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Vol. 6 No. 15 April 13, 2017

In this issue… • Maundy Thursday Service…  
• Easter Sunday Schedule…  
• Easter Sunday Worship on April 16, 2017…  
• Easter Flower Donations…
• Board Report…
• Meredith Pontzer’ Summer Missions Opportunity…
• Getty Concert at Memorial Park Church: April 30th…
• Redeemer Localization: Saturday, April 29, 2017…
• Choir Rehearsal Schedule…  
• Christian Education classes…  
• Women’s Ministry…  
• Weekly Devotional for Women…  
• Update regarding our mission to Sierra Leone…  
• and more…  


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Maundy Thursday Service
April 13, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

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No Christian Education on Easter Sunday
The Board of Directors has voted to suspend Christian Education classes for Easter Sunday morning, April 16, 2017.

Classes will resume on Sunday, April 23rd.


No After-Service Fellowship
on Easter Sunday
The Board of Directors has voted to suspend the After-Service Fellowship for Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

After-Service Fellowship will resume on Sunday, April 23rd.

Sunday Worship

For Sunday, Apri 16, 2017—
First Sunday of Eastertide

Easter Sunday

11:00 a.m.—  
Meeting at:

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

Worship Theme: “We who belong to God, through Christ Jesus, rejoice in celebrating our Savior’s resurrection.”

Psalter Reading: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24

Epistle Reading: Colossians 3:1-4

Sermon Text: John 20:1-18

Sermon Title: “Why Are You Weeping?”
  —Robert C. LeSuer

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

We welcome our own Mr. Robert C. LeSuer to our pulpit this week.

Bob is the immediate Past-President of the Board of Directors, an Elder elect, and principal adult Christian Education teacher of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC). He has a long history of service to Christ and His Kingdom. We look forward to the message that God has laid on his 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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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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Easter Flowers

The following individuals have generously donated flowers to enhance our worship space on Easter Sunday:

  Donor In Memory Of
  Jean and Jerry Clover.............. Our Parents
  Sam and Marti Ruggiero.......... Our Parents
  Jamie and Marykay Stahl......... Our Parents
  Dean and Shirley Wilson.......... Our Parents: Raymond and Doris Willink and
Kenneth and Ethel Wilson
  Donor In Honor Of
  Sam and Marti Ruggiero........... Our Children
  Jamie and Marykay Stahl.......... Our Children

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Meeting of Monday, April 3, 2017

by Laurie LeSuer, Secretary of the Board

The April meeting of the Redeemer Board of Directors began with a very positive report of the recent Women's Retreat. Thank you to all who organized and participated in that event!

The bulk of the business meeting was spent on planning for the transition between being a “Mission Church” and our becoming a “Local Church,” with our own governing structure. Items to be addressed include the examination and ordination/installation of our Elders, the beginning of the work of our Pastor Search Committee, the organization of our Leadership Team, and the updating of our Bylaws. This is an exciting time for our young church! We will hold an event celebrating this milestone later in the year, tentatively in September.

Also under discussion were summer Sunday School, and a summer Fellowship event. Please stay tuned for more information!

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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.”

Donations must be received by our Treasurer no later than Sunday, April 30, 2017.

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

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Localization of
Redeemer Presbyterian Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017
On Saturday, April 29, 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 this date on your calendar.

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 rehearse tonight, 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 choir will also sing for the Maundy Thursday Service this evening.


The Choir will also rehearse on Easter Sunday, April 16th, from 10:15 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 for the Easter Sunday 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).




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On Saturday, April 8, 2017, we received the following update on from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 We have an update on the medical condition of 13-year-old Musa Kamara of Fintonia’s Junior Secondary School. He is a complete orphan and part of our Ebola response project.

Please keep up the prayers!

Due to the complexity of Musa’s medical condition and the many challenges of living in the remote rural community of Fintonia where Musa used to live, we are delighted to report that Musa has been relocated to Freetown where he will stay with the family of our Psychosocial worker. Musa has been living with this family since he returned from his surgery three weeks ago and he loves it there!

Musa will have his first in-country post surgery medical examination on Monday, April 10th with a private doctor to help us make an assessment of his next step, which we hope is to go back to school.

Schools will reopen on May 8th after the Easter break and our prayer is that Musa will be passed fit to go back to school at that time.

In order to serve the most needy and vulnerable children of Sierra Leone located in remote, rural areas, EduNations does not operate schools in the cities and towns. Because of this, Musa would have to be enrolled in a private school here in Freetown! Private school education is understandably expensive in Sierra Leone. But, we are thankful that through so many of you, all of Musa’s needs are being met day by day.

Thank you ever so much!

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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.”



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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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