Birthday Celebrants – April 2019

Dini’s Bistro, by the Sea in Carlsbad, was the celebration place on THURSDAY, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. where we observed the birthdays of George Ann Barnes, Dave Berrier Louise Dockerty (unable to attend) Di Haarmeyer, Rich Sherwood and Gayle Timken. We contributed one hundred twenty-four ($124) dollars to Dogs For Better Lives.
 
We’ll celebrate the birthdays of Tom Burke, Evelyn and Lyle Meyer, Kathy Seemann, and Sarah Sherwood on FRIDAY, April 5 at Mimi’s Café, 2177 Vista Way in Oceanside (Wal-Mart shopping center). In addition to your meal, we request a one dollar donation peer celebrant that will go to Solutions for Change. Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbythesea@cox.net, 760-721-6674.


Bridge Group – April 2019

The fourth Friday in March, the 22nd day, was a lovely day when we gathered for bridge at Carlsbad By the Sea, home of Carolyn Schmaltz.  We welcomed a  guest player, Sue Vaughn,  a recent newcomer to Carlsbad from Bakersfield.  
 
High scorer was Arlyn Schmad and in second place, Faye Bacon. We welcome players who may like to play regularly or as substitutes.  This is a group of women who also travel so Substitute Players are ‘gifts’ every month. 
 
April 26, we will begin play at 11 AM, at the home of Alice Lehmann.  If this is of interest to you please let me know. Welcome to this group of Women who meet in Christian Fellowship in member’s homes for a “Bridge Play Day”. Faye Bacon, Bridge Coordinator baconfaye3@gmail.com 760.707.6677


Love Is…The Better Way

1 Corinthians 13 is often referred to as the “love chapter.” You hear it a lot at weddings. But weddings aren’t where it was originally aimed. It was aimed at the church in Corinth – a church that was loaded with problems.
 
Corinth was like Las Vegas on steroids. Not only was sexual immorality rampant, but along with that came every other form of evil behavior. You might ask, “why did the Apostle Paul write such a beautiful message of love to a place like that?” But Paul saw it the other way around. He felt that a community stuck in sin was the perfect place for a message about the power of God’s transforming love.
 
In fact, that’s how it is with God’s Love – the deeper the sin, the more powerful God’s grace! Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:
 
… But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.” – Romans 5:20
 
And so the Apostle set out in his letter to the Corinthians to talk about God’s answer to their sin. He spent the first 12 chapters of that letter to them talking about the problems that faced them. Then in chapter 13 it’s as if he took a cleansing breath and said, “can we all agree that your way is not working? … let me show you a better way.” And LOVE is … that better way.
 
Then he goes on to show that all of the ways that the Corinthians (and we) measure success, achievement or happiness, are actually nothing without love.
 
1. You cannot measure the value of your words by the impressiveness of your speech. “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1
 
2. You cannot measure your spiritual maturity by the extent of your gifts.
“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:2
 
3. You cannot measure the size of your reward by the depth of your sacrifice.
“If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:3
 
Paul is echoing the upside-down Kingdom that Jesus had ushered in. In Christ’s Kingdom, the main currency isn’t speech, power, knowledge or money. It’s Love. It’s possible to speak in a way that just puffs up self. It’s possible to have knowledge about the inner workings of science – even knowledge about heaven and earth, but to use that knowledge in a way that serves our own power and position. And it’s even possible to give, and give generously, in a way that is more about our own gain than it is about loving the ones that we are serving. But Paul teaches that in Christ’s Kingdom, love of neighbor and love of God is the better way. It may utilize all of God’s gifts of speech, knowledge, faith, generosity and personal surrender … but it must never be about those things in and of themselves; it must be about Love.
 
Love, after all, is what drove God to send His Son into the world, and what drove that Son to the cross to die for us, isn’t it? (see John 3:16.) Clearly Jesus used words, knowledge, faith, generosity and personal surrender in His ministry … but He did them all with love … with perfect Love. And He calls us, as His disciples, to Love like He does.
 
The world is desperately in need of more Love, isn’t it? Chances are you could use a little more Love in your life too, right? So, we are spending the next several weeks learning about the “Better Way” of Love that Jesus wants for us. I look forward to digging into this wonderful image of Christ’s Love with you.
 
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Augie.


A Lighthouse to Our Community and the World

W e all at Redeemer realize that we have been abundantly blessed and, as a result, have been very generous with our gifts to meet our ministry and community needs. The ministries at Redeemer cannot happen without your generosity.
 
There is a special need for which we need your help! It is time for Redeemer to reduce and restructure our mortgage and Solar loans. Our leadership recommends that we reduce three loans to two. Pay off the remaining $80,000.00 Solar loan, so that we can keep very favorable interest rates on our remaining loans.
 
W e have been good stewards in paying down our Solar loan from $135,000.00 to $80,000.00, which is already paying dividends regarding utility cost. With this initiative, we will also reduce our mortgage loans that will result in lower monthly payments. As a result of making this payment, we will retain one interest free loan and only a 4.25% interest rate on our mortgage loan.
 
W e ask that each family step forward to help Redeemer reach its goal. It will take all of us to give whatever we can to make it happen. We ask that this gift be in addition to your regular offering.
 
Christ sacrificed his life for us. Together, let’s make this happen.
 
Your Stewardship Steering Team


VBS Leadership Team

Redeemer by the Sea has enjoyed a wonderful history of sponsoring amazing VBS experiences leading over 150 children each summer through the Bible to meet Jesus. However, we find ourselves at a turning point needing to attract new volunteers to assume the mantle of leadership for this program. By March 2, we must have the following positions filled in order to sponsor a VBS program at Redeemer in June 2019:      – VBS Director
     – VBS Assistant Director
     – Station Leaders (3) Unless we can recruit this important team immediately, there will be no VBS at Redeemer this year. Contact Kris Urdahl or Rhonda Sutherlin


Undecorating the Church

The Christmas season is drawing to a close and it is time to un-decorate Redeemer. Plan to come and help on Saturday, January 12th, starting at 9:00 a.m. Lots of helpers means the quicker the task will be completed. Your service to Redeemer is needed. Contact BJ for more information.


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.


Children’s Christmas Choir

The Children’s Christmas Performance will be held Sunday, December 9th during the 10:45 service. Please join us as the children present the birth of Christ through music. Contact: Rhonda


Wednesday Bible Study

Starting on January 9th at 9:15 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, we will be starting A Story of Unlikely Joy by Lisa Harper. In this 7-session study, discover the redemptive facet of Job’s suffering. Learn to view pain as a way to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel and trust in the Lord. Because His providence will never take you to a place where His grace will not sustain you. Contact Evelyn Meyer join us in January!