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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

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. 

Jr & Sr High Christmas Party

The Jr & Sr high youth gathered on December 2nd for a fun evening of games, movies, pizza and gift exchange. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events – contact: Rachelle.

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,, 760-721-6674.

Bike Repair / Assembly

Our Jr & Sr High group are scheduled to help out the Community Resource Center putting bicycles together and whatever else they need on Saturday Dec. 8th in the morning (Exact time to be determined).  This will be at the Del Mar fairgrounds, and they have an area for bicycles and putting holiday baskets together for domestic violence victims and the homeless. 
If you would like to help with this wonderful service opportunity, please email Elizabeth so she can let them know the number of people in the group.  Thank you to Elizabeth for organizing this event!

Youth Christmas Party

Join us for an evening of fun on December 2nd! Pizza and soda will be provided, please bring a veggie, snack or dessert to share. Bring a $10 wrapped gift for a gift exchange.  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall at church. Register HERE

Ladies Christmas Dinner

“A Majestic Evening” on Tues., Dec. 11th at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

Come and join us for an evening that includes
   1) $20 gift exchange
   2) Christmas caroling
   3) $1/ticket raffle for the table centerpieces- proceeds benefiting Solutions for Change bag intake items and
   4) Fantastic food!!!
God comes in awesome majesty.” Job 37:22
Potluck Dinner-sign up is on the counter in the lobby.

Christmas Dinner

Mark your calendar for the Christmas dinner on Dec. 2 from 5:30 to 8:30pm at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. Meal will be a sit down turkey dinner with salad and dessert. Cost is $25.00 per adult for this turkey dinner with salad and dessert!  – RSVP by Nov. 25th. Please make checks payable to Redeemer By the Sea with Christmas Dinner in the memo and place in the offering plate. Ride sharing available.
Our elders have made financial assistance available to defray the cost for those who request it.  Simply let the church office know.  We want everyone to be able to share in our Christmas dinner! Non-Redeemer guests are also welcome!  

Decorating for Christmas

On Friday, Nov. 30th at 9:30 am, come and help decorate the church for the coming Christmas Season. MANY helpers are needed, especially to help get on ladders. We should be finished by 11am. Mark your calendar and join us. 


On November 30th, the church will be decorated for the Christmas season.  You can help embellish our efforts by purchasing poinsettias.  The cost is $8.00 each. Submit your checks to Redeemer by the Sea with “poinsettia” in the memo by Sunday, November 25th.  Contact Di for more information. Thank you for your support!

Operation Christmas Child

The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Pick up a box to fill in the lobby. Return your filled box to the Chick-fil-A in Encinitas by Nov 17th and receive a free original or grilled Chicken Sandwich. Or return them to Redeemer by Nov. 18th. 

Devotional Journaling

Would you like to learn about a devotional practice that uses the Portals of Prayer (or any other daily devotional you already use)? Join us on Nov. 18th at 9:45am in the Fellowship Hall. Supplies will be provided! 

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