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LWML 2019

All women members of our church who want to “serve God’ and make a difference while enjoying Fellowship, should take a second look at our national organization that was established and supported by Missouri Synod to give service not only to our church, our Lutheran Missions abroad, but specifically geared towards our community outreach mission in our own backyard.  All women in our congregation are automatically LWM members.  We are, also, a part of five North County Lutheran Church societies of LWM, and we all work together…


Birthday Group

We celebrated the birthdays of John Bacon, Cordelia Degner, Otis Haarmeyer, Suzanne Hughes, Norma Russell, Jo Voertman and Joan Wilson at the Argyle Steak House. We were seated by ourselves in the hotel library, looking out over the lagoon—a perfect setting to celebrate birthdays. Celebrants were given crème Brule for dessert.
We contributed two hundred ninety-five ($295) dollars to Concordia University-Irvine. We will start the New Year off with a birthday lunch on THURSDAY, January 24, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. at Dini’s Bistro, 3290 Carlsbad Boulevard, celebrating the birthdays of Jan Bishop and Erika Reiswig. 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 Solutions for Change, which helps homeless families in our community.
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 / Salt & Light

The Salt & Light group has for several years been presenting opportunities to share with you some of the undeniable relationships between God and the birth of this great nation, the United States. Beginning in January we will be sharing a DVD presentation called Exceptional. America is truly a blessed nation. In so many ways she represents the exception rather than the rule among nations of the world. Our exceptionalism encompasses great diversity of race, ethnicity, and religion and has benefitted every American. However, there is a reason why we are exceptional and we invite you to find out why. This presentation will be shown between services on January 27. We hope you will join us.
 See Dan Bitner or Jerry Meyer for details.

Women in Mission – January 8, 2019

On Tuesday, January 8th the Lutheran Women in Mission (LWM) will be hosting Margarita Trias of the Foster Youth Mentor Program. The Youth Mentor Program is a project of the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency designed to ‘fostering a change’ that results in a successful life path. Join us at 10:30 for the program and the programs is ‘open’ to both men and women. Ladies’ business meeting at 9:30am.

Baptism Sunday

Do you know someone who has put off baptism?  We are celebrating a baptism Sunday on February 24th!  Pastor Augie will be holding a baptism preparation class on Saturday, February 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 the office for more information.

Mission Minute – San Diego Rescue Mission

In December, your Mission Fund donation and our special collection went to San Diego Rescue Mission whose mission is to lovingly address the needs of men, women and children experiencing homelessness by sharing the Good News of Salvation and providing a holistic approach to rehabilitation and recovery.

Their Programs Are:

Emergency Shelter for Women and Children, Haven of Hope, Women and Children’s Center, Haven of Hope Preschool, Recuperative Care Unit, Therapeutic Services, Transitional Housing, Job Training, Spiritual Training, Partners for Hunger Relief, And the Men’s Center: The 12-month state-licensed residential rehabilitation program providing the tools, training and spiritual foundation to transform their lives.

The Men’s Center is in the greatest financial need, so in December, your donations went there.

To see a video on the Mission, click HERE

Thank you, and please keep the Mission Fund strong! Linda Staehr, Council Chair, Missions and Evangelism

What I Love About Redeemer

– Advent and Christmas!
I love this time of year leading up to Christmas!  One of the things that’s great about it is that not only do we celebrate with our families, but we celebrate in community with our church family!  The Advent & Christmas season is perhaps our most festive of the year.  We have parties, dinners and celebrations galore.  We have special musical presentations like the children’s Christmas choir, and choir cantata – as well as special selections in our praise band and bell choir.  Plus, we decorate the sanctuary, lobby and fellowship hall.  I could go on, but you get the idea. 
In addition to all this, something we do at Redeemer that’s noteworthy is that we use the weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas to focus in on the spiritual significance of our Savior’s birth.  What is so special about this “holiday” that we celebrate with decorations, presents, lights and time off work? It begins with Advent (from Latin adventus, which means “coming into”), which is a four-week period of preparation before Christmas. Like the season of Lent, Advent affords a time of preparation for celebrating the fulfillment of the Father’s plan of salvation in the incarnation of His Son, Jesus. This year, the theme of our Advent message series comes from the popular Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?”
The birth of a certain child two thousand years ago in Bethlehem prompted a poet in the nineteenth century to ask a very uncommon question about the birth of a very uncommon child.  The angel who announced this child’s birth on Christmas Eve answered the question, “What Child Is This?” this way: “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” The hymnwriter answered it this way: “This, this is Christ the king.” They both wanted to make known the identity of this special and holy Child.
The goal of this series is for us to ponder the unmatched blessing of the Lord’s incarnation and birth.  The messages draw upon the themes of Holy Scripture found in Luke Chapter 1, and teach us to appreciate the full range of blessings that are ours through faith in the child who is God from before the foundations of the world, and who was born of the Virgin Mary. Confronted and comforted by this reality, with hope-filled hearts, we join to sing: “Haste, haste to bring Him laud,” “Hail, hail the Word made flesh,” and “Joy, joy, for Christ is born, The babe, the son of Mary!”  I hope you’ll join us for this special time:    
Sunday, December 2: “The Child Who Is Zechariah’s Hope”    
Sunday, December 9: “The Child Who Is a Virgin’s Great Son”    
Sunday, December 16: “The Child Who Is John’s Joy”    
Christmas Day, December 25:  “The Child Who Is the Lord”
I look forward to celebrating Advent & Christmas with you at Redeemer!
Pastor Augie

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.

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

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

Mission Minute

Last month, your Mission Fund contribution was awarded to Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM), which is a trusted expert in global media that equips and engages a vibrant volunteer base to passionately proclaim the Gospel to more than 100 million people worldwide each week. Through its North American headquarters and 34 ministry centers on six continents, LHM reaches into more than 50 countries, often bringing Christ to places where no other Christian evangelistic organizations are present. LHM’s flagship ministry, The Lutheran Hour®, airs weekly on more than 1,800 radio stations and the American Forces Network. LHM encourage those people who are reached through these ministry efforts to respond by contacting staff or volunteers. LHM then cultivates relationships with those who respond to ultimately facilitate a relationship between them and a Christian community, thus helping grow the kingdom of God. On behalf of Lutheran Hour Ministries, thank you for your Mission Fund contribution, -Linda Staehr, RBTS Missions & Evangelism Chair

Free to Be Faithful

Between 55 and 60 million innocent lives have been lost over the years since Roe v Wade. Same sex marriages are now affirmed by law accompanied by the threats that those who do not affirm this ‘new reality’ could lose and have lost jobs, freedoms and more. Constitutional rights of religion protected by the 1st Amendment are under constant attack by some in and out of government. What is the answer to reversing the trend of making laws that go against God’s Law and appointing judges that uphold these decisions? Elect God fearing men and women who have the religious and moral courage to stand against these attacks. The Salt & Light group believes that it is a Christian’s responsibility to know the biblical issues of the day; what the candidates have said or done on those issues; vote accordingly. To that end the Salt & Light group will be hosting 2 presentations based on the dvd “Anthem for a Nation” on Sunday, Oct 14 and “The Biblical Case for Cultural Engagement” on Oct 28. Both presentations will take place from 9:45 – 10:45 am in the Fellowship Hall. In addition we offer this prayer;

Heavenly Father, we bring the needs of our government before You and ask You to bless our nation through Godly leaders. We ask that for our President and his Cabinet, Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Senate and House of Representatives, and all elected officials of the state and municipalities, that they receive wisdom from You to act in obedience to that wisdom and for the power of God to flow in their lives. We ask this is Jesus name. Amen

Two Tables Bridge Group

September 28, 2018, the day we met to play bridge at the home of Arlyn Schmad will live in infamy. We have (8) Players almost every month but on this day we had (5 ) regular Players and the best man, Bill Barnes, who stepped up to the plate and joined us as Player #6. Drastic measures call for quick compromises!
While the 4 Players played 4 hands of bridge, 2 found pleasure playing “King’s Corner” and this was repeated. High Scorer for Bridge was Arlyn Schmad and second high was Alice Lehmann.
If you are a bridge player and would enjoy spending one afternoon every month at a bridge table we invite you to join us for dessert, beverage and bridge. We meet in members homes on the 4th Friday of each month with the exception of December. Please let me know by calling: 760-707-6677 or email:
I look forward to hearing from you.
Faye Bacon,
Bridge Coordinator at RBTS.