Posts by Bill Driscoll

Posts by Bill Driscoll

Missions First: Prisoners of Christ (Rector’s Letter for 4/05)

Dear Redeemer Family:Alleluia Christ is Risen! It was wonderful to celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection with so many of you who were online and in person yesterday! If you missed our services click here for videos of our Sunrise, 8AM, & 10AM gatherings, or for an audio link to my sermon click here.At 6:30PM Wednesday evening, we will hear from Jeff Witt about the ministry of Prisoners of Christ. This is an incredible organization that disciples and equips recently released prison inmates for their new lives.…

Re-Launch for Redeemer (Rector’s Letter for 3/22)

Dear Redeemer Family:We have now entered the second to last week of Lent. We will celebrate Jesus’ final and triumphal arrival at Jerusalem this Sunday, and then begin our Holy Week journey into Jesus’ passion. I hope you will take time during this 5th week of Lent to engage my challenge from Sunday: to reflect on your life in light of Jesus’ invitation to follow him into his death (click HERE if you missed my sermon).As announced yesterday, Redeemer is entering into…

Walk for Domestic Awareness (Rector’s Letter for 3/14)

Dear Redeemer Family: Every Sunday we conclude our services with a corporate declaration of our mission statement. Before you read it below… do you remember it? The Lord calls us……To make followers who: Know Christ, Grow Together, and Go into the world. We are then invited by the leader: Let us go forth in the name of Christ (and we answer, “thanks be to God.”).   On Saturday March 27th at 9AM, we have an opportunity to practice our participation in Christ’s…

Easter Week Schedule (Rector’s Letter for 3/08)

Dear Redeemer Family,This is the third week of the season of Lent, and Easter Sunday is just 27 days away. I am grateful that we will be able to do what we could not do last year, and meet together for our Holy Week services. Thursday April 1 we will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7PM. Good Friday we will have a traditional service at Noon, and a Tenebrae service at 7PM. Holy Saturday’s service will be live-stream only at…

A New Chapter for the Children’s Ministry (Rector’s Letter for 2/21/21)

Dear Redeemer Family: I write today to announce the beginning of a new chapter at Redeemer. It is with many different emotions that I inform you that Prudence Baldwin will be retiring as our Children’s Ministry Director. Her last day on staff will be May 31. I am thankful, I celebrate, and I am also sad as Prudence’s long tenure ends.  Prudence began volunteering in Children’s Ministry in 1986, and has served as the Director since 1999. During her 35 years of…

The Start of the Lenten Season (Rector’s Letter for 2/15)

Dear Redeemer Family,With the season of Epiphany behind us, we now enter into the season of Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of this 40-day season (not counting Sundays) which prepares us for the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning. I hope that you will participate in one of our three Ash Wednesday services.One way you can participate in this Lenten season is to begin or continue a daily discipline of reading and reflecting on God’s Word.  As I said in my sermon yesterday, I…

Isaiah 58 and Ash Wednesday

Dear Redeemer Family: Many of you are actively connected with other Redeemer members through small group meetings on Zoom, and in-person worship on Sundays. I praise the Lord for his work in the midst of His people at Redeemer, keeping us connected through this season. I have an opportunity for connection and discipleship that I challenge all of you to consider, that will happen this Wednesday evening. During our Zoom meeting this Wed at 6:30PM, Doris Cheshire will be leading…

Ash Wednesday in 16 Days… (Rector’s Letter for 2/01/20)

Dear Redeemer Family:I have been encouraged in recent weeks, as I have caught up with many of you. It has been good to talk with some of you over the phone, to see some of you on Sundays, and to meet in person with others in driveways, parks, and coffee shops.As we continue to walk through this Covid-19 season together, I challenge you to continue to reach out to one another, and to pray for one another. As I have…

An Important Message on Biblical Tithing (Rector’s Letter for 1/25)

An Important Message on Biblical Tithing  Dear Redeemer Family:  The Vestry and I had a very productive time during our retreat this past weekend. We are close to approving an operating budget for 2021, but we are still in need of your feedback to move forward. While we could guess at our income level, it would be better if we received input from any members who have not yet submitted a pledge for this year. There are currently more than 40 members who fall into…

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…