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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.


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!



Christmas Offering 2018

Christmas is the time when we think of the “gifts” we give to our friends and loved ones. Shouldn’t this also be true that this is a time when we give “gift” to our Lord? This year the Christmas Offering will be divided equally to three areas:

  1. San Diego Rescue Mission – This organization addresses the needs of men, women & children who are experiencing homelessness in San Diego. They share the Good News of Salvation and provide a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery.
  2. 2019 National Youth GatheringSupport for our high school youth who will be joining other young people from all over the country at this gathering in Minneapolis in July.
  3. Redeemer’s Benevolent Fund – This fund assists those in need (both within our congregation and outside).

You can make contribution using the green envelopes Sunday or online HERE anytime in December. Thank you for your generosity!



Advent Devotionals

Pick up your Advent Devotional book — “The Coming King” in the lobby. If you prefer to download them to your e-reader, read or listen to them online, visit www.lhm.org/advent.



Devotional Journaling

Join us in the Fellowship Hall on Sunday, December 9th at 9:45am as we gather around the Word and do some devotional journaling. Everyone is welcome and you can bring your own supplies, or some with be provided for you. We will be meeting regularly at this time on Sundays – so stop in any time! 



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


Advent Carols and Cake

Wednesday, December 5th at 6:30pm join us in the Fellowship Hall for a festive family friendly evening of worship, Christmas carols & dessert.