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August 2017

The following words from the first chapter of Revelation express the Board’s greetings to you:

     Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

     To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father - to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.

     The results of the work that SBS has done has had a very positive result in organization and reporting of the Church’s finances. This work along with the following items are some of the tasks that the Board has been working on for the last few months:

• Reorganizing the Call Committee with Rachel Grossman as Chairman

• Approved changes to the Employee Handbook to get coordination between CDC and Church staff regarding Vacation, personal, and sick days

• Approved extending an offer to Pastor Rich Finck to a temporary contract position at Redeemer

• Approved naming Debbie Burgett as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for Board elections in 2017

• Studied and approved policies to insure that the CDC will progress in reaching goals to be able to sustain without reliance on LIFT funds

• Approved the CDC budget for the 2017-2018 school year

The following are just a few of the items the Board is working on now:

• Scholarship funding for the CDC

• Revising insurance coverages for Redeemer

• Revising the Redeemer Bylaws to reflect the inclusion of the CDC

• Updating the Board Policy Manual

• Getting prepared for the annual Congregational meeting

The second in our series of highlighting Board members features Mark Hood, Vice-President and serving in his third and last year of his term. You have probably seen Mark playing bass in the band and also heading up the VBS program the past few years.  Mark was born in Cincinnati, Ohio but has lived in the Richmond area for 49 years and has been a member at Redeemer for the last 13 years. He is currently the Branch Manager at Mason McDuffie Mortgage Company. Mark is blessed with a great family that is very important to him including his Mom – Theresa, wife – Cheryl, Son – Raleigh, daughter – Andrea, and new grandson – Maxwell. Here are some words from Mark himself about his role on the Board: 

Previous to serving on the BOD at Redeemer, I served six years on the Board for the Urban League of Greater Richmond and two years as Chairman of the Housing Committee. During this time I was exposed to the needs of many in Richmond: homeless, unemployed, needs of the elderly with no family, those recently released from incarceration, lack of education, illiteracy and those who have no support. This experience opened my eyes and heart to the struggles of those within our community. Working as part of a team on the Board, we were able to identify immediate and long term needs and to find solutions working with members of community, local businesses and government agencies. I was also exposed to leaders who openly professed their faith and used it as a guide to better the lives of others.

As a mentor for the VA Department of Corrections for Juvenile offenders, I volunteered for three years to visit and follow a felon offender from incarceration through parole. The pilot program allowed me to use my faith to work with and provide support for someone who had no parental support and was struggling with his place and purpose in life. I learned how blessed I am and my faith grew from my interaction with this young man over a three year period. I ended up on the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee where I watched, learned and worked with six incredibly dedicated volunteer members whose sole purpose was to make sure that these incarcerated children had a chance at a fulfilling life away from crime upon release.

Both of these experiences allowed me to grow in my faith and work as part of a team dedicated to the service of others.

The future of Redeemer:  Redeemer Lutheran Church is blessed with an abundance of talented, dedicated and faithful servants who are on a mission to expand God’s Kingdom. I have seen tremendous changes in my thirteen years as we have expanded our ministry to the community through an ever growing number of volunteers under the leadership of Pastor Matt Bean. I am excited at the possibilities of spreading God’s word through the Child Development Center, Screen on the Green, Mobile Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and Hearts of Service as we build a Community Based Church. God has richly blessed Redeemer.


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  • Alan Behnke


    Member Since: October 1985

    Involvement with RLC: Board of Elders, Usher, West Campus Building Committee, Small Group Leader

    Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28

    We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.

  • adam Grossman

    Member Since:  November 2005

    Involvement with RLC: Small Group Leader, Board (2010-12), Usher, Communion Assistant, Lay Reader, Board (2007-09)

    Favorite Bible Verse:  Jeremiah 29:11-14

    For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

  • Jim Helberg

    Member Since:  November 2010

    Involvement with RLC:  Joy Group, Mobile Ministry, Sunday School, and Small Group Coordinator.

    Favorite Bible Verse:  There are lots of them, but today Joshua 24:14-15.

    Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.

  • Jim Holubar

    Member Since: November 2010

    Involvement with RLC: Adult Choir, Assistant Pastor Call Committee, Small Group, Screen on the Green, Cul-de-Sac Parties, and build Baptismal Faith Chests.

    Favorite Bible Verse:  Hebrews 3:5-6

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 

  • Mark Hood


    Member Since: November 2004

    Involvement with RLC:  SimpleTruth and VBS Coordinator

    Favorite Bible Verse:  Ephesians 5:1

    Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.

  • Lucie Schulze


    Member Since: November 2001

    Involvement with RLC:  LIFT Leadership Team, Small Group Leader, Small Group Coach, Communion Assistant, Discipleship Group, Sunday School, Children’s Church

    Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

  • Frank Scott


    Member Since: March 2008

    Involvement with RLC:  Lay Reader and Worship Assistant Coordinator, Small Groups

    Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 23

    It is passionate, positive, promising. It speaks to the Lord as my protector, my provider, my guide. He is my source of comfort and encouragement; my source of peace and hope.