About Redeemer Lutheran Church

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Redeemer Lutheran Church is a congregation of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are one of 17 ELCA congregations in Maine and the only one in Penobscot County.

Redeemer’s congregants—both members and friends—include Swedish Lutherans from the North (Maine’s Aroostook County), Midwest­erners who find themselves in mid-Maine, and a few born-and-bred Redeemer folk. Established as a mission church in the 1960s, we recently reached a milestone when we baptized a family member from the fourth generation of signers of the original charter.

Our geographical placement gives us a far-flung congregation. Worshipers travel from Dover–Foxcroft and Dexter to the north, Stockton Springs and Searsport to the south. Our Pastor Elaine Hewes lives in Sedgwick, and spends wintry Saturday nights in Bangor to make sure she can lead worship on Sunday morning.

Beit Jala olivewood cross

Our church is decorated with the products of our life together: In our hall hang tales-from-the-Bible tiles, created for us by a young Indian Hindu. In the same hall hangs a “family quilt” sewn by the members a decade ago. Our sanctuary holds an intricately carved olivewood cross given to us by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Beit Jala in the Holy Land, a mission partner. Once lost in the shadows overhead, an old oil painting has since been cleaned and hung in the light for our enjoyment. And draped at the front of the sanctuary are banners and hangings made by a Maine artisan specifically for this space and this congregation.

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Each Sunday, at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., we offer two weekly Sunday Services to accom­modate all our members. (We prioritized adding a Christian Education wing over sanctuary expansion.) Both services welcome everyone from infant to elder; on average, at least one of the two services includes not only children under one year but also a beloved member approaching 93 years old (not that it shows!). Both services offer Communion, at which “All are welcome, as our Lord is the Host.”

On the third Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. we gather with developmentally, physically, and/or emotionally challenged members of the larger community for our Sunshine Service, a short service featuring familiar songs of faith and a Bible story.

children dancing at Arts Camp

We have a dynamic and creative Christian Education program for children, incorporating music and visual arts; an active youth/teen program focused on being Christian in our daily lives; and adult discussion groups addressing some of the difficult questions of modern life.