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Women in Mission

On Tuesday, March 12th at 10:30am Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) will be hosting LuAnn Goedert in “A Walk Through the Carrot Patch”. This tasty food demonstration will feature carrots. You won’t want to miss out! Business Meeting at 9:30. Contact Mary Ann Meinardus for more information.


Women in Mission – Feb 2019

On Tuesday, February 12th at 10:30am Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) will be hosting Heidi Hill, CEO of Birth Choice. Birth Choice is a pro-life, non-profit organization founded in 1987 that provides resources and counseling for women and men facing unplanned pregnancy. Following the program, a service project for the children of “new” resident parent of “Solutions for Change” will take place. Come join us! Our programs are open to both men and women. Contact Mary Ann for more information. Business meeting for women at 9:30am.


Birthday Group – Feb 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Jan Bishop and Erika Reiswig at Dini’s Bistro. It was a warm sunny day and the doors were open to the patio so we could hear the surf (when the traffic didn’t drown it out) as well as watch the waves. We ate at smaller, intimate tables which everyone seemed to enjoy. Congratulations to Ann Doering and Minerva Brown for winning the bottles of wine lottery.
 
And we meet again at Dini’s Bistro, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard, on February 14 at 11:30 to celebrate birthdays of Buck Lehmann, Rachelle Iadicicco and Evonne Salyer. 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 Saint Jude’s Research Hospital. Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman or 760-721-6674


Free to Be Faithful – Feb 2019

We are happy to report that the 2019 San Diego ‘Walk for Life’ was a great success; the attendance count I saw was over 4,000, and it included a lot of younger people who represent the hope for our future. Some of us from Salt & Light attended and we were able to talk to many of the organizations who support the pro-life cause. One such organization is Birth Choice, and they will be presenting at our LWML meeting in February.
 
We have started our twice a month video based study and plan to continue that program on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. January was a discussion of what makes America exceptional. The bottom line is that it is a result of our governing principals that acknowledges there is a fixed moral law, that our inalienable rights come from a Divine Creator, and that government’s role is to protect those rights. Beyond that, the government derives their just powers from the consent of the governed. Stay tuned for next month’s topic.
Contact Dan for more information.


Holy Hackers – Feb 2019

We will be meeting at St. Mark’s Executive course on Saturday, February 16, with first tee time at 12:30pm. We play a scramble format so all levels of expertise are welcome. It is a great opportunity to fellowship with you fellow hackers and make new friends. If you aren’t already on the “Holy Hacker” golf group e-mailings, please email Dianne for questions or to signup. Deadline for signing up is Tuesday, February 12th. Hope to see you then!


Backpack Bonanza!

On Sunday, February 10th, Lutheran Women in Mission and Orphan Grain Train are collecting backpacks, school supplies, assorted size balls and new socks to minister to needy people with our Pacific Southwest District, in Mexico and beyond. Be sure to bring your donation to the lobby by February 10th.
Contact Mary Ann for more information.


Mission Minute Feb 2019

Your January Mission Fund donation went to Birth Choice, San Marcos. In addition to providing ultrasound images of their unborn babies, they provide pregnancy readings, after abortion and miscarriage care and education. Specifically, your $750 went toward their By Design program.
 
By Design Sexual Health and Wholeness, targeted towards teenagers and up, helps young men and women understand the value and worth of their body and the decisions they make in relationships. These workshops are held at the Birth Choice Office or other local, convenient locations. Registration is free. They offer this program in individual and group learning environments.
 
They also offer the successful By Design for Healthcare Professionals which provides medical professionals with an introduction to topics addressed in a Pregnancy Medical Clinic setting. Participants will be equipped to understand and share with their inter-professional team and the community how the Pregnancy Medical Clinic impacts women, their reproductive health including a holistic approach to fertility, pregnancy and family planning with the understanding that a woman’s fertility affects her overall health. The information and principles shared will allow medical personnel to optimize patient care across the spectrum of health care This course is held at the Birth Choice Office or other local, convenient locations. Registration is free. Thank you, Redeemer, for supporting the Mission Fund so we can continue to support such organizations working hard to follow God’s word. Contact: Linda for more information


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…

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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, jvbythesea@cox.net, 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 27. We hope you will 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.


Mission Minute – San Diego Rescue Mission

In December, your Mission Fund donation and our special collection went to San Diego Rescue Mission whose mission is to lovingly address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness by sharing the Good News of Salvation and providing a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery.

Their Programs Are:

Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, Haven of Hope, Women and Children’s Center, Haven of Hope Preschool, Recuperative Care Unit, Therapeutic Services, Transitional Housing, Job Training, Spiritual Training, Partners for Hunger Relief, And the Men’s Center: The 12-month state-licensed residential rehabilitation program providing the tools, training and spiritual foundation to transform their lives.

The Men’s Center is in the greatest financial need, so in December, your donations went there.

To see a video on the Mission, click HERE

Thank you, and please keep the Mission Fund strong! Linda Staehr, Council Chair, Missions and Evangelism



What I Love About Redeemer

– Advent and Christmas!
I love this time of year leading up to Christmas!  One of the things that’s great about it is that not only do we celebrate with our families, but we celebrate in community with our church family!  The Advent & Christmas season is perhaps our most festive of the year.  We have parties, dinners and celebrations galore.  We have special musical presentations like the children’s Christmas choir, and choir cantata – as well as special selections in our praise band and bell choir.  Plus, we decorate the sanctuary, lobby and fellowship hall.  I could go on, but you get the idea. 
 
In addition to all this, something we do at Redeemer that’s noteworthy is that we use the weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas to focus in on the spiritual significance of our Savior’s birth.  What is so special about this “holiday” that we celebrate with decorations, presents, lights and time off work? It begins with Advent (from Latin adventus, which means “coming into”), which is a four-week period of preparation before Christmas. Like the season of Lent, Advent affords a time of preparation for celebrating the fulfillment of the Father’s plan of salvation in the incarnation of His Son, Jesus. This year, the theme of our Advent message series comes from the popular Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?”
 
The birth of a certain child two thousand years ago in Bethlehem prompted a poet in the nineteenth century to ask a very uncommon question about the birth of a very uncommon child.  The angel who announced this child’s birth on Christmas Eve answered the question, “What Child Is This?” this way: “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The hymnwriter answered it this way: “This, this is Christ the king.” They both wanted to make known the identity of this special and holy Child.
 
The goal of this series is for us to ponder the unmatched blessing of the Lord’s incarnation and birth.  The messages draw upon the themes of Holy Scripture found in Luke Chapter 1, and teach us to appreciate the full range of blessings that are ours through faith in the child who is God from before the foundations of the world, and who was born of the Virgin Mary. Confronted and comforted by this reality, with hope-filled hearts, we join to sing: “Haste, haste to bring Him laud,” “Hail, hail the Word made flesh,” and “Joy, joy, for Christ is born, The babe, the son of Mary!”  I hope you’ll join us for this special time:    
 
Sunday, December 2: “The Child Who Is Zechariah’s Hope”    
 
Sunday, December 9: “The Child Who Is a Virgin’s Great Son”    
 
Sunday, December 16: “The Child Who Is John’s Joy”    
 
Christmas Day, December 25:  “The Child Who Is the Lord”
 
I look forward to celebrating Advent & Christmas with you at Redeemer!
 
Pastor Augie


Mission Minute – Dec 2018

In November, your Mission Funds went to Cindy Zirbel Wrucke, a Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Missionary, serving in Eurasia as the Director of Communications. Missionaries are to raise all their own funds.  I had a meeting here at the Church with Cindy, and she shared with me many great things that the Lord is doing in the Eurasia Churches. 
Specifically in Germany, the Muslim refugees are escaping Sharea law, and are filling the empty churches. She sees 1,000 baptisms a year. The churches are expected to do social outreach; Cindy finds ways to help them. She goes to the homes of church visitors with baked goods, answers any questions they may have, and gets them involved in church activities. The Lutheran Heritage Foundation helps with bi-lingual church literature and bibles.
In mostly Muslim Mongolia, they are seeking farmers from the U.S. to teach them agriculture methods. 
There is more information about Cindy on the counter in the lobby near the other brochures, or you can read more HERE.
Thank you very much for your continued support of the Mission Fund at Redeemer by the Sea.
Contact Linda for more information. 


Birthday Group – Dec 2018

We celebrated the birthdays of Faye Bacon and Bill Barnes at Dini’s Bistro. It was a warm, sunny fall day with half of us watching waves lapping quietly on the shore and all of us enjoying each other’s fellowship and company, as well as the good food.
Ken Voertman and Lyle Meyer held the tickets for a wine bottle raffle but deferred and Evelyn Meyer and Suzanne Hanthorn were the lucky winners.
We contributed one hundred forty-one ($141) dollars to Solutions for Change.
 
The December lunch will be on THURSDAY, December 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Argyle Steak House, 7447 Batiquitos. Mark the date down now because December tends to fill up quickly on our calendars. We are celebrating the birthdays of John Bacon, Cordelia Degner (unable to attend) Otis Haarmeyer, (unable to attend) Suzanne Hughes, Norma Russell, Jo Voertman and Joan Wilson.
Lunches range from sixteen to eighteen ($16-18) dollars. In addition to your lunch we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to Concordia University – Irvine.
 
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbythesea@cox.net, 760-721-6674.
 


What I Love About Redeemer

– Being Surrounded by Smiles!

You’ve heard it said that Disneyland is “The Happiest Place on Earth,” right? Well, usually I say that about our Kindergarten and Preschool at Redeemer! You can decide for yourself which is in first place, but whenever I walk around our school … whether it’s in the art room, playground, classrooms or office area … I see the same thing – smiles! The students are happy, the teachers are happy, and the parents are happy. It is such a blessing to know that Redeemer by the Sea ministers to more than 200 children and their families with the love of Jesus Christ; and that God’s love is flowing through us to them.
 
That’s probably because of the underlying Christian philosophy of our school.  This is from the About Us page on the school website: 
 
Our intention is to provide daily opportunities for spiritual enrichment and guidance that builds a foundation of faith.  This happens in and outside of planned instruction.  Our teachers look for and welcome opportunities to teach children about Jesus, His love for us, and our need and desire to serve Him.
 
One of the things I LOVE about Redeemer is being surrounded by the smiles of all the teachers, parents and students at our school in a loving Christ-centered environment.
 
But, our school is not the only place you can see smiles at Redeemer.  On Sunday mornings, I see smiles on the faces of our choir members, praise team musicians and singers.  I see them on our elders, ushers, readers and greeters.  
 
I see them as people gather outside around freshly prepared coffee and pastries.   I see them on the faces of the children in our Sunday School and youth programs.  And I see them as people gather through the week around the Word in their homes, or out in the community serving and gathering as friends.  We are literally surrounded by smiles at Redeemer … and I LOVE it!  
 
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you? – 1 Thessalonians 2:19
 
What do you love about Redeemer?  Drop me a line and let me know!
 
Joyfully serving Jesus with you,
 
Pastor Augie


Mission Minute

In October your Mission Fund contribution of $750 went to Christian Solidarity International (CSI), an international Christian human rights organization, campaigning for religious liberty and human dignity, and assisting victims of religious persecution, victimized children and victims of catastrophe. CSI is currently the only organization working to liberate Christians and other South Sudanese forced into slavery by government-backed forces during the Sudanese civil war.
Read more about the critical work of CSI HERE  and see the important video HERE.

Thank you, and if you would like to insure that Redeemer by the Sea continues to make monthly contributions to worthy charities, you can designate your offering by marking “Missions” on your envelope or check.

Linda Staehr
Evangelism & Missions Chair



Birthday Group

Hacienda de Vega was the scene of our gathering to celebrate the birthdays of Jo Brandt, Erika Burke, Ann Doering and Paul Lahr, as well as fellowship with one another.  The restaurant serves delectable cheesecake to its patrons who are celebrating birthdays and there was plenty to share.  We all agree that the burrito is the largest we have ever seen in any restaurant.

We are celebrating the birthdays of Faye Bacon and Bill Barnes on THURSDAY, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Dini’s Bistro, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard (parking in the rear of the restaurant).  Lunches range in price from eight to fifteen ($8-15) dollars.  In addition to your lunch, we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which 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.  



Two Tables Bridge Group

Bridge play for 2018 was at the home of Alice Lehmann with a twist at the final play in 2018.  We met on Friday, October 26th, at 11:00 AM for snacks but we also had dessert and coffee, a real treat, and Buck was happy to have his serving, too!
It was a gorgeous autumn day and if there was a negative (which there was) we were shy one player so ‘Dummy’ took over and was low scorer.  High Scorer was Audrey Wickstrand and Second High was Ruth Russell, who is also a newcomer to our group. Congratulations to both winners!
Bridge play will continue on the fourth Friday of each month at 11:00 AM, beginning on January 25, 2019!  I can hardly believe that I make this announcement for 2019!  Time is elusive and every day I thank God that in His wisdom He gives us one day at a time to live; we know not what the morrow will bring but we know God is in control.
Thanks be to God!

If you are a bridge player and would like to play or be a substitute please let me know with an email message: baconfaye3@gmail.com or a phone call:  760-707-6677. We will be happy to share time with you over the bridge table.
Between now and the New Year, 2019, I wish you all a thankful Thanksgiving, A Blessed Christmas and a Most Happy and Healthy New Year!
Faye Bacon
The-Coordinator-Still-Trying-To-Coordinate  



Sunday School News

During the month of November, the PreK & K children will learn about Daniel and his friends. Children face may new and sometimes frightening experiences each day. They may feel alone and afraid – in their own “lion’s den”, however, they will learn that through prayer, they can talk with God and give him their worries.
 
Grades 1 & 2 will study about Friendship and how God calls us to make friends. God wants us to depend on each other, love each other, comfort each other and rejoice with each other. These relationships pattern what God wants to have with us.
 
Grades 3 & 4 will study Daniel’s Adventures. Like Daniel, kids today are surrounded by influences that entice them away from God. They feel pressured to have the latest and greatest toys, clothes, shoes, etc. Peers may encourage them to use bad language and hang out with the wrong crowd. These lessons will give kids faith in our powerful God and confidence to face life’s difficulties.