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SYNOD ASSEMBLY PRESENTATION
Pastor Meyer made a presentation in June 2011 to the Upstate NY Synod Assembly about our journey to become solar powered. Click here to view the video.
We conducted a Solar Seminar on May 15, 2010. Members of our Solar Planning Committee were on hand to answer questions as well as a representive from the Solar Contractor that installed our system. A tour of our Photovoltaic System was given to the public.
Our Redeemer gets FESMOS Grant
Caring for Our Neighbors is a new social ministry to begin in January 2010. Our Redeemer has been awarded a $600 FESMOS (First English St. Mark's Our Saviour) grant based on an application that Pastor Meyer and Mary Rainey submitted in September. The grant will help people in Schenectady County that are seeking employment with transportation, job readiness, supplies, and other items they may need to obtain or sustain their employment.
On September 10, 2009 an emergency power generator was installed at the church. This will provide power inside portions of the building during power outages thereby allowing the church to be used as a temporary warming place if needed. The funding was provided by the Jean Kaufmann memorial fund.
ROOF AND PORTICO
On September 21, 2008 we dedicate the new roof and portico on the Glen Avenue side of the Fellowship Hall. Given to the Glory of God and in memory of: Charles Anderson, Tordis Johnson, Jean Kaufmann, Ada MacFarlane, James McMullen, Marie McNeill, Carl Meyer, Raymond Smith and Margaret Wenish.
We now have a Welcome Center where congregational name tags are organized alphabetically and stored in a orderly fashion. Name tag Sunday (usually the last Sunday of the month) is when we wear our name tags enabling people new to the church to put a name with the face.
NEW COMMUNION WARE
On Easter Sunday, May 23, 2009 we dedicated our new brass plated communion ware. Communion trays and cover were in memory of Lois Duto, The flagon was re-plated and communion trays and cups were in memory of Jean Kaufmann, the chalice was in memory of James McMullen, the paten was in memory of Carl Meyer, the host box was in memory of Arlene Smith, and the offering plates were in memory of Ada MacFarlane.
Another memorial donation was the Sunday School Staff Work Station in memory of Garry Gepfert. The work station consist of a locking cabinet with all necessary office supplies including a new paper cutter.
NEW E-MAIL ADDRESS
We now have a broadband internet connection which means we also have anew E-mail address.
Contact our Church Secretary, Betsy Meyer at ORLC@nycap.rr.com
Contact Pastor Dennis Meyer at ORLCPastor@nycap.rr.com
NEW CLOSED CIRCUIT TELEVISION
An Eagle Scout project by Josh Barndt gives Our Redeemer the capacity to provide closed circuit television from the Sanctuary to the Fellowship Hall when we have overflow attendance at services.
NEW STAINED GLASS WINDOWS
Sixteen memorial stained glass windows will be dedicated to the glory of God and the renovated Sanctuary was re-dedicated on November 20, 2005. The community was invited to this dedication service and reception in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
NEW SIDING and AIR CONDITIONING
The sanctuary has been vinyl sided with money from the Building Fund. We have installed new air conditioning to replace the 30+ year old window air conditioners. The building looks great and we won't have to paint it every few years.
Interior stablization of the roof and exterior replacement of the roof shingles has been completed. The recycled tire shingles and copper flashing "dress up" the sanctuary and will last much longer than asphalt shingles. Click on picture below for a detailed picture of the roof.
The last weekend in July of 2008 we had a Inter-generational Congregational Retreat at SonRise Lutheran
Camp on Schroon Lake. It was great fun and well attended.
The Reverend Dr. Dennis R. Meyer, Pastor at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scotia, NY, celebrated his 35th anniversary of ordination on May 27th, 2008. The congregation recognized this milestone with worship and fellowship on Sunday, May 18th.
Pastor Meyer, who has served at Our Redeemer for 32 years,
received is Masters in Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri
in 1973, and his Doctorate in Ministry from New York Theological Seminary
Stewardship Trip from the Land of Not Enough
During Lent we explored ways that we can become responsible stewards of the earth through worship materials and sermons, ACES programs (Adult Christian Education Series) and videos. (Here is a great web site to check out as well, The Story of stuff). We invite you to participate in this extended journey as we examine our materialistic culture and learn to thank, worship, and care for the gifts we have been given. We will commit to caring for our planet and a fair sharing of it's resources. Our final distination is The Land of Enough! For detailed information about this trip click on the Our Redeemer bus.
Our Redeemer has an ongoing
work relationship with Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Builds. Our thanks
to all our volunteers who helped to make the Habitat 2007, 2008, 2009 and
2010 build in Schenectady possible.
2007 Habitat/Thrivent Build pictures: