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LWML 2019

All women members of our church who want to “serve God’ and make a difference while enjoying Fellowship, should take a second look at our national organization that was established and supported by Missouri Synod to give service not only to our church, our Lutheran Missions abroad, but specifically geared towards our community outreach mission in our own backyard.  All women in our congregation are automatically LWM members.  We are, also, a part of five North County Lutheran Church societies of LWM, and we all work together…


Birthday Group

We celebrated the birthdays of John Bacon, Cordelia Degner, Otis Haarmeyer, Suzanne Hughes, Norma Russell, Jo Voertman and Joan Wilson at the Argyle Steak House. We were seated by ourselves in the hotel library, looking out over the lagoon—a perfect setting to celebrate birthdays. Celebrants were given crème Brule for dessert.
We contributed two hundred ninety-five ($295) dollars to Concordia University-Irvine. We will start the New Year off with a birthday lunch on THURSDAY, January 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Dini’s Bistro, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard, celebrating the birthdays of Jan Bishop and Erika Reiswig. Lunches range from twelve to eighteen ($12-18) dollars. In addition to your lunch we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to Solutions for Change, which helps homeless families in our community.
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman,, 760-721-6674.

Free to Be Faithful / Salt & Light

The Salt & Light group has for several years been presenting opportunities to share with you some of the undeniable relationships between God and the birth of this great nation, the United States. Beginning in January we will be sharing a DVD presentation called Exceptional. America is truly a blessed nation. In so many ways she represents the exception rather than the rule among nations of the world. Our exceptionalism encompasses great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion and has benefitted every American. However, there is a reason why we are exceptional and we invite you to find out why. This presentation will be shown between services on January 13 and concluded on January 27. We hope you will join us.
Also, The Walk for Life takes place on Saturday, January 19 in Balboa Park. Members of Salt & Light participated last year and will do so this year. We invite all of you who believe in doing our part to protect the unborn, to join us. See Dan Bitner or Jerry Meyer for details.

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!

Christmas Eve Refreshments

Christmas Eve services are a special time for everyone at Redeemer by the Sea, including our many guests. Help is needed:
   1) Set out refreshments for each of the 3 services 
   2) Cookie bakers
   3) Clean up after the 7 PM service
Sign-up on the counter in the lobby or contact: BJ Campbell-Lahr

Christmas Love Offering

We are greatly blessed by the dedication and talent of an outstanding staff at Redeemer. We do not budget for Staff Christmas gifts or bonuses in our operating budget. At this time of the year it’s customary for us to invite you to make a contribution for the pastor, church office, preschool director and the traditional and contemporary musicians. If you’d like to do so, please place your donation in the offering plate any time through Sunday, December 16, making sure that it is clearly marked “Staff Gift.” Thank you in advance for your generosity! Kris Urdahl, Congregation President

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!