a time for me to relearn how to be with God as his child. I must stop “doing ministry” for a bit so that times in prayer and in the word can be spent for no other purpose but to enjoy God and be ministered to by Him. I’m really hungry for this, as well as focused time with my family. Sami has been such an amazing ministry partner. Aside from being a great nurse and mother, she is constantly opening our home to others, pouring into those in our missional communities, and using her gifts to make Jesus known to our children, friends, and neighbors. She has always understood and welcomed the unique role of being married to a pastor. Much of this role is a gift from God. But there are also late night and early morning meetings, Sunday mornings spent wrangling kids and getting them to the gathering on her own, struggling to find time to see our extended family, and the reality that many days “work” will come home with me despite my best efforts. We hope and pray this sabbatical will be a rich time for our marriage, with our kids, and with our extended family.

In closing, I want to ask you to pray for me during my sabbatical. Slowing down and stepping away will not be easy for me. Pray for my time with Jim whom will act as a “spiritual guide” for me during this time, doing counseling and coaching weekly. Pray for my family. We just had our third child, our daughter Madelyn Rose. Pray for Titus and Peyton as they adjust to having another sibling. Pray for all of the leaders who are taking on extra responsibilities so I can take this time of rest and renewal. Please know that we are so thankful to serve a church that cares about its pastors and invests in their health. We love you, Redeemer.

May 14th will be our last Sunday at the gathering until August. I’ll preach that Sunday and then my sabbatical will begin. If you have any questions about my sabbatical please don’t hesitate to reach out to me— just be sure to do it before May 14th. :)

Missional Community Summer Break

Hey Redeemer,

For the last 5 years we’ve made “growing as disciples and making new disciples” through missional communities our primary focus as a church. MCs have been the place where we’ve learned to live our identity in Christ (family, servants, missionaries) in everyday, ordinary life. MCs have been awesome and life changing for so many. They have also been hard, messy, and revealing! We will always be a church that makes following Jesus in community, on mission, and in all of life primary— because we believe this is what the New Testament calls us to.

With all of that said, this summer (June and July) we are encouraging all of Redeemer’s missional communities to take an 8 week break from formal gatherings. Although a lot of churches often take a break from groups during the summer or holidays, this is something that we’ve never done before. In fact, in the past I’ve said things like “a missional community is family of servant missionaries. You don’t take breaks from being family or living on mission”. While I still believe this to be true, I’ve come to see that it would be wise and good for us to take a break from formal MC meetings this summer. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. Because we believe that “community” isn’t something you attend one 1ight a week, we can still live in community AND give our leaders and host homes some needed rest. Most of our leaders have been leading missional communities for several years now. As I’ve been meeting with our leaders, I think it would be a blessing to give them a break from having to prepare, plan, lead, and host. Not all of our leaders feel they need a break, but our elder team has agreed that we want to engage a church wide practice of slowing down and resting this summer. Just to be clear— we want to encourage you to continue to “share life” with those in your MC this summer. Get together with others for meals, play dates, and DNA throughout the summer, but by taking a break from MC gatherings we want to give our leaders some time to slow down and rest.

  2. We are moving into a building this Summer (woohooo!), and for the first couple of months it will take extra time and energy to get it ready. Our hope is to be able to begin Sunday Gatherings in the new space by August. In order to do this we will need to schedule several different work days at the new building. During these work days we will be asking for volunteers to come up to the building to do a variety of projects on some evenings or weekends. Taking a break from MC gatherings will allow us to focus extra energy on the space for a couple of months. In the future we hope having a permeant space for our church will give us more energy for missional communities, but it will take us a couple of months to get there.

  3. Slowing down is a spiritual practice that we need to practice more. Psalm 116: 7 says, “Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the Lord has been good to you.” Stopping (breaking) from regular rhythms to rest and reflect on God’s faithfulness is a spiritual practice that we often ignore. Over the last few years “missional community life” has become a regular practice in many of our lives. I think it will be a really good practice for us to take a break so that we can reflect and consider all that God has done and is doing in our missional communities.

Missional Communities will officially “break” the week of June 4th and begin again the week of August 6th. I’m confident this is going to be a uniquely rich summer for us as a church family! If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to let me or your MC leader know.

No Gathering This Sunday (April 30th)

NO GATHERING - Sunday, April 30th

We will not be gathering on Sunday, April 30th due to the majority of our women being out for the Women’s retreat. For those not going to the Women’s retreat we want to invite you to join us for breakfast at Hat Creek. Here are the details:

Sunday Breakfast at Hat Creek (3700 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665) 9:30 - 11am Kids can run and play while we eat together. Anyone welcome to join us!

Exciting Facility News!

Redeemer Family,

Over the past 6 weeks, we have been prayerfully exploring a potential facility purchase. Our Elders working with our finance team and deacons have been able to agree upon a contract purchase price. Then following that we had an inspection, meeting with the City, and secure financing. Over the past 3 weeks, the Lord has given us the green light in each of these areas paving the way for us to set a closing date on the new facility on May 3rd. So sometime in the next 3-6 months, we will be moving into our new permanent gathering space located off of AW Grimes, just north of 79!

Here is a little bit of what we have been working through over the past month. After securing a contract price on the purchase we had three remaining hurdles to jump before it was smooth sailing to closing on the deal. First, we needed to have the building inspected to make sure there were not major issues with it and to give us a good idea of what work we would need to prepare for. Last week we had the inspection and it went better than we expected. There were many little things needing to be repaired, but nothing that would be a deal breaker or major construction expense. From this inspection, we have a really good idea of what we need to get repaired and are confident we can do this well within our budget. Secondly, we wanted to meet with the city to gather more info about the property and make sure we could use the connected residential part of it in the future. This meeting also went better than expected as we learned that a church can use residentially zoned properties without needing to rezone. We also got some valuable info from the Fire Marshall and engineers that will help us when we do some of the improvements needed to the parking lot and future parking lot expansion. Third, we needed to secure financing for the part of the purchase that will not be funded by our donors and savings. Just last Friday we received word that the bank has approved our funding and we should be on track to close on the property on May 3rd.

Overall this is very exciting news! We still have to officially close on the property but all of the major checkpoints and roadblocks have been checked off. We don’t have an exact timeline yet on when we might be able to move in but we are projecting (Lord willing) that it will be some time from July to August. Don’t hold us to that but we think it's a reasonable estimate.

Would you please pray for smooth sailing through closing and for wisdom as we plan work days, construction, and improvements over the coming weeks?

Lastly, our Elders want to thank our Finance Team, Deacons, and Partners who have given much time to pray, discern, give feedback, and input into this decision. It has been awesome to see how the Lord has used the different gifts and talents in our church to help make this happen. I am really excited to see how this new facility continues to help us move forward in the mission God has given us here in Round Rock.

More updates on timeline and move in process as they develop.

In Christ,

Redeemer Elders

Baptized Into Christ

As we head into our final week of Lent & are reminded of the journey Jesus went on in heading towards the cross let’s slow down and prepare our hearts through a short devotional adapted from the book “Journey to the Cross” by Will Walker & Kendall Haug. Begin with the call to worship & meditate on Hebrews 1:1-4 followed by a simple confession & prayer of thanksgiving for His grace. You can slow down and reflect on these or just simply recite them in faith that God hears our prayers & confessions!

Call to Worship
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. -Hebrews 1:1-4

God has spoken clearly to us about who He is & what He is like through His son, Jesus. If we are honest we often fail to acknowledge these things functionally & fail to live in light of them. Take a moment to confess areas where we fail to live in light of His love for us & then thank God for his grace through these 2 prayers.

CONFESSION
God our Father, we confess that we fail to live in light of the coming, both past and future, of your Son Jesus Christ. He came to redeem those under the law, but we live as those still under it. You sent the Holy Spirit into our heart, but we choose instead to live as slaves to our flesh. You purchased our freedom and adopted us as your sons and daughters, but we fail to live out of our identity as your children. Forgive our fear and unbelief. Help us to live as your sons and daughters, heirs to your fatherly blessings, because of what Jesus has done for us.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
Thank you, Lord, for purchasing our freedom. We are no longer slaves to our flesh, but we are now children of God and brothers and heirs with Christ, our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and by the Spirit

This week we will be singing the following songs during our gathering.

Great is Our God
Rest In You
Mercy
O Praise The Name
Oh God

If you want more help understanding Colossians and its main themes check out this video:

Colossians: Walking In Christ

Church Family,

This week we continue our “Union with Christ” series in Colossians & will be looking at Colossians 2:1-7 together.

Our call to worship this week is Psalm 130. It reminds us that if God were to mark iniquities & keep score of our sin, who would stand a chance? Instead, he is a God who is forgiving & merciful. Take a few moments and pray:

  1. That God would remind those in our church who are struggling with the guilt of their sin would experience his freedom & grace in the coming days.
  2. That our church would model the forgiveness & grace of Jesus to our city. That we would not be prideful or arrogant but instead we would humbly serve our city!

This week we will be singing the following songs during our worship time. These songs were chosen specifically to help us respond to God’s grace and point us to God’s goodness.

How Marvelous
Rest In You
Mercy
Come Thou Fount
How Deep The Father's Love For Us
What A Beautiful Name

If you want more help understanding Colossians and its main themes check out this video:

Colossians: Christ in You the Hope of Glory

Church Family,

This week we continue our “Union with Christ” series in Colossians & will be looking at Colossians 1:24-29 together. If you are curious to learn more about the book of Colossians and its purpose feel free to watch this video with an overview.

Our call to worship this week is Psalm 23. It reminds us that God is our guide, our helper & the one who leads us to rest. In preparation for Sunday would you slow down & take a few minutes to:

  1. Meditate on Psalm 23.
  2. Consider where you feel lost, lonely or exhausted.
  3. Go to God in honesty & confess to him what is true in your heart.
  4. Listen to the new song we are singing this week, “What a Beautiful Name” and let God remind you that He is for you, with you & knows what is best for you!

This week we will be singing the following songs during our worship time. These songs were chosen specifically to help us respond to God’s grace and point us to God’s goodness.

Good, Right & Perfect
O Praise the Name
What a Beautiful Name
Oh God

You can find our confession for the month of March HERE.

If you want more context on Colossians and its main themes check out this video:

Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ

Church Family,

Prepping for Sunday is a tool that Redeemer is using to prepare our hearts for the weekly gathering. We hope that through the scriptures, prayers & singing you will be shaped & formed further into who you are in Christ!

This is the third week of our “Union with Christ” series in Colossians & this week we will be looking at Colossians 1:15-23 & the supremacy of Jesus, the creator & sustainer of all things. In the passage, we are reminded that once we were alienated from God & were enemies but have been reconciled back to God through the death and resurrection of Jesus!

Our call to worship this week is Psalm 95. This week as we are reminded of the magnitude of who Christ is and what He has accomplished for us. Let’s gather with hearts ready to rejoice together & magnify the Lord!

This week we will be singing the following songs during our worship time. These songs were chosen specifically to help us respond to God’s grace and point us to God’s goodness.

Rejoice
How Marvelous
Rest in You
Mercy
You Are God & You Are Good

You can find our confession for the month of March HERE.

If you want more context on Colossians and its main themes check out this video:

Five Year Celebration

On April 16th Redeemer will be celebrating five years of gathering as a church! This means that we will be celebrating five years of God’s grace & overwhelming faithfulness to us, His children.

If we were to spend a day or week just recounting all the ways God has been at work showing his resurrection power we wouldn’t be able to scratch the surface. From seeing people trust in Jesus for the first time & getting baptized, to people moving homes so they could press further into God's mission with a strategic missional community, to planting a church God has been at work bringing new life in our midst.

It is easy sometimes to only celebrate what seems significant & monumental in the moment. Although as a church that believes God wants to redeem every moment of every day, we also want to celebrate the things that may seem small & insignificant yet have ripple effects on a community of faith. So yes, let's celebrate the miracle of salvation, baptisms, the church plants & the new missional communities but let us also celebrate the everyday faithfulness of moms loving their children well day by day. Let's celebrate every anxiety relieved by the Spirit & every step of faith that is taken towards loving our neighbors. Let's celebrate every time someone is honest about their sins & struggles, and begins to trust that God’s grace is enough. If we are to be a church making disciples in the everyday stuff of life then we must celebrate God's grace in the everyday ordinary stuff.

In 1 Corinthians 15:17 Paul says, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.” We know that Christ has been raised & we have seen the fruit of his resurrection over and over again. God has proven that our faith is not futile but instead that our faith is one anchored in truth & validated every day through the Holy Spirit!

So that said, we need your help. Help us celebrate and reflect on all God has done in the life of our church and submit a short video (even kids if they want to). Share with us how you have experienced new life in Christ and how He has been at work in your life through the Redeemer family. Below are a few guidelines to help you think through what you might share

  1. Reflect on How God has displayed His resurrection power to you over the last 5 years. This could be God restoring your marriage, changing your heart in a certain area, giving you faith to believe and trust him, rescuing you from destructive habits, or any other way you have seen God has brought about new life in our church family.

  2. Take a 20-30 second video of yourself to share with our church family. It doesn’t need to be perfect but simply you sharing how God’s resurrection power has been at work in your life as you have been a part of this church family.

  3. After shooting the video e-mail it to [email protected] by April 5th.

Colossians: Praying with Paul

Church Family,

Prepping for Sunday is a tool that Redeemer is using to prepare our hearts for the weekly gathering. We hope that through the scriptures, prayers & singing you will be shaped & formed further into who you are in Christ!

This is the second week of our “Union with Christ” series in Colossians.

Our call to worship this week is Psalm 121. As we dig into the season of Lent & seek to remove distractions to hear from Jesus, let us be reminded that your help comes from the Lord, the maker of Heaven & Earth.

The sermon text for this Sunday is Colossians 1:9-14. Spend some time reading the text, reflecting & praying:

1. For your own hearts.
2. For the hearts of others in our community.

This week we will be singing the following songs during our worship time. These songs were chosen specifically to help us respond to God’s grace and point us to God’s goodness.

Good, Right & Perfect
Come Thou Fount
O Praise The Name
Great Are You Lord
Sons & Daughters

You can find our confession for the month of March HERE.

If you want more context on Colossians and its main themes check out this video:

Spotlight: Young Life

On March 5th Redeemer Partner Austin Schauer shared about his role as Area Director for Round Rock Young Life. Round Rock Young Life exists to introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ and help them grow in their faith. We accomplish this through meaningful and lifelong adult relationships. Our staff and volunteer leaders spend countless hours at football games, theatre productions, practices, school campuses, pep rallies and many more places investing in our high school friends. Through this consistent investment we “earn the right to be heard.” It is then that we get to tell them about the most magnificent person to ever walk the face of the earth...Jesus! No matter how they respond to the good news of Jesus we continue to love and pursue them.

Redeemer Church is partnering with Round Rock Young Life to help send 3 kids to camp this summer.

Colossians: Gospel Transformation

Church Family,

Prepping for Sunday is a tool that Redeemer is using to prepare our hearts for the weekly gathering. We hope that through the scriptures, prayers & singing you will be shaped & formed further into who you are in Christ!

This week we will kick off our series in Colossians, “Union with Christ” talking about Faith, Hope & Love. In preparation for our series watch this video:

The sermon text for this Sunday is Colossians 1:1-8. Spend some time reading that before you come to worship Sunday. Also, throughout the series we are asking everyone to pray Colossians 1:9-14:

  1. For your own hearts.

  2. For the hearts of others in our community.

This week we will be singing the following songs during our worship time. These songs were chosen specifically to help us respond to God’s grace and point us to God’s goodness.

To Him Who Overcomes
Lord, I Need You
O Praise The Name
Oh God
Leaning

You can find our confession for the month of March HERE.

We also want to teach our kids about who God is. This week kids will be learning:

Nursery (birth-11 months): Our volunteers will pray for our babies' salvation, for protection from the evil one, and for loving attitudes in relationships as they grow.
Toddlers (12-23 months*): God Made Everything, focusing on the story of creation (Genesis 1)
Preschool 2s (2 years*): God is Good, focusing on the story of God giving Abraham and Sarah a baby (Genesis 21)
Preschool 3-4s (3-4 years*): God Gives Abram a New Name, focusing on how God affirms his promise to Abram (Genesis 17:1-10, 15-21)
Lower Elementary (Kinder-2nd grade*): God Gives Abram a New Name, focusing on how God affirms his promise to Abram (Genesis 17:1-10, 15-21)

*age/grade as of Sept 1st, 2016

Update: Redeemer Leadership Roles

ELDERS

Josh Reeves - Josh is the primary care Elder for the Paloma Lake, Ryan’s Crossing, and Lake Forest Missional Communities. He also leads our larger church in Vision, Sunday Gatherings, Preaching, and leads our staff and Elder teams. Josh is a paid Elder freed up to give 80% of his work time to lead these areas at Redeemer. He is also working on completing his Masters degree at Western Theological Seminary. Josh has been married to his wife Lauren for 12 years and they have three children (Autumn 11, Emily 8, Owen 4). In his spare time Josh enjoys playing with his kids, basketball (especially the Celtics), and reading.

Jordan Elder - Jordan is the primary care Elder for the Creeks, Chandler Creek, and Dove Creek missional communities. He also leads our larger church in overseeing our Missional Communities (Coaching, training, and resourcing), leadership development, and church planting. Jordan is also a regular part of our Sunday preaching team. Jordan is a paid Elder freed up to give 60% of his work time to lead these areas at Redeemer. The other 40% of his work outside of our local church is leading Redeemer Network (a collection of 16 churches working together to plant new churches in Texas). Jordan has been married to his wife Sami for 7 years and they have two children (Titus 5, Peyton 3) and one on the way. In his spare time Jordan enjoys woodworking, playing basketball, and having his hopes dashed by the Dallas Cowboys.

Kevin Aderholt - Kevin is the primary care Elder for the West Round Rock missional community. He also leads our larger church in overseeing our finance team. Kevin’s works outside of the church as a CPA (Scott and Aderholt CPA). Kevin and his wife Brandi have been married for 12 years and they have two kids (Avery 9, Anna 5). In his spare time Kevin enjoys listening to Dwight Yokum, watching football, and mountain biking.

DEACONS

Tyler Daniel - Tyler leads the Dove Creek missional community. He also leads our larger church in gathered worship, art, developing worship leaders and serving partnerships. Tyler is a paid deacon freed up to give 100% of his work to to lead these areas at Redeemer. Tyler has been married to his wife Brooke for 5 years and they have one daughter (Alli). In his spare time Tyler enjoys working out, watching D-3 football, and short walks on the beach.

Faye Cummings - As our part-time Kids Director, Faye helps equip parents to make disciples of their children ages birth to fifth grade. She oversees the scope and sequence of our children's curriculum, trains and develops our volunteer team, and provides vision and leadership to our kids classes on Sunday mornings. She is also here to support Missional Community leaders with resources to disciple our children. Faye and her husband, Dave, have three boys (Cole 6, Levi 6, and Cash 3). Faye loves feeding people good food, discovering new restaurants, and if she can carve out a spare moment she'll fill it by crafting something beautiful.

Meghan Gatewood - Meghan helps lead the Ryan’s Crossing missional community with her husband Tyler. She also works part-time to lead Redeemer’s communications and administration. Meghan has been married to her husband Tyler for 6 years and they have two sons (Gram 3, Rhett 6 months). In her spare time she enjoys holding a cup of warm coffee with both hands or sitting on the patio with a glass of wine when her delightful little humans aren’t hanging on her.

Lexie Bertola - Lexie is our part-time Kids Assistant. She assists Faye in a variety of administrative tasks, most importantly preparing all lesson materials for our kids classes on Sunday mornings. Lexie is Mama to Margo and wife to Austin. She loves slow Saturday mornings with them and together they love being a part of the Redeemer community!

Tyler Gatewood- Tyler helps lead the Ryan’s Crossing missional community with his wife Meghan. He also leads our A/V Sunday teams and helps teach in some of our foundation courses. Tyler has a heart for church planting but currently works full-time in sales at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Tyler has been married to his wife Meghan for 6 years and they have two sons (Gram 3, Rhett 6 months). In his spare time he enjoys watching any sports from his alma mater, Texas Tech or watching his Texas Rangers almost win the World Series, multiple times.

Chris Malonee - Chris is a part of the Creeks missional community & is a Deacon of Gathered Worship. Chris helps lead our Sunday gathering on a regular basis as well as helping train & disciple our musicians. Chris is married to Laura & has two daughters (Addison 3, Landyn 3 months). Chris is an avid reader, proud 4th generation St. Louis Cardinals fan, and the creator of #mopac&chill - encouraging kindness instead of road rage on Austin's crowded streets.

Chad Hilliard- Chad helps lead the Chandler Creek missional community with his wife Ashley. He also is the deacon serving with Global Mission and Leadership Development for Redeemer. Chad and Ashley have been married for 13 years and have three children (Caden 11, Conner 9 and Piper 4). Chad spends his free time reading books, enjoying post-apocalyptic movies and is a podcast enthusiast. He is also serves as the all-time QB during backyard football games and is the assistant manager of Piper's Hair Salon.

Shea and Carrie Overman - The Overmans are a part of the Ryan’s Crossing Missional Community and lead the foster care efforts for our church. The Overmans have been married for 10 years & have 3 children (Molly 8, Thomas 6, and Jo 3) while also fostering several children. Shea is a Gymnastics coach & Special Education Teacher at Round Rock High School & enjoys mountain biking in his free time. Carrie enjoys Crossfit & oversees the local chapter of Foster Village.

Missional Community (MC) Leaders:

Jordan and Sami Elder - Creeks MC
Josh and Lauren Reeves - Paloma Lake MC
Kevin and Brandi Aderholt - West RR MC
Chad and Ashley Hilliard - Chandler Creek MC
James and Rhonda Reeves - Lake Forest MC
Tyler and Brooke Daniel - Dove Creek MC
Tyler and Meghan Gatewood - Ryan’s Crossing MC
Rich and Barbie Hart - Georgetown MC

Colossians Series

Redeemer Family,

On Sunday, March 5th we will begin a new series in the book of Colossians. Colossians is a letter written by Paul to the church at Colossea while he was in prison. Colossians helps us to consider the supremacy of Jesus and how our faith brings us into union with Christ. What is Union with Christ and how does it transform the way we live? This is one of the primary questions we will be considering throughout our study.

Through this study of Colossians we will seek to highlight all that Christ has poured out to us and in us and show a Spirituality that is not about “acquiring” more (as opposed to the worldly principles that promise us spiritual goods apart from Christ) but rather learning to receive and realize all the riches we have in Christ. We hope that through this series our church will have a fuller understanding of all they have in the Gospel, contemplate the mystery of what it means that we are in Christ and Christ in us, and understand how they live out of this loving union with Christ in the everyday relationships of life.

Here are a few ways you can begin to prepare for this series:

  1. Watch this intro to Colossians by the Bible Project. It will help you understand the background and overall flow of the book. - LINK
  2. Check out our prepping to worship guide each week before you come on Sundays. We will have the sermon texts in there for you to read before you come.
  3. Join us in our common practice during the season of Lent (begins March 1st) to reflect together and put away media distractions. We will have journals for you to participate in this at our gatherings that you can use to reflect. More info here
  4. Pray the prayer Paul gives us in Colossians 1:9-14 for your own heart and for our church family as we consider Christ together. Let's pray this throughout the series to be true in our lives.

Colossians - Sermon Schedule
Sunday, March 5th - Week 1 - The Gospel Grows Loving Churches (1:1-8)
Sunday, March 12th - Week 2 - Praying With Paul (1:9-14)
Sunday, March 19th - Week 3 - Christ Our Supreme Savior (1:15-23)
Sunday, March 26th - Week 4 - Christ in You (1:24-29)
Sunday, April 2nd - Week 5 - Deeply Rooted in Christ (2:1-10)
Sunday, April 9th - Week 6 - Baptized into Christ (2:11-15)
Sunday, April 16th - Easter Celebration - Break from Colossians Series
Sunday, April 23rd - Week 7 - Shadow vs Substance (2:16-23)
Sunday, April 30th - Scattered Sunday - No Sunday gathering
Sunday, May 7th - Week 8 - Setting Our Minds On Christ (3:1-4)
Sunday, May 14th - Week 9 - Putting on New Self, Putting off Old (3:5-15)
Sunday, May 21st - Week 10 - Marriage (3:18-19)
Sunday, May 28th - Week 11 - Parenting (3:20-21)
Sunday, June 4th - Week 12 - Work (3:22-25)
Sunday, June 11th - Week 13 - Prayer (4:1-4)
Sunday, June 18th - Week 14 - Evangelism (4:2-6)