Week of December 2, 2018

As we approach the Advent Season, here are some things to plan for:

Our annual Advent Gathering for all ages will take place this Saturday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m.  We will begin with evening prayer, then share a covered dish meal and work on Advent resources. Then, each Saturday at 5:30 p.m. during Advent (December 8th, 15th and 22nd) we will gather for evening prayer and stay to share an optional covered dish meal.

CtR has the honor of hosting the monthly prayer gathering for international students this coming Saturday, December 1st from 8:30-10am. These are great opportunities to seek the Lord’s favor for our ministry, connect with others who are serve international students, and be encouraged by testimonies of the Lord’s work amongst internationals.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held immediately following worship next Sunday, December 9th. We will share a covered dish lunch, celebrate and remember all that God has done in 2018, then plan and prepare for 2019. Leadership Council elections will take place at this meeting. Sarah Beers and David Condron have been nominated for the Council. Further nominations may be made in writing to either Bob Atwood or Bill Richter. This meeting is open to all and all are urged to attend.

If you are interested in dedicating poinsettias in honor or memory of loved ones, please fill out an envelope from the table outside the Sanctuary and return it in the offering plate, with your donation, before December 16th.

Park Place School Happenings:

  • Christmas Tree Ornaments are available on the Christmas tree in the Fellowship Hall. Each ornament will have three reasonably priced items to purchase for a Park Place School student which we will gift to them, a small way to show our love through gifts as God loved us through the gift of Christ incarnate. Please pick out an ornament and return it with the gifts by December 16th.

  • Park Place School has cordially invited all of CtR to join them for their Christmas Chapel at New Life Church in Ghent, 1420 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA 23517, Friday December 21st, at 8:30am.

Women’s Happenings:

  • All women of CtR are invited to a Women’s Christmas Party, Tuesday, December 11th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Bring 3 or 4 dozen of your favorite cookies to exchange and a (less than $5.00) gift to exchange.

  • Next Thursday, December 6th, will be the last Thursday Morning Women’s Study until the new year.

Look forward to worshiping with you

Week of Sunday, November 25, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

As we begin our journey to Christmas, here are a few things to make note of:

First:

There will be NO Discipleship classes this Sunday, November 25th.

Second:

Advent begins next Sunday, December 2, 2018. Our Advent preparations begin Saturday, December 1st at 5:30 p.m. and continue each Saturday in December. December 1st, after a covered dish meal we will make Advent materials to take home. We will begin each subsequent Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with Evening Prayer and share an optional covered dish meal. See the CtR Website under “Come,” then “Service Times” for more information.

Third:

During each Sunday in Advent, the Lighting of the Advent Wreath will take place promptly at 10:15 a.m. The doors to the Sanctuary will be closed prior to the start of the service and, for the sake of the liturgy, late-comers must wait to enter until the completion of the wreath lighting, so please plan to arrive accordingly.

Other events during Advent:

Our Annual General Meeting will be held Sunday, December 9th immediately after worship. We will share a covered dish meal, celebrate and give thanks for 2018 at CtR and plan/pray for 2019. All are encouraged to attend.

CtR has the honor of hosting the monthly prayer gathering for international students this coming Saturday, December 1st from 8:30-10am. See Sunday’s bulletin or contact David Watts for more details.

The Women of CtR are invited to a CtR Women’s Christmas Party, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Flyers with more details are posted throughout the building. See the Website under “Ministries” and “Women’s Ministry” for details.

“The Longest Night”, a service for those who struggle during the Christmas season, will be held Friday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. See the purple half sheet insert in Sunday’s bulletin for further details

David Watts is planning an exciting inaugural youth ministry event, so keep an eye out for details in the coming days…

Look forward to worshiping with you

 

Week of November 18, 2018

This Week at Christ the Redeemer:

First:

We need your HELP! Knox needs to replace a motor within its heating system, and while the part has been ordered, it will not be repaired by this Sunday. IF YOU HAVE A PORTABLE SPACE HEATER, would you please bring it to the church this SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, between noon and 1:00 pm.

Second:

CtR has volunteered to clean the GLOBE International House on ODU’s campus this Saturday, November 17th. We gather at the GLOBE (1241 West 43rd Street, Norfolk) at 9:00 am and should be finished well before noon. If you can participate in this service, please let David Watts know. Park on the street and come around to the back entrance.

CtR has the honor of hosting the monthly International Student Prayer meeting Saturday, December 1st from 8:30-10:00 a.m. Take this opportunity to come fellowship with others serving international students, hear encouraging testimonies and seek the favor and power of the LORD in prayer together. See David Watts for details.

Third:

Advent is fast approaching, so mark your calendars now for our SATURDAYS in ADVENT! We will gather at 5:30 pm each Saturday night for (family-friendly) Evening Prayer, followed by an (optional) Covered Dish Supper.  On the First Saturday of Advent, DECEMBER 1st, we will also provide materials to be used in your own Advent Devotional time at home.

Fourth:

Check out our website for the latest news from Mbyo, Rwanda, our Sister parish. The October report on the development of our Agricultural Project among the farmers of Mbyo is very encouraging. I am amazed and grateful for what God is doing through these efforts.

Finally:

Thank you to all who contributed to the Ghent Area Ministries Thanksgiving Food collection. CtR turned in 18 full bags and 5 extra grocery gift cards!

Looking forward to worshiping with you all on Sunday (Dress warmly!)

Week of November 11, 2018

Here’s what you need to know this week:

New ‘Youth Initiative’ Proposal:

On Sunday, November 11th immediately after worship, David Watts+ will be presenting the next steps in the development of our ministry to and with youth. All youth, parents of youth, and those interested in youth ministry are encouraged to attend.

A Chance to Serve The International Student Community:

Come lend your sweat and muscle as we help the GLOBE save thousands by being their clean-up crew Saturday morning, November 17th from 9am-12pm. The GLOBE is an international student house under construction which is affiliated with our long time partners, Global Student Fellowship. Add your name to the Google sign up sheet by November 16th to let David Watts know you plan to participate.

A few Pastoral Notes:

*Temple Richardson had back surgery November 5th. If you would like to provide meals for the Richardsons (now extended through November 23rd), an email was sent with a link to  “Take them a Meal”. Also, please keep Temple and her family in your prayers.

*Lytton Musselman’s brother, Stephen, died Wednesday night. Please keep the family in your prayers as they grieve his loss and prepare for the funeral.

Look forward to worshiping with you Sunday

Week of November 4th, 2018

THIS WEEK AT CHRIST THE REDEEMER:

– We TURN THE CLOCKS BACK one hour on Saturday night! (One of my favorite times of the year)

-We come together this Sunday to celebrate the Feast of All Saints! The wondrous fact is that when we come together in worship we do so ‘with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven’, that is, those ‘saints’ who have gone before us.

– We also gather Sunday to celebrate the BAPTISM of Lilabet Matlack (daughter of Kate and Joshua). Please be in prayer for the family as they prepare for this momentous occasion.

A few things to be aware of this week:

First, Our Annual Diocesan Synod takes place this week (Thursday through Saturday) in McClean, VA. The theme of the week is immigration—a most timely topic for theological reflection. Please pray for all those who attend, so that together we may discern the mind of Christ for our diocese.

Second, the GAM Thanksgiving Food Bags are due this Sunday, November 4th. Contact Anne Reed Harper if you can help transport the food from CtR to GAM.

LOOKING AHEAD:

New ‘Youth Initiative’ Proposal: On Sunday, November 11 immediately after worship, David Watts+ will be presenting the next steps in the development of our ministry to and with youth. All youth, parents of youth, and those interested in youth ministry are encouraged to attend.

A Chance to Serve: Come lend your sweat and muscle as we help the GLOBE save thousands by being their clean up crew Saturday morning, November 17th from 9am-12pm. The GLOBE is an international student house under construction which is affiliated with our long time partners, Global Student Fellowship. Contact David Watts by November 16th to let him know you are coming .

Look forward to worshipping with you Sunday