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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

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,, 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: 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

Election Reminder!

Five Duties for all Christians: 1. Pray that God will send a great spiritual awakening to America, that many millions of our citizens will receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and that Christians will dedicate themselves to God for spiritual living and active service within the family, the church, and the nation 2. Be registered as a qualified voter so you can practice your citizenship with accountability to God. 3. Become Informed Organize and lead or participate in a study group to inform yourself and others concerning the structure of government, current political problems and issues, and how to serve God effectively in the political arena at your level of influence. 4. Help Elect Godly People Help select and elect men and women of God to public office at the local, state, and national levels. Support them faithfully throughout their terms of public service by lovingly sharing with them the biblical views on issues, praying for them, and encouraging them. 5. Vote consistently in every election, after becoming informed about the various candidates and issues, and evaluating them on the basis of the Word of God

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.

Church Council Elections 2018

In December we elect new leaders to serve on the Council. Please consider the call to be a part of Redeemer by the Sea leadership. It is an important time to step forward as we look at the ways our church can lead people to Christ and into discipleship with Him.
Contact Melanie Burkholder, or Kris Urdahl,, with questions desire to serve.

Redeemer Children’s Choir

Practice for the Redeemer Children’s Choir will continue on Sunday mornings at 10:45am. We welcome ages Kindergarten through High School. The Christmas Program is scheduled for December 9th at 10:45am.

Sunday School News

During the month of October,  the PreK & K children will learn about the friendship between David and Jonathan found in 1 Samuel.  This will teach the children how friends take care of each other, stick by each other and help one another  just as God cares for, helps and loves each of us. Grades 1 & 2 will study about David’s life before his amazing kingship began.  These lessons will teach them to recognize that God will provide a way for them to meet challenges they will face every day. Grades 3 & 4 will study Esther:  The Courageous Queen.  Her story shows that courage isn’t a lack of fear; it’s doing the right thing despite our fears and trusting God with the outcome.  The will learn that God has a purpose for everything and that we can trust God to give us the courage to do what’s right. Until next time, keep serving the Lord…Miss Rhonda, Sunday School Director


We are looking for individuals who have a passion for children & can volunteer some time to help them grow in Christ. Areas of Need Include:

  • Classroom Teachers: PreK & K
  • Classroom Assistants
  • Snack Preparation
  • Check-In & Registration
  • Special Events
  • Christmas & Easter Programs
  • Large Group Leader