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Vol. 6 No. 42 October 19, 2017

In this issue… • Sunday Worship on October 22, 2017…
• Women’s Discipleship Group…
• Clerk of Session’s Report…
• Prayer Follow-up Network…
• Presbbytery Reformation Celebration…
• Christian Education classes…  
• Women’s Ministry…  
• Weekly Devotional for Women…  
• and more…  


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Sunday Worship

For Sunday, October 22, 2017—
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

11:00 a.m.—  
Meeting at:

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

Worship Theme: “God offers His dearly loved children specific benefits when they stay close to Jesus.”

Sermon Title: “A Really Good Deal”
  —Dean K. Wilson

Sermon Text: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 and
John 15:5-8

Other Scripture Readings  

Old Testament

Exodus 33:12-23

Psalter Reading: Psalm 99

Gospel Reading: Matthew 22:15-22

(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 is a Ruling Elder here at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (EPC). He also serves as Acting Moderator of Session and as President of the Corporation. Dean has a long history of service to Christ and His Kingdom, both within the church and in the parachurch ministries known as Sermon-Coach and Sunday Solutions, both 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, 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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Women’s Discipleship Group

The Women’s Discipleship Group will meet for study and fellowship at Noon on Thursday, October 26th, at the home of Laurie LeSuer.

We will begin with lunch, for which attendees are invited to bring edible donations. Please let Laurie know that you will be coming, and if you’ll be bringing anything.

Our study will focus on Sam VanEman’s new book, Disruptive Discipleship, which will be available for purchase ($13.50) at church on Sunday, October 22nd.

If you are interested in joining this Women’s Discipleship Group, see Laurie LeSuer at church on Sunday morning, or click here to send her an e-mail.

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Meeting of Monday, October 9, 2017

by Laurie LeSuer, Clerk of Session

Time is rolling along, and your Session is managing to keep apace, thanks to the leadership of our three Ruling Elders and the other Leaders who support them!

At this meeting the Christmas Eve service was set for 5:00 p.m. on December 24th; the first reading of the 2018 Budget was accepted; a Community Carol Sing was scheduled for Sunday, December 3rd, at 4:00 p.m.; and various Christmas-related details were covered.

In addition, Mission giving was approved for a Youth Retreat in Sierra Leone, hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, and for the Erie City Mission.

Redeemer will once again participate in St. Matthew’s Christmas Poinsettia and Angel Tree ministries.

Because they joined the church they now serve in South Carolina, it was with a mixture of sadness and joy in which action was taken to remove Steve and Carol Skinner from Redeemer’s membership roll, “with regret and understanding.”

Please continue to pray for the Pastor Search Committee and the fruits of their diligent work!

As always, we would welcome any thoughts you may have about any matter relating to our church. So, please share your ideas with any of the Ruling Elders or with me, as Clerk of Session.

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Prayer Follow-up Network

Ruling Elder Jennifer Pontzer is forming a “Prayer Follow-up Network” within our church to ensure purposeful follow up for all who have expressed a desire for prayer support.

If you are a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and are interested in being a part of group of individuals who will pray for those requesting it, and follow up on the prayer request, please contact Jennifer Pontzer at 814-572-0419.


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Presbytery of the Alleghenies
Reformation Celebration

We have received the following information from the Presbytery of the Alleghenies of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church:

Reformation Celebration Concert and Lecture

Featuring the Genevans Choir from Geneva College

With special guest speaker: Jerry O’Neill
President, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Saturday, October 28th  |  7:00 PM  |  Clayton Center

Martin Luther presented his Ninety-five Theses about the church and its need for reform 500 years ago. We share in the heritage of this movement and the renewal of faith it represents.

On behalf of the Presbytery of the Alleghenies, Memorial Park Church (EPC) will host a concert and lecture celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Saturday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker will be Jerry O’Neill, President of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Music highlighting aspects of the Reformation will be performed by the Genevans Choir from Geneva College and joined by the Memorial Park Church Chancel Choir.

This event is free and open to the public!

About The Genevans: The Genevans, the student choir of Geneva College, exists to glorify God and minister to people through the gift of music. Founded in 1938, the choir continues a rich heritage of choral singing dating from the early years of the college over a century and a half ago. The mission of The Genevans expresses Geneva’s belief that music, as one of God’s finest gifts, meets a deep, universal need in people. The choir’s repertoire is broad and varied, reflecting the belief that all of life is lived in God’s presence.

About Jerry O’Neill: God has used a variety of experiences in Dr. O’Neill’s past to prepare him for his work at RPTS as President and Professor of Pastoral Theology. Prior to his pastoral ministry, his experiences included teaching at a Christian middle school and a public inner city high school, coaching high school and college basketball teams, serving in the infantry of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and serving as Dean of Student Development at a Christian college for five years.

Dr. O’Neill served for nearly fourteen years as the first pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Columbus, IN, before coming to the Seminary in 1995. In addition to his administrative and teaching responsibilities, he enjoys the informal mentoring of students.

He is the author of How Should I Remember the Sabbath and co-author of Abundant Life in Christ. He has contributed “What is a Healthy Church?” to the Reformed Theological Journal, and his other representative articles include the following: “The Marks of a Healthy Congregation,” “How the Lord Leads,” “Rethinking Our Recreation,” and “Pastors Preparing Pastors.”

Jerry and his wife, Ann, were married in 1968. They have five children and eighteen grandchildren.

This event will be held in the Sanctuary at Memorial Park Church (8800 Peebles Road, Allison Park). More information is available on the Memorial Park Church website here:


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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 ( 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).





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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