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The Summit – April 2019

The Summit will be held on Saturday, April 6th at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine from 9:00am – 3:00pm.   This fun event is for 4th, 5th & 6th Graders filled with active learning, meaningful games & activities, singing & service opportunities for everyone!  This year’s theme is based on Colossians 3:23 – “Whatever you do”.  Registration is $45 due by March 3rd.  Contact Rhonda for more information!

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

Starting on February 27th, at 9:15a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, we will begin 1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin. Peter, a man of faith and flaws and an eyewitness to the life of Christ, challenges us to look beyond our current circumstances to a future inheritance. Our inheritance is imperishable, undefiled and unfading. YES! Sign up on your connection card. Contact Evelyn Meyer for questions.

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.

Communion Preparation

Redeemer by the Sea is looking for volunteers to help prepare Holy Communion for 2019. Communion is an extremely important part of worship and is a fulfilling way to serve our Lord. A commitment of 2 times a year is preferred, and training is provided. If you are interested in serving, or have any questions, contact Hilda.

2019 Flower Chart

If you would like to provide the flowers for the altar in 2019, please see the calendar on the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs – or contact Kay to check the date. Cost is $17.50 for one and $35 for both. Pick up an envelope for your donation for the flowers so it will be printed in the announcements.

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…


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 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