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LWML 2020

2020, TAKE A SECOND LOOK at our national society that was established and supported by our Missouri Synod to ‘give service’ not only to our church as its women’s auxiliary, but to help support those who are in need! Not only do we ‘give support’ to our Lutheran Missions abroad, we ‘get involved’ and try to ‘make a difference’ in doing God’s work in small ways for the benefit of the huge ‘MISSION” that exists in our own backyard; community outreach. There is also time for fun, great satisfaction and reward in one’s heart when sharing God’s love and His Light with others.

The degree of your involvement to serve is entirely up to you. You may join us in the Fellowship Hall, every second Tuesday of each month (Jan thru June and Sept. thru Dec.); 9:30am-11am for a brief business meeting, followed by inspiring programs/speakers, service projects and fun while enjoying fellowship with our ‘Sisters in Christ’! Projects or programs generally begin @ 10:3Oam if you cannot make the business part of the meeting. Questions? Contact MaryAnn Meinardus, LWM President: 760-216-4922. Check us out! And, come join us!

On-going services and/or projects for 2020:

· Redeemer’s Woman’s Axillary for the Church: Altar Flowers, Communion Prep., New member/Baptism gifts’, Funeral/Pastoral luncheons, Prayer Chain, Special Good Friday service, Sunday Morning and holiday coffee & refreshment service, Sewing/knitting group etc.

· Mite Box Donations collected totally to support our Lutheran Missions, abroad & in our neighboring community services thru Financial Grants within our district and national Synod. In 2019, collected over $2,000.000 in ‘mites’ that satisfied 18 grant proposals in our District, and 24 nationally supported grants. 2020 Grant proposals are underway to be announced.

· Annually, we support the ‘Orphan Grain Train Organization’ in the month of February (‘Undie Sunday’ February 9, 2020) in which new underwear and socks are donated by the congregation to aid needy men, women and children, living in our Pacific SW District in the US and Mexico.

· Solutions for Change (Homeless Families with Children): Serving family dinner, giving in-take bags for new resident children and monetary donations thru small service projects for them.

· Camp Pendleton Rotary donations, and the Children’s Angel Tree Christmas Present projects.

· Inter-Faith: Lunch bags to ‘working’ homeless men on short-term work assignments>

· RBTS Mops: Volunteering in their ‘Mentor Moms’ program.

· RBTS Pre-School: Volunteer projects like the Cookie decorating, Sing-a-longs, and Story Telling and Reading to the children.

· Birth Choice: Various projects, activities and donations given.

· Monetary donations to Gifts from the Heart Foundation, Lutheran Bible Translators, Mission Aviation Fellowship, The Wycliffe Ministry, etc.

· In 2020, adding support to ChristAid Int’l towards a child’s education in Ahadi, Uganda, as well as to sponsor an elderly woman in the village in the ‘Grandmas for Jesus’ program who cares all

all the children in a given village. Finally, we plan to support LDO World Lutheran Deaf Outreach, and possible others. (Pinned by MaryAnn Meinardus, LWM President).

Stewardship Minute 1/21/2020

. . . . a person who feels shy, or awkward, or excluded at a party.

Did you ever go to a party where you didn’t know anyone except the person who invited you; but you couldn’t spend the evening with them because they were ‘mingling!’

When you are a wallflower at church, you go to your same seats and don’t talk to anyone other than those directly around you. After service, you might say ‘Hello’ to a few friends and then dash to your cars. What happened to ‘mingling’ getting to know your fellow members?

Wouldn’t you like to come out of your shell and join the ‘party?’ You may have things in common with other members of the congregation.

A good way to meet members is to ‘serve Christ’ as a volunteer for Redeemer By the Sea. Once you join a team, you are no longer a ‘Wallflower’, you are a participant in your journey with Christ.

As a member of various teams, and once a ‘wallflower’, I found I made many friends who call me by name.
It’s a good feeling! This is something a family can do together.

Mark your calendar for February 9th –Volunteer Appreciation Day. We will have tables set up outside the church for you to meet the leaders of the various groups. Please stop by and get some information on the groups that might interest you.

Thank you for supporting Redeemer by The Sea with your Time and Talent.
Stewardship Chairperson

Altar Flowers

If you would like to provide the flowers for the altar in 2020, please see the calendar on the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs or contact the church office, Kay. Cost is $17.50 for one and $35 for both. Mark your donation envelope with your name and dedication for printing in the announcements.

Volunteer Appreciation & Volunteer Fair

On February 9th we would like to take the opportunity to express our appreciation for the volunteers (servants of Christ) who helped our ministry for 2019. Also, immediately following each service, various ministry leaders will be available to provide information and answer questions about volunteering at Redeemer.

Undie Sunday

‘Undie Sunday’
Orphan Grain Train Relief For Human Need
California-Arizona-Nevada Collection Center and the Pacific
Southwest District of LWML (Lutheran Women in Mission).
February 9, 2020, bring in packages NEW underwear or socks for men, women, girls and boys to minister to the needy people within our Pacific Southwest District in Mexico and beyond. 
Donation boxes will be placed in church lobby, or out front the church door to drop off your clothing donations.  Cash/Check donations can also be made directly to Orphan Grain Train, Inc. (local) to 42217 55th St W, Lancaster, CA 93536.  Envelopes are available in the church lobby on the counter, next to the LWM ‘Mite’ Box.
What is the Orphan Grain Train Mission?
Orphan Grain Train is a nonprofit Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with need people in American and around the world.  Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs.  The Orphan Grain Train Movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us. 

Since 1992, Orphan Grain Train’s 27 regional locations have delivered more than 24 mission meals and 3,202 shipments of humanitarian aid to needy people in various states and 68 countries on 5 continents.  Orphan Grain Train built a mobile chapel with help from a grant funded by LCS Disaster Relief division for St John’s Church in Pilger, NE after their church was demolished by a F4 tornado.  In October 2017 Hurricane Michael left behind homes and business in ruins and lives lost. OGT purchase and delivered 15 shipments of building construction materials and 5 semi-loads of groceries to help stock shelves in a food pantry feeding volunteers and those that have lost everything.  In October 2018 OGT had 400 turkeys delivered for thanksgiving meals to those still living in desperation a year later.  The mission of OGT is uniquely dependent upon dedicated volunteers, many of whom have given numerous years of service for the sake of others.  Since 1992, more than 3.7 million hours have been volunteered.

Orphan Grain Train is a recognized service organization (RSO) of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).  Many shipments have been in cooperation with Lutheran Hour Ministries, LCMS Wold Mission, LCS World Relief, and other Christian ministries.

Stewardship Minute 1/13/2020

Time and Talent
Every week I have been writing about the importance of serving Christ. The need is great.  You get a wonderful feeling when you know that you are serving to help Christ’s family.
Serving is not just for adults!  It’s a family affair.  Just look at it this way.  You come to church on Sunday and mom and the children can be greeters and dad could be an usher, or mom can be an usher (yes, women can be ushers) and dad a greeter.  The point is, the whole family can serve in one day.
Someone in the family can also be a reader, prepare communion, arrange flowers or be an acolyte. It’s good to show the children how to serve Christ as a family.
There are also other ways.  We have people In our congregation who can’t attend church but would love to have people visit them.  Church is their family, and when they can’t come they don’t get to visit with their family. They get very lonely.  We need people to help in this area.  Ralph and I visit members and we enjoy meeting with them.  Companionship is very important to one’s emotional, physical and spiritual health.
I give thanks to my God always for you . . . Because of the Grace of God that was Given you in Christ Jesus.  1 Cor. 4-5
Mark your calendar for February 9th – Volunteer Appreciation Day and Volunteer Fair.   We will have tables set up outside the church for you to meet the leaders of the various groups. Please stop by and get some information on the groups that might interest you. 
Thank you for supporting Redeemer by The Sea with your Time and Talent.

Stewardship Chairperson

Pancakes & PJs

Get comfy and cozy on January 26th. Wear your favorite PJ’s to Sunday School during the 10:45 service to celebrate the New Year together. Invite a friend (or 2 or 3) who likes to chill and have some fun learning about Jesus. Sunday School will never be the same!!!

“A Visual Communication with God”

Women’s Ministry Meeting on January 14th, 9:30 am in the Fellowship Hall. Following the business meeting, Sarah Sherwood, will speak and direct ladies through hands-on activities using FAITH art to visually communicate w/God. A great way to start the New Year! BJ Campbell-Lahr 760-945-3750 “At the beginning of the year…the hand of the Lord was upon me.” Ezekiel 40:1

Love Does

According to the Bible, love is much more than a feeling you have, a place you fall, or a treasure you find.  Love is something that you do.  In this series, based on Bob Goff’s book Love Does, we explore what God’s love looks like and discuss how we can reflect God’s love in our lives. Join us for this sermon series from January. 19th – February 23rd.

A Special Thank you!

Looking back on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the lobby provided a beautiful festive setting. A special thank you to: 12 “Bakers” from Santa’s Kitchen who provided us with plenty of cookies and the 8 ladies who organized the refreshments beginning early the morning of Christmas Eve through to the close of the 7 PM service and refreshments. Even the rain held out until we were ready to go home!!!  A Very Happy New Year to Everyone!!!
~BJ Lahr

7/8th Grade Retreat

Mark your calendar for the Jr. High retreat on February 29th – March 1st, 2020 – registration packets are available in the church office, and are due by January 12th for Early Bird Registration of $50. The Jr High DYG (District Youth Gathering) will be at Concordia University Irvine and the theme is “Royal” based on 1 Peter 1:9. Contact Rachelle for more information!

Christmas Decorations Take Down

Christmas Decorations Take Down…Saturday, January 11th at 9:30 am We need lots of hands, including younger and taller men as our senior members cannot/should not go up the tall ladder. We need at least 12-15 people to help. The more hands the quicker we will get done!

Sky Zone

5th – 8th grade students join us at Sky Zone San Marcos on Saturday, January 11th from 7-9pm – an indoor trampoline park featuring freestyle bouncing, dodgeball & more! The cost per student is only $10 and includes socks, t-shirt, soda and food! Friends are invited too. Register HERE! Please place your payment by Sunday, January 4th in the offering place with “SkyZone” in the memo of your check or on the envelope.  Contact:

Women’s Bible Study

Starting on Wednesday January 8th the Women’s Bible Study will begin a 12-session study “Daniel: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy” by Beth Moore. Just as the prophet Daniel faced unbelievable pressure to compromise his faith in a hostile culture and was constantly confronted by temptations and threats, today’s believers face similar trials. Contact Evelyn Meyer for more Information and to sign up! 

High School Retreat

The High School District Youth Gathering will be held in Palm Springs January 24-26. The theme is “Present to the End” and will address fears, anxieties, and stress that are faced by our teens. Cost is $150 and is due by January 5th. Sign up on Sundays at 9:45am, or  

Stewardship Minute 12/31/2019

Happy New Year!

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions?

We all make them:

  1. I am going to eat healthier
  2. I am going to exercise more

Do you ever make a resolution that you are going to serve Christ? Why not make 2020 the year you serve!

There are many groups that you can join.  Please check website and see all the groups that are available.  You can serve as little or as much as you want.  Your help is needed.  Once you join, you will see how many friends you have made.  Redeemer by the Sea is your church family and your family needs your Time and Talent.

Mark your calendar for February 9th – Volunteer Appreciation Day. We will have tables set up outside the church for you to meet the leaders of the various groups.  Please stop by and get some information on the groups that might interest you.

Thank you for supporting Redeemer by The Sea with your Time and Talent. 

Stewardship Team

Stewardship Minute 12/23/19

What is a family? A group of people united by the ties of marriage, blood, or adoption, constituting a single household and interacting with each other in their respective social positions, usually those of spouses, parent, children and siblings.
Family means having someone to love you unconditionally (Christ) in spite of you and your short comings. Family is loving and supporting one another even when it’s not easy to do so. What does family mean to you? Respect and appreciation of others. Family extends to community, sisterhood and brotherhood. Family is your foundation. Includes all the people in our lives who commit to love and support us unconditionally.
Who’s your Family?
Some people argue we should see our church as our “first family.” Jesus certainly refocused membership in God’s family: Now anyone can join the family not by bloodline, but by faith in him through the spread of the gospel. Accordingly, belonging to the “household of God” means more than just spending quality time together. It means people of all generations working shoulder to shoulder in the family business: sharing the love of Jesus in both word and deed.
Church Family
In most cases, the church won’t replace our family. Instead we must let the gospel reorient our family relationships – and in turn, these new priorities will strengthen the church.
You’re part of the whole family of God. “The one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family” (Heb 2:11) This is no dysfunctional family, with family members estranged from one another. It’s a fellowship. When God “called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor 1:9), he also called you into ‘fellowship” with the whole family (1 Cor 5:2). As Paul said to the Corinthians, “The eye cannot say to the hand ‘I don’t need you! And the head cannot say to the feet, I don’t need you.” (1 Cor, 12:21)
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.
Theologian Alastair Roberts describes family this way:
The language of “family” for church very much depends on the church  being made up of natural families. What gives the church Its backbone of community is often the families that are opened up to the kingdom of God. That’s what gives the church so much of its capacity to function as an extended family.
Family helps family. If your “blood family” calls and says: “I need your help,” you run to their side. No questions! You are there for them. Your church family is reaching out and calling for your help.
Review the website and see all the groups that you can join. Be a part of the family. Don’t be on the outside looking in!

2020 Communion Prep Volunteers Needed

Communion is an extremely important part of our worship and we would like to say thank you to our helpers in 2019. We couldn’t do it without you! It is now time to sign up again for 2020. We would welcome new participants. Training is provided. Contact Hilda Kalaidjian if you have any questions (805) 304-1275. Thank you and blessings during this holiday season.

Stewardship Minute 11/10/19

We are embarking on a new Campaign, Time and Talent.
For most people the word volunteer implies that serving is optional: As people created, equipped, and called by our Lord to serve, we can’t opt out of the work He has given us. (Ephesians 2:10) the Bible doesn’t use the word “volunteer”, instead God’s word calls us “servants”.
Every congregation needs the Vital Few. Pareto, an Italian economist observed that a minority of people (about 20%) have the majority (80%) of influence and control.
As the body of Christ in a given context, each congregation is a body made up of many members which, though different in function, are of equal importance to the body. (1 Cor. 12:12-27)
Instead of trying to get more people to become part of the vital few, I encourage you to be one of the “helpful many.” The helpful many can make smaller yet significant contributions to the congregation’s work as members of the body of Christ.
The Gospel, not the Law (guilt) motivates us to do good work. Trust the Holy Spirit to use the Gospel to move you to do the work that He is calling our congregation to do. Stewardship Steering Team

Stewardship Minute 11/3/19

Thank you all for your generosity with our ‘Grow In to Our Future’ campaign. It was very successful. You showed how you believe in our church and want to make it a wonderful place to worship.
We are embarking on a new non-financial campaign. This campaign is For your Time and Talent.
Through your Baptism and God’s Gospel, you are asked to participate in the growth of God’s church. When God asks you to tithe 10% of your Firstfruits, he also asks that you give 10% of your time. He wants your whole self to contribute to the church. God gives us: time, talents and treasures.
There are many positions within the church that need to be filled and, many groups that need assistance. You can go to the website and see the list of service groups and growth groups available.
The church runs on servants (volunteers). We are all servants of God. We need your help. There is an old expression, “Many hands make light work.”
You can sign up to be an Usher, a Greeter, a member of the Alter Group and prepare communion, you can arrange Alter Flowers or help the group that serves coffee and cake. Since you are at church on Sunday, why not help these groups. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Many friends are made when you join a group. Stewardship Steering Team