Dear Saints of Our Redeemer
Saint John writes in 1 John 1:1-3 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it, and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.” Starting April 8th through May 13th, we will be begin a sermon series based on 1 John, title “Identity.” Who am I? Is that a question that you have asked yourself? Who are you? What is my identity? Or how do I identify myself? Have you thought about or maybe have you realized that your identity is found in Christ? Jacob A.O. Preus III writes in “The Vocation of Every Christian: Life in Christ as a Holy Calling”; “His children, that Gospel Word, is a transformational Word. It does not leave us unchanged, indeed, it cannot, for it is a Word saturated with and energized by the living Spirit of God. It is dynamic, It is a living Word, which, as Isaiah says, “goes out…it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish”(IS. 55:11) what the Lord intends.”(Preus pg. 2) This transforming word has the power to turn what was dead into life. Through the work of the Gospel we begin to shed our own identity, and begin to be conformed to our life in Christ. We become members of his body, we live in him, he lives in us, and we become crucified in Christ. “So in a unique and mysterious way, the Gospel calls us in, it draws us into Christ, to live in Him through faith and to undergo a real transformation.” (Prues pg. 4)This transformation happens because we find our identity in Christ.
This six week series will look at these topics:
“Identity: In Christ” based on 1 John 1:1-2:2
“Identity: Children of God” based on 1 John 3:1-7
“Identity: Brothers and Sister” based on 1 John 3:16-24
“Identity: Loved Sent” based on 1 John 4:1-21
“Identity: Marked” based on 1 John 5:1-8
“Identity: Confirmed” based on 1 John 5:9-15
In the Service of Christ
Pastor Eric
1. III, Jacob A. O. Preus. 2015. "The Vocation of Every Christian:Life in Christ as a Holy Calling." Mercy Essay Series 20.
“ I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

Every once in a while, a verse jumps out of the Old Testament and takes on a new meaning. Job lost his fortune, family, and much of his health. In a stunning display of faith, he expresses his only remaining hope: “I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25. The words find an uncanny fulfillment in Jesus.

Jesus gave His life to redeem us, to buy us back from our slavery to sin. His death was the price of our freedom. But that’s not the bottom line, thank God. As the sun rises on Easter morning, we can say with Job, “I know that my Redeemer lives.” He lives! Death can not hold Him. He lives, to finish salvation’s work in me.

Hymnwriter Samuel Medley often repeated words and phrases in his songs. Here, what’s repeated is the most important concept: “He lives...He lives...He lives.”

For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart years within me! Job 19:25-27, NKJV

I know that my Redeemer lives:

What oy the blest assurance gives!

He lives, He lives, who once was dead;

He lives, my everlasting Head!

Samuel Medley (1738-1799)

Taken from The One year Book of Hymns, compiled and edited by Robert K. Brown and Mark R. Norton. Devotions written by William J. Petersen and Randy Petersen.

Want to become a New Member? We want you!!!! 

Anyone interested in becoming a new member or taking new member classes are invited to visit/call Pastor Obermann

Church 605-673-4361

Cell: 309-635-5987







  Holy Communion


 Every fifth Sunday

Since we participate in the Lord's Supper or Holy Communion you should consider these questions and be able to give affirmative answers to each before you come forward

1) Are you a baptized believer in Jesus? (Acts 2:38,39)

2) Do you understand you are a sinner and in need of God's forgiveness? (Romans 7:24, 25a)

3) Do you desire His forgivenss and intend to amend your life by the power of His Holy Spirit? (Romans 6:1-4)

4) Do you believe that the Body and Blood of Jesus are present with the bread and the wine for the forgiveness of your sins? (1 Corinthians 10:16) 






2:30 PM

The Bible Study will forcus on three questions:

 What does it mean when Jesus says to Love the Lord your God with all you heart soul and mind, to love your neighbor as yourself and to live as a Christian in the 21st century. 






Please call the Church and let us know so Pastor Eric can visit and have prayer with you






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If you need to have a Prayer Request or would like to join our Prayer Chain

Please contact Pastor Obermann

Church 605-673-4361

Cell 309-635-5987

If you cannot reach Pastor Eric please contact an Elder:

Cary Voss 307-746-4060
Kim Horkey 605-209-7550
Greg Westerfield 673-5568
 Jim Kor 673-3130.



There is a children's nursery downstairs in the Youth Room. The service may be watched on the television located in the room. Please let an usher know if you need assistance. 







 Church Library 

We have a wonderful Church Library
If you would like to donate books or check them out to readSee Caroline Medina.




Due to the weather the LWML

Spring Rally that was scheduled for

April 14th has been postponed to

April 28th

  Women’s Illuminating Study Group

Ladies Bible Study Friday mornings at 9 AM

Those that have the "Illuminated Catechism" book, that want copies of the lesson plans to please email me at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or contact me at 673-2450 so that I can add them to my member list.

Cynthia Ramold

Men's Coffee Hour

Wednesday mornings at 7 am 

"Our Place"
Join us for 10 min or an hour you are all welcome to join us. 
Please contace Pastor Obermann to find out where to meet.



LWML schedule for April:
1. Dorcas will be on April 9th at 1:30. No Bible Study. Rally prep.

2. Craft fellowship will be on April 5th & 19th at 2:30 upstairs. Bring a craft or even a “chore” you would like help with and enjoy the company. Or come for coffee!!!

3. LWML Zone Spring Rally is Saturday, April 14th. BIG NEWS! Our church will be the host for the LWML Spring Rally on April 14th! The theme will be “Be a Spark in the Dark” based on Ephesians 5:8-9. 
Help is needed to setup, sign in, ushering, kitchen and clean up this day. Also in need of desserts for lunch and muffins, sweet rolls or fruit bowls for coffee time. We expect 60-70 people. 

Board of Education We will be starting plans for VBS.

Your help and Prayers are appreciated!!!

Please talk to Liz or Norma to volunteer.

Sharing of church information

Stay up-todate with what is happening in our church. Minutes from quarterly voters’ meetings are available for any member of the church to read. Copies can be found in the lower right mailbox found in the lobby, It is labeled “voters meeting minutes” for your convenience. If you have any questions regarding happenings in the church, please speak with an Elder or Church Council member. As a reminder, anyone is welcome to attend monthly church council meetings as well as voters’ meetings.

You do not need to be a voting member to attend, ask questions or voice concerns.

Happy Birthday to our members celebrating in April:

5th - Arlene Pentel

17th - Claudine Cacek

19th - Wanda Gramkow
  Please contact Norma Horkey if you would like a name added to our birthday list. You can put your request in her mailbox in the Narthex. Thanks!!!


Serving Our Redeemer In April 


1st -  Chuck J

8th - Richard & Karla

15th - Jim & Elma

22nd - Mike Linde

29th - Greg Westerfield



4th - Shaylee

8th - Kaylen

15th - Nano

22nd - Brody

29th - Mason & Logan



1st - Karla & Tim

8th - Chuck & Kim

15th - Ken & Ro

22nd - Laurel & Jody

29th - Karla & Tim



1st - Lucy

Meals on Wheels:  

5th - Karen & Robin

12th - Mike Carr

19th -  Ervin & Gordon

26th -  Ken Barfoot

Bus Driver:

Ken Barfoot

Elder of the Month: 

Cary Voss




Cary Voss

Kim Horkey

Greg Westerfield

Jim Kor


Reader of the Month: 

Cary Voss