Episcopal Church of the Redeemer April 2015
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Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

July 2015 Newsletter

To seek God’s will in all that we do
To worship God as a Eucharistic community
To nurture one another in all stages of life
To go into the community to serve
To invite others to join us
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
241 SE Second Street
Pendleton, OR 97801

Church office hours are:
Tuesday       11:00AM – 4:00PM, 
Wednesday   1:00PM-4:00PM, 
Thursday     11:00AM – 4:00PM.

During our interim time, office coverage may be spotty.  Please call the office before you make a trip, to make sure someone is there.  If you are interested in helping out with office coverage, please contact any member of the transition team. 

  • Sundays:  Worship at 9 :00am
  • Sundays:  Women’s AA Meeting 7:00pm in the Elizabeth room
  • Daily:  Nooner's AA Meeting 12:00pm in the Basement
  • Tuesdays:  AA Big Book Study 1:00pm - 3:00pm in the Basement
  • Tuesdays:  Weight Watchers 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Crysler Hall
  • Second and fourth Thursdays: 6:00pm – 8:pm 4H Dog Training
  • Cursillo Men’s Fourth Day Group, 2nd Wednesday, 5:00pm
  • Finance Committee: Tues., Noon, July 21, Prodigal Son
  • Vestry: Tuesday,  July 21, 6:30pm

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Coffee Hour Signups
Signups for coffee hour are on the clipboard in Crysler Hall.  Hosting coffee hour is fun and easy - there are a lot of hands to help.  Sign up for an open slot this week.

Signups for this month are:
7/5 -  Dale, MaryKay and David S
7/12 - The Barnes'
7/19 -
7/26 -
Date Service Celebrant Eucharistic Minister Lector
7/5 Eucharist The Rev. Dale Carr David Silva
Lezlee Flagg
7/12 Eucharist The Rev. Charles Barnes Larry Weeden
Deborah Fritts
7/19 Eucharist The Rev. Doug Jerome Jan Stewart
Dave Keeler
7/26 Eucharist & Baptism The Rev. John Collins & The Rev. Ken Crysler Ann Marie Hardin
Dotty Judy
Rector Search Update - Breaking News

Candidates for Rector Position Set to Visit
After six months of intensive work, Redeemer’s Rector Search committee passed on three names of possible Rector Candidates for Vestry to consider at its June 23rd meeting.  One week later at a Vestry work session, it was decided to extend an invitation to all three candidates in order to continue the interview process. 
The candidates will be visiting us in July and August. Our congregation will have an opportunity to welcome them and likewise the candidates will have the opportunity to engage with our congregation, the Pendleton community, and Ascension School Camp and Conference Center along with the Diocesan headquarters at Cove. 
The candidate names, dates of visitations, and known itinerary for their visits follow.   Please mark your calendars.
The Rev. Charlotte Wells will visit from Wednesday through Friday, July 29 – 31.  The current itinerary includes a parish-wide BBQ on Wednesday evening at the church, where the congregation is encouraged to visit with the Rev. Wells.
The Rev. Dr. M. Richard (Red) Stevens will visit from Friday through Sunday, August 14 – 16. The itinerary for this visit currently includes a parish-wide BBQ on Saturday evening at the church, where the congregation is encouraged to interact with Rev. Stevens. 
The Rev. Roberta Taylor visit details are in the process of finalization at the time of this writing.
More details will follow when known.  What is anticipated though is a BBQ meet and greet for each candidate.  If the candidate visits on the weekend, they will be encouraged to worship with us (not preach or celebrate) and attend coffee hour, thus giving those who were not at the BBQ a chance to meet the candidate.  All candidates will meet privately with the Vestry to continue the interview.
Your observations and feedback about each candidate are welcomed by Vestry members. 
Prayer for our Rector Search
Almighty God, you know the needs of your Church in every place: look graciously upon us, the people of Church of the Redeemer, and grant us the guidance of your Holy Spirit, as we seek a new Rector for this parish. Grant each of us patience as we search and wait for the person you will bring to us. Give us discernment, wisdom, and confidence in your timing. Guide the members of our Search Committee, as they labor to be faithful in seeking your will. Lord, in this time of transition, may we devote ourselves afresh to your service. Knowing that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us, strengthen our faith; through Jesus Christ our Savior. AMEN.
Church of the Redeemer
Search Committee Report
July 2015

The search committee completed all five (5) candidates interviews by June 15, 2015.  

Bishop Nedi Rivera was informed of the three (3) candidates on June 17, 2015.  

Bishop Nedi Rivera was pleased that the committee had worked to deliver the names of the candidates within the timeline that had been established last January 2015.  

The names of the three candidates will be provided at the Vestry meeting on June 23, 2015.

The Vestry will be announcing the names of the candidates under a separate document.

The Search Committee members, in my opinion, were dedicated to the process and to the members of the Church of The Redeemer.  

The Vestry will now provide the final steps necessary to call the new Rector.

Patty Ewing-Broker
June 21, 2015
Adult Christian Formation
We will take a break from the Course of the Month until fall.  In the meantime, however, you may engage in individual study.  Please visit to review available courses.  If you see one that interests you, email me, and I will be happy to set up a course so you can access it through Redeemer's school without cost.  This option is also available to any small group that would like to study together.  Let me know what you are interested in, and I will set it up.

Ann Marie Haridn
Sr. Warden Report
The Vestry met on June 23 with the Search Committee, and received with great delight and much excitement their recommendations for the three candidates they have brought forward to proceed on to the next step in the process.  We will meet again on June 30, at 6:30 pm to detail the next steps in the this process.   On behalf of the Vestry, I would like to acknowledge the uncounted hours and exceptionally hard work the Search Committee has done.  They have embraced the task we asked them to complete, and have done a wonderful job.  It was clear in talking with them that they have gotten to know the candidates and truly feel that these three are speaking to them as possible Rectors for the Redeemer.  I am excited to move forward into the future that awaits us.  Please continue to hold the Vestry in your prayers as we discern the best path forward.  We will let everyone know how we are moving forward as soon as we have finalized the process.  As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or are just curious how things are going, please feel free to contact me or any member of the Vestry.

Ann Marie Hardin
Sr. Warden
Treasurers Report – April 2015

Thank you for keeping your pledges current.

For May the total contributions from pledges and plate totaled $12,766.50, while total expenses were $10,836.10.

Dianne Barnes, Treasurer 
Church of Redeemer Newsletter
July 2015 

Altar Guild members enjoyed their Annual Altar Guild BBQ on June 18, 2015.   The event took place at Dr. Chuck and Jean Johnston’s.  The weather was perfect and the food was, as always, delicious.  Thank you Chuck and Jean for continuing this tradition (and the BBQ chef’s Dale & Doug).

A chalice Bearer is a layperson licensed by the bishop of the diocese, usually after a period of study and training, to administer the chalice at the Eucharist.  Chalice bearers can function as sub deacons or servers, and usually vest for service at the altar.  They may also be lay readers and read the epistle in the Liturgy of the Word.

It is with pleasure that the Altar Guild will welcome Heidi Scott to the Altar Guild in the coming months.  Heidi will begin working with a team to provide her talents to this ministry.  We welcome Heidi to the Altar Guild.

Have a blessed summer.

Yours in Chi Rho,
Patty Ewing-Broker, Directress
June 21, 2015
A Funds Appeal for Completion of Our Narthex Doors

From Harriet Isom

From the Narthex into the church are two doors that fit into the entry arch and they are usually open.  They have small diamond shaped windows and temporarily attached copper panels beautifully etched in religious themes.   What is needed is proper construction of these doors, adding an oak wood veneer to provide a proper base for the panels.

Here’s the history of this project.   For many years, the Narthex doors were covered in burlap as the decorating finish.  Then the Fire Marshall had us remove the burlap as a fire hazard.   The doors revealed were not finished in quality wood or workmanship (since they were going to be covered by the burlap).

Casey Thompson was an artist who happened to be taking our EFM class.  She saw the plight of the doors and personally designed and made the religious-themed copper panels for one door and donated them.  We were thrilled by her gift.   Tragically she passed away in the fall of 2011 after a long illness before she could finish the panels for the other door. 

We have been fortunate that her brother-in-law, Mark Thompson, also an artist, completed the panels for the other door.  They are all  lovely panels deserving of an elegant wood background.  And we owe Casey and Mark our profound gratitude  for all they have done for us.

Casey was the wife of our parishioner, Dwight Thompson, and the sister of our blind parishioner, Mark Torgerson, who moved to the Mid-West with his new wife a few years ago.

We originally had a donor for doing proper wood doors.  She was a long time member of our church,  Rhoda Vaughan.  Rhoda wanted a particular craftsman to do them, and he said he would.  But with his busy schedule, he never did.  And Rhoda passed away last year.

To complete this project at long last, I have asked another wood craftsman, Mark Temple, to confer with Mark Thompson on the making of new doors with an oak veneer, and they have done that.  Mark Temple estimates materials and labor will be between $2,000 and $3,000.

To raise the necessary funds, I am making the first contribution and hope that others may follow.  It will be wonderful when we are able to have these doors blessed in the name of Casey Thompson.
Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Vestry Business Meeting
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Senior Warden Ann Marie Hardin called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Room. After opening with prayer, Vestry and Search Committee members shared their understanding of each of the letters in the RESPECT acronym used by the Vestry as its guideline for respectful communications. 

Vestry members present: Senior Warden Ann Marie Hardin, Junior Warden Stephanie Timm, Treasurer Dianne Barnes, Chuck Johnston, David Silva, Kathy McCoy, David Nelson, Rose Elder, Diane Groff, and Shari Dallas. Doug Harder and Jan Stewart were not able to be present. 

Search Committee members present: Gatekeeper Patty Ewing-Broker, Cliff Judy, Frank Cupp, and Dianne Barnes. Debbie Straughan was not able to be present. 

Minutes of the previous meeting were corrected (spelling of Search Committee chairperson Patty Ewing-Broker’s name) and approved. 

On behalf of the members of the Search Committee, Patty Ewing-Broker described the committee’s discernment process in determining candidates for Redeemer’s new rector and presented—in alphabetical order—the following three names for consideration by the Vestry (Patty’s letter to Senior Warden Ann Marie will be filed with minutes from this meeting):
1. The Rev. Dr. M. Richard “Red” Stevens, Navajoland Area Mission, Bluff, Utah
2. The Rev. Roberta Renee Taylor, Christ Memorial Episcopal, Princeville, Hawaii
3. The Rev. Charlotte E. Wells, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Lebanon, Oregon

Information packets about the candidates prepared by the Search Committee—representing countless hours and their tremendous commitment to the process of discerning Redeemer’s next rector—were presented to each Vestry member for their careful perusal. In order for the Vestry to thoughtfully digest the information presented by the Search Committee, it was decided the group would meet again the following week—Tuesday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m.—to decide what action to take next.  

Dianne Barnes moved that the Vestry authorize Ann Marie to call the three candidates to let them know their names have been presented as finalists for Redeemer rector.  The vote was favorable.  Dave Nelson also moved that the Vestry authorize the Search Committee to contact the candidates that are no longer being considered for the position to let them know. The vote was favorable.  

Housekeeping Item: Stephanie made a motion, and the vote was favorable to accept the appointment of Patty Ewing-Broker, as lead member of the Auditing Committee for fiscal year 2014. 

Treasurer Dianne Barnes reviewed the financial report for the month of May with the group.  Dianne drew the group’s attention to the improved checking account balance and to the greater amount of income from pledges paid to date. She, then, noted that $1,000 from the Cove Bag Account as well as $1,765 from the Cove Scholarship Growth Fund was being used for Ascension School scholarships this summer. Dianne also reported that there were funds left over from donations collected for use to honor Alison at the end of her service at Redeemer.  Dave Keeler made a motion, and it was seconded, to move these excess funds from “Special Offerings” to a fund that has been started for the replacement of the inside door at the east end of the sanctuary. The vote was favorable. The Vestry voted to accept Dianne’s report as presented.  

After hearing from Junior Warden Stephanie Timm about problems with the church’s undercroft related to water seepage (related to air conditioning condensation, downspout locations, and the slope of the earth next to the building) on the Dorion Street side (which, according to consultant Mark Houk, is fine on the inside), it was moved and seconded that the Vestry authorize Stephanie to pursue bids for installation of a new drain system and moisture barrier along with reinstallation of any affected sprinkler system sections. The vote was favorable.   Also on Stephanie’s to-do list is seeing to the repair of the rectory kitchen’s fan.  

Ann Marie expressed her hope that members of the Vestry, who have concerns about parish interrelationships would call and visit with her directly rather than contacting Bishop Nedi.  

Next meeting: Special Session—Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
Next regular meeting: Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 p.m. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Shari Dallas, Vestry Clerk 
The Little Brown Jug  (Revised)

 An earlier history booklet, based on Mildred Searcy's LITTLE BROWN JUG was vetted by Keith May of the Historical Society, rewritten, and redone. Copies of this REDEEMER CHURCH history, complete now with lists of bishops and clergy involved, are available. Get yours on Sunday - - copies are available in the church office. If you want one mailed to someone or you, send 10 stamps, $5 cash, or a check payable to "Church History" to Church of the Redeemer, 241 SE 2nd St, Pendleton OR 97801....and we will mail you one. 
The Ascension School summer program schedule has been posted.  Check you mailboxes for a flyer, or visit the Ascension School website at
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