Rector’s Letters

Rector’s Letters

VBS This Week 6:00-8:00PM

Dear Redeemer Family:This week we will host Vacation Bible School, Monday to Friday. Dinner is at 5:30, and the VBS program will be from 6-8PM. We are still in need of a few volunteers to help clean up after dinner (eat with us at 5:30, then clean up in the kitchen at 6PM). Please pray for Stacey and her team as they lead our children, and for the children as they learn more about Jesus!This Sunday I will be giving a brief…

A Letter from the Online Communications Coordinator (Rector’s Letter for 6/14)

Hello Redeemer!Fr. Bill asked me to write and introduce myself to you this week, as he is away for his doctoral class. My name is Rachel Smith Starling and I have been the Online Communications Coordinator for Redeemer for roughly a year and a half. I am a 22 year-old student at FSU living in my hometown of Tallahassee, FL. I am currently finishing up my Bachelor’s degree in studio art with a focus in printmaking, and plan to pursue…

Bill’s 13th Anniversary of Ordination to the Diaconate (Rector’s Letter for 6/07)

Dear Redeemer Family:I give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ today, as I celebrate the 13th anniversary of my ordination to the Diaconate (2008). In the Anglican tradition, all those called to the priesthood are first ordained as Deacons and later ordained a second time as Priests (my ordination to the Priesthood was Nov. 2008). I think it is important to note here as an FYI, that some in the Anglican Tradition, like our own Jeanne Higgins, are called to…

Volunteering, Upcoming Events, and the S.H.A.P.E. Assessment

Dear Redeemer Family: It has been wonderful to see so many more of you in-person on Sundays and Wednesday evenings. As we continue to follow CDC guidelines, I am encouraged as members are returning to regular in-person worship. While we will continue to live-stream our services for those who are not able to attend in person, my hope is for the Redeemer family to more-and-more return to the discipline of regularly gathering to worship and to serve together. Please be praying about…

Testimony Wednesday: Share with and Hear from One Another!

Testimony Wednesday: Share with and Hear from One Another! Dear Redeemer Family,Yesterday’s celebration of Pentecost was amazing! It was so good to worship with so many of you, as we reflected on the Father’s Gift of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, and to us. If you missed my sermon, “The Root and the Fruit of Pentecost” click HERE.I am also so thankful for the leadership of Redeemer’s Future Vision committee in the wake of Saturday’s 2nd Future Vision Gathering. If you…

Second Future Vision Committee Meeting THIS Saturday

Dear Redeemer Family, In my sermon yesterday, we examined Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17. “Holy Father, keep them in your name…that they may be one, even as we are one.” Jesus prays to the Father, asking him to protect his disciples and give them the same intimate unity that he and the Father share.That is my hope for Redeemer as we move through this season of re-launch and re-visioning, that we would be one: sharing life, faith and…

Redeemer 101, Volunteering, and Visioning Part 2 (Rector’s Letter for 5/10)

Dear Redeemer Family:There are a LOT of exciting opportunities for you to join in the midst of the Lord’s work at Redeemer: Redeemer 101 class, volunteering, worship with the Sudanese congregation, and the upcoming Visioning-Part2 meeting (May 22).This Sunday we will begin a 5-week seminar entitled Redeemer 101. This is for newcomers to learn more about Redeemer, and for established members to welcome them (and be reminded of our history, worship, and ministry). We will meet in between our two…

Continuing Redeemer’s Visioning Process (Rector’s Letter for 4/25)

Dear Redeemer Family,This past Saturday more than 60 members met together (in-person and Zoom) to begin Redeemer’s visioning process. It was great to be working together with so many, as we seek to understand who we are as a church and where the Lord is leading us in mission and ministry. If you were not able to attend, I encourage you to take time to view or listen to the recording of the meeting. See below in this email to…

Future Vision Committee Meeting THIS Saturday (Rector’s Letter for 4/19)

Dear Redeemer Family,  The Easter Season continues, and I rejoice to see the power of Jesus’s resurrection at work in our midst in the ways we serve and support one another, in our ministry to the surrounding community, and in our earnest desire to discern the Lord’s direction and call to us for the next phase of our life together. Please be praying for this revisioning process, and participate as much as you are able. Each one of you has a…

Future Vision Committee and S.H.A.PE (Rector’s Letter for 4/12)

Dear Redeemer Family,It is a blessing to be in the midst of this Easter Season with you. I am so encouraged by the strong leadership from our Vestry, our Future Vision Committee, and the Children’s Ministry Future Planning Committee. There are really great things happening in our midst, as the Lord works in and through His people at Redeemer.This Easter Season is a season of rebirth and revisioning for Redeemer. We are preparing for the expiration of our current lease…

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…