The season of buying Christmas presents for family, friends, and co-workers is upon us and wonderfully coincides with the Church’s Advent season.

Advent is a season of preparation to meet the newborn Savior and to rejoice and acclaim Christ crucified and risen. Traditionally, Advent incorporates spiritual practices that include Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving (helping those in need).

This Advent & Christmas season, rather than rushing around buying stuff, prayerfully consider alternative gift options, fast from self-indulgence and spending money, and re-direct your choices to support those most in need.

Give the gift of hope!

For more information please visit our Alternative Gifts Page.

Our Fall Pledge Drive is underway! And your pledge of financial support to Christ’s mission through Redeemer, New Paltz matters so much - we make this happen together. Please, before or by Sunday, November 20th, give prayerful thought to how God is stirring your household to support Christ’s work through Redeemer, and fill out and send your card by mail or drop it in the offering plate at worship - or click "Pledge Now!" to submit electronically.

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Have you ever wondered what a Synodical Deacon is? Or what a Synodical Deacon Does?

At the urging of Pastor Tobias, I will be sharing with you, on a monthly basis, what my ministry as a Synodical Deacon, called by you, the Redeemer Lutheran, New Paltz congregation, is about.

The first deacon was Stephen. He is identified in Acts 6:5 as are the other 6 of the first 7 deacons. Deacons were originally called to serve and assist widows and the poor. This allowed the disciples to focus on their mission of spreading the word of God to the world.

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Ministry - Christ’s ministry among us - is always ministry in progress, “ministry in motion.” My work as a pastor, my calling is to nurture this in-progress work in our congregational community, as well as in the New Paltz, Hudson Valley, and world communities. This month I’ll reflect on nurturing the ministry in motion of Faith Formation (education in a faith context).

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The newly begun Tri-Church Sunday School (St. Andrew's Episcopal, New Paltz United Methodist, and Redeemer, New Paltz) meets THIS Sunday, Oct. 2nd, again. in the Community Room at Redeemer, New Paltz, starting at 10:45 am with icebreakers, snacks and music, followed by the Sunday School Lesson, and wrapping up by 12 pm. 

Wonderful leadership for Tri-Church Sunday School includes Alex Brown as a teacher. Alex has been teaching 7th grade in Montgomery for nearly twenty years. Alex's two daughters are Ella and Abby. Rich Carroll and Janet Frommer will be taking turns leading music and teaching the children various church camp songs. Rich is a principal at Arlington High School and will also take turns leading icebreakers and get-to-know-you games. Janet Frommer is the church organist at St. Andrews in New Paltz and teaches piano locally and for Dutchess Community College.  

Please join us in keeping this fledgling ministry in our good thoughts and prayers - and in thanking those stepping up into leadership roles!