Test Newsletter

August 7 through August 13, 2014
Vol. 8, Week 32
News from The Church of the Redeemer August 7, 2014
In This Issue
Taize Service
Centering Prayer
Portfolio Survey
York Road Partnership
Govans School Supplies
Solar Power
August Bible Study
Prayer List
Ministry Quicklinks


August Schedules:








September 17, 2013

October 15, 2013

November 19, 2013

December 17, 2013

January 27, 2014

February 18, 2014

March 18, 2014

 April 15, 2014

2014 Annual Meeting

2014 Electing Minutes

May 20, 2014



 Office Hours


Summer office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hirsoshima Remembered

Yesterday was the 59th anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, which admittedly hastened the end of World War II.  This first weapon of mass destruction killed thousands at 8:03 a.m. when it exploded (many of whom were literally vaporized) and additional thousands  from the effects of the radiation over a number of years.  Shortly after I was consecrated Bishop, Nancy and I travelled to our then Companion Diocese of Tokyo and spent a week visiting congregations and ministries in the Tokyo area.  Then on our own, we went to other areas in Japan; one of the most meaningful, and certainly the most moving, was spending a day in Hiroshima.  



Taize Service – August 9

Taize Prayers and Meditations: August 9, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (meditation through songs, prayers and silence)  in the candlelit south transept of the church. The theme of this time of meditation through songs, prayers and silence is “A Little Peace and Quiet”.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer- August 16
We who practice Centering Prayer at the Church of the Redeemer invite you to join us in the chapel on Saturday, August 16from 9:30 AM to 12 noon for a meditation experience of God.   The morning will consist of three 30-minute sittings of Centering Prayer separated by walking meditations, a video, and appropriate breaks. We sit in mindfulness-in conscious awareness-and consent to the Presence and Action of God within, letting go of our personal agendas and our small selves.


We invite all who are interested-beginners and experienced practitioners of any tradition-to join us as we make this mini-journey.   Centering Prayer guidelines for beginners will be available.  Also, we advise beginners to stay only as long as you are comfortable.  If you need to leave after the first meditation sitting, you are welcome to do so-quietly, of course!


Please contact Sherrill Pantle for additional information: sdpantle@comcast.net or 410 377-0381.


Portfolio Committee Survey

Click here to take a survey created by the Portfolio Committee to assist in developing our Redeemer portfolio. Completing the survey is important in the transition process as it will help the Portfolio Committee formulate a description of how our parishioners view Redeemer and the qualities we seek in the next rector. The deadline for completing the survey is August 15.
Thank you!
Please note: The electronic survey will only allow one response per email address.  To submit additional responses, please use the link to the survey on the homepage of our Web site: www.redeemeronline.com.


York Road Partnership


Join Bishop Ihloff for a breakfast meeting with the York Road Partnership on Friday, August 15 at 9:00 a.m., 5210 York Road.  Bishop Ihloff would like an interested parishioner to accompany him to this meeting to explore the outreach possibilities that may exist in our own “backyard.” The York Road Partnership is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake to discuss mutual interests, opportunities and initiatives toward the revitalization

of York Road neighborhoods.  Email +Bob if you would like to attend.



School Supplies Needed for Govans Elementary

Please purchase school supplies to help the children at our partner school, Govans Elementary School.  This year we will concentrate on only three items:  Composition Books, Dry Erase Marker Pens, and #2 Wooden Pencils.  Our goal is to donate 300 Composition Books, 300 Dry Erase Marker Pens, and 3,000 #2 Wooden Pencils.  Please place your donations in the Govans School box at the head of the stairs at the main entryway to the Parish Hall.

Thank you!

David Pantle, sdpantle@comcast.net



Education for Ministry (EfM)


Interested in digging deeper into the Christian faith, studying the Bible, Church history and theological ideas and reflecting on connecting faith with life experiences?


Consider joining the Education for Ministry program (EfM) developed and administered by the School of Theology at the University of the South (Sewanee) and supported by the Diocese of Maryland.  For complete program details see Sewanee’s EfM website.


We are a small EfM group of 6-12 people meeting at The Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, on Wednesday evenings 7:00-9:30 from September through May, with lively discussion and a snack. The seminar discussions focus on the issues found in our lessons. There are no exams and no educational prerequisites, just reading, reflection, conversation, and worship.  All textbooks and reading materials are included in the $350 annual tuition.  CEU credits and need-based scholarships are available.  We have openings for new members. Please consider joining us.



To register for the EfM program that meets at The Church of the Redeemer starting September 3, please contact Susan Shattuck, 410-243-8424 or email su_shattuck@yahoo.com.  Registrations need to be received soon so that program materials can be ordered and received in time for our first meeting.



Want to go solar?

Join the Baltimore Interfaith


This summer, caring homeowners from Baltimore congregations are coming together to form a solar purchasing group. If you’ve ever wanted to go solar at home, now is your chance to do so in good company! Join by August 15th to participate in the process of putting out the RFP to solar companies.

How does the co-op work?

Based on the same principle as buying in bulk, the group will go through the process of purchasing home solar systems together. Guided by the Community Power Network, which has successfully organized several such co-ops previously, the group will select a single contractor to install systems on all of the homes. Each participant will own their system and will sign their own contract with the chosen installer, but everyone will get the group discount.

By going solar as a group, participants will save up to 30% off the cost of a solar electricity system, and will have the support of the co-op throughout the process instead of having to go it alone. This buying group is being sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light and welcomes any Baltimore homeowner to participate.

Learn more about the co-op and sign up

For every member of the group to go solar at home, a donation will be
made to Interfaith Power & Light, which helps congregations across the
region respond to climate change, and to New Vision Renewable Energy,
which helps Appalachian communities impacted by coal mining to shift
to solar power.



Characters We Meet In John’s Gospel

August Bible Study– on Mondays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Bishop Ihloff will lead as we take an in depth look at four rather unusual characters in John’s Gospel, three of whom are found nowhere else in Scripture.  Even John the Baptist, the only one featured in the Synoptic Gospels, is portrayed in unique ways in John.  Each of these “characters” is truly a “character” yet each bears witness in special ways to Jesus as Lord and Son of God. Please bring your own Bible so we can compare different translations (some Bibles will be on hand for anyone who forgets).


     August 11 – Nicodemus 
                          John Ch. 3:1-21 & Ch. 19:38-42
     August 18 – The Woman at the Well
                          John Ch. 4:7-30
     August 25 – The Man Born Blind
                          John 9:1-41


Our prayers are requested for: 

Walter Salmon, Kay Magruder, Janet (JB) Bardzik, Selina Lee, Bear Stifler, Guy Anderson, Jack Wharton, Molly McGoldrick, Mac and Marquerite Baker, Amanda Eversley, Geoffrey Boyd,  Marsha Carow, Ed Kusner, Matthew Lowing, Doris Walker, Kevin Burch, Charles Thompson, Jackson Buck, Dorothy Brittingham, Sandy Nice, Wesley David Bachur, David Hatz, Charles Calvert IV, Dottie Towsley, Steve Weston, Martin Perrera, Jim Crowder+, John Burkhart, Deborah Greene, John Baker, Jody deButts, Emma Rhoderick, Carroll Eads+

Worship This Week Pentecost 5


Year A


Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the south transept of the church


The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff


Sunday at 8:00 a.m. in the chapel 

Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 

The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, Celebrant

The Rev. Caroline Stewart, Preacher


Scheduled to Serve:

LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTER Jim Cesarini  READER  Mary Lou Merida  ALTAR GUILD  Alice Gary, Joanne Calvert  FLOWERS   Dolly Rhea


Sunday at 10:00 a.m. in the church 

Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

The Rt. Rev. Robert W. Ihloff, Celebrant

The Rev. Caroline Stewart, Preacher

For children: Children will be invited for a snack and Biblical story time between the Gospel and the Peace.  They will return to the church at the Peace and rejoin their families.


Scheduled to Serve:

INTERCESSOR  Lee Kelly LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS   John Gephart, Muffie Sandberg  READER Patty McLean, Teto McLean  USHERS Supervisor:  Jim Gary, John McDonald, Richard Truelove  ALTAR GUILD  Brenda Ehlers, Jane Howard  FLOWERS  Dolly Rhea  VESTRY GREETER Barbara Fegley




Hymns: 390, 398, 608,

Gloria S 278; Sanctus S 128

Psalm 85, 8-13, Tone I.2

The Call – Ralph Vaughan Williams

Hymn to the virgin – Richard Pantcheff
Voluntaries: Chorale Prelude on “Rhoseymedre” – Ralph Vaughan Williams

                  Rigaudon – Andre Campra


Wednesday, August 13 at 7:30 a.m. in the chapel

The Rev. Caroline Stewart


The Church of the Redeemer

5603 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
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