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An Inherited Life

“I inherited ‘church life’ from my dad,” shared Mary Maercklein. Growing up, she was very active in her church and continued to be involved in churches as she moved around the country with her job in the USDA Forest Service.

When she moved to Newberry, SC, she began to seek out a new church home. “There are a lot of Lutheran churches here,” she observed. Mary was looking for a place that shared a welcoming spirit internally and externally.

“I remember the first day I walked into The Lutheran Church of The Redeemer,” she shared. “I was greeted immediately by Andy and Helen. It was the welcoming spirit I wanted to be a part of.”

In the weeks that followed that initial visit, she continued to notice all the things that made her feel like she was a part of something bigger than herself. Mary felt God’s welcoming presence at Redeemer through a warm smile, a kind conversation, the sharing of a bulletin, and a congregation that was more active in the community than she first realized.

She remembers that things became settled for her when she was invited to be part of Redeemer’s WELCA group. The leader of the group gave her a copy of the book they would be using. “That’s when it became real.”

“What I love most is that I am part of something bigger than me. It feels good to be a part of a community that is supporting and helping people.” The people of Redeemer provide space for local groups, volunteer through local charities, and use the gifts of the church to improve the lives of so many. Mary is grateful to be part of it all.

Redeemer, like ELCA congregations across the South Carolina Synod are part of something bigger than themselves. We are all part of God’s big story of supporting and helping others with a welcoming spirit. Thank you for helping us tell the story of what God is up to in our communities and lives.

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