Week of September 24 of Pentecost

Dear Friends

I have some good news and another prayer request for you tonight. First, the good news is that Mia Mabrey went home to day with her mother and father (Mike and Allison). Thank you for praying for her these past few days. Give thanks to the Father for his grace towards this beautiful young child and family.

The prayer request is for Charles Jenkins. Charles has been working hard on his recovery from major surgery last month but has now developed many blood clots in his left leg. He will undergo a procedure tomorrow morning to counteract the clots.  The surgeons have high hopes for the procedure but know that every one has its downside. Please pray that God’s will be done for Charles in and through the medical action; and that he and Carolyn know the gracious presence of God in and through it all.

Can I also ask that those who are contemplating participating in our New Members’ Exploration Class inform me by Sunday of their intentions. We begin with dinner at our home on Sunday October 5.

Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

May God’s peace and grace be with you all.


Week of September 18 of Pentecost

What a great and glorious day we had last Sunday for the Ordination of Nile Gomez to the diaconate, together with the culmination of the weekend visit with Bishop Steve and Sally Breedlove.  The Spirit of God was hovering over our community and we are grateful for it all.

We look forward now to a great and glorious fall season.  Here are some of the things you need to be aware of this week:
International Student Beach Trip;   What was supposed to take place last Saturday will – Lord willing- take place this coming one. David Snouffer still thinks we will have over 30 international students eager to spend some time with Americans at the oceanfront. They plan on meeting at 10:00 am in Gray’s Pharmacy parking lot (across from ODU on 48th and Hampton Blvd).  If you can drive on Saturday please let David know at da.snouffer@verizon.net
New Members Exploration Class:  If you are feeling drawn by God to connect with this community, I encourage you to explore membership this fall. The class begins with dinner at our home (1019 Manchester) on Sunday October 5 and then continues for six weeks on Sunday mornings (October 12 – November 16) from 8:30 – 9:45 am. Child care will be provided for those who need it. Please speak to me on Sunday or contact the church office (226-8700) to register.
Ministry Fair:  All of us are gifted by God and have a need to serve the whole for the common good. On Sunday October 5 we will hold a ‘Ministry Fair’ where you can find out what ministries are available at CtR and speak to those giving leadership to them. Be sure to pick up the brochure ‘Connecting to the Community’ this Sunday for more information.
Men’s Group:  In addition to all the home/community groups that have recently started, the men of the church are invited to participate in our Men’s group meeting the first and third Saturdays of the month from 8:30 – 10: am beginning October 4.
Network Retreat:  Bishop Steve encouraged us to attend the Network retreat scheduled for November 20-22 in Harrisonburg, VA. Be sure to pick up a brochure this Sunday for more information.
Handyman Help Needed:  If you have the skills, inclination and the time to finish some needed work around the church (hanging the projector and screen in the new education space; moving the white board from the Fellowship Hall to the new space; perhaps replacing some light fixtures in the Fellowship Hall etc) then please let Janie Atwood know – maryjaneatwood@gmail.com.
Knox 115 year Celebration:  This Sunday our friends downstairs celebrate 115 years of their church’s life. They anticipate over 100 guests attending the service and ask us to be thoughtful about sharing the parking lot with them this week!  If you can find a place on the streets around Knox (BUT not on the south side of 37th!), they would appreciate it greatly.
Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Brian Campbell

Week of September 11 of Pentecost

Dear Friends,

What a great and glorious weekend we have before us; the beginning of a great and glorious fall!

The Visit with our Bishop Steve and Sally Breedlove: Steve and Sally will be spending the full weekend with us and there are two opportunities for all of us to meet and greet them.

First, on Saturday night Janis and I will host a ‘Dessert and Coffee’ time at our home from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Our address is 1019 Manchester Ave, Norfolk 23508. All are welcome and encouraged to stop by and greet the Breedlove’s.

we have the honor of participating in the Ordination of Nile Gomez to the Order of Deacons on Sunday morning during our regular service. Please keep Nile and Doris in your prayers and plan on being early for worship this week.

International Student Ministry Beach Trip: David Snouffer informs me that there may be as many as 30 international students signed up for our ‘Beach Trip’ this Saturday and he is looking for a few more drivers! The plan is to meet in Gray’s Pharmacy Parking Lot (on Hampton Blvd. near 47th St) at 10:00 am and then car pool to the oceanfront. If you can help out on Saturday please email David soon at da.snouffer@verizon.net.

Baptismal Preparation: If you would like to explore baptism for you or your child please speak to Brian Campbell before Sunday. We have two dates set aside for baptisms this fall due to family travel schedules (The Shellock’s will be baptizing Ruby and Joey on October 19 and the Zimbrick-Rogers’ will do the same for Louisa on November 2).  We will combine the preparation for both baptisms in one set and those dates need to be determined soon.

Exploring Membership within Christ the Redeemer: If you are feeling drawn by the grace of God to become part of the Christ the Redeemer family, you are encouraged to participate in the Membership Class this fall. It will begin with dinner at the Campbell’s on Sunday October 5 and then continue on Sunday mornings (8:30 – 9:45 am) for the next six weeks (Child care will be provided for those who need it). Please speak to Brian Campbell or call the church office (226-8700) for more information or to register for the sessions.

Community and Study Groups: The Fall is a great time to join a Home/Community group or to participate in a Study group.  If you are interested in finding out more about our Home/Community groups please contact Lauren Gyorfi (757-321-3989 or Lauren_g_smith@yahoo.com) or Jennifer Brown (757-651-4644 or brownie7506@yahoo.com)

In addition we have three Women’s groups meeting this fall and one Men’s group:
Wednesday Evening Women: meet at Temple Richardson’s home(1510 S. Eleanor Court, Norfolk VA 23508) each Wednesday night. They will be studying the Book of Hebrews this fall. Contact Temple at 757-489-7805.

Thursday Morning Women: meet at the church on Thursday mornings (9:15-11:00 am). They are studying Tim Keller’s book, Walking through Pain and Suffering. Contact Janis Campbell at 757-284-8245.

Friday Morning ‘Mom’s of Young Children’ Group: meet at the church on Friday mornings this fall. Contact Emily Zimbrick-Rogers’ at 757-622-0757.

The Men’s Group: meets the first and third Saturdays of the month beginning October 4 at the church from 8;30- 10:00 am. We will be studying Peter Walker’s book The Jesus Way: The Essential Christian Starter Kit.  Contact Brian Campbell at 757-284-8246.

Some Housekeeping Issues:
I encourage us all to commit to wearing our ‘Name Tags’ on Sunday mornings as a simple way of expressing hospitality to our visitors (and as a great way to get to know some of the folks you know only by sight!). The tags are kept in the upper hallway opposite the Women’s Rest Room.

Our friends at Knox Presbyterian have requested that we remember to reserve the south side of 37th Street for the elderly who attend their 11:00 am service (that’s the side closest to the church building). Additionally, due to the work on the street they have asked to extend the number of slots reserved for their parishioners on the grass lot. Until further notice, the parking directly in front of their sanctuary will now be reserved for Knox (All other slots are open for our use. Please remember to park as closely as possible to enable the most efficient use of the space available).
Have a great week. I look forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.

Brian Campbell

Kickoff Sunday School Breakfast

Dear Families of CTR,

This Sunday, September 7, we are having our kickoff to Sunday School breakfast. Kandace Sherrill is providing us with a yummy breakfast that we will eat during Sunday School time.  This is a great way for all of the kids to meet their teachers.  We will be eating in the large multipurpose room where we have been meeting this summer.  Parents are welcome to pop in if they would like to meet our wonderful teachers.

We have made a few changes to our Sunday School program.  

The first one is that we have added a new class!  Our two’s and three’s now have their own classroom.  Their classroom will be open for drop off at the beginning of the service just like the nursery.  They will have a mini lesson now which is not offered during nursery time.  Another change that we have made is that we now are asking you to sign in your nursery age children and toddler age children.  This will help us protect your little ones.  Our other classes will run the way they have in the past.  We have an early elementary class that goes from K4-1st grade, an upper elementary class that goes from 2nd-5th grade, and a youth class for middleschoolers and highschoolers.  The youth class is now meeting in Rev Brian’s office and the upper elementary class is meeting in the classroom off of the ping pong room.  I look forward to working with all of your children.

Jennifer Brown

Director of Children & Family Ministry

If you have any questions please e-mail Jennifer Brown.