Week of Sunday, April 28th, 2019


*Change in Discipleship Hour for this Sunday*

Due to a family emergency, Joshua Matlack will not be able to teach the Discipleship Hour class this Sunday on “Personality and Service: Finding Your Place in Ministry.” The start date for this class will be moved to May 5th.

For those of you who were planning to attend Joshua’s class, please join us in the office space at 9:00am on Sunday to pray for Joshua’s nephew Sonnie and for his entire family. 

All other Discipleship Hour classes will begin this Sunday. The Adult tracks being offered are:

 “Growing Compassionate Kids”, led by Casey Reed and Temple Richardson. If you are a parent or caregiver, and have already attended Joshua’s class (mentioned above), this class is for you! The book Growing Compassionate Kids by Jan Johnson will be used as a guide throughout the class.

“Study of Philippians”, led by Father Brian Campbell. This class is for anyone who has already attended Joshua’s class. It does not require consistent attendance so drop in anytime!

The Youth track for Discipleship Hour will begin a seven week class focusing on the Catechism as  preparation  for Confirmation (which will take place either in June or in November this year). The Children’s Ministry will continue discovering God through the Jesus Storybook Bible.

Alpha Begins Tonight

Alpha with Janis and David begins tonight at 6:00pm. The team of volunteers is anticipating upwards of eight people who are willing and ready to explore the Christian faith together. Please be in prayer for the leaders and for the attendees, that those seeking the Truth would find Him in their midst!

Great Start for The Basics

We had a wonderful group show up for first session of The Basics on Tuesday. We discussed ways that parents can “Maximize Love, and Manage Stress”, and shared a delicious lunch together! Please pray for leaders, and for the two new moms and their kids who attended. Pray that as we learn how to help our children thrive, we would have a deeper appreciation and love for our Father who faithfully cares for us. Also, please continue to invite parents and caregivers; anyone is welcome to come to all, or just one of the sessions!

Celebrating Baptisms and New Members

In this glorious season of Resurrection, we have the privilege of celebrating three baptisms on Sunday! We will also be welcoming new members into our community through covenant membership. Alleluia!

Youth Cook Out

Calling all youth in grades 6th-12th! You and your family and friends are all invited to the Youth Cook Out on Sunday, May 5th, 4:00pm – 7:30pm. There will be lawn games, grilling out, and a fire pit with s’mores as we celebrate our graduates! Please RSVP through the Evite, and bring a side to share.

We have much to look forward to!

Christ is Risen! The Lord is risen indeed!




Week of Easter Sunday, April 21st, 2019

Today begins a three-day remembrance of Christ’s passion, culminating in the glorious victory of our Creator on Easter Sunday! But before we celebrate, we follow Jesus on His journey to the cross…

Maundy Thursday Service Tonight

The service will start promptly at 6:00pm, in the Fellowship Hall. The meal takes place within the service, so please plan to come on time. After the meal and foot washing, there will be a Eucharist service and an optional prayer vigil until midnight.

Good Friday and Holy Saturday

The Good Friday service will be at 6:00pm. We will gather in our stripped-down Sanctuary to reflect on the passion of Christ and to pray with, and as, the repentant and grateful church. This is a powerful service that is necessary before we can celebrate the Resurrection of our King. 

Then, on Holy Saturday we will meet at 10:00am to have Morning Prayer together. After Morning Prayer we invite you to join us as we decorate the Sanctuary for Easter Sunday!

Easter Sunday Reminders

*Please bring your cut flowers to the Fellowship Hall on Sunday morning for the children to use to flower the cross before the service. Also, after the service there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for all children in 5th grade and under! 

Starting this Week: Alpha and The Basics 

Both Alpha and The Basics are starting this coming week. It’s not too late to INVITE, PRAY, and PARTICIPATE!

Alpha with Janis & David

  • When – Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm, and every Thursday for eight weeks
  • Location* –  330 W. Brambleton Ave. Apt. 505 *(location has changed)
  • Invite –  anyone who wants to learn more about Christianity, even Christians who want to dig deeper into their faith!
  • Pray –  for Janis and David and their team of leaders. Pray also that people would attend, and get one step closer in their relationships with God.
  • Participate – Attend the classes, or sign up to provide a meal for one of the meetings. Contact Deacon David at david@christtheredeemer.org, or Janis at janiscampbell58@gmail.com for more info.

The Basics for Babies and Toddlers – boston.thebasics.org 

  • When –Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:30am, and every Tuesday for five weeks
  • Location –  Christ the Redeemer, youth classroom and nursery 
  • Invite –  parents and caregivers who want to give their children a great start!
  • Pray –  for Sydney and her team of volunteers. Pray also that people would attend, form friendships, and feel a sense of belonging from the church.
  • Participate – Attend the classes, or donate gently used items for babies and toddlers. Contact Sydney at admin@christthredeemer.org for more info.

Youth Picnic Next Saturday

All youth in grades 6th-12th are invited to the Youth Picnic on Saturday, April 27th, 12:00pm – 3:30pm. Please invite your friends and family to join as well! To RSVP, email Deacon David at david@christtheredeemer.org. 

Eastertide Discipleship Hour Classes

Starting next Sunday at 9:00am, these three wonderful classes will be offered!

  1. “Personality and Service: Finding Your Place in Ministry”, led by Joshua Matlack. This seven week course will examine various personality and individual features which can be clues to finding God’s calling for you at Christ the Redeemer.  He has created each individual unique, including our innate personalities and our histories and environments that have helped to form us.  At times, individuals can feel “guilted” into serving in ministries or services to which they are not properly suited.  Alternatively, many individuals fail to step into roles which God has formed them to succeed in.  In both of these cases, the life of the Church suffers.  This class will explore how personality, environmental factors, and gifting can help inform how and where you would both thrive the most and help others to live into their own callings. Note: This course is designed to be practical and personal.  While we will be guided by Scripture, it is not a Bible course; attenders should be prepared to engage personally with the material.
  2. “Growing Compassionate Kids”, led by Casey Reed and Temple Richardson. If you are a parent or caregiver, and have already attended Joshua’s class (mentioned above), this class is for you! The book Growing Compassionate Kids by Jan Johnson will be used as a guide throughout the class. This book will give advice to help us grow children as Disciples of Christ –disciples who care about others and seek justice in the world . What greater Legacy could we leave our children?
  3. “Study of Philippians”, led by Father Brian Campbell. This class is for anyone who has already attended Joshua’s class. It does not require consistent attendance so drop in anytime!

Looking for IT Support Person

Last, but not least, we are in need of one or more people who are gifted in sound and/or computer networking. We are extremely grateful for Gerry Massie, who has been serving in this capacity up to this point! If you are interested, have questions, or would recommend someone for this role, please send an email to admin@christtheredeemer.org. Thank you! 


Almighty Father, whose most dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it in thankful remembrance of Jesus Christ our Savior, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Maundy Thursday

Week of April 14th, 2019

Showing forgiveness in Mbyo, Rwanda

Congratulations, Brother Tim!

Our very own Brother Tim Luken has been Appointed and Blessed as the Abbot General of the Company of Jesus. To celebrate, we will be having a reception for him after the service this Sunday, during hospitality hour. 

“Thank you all for the part you have played in my life that has brought me here. My only message is, if God can do this with my past life… Imagine what HE can do with and for you… IF You let him.” 

RSVP for Maundy Thursday Meal 

Holy week starts this weekend with Palm Sunday on April 14th and culminates with Easter Sunday on April 21st. There will be Evening Prayer Monday through Wednesday, a Maundy Thursday Service, Good Friday Service, and Morning Prayer on Holy Saturday. Find all of these events on the Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church Facebook page.

*Please RSVP for the Maundy Thursday Meal via the Evite or Facebook page, as we want to make sure there is enough food for everyone!*

Also, we would love your help on Holy Saturday, April 20th. After Morning Prayer at 10:00am, we will be setting up the Sanctuary for Easter Sunday!

Eastertide Discipleship Hour Classes

Starting April 28th, 9:00am, these three classes will be offered: 

  1. “Personality and Service: Finding Your Place in Ministry”, led by Joshua Matlack. This seven week course will examine various personality and individual features which can be clues to finding God’s calling for you at Christ the Redeemer.  He has created each individual unique, including our innate personalities and our histories and environments that have helped to form us.  At times, individuals can feel “guilted” into serving in ministries or services to which they are not properly suited.  Alternatively, many individuals fail to step into roles which God has formed them to succeed in.  In both of these cases, the life of the Church suffers.  This class will explore how personality, environmental factors, and gifting can help inform how and where you would both thrive the most and help others to live into their own callings. Note: This course is designed to be practical and personal.  While we will be guided by Scripture, it is not a Bible course; attenders should be prepared to engage personally with the material.
  2. “Growing Compassionate Kids”, led by Casey Reed and Temple Richardson. If you are a parent or caregiver, and have already attended Joshua’s class (mentioned above), this class is for you! The book Growing Compassionate Kids by Jan Johnson will be used as a guide throughout the class. This book will give advice to help us grow children as Disciples of Christ –disciples who care about others and seek justice in the world . What greater Legacy could we leave our children?
  3. “Study of Philippians”, led by Father Brian Campbell. This class is for anyone who has already attended Joshua’s class. It does not require consistent attendance so drop in anytime!

The Basics and Alpha during Easter

Both Alpha and The Basics are starting the week after Easter, so now is the time to INVITE! Here is some information about both of these, which you can use to spread the word to your friends and neighbors:

Alpha with Janis & David – Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm

Everyone should have a chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. This is an opportunity for non-Christians to learn about Christianity, but also for Christians to dig deeper into their faith. The classes will meet on Thursdays at Pembroke Towers, for eight weeks. Contact Deacon David at david@christtheredeemer.org, or Janis at janiscampbell58@gmail.com to register. More info. at http://alphausa.org/

The Basics – Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:30am

Do you take care of children between the ages of 0 and 3? Come join us for a pre-school preparation program, called “The Basics”, where we’ll be learning five basic things we can do to help our children succeed! We will get together every Tuesday for five weeks, at CtR. It is free, lunch is provided and children are encouraged to attend with their parents/caregiver. To register, see our Facebook page, or email Sydney at admin@christtheredeemer.org.

Rwanda in the News

Showing forgiveness in Mbyo, Rwanda
Photo by Ben Curtis. pilotonline.com

Last, but certainly not least, did you see that Mbyo, Rwanda was in the news? The Virginia Pilot featured the powerful story of forgiveness extended from the Rwandan genocide victims to their oppressors through “reconciliation villages.” They are truly embodying the AMAZING grace, love and forgiveness that Jesus extends to all of us. Click here to read the full article! 

Week of April 7th, 2019

As we enter into the final days of Lent, I hope you are finding time in your busy days to calm and quiet your soul, acknowledging our Creator and Savior in our midst.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.
(Psalm 131:2)

Holy Week Schedule

Here is a reminder of the schedule for Holy Week, which is fast approaching.

We Need Your Help!

We have two events coming up, and we need your help spreading the word. Both Alpha and The Basics are starting the week after Easter, so now is the time to INVITE! Here is some information about both of these, which you can use to spread the word to your friends and neighbors!

Alpha with Janis & David – Thursday, April 25th at 6:00pm

Everyone should have a chance to explore the Christian faith, ask questions and share their point of view. Are you interested in learning more about Christianity? These classes will meet on Thursdays at Pembroke Towers. Contact Deacon David at david@christtheredeemer.org, or Janis at janiscampbell58@gmail.com for more info or check out http://alphausa.org/

The Basics – Tuesday, April 23rd at 11:30am

Do you take care of children between the ages of 0 and 3? Come join us for a pre-school preparation program, called “The Basics”, where we’ll be learning five basic things we can do to help our children succeed! We will get together every Tuesday for five weeks, at CtR. It is free, lunch is provided and children are encouraged to attend with their parents/caregiver. For more information or to register, email Sydney at admin@christtheredeemer.org.

Eastertide Discipleship Hour Classes

Starting April 28th, the following classes will be offered through June 9th.

  1. “Discovering Your Gifts/Finding Your Place”, led by Joshua Matlack.
    • This is a foundational class that is offered annually. If you have not attended it yet, we highly encourage you to come, learn, and benefit from Joshua’s teaching!
  2. “Raising Compassionate Children”, led by Casey Reed and Temple Richardson.
    • If you are a parent or grandparent, and have already attended Joshua’s class (mentioned above), this class is for you! The book Growing Compassionate Kids by Jan Johnson will be used as a guide throughout the class.
  3. “Philippians”, led by Father Brian Campbell.
    • This class is for anyone who has already attended Joshua’s class. It does not require consistent attendance so drop in anytime!

I will praise the name of God with a song;
    I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
 This will please the Lord more than an ox
    or a bull with horns and hoofs.
When the humble see it they will be glad;
    you who seek God, let your hearts revive.
For the Lord hears the needy
    and does not despise his own people who are prisoners.

.(Psalm 69:30-33)