+401-232-7575   office@orelc.org    54 Cedar Swamp Road  |  Smithfield  |  RI  |  02917
    Worship: 8 AM & 10:45 AM  |  Sunday School: 9:30 AM | Wednesday Evenings: 6:30 PM  

Welcome to Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church! We organize our thinking and doing into four basic areas of focus: Home, Church, Groups and Others. We call it Forward To Basics and these four areas are interconnected and work together motivated by the love of Christ.

Upcoming Events

ADVENT SERVICES

Advent Services and Meals

Advent meal by Matthew & Mark groups on Wednesday, December 7 at 5:30 pm followed by Advent Service at 6:30 pm.

Advent meal by Luke & John groups on Wednesday, December 14 at 5:30 pm followed by Advent Service at 6:30 pm.

Advent meal by Acts & Roman groups on Wednesday, December 21 at 5:30 pm followed by Service at 6:30 pm.

 

COMING TO COMMUNION IN THE LUTHERAN CHURCH

CCLC Classes

Whether you are considering membership here at Our Redeemer, have been a member for a while, or are just curious to learn what we’re all about, this 7-week class will provide deep insights into our Christian faith.  Classes running December 7 and December 14 at 7:30 pm.

 

LIVING NATIVITY

Come see our

L i v i n g   N a t i v i t y

6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Friday, December 9th

 

Children, sheep, and goats will be in the Nativity. Carolers will sing, and read the Nativity story.

 All are welcome.  Enjoy free Christmas cookies and hot chocolate.

Thanks to the Lutheran Church Extension Fund and Thrivent Financial for sponsoring this event.

 

CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY

Church Christmas Party

ORELC will celebrate together on Saturday, December 10th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm at Chester's Restaurant, 102 Putnam Pike (Rte. 44) in Chepachet.  Menu: Baked Scrod, Chicken Parm or Prime Rib.  $15pp with sign ups/payment collection after Services in the Narthex. Winning prize for Most Unique Christmas Tie (men) and Christmas top (women)!

 

CHRISTMAS GIFT TAGS

Gifts & Baskets

Every year, members of Our Redeemer adopt families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Thanks to everyone who participated in the Thanksgiving Baskets!  We provided 18 baskets and turkeys to local families. Gift tag signups started Sunday, November 27th with wrapped gifts due back Sunday, December 11th.

 

CHRISTMAS SERVICES

Special Christmas Services

Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24 at 6:30pm and 11:00pm.

Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, One Divine Service at 10:00am.

 

CONSTITUTION/BYLAWS MEETING

Constitution/Bylaw Meeting

Your INPUT and IDEAS would be helpful at the next Rewrite Meeting this Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm in Martin Hall. Subsequent meetings will be held every Tuesday evening through year's end.

 

Who are we?

Our Redeemer is a beacon of faith, hope and love in Jesus Christ.

What is our purpose?

Leading with the Gospel, Our Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church is a family of faith, built by God's Grace, fed by His Word, sharing the saving love of Christ.

What is our mission?

What impact will we have?

Anchored in Christ, we will be a congregation known for shining His light into the world, joyfully speaking of our love for Him, and enfolding people in all stages of life into the household of faith.

What are our core values?

Steadfastness - Firm, Fixed, Steady
Compassion - To suffer along side another
Prayer - An act of worship wherein we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer up praise and thanksgiving to Him.
Joy - A response of gladness to the work of God

One Small Devotion

Holy Day Advice

"Therefore the child to be born will be called holy" (Luke 1:35).

Let me see if I can help.  The next time you hear it called a "holiday tree" instead of a "Christmas tree," or someone says "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas," use it to add to your joy.  Yes, add!

How do you do that?

Simply remember that "holiday" comes from "holy + day."  It is really "holyday."  What a beautiful word!  What a perfect description of Christmas!  Who doesn't love listening to "O Holy Night"?  "Holiday" is like someone singing "O Holy Day."  Enjoy!

But now add in the word of the angel to Mary: "the child to be born will be called holy."  This means that the "holy" in "holiday" is the Christ Child!  And that means that "holiday" is not a secular substitution, but a sacred synonym.

That is how we can hear it, and then pray for people to know the love of God in Christmas.

Holy Christmas Day and its Twelve Days are the Happy Holidays.  They are the holy days that make us sad sinners so very happy, because from them we learn and remember throughout the year that a Savior has been born to us!

God's holiness is on bright display when He moves into the world to save us.  Meaning that the right response to "Happy Holidays" would be (happily spoken): "Holy days indeed!"

Tuesday, November 29, 2016