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Welcome to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church's website. We are an active, growing congregation. The center of our Church's life is the Lord Jesus Christ. Because He died that we might live, we respond in worship. Because there are many who have not heard this good news, we proclaim it. And because our Lord served us through His death and resurrection, we live to serve Him and one another. >> About Our Redeemer

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?

Firm, Fixed, Steady

To suffer along side another

An act of worship wherein we bring our petitions before God with our hearts and lips and offer up praise and thanksgiving to Him.

A response of gladness to the work of God

Upcoming Events


Introducing…your Ministry Team Monthly Update!


To keep you current on what we are doing for the congregation, your Ministry Team will publish a brief message each month to review the highlights of our meeting.


Here is what we discussed on Tuesday night:

    • Pastor Matt, in conjunction with the Ministry Team and Board of Elders, plans to fully roll out his Forward to Basics plan this fall when he will teach us all about the deep approach to congregational life that Forward to Basics represents.
    • Following the Annual Meeting vote to fund an architectural rendering to asses the potential for a future expansion to our building, we are now seeking people (particularly those with knowledge of architecture, design, and construction) to participate in a short-term Expansion Exploration Team that would identify an architectural firm to complete the renderings. If you are interested in being on this team, please contact one of the Ministry Team members.
    • On 7/1/15, Jim Ferrara will officially end his tenure as church President and Bryan Schmeling will fill this role temporarily until the formal vote of the congregation in September. This leaves an opening for Vice President and we are actively considering candidates for this important role. Please pray for our church leadership and for a new Vice President.

Ministry Team meetings are held at 6:30PM in Martin Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Our next meeting is 8/18 (no meeting in July). All are welcome to attend and participate!


With Faith, Hope, and Love in Jesus Christ

from your Ministry Team


Jim Ferrara, President (outgoing 7/1/15)

Bryan Schmeling, Vice President

Sonny Ballou

Jean Bateman

Terry Bisard

Kate Bosch (Board of Christian Education, starting 7/1/15)

Bill Chaisson

Chester Chin

Regina Crowshaw (Board of Christian Education, outgoing 7/1/15)

Ray Czekanski

Kelsey & MacKenzie Day

Veeta Ewan

Rachel Nichols

Pastor Matt


As part of our VBS Missions, we will be filling 24 backpacks for children at Tri-Town Community Action.

There is a list of needed supplies in the narthex.  If you are able, please sign up to bring in some school supplies to help us with our mission.

All supplies are due on Sunday, July 19th.

If you have any questions please contact Rachel Nichols at rhnichols1@verizon.net.  Thank You!


The Arts & Crafts Group meets every Monday in Martin Hall from 9:30am to Noon. Everyone is welcome. You do not have to be a great artist to belong. Also, if you do not have the time to join us on Mondays you can still contribute by making items at home and bringing them into the Church.