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Vol. 6 No. 13 March 30, 2017

In this issue… • Special Congregational Meeting on
   this Sunday, April 2, 2017…
• Sunday Worship on April 2, 2017…  
• Nominations for Office…  
• Meredith Pontzer’ Summer Missions Opportunity…
• 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…  
• Report on the “2017 Women’s Retreat”…
• 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 this 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.

Sunday Worship

For Sunday, Apri 2, 2017—
Fifth Sunday in Lent

11:00 a.m.—  
Meeting at:

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

Worship Theme: “God gives us joy in our daily lives, as we acknowledge who He is and what He has done.”

Old Testament

Jeremiah 14:1-9

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:11-21

Epistle Reading: Galatians 4:21 – 5:1

Sermon Text: Psalm 118

Sermon Title: “So, What Have We Learned During
  —Dean K. Wilson

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

We welcome our own Dean Wilson to our pulpit this week.

Dean has a long history of service to Christ and His Kingdom, both within the church and in the parachurch ministry known as Sermon-Coach with Dr. David R. Mains. We look forward to the message that God has laid on Dean’s heart to share with us.


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 this 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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A Letter from Meredith Pontzer

Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC) has received the following letter from our member, Meredith Pontzer. The Board of Directors wishes the congregation to take note of this mission opportunity for Meredith, so that we can pray for her and offer her our financial support:

 Dear Members of Redeemer,

As many of you know, a few weeks ago I announced in church that I have accepted the call to work this summer for the organization A Christian Ministry in the National Parks (ACMNP). I will be working at Mt. Pisgah Campground, part of the Blue Ridge Parkway operated by the National Park Service. This is a new adventure for me and I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity to be part of a Christian worship team and spread His Word.

I am writing to ask for any kind of support you can give to help make this move and adventure easier. Naturally, prayers are welcome at all times. However, there are some associated costs, as well, for which I need your help.

Orientation is being held at Rocky Mountain National Park in Denver, Colorado, and I need to fly there for the weekend of April 21st through 23rd. I also have had to pay a minimal registration fee for this training event.

Once I am settled in the Mt. Pisgah Campground this summer, I will have a job through connections provided by ACMNP. This job will cover my living expenses. Anything God prompts you to give will be helpful and I will certainly receive your gifts with thanksgiving.

Thanks and love,

Meredith Pontzer

P.S. I will let you know my new address for letters and prayers of encouragement!

You may read more information about A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, its history, its mission, and its organization, by clicking here.

If you wish to help fund Meredith’s summer mission opportunity, please make your checks payable to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and write in the Memo Line of your check: “Meredith Pontzer Summer Mission.”

And please keep Meredith in your prayers, as she embarks on this exciting opportunity.

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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 tonight, 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 this 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.



Report on the “2017 Women’s Retreat”

By all accounts, we can consider the “2017 Women’s Retreat” a success. For this year’s event, held on Saturday, March 25th, we used the theme “A Salute to Birthdays” based on Psalm 71 as our springboard. This Psalm speaks of God’s presence from birth to death.

Colleen Shah presented her “new birth” experience, a moving and meaningful account of how God brought her back to Himself through many years of estrangement and doubts.

Nannette Knappenberger spoke to us about her experience of loving and adopting eight children from Brazil—most older than five years of age. She and her husband felt a calling from God to take in these children, although the trials have been significant for them. They are now enjoying raising their only biological child. We marveled at the faith and trust of these parents in the face of tremendous odds.

During the afternoon, we heard from Joy Jewell, a former faculty member and Dean at Geneva College. She spoke of the way God uses our trials and blesses our lives through the most difficult times. She had experienced the loss of a baby and, 24 years ago, the heart transplant for her husband.

Games and food added to the enjoyment of the day. Marykay Stahl delighted us with her artful presentation of fruits, vegetables and delicious quiche. Our lunch concluded with a birthday cake.

Attendees filled two laundry baskets with baby items they had brought to support the Florence Crittendon Home.

All in all, we had a memorable and inspiring day together.

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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).




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On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, we received the following report from the team traveling from the United States throughout Sierra Leone, representing both the Evangelical Prebyterian Church and also EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 In Fintonia, the first ever church (and new building) among the Susu people in the Tombaka Chiefdom is impressive. The work there is hard but flourishing. It was 104 degrees in the shade for a very long meeting with the Paramount Chief and 500 others in a pavilion designed for 200.

It was HOT, but God is good.

Pastor Scott Graham was made an honorary Susu Chief and given the name “Pa Alimamy Ussman Kamara.” Pray that he remembers his name.

The Presbytery of the Alleghenies continues to make a concerted effort to gather funds to send to our missionaries in Sierra Leone.

Anyone from Redeemer Presbyterian Church who wishes to donate to this pressing need may simply make the check out as usual to “Redeemer Presbyterian Church” and mark on the memo line: “For Sierra Leone.”



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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