Week of April 29, 2018

The Week at Christ the Redeemer:
There is a great deal happening within, around, and through Christ the Redeemer these days. You will find below some important information concerning some Pastoral and Missional news, Ministry Opportunities, and Other Community news. Please read these carefully and prayerfully and respond accordingly.
First, Some Pastoral News:
Charles Jenkins has been placed in Hospice Care in his home, with Carolyn and their family at his side. The family covets your prayers for Charles’ last days and will let us know of any other needs as they arise. Pray that in this, as in all things, God’s will is done and his Kingdom come.
Sharon Reyes and her family continue to deal with stressful situations. Sharon’s sister-in-law, died last month, and now Sharon’s mother, Carol Kerk, has been diagnosed with cancer. Please pray for the family-and especially Sharon—in these difficult situations.Pray for God’s presence and grace, and for the direction and comfort of God’s Spirit.
Charlie Watkins continues to rejoice in his healing, and in his continued recovery from his lung infection. This has been a profound spiritual time in Charlie’s life and he will be sharing some of his reflections with us on Sunday May 6. So, while we weep with those who weep, we also rejoice with those who rejoice, and entrust all of us into God’s keeping.
Lydia Dorothy Kuenzli returned home for the first time lastweekend! If you would like to celebrate with the Kuenzli’s by participating in the ‘Take-Them-a-Meal’ program, please click here: Meal sign up for Kuenzli family
Some Missional News:
A great deal has been happening within Rwanda recently:
  • New Archbishop: The office of Archbishop is set for a period of ten years in Rwanda. Archbishop OnesphoreRwaje will be stepping down this year and Archbishop Elect Laurent Mbandawill be elevated to take his place. Pray for the transition of authority and for God’s grace and power to flow through Archbishop Laurent.
  • New Pastor for Mbyo: Bishop Louis informed us last month that Pastor Felicien Gatera has been moved to another parish and Pastor Eric(no last name yet provided!) has been chosen to lead Mbyo. We give thanks for the relationship we developed with Pastor Felicien and look forward to meeting and working with Pastor Eric in the future.
  • New Challenges for Kigali Diocese: Bishop Louis informed us of the impact of the government’s new mandate concerning the upkeep of current buildings (and especially with the removal of asbestos from all ‘common’ structures in Rwanda). The mandate impacts the city more than the rural areas and is proving to be a financial and administrative struggle for the diocese. Pray for +Louis as he seeks God’s guidance in this, and for our Leadership Council as we seek to discern how we might best aid in this concern.
Park Place School Luncheon takes place on Tuesday, May 1 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Christ the Redeemer has had a close relationship with the school since it was reborn over 5 years ago. If you would like to discover for yourself what God is doing through this ministry, and how you might become involved in it yourself, then simply RSVP (aphillips@parkplaceschool.org) and plan on enjoying the lunch and silent auction.
Home Group Leaders: Please remember to share with your groups the service opportunities presented to us by the Food Bank and Park Place School, and to inform Lauren Gyorfi of your group’s (degree of) interest in participating within them.
Some Ministry News:
Children’s Ministry: Jennifer has posted an ‘Update’ on our children’s ministry for the month of May on our web site: Childrens Ministry May Newsletter.   Please check this out at your convenience.
Men’s Group meets this coming Tuesday, May 1 at Bruce Harper’s home (1049 Hanover Ave.) from 7-8:30 pm. If you have not been receiving Zach’s EVITE’s to these evenings, please let him know of your interest Zkuenzli@gmail.com.
Youth Ministry Development: If you have an interest in seeing Christ the Redeemer develop a way of life that ministers effectively to and with our youth (and their families), enabling them to grow up into the full stature of Christ, then plan now on joining in on an initial conversation immediately following worship on Sunday May 6.
• Other Ministry Opportunities: As a growing community we are experiencing some ‘growing pains’ in the areas of Administration, Pastoral Care, Hospitality, and Communications. If you have an interest in any of these broad areas and some time to invest in the life of the church, please contact Amy (ctrsec@gmail.com) or Brian+ (brian@christtheredeemer.org).
Other News:
Annual CtR Talent Show takes place on the Eve of Pentecost, Saturday, May 19th beginning with a covered dish supper at 5:45 pm. This has been a fun and intergenerational way of celebrating the multiple talents (both serious and silly) God has birthed within us. A great way of segue into the Celebration of Pentecost. For more information, or to ‘sign up’ your talent, contact Jennifer brownie7506@yahoo.com
Search for Assistant Position continues. We hope to begin the second phase of interview later next week (or early in May). Please continue to pray for God’s guidance in this as in all things.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.
Brian+

Week of April 22, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer:
Our Leadership Council met last Saturday and, among many other things, addressed our approach to ‘Communications’ with all of us. We concluded that while we have been doing our best to keep all of us informed about the many things going on around, within, and through Christ the Redeemer, the sheer volume of the communications were getting out of hand. We decided to collect all announcements and send them out (with appropriate ‘links’) in our ‘Update’ on Thursday mornings.
Here is what we ask of all of us: If you have an announcement that you desire to get out to the community, please send it to Amy (ctrsec@gmail.com) by Wednesday afternoon at the latest. (Please note: Emergencies or unusually time-sensitive announcements will be excepted from this general policy).
Here are some of the things you need to know this week:

Some Missional News:

  • Mbyo Agricultural Update: We have received a report from Innocent in Rwanda updating us on the strides the farmers in Mbyo are making applying the principles taught by our friends at ECHO during our last visit. You can see the report on the table in the Fellowship Hall or view here. For more information visit our Mbyo Parish, Rwanda ministry page.
  • Park Place School Luncheon takes place on Tuesday, May 1 from 11:00 am -12:30 pm. We have had a connection with the school since its re-birth, and it may be that God is asking us to deepen that connection in this next phase of life. All are encouraged to attend to find out more about the school. The luncheon is free (there will be a Silent Auction). Please RSVP to aphillips@parkplaceschool.org

Preparing for Pentecost:

  • The Feast of Pentecost falls on May 20th this year.  The celebration of the gift of the Spirit is a perfect time for Baptisms. If you wish to be baptized, or to have a child baptized, please speak to Brian+ as soon as possible. We will be posting the dates for baptismal preparation in the next week.
  • The Annual CtR Talent Show returns on the Eve of Pentecost—Saturday, May 19 (Covered dish supper from 5:45 to 6:15, followed by the Talent Show and Family Friendly Evening Prayer). Please note, the Talent Show is for all ages, and can be either serious or silly. Come ready to ‘share your gift’, even as we gather to give thanks to the Giver of all gifts.

Some Ministry Considerations:

  • Pastoral Care: At our Congregational Dinner in February some members raised concerns about aspects of our pastoral care. If you have a passion for pastoral care, and a desire to see Christ the Redeemer excel in the exercise of such care, would you contact Brian+ and indicate your interest in a discussion about, and our development of, pastoral care.
  • Ministry to, with, and for Youth (and the Families of Youth): Our Leadership Council has designated our ministry to Youth as a priority in this next phase of life. However, we need to grapple with what that will look like within Christ the Redeemer. If you have a passion for youth, and a desire to see our community disciple and equip and love on our youth (and to disciple, equip, and love on ‘Families’ of our youth), then you are invited to participate in a discussion following worship on Sunday, May 6, 2018.  Plan now to be a part of this, and be praying for direction and wisdom for us all.

    Some News on our Search:

    I (Brian+) have been conducting some initial Skype interviews this week of the most promising candidates. Our hope is that from this initial group some will be chosen to undergo a second conversation involving the Wardens. Please continue to pray for the direction and enabling of the Spirit in and through the process.
    Looking forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday.
    Brian+

Week of April 15, 2018

Dear Friends,

During Eastertide the Church takes time both to reflect on (and rejoice in) the wonder and majesty of the Resurrection and align itself more fully and intentionally within the New Creation God has birthed through it. I trust that this is true for each of us individually, and all of us collectively at Christ the Redeemer. It truly is a remarkable season.

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

First, some Pastoral news:

  •  Charlie Watkins received confirmation from his doctor in Boston that the treatment has dealt with his tumor! We praise God for his healing touch on Charlie’s body, and rejoice in the grace he has received.
  •  Delbra Moore continues to deal with the aftermath of the fire that destroyed her home. She is set to move into a rental home on Friday, and continues to deal with the institutions and agencies involved in planning for a new home. Please continue to pray for Delbra and her family (and for her continuing treatment as well).  The virtue of ‘patience’ is what she is seeking in all of this.

Second, The Feast of Pentecost takes place on May 20th this year (the end of our Easter season):

  • Baptisms will be part of our celebration that day. Should you wish to be baptized, or have a child baptized, please speak to Brian+ as soon as possible.
  • Our Next Inter-generational Event will take place on the ‘Eve of Pentecost’-Saturday, May 19th. Book that (early) evening now and watch the bulletin and web site for more information.

Third, our Leadership Council continues the process of turning our ‘3-5 Year Goal’ into a ‘3-5 Year Plan’:

  • We meet on Saturday once again to take care of the regular business of the church and to concretize the commitments and actions required of us collectively.
  •  We also begin some initial interviews next week of several candidates who have responded to our job posting.
  •  Please continue to pray for the Council members (Pete Fraser, Paul Gyorfi, Bob Atwood, Kim Johnson, Bill Richter, Ryan Reyes) as together they seek God’s direction for our community.

Looking forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday.

 

Brian+

Week of April 8, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer:
Luke tells us that on the day of Pentecost, after 3000 people had been baptized, that the entire community “devoted (itself) to the apostles teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42).  The Resurrection (and subsequent gift of the Spirit) is not simply an event in time and space, but the true beginning of a new world, of new creation. As such, it demands new and life-giving practices, ones which teach us how to live within this new world, guided by the Spirit of Christ who makes it all possible.
All of this to say that, as we begin our Easter season, let us do so by committing to ‘devote ourselves’ to those practices the Spirit uses to guide us into life: practices of discipleship and learning, practices of community and service, practices of worship and mission. God’s gift of new life within this new world demands no less!
  • Are you not yet a member of one of our Home Groups? Then be sure to contact Lauren Gyorfi (lauren_g_smith@yahoo.com)and ask her to help you find the one that is right for you.
  • Are you not yet participating in ‘Discipleship Hour’ or in our Men’s or Women’s Groups? Then commit now to show up on Sunday morning (9:00 am for Discipleship Hour) or contact Zach Kuenzli (zkuenzli@gmail.com: Men’s group) or Anne Harper (amharper@gmail.com: Wednesday night Women’s group) or Janis Campbell (janiscampbell58@gmail.com: Thursday morning Women’s group) for news about their gatherings.
  • Have you not yet found your place of service within our Body? Then speak to Brian+ or Brother Tim (or contact Amy in the church office: ctrsec@gmail.com), who will be more than willing to suggest places to consider.
Let us not simply rejoice in the Resurrection but commit more fully to live-into it this Easter season.
Remember that on Sunday we have the privilege of welcoming three new members into the Body of Christ through baptism (Ethan and Samantha Inman, Elanor Scarlett), all the while renewing our own Baptismal Vows.
Finally, we also welcome into our community John David Seligman, born on Easter Day to Sydney and Justin! If you would like to show your love for the Seligman’s, you can sign up to ‘Take them a Meal’ (https://takethemameal.com/AQRA8541).
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday.