Welcome!
  Your friends at Redeemer praise the Lord that you are visiting our site whether by choice or chance.  We are part of the Southern District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  You are cordially invited to visit us in person for Sunday School, Divine Worship, or Bible Studies.  Whether you are looking for an LCMS Lutheran Church because you are here on vacation, planning to travel to the area, or are thinking about moving to the area and are just “scoping things out,” you will find a welcoming congregation and a Church full of resources for your spiritual nourishment!  If you are already a “local” and are looking for a church to attend, please experience Redeemer Lutheran Church before you make your decision.  If you are a parent looking for the best Christian education for your child, Redeemer Lutheran School provides excellence unsurpassed in the Pensacola area!

Our Mission:  To be a family of believers in Christ seeking to strengthen the faith of our members and to reach others through quality Christian education, lively worship, warm fellowship, loving witness, and caring concern, mindful of Christ’s mission to reach people everywhere.

Our Theme for 2017:
 

I Corinthians 15:58  - "Stand Firm - Let Nothing Move You. Always Give Your Lives Fully to the Work of the Lord!"

Above:  The stained glass above our entrance bears Luther's Seal ( Luther's Rose). 
Right:  The stained glass above Redeemer’s altar depicts Jesus as a welcoming and loving Savior with outstretched arms to all who would come to Him in faith and hope.
What Lutherans Believe

We don't know where you are in your faith walk, but we understand that some folks have questions- ones that are worth answering.  While it's impossible to address every question that you might have about the Lutheran understanding of the Christian faith in such a short space, we hope and pray that this brief overview will at least provide a start.


About the BIBLE - Everything Lutherans believe comes from the Bible, God's message of love and hope for all people.  The Bible is the written Word of God, handed down to us in order to point us to the Truth- that we are saved from our sin and eternal death by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Lutherans who are members of the Missouri Synod believe that the Bible is completely reliable and without error.  In it we learn what we need to know about God's love and will for us and about the gifts that He gives to us.
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About GOD - There is only one God - the Triune God – One Being who exists in three separate but equal persons:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  God the Father is our maker and the creator of all things.  By the Father's word, all things were made, and we are His most beloved creation; we are closest to His heart.  The Son is Jesus Christ, God from all eternity, come to earth in human flesh as the perfect "go-between" between God the Father and all other human beings.  He purchased our salvation by His holy life and sacrifice on our behalf.  He is the voice that speaks to God the Father on our behalf.  The Holy Spirit is the person of God who calls us to believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior.  He also guides us in the faith and comforts us in our troubles, even as He teaches us to understand God’s word and will for our lives.  He works always to make believers holy and for this purpose, He empowers believers to boldly live out the Christian life. 

About US – As human beings, we all fall short of God's expectations because we are all born "sinful" (Rom. 3:23).  Sin can be summed up as “all the things we say, think, do, and don't do, that fall outside of God's holy will for us.”  These end up separating us from God and even each other.  Sin was brought into the world when Satan lured the first people God created (Adam and Eve) into temptation, and through their own free will and disobedience, they broke the perfect relationship between God and mankind.  From that point on, sin became part of our very existence.  Because God also demands perfection to live in His presence, our ultimate punishment became death (Rom. 6:23).  Yet God is a loving God who does not want us to die eternally.  That's why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live the perfect life He requires and to become our substitute in His death.  Christ never sinned - not even once - and then He took our sin upon Himself and died on the cross, all on our behalf.  When we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, He takes all of our sins and gives us forgiveness.  "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)


About "BEING SAVED" - There is absolutely nothing we can do to "be saved" - Jesus Christ has already done everything necessary.  In His death and resurrection, everyone who believes in Jesus as Savior has been brought back into a right relationship with God.  That means that, on account of Jesus, everyone who believes is "justified," or declared innocent by God.  God has done justice to the world's sins; because of Jesus, all who believe are forgiven and will live eternally.  (See: The Gospel of John 17:1-3)  There is nothing we could ever present to God to make our way into eternal life with Him - not money or even good works.  Only by God’s gift of faith – given by grace – are we saved.

pointingAbout FAITH - It is through faith in Jesus that we receive the forgiveness of sins and eternal life - by believing that He has freed us from the guilt, punishment, and power of sin.  Faith is a gift - worked in us by the power of the Holy Spirit; it doesn't come to us through anything that we are capable of, but through what God Himself does for us.  We simply receive what is already being offered out of God's great love. 

About GRACE - Lutherans often refer to “grace.”  The word itself might remind you of the grace period you are given when paying bills - when your debt can be paid without further penalty.  God's grace is even more wonderful; that's why it's called "amazing grace."  While we deserved the penalty for our sins (eternal death), God had a different plan.  Christ paid the debt and we receive forgiveness and eternal life from Him- offered out of unconditional love.  That's why it's called grace (or a gift) - because it is truly undeserved.  “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  God's amazing grace can also be better understood by this acronym: G.R.A.C.E. =  God's Riches At Christ's Expense.
(Read what the Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:6-10

 


people sitting 2God has provided tangible ways through which He delivers His grace to those who believe, assuring us that the sins we commit are forgiven for Jesus' sake.  These are called the "means of grace":  God's Word, Baptism, and the Lord's Supper (Holy Communion).  Through these means, (or “ways of doing things”) God makes Himself known to us in a very personal way:  God's Word reveals His faithfulness and love to us, Baptism is our rebirth and renewal in Jesus, the Lord's Supper is our closest union and communion with Christ as we miraculously receive His very body and true blood for forgiveness and life. These bring us good things in this life and heaven's blessings!


About GOOD WORKS - Since there is nothing we can ever do to earn salvation, we do not do good works in order to be saved; yet good works are done out of praise and thanksgiving to God because we are saved.  (See: Ephesians 2:10)  Such good works include, but are not limited to:  serving and caring for the needs of others, honoring and giving respect to those in authority, honoring our vows and commitments, and generally doing what is considered by many to be good and right.  It's often said that Martin Luther expressed it this way:  “God doesn't need our good works, but our neighbor does.”  And so, our good works are offered to God in loving service to Him and His kingdom, as well as for the good of the people that we reach out to in Christian faith, hope, and love.


About LIFE AFTER DEATH -
  On Judgment Day - we don't know when - Jesus Christ is going to return.  On that day, everyone who has died will be raised to life and those who are still alive will be bodily transformed.  At that time, the final judgment will take place.  Those who do not believe will go into eternal damnation in hell and all those who believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord will be granted eternal life in heaven.  What we believe and do in this life, will be accounted for on that last day- and influence all of our eternity.   

Hopefully this overview has answered some of your questions about Lutheran Christians.  If it has prompted even more, we invite you to visit us or give us a call at Redeemer Lutheran Church - Pensacola at: 850-455-0330.  You may also check out more about the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod at:  www.lcms.org  You can also find out more about what Lutherans believe and do by visiting Lutheran Hour Ministries at:  www.lhm.org .

Scripture quotes in this section are from the ESV (English Standard Version) Bible.

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Fellowship Opportunities

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As you can see from the list below, Redeemer Lutheran Church has many opportunities to spend time getting to know each other better while enjoying Christian company.  We have a good mix of activities for men, women, youth, young & old.  (The items listed that have further information in another part of our website are underlined and contain an “embedded link” that will take you there just by clicking with your mouse.)

Advent Dinners – On Wednesdays during the Advent season, various groups prepare supper.  Dinners start at 5:30PM and end about 10 minutes before the mid-week Advent Service starts at 7:00PM.
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 Camp Dixie – Serves chicken dinners 6-8 times a year to raise money.  Dinners are served from 11:00AM to 2:00PM, and all proceeds benefit the ministry of the camp.  Folks take a “Sunday ride in the country” after church to fellowship with other Lutherans from many different churches and enjoy some of the BEST Southern fried chicken around!  From their own flyer, they say “You should bring your family and friends to enjoy some fellowship, some fun, and eat some wonderful fried chicken!  Dine in and take out are available.”  The camp is supported by Lutheran Churches along the Gulf Coast from Mobile, AL, to Destin, FL.  It is a site for retreats and has a staff of young people who travel to teach Vacation Bible School at various Lutheran Churches.  For more information, please contact the camp at (251) 987-1201 or check them out on the web at www.campdixieministries.org for a schedule of this year’s chicken dinners.


swingEaster Breakfast – Right after our Sunrise Service, at 8:15AM, the Youth Group makes and serves a free Pancake Breakfast in the Redeemer Lutheran Activity Center (RLAC).  Stay after the Sunrise Service or come early for Sunday School and enjoy a joyful breakfast with other Christians who know that He is Risen (HE IS RISEN INDEED)!

4th of July Picnic - Hear Ye- Hear Ye!!!  You are Invited to a Stirring Patriotic Song and Prayer Service Celebrating and Giving Thanks to The Almighty for the many Freedoms And National Blessings of living as One Nation Under God!  The service is held at 10:00am and is immediately followed by an All American Picnic Lunch with Hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Cold Beverages ~ held in Redeemer’s Activity Center and Gym ~ with fun for Patriots & Kids of all ages!

 Girl Scouts – Redeemer hosts Girl Scout Troop 58 at the Meeting House the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays.
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 Koffee Klatch – Join us in the RLAC for coffee and treats just before Sunday School each week.

 Lenten Dinners - On Wednesdays during the season of Lent, various groups prepare supper.  Dinners start at 5:30PM and end about 10 minutes before the mid-week Lenten Service starts at 7:00PM.
 
LLL Men's Club Monthly Breakfast – Usually on the first Saturday of each month, the Lutheran Laymen’s League (LLL) Men’s Group has a breakfast meeting in our Fellowship Hall, beginning at 8:00AM.  We eat, conduct a very brief business meeting and then have a Bible study, usually with a DVD video presentation and guidance from the MEN’S NETWORK

 



Men's Bible Breakfast – All men are welcome; bring your favorite Bible.  We meet every Wednesday, 6:30-8:00AM at Denny's on Mobile Highway (across from WalMart, next door to Waffle House).  We fellowship and socialize, place our order, and then after eating we read a chapter or two of the Bible and discuss it. 






Pairs & Spares Supper Club
– Any adult may participate.  Participants initially attend a potluck and draw numbers to determine the group to which they will belong for the next 4 months.  Then, once each month, the group members take turns deciding which restaurant to visit for dinner and fellowship.  In this way members of the congregation and their friends get to know each other outside of a church setting.



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Potluck Dinners – Potluck dinners are serve after church on Sundays at various times throughout the year.  Keep an eye on your bulletins and theThis Week At Redeemer section for details.


Rally Day – The objective is to cross connect Redeemer's school and church bodies by providing an opportunity for Christian fellowship, information dissemination, food, games, and FUN!sitting1




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Sunday School Christmas Brunch – Usually held on the last Sunday before Christmas, everybody brings a potluck breakfast food to share as we use the Sunday School hour for the Adult Class to fill gift bags with candy and prizes for the children (of all ages) to receive at the end of our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.

 
Keep an eye on the bulletins and calendar for the date and details of NEW activities!


Vacation Bible School Another excellent way for K-5 through 8th Graders to learn and grow in Christian fellowship.  Dates and time vary according to the availability of Camp Dixie’s counselors’ schedules, so keep your eye on the announcements around the time that Redeemer Lutheran School lets out for summer vacation. 

lineWeeknight Connections – Are times when we schedule gatherings for fellowship and worship. Sometimes we share a meal, then have  a casual time of worship or Bible Study.  We will post events and schedules in the bulletin and on the church calendar. Next time we announce our activities you can join us and "Ask a friend….to come and connect!" 

(Please contact the church office for current scheduling.)

baseballWolfs/Bears Scouts - Redeemer hosts Wolf Scout Troop ### and Bear Scout Troop ### at the Meeting House; Tigers meet every Tuesday, and the Wolf & Bears meet every Friday.

Women's Bible Study – Meets every other Tuesday morning at 9:30AM for a Bible Study - usually in the Assembly Hall on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month.
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Fish Fry – At times during the year a group from our church or school often hosts a fish fry for fun and fundraising.

Youth Group – Redeemer’s Youth Group is a good opportunity for young people to fellowship with other Christians their age.  They have a variety of activities and outings geared toward having fun and sharing the joy of Christ.  Keep your eye on the Church bulletin or the website for information about upcoming events.


Facilities
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Church - As one approaches the front of the Church today, a small white limestone plaque can be easily seen set in the brick wall near the lower right hand corner.  On it is engraved our Church name and Redeemer’s birth year (1953), and the date of the construction of the church and education buildings (1955).

cushioned pewThe inside of the Church is beautiful, with a ceiling that is supported by seven scissors trusses with Gothic-like styling that were planed from old virgin heart pine – this eliminates the need for intermediate columns and permits a wide open inside space.  If you use your imagination, it kind of looks like the inverted keel of an ark! 

There is cushioned pew seating for at least 300 people, and by adding folding chairs, we can accommodate 350 at overflow capacity.  Over the years there have been events where there was “standing room only” with people lining the wall aisles, and it is possible that there were over 300 people inside worshiping God in prayer & with praise!


grade schoolGrade school - Here, down the long hallway just through the side door of the Church, grade-school classrooms can be found on either side.  In the photo, Pastor Cole prays with the Little Lambs Choir before they sing on Sunday morning.  Organist Karen Fulton (behind Pastor) directs the Choir and Principal John Price (in front of door frame) sometimes offers a special children's message.

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Fellowship Hall – Here, Adult Sunday School members pack “goodie bags” for Christmas presents to give to the children after our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.  The Fellowship Hall is located in our Middle School (6-8th grade) classroom building.  There is a full kitchen in the building and it doubles as a lunchroom for the students M-F during the school week.  Church Council and other meetings are held there throughout the month, and the building is available for use, subject to availability.




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Redeemer Lutheran Activity Center (RLAC) Our newest and largest building contains a full sized commercial grade kitchen, Activity Hall, and Basketball Gym.  Adult Sunday School classes, Voter Assembly Meetings, Bible Studies, potluck dinners, and receptions are held here.  The building is available for use by members of the congregation, as an outreach to the community, and may be rented for approved functions by outside groups and organizations.

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Gym This picture shows us using our gym for Pastor Cole’s installation dinner on October 5, 2008.  Work on the new building was still going on, as evidenced by the concrete floor and lack of basketball goals.  The Gym now sports an ultra-modern urethane floor, bleacher seating, score board, basketball goals, and built-in floor mounts for a full-sized indoor volleyball net!  We have used the building to host Red Cross CPR training, Rally Day Events, School Christmas Programs, Youth Sock Hops, Fall Festivals, Vacation Bible School Events, and LWML Summer Rummage Sales.

Meeting House
Redeemer also owns a small house on Winthrop Ave. that serves as a meeting place for various groups in the church and school.


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