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We hope that these links and descriptions help you find your next step into the richness of life together as we seek to grow deeper in friendship with Jesus and wider in our service to the world.
Men’s Hikes & End-of-season Event
RPM Hikes are a low-stakes, fun way to connect with other guys, do something active, and explore the beauty of our region. We also get together for dinner afterwards. The hikes are generally for all experience levels, but you are always free to just join us for dinner. All the hikes begin at 4pm. Here is the next hike:
May 28 – Trowbridge Falls
Additionally, our Men will be hosting an End-of-Hiking-Season hangout on Sunday, June 11 beginning at 4pm. Come for an evening of lawn games, great food, and good friends. Bring appetizers, salad, desserts, or beverages, and challenge the guys to a game of Corn Hole, Kubb, or Bocce Ball. Email email@example.com for information.
Kids Summer Camp | July 24-28
Redwood Kids is thrilled to be hosting Stellar, an exciting Summer Day Camp offered to all kids who have just graduated from JK through Grade 5 in the 2022-2023 school year.
At Stellar Day Camp, kids discover how they can shine Jesus’ love and hope in everyday life! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible Adventures, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of Jesus’ light, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!
April was an exciting month for us here at Redwood! Amidst the waning winter and the first hints of spring, our Lenten journey drew to a close. For Holy Week, we hosted a wonderful performance of “The Seven Last Words” – with the music of Haydn performed by a string quartet and readings written by Marianne Jones. This beautiful, contemplative evening was a foretaste of the destination of Lent, our Good Friday service. As one of you shared afterwards, “The Seven Last Words, the posters of the Stations of the Cross and the communion on Good Friday were all such meaningful ways to experience the suffering and passion of Jesus during this special week.”
But the story didn’t end at Good Friday. Two days later we gathered to proclaim and celebrate that “He is risen, he is risen indeed!” With songs of celebration, rocks painted white, stories of new life in Christ, and some falling confetti (sorry-not-sorry to those who days later were still finding some in their hair!) we “left our grave clothes behind!” (as one of you said), and celebrated Jesus, who overcame the grave. And by no means do we view numbers as the measure of success, but after years of restriction-laden Easter services, it was pretty wonderful and powerful to gather together with the 805 of you that joined us on Resurrection Sunday.
And the ripples of that new life continue to be felt – particularly in our Youth and kids. We’ve heard stories of kids going home from Kids Church and sharing the Easter story with their parents all week, and kids who are sometimes nervous to be away from their parents coming into the freshly painted gym and participating without hesitation. We got to celebrate Kimberly, who followed Jesus into the waters of baptism, proclaiming the new life she’s found in Christ, not just to the adults in the service, but also to all the kids who joined us for our first family service.
We’ve continued to see new people stepping into serving roles, particularly in our Sunday tech teams and kids ministry. It takes many hands to make our ministries happen each week and we are so grateful to all who give their time to service this community. More than that, we believe that serving is such a significant way to grow in Christ and to grow in relationship and community – few things bring people together better than joyfully working side-by-side, so we celebrate with those who are taking these next steps toward Jesus and the richness of life together in the church.
We also continue to see new life in the stories of a woman who gave her life to Christ during the Celebrate Recovery Course, and from those who completed the most recent Alpha Course. As one participant shared, “Prior to Aplha, I would say that I was on the doorstep of my Christian faith. During the Alpha series, I have walked through the doorway to meet Jesus, and now I’m in a completely different place in my life. I was so broken, but now I feel God’s love is filling all the cracks and healing me from the inside out.” Amazing!
So thank you for your participation in our community of faith. Thank you for seeking the face of God with us in worship each week. Thank you for coming out to the various concerts, courses, family bowling nights, and all of the other ways that we gather to learn and grow and laugh together. Thank you for your support in serving and giving.
- If you would like to get involved serving in any of our ministries, we encourage you to fill out a volunteer application.
- If you would like to learn more about giving as an act of worship and as a way to support the work of Redwood, we invite you to visit our Giving Page.
- If you would like to share a story of how God has moved in your life, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace of Christ.
Thank you for your Generosity
Thank you for partnering with us. Your generosity makes everything we do possible, as God works through the church and leads people into a growing relationship with Jesus. When you give, you are making an impact in the lives of people in our community, in our region and to our partners in missions across the world. We are committed to stewarding resources well and using tithes and offerings in a way that donors God and blesses our community.
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Those are the updates for this week! If there are any other ways we can support or encourage you, please contact one of our pastors; we’d love to connect with you!