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Voter’s Meeting – June 2019

Mark your calendar for June 23rd at 9:45am (note the different time) for our next voter’s meeting. We will be sharing updates on the ministry and a progress report from the associate pastor call committee.


Ladies’ Nite Out

Looking Into the Looking Glass…” Dinner at El Camino Country Club at 5:30pm on June 11th. Cost is $27 per person/payable to BJ Campbell-Lahr – contact BJ to register. There will be a jewelry sale as well! Deadline to register is June 9th. “…the image of the invisible God…” Colossians 1:15


Job Opening – Nursery

NURSERY WORKER: Occasional Church Nursery Workers Needed (no ongoing commitment!). $13.50/hr for 18+. 1.5-hour shifts on Sundays, some special events. Background check required. Sign up for as little or as many days each month as you want. Email: kerry@redeemerbythesea.org


Stewardship

Rev. 21:1 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” We are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth that has been promised to us in Christ. This knowledge is foundational for our stewardship of what God has put into our hands. What is truly important? What is worthy of our support? How has God called us to use our wealth for the good of our neighbor and His kingdom?
Your Stewardship Steering Team


Free to be Faithful-June 2019

Miracles and Prayers – That was the theme of our 2nd and 4th Sunday 9:45 AM studies in April. This followed studies about the founding of our country. In those studies, we talked about the idea that America is ‘exceptional’ because of the governing principals embodied in our Declaration of Independence: 1) Acknowledges that there is a Divine Creator and that all men are created equal. 2) We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. 3) The primary purpose of government is to protect these rights.
 
We have seen the dangers when we ignore those governing principals. Not protecting life at first seemed unthinkable (and illegal), but then it’s permitted by law / legislation and we end up with it being mandatory including government enforcement. In a self-governing society, we need to do a better job of having our Christian voice heard when we choose our Representatives.
 
For us, we want to help celebrate life. To honor mothers and the children who richly bless our nation, Redeemer dedicated the month of May as a Birth Choice support month. Birth Choice is an organization that provides ultrasound services to help a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to know the human life that has been created within their womb. Statistics show that after seeing the ultrasound, 90%+ will choose life for their child. For all of you who made donations to this fundraising effort – Thank You! Want to know more about Birth Choice: https://birthchoice.net/
 
For June, we will continue our Miracles and Prayers study, with some new examples of how the Founders employed prayer to sustain them during the dark days of the American Revolution. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”


Birthday Celebrants – June 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Stella Berrier, Russ Hanthorn, Linda Staehr, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Wickstrand on THURSDAY, May 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hunter Steak House in Oceanside. It was a typical cool, May gray day but the fellowship was as warm as ever.
 
We contributed two hundred ninety-five ($295) dollars to the Special Olympics of Southern California.
 
Our next lunch will be in July so watch for the details. Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbythesea@cox.net, 760-721-6674.


Wednesday Summer Ladies Bible Study

The study on “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” by Lysa Terkeurst will be meeting in the Fellowship Hall at 9:45am on June 5,12,19, July 10,17,24. Disappointments are an inevitable part of life. They are often what must be for something new to begin. This study offers a safe guide, fresh biblical insight and reorienting perspectives for this life between Eden and Eternity! Contact Evelyn Meyer to register.


Birthday Celebrants – May 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Tom Burke, Evelyn and Lyle Meyer, Kathy Seemann, and Sarah Sherwood at Mimi’s Café, on FRIDAY April 5, 2019 with a delicious lunch and heartfelt fellowship and sent one hundred thirty-one ($131) dollars to Solutions for Change.
 
The May/June birthday lunch will celebrate with Stella Berrier, Russ Hanthorn, Linda Staehr (unable to attend), Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Wickstrand on THURSDAY, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hunter Steak House, 1221 Vista Way in Oceanside (next to the I 5 onramp).
 
In addition to your lunch, we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to the Specials Olympics.
 
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbythesea@cox.net, 760-721-6674. 


LWML Update!

WHAT’S BEEN UP…JANUARY TO JUNE 2019!
Ladies, did you know … that all women in our congregation are automatically LWM Members? TAKE A SECOND LOOK at our national organization that was established and supported by our Missouri Synod to ‘give service’ not only to our church as its women’s auxiliary, but to help support those who are in need! Not only do we ‘give support’ to our Lutheran Missions abroad, we ‘get involved’ and try to ‘make a difference’ in small ways towards ‘serving’ our Community in our own backyard; reaching out!

WANT TO ‘SERVE GOD’ AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE? The degree of your 

involvement to serve is entirely up to you. You may join us in the Fellowship Hall, every second Tuesday of each month. (Jan. thru June and Sept. thru Dec.), 9:30am-11am for a brief business meeting, followed by inspiring programs/speakers, service projects and fun while enjoying fellowship with your ‘Sisters in Christ’! Projects or programs generally begin @ 10:30 am if you are not interested in the business part of the meeting. Join us!

 
PROJECTS, SO FAR THIS YEAR …
 
  • Redeemer’s Woman’s Axillary for the Church: Altar Flowers, Communion Prep., New member/Baptism gifts/funeral/Pastoral luncheons, Prayer Chain, Special Good Friday service, Refreshments/coffee for Sunday and Holiday services etc.
  • Mite Box Donation– Lutheran Missions, abroad & Community Service Grants: Collected over $2,075,000 Mission Grants, serving 23 community services, charities and organizations. RBTS- LWM donated the highest dollar amount in our district that deserves much applause.
  • Annual Orphan Grain Train Drive: Backpack and/or Undie Sunday Drive to aid needy children in US and Mexico.
  • Solutions for Change: Serving Dinners, In-take bags for new resident children, and monetary donation thru small service projects.
  • Camp Pendleton Rotary: Donation of various goods and furniture to our Marine families in need.
  • Inter-Faith: Lunch bags to ‘working’ homeless men on short-term assignments.
  • RBTS Mops: Volunteering in their ‘Mentor Moms’ program.
  • RBTS Pre-School: Volunteer projects, Cookie decorating project.
  • Foster Youth Mentor Program: Program and donation. Next Step Service Dogs: Program and donation.
  • Birth Choice: Program, donation, and upcoming projects to be ‘continued’.
 
Contact MaryAnn Meinardus if you want to serve, big or small. ma.meirnardus@hotmail.com 760-216-4922. Check us out!
 


Job Opening – Office Administrator

Redeemer by the Sea is looking for a church office administrator. Must be proficient in Microsoft products and Office 365. In addition to general office duties, responsibilities include database and record keeping, social media, communication, publicity/design, human resources, benefits administration, payroll and/or bookkeeping. Non-exempt position. Weekly hours will vary. 20-40 hours dependent on qualifications and as position may be filled by 2 people. Please email your resume to Rachelle at om@redeemerbythesea.org. Position is open until filled.


Stewardship Allergy

Seventeen percent of children who were protected from peanut products from infancy developed a peanut allergy, but of those who were exposed to peanuts from an early age, only 3% developed an allergy.  
 
A comparison can be drawn between this phenomenon and the situation faced by steward leaders in the church.  Have steward leaders, in trying to address the antifragility in their congregations, actually made matters worse? Have they been complicit in making people allergic to a Biblical and confessional practice of stewardship?  Anecdotal evidence may well suggest that this is the case.  
 
Individuals who follow robust patterns of faithful stewardship in their lives most often come from families and congregations that exposed them to these patterns early and often in childhood.  Whether through parents or grandparents, pastors or teachers, most faithful stewards today saw that stewardship in action, conversation and proclamation.  
 
Without exposure to a creative baptismal identity, this ‘allergy” to stewardship will continue to develop throughout a child’s life, becoming so ingrained in the individual that the response to a call to stewardship will be an allergic reaction rather than baptismal obedience.  
 
Stewardship in the home and beyond  
While pastors are instrumental in preventing an allergy to stewardship, further invaluable instruction takes place in the home.  Parent and grandparents should reinforce the identity and practice of the steward on a regular basis.  Include children in the process of preparing offerings for church, teach them how to serve with their talents, and introduce them to the concept of first-fruits giving that flows from God’s radical generosity in Jesus Christ. In this way, you can provide your children with a steady diet of stewardship and ward off stewardship allergy.
 
 “The more exposure to stewardship in Word and Sacrament ministry, the greater the opportunity for this spiritual formation”
 
Stewardship as a way of Life.
Your Stewardship Steering Team
(excerpt from LCMS StewardCast)


Feed My Starving Children

Make a difference for thousands of children in need around the world! Join Redeemer’s Fundraising team at give.fmsc.org/RBTS or make a donation to purchase the supplies for over 108,000 meals! If you would like to volunteer to help pack meals on August 9 & 10, contact the office and we will let you know when registration opens!



New Testament Stewardship

How are we to support God’s work in the Church?  To find these principles, we need to look to the New Testament and how we are told to fulfill the law of love in regard to financing the Church. St. Paul says the following to the Corinthian Christians:             “On the first day of every week, each of us is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper” (1Cor. 16:2) So, in the New Testament, we are to give:
  1.  Voluntarily and cheerfully.  Giving must be done voluntarily, not under compulsion, and cheerfully, not grudgingly.
  2. Our first-fruits.  Giving should be from the first-fruits of our labor.  Our giving is what we do on the first day of the week before our other expenses come due.
  3. Proportionally.  Giving is to be proportional, “as he may prosper.”  Giving is not to be an arbitrarily set dollar amount each week, but rather it is to be in accordance with how one has prospered each week.  Thus, each of us should determine to set aside a certain proportion (percentage) of our income for the Church each week.
  4. Faithfully.  We do have the promise that God will give us what we need for this body and life.  Therefore, we should give in faith, trusting that God will provide for all our needs, though not necessarily our wants!

So, in the New Testament proportional giving also is commanded.  Stewardship as a way of Life. Your Stewardship Steering Team



Easter Refreshments – 2019

Your help is needed in providing a “special” event – our annual Easter Celebration-between the three services on Easter Sunday. Helpers are needed for 11 am service (10:45-11am and 11;45am-12:20pm) and for take down. REGISTER HERE! Specific instructions will be e-mailed to you. This is always a very special time at Redeemer. For questions contact: BJ Campbell-Lahr 1-760-945-3750 or bjclahr@cox.net


Life Line Screening – May 16, 2019

Life Line Screening is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Redeemer by the Sea on 5/16/2019.  Five screenings will be offered that scan for potential health problems related to: blocked arteries which is a leading cause of stroke; abdominal aortic aneurysms which can lead to a ruptured aorta; hardening of the arteries in the legs which is a strong predictor of heart disease; atrial fibrillation or irregular heart beat which is closely tied to stroke risk; and a bone density screening, used to assess the risk of osteoporosis. Register for a Wellness Package which includes 4 vascular tests and osteoporosis screening from $149 ($139 with our member discount).  All five screenings take 60-90 minutes to complete.  There are three ways to register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129, please call toll-free 1-888-653-6441 or visit http://lifelinescreening.com/communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979.


Stewardship and Vocation

Christian Stewardship begins with the understanding that all we have is God’s and that “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1Tim. 6-7).  Since all we have is God’s, we should use it for His purposes.  God’s purpose for us in our lives is expressed in the various vocations, or callings, that we have.
 
Each one of these vocations makes a claim upon us.  Luther laid out the biblical commands for our various vocations in the Table of Duties in the Small Catechism, and specifically the command for all Christians when it comes to stewardship.
 
Our vocation as a Christian and as a member of a particular Christian congregation where we receive the Word of God and His Sacraments makes a claim on us – on our presence on Sunday morning and on our support of the work of the Gospel.  Likewise, our callings in the home make a claim on us – again for presence and support.  In society at-large, our vocations are varied, but they all boil down to being a good neighbor no matter where we are: we work, we have friends, we help those in need.  In each place, we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  That means being a faithful friend and worker, a kind and generous neighbor, and so on.  Once again, this role places a claim on our presence and our support.
 
As the Post-Communion Collect has it, we hope in “faith toward (God) and in fervent love toward one another.”  This growth in the Christian life is called sanctification.  Sanctification is not “trying to get more holy,” it’s trying to get to church more often and be more supportive of the ministry.  It’s making time to actually raise your children and plan for their future by making sacrifices now.  Its allowing room in your life room to give alms to your needy neighbor and being present for your neighbor in times of need.
 
SOLAR CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Generosity – the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. A practical expression of love.  The Cheerful Giver- 2 Corinthians 9:7. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Thank you for your Cheerful giving towards our Solar Campaign. We have received $40,000 from our congregation towards paying down our Solar loan. As a member of the Stewardship Committee, thank you for giving cheerfully.


Mission Minute – April 2019

In March, your Mission Fund donation went to our Pacific Southwest District. It is comprised of 300 congregations and 168 Lutheran Schools in Southern California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. It is one of 35 Districts within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. With an office on the campus of Concordia University in Irvine, CA, the District Staff seeks to “effectively resource congregations and schools for transforming lives and making the Great Commission REAL!” Please consider giving to The Mission Fund so we can continue to support vital causes and charities. Contact: Linda


Red Letter Challenge Workbooks

Sunday, April 28th, we begin a new sermon series that focuses on the words of Jesus. There is an accompanying workbook for you to go through that will make the series more meaningful and impact your life and relationship with Jesus. There are copies available in the lobby for a suggested donation of $20. Consider joining or facilitating a growth group during this series to encourage one another in this challenge – contact Pastor Augie.



National Youth Gathering!

July 11-15 thousands of youth and adults will gather in Minneapolis as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, participate in service projects and much more! This is a life defining and faith shaping event. 12 youth and adults will be attending. If you have not had the opportunity to support these students, you can do so by clicking HERE. All donors will receive updates from the gathering and an invitation to a dinner to hear testimonies from the participants. See the display in the lobby to find out more!



Parking Lot Attendant

If you would like to help direct cars between services on Easter (4/21) – contact the office!