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A Letter From Your Pastor

December 17, 2016 by Jong Park

Screen Shot 2016-12-17 at 1.53.30 PM (2)Dear Redemption Church,

Earlier this week, when I checked my weather app, the high was in the negatives. Well, good news, my friends! As of now it is at 2 degrees according to weather.com and a whopping 17 degrees according to Yahoo weather. :) While not surprising to Chicagoans, this weather can be discouraging for our Sunday service. When the weather is bad, our attendance is affected.

December is an important month for Redemption. We have visitors who might not normally attend church come during the Advent season. We should be there to greet them and love them. Not only that, but regular attendees need each other to more fully experience the love of Christ. We hope to see you there tomorrow.

Christmas time is also a great time to grow in our generosity. And you have been generous! In 2016, among other things, you have given to missionaries and relief efforts, you have volunteered at places like Feed My Starving Children, and some of you have given up many weekends to spend time with refugee families as we partner with Exodus World Service. We have prayed for and given to Ava Lee and were blessed to have her mother visit us. Life groups have packed sandwiches and visited the homeless. What a blessing!

My exhortation to us is: Let’s finish strong; let’s never stop loving and giving. Consider how the generosity of God’s people translates into transformed lives every day at Redemption and beyond.

Two special notes in terms of giving. First, let’s remember to bring what we signed up for as our Women’s ministry coordinates with Pacific Garden Mission to serve the needy. Second, let’s give our prayers and resources for the suffering people of Aleppo. It’s hard to read another article without welling up in tears for the sheer carnage there.

Thank you for reading. Love you all.

Your pastor,

Jong Park

Keep in mind some services coming up and a couple location changes.

Christmas Eve candlelight service will be at National Louis U (850 Warrenville Rd. Lisle, IL) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Last year, we tried to make it more of a family service. I even pulled out a donkey prop and did a special children’s sermon. By popular request, that will not be happening again. There will be simple childcare but no nursery.

Christmas falls on a Sunday this year! We will not be meeting at National Louis. Instead we’ll be at the Double Tree Hotel at 2111 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515. It’s about 8 mins from National Louis. Sunday service will be at 10:30 a.m. as usual and there will be a special presentation by the children.

New Year’s Eve Service will be at Wellspring Alliance Church at 1766 S. Blanchard St. Wheaton, IL at 7 p.m. After service and fellowship time, we’ll have open prayer time at 9-11:30 p.m.

New Year’s Sunday Service will be back at National Louis U. at 10:30 a.m.

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