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Bridge Group – April 2019

The fourth Friday in March, the 22nd day, was a lovely day when we gathered for bridge at Carlsbad By the Sea, home of Carolyn Schmaltz.  We welcomed a  guest player, Sue Vaughn,  a recent newcomer to Carlsbad from Bakersfield.  
High scorer was Arlyn Schmad and in second place, Faye Bacon. We welcome players who may like to play regularly or as substitutes.  This is a group of women who also travel so Substitute Players are ‘gifts’ every month. 
April 26, we will begin play at 11 AM, at the home of Alice Lehmann.  If this is of interest to you please let me know. Welcome to this group of Women who meet in Christian Fellowship in member’s homes for a “Bridge Play Day”. Faye Bacon, Bridge Coordinator 760.707.6677

Salt & Light – April 2019

In April, Miracles and Prayer will be the theme for our 2nd and 4th Sunday 9:45 AM studies. Join us to hear about these miracles from our founding era and hear the prayers we will offer in thanksgiving.  In May, once again we have the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day. As we reflect on the love and reverence we hold for mothers, we think about their sacrifice for and dedication to their children. Both scripture and society proclaim a child’s importance, and you don’t have to look hard to find statements affirming that:
  • 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.
  • Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” 
  • Pope John Paul II “A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members” 
  • Mahatma Ghandi “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.”
  • Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey “…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” 

To honor mothers and the children who richly bless our nation, your Free to be Faithful / Salt & Light group is asking Redeemer to make the month of May 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.  We would like to help Birth Choice expand the operation of their mobile facility such that they are able to serve more moms to-be. Keep an eye out for material that will provide details on this wonderful service and our opportunity to support them. To further amplify the importance of the work Birth Choice is doing, we will be providing a video-based study on life after abortion during the 9:45 AM Sunday fellowship time in May. This study talks about all aspects of what has become all too common in America, along with alternatives and a hopeful message for the future.  Contact Dan Bitner or Jerry Meyer for more information.

Journey to the Cross

Starting today & continuing over the next few weeks, the Sunday School children will go on a journey to understand what happened to Jesus during Holy Week.  As they begin the journey, they will check in at the “Customs Station” to collect their passport.  Each week they will visit 2-3 stations, listen to a story & collect a sticker to commemorate each stop.  Then, on Easter Sunday they will celebrate Christ’s resurrection!!

Women in Mission – April 2019

On Tuesday, April 9th, join Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) for refreshments at 9:15, a business meeting at 9:30 and then at 10:30, a presentation by Next Step Service Dogs. This program provides service to veterans, active military and first responders with PTSD. The program will describe the treatment/training, and share success stories of over 500 working service dogs nationwide. There will be a meet and greet with the dogs as well. All are invited to attend! “therefore comfort one another…” 1 Thessalonians . 4:18.

Mission Minute – March 2019

Your Mission Fund donation for February went to both the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, and to Wilson Vai.

The Lutheran Heritage Foundation is a mission organization dedicated to translating, publishing, distributing, and introducing confessional Lutheran materials worldwide. Over 587 titles have been printed in 72 different languages with many more in process. Published resources are used by pastors, seminary students, missionaries, and churches worldwide including in the United States to reach out to ethnic populations.
Wilson Vai is a Lutheran Field Monitor working with the Lutheran Refugee Congregation who has requested assistance in building a shelter for the kids. Wilson said, “The children are my priority, I have to find them better area to stay to be healthy.” He wrote from Liberia. 
Heidi Hill from Birth Choice called on February 20 and said she received a donation and wanted to express her thanks. Birth Choice was your January Mission Fund recipient. 
Thank you for generously supporting these worthy charities. Contact: Linda

Lent Devotionals

Centuries before Christ, God was preparing the way for His Son’s arrival. From mankind’s original sin through the children of Israel’s on-again, off-again obedience, God was faithful, honoring his promise to Eve (Genesis 3:15), which first pointed to Jesus. In People of the Passion, you will see God working through the lives of ordinary people to achieve His ultimate aim; our salvation.  If you would like to read, or listen to, these devotions during Lent, you can do so at Lutheran Hour Ministries. Printed copies will also be available in the lobby.

Family Dinners

Let us do the cooking! Before the Wednesday evening Lent services we will be having Family Dinners at 5:30pm in the Fellowship Hall. A freewill offering will support our Youth Ministry. Each week we will have a different theme, including a Salad Bar, Burrito Bar, Baked Potato Bar, Picnic Cookout, and a Pasta Night. Dates are March 13-April 10. Join us!

Baptism Class

Do you know someone who missed the last baptism class? Pastor Augie will be holding the next baptism preparation class on Saturday, March 16th at 10am.  This is a no obligation instructional class, and a great way to get questions answered and find out if baptism is for you.  Why not invite your friends and attend with them? Contact Rachelle in the office to register.

Two Table Bridge Group-Mar 2019

The New Year for the group began with a mutually agreed upon change as we recognized returning to our respective homes on a Friday afternoon left much to be desired.  The traffic is becoming heavier and timing is of the essence. 
We met on the 4th Friday of the month,  February 22,  at 11 AM and we chose Snacks and Bridge rather than Dessert at mid-noon and it is a good plan.  Anyone interested in playing bridge is welcome and letting the Bridge Coordinator know is the only requirement.  We meet in members homes and we always need substitute players.
Snacks were served for everyone to enjoy at the home of Faye Bacon and playing bridge began upon the arrival of all players.  Ruth Russell scored high score followed by second high scorer, the hostess.  Alice Lehmann rejoiced because she went home with her early-on investment and we understand Buck was impressed. 
March 22nd, we will play at the home of Carolyn Schmaltz at 11 AM. Why not give yourself a treat, if you like bridge,  call: Faye Bacon at 760-707-6677 or e-mail  I look forward to hearing from you; we come together as friends and we enjoy the Christian Fellowship and Friendships as a result.
Faye Bacon
Bridge Coordinator

Birthday Group – March 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Buck Lehmann, Rachelle Iadicicco and Evonne Salyer on Valentine’s Day, February 14 at Dini’s Bistro.  It was the day of the major storm and we stayed dry despite rainwater seeping in from the patio.  A good time was had by all, especially the birthday celebrants themselves.  We contributed one hundred ($100) dollars to Saint Jude’s Research Hospital. And we meet again at Dini’s Bistro, by the Sea in Carlsbad, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard, to be exact, on THURSDAY, March 28, at 11:30 a.m. to celebrate the birthdays of George Ann Barnes, Dave Berrier Louise Dockerty (unable to attend) Di Haarmeyer, Rich Sherwood and Gayle Timken.
Lunches range from twelve to eighteen ($12-18) dollars.  In addition to your lunch we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to Dogs for Better Lives, a facility that trains dogs to help hearing impaired and/or autistic people.
Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman,, 760-721-6674.  

Free to be Faithful – March 2019

The Free to be Faithful / Salt & Light group recognizes and rejoices in the fact that this great country of ours began by first humbling themselves before God. No other nation had proclaimed that our inalienable rights came from God and not man. Secondly, that our birth and growth as a nation has been richly blessed by God. And third, that our cherished nation is today turning away from God’s Truths. So, what is at stake? Educator and historical author during the American Revolution, Jedidiah Morse, aptly put his finger on it when he said, “In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom. All efforts made to destroy the foundations of our Holy Religion ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness. Whenever the pillars of Christianity shall be overthrown, our present republican forms of government and all the blessings which flow from them must fall with them.” The Free to be Faithful / Salt & Light group currently is offering enlightening presentations of the connections between government and God’s Truths every 2nd and 4th Sundays between 1st and 2nd service. Make a habit of joining us regularly. Contact Jerry or Dan for more information.

Christian Stewardship

What a name -“steward”!  Do you know its history?  The word originally was a combination of two old English words “sty” and “ward.”  A sty-ward was a keeper of the pigsty. But in the course of centuries it graduated to a loftier position, the keeper of a lord’s estate. What a history!  God found men in the grime and gutter and has elevated them in Christ to become His stewards. Surely no Christian would want to miss the glory of living such a life. Stewardship is viewed by many in our circles as a way of raising money rather than a way of life.
Luther defies stewardship by saying that Christ suffered and died for me in order “that I may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him…,”. The Apostle Paul put it this way: “For me to live is Christ…He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again….  Ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The stewardship life of Christians is the work of the spirit through the gospel. The investment of one’s entire life for Christ, the dedication of one’s time, talent, and treasure, are so closely related.  Where people are won to give  generously of their time and ability, they are more ready to give generously of their means.
Stewardship as a way of Life…Your Stewardship Steering Team

Easter Lilies

All praises to Christ our King!  As we look forward to celebrating Christ’s resurrection, it is time to start planning for the day.  Again, we will be ordering Easter lilies to decorate our church.   The cost is $8.00 each.  If you wish to donate money to fund this part of the celebration, make your check payable to Redeemer by the Sea and note that it is for Easter lilies.  After the last Easter service, you may pick up your lily.  Thank you in advance for your participation! Contact Di Haarmeyer for more information.

Women in Mission

On Tuesday, March 12th at 10:30am Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) will be hosting LuAnn Goedert in “A Walk Through the Carrot Patch”. This tasty food demonstration will feature carrots. You won’t want to miss out! Business Meeting at 9:30. Contact Mary Ann Meinardus for more information.

Women in Mission – Feb 2019

On Tuesday, February 12th at 10:30am Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) will be hosting Heidi Hill, CEO of Birth Choice. Birth Choice is a pro-life, non-profit organization founded in 1987 that provides resources and counseling for women and men facing unplanned pregnancy. Following the program, a service project for the children of “new” resident parent of “Solutions for Change” will take place. Come join us! Our programs are open to both men and women. Contact Mary Ann for more information. Business meeting for women at 9:30am.

Birthday Group – Feb 2019

We celebrated the birthdays of Jan Bishop and Erika Reiswig at Dini’s Bistro. It was a warm sunny day and the doors were open to the patio so we could hear the surf (when the traffic didn’t drown it out) as well as watch the waves. We ate at smaller, intimate tables which everyone seemed to enjoy. Congratulations to Ann Doering and Minerva Brown for winning the bottles of wine lottery.
And we meet again at Dini’s Bistro, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard, on February 14 at 11:30 to celebrate birthdays of Buck Lehmann, Rachelle Iadicicco and Evonne Salyer. Lunches range from twelve to eighteen ($12-18) dollars. In addition to your lunch we request a one dollar contribution per celebrant which will go to Saint Jude’s Research Hospital. Everyone is welcome to join us but you do need a reservation with the Birthday Coordinator, Jo Voertman or 760-721-6674

Free to Be Faithful – Feb 2019

We are happy to report that the 2019 San Diego ‘Walk for Life’ was a great success; the attendance count I saw was over 4,000, and it included a lot of younger people who represent the hope for our future. Some of us from Salt & Light attended and we were able to talk to many of the organizations who support the pro-life cause. One such organization is Birth Choice, and they will be presenting at our LWML meeting in February.
We have started our twice a month video based study and plan to continue that program on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. January was a discussion of what makes America exceptional. The bottom line is that it is a result of our governing principals that acknowledges there is a fixed moral law, that our inalienable rights come from a Divine Creator, and that government’s role is to protect those rights. Beyond that, the government derives their just powers from the consent of the governed. Stay tuned for next month’s topic.
Contact Dan for more information.

Holy Hackers – Feb 2019

We will be meeting at St. Mark’s Executive course on Saturday, February 16, with first tee time at 12:30pm. We play a scramble format so all levels of expertise are welcome. It is a great opportunity to fellowship with you fellow hackers and make new friends. If you aren’t already on the “Holy Hacker” golf group e-mailings, please email Dianne for questions or to signup. Deadline for signing up is Tuesday, February 12th. Hope to see you then!

Backpack Bonanza!

On Sunday, February 10th, Lutheran Women in Mission and Orphan Grain Train are collecting backpacks, school supplies, assorted size balls and new socks to minister to needy people with our Pacific Southwest District, in Mexico and beyond. Be sure to bring your donation to the lobby by February 10th.
Contact Mary Ann for more information.

Mission Minute Feb 2019

Your January Mission Fund donation went to Birth Choice, San Marcos. In addition to providing ultrasound images of their unborn babies, they provide pregnancy readings, after abortion and miscarriage care and education. Specifically, your $750 went toward their By Design program.
By Design Sexual Health and Wholeness, targeted towards teenagers and up, helps young men and women understand the value and worth of their body and the decisions they make in relationships. These workshops are held at the Birth Choice Office or other local, convenient locations. Registration is free. They offer this program in individual and group learning environments.
They also offer the successful By Design for Healthcare Professionals which provides medical professionals with an introduction to topics addressed in a Pregnancy Medical Clinic setting. Participants will be equipped to understand and share with their inter-professional team and the community how the Pregnancy Medical Clinic impacts women, their reproductive health including a holistic approach to fertility, pregnancy and family planning with the understanding that a woman’s fertility affects her overall health. The information and principles shared will allow medical personnel to optimize patient care across the spectrum of health care This course is held at the Birth Choice Office or other local, convenient locations. Registration is free. Thank you, Redeemer, for supporting the Mission Fund so we can continue to support such organizations working hard to follow God’s word. Contact: Linda for more information