October 29 of Week 30 in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends

It promises to be a great weekend at Christ the Redeemer:
FESTIVAL OF ALL SAINTS: Takes place on Sunday, November 2 and includes the following:.
  • The Baptism of Louisa Zimbrick-Rogers. We look forward to welcoming another member into the Body of Christ. Please keep the family in your prayers this week.
  • Our POT LUCK LUNCH takes place this Sunday as well. Please plan on staying for the food and fellowship and make sure you bring something to share!
  • Budget 2015 Presentation will take place during the lunch. We have much to celebrate at CtR and much to prepare for in the coming year. This presentation will help us get ready for our Annual General Meeting in early December.
  • Local Mission’ Exploratory Conversation: Nile Gomez will facilitate an initial conversation on the possibilities for our local outreach (4% of our budget is designated for this ministry). At the end of the presentation those who are eager to see where God is leading us in our local mission will have a chance to meet in the new Christian Education space.
  • Exploring Membership at CtR  continues on Sunday morning at 8:30 am. We will be looking at the implications of being a ‘Creedal Church’.

Men’s Group meets again on Saturday morning, November 1 beginning at 8:30 am. Tom Duffey will be sharing his life-story and Stan Blythe will be leading a discussion on the first chapter of Peter Walker’s book, The Jesus Way. All men of the church are welcome and encouraged to come.

Some Pastoral News:
  • Congratulations are in order for Doris Gomez who became the permanent Dean of the School for Business and Leadership at Regent University last week.
  • We also celebrate the marriage of David Richardson – Temple Richardson’s youngest son- on Saturday November 1 in Charlottesville.

Time Change-  Please remember to set your clocks back on Saturday night.

Looking forward to worshiping with all God’s ‘Saints’ on Sunday.
Have a great and glorious week.

Brian Campbell

October 24 of Week 29 in Ordinary Time

Here is what you need to know this week:

Exploring Membership continues on Sunday at 8:30 am. We look at one of the defining aspects of Anglicanism: Prayer Book Spirituality.
‘City Changers Conference’ sponsored by the Focus Center at Park Place Methodist takes place next week – Thursday evening 7-9:30 pm; Friday morning 11 am- 2 pm, and Saturday morning, 8 am to 1 pm.  More information can be found on the bulletin board in the Fellowship hall. To register go to ‘https://www.eventbrite.com/e/comprehensive-community-transformation-conference-tickets-13180823197
Annual PEARUSA Network Retreat takes place November 20-22. In addition to the main teaching by Bishop Steve Wood of the Diocese of the Carolinas we have just received the list of workshops taking place during the retreat (which may just whet your appetite and prompt you to come). These can be found on the bulletin board in the Fellowship hall.
All Saints Day falls on November 2 this year. In addition to the Celebration of the Feast of All Saints we will participate in the baptism of Louisa Zimbrick-Rogers. We will also host our next Pot Luck Lunch that day so make plans now to come and bring something to share with your fellow-saints!
Local Mission Discussion Group hosted by our deacon, Nile Gomez, has been rescheduled to take place during the Pot Luck on Sunday November 2.  This will be the initial conversation of a much longer dialogue. You are encouraged to join in as you are able.
Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Peace be with you all.

Brian Campbell

October 17 of Week 28 in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends

Here are  a few things to note this week:
Men’s Group meets again tomorrow morning – Saturday October 18 – from 8:30- 10:00 am. I will be sharing a bit of my life story; Stan Blythe will lead us in a discussion of the first chapter of Peter Walker’s The Jesus Way; and we will continue our reflection on our own experience of ‘being discipled’.  All (men) are welcome.
Exploring Membership class meets again on Sunday morning – October 19 from 8:30- 9;45 am. We will ‘travel’ through 2000 years of church history and ask how we might learn from our past and discern the context for our own calling and mission.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism takes place this Sunday. We welcome into Christ’s body Ruby and Joey Shellock and pray God’s blessing upon their family, Sarah and Matty Shellock. We have all been invited to a reception at their home following coffee hour. Directions will be provided for those who need them.
City Changers Conference sponsored by the Focus Center at Park Place Methodist Church takes place October 30, 31 and November 1. If you have a heart for the city and a desire to see how Christ the Redeemer can participate in God’s mission to the city, I encourage you to attend this conference. Details are posted on the bulletin board at the church.
Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.
Peace be with us all.
Brian Campbell

October 11 of Week 27 in Ordinary Time

I trust you are having a great weekend and enjoying this glorious weather.Let me remind us all of some of the things happening around CtR this week:
New Members Class begins in earnest tomorrow morning (Sunday October 12) beginning at 8:30 am (I know it is early but please do your very best to be on time). There will be child care provided for those who need it. The class will last 6 weeks (through November 16). If you are interested in exploring membership within CtR I encourage you to come (Listen to the still small voice of the Spirit).
Baptisms:  We have the privilege of participating in two sets of baptisms this fall. The first is next Sunday, October 19 ( Ruby and Joey Shellock) and then on November 2 (Louisa Zimbrick-Rogers).  Sarah and Mattty Shellock would love to invite all of us back to their home for a reception following the baptism next week. They will have directions available on Sunday for those who need it.
Network Retreat Deadline: Early bird registration is fast approaching (October 15). To register for the retreat go to ‘http://acnretreat.eventbrite.com‘ – the Code is ‘atlantic coast’.
In preparation for worship tomorrow be sure to read Philippians 2: 1-18. We continue our series on Paul’s Letter to the Philippians by focusing on Phil 2: 1-4 and 12-18 tomorrow.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all tomorrow.
Brian Campbell

Week of October 1 of Pentecost

Dear Friends

On this first day of the month we look forward to a great weekend together. Here is what you need to know (and to respond to as needed) this week:

Exploring Membership at CtR:   Our New Members’ Class begins this Sunday with dinner at our home (1019 Manchester, Norfolk VA 23508 from 5;00 pm to 8;00 pm). If you have not yet responded to the invitation and would like to participate in the class (and the dinner!) would you kindly RSVP by Friday afternoon at the latest (just ‘respond’ to this email).

Men’s Group this Saturday (8:30 – 10:00 am):  Our Men’s group begins again this Saturday and we plan on meeting on the First and Third Saturdays of the month through December. Our focus will be on Peter Walker’s book, The Jesus Way (but you do not need to have the book to come on Saturday).

Ministry Fair on Sunday after Worship:  All of us have been gifted by God and designed to ‘serve’ for the ‘common good’.  If you have not yet found your place of service within Christ the Redeemer you will have a chance to speak with the various ministry leaders among us during coffee hour after worship.

Network Retreat (November 20-22): Just a reminder that if you are considering attending our Network retreat in November (outside of Harrisonburg, VA) the deadline for the ‘early bird’ price is October 15. Pick up a brochure on Sunday or contact Cheryl in the office (ctrsec@gmail.com or 757-226-8700).

Sermon Series on Philippians:  We continue with our study of Philippians this week by looking at one of the greatest sections of the New Testament – Philippians 2:5-11. Take a moment this week and read prayerfully this powerful text and come prepared to engage with it in worship on Sunday.

Have a great and glorious week.
Brian Campbell