Church Blog

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!


Evening of Prayer

Join members of the Church Council & Elders for a time of prayer on Tuesday April 2nd – 6:30 to 7:30pm in the Sanctuary.  We will spend time in Corporate, Individual and Group Prayer for our ministry and community.  We will also lift our voices together in worship and praise.  Contact: Pastor Augie


New Testament Stewardship

Faithfully Giving a First-fruit Position of Your Income for The Work of Christ’s Church.
When we speak of Stewardship, we often say that it deals with how we use our time, talents and treasures in respect to God’s Church, and that is true as far as it goes.  When Lutherans think about Stewardship, we should think in Lutheran biblical categories: Law and Gospel, vocation and sanctification.
 
Law and Gospel – The foundation of understanding the Bible and its teachings is the distinction between God’s Law and God’s Gospel.  The Law of God is the way He wants us to live by His commandments.  The Gospel is the Good News that though we can never earn God’s favor with our works, merit or worthiness, God has provided salvation for us free of charge in the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
The Ten Commandments are Law – they show us how sinful we are.  The Law helps curb outward sin.  The Law also serves as a guide to how to live a life of thanksgiving for the wonderful gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. Stewardship of our finances is Law.  In the New Testament God has given us believers in Christ certain commands about how to use our finances for the work of the Church. This is our guide for how to respond to God in thanksgiving for His gifts to us.
Stewardship as a way of Life.  
Your Stewardship Steering Team


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


Salt & Light – April 2019

In April, Miracles and Prayer will be the theme for our 2nd and 4th Sunday 9:45 AM studies. Join us to hear about these miracles from our founding era and hear the prayers we will offer in thanksgiving.  In May, once again we have the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day. As we reflect on the love and reverence we hold for mothers, we think about their sacrifice for and dedication to their children. Both scripture and society proclaim a child’s importance, and you don’t have to look hard to find statements affirming that:
  • 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.
  • Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 
  • Pope John Paul II “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members” 
  • Mahatma Ghandi “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
  • Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey “…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” 

To honor mothers and the children who richly bless our nation, your Free to be Faithful / Salt & Light group is asking Redeemer to make the month of May 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.  We would like to help Birth Choice expand the operation of their mobile facility such that they are able to serve more moms to-be. Keep an eye out for material that will provide details on this wonderful service and our opportunity to support them. To further amplify the importance of the work Birth Choice is doing, we will be providing a video-based study on life after abortion during the 9:45 AM Sunday fellowship time in May. This study talks about all aspects of what has become all too common in America, along with alternatives and a hopeful message for the future.  Contact Dan Bitner or Jerry Meyer for more information.



Journey to the Cross

Starting today & continuing over the next few weeks, the Sunday School children will go on a journey to understand what happened to Jesus during Holy Week.  As they begin the journey, they will check in at the “Customs Station” to collect their passport.  Each week they will visit 2-3 stations, listen to a story & collect a sticker to commemorate each stop.  Then, on Easter Sunday they will celebrate Christ’s resurrection!!



Portals of Prayer

The April – June 2019 Portals of Prayer are available on the counter in the lobby – pick up a copy, or subscribe at cph.org/portals.


Voters Meeting – March 2019

Our quarterly Voters’ meeting is this Sunday, March 17th, at noon. In addition to regular reports and updates we seek to approve beginning a search for an Associate Pastor at Redeemer.


Easter Choir

Rehearsals for the Easter Choir will be after Wednesday services starting 3/27. If you are interested in participating contact Sandra! or join us at 7:15pm. Singers from youth to adult are welcome, including non-Redeemer members and those who are new to our choir. 


4th Annual Preschool Jog-a-thon

The 4th Annual Jog-a-Thon will be held March 21st and 22nd. By sponsoring the Jog-A-Thon, your generous, tax-deductible donation will help make it possible for the children to enjoy updated playground equipment, maintain high quality learning materials in the classrooms, and upgrade classroom technology and the staff computer lab. To donate, contact the Preschool Front Office or visit: https://www.redeemerjogathon.org/. If you would like to help greet or serve refreshments during the Jog-a-thon, contact the church office!



Women in Mission – April 2019

On Tuesday, April 9th, join Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) for refreshments at 9:15, a business meeting at 9:30 and then at 10:30, a presentation by Next Step Service Dogs. This program provides service to veterans, active military and first responders with PTSD. The program will describe the treatment/training, and share success stories of over 500 working service dogs nationwide. There will be a meet and greet with the dogs as well. All are invited to attend! “therefore comfort one another…” 1 Thessalonians . 4:18.


Mission Minute – March 2019

Your Mission Fund donation for February went to both the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, and to Wilson Vai.

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation is a mission organization dedicated to translating, publishing, distributing, and introducing confessional Lutheran materials worldwide. Over 587 titles have been printed in 72 different languages with many more in process. Published resources are used by pastors, seminary students, missionaries, and churches worldwide including in the United States to reach out to ethnic populations.
 
Wilson Vai is a Lutheran Field Monitor working with the Lutheran Refugee Congregation who has requested assistance in building a shelter for the kids. Wilson said, “The children are my priority, I have to find them better area to stay to be healthy.” He wrote from Liberia. 
 
Heidi Hill from Birth Choice called on February 20 and said she received a donation and wanted to express her thanks. Birth Choice was your January Mission Fund recipient. 
Thank you for generously supporting these worthy charities. Contact: Linda


Lent Devotionals

Centuries before Christ, God was preparing the way for His Son’s arrival. From mankind’s original sin through the children of Israel’s on-again, off-again obedience, God was faithful, honoring his promise to Eve (Genesis 3:15), which first pointed to Jesus. In People of the Passion, you will see God working through the lives of ordinary people to achieve His ultimate aim; our salvation.  If you would like to read, or listen to, these devotions during Lent, you can do so at Lutheran Hour Ministries. Printed copies will also be available in the lobby.


Family Dinners

 
Let us do the cooking! Before the Wednesday evening Lent services we will be having Family Dinners at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. A freewill offering will support our Youth Ministry. Each week we will have a different theme, including a Salad Bar, Burrito Bar, Baked Potato Bar, Picnic Cookout, and a Pasta Night. Dates are March 13-April 10. Join us!