“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.”
-Philippians 2:3-4

Dear Friends,
 
I love this photo of a burned tree because it shows us that, while burned and scarred, this tree is alive and thriving. New bark slowly replaces the burns as the tree heals from the effects of wildfire.
 
As we journey through the narrative lectionary, in May, we will be reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. Whenever I read this letter, I am reminded of seminary, so many years ago! I had a class on creative preaching and I was planning a woman’s retreat at my church. For the retreat we planned to use Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and I asked my professor if he could suggest a drama to use. He told me to write one as part of a group sermon assignment. So, two other students and I wrote and then performed a sermon that was an illustration of this letter.
 
Paul is writing to a church that is experiencing conflict. When you read the letter, you notice that he doesn’t take sides, or demean people, but rather he calls all to cooperate as a living of the love they’ve all received.
 
In our drama, we used a disagreement over carpet and paint color for our illustration. But there are a number of issues that can lead to conflict in a congregation.
 
Here’s the important part though, conflict is normal and necessary. Or, better said, healthy conflict is normal and necessary.
 
Many of us strive to avoid conflict – at all costs – because we have experience with unhealthy conflict. Unhealthy conflict can tear an organization apart as people attack one another while also refusing to speak directly to one another. This then leads to people becoming entrenched in their positions and seeing others, not as siblings in Christ, but as opponents. I am thankful that we are not experiencing this life-draining conflict.
 
The opposite of this is not the absence of conflict…as that would mean nothing is happening. But rather a healthy airing of ideas, a healthy listening to one another, all while keeping our vision for ministry ahead of us. I have been thinking about this a lot because I am in the midst of a continuing education class about transitions.
 
Specifically for our congregation, I think now is a wonderful time to think about and talk about our own vision for ministry. The following guiding statement is what we provide on our web page. I have heard from people outside our congregation who like the sentiment. I am wondering how we might engage in some discussion around this statement as we continually discern how God is calling us to serve our neighbors.
 
God loves you. This is good news. The generous love of God is for each of us, regardless of sexual identity, skin color, socio-economic status, or anything else used to divide. As a community of believers, we continue to discover the extent of this love while striving to allow that love to lead us in service to our community and to the world. We may not always get it right, but we gather in the sure knowledge that we are loved and forgiven by God. We are always seeking ways to share that same love with others. We invite you to join us in this journey of faith.
 
As you read this statement…
What inspires you?
What would you like to add?
What could we be doing to better live into this?
In Paul’s letter, he instructs the readers (including us) to look to the interests of others. What might this look like as we look at the neighborhood surrounding our church?
 
As I share these thoughts with you, I am hoping they can spark a continuing conversation within our congregation. I am also hoping that we, together, continue that important work of discerning and doing the ministry that God calls us to.
 
Thank you for being part of this beloved community.
 
Yours in Christ,
 
Pastor Nancy

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Justice Forum with Candidates for Sheriff and District Attorney
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Preschool News
Dear Friends of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church,
First and foremost, I would like to give a BIG THANK YOU to the staff of our school for all their hard work and dedication to the children. They are the ones who make our school the best in our community!
We will be celebrating our fantastic teachers during Teachers Appreciation Week, May 2-6 2022. We hope that you’ll be able to take advantage of an opportunity to show our
dedicated teaching staff how much they are cherished.
Have a wonderful month, 
Peggy Schreiber
Preschool Director
Be Part of our Legacy Wall!
Don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity to have your own tile displayed on our legacy wall forever!

Tiles for sale May 1- 30, 2022
Cost: $30 for 1 tile or $50 for 2 tiles

This opportunity is for all of Our Redeemer's current and future preschool families; alumni; church members and friends. Everyone!
 
We are selling tiles that will be displayed on our play yard's “Legacy Wall.” These 6 by 6-inch tiles can feature your special message and artwork. The tiles can be purchased at the preschool office. You and your family can come in and paint the tile at any time during office hours (8 am-4 pm). Questions? Call 805-983-0612.
Preschool & Kindergarten Enrollment Information
We are now enrolling for Summer School & Fall 2022-23 school year.
Call the School Office for more information: 805.983.0619
Volunteer Opportunities

  • Help with worship... if you want to assist the Pastor, read or serve communion please call
  • Robin Tribbitt, 805-654-8252

Operation LOVE
Quilting and Fellowship
Every Wednesday at 9:00 am

The quilting group "Operation LOVE" at Our Redeemer has been creating quilts for the Lutheran World Relief quilt ministry for many years. About 60 quilts are sent annually to Lutheran World Relief for distribution to those in need around the world.

Operation LOVE meets every Wednesday at 9:00 am in the coffee room. Anyone interested in participating in this ongoing project is encouraged to join the group at any time. 

Sewing/quilting experience is not essential since there are many different ways to give assistance as needed.
Church Council
The May council meeting will be held on
Monday, May 9, 2022, at 3 pm

A flower calendar is available in the narthex bulletin board. You may sign up for the Sunday of your choice.
 
There is an information sheet available with flower suggestions and ordering information as well.
 
If you have been thinking about signing up to provide a floral arrangement for the altar, but need some direction, here are some guidelines:
 
First, choose an available week on the Flower Chart located in the narthex and sign your name and phone number.
 
Then, you have two options:

*You can do the foot-work yourself by contracting your favorite florist, or you can bring a potted plant or a flower arrangement from your own garden, or...
 
*You can have Bernardo's Flowers deliver an arrangement to the church for that Sunday. Simply call the church office at 983-0612 and let the Secretary know if you would like the office make the arrangements. Make the check out to "LCOOR" and put it in an envelope marked "FLOWERS." Bernardo's Flowers will deliver the arrangement to the church office on Friday.

For questions, call Jackie at 805-983-0612 or ask any Altar Guild team member.