Women in Mission – January 8, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8th the Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) will be hosting Margarita Trias of the Foster Youth Mentor Program. The Youth Mentor Program is a project of the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency designed to ‘fostering a change’ that results in a successful life path. Join us at 10:30 for the program and the programs is ‘open’ to both men and women. Ladies’ business meeting at 9:30am.


Baptism Sunday

 
Do you know someone who has put off baptism?  We are celebrating a baptism Sunday on February 24th!  Pastor Augie will be holding a baptism preparation class on Saturday, February 16th at 10am.  This is a no obligation instructional class, and a great way to get questions answered and find out if baptism is for you.  Why not invite your friends and attend with them?  Contact the office for more information.


7th & 8th Grade Retreat

Mark your calendar for the Jr. High retreat on March 22nd – 24th. The Jr High DYG (District Youth Gathering) will be at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Educational Center again this year. This center has it all: worship space, activity space, great hiking and camp activities, and sleeping accommodations. Friends are welcome to attend! Visit the Jr. High Youth Page for more information or for registration forms.  Or you can pick up a registration packet in the church office. Registrations are due by January 27th for the Early Bird Registration of $100.


2019 Altar Flowers

It’s hard to believe the New Year is upon us. Because it is so close, it is time to get your dates chosen! Our altar flowers are supported by donations from you, given to honor special memories…..birthdays, anniversaries, memories of loved ones, or to give praises to our Lord. There are many dates still available. Please check the 2019 FLOWER CHART at the bottom of the steps to add your name and occasion. You may donate $17.50 for one arrangement or $35 for both. Please make your check to Redeemer by the Sea, put in the envelopes provided, note occasion, and drop in offering. We appreciate your support of this ministry!


Mission Minute – San Diego Rescue Mission

In December, your Mission Fund donation and our special collection went to San Diego Rescue Mission whose mission is to lovingly address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness by sharing the Good News of Salvation and providing a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery.

Their Programs Are:

Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, Haven of Hope, Women and Children’s Center, Haven of Hope Preschool, Recuperative Care Unit, Therapeutic Services, Transitional Housing, Job Training, Spiritual Training, Partners for Hunger Relief, And the Men’s Center: The 12-month state-licensed residential rehabilitation program providing the tools, training and spiritual foundation to transform their lives.

The Men’s Center is in the greatest financial need, so in December, your donations went there.

To see a video on the Mission, click HERE

Thank you, and please keep the Mission Fund strong! Linda Staehr, Council Chair, Missions and Evangelism



What I Love About Redeemer

– Advent and Christmas!
I love this time of year leading up to Christmas!  One of the things that’s great about it is that not only do we celebrate with our families, but we celebrate in community with our church family!  The Advent & Christmas season is perhaps our most festive of the year.  We have parties, dinners and celebrations galore.  We have special musical presentations like the children’s Christmas choir, and choir cantata – as well as special selections in our praise band and bell choir.  Plus, we decorate the sanctuary, lobby and fellowship hall.  I could go on, but you get the idea. 
 
In addition to all this, something we do at Redeemer that’s noteworthy is that we use the weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas to focus in on the spiritual significance of our Savior’s birth.  What is so special about this “holiday” that we celebrate with decorations, presents, lights and time off work? It begins with Advent (from Latin adventus, which means “coming into”), which is a four-week period of preparation before Christmas. Like the season of Lent, Advent affords a time of preparation for celebrating the fulfillment of the Father’s plan of salvation in the incarnation of His Son, Jesus. This year, the theme of our Advent message series comes from the popular Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?”
 
The birth of a certain child two thousand years ago in Bethlehem prompted a poet in the nineteenth century to ask a very uncommon question about the birth of a very uncommon child.  The angel who announced this child’s birth on Christmas Eve answered the question, “What Child Is This?” this way: “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The hymnwriter answered it this way: “This, this is Christ the king.” They both wanted to make known the identity of this special and holy Child.
 
The goal of this series is for us to ponder the unmatched blessing of the Lord’s incarnation and birth.  The messages draw upon the themes of Holy Scripture found in Luke Chapter 1, and teach us to appreciate the full range of blessings that are ours through faith in the child who is God from before the foundations of the world, and who was born of the Virgin Mary. Confronted and comforted by this reality, with hope-filled hearts, we join to sing: “Haste, haste to bring Him laud,” “Hail, hail the Word made flesh,” and “Joy, joy, for Christ is born, The babe, the son of Mary!”  I hope you’ll join us for this special time:    
 
Sunday, December 2: “The Child Who Is Zechariah’s Hope”    
 
Sunday, December 9: “The Child Who Is a Virgin’s Great Son”    
 
Sunday, December 16: “The Child Who Is John’s Joy”    
 
Christmas Day, December 25:  “The Child Who Is the Lord”
 
I look forward to celebrating Advent & Christmas with you at Redeemer!
 
Pastor Augie


Advent Carols and Cake

Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30pm join us in the Fellowship Hall for a festive family friendly evening of worship, Christmas carols & dessert. 


Bike Repair / Assembly

Our Jr & Sr High group are scheduled to help out the Community Resource Center putting bicycles together and whatever else they need on Saturday Dec. 8th in the morning (Exact time to be determined).  This will be at the Del Mar fairgrounds, and they have an area for bicycles and putting holiday baskets together for domestic violence victims and the homeless. 
 
If you would like to help with this wonderful service opportunity, please email Elizabeth so she can let them know the number of people in the group.  Thank you to Elizabeth for organizing this event!


Youth Christmas Party

Join us for an evening of fun on December 2nd! Pizza and soda will be provided, please bring a veggie, snack or dessert to share. Bring a $10 wrapped gift for a gift exchange.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at church. Register HERE


What I Love About Redeemer

– Being Surrounded by Smiles!

You’ve heard it said that Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth,” right? Well, usually I say that about our Kindergarten and Preschool at Redeemer! You can decide for yourself which is in first place, but whenever I walk around our school … whether it’s in the art room, playground, classrooms or office area … I see the same thing – smiles! The students are happy, the teachers are happy, and the parents are happy. It is such a blessing to know that Redeemer by the Sea ministers to more than 200 children and their families with the love of Jesus Christ; and that God’s love is flowing through us to them.
 
That’s probably because of the underlying Christian philosophy of our school.  This is from the About Us page on the school website: 
 
Our intention is to provide daily opportunities for spiritual enrichment and guidance that builds a foundation of faith.  This happens in and outside of planned instruction.  Our teachers look for and welcome opportunities to teach children about Jesus, His love for us, and our need and desire to serve Him.
 
One of the things I LOVE about Redeemer is being surrounded by the smiles of all the teachers, parents and students at our school in a loving Christ-centered environment.
 
But, our school is not the only place you can see smiles at Redeemer.  On Sunday mornings, I see smiles on the faces of our choir members, praise team musicians and singers.  I see them on our elders, ushers, readers and greeters.  
 
I see them as people gather outside around freshly prepared coffee and pastries.   I see them on the faces of the children in our Sunday School and youth programs.  And I see them as people gather through the week around the Word in their homes, or out in the community serving and gathering as friends.  We are literally surrounded by smiles at Redeemer … and I LOVE it!  
 
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? – 1 Thessalonians 2:19
 
What do you love about Redeemer?  Drop me a line and let me know!
 
Joyfully serving Jesus with you,
 
Pastor Augie