Week of April 14th, 2019

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!