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At Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in Catawba, NC we have 5 families who have invited us into their homes via videos as we focus on Advent. Our first family, The Houston's was posted on our page on November 29th. Our second family, The Rose's will post this Sunday at which time we will share here as well. Hope you enjoy our ADVENT-ure time from Redeemer.
HE WHO BELIEVETH IN ME

He who believeth in me will live for eternity.

But what does it mean to believe in the Almighty?

Are you a true believer if you attend church?

Giving ten pieces of silver from your purse.

If I give twenty will my chances be greater than yours?

If I have none to give will they allow me through their doors?

Am I giving to the true needy, be it enemy or friend?

Or do I think that I am paying off my earthly sins?

Do I give a hundred pieces of gold to help build a large church?

But not throw down one piece of silver to the poor or the hurt.

Jew, Christian, Catholic, Protestant, Methodist, Pentecostal, Evangel, all

Religions of now, and those of which to come.

Tell me, do I allow religion to separate me, but preach that we are all one.

If we believe that GOD made us all then let not man keep us apart.

For the true meaning of GOD is not in a synagogue, church, or temple,

but only in the heart.

Be his words spoken in the forest, on the mountain, river, house, fortress or in

a prison cell.

It does not matter where they are spoken as long as they are spoken well.

Be it from a Rabbi, Priest, Preacher, Monk, or from a mere child.
Be it spoken to just a few for it does not have to be a crowd.

If it spoken in the lowest valley it will ring out on the highest mountain top.

God’s voice will be that of the flood of rivers not that of morning dewdrops.

The cup that the Lord holdeth is filleth to the brim.

One must not believe partially, but only totally to the Lord within.

One who goes to church every day but still does wrong.

Has wasted time and money that could had been better spent at home.

Do not waste money on building temples with large golden doors.

But gather your tithes together to feed GOD’s hunger and poor.

You will not go to heaven for being the one who wears the most

beautiful dress.

For it is only he who gives to GOD’s needy is the one who will be blessed.

- taken from the book “I LOVE GOD by Gregory St. James Mundy” -
From the NC Blue Ridge Mountains, Christ is risen indeed!
On behalf of the SED staff I want to wish you all a happy Easter! He is risen, He is risen indeed, alleluia!!! - "'Death is swallowed up in victory.' 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." https://www.facebook.com/travis.guse/videos/10219655080144971/UzpfSTE1NzMwMzEwMTM2OTQ5NTo5MjgzMzM2MTA5MzMxMDM/
If your congregation has suspended public worship because of this Coronavirus health crisis and they don't have live streaming, here is a list of SED congregations that provide online worship. Just because we can't gather together in person for worship doesn't mean we can't connect with God and each other online. God's richest blessings and may the God of all hope continue to fill you with His love, peace and presence in Christ during these difficult times. -https://se.lcms.org/live-streaming-congregations/
Just saw Bryce Drew, Valparaiso University Alumni, on ESPN as a Commentator for college basketball! Always exciting to see our Lutheran young people experience success in whatever field they are! 🌟🏀 👍🏽
Need a new church website in 2019? I'm an LCMS Pastor in Wisconsin who also creates websites. Go to my website or Contact me, Chad Starfeldt for more info.
Looking forward to [email protected] with my good friend Dr. Bruce Yaeger who helped to write the curriculum for iNeighborhood. LIsten in to learn about becoming a neighborhood missionary.

You can watch the conversation on either the SED website, or on Facebook Live:
http://se.lcms.org/videos/
https://www.facebook.com/sedlutheran/
Prayer for our neighborhoods
We pray especially this weekend as we remember the anniversary of last year’s violence and the loss of life in Charlottesville VA. We pray for peace in our cities and neighborhoods, that they may be places where people gather without fear of racism, violence, and hatred. We pray that our communities are places where the power of Gospel unites people.
We pray for all who experience racism and discrimination each day for no other reason than our inability to love people who are different from us. We pray for those whose thoughts and living are filled with hatred and violence. We pray for the love of Christ that knows no boundaries, gathers all people, and calls us to love our neighbor.
We pray for all who serve to protect and keep our neighborhoods safe, especially on this weekend we lift up our police and law enforcement officers. Grant them wisdom in their serving, compassion for all of people, and keep them safe as they fulfill their duties.
We pray for healing in our lives, that You will shine through all that would divide us and show us how to hold on to Your love which is greater than any evil. Show us Lord Jesus how to walk in love and kindness with our neighbor.
In Your mighty name. Amen.
Rev. Tim Otten is installed at Emmanuel, Hampton VA
Praise the Lord!

Connecting people with Jesus. The Southeastern District, LCMS is a regional office of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. We are congregations, schools, and missions in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

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09/19/2021

This week's reflections by Don Schaefer.

09/16/2021

Thank you for your generous donations to support Hurricane Ida Relief in Louisiana. A truck load of supplies and food is being sent this week. We learned today from the Director at Atonement Lutheran that the need is great. They barely get supplies off the trucks and they are gone. It you have not had an opportunity to make a contribution, I encourage you to do so. Please send to the Southeastern District. Yo

09/16/2021
09/14/2021

Join us tomorrow at 10:00 am for the first of several webcasts in the lead up the 2022 SED Convention. All are invited to participate in the webcast! Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83645262154 to join.

Join us tomorrow at 10:00 am for the first of several webcasts in the lead up the 2022 SED Convention. All are invited to participate in the webcast! Click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83645262154 to join.

09/13/2021

This week's reflections from Rev. Don Schaefer

09/11/2021

In remembrance of those who gave their lives this day 20 years ago.

09/10/2021

Help us fill the truck!
The SED's Disaster Response Team has drivers ready to take a truck full of supplies to Metairie, Louisiana for distribution. Check the SED website for drop off locations near you. Please hurry; the truck plans to head south on September 20!

http://se.lcms.org/resources/disaster-response-and-recovery/

Help us fill the truck!
The SED's Disaster Response Team has drivers ready to take a truck full of supplies to Metairie, Louisiana for distribution. Check the SED website for drop off locations near you. Please hurry; the truck plans to head south on September 20!

http://se.lcms.org/resources/disaster-response-and-recovery/

09/09/2021

Rev. Teka Fogi shares how we can help the Mekane Yesus Seminary after the devastating floods in August. A donation can be made by visiting https://app.siteorganic.com/app/giving/sout6315285

09/07/2021

Reflections on carrying the cross.

09/03/2021

Seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Addis Ababa: Recent devasting flooding damaged the seminary and 8 people died. The Seminary is on the banks of a river that grew six feet in three minutes. There was no warning, so students and faculty did not have time to get out. People survived by climbing on the roofs of the buildings. The seminary is currently closed and is seeking support for 98 displaced families and for recovery. Gifts will go directly to assist faculty and staff who lost their families and to help in the renovation and rebuilding of the campus. The offices of the Lutheran Hour Ministries - Ethiopia were destroyed, LCMS Missionaries Rev. Eric and Johanna Stinnett and Rev. Dr. Mark Rabe lost their homes.

To make a contribution to Mekane Yesus Seminary to help support staff and to rebuild, go to the sed website: http://se.lcms.org

To help Lutheran Hour Ministries get their Ethiopian Team back on its feet go to https://www.lhm.org/give/forms/formgeneral.asp?campaign=22CMN08EA&id=14

To send a note of encouragement to the Stinnets, Rabes, and our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Mekane Yesus seminary: [email protected]

To make a contribution that will help the Stinnett family replace their lost household goods, clothing, and vehicle: lcms.org/givenow/mercy

Seminary of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus, Addis Ababa: Recent devasting flooding damaged the seminary and 8 people died. The Seminary is on the banks of a river that grew six feet in three minutes. There was no warning, so students and faculty did not have time to get out. People survived by climbing on the roofs of the buildings. The seminary is currently closed and is seeking support for 98 displaced families and for recovery. Gifts will go directly to assist faculty and staff who lost their families and to help in the renovation and rebuilding of the campus. The offices of the Lutheran Hour Ministries - Ethiopia were destroyed, LCMS Missionaries Rev. Eric and Johanna Stinnett and Rev. Dr. Mark Rabe lost their homes.

To make a contribution to Mekane Yesus Seminary to help support staff and to rebuild, go to the sed website: http://se.lcms.org

To help Lutheran Hour Ministries get their Ethiopian Team back on its feet go to https://www.lhm.org/give/forms/formgeneral.asp?campaign=22CMN08EA&id=14

To send a note of encouragement to the Stinnets, Rabes, and our brothers and sisters in Christ at the Mekane Yesus seminary: [email protected]

To make a contribution that will help the Stinnett family replace their lost household goods, clothing, and vehicle: lcms.org/givenow/mercy

09/02/2021

Tropical Storm Fred: Areas in Western North Carolina experienced severe flooding. Camp Linn Haven was featured in a news story about the flooding. https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2021/08/20/camp-linn-haven-bridge-went-underwater-during-storms#
Rev. Eric Hollar, Bethel Lutheran - Claremont NC, is organizing a team to go and help NC Baptists on Mission with a mixture of debris, muck out, and chainsaw work. There is space to stay at Crestview Baptist Church in Canton, NC. Information and forms for this are on the SED website at http://se.lcms.org

Tropical Storm Fred: Areas in Western North Carolina experienced severe flooding. Camp Linn Haven was featured in a news story about the flooding. https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nc/charlotte/news/2021/08/20/camp-linn-haven-bridge-went-underwater-during-storms#
Rev. Eric Hollar, Bethel Lutheran - Claremont NC, is organizing a team to go and help NC Baptists on Mission with a mixture of debris, muck out, and chainsaw work. There is space to stay at Crestview Baptist Church in Canton, NC. Information and forms for this are on the SED website at http://se.lcms.org

09/02/2021

Disaster Response - with Rev. Ed Grant

09/02/2021

Helping Haiti: Just days after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Tropical Storm Grace pummeled families desperately trying to survive. Now, the threat of COVID-19, cholera and other infectious diseases loom large as we work to reach families in need. Lutheran World Relief is active in Disaster Response to Haiti. You can give a gift to help at https://donate.lwr.org/give/352921/#!/donation/checkout?utm_source=activecampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=enews_08.26.21_nonFNpreheader&utm_campaign=haiti21&c_src=eNews_08.26.21&c_src2=nonFNpreheader

LCMS Disaster Response is also on site in Haiti assessing needs. You may support recovery work through LCMS Disaster Response at https://www.lcms.org/how-we-serve/mercy/disaster-response

Helping Haiti: Just days after a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake, Tropical Storm Grace pummeled families desperately trying to survive. Now, the threat of COVID-19, cholera and other infectious diseases loom large as we work to reach families in need. Lutheran World Relief is active in Disaster Response to Haiti. You can give a gift to help at https://donate.lwr.org/give/352921/#!/donation/checkout?utm_source=activecampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=enews_08.26.21_nonFNpreheader&utm_campaign=haiti21&c_src=eNews_08.26.21&c_src2=nonFNpreheader

LCMS Disaster Response is also on site in Haiti assessing needs. You may support recovery work through LCMS Disaster Response at https://www.lcms.org/how-we-serve/mercy/disaster-response

09/01/2021

Afghanistan Refugee Resettlement
A large number of evacuees will be settling in the DC Metro area. Lutheran Social Services of the Washington Capital Area (LSSNCA) is working to resettle 800 Afghan Allies. A gift to LSSNCA provides for transportation, temporary housing, and other immediate needs upon arrival. You may contribute at https://lssnca.org/take_action/donate-afghan-allies.html

If you are interested in volunteering, or in receiving information about how to volunteer, please check the SED website.
Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS) are assisting nearly 50,000 of the evacuees. They share that “unlike the refugees we typically serve, many of the evacuees will enter the U.S. under humanitarian parole, which is a status that limits public benefits or services funded by the federal government after 90 days.
Thankfully, the 'Long Welcome' is possible, a mosaic of support that will serve a refugee not just for 30 or 90 days, but for the long haul, making sure families have the resources to live in safety and freedom.” If you are interested in learning more about what LIRS is doing, contact them at www.lirs.org/helpnow for updates and ways you can continue to help.

Afghanistan Refugee Resettlement
A large number of evacuees will be settling in the DC Metro area. Lutheran Social Services of the Washington Capital Area (LSSNCA) is working to resettle 800 Afghan Allies. A gift to LSSNCA provides for transportation, temporary housing, and other immediate needs upon arrival. You may contribute at https://lssnca.org/take_action/donate-afghan-allies.html

If you are interested in volunteering, or in receiving information about how to volunteer, please check the SED website.
Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS) are assisting nearly 50,000 of the evacuees. They share that “unlike the refugees we typically serve, many of the evacuees will enter the U.S. under humanitarian parole, which is a status that limits public benefits or services funded by the federal government after 90 days.
Thankfully, the 'Long Welcome' is possible, a mosaic of support that will serve a refugee not just for 30 or 90 days, but for the long haul, making sure families have the resources to live in safety and freedom.” If you are interested in learning more about what LIRS is doing, contact them at www.lirs.org/helpnow for updates and ways you can continue to help.

09/01/2021

It is true that in the midst of all that is happening, our Lord Jesus is the constant. He is the anchor keeping us close to Him – always. We pray that in these moments, people will hold tight to His promises and that those who do not yet know Him will experience His love for them. May the Holy Spirit move us to fervent prayer for others and to find opportunities to serve.

The waves may rise up, The rains may pour,
The thunder echoes at heaven’s door.
Through clouds as dark as night I can endure.
Lord, You’re my Anchor, Firm and secure.

Lord, You’re my Anchor, Holding me fast.
Weather threatens, but it won’t last.
So when the storms of life Do what they will,
Lord, You’re my Anchor, Holding me still.

A song written by Maureen Griepentrop and Gretchen Michaels, St. Paul's, Glen Burnie MD.

It is true that in the midst of all that is happening, our Lord Jesus is the constant. He is the anchor keeping us close to Him – always. We pray that in these moments, people will hold tight to His promises and that those who do not yet know Him will experience His love for them. May the Holy Spirit move us to fervent prayer for others and to find opportunities to serve.

The waves may rise up, The rains may pour,
The thunder echoes at heaven’s door.
Through clouds as dark as night I can endure.
Lord, You’re my Anchor, Firm and secure.

Lord, You’re my Anchor, Holding me fast.
Weather threatens, but it won’t last.
So when the storms of life Do what they will,
Lord, You’re my Anchor, Holding me still.

A song written by Maureen Griepentrop and Gretchen Michaels, St. Paul's, Glen Burnie MD.

09/01/2021

An important readiness note as Hurricane Ida makes her way through the Southeastern District,
The SED has response teams and individuals ready to assist. Please let us know how we may serve you. Trained and well-equipped chain saw teams in our District know how to help clean out flooded homes when needed. There are teams to pray and bring the comforting words of the Gospel in affected areas. Please let us know if you need help! We are standing together in prayer for the safety and well-being of all. Contact Sally Hiller: [email protected] or message the SED here on Facebook. Check our website at http://se.lcms.org to donate and to see how the SED is responding to disasters from the hurricanes and storms, Haiti earthquake, Afghanistan resettlement and the floods in Ethiopia.

If you would like to help let us know. Please include your name, contact information, and how you are able to assist: tree removal, tarping, mucking (cleaning homes), gathering supplies. These are the first actions needed. In addition, gift cards are always welcomed. LCMS Disaster Response shares that $100 gift cards to WalMart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot are especially helpful.

An important readiness note as Hurricane Ida makes her way through the Southeastern District,
The SED has response teams and individuals ready to assist. Please let us know how we may serve you. Trained and well-equipped chain saw teams in our District know how to help clean out flooded homes when needed. There are teams to pray and bring the comforting words of the Gospel in affected areas. Please let us know if you need help! We are standing together in prayer for the safety and well-being of all. Contact Sally Hiller: [email protected] or message the SED here on Facebook. Check our website at http://se.lcms.org to donate and to see how the SED is responding to disasters from the hurricanes and storms, Haiti earthquake, Afghanistan resettlement and the floods in Ethiopia.

If you would like to help let us know. Please include your name, contact information, and how you are able to assist: tree removal, tarping, mucking (cleaning homes), gathering supplies. These are the first actions needed. In addition, gift cards are always welcomed. LCMS Disaster Response shares that $100 gift cards to WalMart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot are especially helpful.

08/31/2021

Disaster Response Update from Deaconess Sally Hiller, SED.

08/30/2021

Reflections from Rev. Don Schaefer.

08/26/2021

[email protected]

A visit with Tom Kolb, the SED's new Facilitator for Schools, Youth, and Family Ministry!

08/22/2021

Reflections this week from Rev. Don Schaefer.

08/20/2021

Will you join us in prayer today?

Gracious God, as we come before you, our hearts are heavy. Heavy with all that is happening around the world, across our country, and in our daily lives. And so with heavy hearts, we run to you. You are in control. You are in our midst. Your light shines in the darkness. You restore every heart that is broken. You give hope and you make all things new. Fill us with hope today, as we trust in you.

In Jesus name, Amen.

#PrayWithoutCeasing #Jesus #Faith

08/20/2021

ኢየሱስ እንደ ሞተና እንደ ተነሣ ካመንን፥ እንዲሁም በኢየሱስ ያንቀላፉቱን እግዚአብሔር ከእርሱ ጋር ያመጣቸዋልና። 1 Thessalonians 4:14

08/19/2021

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

Museum of the Bible 08/19/2021

Museum of the Bible

Museum of the Bible

08/18/2021

Welcome Tom Kolb, the SED's new Facilitator for Schools, Family, and Youth.

Tom has served schools and families in the SED for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, youth group director, camp counselor, athletic director, and principal among other roles. Working with youth and families and sharing his heart and God’s love with them have been the guiding forces of his life’s vocation.

Tom attended Lutheran Schools and churches his whole education life from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Kingsville, Maryland (K - 8th Grade) on to high school at Baltimore Lutheran School (now Concordia Preparatory School). Later, Tom was blessed to serve at both schools professionally. Tom received his college education at Valparaiso University and his Colloquy from Concordia New York. Tom most recently served as principal at Resurrection Lutheran Church and Schools in Cary, North Carolina.

Tom is married to Jenny whom he first met at St. Paul’s when he was 5 and she 3 years old. They are blessed with a son, Sam, and two daughters, Abby and Suzy, who all have attended Lutheran Schools where Tom was the principal.

Welcome Tom Kolb, the SED's new Facilitator for Schools, Family, and Youth.

Tom has served schools and families in the SED for over 30 years as a teacher, coach, youth group director, camp counselor, athletic director, and principal among other roles. Working with youth and families and sharing his heart and God’s love with them have been the guiding forces of his life’s vocation.

Tom attended Lutheran Schools and churches his whole education life from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and School in Kingsville, Maryland (K - 8th Grade) on to high school at Baltimore Lutheran School (now Concordia Preparatory School). Later, Tom was blessed to serve at both schools professionally. Tom received his college education at Valparaiso University and his Colloquy from Concordia New York. Tom most recently served as principal at Resurrection Lutheran Church and Schools in Cary, North Carolina.

Tom is married to Jenny whom he first met at St. Paul’s when he was 5 and she 3 years old. They are blessed with a son, Sam, and two daughters, Abby and Suzy, who all have attended Lutheran Schools where Tom was the principal.

08/17/2021

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

08/16/2021

Rev. Don Schaefer's reflections on John 6:56-69

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