Fall Newsletter

Dear Friends,

What a rich Advent season we have coming up! Many of these events are worth inviting friends to, and we look forward to celebrating this important season together.

Upcoming Events at CtR

  • Sun Dec 2 – Christmas Luncheon/Party                             talk to Bernie

  • Sun Dec 9 – Lessons and Carols, 10am

  • Fri Dec 14 – Make a Craft Fair, 3:15-5:00pm                   talk to Nancy and Ian

  • Mon Dec 24 – Christmas Eve Celebration, 4pm

    • And it’s not too late to join our Christmas Eve choir! Rehearsals are after church on the following Sundays: Nov 18, Dec 16, Dec 23.

MAKE A CRAFT: On December 14, we will be doing a new community outreach to the Madeira Park Elementary community at CtR. Volunteers are needed to help supervise and with the crafts – decorating cookies, making Christmas cards, sewing gift bags with Nancy Enns.

CONCERTS: Nancy E and Nancy M will be singing in an Evensong service on Sun Nov 25 – 5pm at St. Bartholomew’s in Gibsons. And the winter concert by Pender Harbour Choir will be Fri Dec 7 in Sechelt and Sun Dec 9 in Mad.Park. For tickets, talk to Doreen, Vic or the Nancys.

Additional notes:

  • Wednesday Bible Study: Continues through early December, followed by soup and sewing.

  • Men’s Breakfast: Next scheduled for December 8, 9am at the Community Church.

  • Preaching: Advent begins Dec 2, and we finish our Hebrews sermon series in January.

  • Website: Check out our updated and refreshed website at www.redeemerpender.ca.

THANK YOUS: Special thanks to Aurelia for taking on our Sunday scheduling of readers, greeters, etc., and Doreen for handling our ordering of Memory Garden plaques. We now have three plaques installed on the memory stone, with room for many more. Dan Choquette has done a masterful job of installing siding, and working with Ian to get electrical hookup out to the memory garden. Thanks also to Laurie for her beautiful garden cleanup this fall.

Recently Becky and I enjoyed a concert at the School of Music by Matthew Byrne from Newfoundland. Thank you for your generous rose bouquet of gifts back in August, which enabled us to attend! It was a wonderful afternoon, and we felt warmly supported.

May God surprise and bless you this season!


April 2018 Projects and Serving

Dear Friends:

The CtR council feels that communication is key for our church to be effective in planning and implementing ideas, both old and new.

In early March the council held a 1 ½ day retreat to strategize. This involved discerning our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and hindrances. During our time together, we revisited our vision and mission statements and began prioritizing goals for 2018.

On Thursday April 5th, we met again to follow up on ideas generated from the March retreat. We reviewed activities that normally happen in a year at Christ the Redeemer and saw them through the lens we had identified as priorities.

New projects and ideas:

•    Complete the memory garden which includes electrical power to fountain, finish siding and installing large memory stone that will be available for plaques to remember loved ones. More info on the purchase of plaques will be coming soon
•    Kyle is looking at our website with ideas for improvement
•    Develop new logo
•    Tailgate garage sale this summer in the parking lot
•    Expand 90’s party this fall.
•    Explore the rental possibilities of the downstairs hall.

The ongoing projects and week to week activities require much dedication and time spent planning, preparing and usually cleaning up. With our brainstorming of other activities we would like to see at Christ the Redeemer, we are in search of volunteers to be helpers or take the lead in many circumstances.

Volunteer opportunities:
•    Prepare monthly serving schedule. Nancy M. is currently doing this job and would like relief. Training is free. Call Nancy 604-740-2466
•    Coordinator for the memory plaques.  This will involve collecting information from donors, ordering plaques from Tony Lock and Key, providing receipts, and ensuring placement on the “rock”. Claimed by Doreen!
•    Many jobs are posted at the church – greeters, readers, intercessors, and more. Please take a look and sign up if an area interests you
•    Men’s team to work on projects, and with summer coming up, cutting lawns, weed eating etc. Contact Ian 604-740-2522

Many thanks to Bernie who took on the role of hospitality coordinator. The Sunday fellowship times, the birthday cakes and luncheons are great and we really appreciate all that goes into the planning and clean-up!

Many thanks to Laurie who has brought the financial records and more to a new level of excellence. We all feel very confident that Laurie is working as hard as she can on our behalf.

Kyle and Becky have set a date and will be married in Kansas City June 3. We are all excited and look forward to having Becky in our community!

Finally, we have purchased church phones which will be up and running shortly. Our church line will be 604-883-1355.

Nancy Mackay
On behalf of the CtR Council