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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.
 


Birthday Group-August 2019

On THURSDAY, July 11, we celebrated the birthdays of Bobbie and Jerry Ankenbrandt, Jim Brunner, BJ Lahr, Mary Ann and Ed Meinardus and Patricia Sax at Clara, a restaurant in Carlsbad Village.  Our group took up an entire wall which had no impact at all on the fellowship throughout the group.  We contributed one hundred ninety-nine ($199) dollars to Birth Choice.
 
We’ll celebrate 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, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard at 11:30 a.m.
 
Lunches range from ten to eighteen ($10-18) dollars.  In addition to your lunch, we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to Del/Mar Solana Beach Optimist Club for their Rady’s Children’s Hospital project.
 
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbytheseaagain@gmail.com, 760-721-6674.


Free to be Faithful-August 2019

Free to be Faithful (a.k.a. Salt & Light) is dedicated to raising awareness within our Christian Community that we have a responsibility to be informed and to participate in the Civil arena; most importantly to vote for candidates that share our Christian beliefs. As individual Christians this responsibility must be taken as seriously as any other duty in our lives. How can you love your neighbor and yet vote for someone who will pass legislation allowing your neighbors daughter to have an abortion without parents’ consent?
 
A recent article on the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty website (part of the LCMS Free to be Faithful program) talked about a specific legislation that deals with public funding of abortions. Their guidance is this: “Now is the time for us to speak as a moral people, refusing to incentivize a procedure that, even though legal, should be sparingly used. The debate about the Hyde Amendment won’t let us hide anymore!”. The Church, for their part, must encourage members to get informed and be involved.

   Hyde Amendment: A legislative provision barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion except to save the life of the woman, or if the pregnancy arises from incest or rape. First passed in 1976

Isaiah 5:20: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” – Dan Bitner



Bell Choir Resumes Aug 14

Rehearsals resume on Wednesday August 14th (time TBD). Ring in Worship about once per month – alternating between services.  Ken and Kay Boland have rung for about 30 years now and have taught many people how to ring. It is helpful if you have read music, but if not, be willing to learn. You would ring basically 2 notes – one in each hand. So if you can tell your right and left apart, and count to 4, and you like to laugh, you’ll fit right in. Contact Kay for more information.


Job Opening – Nursery

NURSERY WORKER: Occasional Church Nursery Workers Needed (no ongoing commitment!). $13.50/hr for 18+. 1.5-hour shifts on Sundays, some special events. Background check required. Sign up for as little or as many days each month as you want. Email: kerry@redeemerbythesea.org


Stewardship

Rev. 21:1 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” We are waiting for a new heaven and a new earth that has been promised to us in Christ. This knowledge is foundational for our stewardship of what God has put into our hands. What is truly important? What is worthy of our support? How has God called us to use our wealth for the good of our neighbor and His kingdom?
Your Stewardship Steering Team


Free to be Faithful-June 2019

Miracles and Prayers – That was the theme of our 2nd and 4th Sunday 9:45 AM studies in April. This followed studies about the founding of our country. In those studies, we talked about the idea that America is ‘exceptional’ because of the governing principals embodied in our Declaration of Independence: 1) Acknowledges that there is a Divine Creator and that all men are created equal. 2) We are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. 3) The primary purpose of government is to protect these rights.
 
We have seen the dangers when we ignore those governing principals. Not protecting life at first seemed unthinkable (and illegal), but then it’s permitted by law / legislation and we end up with it being mandatory including government enforcement. In a self-governing society, we need to do a better job of having our Christian voice heard when we choose our Representatives.
 
For us, we want to help celebrate life. To honor mothers and the children who richly bless our nation, Redeemer dedicated the month of May as a Birth Choice support month. Birth Choice is an organization that provides ultrasound services to help a woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy to know the human life that has been created within their womb. Statistics show that after seeing the ultrasound, 90%+ will choose life for their child. For all of you who made donations to this fundraising effort – Thank You! Want to know more about Birth Choice: https://birthchoice.net/
 
For June, we will continue our Miracles and Prayers study, with some new examples of how the Founders employed prayer to sustain them during the dark days of the American Revolution. Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”


Birthday Celebrants – June 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Stella Berrier, Russ Hanthorn, Linda Staehr, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Wickstrand on THURSDAY, May 2 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hunter Steak House in Oceanside. It was a typical cool, May gray day but the fellowship was as warm as ever.
 
We contributed two hundred ninety-five ($295) dollars to the Special Olympics of Southern California.
 
Our next lunch will be in July so watch for the details. Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbythesea@cox.net, 760-721-6674.


Birthday Celebrants – May 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Tom Burke, Evelyn and Lyle Meyer, Kathy Seemann, and Sarah Sherwood at Mimi’s Café, on FRIDAY April 5, 2019 with a delicious lunch and heartfelt fellowship and sent one hundred thirty-one ($131) dollars to Solutions for Change.
 
The May/June birthday lunch will celebrate with Stella Berrier, Russ Hanthorn, Linda Staehr (unable to attend), Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Wickstrand on THURSDAY, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. at the Hunter Steak House, 1221 Vista Way in Oceanside (next to the I 5 onramp).
 
In addition to your lunch, we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to the Specials Olympics.
 
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman, jvbythesea@cox.net, 760-721-6674. 


LWML Update!

WHAT’S BEEN UP…JANUARY TO JUNE 2019!
Ladies, did you know … that all women in our congregation are automatically LWM Members? TAKE A SECOND LOOK at our national organization 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 small ways towards ‘serving’ our Community in our own backyard; reaching out!

WANT TO ‘SERVE GOD’ AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE? 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 your ‘Sisters in Christ’! Projects or programs generally begin @ 10:30 am if you are not interested in the business part of the meeting. Join us!

 
PROJECTS, SO FAR THIS YEAR …
 
  • 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, Refreshments/coffee for Sunday and Holiday services etc.
  • Mite Box Donation– Lutheran Missions, abroad & Community Service Grants: Collected over $2,075,000 Mission Grants, serving 23 community services, charities and organizations. RBTS- LWM donated the highest dollar amount in our district that deserves much applause.
  • Annual Orphan Grain Train Drive: Backpack and/or Undie Sunday Drive to aid needy children in US and Mexico.
  • Solutions for Change: Serving Dinners, In-take bags for new resident children, and monetary donation thru small service projects.
  • Camp Pendleton Rotary: Donation of various goods and furniture to our Marine families in need.
  • Inter-Faith: Lunch bags to ‘working’ homeless men on short-term assignments.
  • RBTS Mops: Volunteering in their ‘Mentor Moms’ program.
  • RBTS Pre-School: Volunteer projects, Cookie decorating project.
  • Foster Youth Mentor Program: Program and donation. Next Step Service Dogs: Program and donation.
  • Birth Choice: Program, donation, and upcoming projects to be ‘continued’.
 
Contact MaryAnn Meinardus if you want to serve, big or small. ma.meirnardus@hotmail.com 760-216-4922. Check us out!
 


Stewardship Allergy

Seventeen percent of children who were protected from peanut products from infancy developed a peanut allergy, but of those who were exposed to peanuts from an early age, only 3% developed an allergy.  
 
A comparison can be drawn between this phenomenon and the situation faced by steward leaders in the church.  Have steward leaders, in trying to address the antifragility in their congregations, actually made matters worse? Have they been complicit in making people allergic to a Biblical and confessional practice of stewardship?  Anecdotal evidence may well suggest that this is the case.  
 
Individuals who follow robust patterns of faithful stewardship in their lives most often come from families and congregations that exposed them to these patterns early and often in childhood.  Whether through parents or grandparents, pastors or teachers, most faithful stewards today saw that stewardship in action, conversation and proclamation.  
 
Without exposure to a creative baptismal identity, this ‘allergy” to stewardship will continue to develop throughout a child’s life, becoming so ingrained in the individual that the response to a call to stewardship will be an allergic reaction rather than baptismal obedience.  
 
Stewardship in the home and beyond  
While pastors are instrumental in preventing an allergy to stewardship, further invaluable instruction takes place in the home.  Parent and grandparents should reinforce the identity and practice of the steward on a regular basis.  Include children in the process of preparing offerings for church, teach them how to serve with their talents, and introduce them to the concept of first-fruits giving that flows from God’s radical generosity in Jesus Christ. In this way, you can provide your children with a steady diet of stewardship and ward off stewardship allergy.
 
 “The more exposure to stewardship in Word and Sacrament ministry, the greater the opportunity for this spiritual formation”
 
Stewardship as a way of Life.
Your Stewardship Steering Team
(excerpt from LCMS StewardCast)


Feed My Starving Children

Make a difference for thousands of children in need around the world! Join Redeemer’s Fundraising team at give.fmsc.org/RBTS or make a donation to purchase the supplies for over 108,000 meals! If you would like to volunteer to help pack meals on August 9 & 10, contact the office and we will let you know when registration opens!



New Testament Stewardship

How are we to support God’s work in the Church?  To find these principles, we need to look to the New Testament and how we are told to fulfill the law of love in regard to financing the Church. St. Paul says the following to the Corinthian Christians:             “On the first day of every week, each of us is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper” (1Cor. 16:2) So, in the New Testament, we are to give:
  1.  Voluntarily and cheerfully.  Giving must be done voluntarily, not under compulsion, and cheerfully, not grudgingly.
  2. Our first-fruits.  Giving should be from the first-fruits of our labor.  Our giving is what we do on the first day of the week before our other expenses come due.
  3. Proportionally.  Giving is to be proportional, “as he may prosper.”  Giving is not to be an arbitrarily set dollar amount each week, but rather it is to be in accordance with how one has prospered each week.  Thus, each of us should determine to set aside a certain proportion (percentage) of our income for the Church each week.
  4. Faithfully.  We do have the promise that God will give us what we need for this body and life.  Therefore, we should give in faith, trusting that God will provide for all our needs, though not necessarily our wants!

So, in the New Testament proportional giving also is commanded.  Stewardship as a way of Life. Your Stewardship Steering Team



Stewardship and Vocation

Christian Stewardship begins with the understanding that all we have is God’s and that “we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world” (1Tim. 6-7).  Since all we have is God’s, we should use it for His purposes.  God’s purpose for us in our lives is expressed in the various vocations, or callings, that we have.
 
Each one of these vocations makes a claim upon us.  Luther laid out the biblical commands for our various vocations in the Table of Duties in the Small Catechism, and specifically the command for all Christians when it comes to stewardship.
 
Our vocation as a Christian and as a member of a particular Christian congregation where we receive the Word of God and His Sacraments makes a claim on us – on our presence on Sunday morning and on our support of the work of the Gospel.  Likewise, our callings in the home make a claim on us – again for presence and support.  In society at-large, our vocations are varied, but they all boil down to being a good neighbor no matter where we are: we work, we have friends, we help those in need.  In each place, we are to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.  That means being a faithful friend and worker, a kind and generous neighbor, and so on.  Once again, this role places a claim on our presence and our support.
 
As the Post-Communion Collect has it, we hope in “faith toward (God) and in fervent love toward one another.”  This growth in the Christian life is called sanctification.  Sanctification is not “trying to get more holy,” it’s trying to get to church more often and be more supportive of the ministry.  It’s making time to actually raise your children and plan for their future by making sacrifices now.  Its allowing room in your life room to give alms to your needy neighbor and being present for your neighbor in times of need.
 
SOLAR CAMPAIGN UPDATE: Generosity – the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return. A practical expression of love.  The Cheerful Giver- 2 Corinthians 9:7. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Thank you for your Cheerful giving towards our Solar Campaign. We have received $40,000 from our congregation towards paying down our Solar loan. As a member of the Stewardship Committee, thank you for giving cheerfully.


Mission Minute – April 2019

In March, your Mission Fund donation went to our Pacific Southwest District. It is comprised of 300 congregations and 168 Lutheran Schools in Southern California, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. It is one of 35 Districts within the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. With an office on the campus of Concordia University in Irvine, CA, the District Staff seeks to “effectively resource congregations and schools for transforming lives and making the Great Commission REAL!” Please consider giving to The Mission Fund so we can continue to support vital causes and charities. Contact: Linda


National Youth Gathering!

July 11-15 thousands of youth and adults will gather in Minneapolis as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, participate in service projects and much more! This is a life defining and faith shaping event. 12 youth and adults will be attending. If you have not had the opportunity to support these students, you can do so by clicking HERE. All donors will receive updates from the gathering and an invitation to a dinner to hear testimonies from the participants. See the display in the lobby to find out more!



Evening of Prayer

Join members of the Church Council & Elders for a time of prayer on Tuesday April 2nd – 6:30 to 7:30pm in the Sanctuary.  We will spend time in Corporate, Individual and Group Prayer for our ministry and community.  We will also lift our voices together in worship and praise.  Contact: Pastor Augie


New Testament Stewardship

Faithfully Giving a First-fruit Position of Your Income for The Work of Christ’s Church.
When we speak of Stewardship, we often say that it deals with how we use our time, talents and treasures in respect to God’s Church, and that is true as far as it goes.  When Lutherans think about Stewardship, we should think in Lutheran biblical categories: Law and Gospel, vocation and sanctification.
 
Law and Gospel – The foundation of understanding the Bible and its teachings is the distinction between God’s Law and God’s Gospel.  The Law of God is the way He wants us to live by His commandments.  The Gospel is the Good News that though we can never earn God’s favor with our works, merit or worthiness, God has provided salvation for us free of charge in the incarnation, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 
The Ten Commandments are Law – they show us how sinful we are.  The Law helps curb outward sin.  The Law also serves as a guide to how to live a life of thanksgiving for the wonderful gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus. Stewardship of our finances is Law.  In the New Testament God has given us believers in Christ certain commands about how to use our finances for the work of the Church. This is our guide for how to respond to God in thanksgiving for His gifts to us.
Stewardship as a way of Life.  
Your Stewardship Steering Team