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Andy Bean

Andy Bean Andy a Staff Deacon and the Director of Communications at Redeemer. He has been on staff since 2010 and is responsible for all communications for the church - print, web, and creative media. Andy is from Kansas City, and he and his wife Ashley make their home in the Squier Park neighborhood of Midtown KC.

Johnson County Launch Sunday

On September 7, 2014, we launched Redeemer Fellowship Johnson County. In many ways, we’ve had a ministry in Johnson County for the last six years. A large percentage of our church crossed the state line every Sunday to attend, and we have close to 15 Gospel Communities in Johnson County. But on September 7 the nature of our ministry in Johnson County changed with the opening of a local Redeemer congregation at 87th and Antioch.

The last eight weeks have been nothing short of amazing. We’re hearing stories of people understanding the gospel of Jesus for the first time, as well as stories of families whose lives and identities are being reshaped by the message of the cross.

Whether you’re a part of our Midtown Congregation or have supported our church from outside Kansas City, we wanted to give you a quick glimpse into the Sunday life of Redeemer Johnson County. Please continue to join us in praying that Jesus would be magnified and Johnson County would be transformed in the life of our community.

Foster Care & Adoption Informational This Sunday

This is a guest post by one of our members, Tate Williams. Tate and his wife Abby live in Kansas City and are in their second year of fostering. Tate is also the Kansas City Field Director for the Global Orphan Project and leads their initiative called Adopt KC.

For many in our body, one immediate application of living “for the glory of God and the good of our city” is to care for children and families involved in the foster care system.

Over 3,000 children are in foster care in Kansas City because of abuse and neglect in their home. In the last three years 13 Redeemer families have completed the required licensing process to become foster parents. Redeemer families, and those who support them, have cared for 34 children.
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Celebrating Seven New Pastors at Redeemer

Our family has a lot to celebrate this week: last Sunday we ordained seven new Elders at Redeemer!

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Elders and Pastors (we see the words as synonymous in the New Testament) are men who are called by God to lead the church, meet the qualifications outlined in Scripture, and go through a period of testing, assessment, training, and development. Last Sunday we ordained Adam Breckenridge, Matt Marasco, Ricky Shipe, and Brian Key as staff pastors. In addition, Gregory Kolsto, Clay Fulghum, and Jacob Littrell were ordained as non-staff, or lay Elders at Redeemer.
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Redeemer Johnson County is One Month Away

Our Redeemer Johnson County launch is less than a month away! We could not be more excited to see the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection proclaimed at our new Redeemer congregation at 87th and Antioch.

In this video, we talk a bit about why we’re launching Redeemer Johnson County and what we’re praying God will do through this congregation. We long to see the message of the gospel bring about transformation throughout our metro.

We’re praying that you would share this video with family, friends, and neighbors in Johnson County, and that many would come to know Jesus through this community.

All the information you need is at redeemerkansascity.org/joco, and if you are attending this congregation we hope to see you at 10 am on September 7!

The Drugstore Open Studio

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Six months ago we announced The Drugstore, a new collaborative arts project in the old Katz Drugstore building. Since then, 20 artists of varying disciplines have been working in the space, and next week you will have a chance to view their work and the building.

On behalf of The Drugstore, you are invited to an open studio and group show on Friday, July 18 from 6:30 – 9 pm. Stop by, check out the space, meet some of the artists, and join us in celebrating their work at Westport and Main.

For more information, email info@thedrugstorekc.com.

Pray for Our Team in Haiti

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On Tuesday, eight people from Redeemer Fellowship made the trip to Gonaïves, Haiti, to spend time with the children and leaders of Village de Vie. Since 2011, our church has developed a partnership with this children’s village as they seek to care for the 24 orphans in their care. The sponsoring church, Eglise Philadelphie, and their leaders have become friends and partners as we seek to support their work in Gonaïves.

Please pray for these people from Redeemer as they spend six days with the children, work with church leaders, and labor to see these boys and girls grow into men and women who love Jesus, love Haiti, and work to see their community restored and renewed.

You can find out more about how to get involved at redeemerkansascity.org/haiti, or by learning more about the Global Orphan Project.

Pray for the Fellowship Associates Residents

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Last November we introduced you to a group of men planting churches through an organization called Fellowship Associates. These nine church planters are launching churches all over the country, with one planting internationally.

Last weekend, we had the opportunity to host these men again as the final trip of their residencies. At this point, some of these pastors have launched their churches, and others are launching in the next 6-12 months.

At several of our services we brought the residents up to let them introduce themselves and their churches, and today we wanted to put their faces in front of you again to ask you to do two things.
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Replant by Mark Devine & Darrin Patrick

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Next month Redeemer Fellowship will celebrate our sixth birthday. Six years ago, our church was born with a vision that we felt was close to the heart of God: to see a new church in Kansas City that proclaimed the message of the gospel, that Jesus came to make all things new! We believed that a community anchored by and united around that truth could transform Kansas City, and by God’s grace we’ve seen him begin that work.

For those who don’t know our story, our church was planted by Kevin, Kris, and Wes in June of 2008. But our vision was born before that.
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Easter 2014 In Review

Two weeks ago our church family celebrated Resurrection Sunday! Easter Sunday is, in many ways, the highlight of our year. It’s a chance to gather as one Redeemer family, and announce with the Church in every corner of the world that Jesus is alive!

One of our goals this year was to Unite the Family, and we couldn’t think of a better time to do that than on Easter Sunday. And, because another goal of ours is to Celebrate the Grace of God, we did our best to capture memories of the Sunday to look back on as we remember God’s faithfulness to our church.

Check out the video and images below as we remember this moment in the life of our church. And thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who worked to make our Easter service happen!

EASTER 2014 IN VIDEO

EASTER 2014 IN PHOTOS

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We’re All Set for Easter Tomorrow!

After a long day of hauling instruments, setting up speakers, rehearsals, sound checks, and more, we’re all set for Downtown For Easter tomorrow morning!

Here’s what we’ve been up to today. We can’t wait to worship Jesus with you in the morning!


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