Church Blog

High School DYG

The High School District Youth Gathering is returning! It 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. Registration is $100 and is due by 12/1. Pick up a registration packet at the Huddle, Sundays at 9:45am, or sign-up online:

Finding Your Why Workshop

On Saturday Nov. 9 from 9am – 2pm at Redeemer by the Sea, Rev. Dominic Rivkin our new Pacific Southwest District Mission Executive, will be conducting a workshop to refine the way we see our mission and our purpose in our community – our “Why.” To be a part of this important event, register HERE! The event is free and lunch is included.

Life Line Screening Event

Life Line Screening is pleased to offer a preventive health event at Redeemer by the Sea on 11/07/2019. The first 3 people from RBTS will receive 1 complimentary screening!  Register for this event and to receive a $10 discount off any package priced above $129.
To Register: Call toll-free 1-888-653-6450 or visit
Contact Kerry for more information about the event!

Stewardship Minute 9/29/19

Matthew 18:3 – “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Children trust their parents. They look to their parents to bless them and care for them. We are children of the heavenly Father, and He invites us to trust Him. He has given us proof of His trustworthiness by sending His son to save us. Children delight in giving their parents gifts. Parents delight in receiving these signs of love and thankfulness. Can you see how this applies to us giving gifts to our heavenly Father?

Sunday School Promotion Day

On September 8th, we celebrated Promotion Day together with the Blessing of the Backpacks and the launch of the rebranding of our Sunday School – “Kidz 4 Christ”. And, it was a big success! The children started out in Large Group singing and dancing followed by special treats, art, crafts and games. Next, to their classrooms to learn about God. If you haven’t already, please take a moment to come downstairs and see “The Scripture Wall” and what’s happening in our Sunday School.
We are always looking for volunteers in our Sunday School, so if God is calling you, please contact me at or at 760-518-7449.
Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures from this event!

Stewardship Minute 9/22/2019

Luke 16:8 – “For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light.” The sons of this world know that they should use their wealth wisely to provide for their future. Shouldn’t we “sons of light” know that the wealth God has allowed us to manage should be managed for God’s purposes in the roles He has given us in Church, home and society?

First Communion

6th grade students and older who have not received communion instruction, are invited to attend the first communion class on Saturday, Oct. 12th from 9am – 12:30pm. This class explores the blessings and mysteries of Holy Communion in preparation for their First Communion on Sunday, Nov. 3rd. A parent is asked to participate in the class with their student. Register on your connection card.


GOD’S WORD KEEPS CHANGING THE WORLD.” Joel Garcia, from Wycliffe Bible Translators, will present a program for both men and women on Tuesday, October 8th. The LWM business meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. At 10:15 a.m., everyone is invited to come for refreshments and the program.

Reaching out in Dynamic Times

It takes all kinds of churches…and witnesses…to reach all kinds of people. President Mike Gibson and others will equip you on November 2nd from 9am – 2pm at Concordia University Irvine to better share the gospel message within our diverse communities of today, to step readily into today’s outreach challenges, to learn how to better share your faith, and to discover culture-crossing opportunities to proclaim Jesus to the world. The Conference is free and includes lunch. Register HERE!

Birthday Celebrants

We celebrated the birthdays of Pastor Augie, Gary Reiswig, Dave Taylor, Ken Voertman and Gary Wilson in our first all-male birthday celebration on THURSDAY, August 29 at Dini’s Bistro, watching the surf an enjoying each other’s company, as well as our lunch, and contributed one hundred five ($105) dollars to Del/Mar Solana Beach Optimist Club for their Rady’s Children’s Hospital project. Suzanne Hanthorn is our sole September birthday and has elected to postpone her celebration and join the October birthdays, who are Jo Brandt, Minerva Brown, Erika Burke, Ann Doering and Paul Lahr at 11:30 a.m. on FRIDAY, October 11 at Macaroni Grill, 2455 Vista Way in Oceanside (next to Barnes and Noble).
Lunches range from ($8) eight to ($15) fifteen dollars. In addition to your lunch we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to Bethesda Lutheran Home.
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman,, 760-721-6674. (Please note new email address although the phone number has remained the same.)

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Starting Sep 29th we will be collecting non-perishable food items that will benefit local families through the Friends & Family Community Connection ( Donations of canned corn, cranberry sauce, stuffing, aluminum foil, cooking oil, gravy, canned sweet potatoes, canned green beans, and more will be collected and packaged for delivery on October 20th at Noon

Voters’ Meeting

Our September Voters’ Meeting has been moved to Sunday September 29th at noon in the fellowship hall. The main topic of discussion at this meeting is approval of the 2019-2020 annual budget, including funding for the Associate Pastor.

Altar Flowers Needed

If you would like to provide the flowers for the altar, please see the calendar on the bulletin board at the entrance to the fellowship hall. Cost is $17.50 for one or $35 for both. Indicate the dedication on the envelope with your donation so it can be printed in the announcements. (Dates open: Sep 15, Oct 6, 13 & 27)

Are you new to Redeemer?

Join us for our “Newcomer’s Open House” on Friday, Oct. 11 or Friday, Nov. 8th, from 6-8pm. This is a casual evening to meet our pastor and some of our leaders over a light meal, ask any questions you may have, and find out more about the community at Redeemer by the Sea. Register on your connection card, or online at:

Stewardship Minute 9/1/2019

“GROWING INTO OUR FUTURE”: Luke 14:11 – “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. That’s called humility. The Lord is god, and we are not. With that in mind, how could we not seek to follow His Word in all aspects of life? He knows what He is talking about; we don’t. If you believe that, then striking out on a path of faithfulness in the realm of stewardship is a lot easier. It just makes sense. LCMS – Stewardship Steering Team

Redeemer Men’s Retreat

Looking for rest, rejuvenation, and fellowship with the Men of Redeemer? Join us the weekend of Oct. 4-6 at Pine Valley Bible Conference Center (near Mt Laguna) where we’ll hear from Pastor JR Vasser from the Church of the Cross in Grapevine, TX, worship with Nathan Robinson of Clairemont Emmanuel in Los Angeles, as well as have time to relax and play. Spots are limited so register soon at: or reach out to Blake Bolton at for additional information.

Caregivers- How to make life better

This important message for both men and women will be offered by the Women’s Ministry Welcome Back on Tuesday, Sept. 10th An LWM business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. At 10:15am all are invited to join in for brunch-type treats and the program by Tanya Finnerty, member of RBTS. Everyone is welcome to participate! Contact Mary Ann Meinardus

NYG 2019 Recap

Join us Sunday August 4th at 9:45am in the Fellowship Hall for a presentation by the adult and youth participants at the National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis.  Come out, see some pictures, hear some stories, and catch some of the “excitement!” … There will also be some special refreshments to enjoy.

Annual Family Picnic

Our Family Picnic is coming up on September 22nd.   We will have catered food, corn hole games, inflatable bounce houses for the kids and a whole lotta fun for the whole family!  Note that there will be only one combined worship service at 10am on Sunday 9/22, so that everyone can enjoy the picnic following worship!  – contact Kerry for more information!

Stewardship-August 2019

Have you ever noticed the subtle ceremony of receiving the offerings during the Divine Service?  The offerings are collected in plates or basket, and they are brought forward and given to the pastor or an assistant.  The pastor turns toward the altar, and, as he bows his head, offerings are raised slightly to the Lord and placed on the altar or an adjacent table. 
Originally, this ceremony included more than simply bringing forward what was collected in the offering plates.  The elements for the Holy Communion – the bread and the wine – were brought forward with the offerings.  The offerings and elements were lifted toward the Lord and placed upon the altar.  The altar, now made a table, would be set for the Lord’s Supper.
For what is offered to the Lord from the sweat of His people’s brow – the bread of anxious toil – comes back to us as the bread of life.  The bread comes down from heaven that whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup will receive life through the forgiveness of their sins.
What a blessing!  God provides for us in all things.  He provides bread from the sweat of our brows.  He receives this from us in the first-fruits offerings we give to Him in thanksgiving and praise, and He turns these into spiritual bread.  He gives this heavenly bread – the bread of eternal life – back to us so we might have joy.