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Saturday Liturgy: 7PM
Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM
Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM
Anointing with Oil for Healing: Once a month as indicated in the calendar.
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WORSHIP SERVICES. Regular Liturgies of the Holy Eucharist are conducted on:
Saturdays at 7PM
Sundays at 8AM
Sundays at 11AM
Wednesdays at 7:30PM
Fridays at 10AM (in conjunction with Bible Study)
SOME FEAST DAYS AND SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES ON THE HORIZON. As we are parish where “God’s People Pray,” there are a number of worship services for special holidays and feast days of which we should be aware and which we should note as we plan to participate as the Body of Christ. Please make every effort to attend these.
January 18 Confession of St. Peter (white) 10AM and 7:30PM
(Week of the Prayer for Christian Unity)
January 25 Conversion of St. Paul (white) 10AM and 7:30PM
February 2 Holy Presentation of Our Lord (white) 7PM
February 24 St. Matthias, Apostle (red) 8AM and 11AM
March 6 Ash Wednesday (black) 12Noon and 7:30PM
March 19 St. Joseph, Guardian of Our Lord (white) 7:30PM
March 25 Holy Annunciation of Our Lord (white) 7:45PM
April 13 Palm Sunday/ Sunday of the Passion (scarlet) 7PM
April 14 Palm Sunday/ Sunday of the Passion (scarlet) 8AM and 11AM
April 16 Chrism Mass (white) 7:30PM
April 18 Maundy Thursday (scarlet) 12Noon and 7:30PM
April 19 Good Friday (black) 12Noon and 7:30PM
April 20 Great Vigil of Pascha/Easter (white or gold) 7:30PM
April 21 Resurrection of Our Lord / Holy Pascha / Easter Sunday (white or gold)
8AM, 10AM, and 12Noon
April 25 St. Mark, Evangelist (red) 7:30PM
at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Yonkers
May 30 Holy Ascension of Our Lord (white) 12Noon and 7:30PM
June 8 Vigil of Pentecost (red) 7:30PM
June 9 Festival of Pentecost (red) 8AM and 11AM
June 11 St. Barnabas, Apostle (red) 7:30PM
June 15 Feast of the Most Holy Trinity (white) 7PM
June 16 Feast of the Most Holy Trinity (white) 8AM and 11AM
June 24 Nativity of St. John the Baptist (white) 7:45PM
June 25 Presentation of the Augsburg Confession (white) 7:30PM
June 29 St. Peter and St. Paul (red) 7PM
July 22 St. Mary Magdalene (white) TBA
July 25 St. James the Elder, Apostle (red) TBA
August 15 St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord (white) 7:30PM
August 24 St. Bartholomew, Apostle (red) 7PM
August 29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist (red) 7:30PM
September 14 Holy Cross Day (red) 7PM
September 21 St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (red) 7PM
September 29 St. Michael and All Angels’ Day (white) 8AM and 11AM
October 18 St. Luke, Evangelist (red)
October 23 St. James of Jerusalem, Martyr (red) 7:30PM
October 28 St. Simon and St. Jude, Apostles (red) 7:30PM
October 31 Reformation Day (red) 12Noon and 7:30PM
November 1 All Saints’ Day (white) 10AM and 7:30PM
November 2 All Souls’ Day (white) 7PM
November 30 St. Andrew, Apostle (red) 7PM
WE NEED FOOD FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY. As our food pantry continues to be used by people in our neighborhood, parishioners are asked to donate to our food pantry.
+canned vegetables and beans +canned stews
+canned soups of all kinds (chicken noodle, chunky chicken, vegetable, etc.)
+canned ravioli or spaghetti and meatballs +canned fruit
+canned solid chicken +canned tuna
+Vienna sausage +canned tomato sauce for beans
Please make sure that items you bring are in cans. The Redeemer Food Pantry is open on the second Thursday of each month from 1PM to 3PM.
ANOINTING WITH OIL FOR HEALING. After the 7PM, 8AM and 11AM Liturgies on the following days and before the 8AM Liturgies on these days, the anointing with oil and the laying on of hands for healing will occur.
2019: January 5-6 February 2-3 March 2-3 April 6-7 May 4-5
June 1-2 July 6-7 August 3-4 September 7-8
October 5-6 November 2-3 December 7-8
Pastor will be available from 7:40AM until 7:55AM on Anointing with Oil for Healing days for those who can come before the 8AM Liturgy begins. Coming at this time helps people to get to the Religious Education Hour activities in a timely way.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR SPECIAL MUSIC DURING LITURGIES. Be sure to watch for any changes that may be made.
January 13 EYES (8AM and 11AM)
January 20 ARMS (8AM and 11AM)
January 27 Younger Sunday School (11AM)
February 3 LUNGS (8AM and 11AM)
February 10 EYES (11AM)
February 17 ARMS (8AM and 11AM)
February 24 Older Sunday School (11AM)
March 3 EYES (11AM)
March 6 LUNGS (7:30PM)
March 10 LUNGS (8AM and 11AM)
March 17 ARMS (8AM and 11AM)
March 24 Younger Sunday School (11AM)
March 31 ensemble
April 7 LUNGS (8AM and 11AM)
April 14 EYES (11AM)
April 16 Concordia University St. Paul (7:30PM)
April 18 LUNGS (7:30PM)
April 19 ARMS (12Noon and 7:30PM)
April 20 LUNGS (7:30PM)
April 21 ensemble (8AM); LUNGS (10AM); EYES (12Noon)
April 28 ensemble
May 5 LUNGS (8AM and 11AM)
May 12 EYES (11AM)
May 19 ARMS (8AM and 11AM)
May 26 Older Sunday School
May 30 LUNGS (7:30PM)
June 2 ensemble
June 8 LUNGS (7:30PM)
June 9 EYES (11AM)
June 16 ARMS (8AM and 11AM)
June 23 Younger and Older Sunday School (7:30PM)
June 30 EYES (11AM)
DO YOU PLAY A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT? If you play an instrument and would like to play during Liturgies, please communicate with Cantor Boehler (email@example.com) or Pastor (718.324.1288 extension 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that you may be a part of Redeemer EARS—Enthusiastically Adoring our Redeemer in Song. For more information, please communicate with Cantor Boehler.
REHEARSALS FOR LUNGS. There are no rehearsals on the following days: December 8 April 20 June 8 June 22
SOME UPCOMING HOLY BAPTISMS
April 20 at 7:30PM—Great Vigil of Easter Adult catechumens
June 8 at 7:30PM—Vigil of Pentecost Youth catechumens
“So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of each other.” (Romans 12:5)
PLEASE JOIN US FOR FELLOWSHIP (food and beverages) AFTER THE LITURGIES.
Typically: after 7PM Liturgy and 8AM Liturgy—in the narthex (where our coats are hung)
After 11AM Liturgy—in the undercroft (downstairs)
SPECIAL FELLOWSHIP HOURS BEING HOSTED. Be sure to note the following special fellowship hours being hosted by various people and auxiliaries at Redeemer:
December 16: LIPS hosting Lenore Wittrock’s 90th birthday celebration
For information about fellowship after the 7PM Liturgy, please communicate with Deaconess or Pastor.
For information about fellowship after the 8AM Liturgy, please communicate with Janet Swaby and Joan Reid.
For information about fellowship after the 11AM Liturgy, please communicate with Samantha Hewitt and Claudette Morrison.
As always, refreshments are offered after each Liturgy, providing opportunity for ongoing fellowship and sharing.
“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart.” (Deuteronomy 6:6)
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HOUR is every Sunday at 9:45AM. Age-appropriate sessions are offered for all ages. Please participate and grow in your understanding and appreciation of the Word of the Lord.
FRIDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY meets at 10AM during the academic year (September through June) as volunteers bring breakfast food to share. The session usually concludes by 11:45AM or 12Noon.
THE ADULT CATECHUMENATE meets on Sundays at 9:45AM. If you are not yet baptized, not yet confirmed, want to join this congregation or want to learn more about this congregation or the Christian faith, please communicate with Deaconess or Pastor.
THE YOUTH CATECHUMENATE meets on Wednesdays at 5PM and Fridays at 7PM. If you are in grades 7-12 are not baptized, confirmed, or receiving the Lord’s Supper or if you want to join the Church, please communicate with Deaconess or Pastor.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH PRESENTATION. The African American History Month Presentation is on Sunday, February 3 at 2PM.
HOMEWORK HELP AND TUTORING. If you are in need of assistance with tutoring for examinations, homework help and the like, please contact the Parish Office.
“Contribute to the needs of the saints.” (Romans 12:13)
COLLECTING UNDERWEAR FOR THOSE IN NEED. This year, under the Advent and Christmas tree that is decorated with our pictures, we shall collect underwear for children, women, and men. Only new underwear in packages can be accepted. You may bring them all during the Advent season.
HELPING WITH THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES. If you wish to contribute financially to this effort, please make your check payable to “Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church” or pay with cash or via redeemerlutheranbronx.org and one hundred percent of your contributions will go directly to those who are in need in California.
CATCHING UP AND DEMOLISHING THE DEFICIT. It is time to catch up with your offerings for 2018. Our deficit is not pleasing to our Lord. Please catch up with your gifts and worship our Lord with your offerings before the year ends.
SPECIAL CHRISTMAS OFFERING. Our Special Christmas Offering effort has begun. Enevelopes are included in the bulletin and are being mailed to you. The special collection will happen on December 15-16. Please do what you can to make the big difference in our neighborhood and contribute to this special deficit-defeating effort. Also, please pass envelopes along to your friends and family members, especially to those who benefit from the gifts our Lord has given to us at Redeemer. Thank you in advance for your effort with this.
PURCHASE WITH PURPOSE: AMAZON SMILE FOUNDATION. AMAZON SMILE is offering a matching funds opportunity for those who shop using them and listing Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in The Bronx as the beneficiary. This is the link for those who wish to add Redeemer as their beneficiary:
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/13-1869316 and Amazon donates to Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church. #YouShopAmazonDonates
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS CAN BE EMAILED TO YOU. 131 people now receive their quarterly financial contribution statements via e-mail. This is an efficient manner to receive information that saves paper and postage. If you are interested in receiving your statement by email, please email email@example.com
SOME REQUESTS CONNECTED WITH USING OFFERING ENVELOPES. As you use offering envelopes, the following will be helpful for Redeemer as we keep records for contributors:
1. Discard all envelopes from the previous year. Do not use envelopes from previous years.
2. Do not change the dates on the envelopes; keep the dates that are printed on them.
3. Use the offering envelopes you were assigned this year for your monetary contributions this year.
4. Include your envelope number with any special contributions you make.
5. Unless a contribution has been designated to a special offering, it will be allocated to the general fund.
Thank you for all your contributions as Redeemer “receives, teaches, celebrates and shares Christ Jesus.”
BRICKS. Order yours today for $80.00 dollars. Forms are available at www.redeemerlutheranbronx.org, in the mail slot outside the restrooms on the lower level, or from the parish office. The profits assist us with our capital improvement projects at Redeemer. Purchase a brick or more today.
EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES. Thank you to all who bring to Redeemer their empty ink cartridges. It saves us a lot of money. You may also drop off those cartridges at Staples and indicate “Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church” with the phone number 718.324.1288 so that Redeemer may receive the business rewards credit.
POSTAGE STAMPS ARE NEEDED. The LWML is collecting used postage stamps to help fund ministry to the blind and to the deaf. Please bring the envelope with the stamp on it (so that the stamp may be cut in the proper way) and place it in the “Old Stamps” mailbox downstairs outside the undercroft by the restrooms.
FILL YOUR MITE BOX. Please continue to use the mite boxes. If you need one, they are in a basket under the narthex pew (in the back of the church). The money from the mite boxes are used to pay for the Mission Grant from the Atlantic District Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Redeemer is receiving a grant from the 2014-2015 biennium through the money collected in these mite boxes throughout the Atlantic District. Full Mite Boxes may be placed in Cecile Walker’s mailbox downstairs outside the undercroft by the restrooms. Thank you.
WE CONTINUE TO COLLECT BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION for The Lutheran School of Our Saviour in the Bronx. If you have any, please bring them to the “Box Tops” mailbox downstairs just outside the undercroft.
EYES - Energetic Youth Engaged in Service—Youth Group
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your Word.”
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE FOR OUR SAVIOUR GYM NIGHTS. EYES is scheduled to go to Our Saviour’s gym on the following dates:
January 11 February 15 March 15 April 5 May 10 June 28
LCMS NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING. A number of youth and adults are attending the upcoming Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, Minnesota this summer (July 11-15). The cost per person is $1500. Thanks be to God for those who have been supporting our young people with their donations and even underwriting the cost of a youth to attend. Thanks be to God also for our auxiliaries that are supporting this fundraising effort and giving money for youth to attend the gathering (LEGS, LIPS, WRISTS). Thanks be to God for EYES for their many fundraisers to pay for this youth gathering as well.
The following people have been registered to attend:
Kenisha Barrett Kayla Cummings Michelle Danville Madison Kelly
Lauren Lucario Delano Mallet Jayson Rochester Jonathan Rodriguez
Julia Rodriguez Nathan Seoprasad Rasheed Smikle Marques Van Duyne
Chanel Cummings Eric Sandblom Deaconess Pastor
Let us continue to keep all in our prayers.
ADDITIONAL EYES FUNDRAISERS. There are additional fundraisers for the National Youth Gathering scheduled for January 19-20 and April 27-28. Donations for the upcoming National Youth Gathering always are welcomed and encouraged.
HEARTS - Here, Eager And Ready To Serve—Young Adults’ Group
“Your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
EPIPHANY AND GOOD FRIDAY. Please set aside January 6 and April 19 on your calendars for Epiphany and Good Friday dramas. Rehearsals will precede each event.
FINANCIAL PLANNING SEMINAR. Redeemer HEARTS and LEGS are hosting a financial seminar on Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30PM. Our own Darryl Thompson will work with others to help us to learn how to plan with respect to our finances. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Parish Office or John Swaby (President of LEGS).
LAPS - Learning to Assist Parents and Seniors—Support for Caregivers
“Your young men shall see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. If you have need of some medical equipment (crutches, wheel chair, travel chair, canes, etc.), please contact the Parish Office before your purchase things. Often times, people donate these items to Redeemer so that they can be passed along to others for their use.
LEGS - League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in Service--Men’s Group
“Blessed it the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life…” (James 1:12)
LEGS MEETINGS. Redeemer LEGS (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in Service) is meeting at 9AM on the following days:
January 12 (Please note the new date)
February 2 March 2 April 6 May 4 June 1 July 6
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEGS 2019 GENTLEMEN OF THE YEAR
Mr. Hammond “Tony” Kellowan
Mr. Marques Cameron Van Duyne
Thanks be to God for male role models of Christ Jesus who support the needs of the Church and serve our neighbors.
LEGS GENTLEMEN’S BREAKFAST. The LEGS Gentlemen’s Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, March 23 at 9AM. The speaker is The Rev. Deric Taylor, Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
LIPS - Ladies in Prayer and Service--Women’s Group
“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
LIPS MEETINGS. Redeemer LIPS (Ladies In Prayer and Service) has changed its meeting time. Please note the following general meeting dates at 7:30PM
(There are no meetings in July or August.)
January 7 February 4 March 4 April 1 May 6 June 3
THANK YOU. Thank you to Redeemer LIPS (Ladies In Prayer and Service) and all who cooked, assisted and served at the 90th birthday celebration for First Lady Emerita Lenore Wittrock Ressmeyer. Thanks be to God for all His wonderful gifts!
LIPS ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON. This luncheon is scheduled tentatively for Saturday, March 16 at 10:30AM.
WRISTS - Women Rejoicing In Service To Society—Women’s Group
“Serve the Lord with gladness!” (Psalm 100:2)
WRISTS MEETINGS. Redeemer WRISTS is meeting on the following days at 12Noon:
January 7 February 4 March 4 April 10 (Lenten Liturgy followed by the meeting)
May 6 June 3
HIGH TEA. The WRISTS High Tea is scheduled for Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 1PM
“ Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” (Psalm 96:10)
ANNOUNCEMENTS. For this duration, we shall print only a bulletin instead of a bulletin and Announcement Folder. We shall see how this works. Please follow the announcements in the bulletin and on the website: redeemelutheranbronx.org. You may also follow events on social media links provided on Redeemer’s website.
GETTING IN TOUCH WITH REDEEMER. The phone number for Redeemer is 718.324.1288. The Parish Office telephone extension is 101. The parish e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Pastor’s telephone extension is 102. His e-dress is email@example.com. Deaconess Rojas’ extension is 104. Her e-dress is firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETINGS:
Voters’ Assembly meetings are ordinarily conducted in the undercroft at 7:45PM, unless indicated otherwise. Here are the dates for the Voters’ Assembly meetings:
2019: January 28 March 25 April 22 May 20 June 24
SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LAST VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY MEETING:
+ Redeemer is in a financial deficit of $29,354.56 as of December 17. People are
encouraged to catch up on their offerings and to be as faith-filled and generous as possible in the days ahead, especially as the fiscal year ends on December 31.
+ An update about the Tremont property was offered as we move forward in faith.
+ An update was offered about Koinonia and Redeemer’s commitment to this camp.
+ Dr. Alisa Spivey-Caraballo (Redeemer’s President) was selected as our layperson to vote
for the LCMS (Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod) President in the upcoming
+ Nominations for LCMS President, First Vice-President, and Regional Vice-President
were made and prepared for submission to the national office.
+ Upcoming events in 2019 were highlighted, including:
+ The Chrism Mass on April 16 at 7:30PM that will include the choir from
Concordia University St. Paul (Minnesota)
+ The Gospel of Mark Presentation by Concordia Seminary St. Louis on Friday,
April 26 at 7:30PM
+ Special thanks was offered and a reception conducted for Phyllis Rochester and for all
who have served as trustees of Redeemer in the past.
+ Redeemer’s Trustees for 2019 are:
Dr. Alisa Spivey-Caraballo, President
Mr. Kennard Verapen, First Vice-President
Mr. Raheid Gathers, Second Vice-President
Ms Melda Hughes, Treasurer
Ms Shoba Rampersaud, Financial Secretary
Ms Pauline Flowers, Secretary
Ms Chanel Cummings, Trustee-at-Large
Mr. Keith Morris, Trustee-at-Large
Dcs. Raquel A. Rojas, Deacones
The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor
PARISH CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS. Copies are available in the mailbox in the undercroft called “Parish Constitution.”
JOINING THE VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY. The Voters’ Assembly is the official voting body of our parish, making decisions especially with respect to the custody of real and personal property, temporalities, revenues and the administration of ecclesiastical affairs. Please communicate with Pastor if you are interested in becoming a voting member of the parish.
ALL PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. As we continue to grow as a parish and as we celebrate the many parts of our mercy, witness and life together, here is a quick list of body parts and groups that we have at Redeemer:
ARMS (Always Rejoicing in Movement and Song, liturgical dancers)
EARS (Enthusiastically Adoring our Redeemer in Song, formerly “Instrumental Ensemble,”
a musical instrumental group)
EYES (Energetic Youth Engaged in Service, a youth group)
FEET (Fun and Educational Exercising Together, an exercise group)
HANDS (Helping All to be Neighbors in the Divine Service, formerly “Ushers,” a
HEARTS (Here, Eager And Ready To Serve, a young adults group)
LAPS (Learning to Assist Parents and Seniors, a group for caretakers)
LEGS (League of Extraordinary Gentlemen in Service, a men’s group)
LIPS (Ladies In Prayer and Service, a women’s group)
LUNGS (Lifting Up the Name of God in Song, an adult choir)
WRISTS (Women Rejoicing In Service To Society, a women’s group)
PERIODICALS. Lutheran periodicals and other educational periodicals are available for your reading in the undercroft next to the Music Room, to the left of the refrigerators. The periodicals can give you information about happenings in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, institutions of the Synod and other agencies. Feel free to read them while you are here.
A Brief History
By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.
Members of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yonkers who lived in the Wakefield section of the Bronx in...
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