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Fourth annual Day of Hope helps 174 at-risk and homeless children

Redeemer parishioners Millie Menke and Annie Pollard helped Day of Hope children and their families stay cool by serving up delicious flavored snow cones

The Church of the Redeemer served 174 local homeless and at-risk children during its fourth annual Day of Hope last Saturday (Aug. 2), providing children with medical, dental and vision checkups, haircuts and backpacks filled with school supplies and other essentials. Nearly 290 parishioners and community volunteers and partners pulled together for the day-long event, created to help youngsters in need prepare for the upcoming school year and to give them the basics to start the first day of school on a level playing field with their schoolmates.

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Donate to Support Day of Hope

The Church of the Redeemer is rallying to serve Sarasota’s homeless and at-risk children with its fourth annual Day of Hope, scheduled to take place Sat., 2 Aug.

We have received enormous support through volunteers signing up to be present at Day of Hope and help — for which we are very grateful — but we also need financial support!

Please consider making a financial donation to the Church of the Redeemer specifically in support of our Day of Hope school and personal supplies, medical care, hair cuts, and clothing items. Any donation amount will help! Read below to find out what we’re doing and how you can help.

We will be hosting 150 local area students and their siblings who are in great need or homeless. This event is designed to help meet their basic back-to-school needs. Each child will receive a backpack with binders, paper, folders, a ruler, pencils, pens and highlighters – all the necessary school supplies. Each child will also receive a care bag with shampoo, conditioner, soap, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen and more.

Included in the Day of Hope will be a medical exam, a dental exam, an eye exam, a haircut, photos, gift cards for new clothes and new shoes, child ID cards and many other resources. Food will be served throughout the day. This event is completely FREE and we need your help!

Just bring your cash or check donation to the Parish Office between 9 and 5 p.m., weekdays, or bring it with you to church on any Sunday between now and the event. You may also mail your donation to: The Church of the Redeemer, Attention: Day of Hope, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239.

Be sure to put “Day of Hope” on the check.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call the church at 941.955.4263. To learn more about the nonprofit Day of Hope organization, click on the image at the top of this page.

Thank you!

Church of the Redeemer joins Twitter

In addition to its active Facebook presence, The Church of the Redeemer has joined another social media platform: Twitter!

The micro-messaging system allows us to connect with you even more regularly and we encourage you to follow us. To find us, you can search for our Twitter handle, @RedeemerSRQ, or just click here. It’s a great way to stay in touch, particularly for young college and high school students and their parents.

Redeemer featured in Forward in Faith Magazine

The Church of the Redeemer was profiled in the June issue of Forward in Faith Magazine. Click here to view a PDF of the entire magazine — go directly to page 18 if you want to get right to our story! Forward in Christ – June 2014

Redeemer youth travel to Annunciation Mission in New Orleans for mission work

Youth from The Church of the Redeemer traveled to New Orleans from June 7 to 14 to perform mission work while staying at the city’s Annunciation Mission. Members of the church’s Junior Episcopal Youth Community program, in grades 6-12, participated in the volunteer trip, during which they helped a local K-3 school prepare for fall, worked in a food bank and helped serve at a homeless shelter near downtown New Orleans. The Rev. David Bumsted, the church’s Priest Associate in Charge of Youth Ministry, led the trip, and was accompanied by chaperones Christoph Stephenson-Moe, Chloe Hill and Dr. Jon Yenari.

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Parish registrar selected to advisory team for national software company

Church of the Redeemer Registrar Cheryl Brodbeck

Cheryl Brodbeck, parish registrar for the Church of the Redeemer, was recently invited to join the Customer Advisory Team of ACS Technologies, a national church software company with more than 50,000 clients. The company reached out to Cheryl because of her 15-plus years of experience with ACS and her proficiency with the company’s software.

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Fourth of July Parish Picnic

Celebrate our country’s Independence Day — the Fourth of July — with your parish family at the Church of the Redeemer!

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Redeemer Vacation Bible School activities will assist local nonprofits and help children in Central America

Young participants in the Church of the Redeemer’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) this August will learn lessons about “Loving God and Loving Our Neighbors” by dedicating time and talent to help others in need. The VBS group is excited about it: making sandwiches each day for “neighbors” at Resurrection House; collecting clothes for children in Salvation Army’s Transitional Living program; preparing materials for Redeemer’s Episcopal Thrift House; gathering food for the Caritas Food Pantry; and collecting desperately needed bed sheets and blankets for a surgical mission team that visits Central America to correct cranial and facial issues for those who never dreamed of such blessing. Redeemer, located at 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, runs its VBS week 9 a.m.-noon Mon.-Fri., Aug. 11-15. Adults throughout the community are invited to enroll their children who are age 4 (by Sept. 1) through those entering the fifth grade. Registration is $10 per child, with some scholarships available.

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Redeemer to celebrate Trinity Sunday June 15

The Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., will celebrate Trinity Sunday, a day for remembering and honoring the eternal God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, on Sun., June 15 during all morning masses. Trinity Sunday is known as “The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity,” is always celebrated the Sunday after Pentecost, and lasts only one day, which is symbolic of the unity of the Trinity. Three morning masses will be offered on Trinity Sunday: at 7:30 (Rite One said), 9 (Rite Two choral) and 11 (Rite One choral). The afternoon Mass in Spanish will take place at its regular time of 1 p.m.

For more information, call 941-955-4263.

Fourth annual Day of Hope scheduled for Aug. 2—sign up to help now!

Firefighter Dan Hollins from Sarasota’s Station 1, C shift with Gavin Kubisiak, a young parishioner at Church of the Redeemer. More than 200 volunteers of all ages showed up to the downtown Sarasota Church to prepare 179 children to go back to school.

The Church of the Redeemer is once again rallying to serve Sarasota’s homeless and at-risk children with its fourth annual Day of Hope, scheduled to take place Sat., Aug. 2. Thank you to everyone who has signed up to volunteer!

Each year, Day of Hope provides hundreds of needy children with the resources they need to begin the first day of school on a level playing field: delicious meals; important doctor, dentist and eye check-ups; haircuts; family portraits; and backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Transportation is also provided for the children and their families.

The City of Sarasota last year recognized Redeemer’s 200-plus volunteers for their efforts, issuing a proclamation praising the program. The church served 179 children last year alone.

For more information, call 941-955-4263.