+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

ANNUAL CHURCH MEETING

Sunday, June 25, 2017, starting promptly at 9:30am, all members are called to attend the Annual Voters Meeting to review and approve the budget for the fiscal new year and review directional activities going forward.  Childcare provided.

 

SUMMER SUNDAY SCHOOL

Your church needs YOU to teach Summer Sunday School just for one day.  The program could not be simpler: you choose to show a video or teach a scripted lesson.  Sign-up sheet in the Narthex for one the 10 Summer Sundays yet to be filled! Call the church office with inquiries.

 

LWML SUPPER
Annual Chowder & Clam Cake Supper hosted by LWML on Friday June 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm.  Proudly serving clam chowders, corn chowder, clam cakes & corn fritters, coleslaw, hotdogs, strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream & beverages. $30 per Family, $12 Individual, $6 ages 5-10 years. Tickets available after services. Reservations call: 232-7575
 

SANDWICH SUPPERS

ORELC will be hosting a Sandwich Supper on the first Wednesday of each month with FREE sandwiches, salad, drinks and dessert.  Join us starting at 5:30 pm, and then plan on joining us for a brief (40 minute) mid-week Divine Worship Service.  See you on July 5th!

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL MINISTRY

The Sunday School year starts in September.  Prayerfully consider joining this wonderful ministry to give of oneself while placing Faith, Hope and Love at the forefront of our youngsters lives.  Our Redeemer is looking for a co-assistant, teachers and substitutes. See the Narthex bulletin board for more details or call the church office.  Thank you.

 

GROUNDS

Our Redeemer is in need of your green thumb to take care of a flower bed on the church grounds.  The signup/property map is in the Narthex and needs a few more volunteers!  Ask a Trustee any question; they are here to help you!

 

COLON CANCER AWARENESS 5K

In Memory of Keith Raymond, please join “Keith’s Walking Warriors” on Sunday, August 6,  2017 at the RI Colon Cancer Alliance’s 9th Colon Cancer Awareness 5K walk/run at City Park in Warwick, RI.  Please consider joining us on this very special day to remember a wonderful loving husband, father and friend who was taken from us much too soon.  In-person registration begins at 9am and the walk/run starts promptly at 10am. 

Registration & Info 

2017 FLOWERS

The 2017 Flower Chart is open for requests.  You'll find it on the bulletin board in the church office. Please write your name on the requested date, along with the intention name or occasion.  Cost is $40 total for the two altar bouquets.

 

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

James the LESS

Out of the Twelve Apostles, I think I have learned the most from the one we know the least about.

"James the son of Alphaeus" (Matt. 10:3).

Two of the Twelve Apostles are named James.  First, the prominent, well-known James the son of Zebedee.  His brother was John, and together with Peter they made up the inner circle around Jesus.  Then there is James the son of Alphaeus.  We know nothing about him from the Gospel.  Nothing.  Without going into detail, it's possible that we know LESS about this James than any of the other apostles.

Because both are named James, the Bible uses their fathers' names in order to distinguish them.  Tradition uses a different method, calling the first James "James the Greater," and calling the second James "James the LESS."

Even if we know nothing else about James the son of Alphaeus, simply his nickname - James the LESS - offers a rich spiritual LESSon.  That is, Christ calls some to more prominent, visible roles of leadership, but calls and needs others to fill LESS visible roles - but no LESS important or effective!  So think LESS about the role you'd like to play than about the one God has given you to play.

Who are the ones who know all about James the son of Alphaeus?  The people to whom he went with the Gospel and love of Christ.  Seek not to be remembered by the world, but only to love those around you.  And say these words: My hope is built on nothing LESS than Jesus' blood and righteousness.

Monday, June 19, 2017