+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

NEW MEMBER SUNDAY

On Sunday, January 21st at 8:00am Divine Service, Our Redeemer is very pleased to welcome more new members into our church family.  Over the past year we have experienced great membership growth and we welcome all who have joined and celebrate with you today!

 

WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY

Returning to our study of Isaiah on Wednesdays after service, 7:30 - 8:30pm.  Beginning the winter study guide on January 24th. Welcoming you to our group, contact Veeta Ewan or the church office for more details.

 

LUTHERAN WITNESS

The flagship magazine of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, The Lutheran Witness is a monthly publication (11 issues/year) that offers synodical news, features, columns, Q&A's, and more.

Concordia Publishing House offers a subscription rate through the church of $10.80 delivered to your home.  Sign up in the Narthex to take advantage of this special rate by January 28th.

 

CHOCOLATE SALES

Support "The DeGroot's Mission church in New Mexico" on Valentine's Day, sponsored by LWML Women's Group at ORELC.  Selling Lindt milk chocolate, "new" dark chocolate and assorted truffles for $5 each gift bag after Sunday services.

 

LWML FEBRUARY MEETING

LWML group will be hosting a special craft meeting on Sunday, February 11th at 1:00pm.  Light lunch will be served at the Jakowski home.  Space is limited, $10 materials fee.  Sign up on LWML bulletin board.  No meeting Thursday, February 15th.  Snow date February 25th.  

 

SERVICE SUPPERS

ORELC will be hosting a supper on the first Wednesday of each month with FREE light dinner fare, soup/salad and sandwiches, 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 February 7th!

 

2018 FLOWERS

The 2018 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 and donors are welcome to bring their flowers home.  

 

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

The Close of the Commandments

Sad and glad.  That is what I am as the commandments come to a close.

I am sad because for the past ten weeks I have been meditating on these "ten words" - one per week.  Each one had something to give me.  Each one showed me how to love God or my neighbor.  They are more beautiful than I remember them.  More loving.  More practical.  And yet so deeply spiritual.  I'm going to miss them.

And I'm sad because I have missed the commandments, am missing them, and will always miss them.  That is, miss the mark.  As beautiful as they are, I begin to see only the ugliness of my sin.  The longer I spend with them, the shorter I know I have fallen (Rom. 3:23).  I feel sadness and fear to see myself as such a sinner.

But from the Close of the Commandments I see another word coming: Creed.  How glad it makes me!  How happily I will close the commandments and open the Creed, and discover the Trinity and all that God has done, is doing, and will do for me to rescue me from my sins!

What need I have for the Creed!  It is the need that makes me sad, but the Creed that makes me glad!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018