Week of Sunday, October 20th, 2019

In this week’s Update you will find information on the following (more details on each of these found below):
      • New Discipleship Hour Classes Begin!
      • Church Directory Photos: Two More Weeks
      • Youth Social on October 26th
      • Operation Christmas Child

New Discipleship Hour Classes Begin!

This Sunday we have the following two new 6-week Discipleship Hour classes, which will be meeting downstairs in the Knox classrooms:

“Stewardship” – Led by Sarah Beers, Dan and Ray Inman, and Emelie Thomas. This class will broadly discuss stewardship as a way of life, and not simply financial stewardship. Stewardship means that we, as followers of Christ, should have a posture toward living in a generous way. The book Giving Up by Canon David Roseberry will be used as a guide so it would be helpful (but not required) to have a copy of the book. Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Daily Office Space” – Led by Brad Embry and Bruce Harper. This will be a conversation based on the Daily Office from the previous week, decorated with flair about application, culture, and life in general.

The 12-week ”Introduction to the Catechism” class will continue, and will be meeting upstairs in the office space. If you are interested in attending one of these classes and have not signed up already, click the following link to do so: Discipleship Hour Sign Up. Thank you!

Church Directory Photos: Two More Weeks

Thank you to everyone who has come to have their pictures taken for the new photo directory!  As of Sunday, we did not have anyone signed up for Saturday (10/19), so we will not be photographing that day.  If you still need to have your picture taken, there are two Sundays left (10/20 and 10/27) For those that would like to have their picture taken this Sunday (10/20) and have not previously signed up, send an email to the church office (ctrsec@gmail.com) letting us know your name and the number of family members to be included.  Please disregard the time slots on the sign up sheet – we will be taking pictures IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING the service until complete.  If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lea Hanna Dickens at leahannadickens@gmail.com or (850) 375-6421.

Youth Social on October 26th

All youth in 6th-12th grade are invited to the next Youth Social event happening on Saturday, October 26th, 5:00 – 8:00pm. The youth group will be going to the “A-MAIZE-ING” corn maze at Bergey’s Bread Basket in Chesapeake! After Bergey’s, there will be a hang-out time at the Embry’s house. Parents, please see David+ to sign permission forms for this event.

Operation Christmas Child

Keep up the good work filling up the boxes for Operation Christmas Child! If you haven’t already, please grab a box and a brochure from the Fellowship Hall to take home and fill the box together with your family. The boxes, along with $9 for shipping, will need to be returned by November 17th.  You can give the $9 online or make your check payable to Samaratan’s Purse with a note in memo line: “for Operation Christmas Child” (the brochures located in the Fellowship Hall also have this information listed). We will not be filling the boxes at the church.  This is different than how we have done it in the past, so if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Brown at brownie7506@yahoo.com .


“Set us free, loving Father, from the bondage of our sins, and in your goodness and mercy give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
– Collect for Proper 24, Week of October 20th (p. 621, BCP 2019)




Week of Sunday, October 13th, 2019

In this Update you will find information on the following (more details on each of these found below):

    1. New Discipleship Hour Classes
    2. Wanting to be Baptized or Confirmed?
    3. Church Directory Photos
    4. Operation Christmas Child
    5. Amendment to CtR Bylaws

New Discipleship Hour Classes!

The 12-week”Introduction to the Catechism” class will continue, however, this is the last Sunday for the two 6-week classes:  “Growing Compassionate Kids” and “Study of the Book of James.” Two new 6-week classes will begin on October 20th to replace those that are ending this Sunday: 

Track 2. Stewardship – Led by Sarah Beers, Dan and Ray Inman, and Emelie Thomas. This class will broadly discuss stewardship as a way of life, and not simply financial stewardship. Stewardship means that we, as followers of Christ, should have a posture toward living in a generous way. The book Giving Up by Canon David Roseberry will be used as a guide so it would be helpful (but not required) to have a copy of the book. Click here to purchase on Amazon. 

Track 3. Daily Office Space – Led by Brad Embry and Bruce Harper. This will be a conversation based on the Daily Office from the previous week, decorated with flair about application, culture, and life in general.

If you are interested in attending one of these classes (and are not already in the Catechism class), there will be a sign-up sheet located on the whiteboard in the Fellowship Hall, or you can email Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com to sign up. Thank you!

Wanting to be Baptized or Confirmed? 

On Sunday, November 3rd, Bishop Steve Breedlove will be joining us for worship, and we have the privilege of celebrating Baptisms and Confirmations while he is here!  If you and/or your child are wanting to be baptized, or are interested in being confirmed and have prepared yourself to be so, please contact Fr. Brian at revbriancampbell@gmail.com by this Sunday so there is enough time to plan and prepare for the service coming up in a few weeks.

Church Directory Photos

All those who signed up to take pictures this Sunday for our new Church Directory, please come to the photo room (across from the office space) as soon as the worship service is over!  The Communications Committee wants to honor your time and get everyone in and out quickly so you can enjoy coffee hour. 🙂 There are still empty slots for the two remaining Sundays in October as well as Saturday, October 19th. If you would like to sign up for one of these slots, please do so on Sunday morning via the sign-up sheet outside of the photo room, or contact Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com

Operation Christmas Child

The Children and Family Ministry is participating in Operation Christmas Child as their Christmas project this year.  There is a table in the Fellowship Hall containing brochures with more information, and boxes for you to take home and fill together with your family! The boxes, along with $9 for shipping, will need to be returned by November 17th.  You can give the $9 online or make your check payable to Samaratan’s Purse with a note in memo line: “for Operation Christmas Child” (the brochures located in the Fellowship Hall also have this information listed). We will not be filling the boxes at the church.  This is different than how we have done it in the past, so if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Brown at brownie7506@yahoo.com .

Amendment to CtR Bylaws

Christ the Redeemer’s Bylaws were recently amended to reflect  our current affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and replace our previous affiliation with PEARUSA. You can find the amended Bylaws here, and they will also be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway next to the Children’s Check-in table. The congregation will need to vote on the amendment at our next Congregational Meeting in December.


“Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
-A Collect for Guidance (for Thursday, from Morning Prayer, BCP 2019)




Week of Sunday, October 6th, 2019

In this Update you will find information on the following (more details on each of these found below):

    1. Baptisms and Confirmations on Nov. 3rd
    2. Alpha Continues Tonight
    3. Church Directory Photos
    4. Youth Group at Duckworth’s
    5. Mission Sunday Follow-Up
    6. Operation Christmas Child
    7. Amendment to CtR Bylaws

Baptisms and Confirmations on November 3rd

October is already here, which means November is around the corner. On Sunday, November 3rd, All Saints Day, Bishop Steve Breedlove will be joining us for worship. During his visit, we will be celebrating Baptisms and Confirmations!

We have several individuals that have already expressed interest in both being baptized, as well as confirmed, but we want to make sure we are not missing anyone. If you and/or your child are wanting to be baptized, or are interested in being confirmed and have prepared yourself to be so, please contact Fr. Brian at revbriancampbell@gmail.com.

Alpha Continues Tonight

It’s not too late to invite a friend or two to Alpha, and attend the course with them! Alpha meets tonight at 6:00pm at the Campbell’s, and will continue meeting for the next 6 weeks. This course is for anyone exploring questions of faith, life and meaning.  Contact Fr. David at revdavidwatts@gmail.com if you or someone you know might be interested.

Church Directory Photos

In case you missed it, the CtR Communications Committee will be taking pictures of church members/regular attendees each Sunday in October after service and on one Saturday (10/19) for our new directory. There are three empty slots for this Sunday, at 12:00, 12:40 and 12:50. If you would like to sign up for one of these slots, contact Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com. If you’re unable to take a picture with you/your family this Sunday, there are still several slots left for the rest of October so make sure to sign up THIS WEEK on the sheet attached to the door across from Ministry Room.

Youth Group at Duckworth’s

Just a reminder that the Youth will be meeting at the Duckworth’s house this Sunday evening, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. For more information, including the Duckworth’s address, contact Fr. David  (revdavidwatts@gmail.com.

Speaking of the Duckworth’s, this Sunday will unfortunately be their last Sunday with us at CtR. We will miss them dearly, but are praying for them and their next adventure in Birmingham!

Mission Sunday Follow-Up

If you were moved by any of the presentations last week, and would like to know more information about how you can get involved in global missions, please contact Sydney at ctrsec@gmail.com. More specifically, if you would like to learn more about Compassion and how to get started with sponsoring a child, contact Kim Johnson at mjohnson274@cox.net.

Operation Christmas Child

The Children and Family Ministry will be participating in Operation Christmas Child as their Christmas project this year.  There will be a table set up soon with more information, and boxes for you to take home and fill together with your family! The boxes, along with $9 for shipping, will need to be returned by November 17th.  Just FYI, we will not be filling the boxes at the church.  This is different than how we have done it in the past, so if you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Brown at brownie7506@yahoo.com .

Amendment to CtR Bylaws

Christ the Redeemer’s Bylaws were recently amended to reflect  our current affiliation with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), and replace our previous affiliation with PEARUSA. You can find the amended Bylaws here, and they will also be posted on the bulletin board in the hallway next to the Children’s Check-in table. The congregation will need to vote on the amendment at our next Congregational Meeting in December.


“Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
-A Collect for Guidance (for Thursday, from Morning Prayer, BCP 2019)




Week of Sunday, September 29th, 2019

In this Update you will find information on the following (more details on each of these found below):

    1. Global Mission Focus this Sunday
    2. Alpha Begins
    3. Church Directory Photos
    4. Youth Group Update

This Sunday: Celebrating Our Global Connections!

One of the gifts of Anglicanism is being integrally and relationally connected with the global church. On Sunday we get to celebrate some of the ways we are connected, as well as hear about possible new connections. During the sermon slot we will hear reports on our ongoing relationship with our Sister church in Mbyo, Diocese of Kigali. Additionally, we will have a special guest, Fr. Dana Craft from Christ the Redeemer in Guatemala, share with us about a possible new partnership through our Builders’ group.

Alpha Begins Today

The 8-week Alpha course begins TONIGHT at 6:00pm! This course is for anyone exploring questions of faith, life and meaning. It’s never too late to join, but now’s the time to think about who you can invite! Contact Fr. David at revdavidwatts@gmail.com if you or someone you know might be interested.

Church Directory Photos

Just a reminder: the CtR Communications Committee will be taking pictures of church members/regular attendees each Sunday in October after service and on one Saturday (10/19) for our new directory. Please sign up THIS WEEK on the sheet attached to the door across from Ministry Room. When considering what to wear, please no plain black or white. If you have any questions, please contact Lea Hanna Dickens at leahannadickens@gmail.com

Youth Group Update

Just a reminder that the Youth meets every Sunday evening, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, at the church. With the exception of next Sunday, October 6th, when they will be meeting at the Duckworth’s house. For more information, including the Duckworth’s address, contact Fr. David  (revdavidwatts@gmail.com.


“Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
-A Collect for Guidance (for Thursday, from Morning Prayer, BCP 2019)




Week of Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

In this Update you will find information on the following (more information on each of these found below):

    1. ‘Discipleship Hour’ continues
    2. Youth Group Continues
    3. ‘Newcomer’s Welcome’ Event on Sunday
    4. Alpha, September 26
    5. Preschool Parents, September 24th
    6. Global Mission Focus next Sunday
    7. New Church Directory
    8. Nursery Items

Discipleship Hour Continues

It’s never too late to sign up or walk in on a Discipleship Hour class! We meet at 9:00am for all children, youth and adult classes! A list of the Discipleship Hour classes can be found on our website, at this link: Discipleship Hour.

Youth Group Continues

Youth Group continues on Sundays at church from 6-8pm, where youth will be equipped to seek the Lord daily and share him with others. 

‘New to Christ the Redeemer?’

You are invited to attend a reception at the Campbell’s house (7324 Elvin Court) this Sunday, from 3 to 5pm. Refreshments will be served and children are welcomed! Please RSVP to Janis (janiscampbell58@gmail.com) if you plan to come.

Missional Opportunities:

Alpha – Know anyone who may be asking questions about life, meaning, and God, or does this describe you yourself? Get in touch with Janis, Angela, David+ or your Life Group leader about joining our next Alpha Course, starting this Thursday, September 26th. For 8 weeks we will explore these questions together. Contact David+ if you have questions – revdavidwatts@gmail.com.

Preschool Parents (P2) – CtR is starting a group specifically for parents of kids ages 4 and under.  The first meeting will be this Tuesday, September 24th, 10:00am – 11:30am, and will meet monthly on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Coffee and childcare will be provided! Contact Dani Adams or Bethany Dryfka if you and your kids can attend.

Global Mission Focus: Sunday, September 29th We are part of a global Church and privileged to be part of a global mission. Next week we will celebrate our ongoing relationship with our sister parish, Mbyo, in the Diocese of Kigali, Rwanda, as well as hear about a possible new relationship with another ‘Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church’ in Guatemala.

New Church Directory

The CtR Communications Committee is excited to be putting together a brand-new printed church directory! We will be taking pictures of church members/regular attendees each Sunday in October after service and on one Saturday (10/19). Please sign up on the sheet attached to the door across from the Chapel Room. When considering what to wear, please no plain black or white. If you have any questions, contact Lea Hanna Dickens at leahannadickens@gmail.com.

Nursery Items

The Nursery is going through a “clean-up”! All of the items in the hallway outside of the Nursery and Preschool Chapel rooms are up for grabs.  Anything that isn’t claimed by next Sunday will be donated.  Thanks!


“Heavenly Father, in you we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but may remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
-A Collect for Guidance (for Thursday, from Morning Prayer, BCP 2019)