Week of April 30, 2017

Dear CtR Family,
Here are some things going on this week at Christ the Redeemer:
The new ‘Discipleship Hour’ session starts this Sunday beginning at 9:00 AM, but it’s not too late to sign up.  Please let Fr. Brian know at Brian@ChristtheRedeemer.org if you are interested, or if you show up on Sunday, you will not be turned away.
Along with the continuing programs for the youth and children, we will be offering the following two options for adults:
  • ‘Exploring Membership at Christ the Redeemer’:  If you have been drawn by God into this community, and/or you have been considering being Confirmed into the Anglican Communion, then you are encouraged to participate in this class. (It is also open to any who wish to ‘refresh’ their memory of it!)
  • ‘The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story’:  The Scriptures are the ‘Story of the World’ and the foundation of our lives. We need to grasp the sweep of the Story, and how we are invited to live within it, if we are to become the people we were created to be.  This promises to be one of the core courses of our developing catechetical process. All of us will at some time be encouraged to take it! All of us are encouraged to do so now!  We will have several of the books for the class that can be loaned out, or if you would like to purchase a copy, you can do so at our bookstore here.  CtR receives proceeds from books purchased from our bookstore.
Vacation Bible School is not too far off, so please sign-up to bring an item to donate for VBS.  The sign-up is on the big poster board located on the door to the Fellowship Hall.  We ask that all donations be brought in by Sunday, May 7th.
We are also in need of volunteers for the following two areas:
1.       Someone to man the Mission site
2.       Someone to operate the Games site
Contact Jennifer if you have any questions or for more information.  brownie7506@yahoo.com
If you are missing anything or think you might have forgotten anything here at church, please check the “Lost and Found” basket on top of the cabinets in the back room off the Fellowship Hall.  You can also check with Georgia for anything that might have been turned in to the office.
We are in need of Hospitality volunteers.  No one has yet signed up for May!  Please contact Ann McCord Harper for information. b_a_harper@cox.net
I look forward to worshiping with all of you on Sunday.

Week of April 23, 2017

Dear Friends,
We were blessed by a glorious Holy Week–culminating in a joyful Easter celebration! God drew nearly 170 to worship his Son in our space–the largest gathering in our history. I am grateful that his presence sparked such joy in our midst.
The good news is–Eastertide lasts 50 days! We have much to celebrate, and much to learn, as we live into the new creation Jesus’ resurrection has birthed. Let me remind you about some of the things happening this week:
First, our Women’s Retreat takes place this weekend (April 21-23) at Camp Chanco. The focus of the retreat is on ‘forgiveness’. Please pray for those who lead and for those who attend the retreat that God would bless their time and increase their ability to forgive as they have been forgiven.
Second, a new session of ‘Discipleship Hour’ begins on April 30 (9:00-10:00 am). In addition to the continuing programs for Youth and Children, we will offer two options for adults:
  • ‘Exploring Membership at Christ the Redeemer’: If you have been drawn by God into this community, and/or you have been considering being Confirmed into the Anglican Communion, then you are encouraged to participate in this class. (It is also open to any who wish to ‘refresh’ their memory of it!)
  • ‘The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story’: The Scriptures are the ‘Story of the World’ and the foundation of our lives. We need to grasp the sweep of the Story, and how we are invited to live within it, if we are to become the people we were created to be. This promises to be one of the core courses of our developing catechetical process. All of us will at some time be encouraged to take it! All of us are encouraged to do so now!
​It would be extremely helpful if you could tell us your intentions regarding the classes (to aid in our preparing materials and assigning appropriate spaces, etc). A sign-up sheet has been set on the podium near the entrance to the sanctuary (or you could email Georgia at ctrsec@gmail.com).
Have a glorious week.

Holy Week and Easter 2017

Dear Friends
We are in the midst of Holy Week journeying toward our glorious Easter Day celebration. This is the time when the pressures of the world and the intensity of the Church’s calendar combine to challenge our Lenten discipline and intentions. But this is also the time to pay heed to Jesus’ invitation to ‘watch and pray with me’.
Take a moment right now to listen to that gracious invitation, and then ‘set your face like flint’ to travel with Jesus to Jerusalem and the cross, and onto the resurrection.
Let me remind us of the times of our services this week:
MAUNDY THURSDAY, Thursday, April 13 beginning at 6:00 pm in Knox’s Fellowship Hall.
If you have not yet responded to the Evite that was sent out last week, please do so now at this link: Maundy Thursday Dinner. This is the service that shapes the whole of Holy Week: we will reflect on the Passover and how Jesus utterly fulfills it on the cross; we will remember his purposeful actions at the table and font (washing of feet); and we will attempt to sense the struggle in the garden that opens our hearts to the depth of the cost of the cross.
​GOOD FRIDAY, Friday, April 14 beginning at 6:00 pm
We gather in our barren sanctuary to reflect on the Passion of Jesus according to John’ s Gospel. Then we express the depths of our hearts in the Solemn Collects,
​HOLY SATURDAY, Saturday, April 15 beginning at 9:00 am
We will gather on this ‘in-between-day’ to pray (Morning Prayer at 9:00 am) and then together restore the sanctuary to its glory for our Easter celebrations.
​EASTER DAY, Sunday, April 16 beginning at 10:15 am
I encourage us all to be present and ready for worship at 10:00 am. The children will gather in the Fellowship Hall in order to participate in the procession and to help us ‘Flower the Cross’. Please bring some cut flowers from your garden to give to the children to decorate the cross.​

​We have been praying during Lent asking God to place names of people on our hearts to share the good news of Christ crucified and exalted. These services are a great time to invite friends and neighbors to join us in worship.
Looking forward to a wonderful Holy Week.

Holy Week

Dear Friends,
As we near the end of Lent and anticipate the wonders of Holy Week, here are some of the things to note:
First, Some ENDINGS:
Our LAST Saturday Evening Prayer Service takes place on Saturday, April 8 from 5:00 -6:00 pm.  If you have not yet had the chance to attend one of these wonderfully quiet, reflective times of prayer, I urge you to do so Saturday.
Our LAST Session of ‘Theology of the Family’ takes place on Sunday, April 9 beginning at 9:00 am SHARP! Please note: we will begin the DVD at 9:05 am and end our discussion by 9:45 am so that we can prepare the space for the Liturgy of the Palms.
Second, Holy Week begins on Sunday with the ‘Procession of the Palms’.
Please gather in the Fellowship Hall by 10:00 am as we will begin the Liturgy at 10:15 sharp!
We then will listen to the multi-voice reading of Matthew’s Passion to set the frame for the week ahead.
Third, Remember the dates and times of the rest of our Services during Holy Week:
Maundy Thursday, April 13 beginning at 6:00 pm in Knox’s Fellowship Hall. Please RSVP to the EVITE that was sent out this week.  Here is the link, in case you need it: Maundy Thursday Dinner
Good Friday, Reflections on John’s Passion, April 14 at 6:00 pm. The Cross is at the center of the Story, and we gather to be re-centered in God’s covenantal love and fierce passion.
Holy Saturday, April 15 — Morning Prayer at 9:00 am followed by the setting of the Chancel for Easter Day. All are welcomed (many hands make light work!).
Easter Day, April 16—Our Celebration of the Resurrection begins with the ‘Flowering of the Cross’ Please remember to bring in some cut flowers to give to the children to add to the flowering. Children (and the flowers!) need to be in Fellowship Hall by 10:00 am.
Looking forward to a great beginning of Holy Week.