Take Back Your Power: Live Safely and Confidently in a Troubled World — A Presentation by CJ Scarlet Tuesday, April 24th at 7 p.m.

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Thanks to C.J. Scarlet and all who attended the Take Back Your Power Event. In addition to learning valuable information and being inspired, we raised $560 for Albemarle Hopeline! Thanks to sponsors Global Recruiters of E.C., Rhonda Twiddy Realtor / Broker, Cascade Financial Planning — David Simpson, Thompson & Pureza Law Firm, Culpepper Inn and MACU!

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CJ Scarlet knows first-hand how violence can destroy lives. A survivor of sexual assault as a college freshman and as a US Marine, CJ took her power back and became an advocate for others who had been victimized. She is the author of The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators. In this motivating, heart-warming, and humorous presentation, author and victim’s advocate CJ Scarlet will share how you can use your three “super powers” of boundaries, intuition, and moxy to protect yourself and those you care about from criminal predators. CJ will also share her inspiring story of being healed from a terminal illness and reveal the secrets to a joyful life that she learned in the process.

Tuesday, April 24th 7 p.m.

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic Christian University
Albert Blanton III Campus Life Ctr., 715 N Poindexter St, Elizabeth City, NC

Suggested donations of $20 (adults) and $10 (students) requested for
Albemarle Hopeline.   Donations not required to attend!

Brought to you by Church of the Redeemer, Camden

Sponsors: Global Recruiters Network (GRN) of Elizabeth City
Thompson & Pureza Law Firm, Elizabeth City
Rhonda Twiddy — Realtor / Broker, Long & Foster Real Estate   

Cascade Financial Planning — J. David Simpson CFP,  Elizabeth City

Speaker Accommodations provided by The Culpepper Inn, Elizabeth City

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Church of the Redeemer Schedule of Activities (Regularly Updated)

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Ongoing Weekly and Monthly Events

  • Sunday Morning Bible Study: 9:15-10:15 a.m.  Study on the book of Acts
  • Morning Prayer and Bible Reading: Monday-Saturday 7 a.m. at the church.
  • Men’s Prayer Group: Tuesdays 7 a.m. Grouper’s Restaurant
  • Choir Practice: Wednesdays at 7pm.
  • Monday Morning Prayer Group: 9:30 –11:30 a.m. at the Surface’s. 1614 Crescent Dr, Eliz City.
  • Teen Discipleship — Sunday from 6 to 7:30 pm. 722-4212 Rachael Surface
  • Big Kids Discipleship (4th-7th grades) Sunday from 6:15—7:15 pm at the Stephans’ house: 106 Pinelake Dr, Eliz City. 333-4797
  • Kuhl Home Group: Alternate Mondays at 6 p.m. 1506 East Penny Dr. Eliz City.
  • Witwer Home Group: Every other Thursday at 7 p.m. 304 Breezewood Dr. ElizCity
  • Lectio Divina Hour (Divine Reading)—Wednesdays 5:45-6:45 p.m. (Does not meet the 1st Wed. of the month due to SOULS feeding)  The book of Revelation
  • Healing Service — 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm.
  • SOULS Feeding— First Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm.
  • World Missions: Sunday, March 4th: Guest Preacher: Missionary Rev. Bob Chambers with Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • NEW—Grasping God’s Word — New Bible Study Group. Contact Tim Gravgaard: tsgravgaard@gmail.com (See below for more information)
  • NEW — The Practice of Ministry: 3rd Tuesday of the month 6 p.m. Teaching and training to learn and practice the disciplines of Christian ministry.

Special Events

 Live Safely and Confidently in a Scary World with CJ Scarlet: In this motivating, heart-warming, and humorous presentation, author and victim advocate CJ Scarlet will share how you can use your three “super powers” of boundaries, intuition, and moxy to protect yourself and those you care about from criminal predators.   Tuesday, April 24th, 7 pm at MACU’s Chapel., Poindexter St. Eliz. City.  Donations to benefit Albemarle Hopeline.  Presented by Church of the Redeemer.  Sponsored by GRN Recruiting Elizabeth City, Rhonda Twiddy — Long & Foster Real Estate Elizabeth City, Pureza and Teague Law Office Elizabeth City.  Hosted by Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Speaker accomodations provided by The Culpepper Inn Elizabeth City.

Albemarle Teen Challenge Fundraising Banquet:Come and celebrate life transformation with our students, families and community at our 2018 Annual 2 Nights of Banquets! 1st night Friday April 27th 2018 at 6:30pm. 2nd night Saturday April 28th 2018 at 6:00pm.  

Albemarle Teen Challenge will be ministering at Church of the Redeemer at our 8 & 10:30 a.m. services on Sunday June 17th.  Plan to come and be blessed by this wonderful ministry.

Roberto & Cameron Vivanco, missionaries in Ecuador, will be visiting and ministering at Church of the Redeemer on Sunday July 8th at our 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services.

 

 

Those Who Worship Him Must Worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4.24)

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Elizabeth City, NC refers to itself as the Harbor of Hospitality.  Church of the Redeemer serves as a Spiritual Harbor of Hospitality for all who come through its doors.  We hope that the same hospitality God shows to us in Jesus Christ overflows to all who visit the church and to the wider community.  In our life together, we emphasize the authority of Scripture, the presence and ministry of the Holy Spirit, and the family of faith. Jesus’ invitation urging people to “Come” echoes in all of the services and ministries at Church of the Redeemer.   Jesus explained to his followers that whatever we do to even the least of our brothers and sisters we do unto him.  By serving each other, other Christians and those in the world that God is calling, we believe we are feeding Jesus, clothing Jesus, healing Jesus, visiting Jesus and blessing Jesus everyday. We believe the greatest hospitality we can show to people is to lift Jesus up that He might draw all to Himself through the preaching of the gospel and faithful administration of the sacraments.  We rely on the empowering of the Holy Spirit and the gracious gifts for ministry he distributes to all who are saved through Jesus. You are invited, welcomed and encouraged to come and experience Jesus’ love in our spiritual home. Church of the Redeemer, 207 Hwy 343 South, Camden, NC 27921, 252-337-7177 Map of location.

Christmas Sermon by the Rev. Craig Stephans

Living into the Gift of Christmas

At Christmastime, Christians reflect on the story of the Creator of all things becoming a created person conceived in Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit.  The Son of God, fully God, becomes also Son of Mary, fully human.  The One through whom all things were created and are sustained became the least of humanity – a tiny human life dependent on his mother.  God lived and dwelt in Mary’s womb for nine months like any other baby would.  Mary became God’s temple, his ark, his home.  Jesus became humanity.

The condescension of Creator to become creation demonstrates two things: the value of humanity to God and the loving humility of God.  The incarnation of Jesus (God becoming flesh and dwelling among us) inspires reflection about the first man Adam.  Was Adam so beloved by God and so valuable to God that the Creator would be so committed to him and to his offspring not to let sin and rebellion undermine their relationship?  Is humanity really such a treasure to God that he would suffer to become a child and to mature in this world to die a horrible death on a cross?  According to Scripture and Christian teaching the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

The conception, birth, life and death of Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Man, proves and emphasizes the sacred value of humanity in God’s eyes.  The love of God for persons must be greater than we can imagine – from the first person to the last person, he or she has astronomical value to God.

When God became conceived in Mary’s womb and dwelt there for nine months and was born into and lived in the world as a full human, he demonstrated the sacredness of life from conception to death.  He demonstrated the sacredness of life in the womb.  He demonstrated the value of the least of people by becoming the least of people.

Jesus was bringing joy to people already while he was yet in the womb.  His presence while only days or weeks old inspired Elizabeth’s son John to leap for joy in his mother’s womb; his mother was already called “Blessed.”  Then at his birth, heaven and earth rejoiced at his entrance into the world from his mother’s womb.  Here was Emmanuel, “God with us.”

Psalm 139 has been a treasured prayer to God since it was written by king David 3,000 years ago.  It comforts readers to know that we are God’s handiwork and that he has known us before we were born.  Imagine the significance of these words now that they are the truth of Jesus prayed to his Father:

Psalm 139:13-16   13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Jesus became the work of his Father’s hands, being fearfully and wonderfully made in the womb…formed in that sacred place.  Now God the Son approaches God the Father from our place, so that we will be able to approach the Father from the Son’s place in holy and intimate communion.

In the story of the judgement of the sheep and the goats from Matthew 25, Jesus says whatever we have done or not done to the least of one of his brothers and sisters, we have done or not done beneficially unto him.  He took the place of the least of these, and he made that place sacred and forever identified with himself.

This Christmas, I encourage you to contemplate the sacredness of humanity demonstrated in Jesus from conception in the womb to death in displayed today in the face of all people – family, friends, strangers, enemies and even yourself.

We like to think of the Christian walk and journey being from glory to glory and from strength to strength.  It can only be that because Jesus took the journey from the weakness and smallness of conception and birth to the weakness and humiliation of suffering and death on the cross.  He became human and exalted humanity again to sacredness by his grace and through our faith in him.

He has never ceased to be Lord and God.  He has never not been worthy of all of our worship.  This Christmas and beyond, worship him.  Follow the examples of the angels in heaven, the shepherds at his nativity and those who have known him best: worship him.  Then you will know him and yourself and truly live into the gift of Christmas.