Posts by Bill Driscoll

Posts by Bill Driscoll

New 8AM Sunday Service, Zoom Missions Update from Mike Miller, and Stewardship (Rector’s Letter for 1/04)

Dear Redeemer Family,  2020 is now finally behind us. While there were many challenges, there were also many things to celebrate. As a result of the challenges of last year, I saw two significant blessings at Redeemer: more members are now connected through our on-line small groups; and home-bound members are now able to attend worship virtually. These are just two of the many works that the Lord did in our midst last year, and I give him all the praise and…

An Update from Vestry and Looking Towards 2021 (Rector’s Letter for 12/28)

Dear Redeemer Family,There are just three days left in 2020. While this has been a very challenging year, there is a LOT that I am thankful for: for my family and my son Dan’s engagement & wedding, for Redeemer’s faithful members, for the Lord’s provision for doing ministry in a new way, and for the Lord’s provision for Redeemer through you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. Those are just a few examples, among many others. (At the end of…

Second Week of Advent and Stewardship (Rector’s Letter 12/7)

Dear Redeemer Family:This is the second week of Advent, and the Collect for the week is one of my favorite Anglican collective prayers. I encourage you to turn to page 598 and pray that prayer throughout this week.With Christmas Eve is rapidly approaching, I am seeking to make the final decision on what time our Christmas Eve services will be, and whether there will be two or three services. PLEASE respond, if you have not already, to the survey. You can find…

Advent and Stewardship (Rector’s Letter for 11/30)

Dear Redeemer Family: Yesterday was the first Sunday in Advent, launching us into the beginning of the new Church year, and having implications for our liturgical worship. We begin a new year in our lectionary readings, transitioning from year A to year B (p.717 in our Anglican Prayer Book). In our Sunday collective prayers, we return to the beginning of the church calendar with the Advent Collects (p.598). One more change to our Sunday worship will be the use of…

A Thanksgiving Prayer and Advent Preparation (Rector’s Letter 11/23)

Dear Redeemer Family: This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, and this Sunday we begin the Season of Advent. I am thankful for you, for your partnership in the Lord’s work at Redeemer, and for your faithful and generous support. I look forward to our worship and reflection together during this four week penitential season leading to the Advent of the Messiah. As this year has been a year like no other, so this Thanksgiving looks to be unlike any other. We…

Register for Virtual Synod 2020! (Rector’s Letter for 11/02)

Dear Redeemer Family, In lieu of a rector’s letter for today, I am encouraging you to register for this year’s Synod, “Reorienting in the New Normal”. The Gulf Atlantic Diocese will be hosting its annual Synod on November 6-7. This year it will be virtual which allows for many more of us to participate. We will be focusing on the cry found in Psalm 85, “Restore us, O God.” You can find the workshops for the weekend here. We will begin…

Stewardship, and the FCWS Banquet on Oct. 29

Dear Redeemer Family, This morning, I am finding encouragement and solace from the sermon yesterday, specifically from the emphasized reality that the Holy Spirit is with me, and in me. Therefore, I can know and trust that He is with me in the midst of everything that I am feeling and everything that is before me. I praise the Lord that I am not alone, and that He shoulders my burdens with me.Yes, I am finding encouragement and solace from my…

The Upcoming Election and Hubbard House Virtual Breakfast

The Upcoming Election and Hubbard House Virtual Breakfast Dear Redeemer Family, I praise the Lord for his presence in the midst of Dan and Nicole’s wedding! Your prayers for the rain to hold off were answered – the storm missed us and the weather was perfect. I’m attaching a picture so you can see the amazing sunset the Lord created for Dan and Nicole’s first dance. This Thursday you have an opportunity to attend the Hubbard House virtual Breakfast. There have…

“Running on Empty, or Empowered by God the Spirit?” (Rector’s Letter 10/4)

Dear Redeemer Family, We begin our seven-week study of the Holy Spirit together this week, and I am excited to be on this journey with you. Click here to download the study. My sermon this past Sunday challenged me, and I pray it also challenged you. See the information below on our “Running on Empty?” study, and how to get connected if you are not already involved with a Redeemer small group. I am so thankful for your ongoing faithful…

Congratulations to Our Newest Vestry Members! (Rector’s Letter 9/27)

Dear Redeemer Family: I am so thankful for all of the work that led to the success of our first hybrid Congregational Meeting. While we experiences a few hiccups, I was very pleased with the merging of in-person and Zoom attendees.  Thank you to our slate of 6 Vestry candidates! Hybrid voting using in-person and on-line voting worked well. The three candidates elected to serve on Vestry from 2020-2023 are: Bob Baldwin, Joel Nichols and Molly Taunton. I encourage you to…

Announcing Our Candidates for Vestry! (Rector’s Letter for 9/20)

Dear Redeemer Family, This is the third week in our journey through Psalm 23. I have been blessed by the study, and through the conversations on Wed Evenings during our Zoom gatherings. I pray the study and sermons have blessed you as well! This Sunday is our annual Congregational meeting. Along with the election of three new Vestry members, we will be thanking Chris Penrod and Clint Combs for their service these past three years, and Kyle Gavin for filling…

Annual Congregational Meeting and Vestry Election 9/27 (Rector’s Letter 9/13)

Dear Redeemer Family, I am enjoying this four-week walk through Psalm 23, especially since we are walking, learning, and growing together. Today we continue our devotional with day 7. If you do not yet have a copy of the book, When the Lord is My Shepherd, either download a PDF copy from www.redeemerlives.net or pick one up from the church office. The final Sunday of our journey through Psalm 23, September 27, will also be our annual Congregational Meeting. Your Vestry is working…
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