Week of August 30

Dear Friends,
Here are some of the things you need to know this week.
First, Our Annual International Student Beach Trip takes place this Saturday. Here is a word from David:
CtR and the ODU Chinese Students and Scholars Association are jointly hosting a trip to the Virginia Beach oceanfront for Chinese students and scholars at ODU this Saturday, August 29th.  We will leave from the ODU campus at 10 am and return at 3 pm.  The weather forecast is good, and the day promises to be fun.  We would like to show the students who we are at CtR.  Some 39 students and scholars are signed up, and we can definitely use your help.  Please contact David Snouffer at da.snouffer@verizon.net if you feel called to this ministry.–
Second, our Children’s and Family Ministry kicks off with two events this week:
  • “Back to Class” Breakfast this coming Sunday, August 30 during Sunday School
  • Ice Cream Social and VBS Wrap-Up on Saturday, September 5 from 6:30-7:30
Third, Our Tenth Anniversary Celebration takes place on Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27.  Please RSVP for the dinner on the 26th and plan on welcoming Bishop Quigg Lawrence for our Confirmation service on Sunday.
Fourth, Community and Study Groups are starting up again in September.
 (check for details in the bulletin on Sunday or on the web-christtheredeemer.org)
1.     Two Women’s Study and Fellowship Group offerings:
  • Wednesday nights, 7-9 pm at the home of Temple Richardson, beginning September 16
  • Thursday mornings from 9:15 – 11 am at the church beginning on September 17
2.     Men’s Group will meet on the First and Third Saturdays of the month from 8:30-10 am beginning on September 19
3.     Community/Home Groups also meet during the week and are open for new members. Contact Lauren Gyorfi for more information (lauren_g_smith@verizon.net)
Fifth, Our New Members Class will take place this fall. We are holding an informational meeting on Sunday September 20 after worship for all who are interested.
Have a great week. I look forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.

Week of August 23

Dear Friends
Here are some of the things you need to know this week:
First, Please pray for Sarah Skogland today as she mourns the death on Wednesday of her mother, Maxine Burton. We commend all who grieve this day to the loving hands of God.
Second, we are privileged to welcome Brad Embry as our preacher this Sunday. Brad is a professor of Old Testament at Regent’s Seminary and a gifted teacher. We are blessed to have so many gifted people among us who are faithful stewards of the Word of God. Pray for Brad as he prepares this week.
Third, there are a number of events that you need to get on your calendar (if you have not yet done so!);
  • Saturday, August 29 is tentatively set for the Beach Trip with our international student friends at ODU. If you are able to join in the fun and meet some students would you let David Snouffer know (da.snouffer@verizon,net).
  • Saturday, September 5 is the date for our Ice Cream Social and VBS wrap-up. This promises to be a fun way of kicking off the fall season.
  • Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 marks our Tenth Anniversary as a body of Christ. We will celebrate with a dinner at the church on the Saturday night and then with Bishop Quigg’s visit on Sunday morning. Please RSVP for the dinner to aid in the preparations.
  • Saturday, October 3 we will join with other churches and groups to ‘Serve the City’, specifically the Park Place community. This is a great way to make a small though significant difference in our local community and do so in and with the love of Jesus. More information can be found in the Fellowship Hall near the Mission Bulletin Board.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.

Week of August 16

Dear Friends,
Here are some of the things you need to know as we prepare for this week and for the Fall season:


Dear Friends,
Fall is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to transition into our Sunday school program.  Summer Children’s Church was a huge success thanks to the willingness and dedication of our volunteer teachers this summer.  Thank you to all who participated in making this a summer to remember!
Fall is one of my favorite seasons; it reminds me of new beginnings.  This season, our Sunday school program will have some exciting new features!
  • We are adding a new K4-K5 class and two new teachers!  Sarah Skogland and Kris Keisser have volunteered to teach this class.  I am very excited about this new addition.
  • Brother Tim is also joining our program.  He will be working twice a month with our upper elementary and middle school classes.  The focus will be Communion and liturgical seasons.
We are happy and grateful to welcome back our returning teachers:  Kori Embry, Kandace Sherrill, Linda Richter, Debra Bustetter, Stan Bustetter, Kim Johnson, Georgia Maas, Christi Cirillo, and Chris Brown.  Please make sure you thank them for all the hard work they do.
Kandace Sherrill will be helping us kickoff the new year with a Sunday school breakfast during class time on August the 30th.  We really appreciate her taking this on again.  I look forward to working with all of your children.



I have the privilege of preaching at the Church of the Incarnation in Williamsburg this Sunday. Incarnation is the ACNA church plant on the Peninsula that we support (financially and spiritually) and this is a way of deepening our connection.  Dan Waterman will be present on Sunday to preach and celebrate.

LOOKING AHEAD:  Dates to Remember

  • Saturday September 5: Ice Cream Social and VBS Wrap-Up Celebration. All are welcome!
  • Saturday, September 26 and Sunday September 27: Tenth Year Anniversary Celebration (Dinner and Service).  Book the dates now and plan on joining in.
  • Saturday October 3: ‘Serve the City’. This is an opportunity to join other churches in serving Park Place in down-to-earth-practical ways. More information to follow.
Have a great week.

Week of August 9

Dear Friends,

Here are some of the things you need to know this week:

Mission Update: On Sunday we’ll have the privilege of welcoming Dr. John Hatcher, Principal of Park Place School. Dr. Hatcher will give us an update on Park Place School’s Summer Program which was funded by Christ the Redeemer.

Ministry Opportunities:

Sunday School Teachers: Jennifer Brown is seeking a few more teachers for the fall. We have been blessed by God by the growing numbers of children in our community. Please pray that God would raise up good, caring models and teachers for these little ones (brownie7506@yahoo.com).
Chinese Student Ministry: We have been asked by the Chinese Student and Scholar Group of ODU to supply ‘hosts’ who will meet and greet some incoming Chinese students or scholars and offer to take them shopping or have them over for a meal. The world is coming to us!  May we have the wisdom and joy of offering Christian hospitality to those who are eager to receive it. For more information contact David Snouffer (da.snouffer@verizon.net)

Save the Date:

Saturday September 5: VBS Wrap-Up Celebration and Ice Cream Social
Saturday September 26 and Sunday September 27: Celebration of our Ten Year Anniversary (Dinner on Saturday night; Confirmations and Celebration on Sunday morning with Bishop Quigg Lawrence).

Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday.