Dear Saints of Our Redeemer, 
In a sleepy town, located 512 miles east of here, there lies a farm. On this farm, you will find which you would probably except, an old hog house, a barn, a shed, and a farm house. Expect, this is not a normal place. None of the buildings are used to house farming equipment. The hog house has been cleaned out and is/was used for feeding families who stop by to visit. The old barn is no longer housing farm equipment instead it has been transformed into a museum of sorts. It instead holds artifacts from around the world. This is not a normal farm by any means.  In fact, it is so not normal that tucked into the corner of the farm, located some distance from the barns, and house, you will find a chapel. This chapel is never locked, opened 24 hours, 365 days a year. If you are stopping through and want to pray, stop in and pray. No one will bother you in this chapel, as I said it is a sleepy little town.  But this is not a normal chapel. The outlining the walls of the chapel are draped with what is at least 12 feet of dead python’s skin. But maybe that is not even the most not normal attribute of the chapel. Maybe what is the most not normal attribute of the chapel is that the chapel only fits 12 people. No more, no less. 12. This chapel is meant for 12, as you stand there looking around the chapel something begins to click. From the snake skins to all of the artifacts in the museum, this chapel that stands in the corner of Mission Central in Mapleton, Iowa is there to remind that Jesus commissioned twelve people to forever change not just our lives, but the entire worlds! In Matthew’s Gospel the last words that the disciples hear Jesus say to them “Go there fore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20) One has to wonder if the disciples upon hearing these words, if they truly understood the magnitude in which they were commanded to do. If they truly understood what was about to happen. Did they understand on the first Pentecost, that Peter would be standing in front of the nations! Acts 2 “Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” (Acts 2:5-11)  I like to imagine that Peter standing before this large crowd, seeing the nations before him, must have recalled what Jesus said. “Go make disciples of all the nations.” These nations were standing before him on this day. As Peter began the work that you and I are still given today, to make disciples of all nations.  In the month of May the final two Sundays we will begin a new sermon series on the “Twelve: The Changing of the World” based on Acts 2:1-36 In the Service of Christ our Risen Savior of the Nations, 
Pastor Eric

 Pastor Obermann Schedule

Will be out of office on vacation May 14th - May 19th

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.



Stewardship Notes for May 
 The Lord promises: “Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine” (Prov. 3:910).  
How do we honor the Lord with the wealth that God has given us in His generosity? By giving it generously to those whom the Lord has called us to love and support: your family, your society, and your church. And His promise is that in so doing, you will never lack.   You might say: “But that’s from the Old Testament!” But our Lord Jesus Himself gives us similar promises in the New Testament. He says, at the end of the parable of the talents, “For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance” (Matt. 25:29).  
And then at the end of the parable of the dishonest manager, he says: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.” (Luke 16:10).  
And in His sermon on the mount, he says: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19–21).   It’s not quid pro quo. It’s all from God’s grace, His fatherly divine goodness and mercy. But those Bible passages just quoted do in fact say what they say! It’s not the Old Testament’s problem. It’s ours. But our Father in heaven still loves to bless those who bless others. He loves to give to those who give freely and generously. In fact, he challenges us to challenge Him: “Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need” (Mal. 3:10). 



NOTE ABOUT CARDS  There are beautiful Graduation, Mothers’ Day,  Wedding and Anniversary cards available downstairs for 50 cents each.  All money from the sale of these cards are used for missions.   Dorcas Society   


 Women’s Illuminating Study Group  
Ladies Bible Study Friday mornings at 9 AM 
Those women that cannot come to Group meetings on Friday but would like to participate (especially those with the "Illuminated Catechism" workbook) please offer other times and dates for meeting. Anyone else interested please contact  Cynthia Ramold (605-673-2450) or Norma Horkey. 
Cynthia Ramold 


 The summer months see a decline in donations for the food pantry,  yet many of our local families and seniors still struggle to provide food for their tables.  Please remember to support the pantry with your food and money donations over these busy summer months.  There are baskets in the narthex for food donations, and money can be given to our food pantry volunteers Terri Cornelison, Robin Roetzel, Karen Carr, Linda Holmes, Karla Efird, or Liz Anderson.   They will make sure the money gets to the pantry.  You can also mail your donations to The Storehouse, P.O. Box 652, Custer.

Cup of Friendship

Looking for voluteers to help provide food after service each weekd. Please sign up on the bulletin board near the stairs if you are interested. 
Men's Coffee Hour

Wednesday mornings at 7 am 

"Baker's Bakery"
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.

Happy Birthday to our members celebrating in May

4th - Nathanial Pumpkinseed

6th - Phyllis Boetcher
Dan Sandven
Martha Studt

7th - Shelby Gramkow

9th - Diane Olson 

10th - Helen Kieselhorst

11th - Mya Warne

28th - Austin Hewett

29th - Rita Anfinson 
Austyn Bergeron

  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 May


6th-  Chuck J

13th - Alfred Peterson

20th - Richard & Karla

27th - Jim & Elma



6th - Ella & Sonja

13th - Kaylen

20th - Shaylee

27th - Nano



6th - Ken & Ro

13th - Chuck & Kim

20th - Laurel & Jody

27th - Karla & Tim


6th - Pastor and Emily


6th - Keibortz

13th - Frank & Helen

20th - Sue 

27th - Elma

Meals on Wheels:  

3rd - Karen & Robin

10th - Mike Carr

17th -  Ken & Sue

24th -  Ken Barfoot

31st - Ervin & Gordon

Bus Driver:

Elder of the Month: 



Cary Voss

Kim Horkey

Greg Westerfield

Jim Kor


Reader of the Month: