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Vol. 6 No. 12 March 23, 2017

In this issue… • Special Congregational Meeting on April 2, 2017…
• Easter Flowers Order Form is Due on Sunday…
• Sunday Worship on March 26, 2017…  
• Getty Concert at Memorial Park Church: April 30th…
• Please save these dates: April 27 and 28, 2017…
• Choir Rehearsal Schedule…  
• Christian Education classes…  
• Women’s Ministry…  
• Weekly Devotional for Women…  
• and more…  


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Special Congregational Meeting
The Board of Directors has issued a call for a Special Meeting of the Congregation immediately following the 11:00 a.m. regular worship service on Sunday, April 2, 2017, for the purpose of conducting such business as required by the ByLaws of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC), including the election of Elders to assume office upon the localization of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and the election of members to serve on the Pastor Search Committee.

Easter Flowers
It is a privilege to assist our hosts, the congregation of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, in decorating the sanctuary for Holy Week and Easter.

If you would like to donate flowers in memory of, or in honor of, a loved one, please click on the link below to download the Order Form.

Order Due this
March 26, 2016

(Please click here)

Sunday Worship

For Sunday, March 26, 2017—
Fourth Sunday in Lent

11:00 a.m.—  
Meeting at:

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church
950 West 7th Street
Erie, PA 16502

Worship Theme: “Embracing Christ across the span of
our years.”

Old Testament
and Epistle

Isaiah 46:4 and 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Sermon Text: Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

Sermon Title: “Christ From the Youth through the
  Twilight of Our Lives”
  —David J. Ayers, Ph.D.

(Please click on the Scripture texts above in order to
read them from the New International Version)

We welcome David J. Ayers, Ph.D., Dean of the Alva J. Calderwood School of Arts and Letters, Grove City College, as our guest speaker this week. Dr. Ayers has been at Grove City College since 1996.

He completed his Ph.D at New York University, his M.A. at American University, and his B.A. at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. His graduate degrees are in Sociology, but his undergraduate degree is in Psychology.

Immediately prior to coming to Grove City, Dr. Ayers lived in St. Louis and, among other things, headed his own company there. This included research and consulting for firms as varied as Anhauser-Busch, Milliken Publishing, and Practical Homeschooling Magazine. In fact, in his work for Anhauser-Busch, Dr. Ayers scripted a film “starring” A-B’s Chief Financial Officer. And, he wrote a stage presentation that was performed by popular television personality Regis Philbin for an audience including, among others, the mayor of St. Louis.

Dr. Ayers’ varied background also includes being on the Sociology faculty at The King’s College in New York, at Dallas Baptist University in Texas, serving as a Special Research Affiliate in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Studies, working as Research Associate for a Washington, D.C., consulting firm, carrying out studies in the healthcare field.

He also completed two national studies of pro-life pregnancy centers for a consortium of interested parties in D.C. that included the U.S. House of Representatives Pro-Life Caucus. The latter studies were widely covered in the press at the time.

Dr. Ayers has also been a mental health worker, delinquency counselor, headed a residential unit for severely emotionally-disturbed and violent male youth, short-order cook, bus boy, construction laborer, poet and song-writer, and guitarist and back-up singer in two bands, but not necessarily in that order.

As a boy he lived in both Athens, Greece, and Frankfurt, Germany, as his father served in covert operations for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dr. Ayers has published two books with Cengage: Experiencing Social Research (2002)and Investigating Social Problems (2005).

His research essay, “The Inevitability of Failure: The Assumptions and Implementation of Modern Feminism,” appeared in a volume edited by John Piper and Wayne Grudem titled Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which won Christianity Today’s “Best Book of the Year” and “Best Book in Theology” awards in 1991, and is now out in a second edition.

Dr. Ayers contributed two major essays to the Omnibus Reader series edited by Gene Veith, Douglas Wilson and G. Tyler Fischer for Veritas Press—the first on “Cultural Anthropology” and the second on “Sociology.”

Dr. Ayers is currently writing a book on Christian marriage for Weaver Books tentatively entitled Two Cords, One Knot: The Wonder of Christian Marriage in a Confused World.

Dr. Ayers has also written popular articles in magazines such as Practical Homeschooling and Crosswinds.

His hobbies include hunting deer (rifle and archery), fishing, playing his collection of guitars, and jamming to the tunes of such artists as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winters, and Joe Bonamassa.

More than anything else, Ayers is happy to be blessed with a wonderful family that includes his wife Kathy, six children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters and a grandson on the way, and two dogs. He resides in Grove City.


We welcome anyone who wishes to join us for worship.

Please note: The first floor of the building is handicapped accessible
by entering the door at the intersection of 7th Street and Cascade.



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Nursery Available

We offer Nursery Care during our Worship Service. You will find the caregivers in the Joyce Parlor.

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After the Worship Service

We invite you to join us for a time of fellowship with coffee and cookies in the Joyce Parlor after each Sunday worship service.

We also invite those who wish to have a time of personal prayer for needs in their lives to please speak to Bob LeSuer and he will arrange for someone to meet with you and pray with you.

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Our Mission Statement

“As part of the global church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer Presbyterian Church exists to draw people into a life-long transforming relationship with Him by:

          Exalting God thoughtfully and joyfully
          Knowing God intimately
          Serving others wholeheartedly
          Sharing God’s love locally and globally”

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Nominees for Office

At the Special Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 2, 2017, the Leadership will present the following nominees for office:

Elder (Class of 2018): Robert LeSuer
Elder (Class of 2019): Jennifer Pontzer
Elder (Class of 2020): Dean Wilson
Pastor Search

Judy Bloeser, Susan Brooks, Dillon Gearing, Lisa Gordon, Bob LeSuer (Elder), Pat Pontzer, Dean Wilson (Elder)

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Localization of
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
On Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, 2017, during the Meeting of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies in Bay Village, Ohio, at the Bay Evangelical Presbyterian Church, the status of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC) will change from “Mission Church” to “Local Church.”

This is a very significant event in the life and development of our church. Our Leadership would like as many of Redeemer’s members and friends as possible to attend this meeting.

Please mark these dates on your calendar.

We will give you more details about on which day—Friday evening, or Saturday morning—the localization will take place, as those details become available. Please plan to attend and support this important occasion.

For your planning purposes, Bay Village, Ohio, is located on the shore of Lake Erie, west of Cleveland, about a two-hours drive from Erie.

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Choir Rehearsal Schedule

The Choir will next rehearse, Thursday, March 30th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Educational Building at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.


The Choir will also rehearse on Sunday, April 2nd, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Educational Building at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

The Choir will rehearse, Thursday, April 6th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Educational Building at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

The Choir will rehearse on Palm Sunday, April 9th, from 10:30 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Educational Building at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. And, the choir will also sing in the Worship Service this day.

The Choir will rehearse, Maunday Thursday, April 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Educational Building at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. And, the chir will sing for the Maundy Thursday Service this evening.

The Choir will rehearse on Easter Sunday, April 16th, at a time to be arranged in the Choir Room on the second floor of the Educational Building at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church. And, the choir will also sing in the Worship Service this day.

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Adult Christian Education Welcomes YOU!

We extend this personal invitation for you to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the Joyce Parlor, located just off the foyer in the Educational Building.

Do you find it hard to understand what the cross of Christ has to do with the reality of your life in the 21st century? Have you ever wondered why Christians concentrate so much on a gruesome, first-century instrument of public torture?

[Photo of Stott's The Cross of Christ] For our adult Christian Education (Sunday School) study during Lent, Bob LeSuer will moderate as we look at some answers to these and other questions as we explore “The Good News of the Cross.” Using a portion of John Stott’s The Cross of Christ as a resource, we will examine how, in Christ’s work on the cross, our gracious and faithful God:
  1. accomplishes our salvation,

  2. reveals who He is, and…

  3. conquers death and the powers of darkness.

All are welcome to join us in the Joyce Parlor each Sunday morning at 9:30 for this important discussion of matters at the very heart of our Christian faith. Coffee is free. And, there are no such things as “dumb questions.”

Please join us. You will find a very warm, welcoming, and inviting atmosphere.

(Please enter the building through the entrance closest to the parking lot
so as to not disturb the 9:00 a.m. Lutheran worship service.)

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Christian Education Classes
for Teens and Children

Please join us for Christian Education at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. We have classes located in the Educational Building for children through Grade 5 and for teens.

(Please enter the building through the entrance closest to the parking lot
so as to not disturb the 9:00 a.m. Lutheran worship service.)

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Women’s Ministry

The Women’s Ministry of Redeemer Presbyterian Church offers many opportunities to the women from our church and from our community. We welcome you to keep in touch with our ministry activities. Please click here for more information…

Weekly Devotional: Every week our Women’s Ministry posts a Weekly Devotional for Women. If you haven’t yet read this week’s devotional, please click here.

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Becoming a Missional Church…

We continue to pursue ways to effectively fulfill The Great Commission. We invite you to visit our website and view the Mission Projects we continue to undertake both independently and also in cooperation with our friends at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church: Read more...




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Pray for Our Mission to Sierra Leone

Partnering with EduNations, our Presbytery has adopted the nation of Sierra Leone as our mission to people who remain unreached for Jesus Christ. Our ministry network of churches has focused on the village of Fintonia in northern Sierra Leone (red dot on the map below).





Please click for more information on the EPC’s World Outreach




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Our Missionary: Sandie Starr Everhart

Redeemer Presbyterian Church provides monthly support for the mission work of Sandie Starr Everhart. Sandie serves with the Coalition for Christian Outreach at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to financial support, the people of Redeemer Presbyterian Church have become involved in directly assisting Sandie with her outreach to the students and faculty at EUP.

Please keep Sandie and her ministry in your daily prayers.

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Our Missionary: Natalie Harvey

Redeemer Presbyterian Church provides monthly support for the mission work of Natalie Harvey. Natalie works full-time for the Coalition for Christian Outreach in campus ministry. Through the CCO, she develops students to be passionate leaders who serve Jesus Christ in their studies, jobs, communities, and families.

Specifically, she works as CCO Campus Staff on the campus of Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (EUP). She partners with the Edinboro Ministry Council, and serves as the Director of the Potter’s House—an intentional community and discipleship house for female upperclassmen at EUP.

In addition to financial support, the people of Redeemer Presbyterian Church hope to become involved in directly assisting Natalie with her outreach to the students and faculty at EUP.

Please keep Natalie and her ministry in your daily prayers.

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Prayer Requests

More and more, we want to become a praying church. Thus, we want to continually hold each other up in prayer.

We want to celebrate your joys. We want to rejoice with you concerning the answers you’ve received to your prayers. And, we want to know about your trials, sorrows, difficulties, and concerns so that we can earnestly and fervently pray with you and pray for you.

Please don’t wait until Sunday to share with us. We welcome your Prayer Requests all week long. To send us a Prayer Request by email, please just click here.

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Please “Like” our Facebook Page

That’s right, Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC) has a page on Facebook. If you’re also on Facebook, we invite you to “Like” our Facebook page. If you do, you’ll receive all the updates we post throughout the week.

You can become a "Redeemer Pres. Ambassador." Here’s how: Once you “Like” our Facebook page, you will begin to receive our updates on your Facebook newsfeed. If you see one of our updates that you would like to share with your Facebook friends, all you have to do is simply click the “Share” button. This will place the update you “Share” onto the newsfeed for your Facebook friends and also onto the timeline of your own Facebook page where all your Facebook friends can view it.

While our website will remain the principal source of information regarding our services and activities, and while this eNewsletter will continue to provide a once-weekly summary of what’s going on at Redeemer Pres., our Facebook page will offer a fast-paced, up-to-the-minute way of keeping in touch throughout the course of your day, whenever you log into Facebook.

To visit our Facebook page, just click here.

You may also always reach our Facebook page by clicking on the “Facebook badge” that is located on the left-side menu column of any page on our website.

We also have a “Redeemer Pres. Prayer and Praise” Group that you may access from our Facebook page. To join this “Closed Group” you must be invited by an existing member. So, just mention your interest to one of the current members of the Group and that one will gladly add you to the Group.

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About Us…

Have you ever wondered how we describe ourselves to people who come across our website while they are surfing the world wide web?

Well, wonder no more. Just click here to read a description about Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Then, please pray that people will find us and that the Holy Spirit will continue to draw those He wants to become a part of our fellowship. And, don’t forget to invite your family and friends to join us for Christian Education and Worship on Sunday.

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Tithes, Offerings, and Love Gifts

We appreciate your consistent generosity in giving to support the ministry of our church. Please make your checks payable to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church.” We also have Pledge Cards available for those who may wish to indicate the extent of their giving—as God provides—throughout the coming year.

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Annual Per-Member Giving

Each year, the General Assembly of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, in concert with the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, votes to establish a budget for Denominational and Presbytery operations. This budget is largely supported by churches and congregations participating in a special stewardship program called “Per-Member Giving.”

This year the amount includes $23.00 for the General Assembly and $12.50 for the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, or a Total of $35.50.

While Redeemer Presbyterian Church includes this total amount for our membership in our Annual Budget, it is helpful if each member, who is able to do so, will contribute this amount of $35.50, above and beyond whatever amount he or she normally pledges or gives.

If you do include this amount in your giving, please make a notation on the memo line of your check: “Per-Member Giving.”

Thank you for prayerfully considering this request. And, if you have any questions about this, please speak to our Treasurer, Marykay Stahl.

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“God Hunt” Sightings

We include this announcement each week to express our sincere hope that you are still going on a daily “God Hunt.” Every day please look for one or more of the following:
  • Any obvious answer to prayer, or...
  • Any special evidence of God’s care, or...
  • Any help to do God’s work in the world, or...
  • Any unusual linkage or timing

Then, please write your “God Hunt Sightings” down in a journal or notebook. Next, as God opens up an opportunity for you to share with someone what He is doing in your life, please take that opportunity to do so.

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