Caroline Tait and Jenny Maurer are our newest Deacon Assistants, installed on Sunday, January 25th. We'd love for you to get to know a little bit about who they are, and maybe you'll say "hi" to them and strike up a conversation next time you cross paths!
How did you come to be at Redeemer? How long have you been a member?
[Jenny] Here’s the short version....We were introduced to Redeemer through good friends. We've been members at Redeemer since 2011.
[Caroline] I first came to Redeemer 3.5 years ago when I moved here in the summer of 2011 to be an intern at the Harrison Center. I just recently took my membership vows.
What drew you to (or when did you feel called) to be a Deacon Assistant?
[Jenny] I've always enjoyed and felt called to mercy ministry. I I appreciate Redeemers approach to mercy ministry and look forward to growing closer to the team members and the Lord as we serve the congregation.
[Caroline] I am interested in mercy and justice and therefore am drawn to the work that the Deacon Team does so when Renate Myler asked me to consider becoming a Deacon Assistant, it wasn’t hard to convince me that it was a good fit.
What is your favorite song we sing at Redeemer?
[Jenny] That's a tough one, there are so many songs that speak to my soul. "Jesus Thy Blood and Righteousness" , "Son of God" are two that come to mind.
[Caroline] I love number 8 on the new CD, “Give Me a Song to Sing.”
What else do you do at Redeemer or with our partner ministries?
[Jenny] I serve on the Welcome team one Sunday a month. I'm involved in a ministry (not a partner ministry of Redeemer) that reaches out to and teaches English to refugees. Dave and I also enjoy showing hospitality to international students.
[Caroline] I work for Redeemer as a youth coordinator where I facilitate Jr. High and High School ministry through small groups, large groups, events, and CT&T. I also help run New Star Community.
Tell me about a fond memory you have involving the place or people of Redeemer.
[Jenny] Mary Howard is special to lots of people at Redeemer and for good reason. Mary and I have a fun connection....she was my 7th grade Sunday School teacher. It's a treasure to have a connection at a new place with someone who has known you for a such a long time.
[Caroline] The Christmas Party and Art Show with the kids at 16 Park was so much fun - it was great to see Redeemer families come and celebrate that with us. It was also great to see the kids work being bought. The next day we had a Christmas shop and the kids spent the money they made at the art opening on Christmas gifts there. They had so much pride and ownership. It was neat seeing the kids complete art projects at New Star because they have a lot of dignity and pride in their work - there’s something God-given about that.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living, dead, or fictional, who would it be?
[Jenny] Oh, gosh there would be a list and I would throw a dinner party. Winston Churchill, William Willberforce, Jane Austen, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Dorthy Sayer, Jimmy Doolittle there are others but I'll stop there. Friends and family would be welcome and we'd have an amazing discussion.
[Caroline] Bob Dylan back in his prime. Oh, and John Perkins, author of “Beyond Charity”. Check it out!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
[Jenny] A wife and mom. Who knew all the other fun jobs would be thrown in with those two roles!
[Caroline] I feel really blessed to be in both roles I’m in right now as I feel really called to youth ministry and community development but a pipe dream of mine is to own a roller skating rink.
What are some of your favorite books and movies?
[Jenny] Second Hand Lions is one of my favorite movies. I love the works of Jane Austen, Persuasion is probably my favorite.
[Caroline] I really like the movie Big Fish and Life is Beautiful. My favorite book is “To Kill a Mockingbird”.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would it be?
[Jenny] Normandy and Italy remain on my bucket list.
[Caroline] I went to Columbia this past spring for a friend’s wedding. I loved it and would love to return someday.