Week of March 3rd, 2019

We are coming up on one of the busiest seasons of the year! Make sure you read until the end so you are up-to-speed on the upcoming events at Christ the Redeemer and in our community.

Happening this Weekend:

Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30am – 11:45am at CtR

Global Student Friendship (GSF) International Prayer and Training:  There will be a time of focused prayer for international student ministry from 8:30am-10:00am, and a training on ministering cross-culturally to international students/scholars from 10:15am-11:45am. Feel free to attend just the prayer or just the training, or both! If you plan to go to the training, please RSVP by tomorrow, March 1st to Kurnia Foe at kurniafoe@gmail.com.

Sunday, March 3rd, 12:00pm – 1:15pm (following the worship service)

Quarterly Congregational Meeting:  We will begin the meeting with a Potluck lunch, hear a presentation concerning the Sunday School “shift” , and then address any questions or concerns you may have about this development. We will also be using this time to update our church directory. Here is a link to update your information online: https://servantkeeper.com/member-portal/christtheredeemer , or if you prefer pen and paper, we will have forms available to fill out. Please plan to bring a dish to share for the Potluck lunch. Childcare will be provided, so everyone is invited to stick around after the service and attend the lunch and important meeting!

Preparing for Lent

  • Palm Crosses – This is the last Sunday to bring in your palm crosses! The palms are being collected in the baptismal font, to be burned at our Shrove Tuesday gathering for ashes on Ash Wednesday.
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: Tuesday, March 5th, 6pm. Please respond to the Evite by tomorrow if you haven’t already! If you didn’t receive it, please let us know (admin@christtheredeemer.org).
  • Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday, March 6th, 6pm.

First Week of Lent

  • Discipleship Hour – We will be reading through Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. We would love for you to read along with us, as well as participate in the class if possible.
  • First Sunday in Lent – March 10th -Please arrive promptly at 10:15am for the service. During Lent, latecomers are asked to wait until the end of the Penitential Rite before entering the Sanctuary.
  • Thursday Morning Women’s Group – Beginning March 14th, this group will be reading through Preparing for Easter, Fifty Devotional Readings from C.S. Lewis.  All women are welcome and childcare is available.  If you need childcare, please speak to Janis Campbell (janiscampbell58@gmail.com).

Upcoming Events

Children’s Ministry Update for the Spring Quarter: Check out the latest news from Director Jennifer Brown, over on the Children’s Ministry page!

New to Christ the Redeemer?: Father Brian and Janis Campbell will be hosting a dinner for newcomers and visitors to CtR on March 10th from 5:30-7:30pm. Join them for an informal evening of conversation. To RSVP if you’d like to attend, please email janiscampbell58@gmail.com.

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Park Place School Spring Luncheon:

Tuesday, April 2, 10:45am-1:15pm at Myers Hall, Congregation Beth El.

Dine, shop, and celebrate Park Place’s community partners who are changing children’s lives!  Auction and art items will be for sale starting at 10:45am.  Lunch begins promptly at 11:30am and will conclude promptly at 12:30pm.  There will be time available after the luncheon to finalize purchases and take a tour of the school. Please RSVP to aphillips@parkplaceschool.org.

“The Basics” Program: Tuesday, April 23rd, 11:30am through May 21st. This will be a five-week class for parents and caregivers of children from birth to age three. For more info. click here, or contact Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com.

It is a joy and a privilege to be entering into this Lenten season with all of you!

Week of February 24th, 2019

Here’s what’s happening at Christ the Redeemer:

(*spoiler alert: Discipleship Process will be changing!… Read on to find out more info.)

Lent Begins on March 6th

Take some time now to prepare for the Lenten season:

  • Palm Crosses – Gather your palm crosses from last year’s Palm Sunday; we will begin collecting them in the baptismal font. The palms will be burned at our Shrove Tuesday gathering, to use as ashes for Ash Wednesday.
  • Discipleship Hour – There will be a Lenten class reading through Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. We would love for you to read along with us, as well as participate in the class if possible.
  • Thursday Morning Women’s Group – Beginning March 14th, they will be reading through Preparing for Easter, Fifty Devotional Readings from C.S. Lewis.  All women are welcome and childcare is available.  If you need childcare, please speak to Janis Campbell (janiscampbell58@gmail.com).

Upcoming Events

  • Global Student Friendship (GSF) International Prayer and Training: Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30am – 11:30am at CtR. This will be an ecumenical time of focused prayer for international student ministry, and a training on ministering cross-culturally to international students/scholars.
  • Quarterly Congregational Meeting: Sunday, March 3rd, immediately after worship. There will be a Potluck lunch.
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: Tuesday, March 5th, 6pm. Please respond to the Evite if you haven’t already! If you didn’t receive it, send an email to Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com.
  • Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday, March 6th, 6pm.
  • The Basics Program: Tuesday, April 23rd, 11:30am through May 21st. This will be a five-week class for parents and caregivers of children from birth to age three. For more info. click here, or contact Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com.

Exciting Changes to our Discipleship Process 

The Staff team and Leadership Council believe that now is the time to take the next step in the development of our Discipleship Process at Christ the Redeemer; in fact, a two-sided ‘step’!

In September of 2019 we will shift the Children’s Sunday School from its present time slot (between the Gospel reading and the Peace during worship) into the Discipleship Hour that precedes worship. Additionally, we will create a ‘Children’s Chapel’ program to be offered to our elementary-aged children during the ‘Gospel to Peace’ time slot.

This double-sided action will help us do two things primarily:               

  1. It will clarify and solidify our rhythm of life in this area by making the Discipleship Hour the primary place we come together as a community of faith (adults, youth and children) to ‘Learn Christ Together’
  2. It will allow us to add a worship-focused dimension to the discipling of our children.

We are excited about the possibilities for growth in Christian formation and maturity—especially for our children–as we live into this development.

However, we are also aware that change—even exciting change—is difficult; it raises questions and awakens concerns. To that end, we will devote our next Quarterly Congregational Meeting to presenting and discussing the plan of action.  Please reserve Sunday, March 3 immediately following worship for this meeting. We will begin with a Pot Luck lunch, hear a presentation concerning the shift, and then address any questions or concerns you may have about this development.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and working with you as we take this exciting new step together!


Week of February 17th, 2019

It seems like things are starting to get a little busy around here!

Here’s the latest news and events coming up at CtR:

Preparing for Lent

Take some time now to prepare for the Lenten season:

  • Palm Crosses – Begin to gather your palm crosses from last year’s Palm Sunday. We will be burning those at our Shrove Tuesday gathering, to use as ashes for Ash Wednesday!
  • Discipleship Hour – There will be a Lenten class reading through Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. We would love for you to read along with us, as well as participate in the class if possible.
  • Thursday Morning Women’s Group – Beginning March 14th, they will be reading through Preparing for Easter, Fifty Devotional Readings from C.S. Lewis.  All women are welcome and childcare is available.  If you need childcare, please speak to Janis Campbell (janiscampbell58@gmail.com) to ensure there are enough sitters.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for the following:

  • Global Student Friendship (GSF) International Prayer and Training: Saturday, March 2nd, 8:30am – 11:30am at CtR. This will be an ecumenical time of focused prayer for international student ministry, and a training on ministering cross-culturally to international students/scholars.
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: Tuesday, March 5th, 6pm at CtR.
  • Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday, March 6th, 6pm at CtR

Participate Through Praying

Lastly, it is a busy time of meetings and preparation, and we ask for your prayers over the following groups that are meeting over the coming weekend (Feb. 16-17):

  • Leadership Council Meeting – Saturday, Feb. 16th
  • Youth Group Pizza and Paint Night – Saturday, Feb. 16th
  • Home Group Leaders Meeting – Sunday, Feb. 17th

Thank you for reading, praying, and embracing this wonderfully busy season with us!

O Lord, our Creator and Redeemer, we ask you to keep your household the Church continually in your true religion; so that we who trust in the hope of your heavenly grace may always be defended by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. Amen

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Week of February 10th, 2019

I hope you all are getting a chance to enjoy the beautiful and refreshing spring weather we’re having!

Here’s what’s happening at Christ the Redeemer:

  • Facebook Page. Click the following link for our official Facebook page: “Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church” . This page will have CtR news and information (coming straight from the church office) so please make sure to “like” and “follow” if you haven’t already!
  • Women’s Retreat. Thank you all for your prayers for the retreat last weekend. God truly blessed the time that the women spent together, providing much needed rest, joy, peace and communion.
  • Death and Hope. Please take a moment to read the following messages from Archbishop Foley Beach and Bishop Steve Breedlove regarding the recent abortion legislation. Pray for this situation as you feel led.
  • Leaving for Diocesan Regional Retreat. A group from CtR is leaving for the Diocesan Regional Retreat today, and will return on Saturday. Please pray for safe travels, and that God would provide wisdom on how to practically bring the regional theme of Immigration and the Scriptures to our congregation.
  • Upcoming EventsMark your calendars for the following:
    • Leadership Council Meeting: Saturday, February 16th, 9am – 11am at CtR
    • Youth Pizza & Paint Night: Saturday, February 16th, 5:30pm – 8:30pm at CtR. Parents, please check your emails for the Evite and RSVP. Encourage your kids to bring a friend!
    • Home Group Leaders Meeting: Sunday, February 17th, 5pm – 7pm at the Gyorfi’s Home
    • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner: Tuesday, March 5th, 6pm at CtR
    • Ash Wednesday Service: Wednesday, March 6th, 6pm at CtR

Lord God, almighty and everlasting Father, you have brought us in safety to this new day: Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome by adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.




Message from Bishop Steve Breedlove Regarding Abortion Crisis

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Leaders within the Diocese of Christ our Hope —

This past week we have been rocked with the news of politicians promoting the most aggressive pro-abortion practices in US history. The New York State Legislature passed laws permitting abortions up to the moment of birth. Not wanting to be outdone, Virginia State Delegate Kathy Tran introduced a bill permitting abortions until the end of the third trimester, i.e., up until the point of delivery. Governor Ralph Northam openly affirmed his full support.

In the online news source Vox, Anna North reports, “anxious to shore up access in anticipation of a challenge to Roe v. Wade, abortion rights supporters in state legislatures are backing bills that would roll back some of the earlier restrictions or introduce new protections for abortion rights. And while the particulars of the controversy in Virginia are unique, versions of it are likely to take place across the country as abortion-rights supporters back legislation in purple and even red states.”

In other words, this is just the beginning.

There’s no need to state the obvious: the culture of hostility toward life, especially the most vulnerable human beings, is the outflow of the satanic hatred for God’s image bearers that was revealed in Genesis 3. What started as a winsome appeal to Adam and Eve to seize something good, desirable, and pleasurable was a mask on a fundamental fist in the face of God. “Not thy will, but mine be done” was declared. Now it has come to unthinkable proposals to actively kill babies as they enter the world through natural birth. The justification for such horror? The defiant assertion that all humans since the Garden have made, the right to “my body – my desire — MY WILL, not thine!”

Each of us has to prayerfully discern what we can do. But to every church and leader of the Diocese, I appeal: Praying against the forces of evil and death must be coupled with preaching and teaching the love and goodness of God in the gift of life. Additionally  our churches must make every creative effort we can to provide the alternatives of love and life for the most vulnerable and terrified among us. The rescue effort has always been on, but now the storms have intensified yet again.

Archbishop Foley Beach wrote an excellent pastoral letter concerning this topic this week: I encourage you to share this with your congregation, family, and friends.

http://anglicanchurch.net/?/main/page/1786#.XFXiGY59EIg.email

 

In the Beloved,

Bishop Steve