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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!


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.