Gathering Times

 Sunday Morning 

Worship of Song, Word &

Holy Communion:  9:00 am

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Coffee and Conversation:  10:00 am

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Current Happenings

 Quilting, Mondays at 1:00 pm 

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Covenant Place Coffee at 10:30 am and

Service at 11:00 am on the third Thursday of each month

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SPROUTS FAITH FORMATION

Children ages 3 through Kindergarten and their family are invited to participate!

Wednesdays at 6 - 6:45 pm

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CONFIRMATION FAITH JOURNEY

Wednesday Evenings at 6 - 7 pm

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CHECK OUT THE RESOURCES HEADING FOR PASTOR ANN'S PONDERINGS

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Our History

Redeemer Lutheran Church of Rio, WI is a congregation of God's people that has been guided through God's Grace since 1903.  We have been  blessed as we have grown and worked to spread His Word.  We are excited at every baptism, first communion, confirmation and the welcoming of new members as Redeemer is favored to have so many members that seek to do God's work.  In recent years we have sponsored two youth trips to New Orleans and one to do service work in Alaska as well as make and send out quilts  and school backpacks for the needy.  We participate in the local Food Pantry and continue to seek avenues for service.  
 
Our spiritual heritage, is for the most part Scandinavian ancestry. The early beginnings of Lutheranism in this area were started through "circuit-riding pastors" who were ministering to several small congregations in this area.   With their home base at Koshkonong, near Stoughton, WI it eventually became necessary for Rio to have its own church.  The cornerstone for Redeemer was laid on September 27, 1903 when the church was built and the dedication took place on July 17, 1904. The cost of the building was $4,000. There were many that gave gifts of money and most of the labor was donated.  In 1932, the Norwegian language was discontinued at services, partially at first and then altogether.

For a long time church leaders had encouraged congregations to name their church so it would serve as a Christian witness, rather than just a location. When the re-modeled church and parish hall were dedicated in 1965, the name of the church was changed from "Rio Evangelical Lutheran Church" to "Redeemer Lutheran Church".  Redeemer was proud to celebrate its Centennial year in 2003.

Music has been an important part of Redeemer's worship.  There has never been a year without a voice choir. Currently, we have an Adult Choir and our Bell Choir
that add a special musical touch to our worship services.   Often you will hear one or both in action at Sunday services.  Yearly they lead the congregation in Music Sunday Service held in December of each year.   In December of 2014 our Adult Choir was invited to participate in a Christmas Choir Concert sponsored by a Madison radio station and held at Stoughton Opera House in Stoughton, WI.  As the only church choir in the competition it was an exciting way to witness to others!  When looking at our musical heritage we note that for 55 years Olive Schultz served as Redeemer's organist and would direct the choir.   She played numerous instruments which include the first Reed Organ, the Orgatron, the 1935 Hammond Electric Organ, the Deagon Chimes which were added in 1947 and the present 4 1/2 Rank Schantz Pipe organ which was installed in January 1966. Three octaves of the Schulmerich Hand Bells were purchased with monies received from Memorials and rang for the first time in 1977 with Geri Gorman as director. Three more octaves of Bell Choir chimes were added in 1998.

Our congregation sponsored a Laotian family by the name of Yang
. They were Hmong people and were given a place to live, some supplies, food and clothing as needed and were tutored in the English language. They were employed on a part-time basis and became members of our church. A son, David was born to them during our sponsorship and was baptized at Redeemer. The Yang family moved to Sheboygan, WI to be near relatives. They have remained in contact with us and we continued to support them with gifts of monies for many years.  We also have a history of supporting missionary work worldwide.

 
We look forward to what the future will bring and pray for continued energy and enthusiasm along with wisdom as our current membership joyfully participates in the mission our Lord has set for us as we glorify Christ and seek to make disciples of all nations.