“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:8). 

“Growing and bearing fruit” is a great phrase to describe what we are to be doing as disciples of the Lord, together in ministry at Redeemer by the Sea.  We have adopted the concept of WORSHIP – GROW – SERVE as a summary of our ministry activities.  That short expression provides a succinct answer to the question, “what is expected of the members at our church?”  Driven by Worship and devotion to our Lord, we expect our members to Grow in love for their Lord and neighbors as demonstrated by heartfelt actions of Service.   This is the fruit of our faith, and shows us to be disciples of the Lord, Jesus says.

As you look through the pages of this report, you will see WORSHIP – GROW – SERVE in action, and the fruit of much of our labors.  Of course much fruit is invisible to our eyes, and can only be seen by the Lord.  Still, we continue in faith to Grow in our Service to God and His Church, bearing much fruit for Him and expanding the Lord’s Harvest, so that more may come to know and worship Jesus!

2012 will be my first full year in ministry at Redeemer, and full it has been!  Over this last year we’ve seen this “fruit” emerge:

  • By God’s grace our mortgage restructure has allowed us to go from a negative cash flow to a positive one.
  • We have seen a steady pattern of increasing worship attendance and offerings
  • Our preschool and kindergarten have had full enrollment.
  • More lay people are involved in the worship service as greeters and readers – actually, more people are involved in active ministry now than ever before.
  • We started new Sunday morning Bible Studies and expanded our Growth Groups.
  • We began our new “Discovery Track” series of membership classes.
  • We have new Sunday School and Church brochures to use for Sunday guests and outreach.
  • We revamped our Children’s ministry to have a large group gathering with puppets and skits, as well as age appropriate small groups.
  • The Lower Level classrooms were decorated with an “Under the Sea” Sunday School theme
  • We celebrated “Big Days” on Easter and Veterans Day as well as in September with the beginning of the School year.
  • We responded generously to the need of the Free Wheelchair Mission, donating more than 140 wheelchairs for distribution.
  • We supported the ministry of Gideons International and Jews for Jesus as well as the outreach of our own Pacific Southwest District.
  • We reached out to the more than 80 families that visited our church for the first time this year with welcome cards and gifts.
  • We grew our building fund to remodel the room 4 Youth Room and “Lounge.”
  • We undertook the project of creating an updated pictorial directory.
  • Our elder board has grown and is doing more member care and even held our first prayer and healing service.
  • And in the challenges of life – where many of us faced significant illness, financial stress and loss, God has used our ministry to be a source of comfort and encouragement.

What a joy to see the Lord growing us so that we bear much fruit to His glory!  Hear what some of our members ­– and non-members – have said about our ministry:

“We praise Jesus for the gift of a wonderful Easter and we are so thankful for the church family in creating such a warm environment to invite friends.”

“NO words to thank you (for) all my boy  learned at this camp (VBS)…He is praising God everyday… and that melts my heart…  We have sooo much peace and Love in our Family …GOD Bless you All.”

“This has been a trying year to say the least but with the love and support of friends and family I have been able to push through.”

“(We) can’t thank you all enough for helping us to feel so welcome and loved at Redeemer By the Sea.  Over the last few years, Redeemer has fulfilled our lives in so many ways and we feel so blessed that we found such a special church family to be a part of.”

Building on the work that has been done this year, we look forward to 2013 with Joy and Hope!  Only God knows the future, but whatever may come, we fully expect God to be present in our midst and to do great things for His Kingdom through Redeemer by the Sea and its members!

In ministry with you,

Pastor Augie