Week of June 3, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer:
On this last day of May, one’s thoughts are naturally led to think of the summer! Here are some of the things you need to know this week:
First, Our Quarterly Congregational Meeting takes place after worship this Sunday, June 3. At our Special Congregational Meeting in February the Leadership Council promised to provide updates on the developments within the parameters of our ‘3-5 Year Plan’.  We gather in the Office complex after worship to hear updates on: The search for an Assistant to the Rector; Our Stewardship Working group; Our conversation regarding the catechizing of our youth; and our developing work within ‘Local Mission’.  Grab a cup of coffee and join the Council in this important and continuing conversation.
Second, Our Children’s Ministry morphs into its summer-mode this Sunday! Jennifer has a fun and formative plan of teaching for our children throughout the summer months. Be mindful that she is need of empty containers of disinfecting wipes for a Sunday activity in mid-June. Drop off any used containers in the Ministry room.
Third, GAFCON (the third Global Anglican Future Conference) gathers in Jerusalem on June 17 through 21, 2018. The theme for the gathering is “Proclaiming Christ Faithfully to the Nations”.
GAFCON is a gathering of those who long for God’s renewal of our church and the furtherance of God’s kingdom work through it; and deserves the prayers of all faithful Anglicans. There will be a livestream of the conference along with stories and other content you can find via:
 • Twitter: @Gafconference @the_ACNA #Gafcon2018
• Facebook: @Gafconference @TheAnglicanChurch
• ACNA Website: http://www.anglicanchurch.net/index.php/main/Gafcon_Jerusalem2018/
• Gafcon Website: Gafcon.org
• Sign up for email updates through the Gafcon website.
Fourth, We received the latest report from Innocent regarding the Echo Agricultural Development Project in Mbyo. The report may be found on the table under the ‘Mission’ board in the Fellowship Hall, and will be posted on our web site soon.
Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday and throughout the summer.

Week of May 27, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer
Things you need to know:
It was decided at our February Congregational Meeting that a quarterly update would be helpful, so next Sunday, June 3rd, will be the first congregational update meeting immediately following the service. All are invited to stay and hear the quarterly report.
Several groups will break for the Summer:
  • Discipleship Hour will conclude this Sunday, May 27th and resume in September.
  • The Thursday Morning Women’s Study has concluded until September.
  • The Wednesday Evening Women’s Study will end their current study June 13th and resume in September.
Jennifer Brown is planning a fun game with our children the third or fourth week in June, and needs lids from disinfecting wipes (Lysol/Clorox-type wipes) containers. Please bring them in the next few weeks and either give them to Jennifer or leave them on the desk in the Ministry Room.
Brian and Janis Campbell will part of our diocesan delegation to the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON ) in Jerusalem, Israel in June. Please pray for the gathering and for the future of our Anglican Communion.
Look forward to worshiping with you this Sunday

Week of May 20, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer
Here are some of the things you need to know this week:

Some Pastoral News:

Lytton Musselman came through his surgery well on Tuesday and is being readied to move to the step-down unit soon. The tumor was removed with minimal bleeding, and the doctors believe he will be recovered in 4-6 weeks. Praise God for his goodness to Lytton and his family in and through all of this. Pray for his continued recovery and restoration.

Pentecost Weekend:

Annual Talent Show, Dinner, and Evening Prayer– takes place this Saturday night, May 19,  beginning at 5:45 pm. This inter-generational event is a fun night for all involved and a great way to remind ourselves as to why the Spirit has been given (Hint: to empower us to serve our Lord through loving our neighbor within God’s creation!)! If you have not yet RSVP’ed please do so via the Evite sent out last week (if you did not receive it, check your spam, junk or trash file).
Feast of Pentecost, with Baptisms– takes place on Sunday morning at 10:15 am. Please pray for the Reed’s and the Kuenzli’s as they bring Maya and Andrew and Lydia to the waters of baptism. Pray for all of us as we come to renew our baptismal vows. (Remember to wear something ‘red’ to the service on Sunday).
David Watts’ Visit– We welcome David to Norfolk this weekend as part of our search for our Assistant position. David is currently living and serving in Boston with one of our sister churches, is a deacon within the Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and is seeking God’s direction for his future ministry. Pray for all involved in the search that together we may discern the will of God.

Some Other Things to Note:

The Thursday Morning Women’s Group concludes their study today, and will take a break for the summer season.
The Discipleship Hour will run through the end of May (the next two Sundays) and then also take a break for the summer.
Our Quarterly Report to the Congregation takes place after worship on Sunday, June 3. At our February Congregational Meeting we decided to communicate verbally to the congregation on a quarterly basis. This is the first installment of that decision. All are welcome to attend.
GAFCON in Jerusalem—The Global Anglican Future Conference meets for the third time this June in Jerusalem. I have been asked by the diocese to be part of our delegation to the meeting. Janis and I will be taking advantage of the honor by taking a 10-day tour of the Holy Land prior to the conference (leaving on June 7 and returning June 23). Please pray for the gathering and for the future of our Anglican Communion.
Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Pentecost!

Week of May 13, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer:
Happy Ascension Day!
We celebrate the exaltation of our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ of Israel, to the right hand of the Father. We also celebrate the gracious fact that ‘(our) live(s) are hidden with Christ in God”, a fact which gives us confidence and hope that ‘when Christ who is (our) life appears, then (we) also will appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:3-4).  Take some time today to reflect on, and give thanks for, these glorious realities.
Here are some of the things you need to know this week:
First, some Pastoral News:
  • Delbra Moore had some great news this past Monday arising from her most recent scans. Each of her tumors have shrunk by 50%. This is both unexpected and glorious news, and we are asked to rejoice with her and her family (and to continue to pray that this trend continues). Praise God.
  • Lytton Musselman is preparing for his back surgery on May 15. Please join with him and Libby in praying for God’s will to be done in and through the surgery.
Second, some news regarding Pentecost:
  • Baptismal Preparation takes place on Saturday, May 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 am at the church for the parents of those being baptized on Pentecost.
  • ‘ANNUAL TALENT SHOW’ takes place on the Eve of Pentecost, Saturday May 19. Plan now on joining in on the fun: We begin with a Covered-Dish supper at 5:45 p.m., enjoy the fun of the Talent Show at 6:15 p.m., then end by 7:30 p.m. with a (family-friendly) Service of Evening Prayer which will prepare us for worship on Sunday.  Please respond to the EVITE that was sent out this week to give Jennifer a heads-up for planning purposes.
Third, some news on the Search Process:
The Wardens (Paul Gyorfi and Pete Fraser) and I have completed the second phase of our interview process and have reached a unanimous consensus to continue the process with one of the candidates, David Watts from Boston, MA.  David is a deacon in one of our sister churches in Boston and appears to have the gifts, passions, and experience we have been looking for. We have invited David to come to Norfolk on the weekend of Pentecost (May 18 -20) to meet with the Council, to get to know the congregation (he will be with us at the Talent Show and for worship on Sunday, May 20), and continue the deliberations seeking the direction of the Spirit.
Please continue to pray for all involved in the process, that God’s will be discerned and done, and God’s kingdom come.
Fourth, some events coming up:
  • Jennifer Brown is hosting a Mom’s Coffee at her home (1620 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake)  on Friday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. Bring a snack if you wish. Contact Jennifer for directions or questions.
  • The Men’s Group will meet Friday, May 22, 7:00 p.m. at the home of Bruce Harper (1049 Hanover Avenue, Norfolk). All men are invited. Contact Zach Kuenzli for directions or questions.
Looking forward to worshipping with you all on Sunday.

Week of May 6, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer
Dear Friends,
Here are some of the things to note for this week and the coming weeks:
This Sunday, May 6, we are blessed to have Charlie Watkins preaching. His sermon topic is, “Awaiting God’s Promises; a Key to Opening God’s Next Door.”
Also this Sunday, May 6, immediately following worship, there will be a meeting of all those interested in being part of a discussion regarding the development of a vibrant youth ministry. 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, plan now to attend this important meeting.
Next Saturday, May 12, Baptismal Preparation for all parents of those being baptized will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.
Friday, May 18, at 10:00 a.m. Jennifer Brown will host a Mom’s Coffee at her home. For directions or details, contact her (brownie7506@yahoo.com)
Saturday, May 19th The Annual CtR Talent Show takes place on the Eve of Pentecost, beginning with a covered dish supper at 5:45 pm. This has been a fun and inter-generational way of celebrating the multiple talents (both serious and silly) God has birthed within us, and great way to segue into the Celebration of Pentecost.  For more information, or to ‘sign up’ your talent, contact Jennifer (brownie7506@yahoo.com)
The Wednesday Evening Women’s Study continues to meet at the home of Temple Richardson each week at 7:00 p.m. until June 13th, when they will break for the Summer. They are currently studying “The God You Thought You Knew,” by Alex McFarland, and welcome all women to attend.
The second phase of our Search for an Assistant continues this week. Please continue to pray for all concerned in this as in all things.
Looking forward to worshiping with you this week.