Category Archive: Redeemer

Camp Redeemer 2017 {third & final set}

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Worshipping in a new setting has the potential to change hearts, and this morning’s service out at Camp Redeemer (Camp Solaris near Firth, Nebraska) was no different. The building is different. The people dress differently. We’re without the normal sights and sounds of what we’re used to. Instruments are different and acoustics are different. There’s no children’s church or nursery—that’s different! But God is not different. And our minds—now stripped of the things we’re used to—work a bit differently to route our heart towards the God who is Eternal, Unchanging, Righteous, and Holy. He is. And He is worthy of praise. It doesn’t matter where we are, we will praise Him because we love Him.

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Eternal God, Unchanging, Mysterious and unknown.
Your boundless love unfailing, In grace and mercy shown.
Bright seraphim in endless flight aroung your glorious throne.
They raise their voices day and night in praise to you alone.

Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!

Lord, We are weak and frail, Helpless in the storm.
Surround us with your angels, Hold us in your arms.
Our cold and ruthless enemy, his pleasure is our harm.
Rise up, O Lord, And he will flee before our Sovereign God.

Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!

Let every creature in the sea and every flying bird;
Let every mountain, Every field and valley of the earth;
Let all the moons and all the stars in all the universe
Sing praises to the Living God, Who rules them by His word.

Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!
Hallelujah! Glory be to our great God!

Camp Redeemer 2017 {second set}

Me: Jeremy, remind me who won the Pork contest this year?
Jeremy: David Houfek
Me: [to self] And the Houkeks won Cornhole, too? Watch it, Houfek family! 2019 is gonna get real.

So basically the Houfeks won Camp Redeemer. Amy Lockwood mentioned she might work on a pork recipe this next year and I plan to build my own Cornhole game and practices shall be held in sunshine or in rain. Watch out, David and Nicole! And oh my goodness, I would like another helping of the amazing pulled pork served Saturday night. YUM.

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Camp Redeemer 2017 {first set}

For the third year straight we made our way south to Camp Redeemer for a weekend full of fun!

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June Brunch

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December 11

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December 10

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This one. She gives me a nudge in the costume department and I can’t help but join her in some sort of crazy scheme. All the elf love for Redeemer tonight. Yummy treats, great company, and as always, a hilarious white elephant tradition was upheld. We now have a literal white elephant in the house. Maybe he’ll show up on the DPP. You never know.

Branched Oak Lake

Last weekend we drove up to Branched Oak and… ahhhhh… the light gleaming off the water immediately filled my bucket. I don’t know why water makes me so relaxed and content and happy, but it does. We joined friends from church at the lake for the dinner and went home as the sun was beginning to set. Almost all the rest of them stayed overnight in tents. Which is SO cute. I am so happy for them and their adorable tents. I thought about my joy for them all the way home to my air conditioned house with locked doors and a deliciously soft and thick queen-sized mattress. I digress.

The Creagers’ Life Group—what Redeemer calls our small groups—has gone camping for the past several years and it was sweet fun to join them for several hours. Photographic evidence of fun follows:

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Friends in Evening Sun

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We joined friends at Branched Oak last weekend and, as always, the setting sun inspired me. The subject sitting in the light, by virtue of his leash and a well-placed tree, was of the canine variety. Cooper posed nicely, and so did our lovely human friend Dejana.

More images coming soon.

The Redeemer Women’s Retreat

Here’s a little peek into our in-town retreat last Saturday. It was a lovely, encouraging, restful and rich day as we spent time with God and each other. There was a lot I didn’t capture with my camera, but here’s what I did manage to preserve‚Ķ

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December 24

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Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from
Thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

I’m so grateful for a Christmas Eve Service that takes us out of the hustle and bustle of the present-prep and cookie-baking to let us pause and think about Jesus’ birth.

After the Christmas Eve Service at Redeemer I left my camera at my in-laws’ house, thus the lateness in posting my DPPs.

December Photo Project, day 24.