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Vol. 6 No. 24 June 15, 2017


In this issue… • Call for a Special Congregational Meeting…  
• Sunday Worship on June 18, 2017…  
• Update from Sam Van Eman…  
• “Sole Love Shoe Drive” for the Erie City Mission…  
• Save This Date—ServErie: July 20-23, 2017…  
• Church Picnic: July 26, 2017…  
• Christian Education classes…  
• Women’s Ministry…  
• Weekly Devotional for Women…  
• Update regarding our mission to Sierra Leone…  
• and more…  

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Special Congregational Meeting
The Session of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC) has issued a Call for a Special Congregational Meeting immediately following the 11:00 a.m. regular worship service on Sunday, June 25, 2017, for the purpose of conducting such business as required by the Bylaws of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC). The congregation will be asked to approve several relatively minor changes to the Bylaws to bring them into compliance with the Book of Order of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and to reflect the change of our status from a Mission Church to a Local Church.

To review the revised Bylaws, please click here.



Sunday Worship

For Sunday, June 18, 2017—
Second Sunday after Pentecost

Father’s Day

11:00 a.m.—  
Meeting at:

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

Worship Theme: “God continually reminds His children of how very much He loves them.”

Psalter Reading/
Call to Worship:

Psalm 100

Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35 – 10:8

Sermon Text: Romans 5:1-8

Sermon Title: “How Do I Know God Loves Me?”
  —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.

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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, Jennifer Pontzer, or Dean Wilson and they 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”

Based on this Mission Statement, we have developed a statement of our “Core Values and Elements of Our Strategic Plan,” which you may read by clicking here.






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Update from Sam Van Eman

We have received the following email from our dear friend, Sam Van Eman, who ministers with the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO):

Dear friends at Redeemer Presbyterian,

I know, I know. You just heard from me. Kids these days, right?

I'll be brief with this little follow-up from last month:

In May, I told you about a homelessness trip I would be leading for the CCO, in partnership with Living Ministry. We have already gone and returned, though not without gain.

It was a good group that was eager to learn and willing to enter uncomfortable situations. I've likened it to stepping through a panhandler's sign and seeing the world behind it. Wrestling with the question about how each of us are longing for home—not just those who have no physical home—caused us to have greater compassion for the people we met and served and prayed for throughout the week. Lots of brokenness on the streets, for sure. Jesus is using these experiences to teach me the meaning of “Go and do likewise.”

For the King,

   Sam

P.S. Can you guess who is houseless in this photo, and who is not? (This question relates to an exercise we do with students because you can't always tell.)





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“Sole Love Shoe Drive”
for the Erie City Mission

To support the Erie City Mission’s summer community outreach mission project—Bonkers 4 Jesus Arts, Academics and Athletics Program, we will collect new tennis shoes (sneakers) in children’s shoe sizes 1 through 6 (Please, no Infant or Toddler sizes).

Please purchase new tennis shoes in these designated children’s sizes and bring them to church this Sunday, June 18th or on Sunday, June 25th.

Also, please remember to pray earnestly for a great outpouring of God’s Spirit on this critically important ministry to our community. If you have any questions about the collection of these children’s tennis shoes, please call James Stahl at 814-864-8239.

And, if you have questions about, or would like information on how to volunteer for, the Erie City Mission’s Bonkers 4 Jesus summer camps, please contact RoseMarie Lackey, Director of Youth Ministries, at 814-452-4411 or by email at rmlackey@eriecitymisison.org.

Note: Clicking on this email link will launch your computer’s default email program. However, if you normally connect to your emailbox over the web by webmail—such as AOL or gmail—and do not use a dedicated mail application on your computer, you will need to launch your webmail and send your request to “rmlackey@eriecitymisison.org”



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ServErie Summer Project
ServErie is planning a project to do repairs, clean-up, and painting at Central Tech High School—now known as Erie High School—for the Erie School District. The dates will be July 20-23 (Thursday thru Sunday), 2017.

Even in light of the devastating fire at the school building, this ServErie project intends to move forward. Any necessary adjustments to the schedule will be announced as soon as they become known.

We would like to get a group from Redeemer Presbyterian Church to participate in this project. If you are interested please contact Jamie Stahl to discuss a possible time and date when our group can do the work.

If you do not feel that you can physically participate in the work, we are also forming a prayer group to pray for the safety of the workers, the success of the project, and for the students and teachers who will be using the school in the fall.

Please stay tuned: more details will be published as this develops.



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Church Picnic
Redeemer Presbyterian Church will hold a Church Fellowship Picnic at Glenwood Park on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. until ???. We will make more information available closer to the date of the picnic. In the meantime, please save the date.

If you have questions, see Jennifer Pontzer, or Jamie Stahl.





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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.

The Bible is a BIG book. In fact, it’s a big LIBRARY. And, it’s a big library of ANCIENT literature. And, it’s a big library of ancient literature written in a FOREIGN LANGUAGE.

No wonder that, even with the best of intentions, we often find ourselves lost and bewildered when we try to “read though the Bible.” It’s just not as easy as it sounds. We may even find that we don’t have the right “tools” to get the most out of the experience.

But there’s hope! Join us for adult Christian Education—now through the end of summer—where we will utilize a very creative online resource (thebibleproject.com) to survey the content and major themes of the Bible, starting with Genesis.

[Photo of thebibleproject logo] We will look at the themes and contents of each book of the Bible, with an eye to understanding how each book “works” internally. We will examine the themes, structure, and “plot” of each book. We will also explore how that book fits into the overall trajectory of the Biblical
narrative. And, we know that all of Scripture points to Jesus of Nazareth and what it means that we call him the Messiah.

Through a mix of videos, graphical outline posters, Bible study, discussion, and even “outside resources”—such as related podcasts and blogs which you may access at your convenience outside of class—we will take a fresh journey together through the Bible, in a way that is aimed at making the Scriptures jump to life.

Whether this is the first time you have tried to read the Bible, or you’re an old hand at it, there’s plenty to learn in this new and creative approach.

All are welcome to join us in the Joyce Parlor each Sunday morning at 9:30. Coffee is free. And, there are no such things as “dumb questions.” We delight in learning together.

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




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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 late Monday, June 12, 2017, we received the following very tragic update from EduNations, our partner in ministry to the nation of Sierra Leone, West Africa.

 Dear Friends:

We received the devastating news that our little man Musa has just gone to be with the Lord. We are stunned! He has been staying with our Psychosocial worker Fatu’s mother while she is in the United States this summer. Musa has recently been enrolled in one of the best private schools in the country.

This morning, Musa complained of stomach pains and stayed home from school. He laid down for a nap and, after a while, Fatu’s mom went to check on him and he was not breathing. He appears to have had a heart attack.

What makes this all the more shocking is that he just had a follow-up doctor’s appointment on Friday and was given a clean bill of health.

We are heart broken. Words simply cannot express our grief.

We will hold a vigil for Musa in his home town of Fintonia on Wednesday night and a burial service at the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Fintonia on Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Interment will be at the church compound.

“And I heard a voice from heaven saying, ‘Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
—Revelation 14:13

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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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