TEMPLE TERRACE – The Rev. Waldemar “Wally” Meyer often uses the phrase “God’s work, our hands” in describing the essence of his ministry at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Nowhere is that more apparent than in the abundance of musical offerings by staff and church members alike during Sunday worship services.
On any given Sunday, attendees are treated to the liturgical sounds of singers and musicians who, through their God-given talents, glorify the Lord by way of their melodious voices and instrumental prowess.
Included among them are the six-female Spiritus singers, the gospel-singing Good News group, a quartet and a bell choir.
One Accord, a band that consists of a fiddler, guitarist as well as a mandolin, bass and banjo player who is none other than Meyer, performs an Americana-themed service the first Sunday of every month.
“I like to call that church service ‘the cutting edge of liturgical bluegrass,’ ” Meyer said.
Area residents are invited to get a taste of the talent at the church, along with some other treats, from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 7 when Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 304 Druid Hills Road, hosts its first-ever Community Ice Cream Social & Music Fest.
The event will be held in the church fellowship hall, where musical performances will be ongoing while attendees create and enjoy their own sundaes thanks to Lupton’s Catering. Cookies and other hand-baked items furnished by church parishioners also will be available.
Parish administrator Vickie Sufka called it an outreach ministry.
“It’s to let people know we’re really involved in the community,” she said. “And, of course, it would be nice to bring in some new members.”
Nancy Schild, Christ Our Redeemer’s choir director, thinks it will be a nice way to spend the afternoon.
“You can listen to some great music, have some fun and meet some new people,” she said.
Deacon Dian Olsen said the event ties in with the church’s 25th anniversary of its tie to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
“We just want the community to come out and have some fun like we did as kids,” she said.
Call (813) 988-4025 for more information.