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A Message from Our Pastor

January 2021
 
Dear Red Hill Lutheran School Families,

I hope you had a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year! I echo the words of Saint Paul in his letter to the church in Philippi:
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel… (Philippians 1.3-4). 
 
On behalf of the members and leadership of Red Hill Lutheran Church, we are thankful for your partnership in our ministry through Red Hill Lutheran School! As we begin a new year, I wanted to let you know about two opportunities that are upcoming at the church, and invite you to join us (if you do not have a church home) for these and any other ministries we offer!
 
First, beginning Sunday, January 2nd, we begin a new message series entitled, “Hope in the Dark.”  When life hits hard, it plunges us into a sea of questions we hoped we'd never have to ask. Suffering, struggle, the powers of darkness and evil are real and experienced every day in our lives! At the same time, Scripture tells us that we are not without hope! One of the most prominent themes of Scripture is to trust in God, especially in times when it becomes difficult to do so. When we feel broken, abandoned, and struggling to find answers, there is a beacon in the midst of the storm! Focusing on the Old Testament book of Habakkuk, this message series will explore how we can cling to God, even when our circumstances are overwhelming, because He will carry us through the storm. God is good even when life is not!

Secondly, starting on Sunday January 9th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary, I will begin a six-week class on “Emotionally Healthy Discipleship.” (EHD) At Red Hill, our task is to make disciples (students) of Jesus. Discipleship is first a response—a response to the call of God through the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. Jesus made following Him possible through His life, death, and resurrection. Second, discipleship is a life-long commitment to Jesus and His way of living. As such, discipleship encompasses our whole selves: Our thinking, and our emotions.  

A core belief of EHD is that “Emotional health and spiritual health are inseparable. It is not possible to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.”  EHD leads us to integrate our discipleship, our theologies, and our Biblical worldview with every aspect of our lives, particularly the everyday relationships common to all: our families of origin, our nuclear family, our friendships, work relationships, and those we reside alongside in our neighborhoods. Through EHD, we affirm that we are beloved children of God and that our identity is rooted in God’s love for us through Jesus Christ. It is from this foundation that all of our other relationships flow, giving us the freedom and power to love others in ways that honor true personhood and recognize the divine image within all people. In EHD, we learn how to:
•    Rest in the grace and love of Jesus.  
•    Be honest and clear in our communications with one another.  
•    Resolve conflict in a Biblically healthy way.
•    Affirm one’s limits and the limits of others.
•    Understand, celebrate, grieve, forgive, and be healed from, family of origin issues and personal challenges and transitions.
 
Again, you are welcome to join us for these and any Worship service, class, and event we offer! If there is anything we can be praying about for you, or support you in any way, please do not hesitate to call upon us! 
May God bless you and keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy in 2022!

In Christ,
Pastor Seth