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Episcopal Church of the Redeemer October 2016
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Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

October 2016 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
541-276-3809
redeemerchurch1897@gmail.com

Church office hours are:
Tuesday        10:00AM – 2:00PM
Wednesday   10:00PM – 3:00PM
Closed for Noon Eucharist

Thursday       10:00AM – 2:00PM
If office door is locked, please knock








 
  • Sundays: Worship, 9am
  • Wednesdays: Eucharist, Noon
  • Tuesdays: Big Book Study, 1-3pm, Rhodes Hall
  • Tuesdays: Weight Watchers, 5-6pm, Crysler Hall
  • Thursdays: Cub Scout Pack 745, 6:30pm, Crysler Hall
  • Everyday: NA Meeting, 10:30am, Rhodes Hall
  • Everyday: AA Meeting, Noon, Rhodes Hall
  • Second Tuesdays: Finance Committee Meeting, Noon, Prodigal Son
  • Third Tuesdays: Monthly Vestry Meeting, 6:30pm, Elizabeth Room
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KEEPING OUR SUNDAY MORNING PRAYER LIST UP-TO-DATE
 
Greetings Redeemer family,
 
At our weekly noon church meeting recently, we discussed our prayer circle and updating our Sunday morning prayer list. Prayer requests called into the office will remain on our prayer list in our Sunday bulletin for three months. Prayer requests in the prayer circle will be for an immediate  call  for prayers for that person. If you would like your name removed from our current Sunday bulletin please call the office to let them know. Thank you for your response as we want to update and be current in our parish members requests and needs.
 
Blessings
 
Deacon Jean

Fall Stewardship--
Pledging Our Gifts of Time, Talent and Treasure


October is here and the pledge drive has started.     An informational letter and pledge card will be delivered to you either by mail or at the Church.   Redeemer has been blessed by your support in the past few years as budgets have been balanced with your donations.
 
Currently, the Finance Committee led by Treasurer Dianne Barnes is crafting a proposed budget for 2017 with expenses projected in the $140,000 range.   The figure is similar to the amount raised in 2015 and 2016.   Treasurer Dianne is very frugal and is always looking for ways to save money.
 
Our two biggest expenses are Charlotte's salary/benefits/taxes and the Diocese assessment of 22% of funds raised.   Other costs include utilities, insurance, building and grounds maintenance, music supplies, EFM prepayments, and Cove Scholarships.
 
Your generosity in your stewardship role is crucial to our upward momentum at Redeemer.   Redeemer has celebrated a fantastic year as was recognized by Bishop Bell in his Sermon and remarks made at the High Tea after the service on September 25th.  

Thank you for your support.   Redeemer looks forward to serving you with your spiritual needs for now and in the future.
 
David Nelson,    Stewardship Committee
 
Treasurer’s Report
 
Let’s take a look at our current finances as we begin the last quarter of the year.  The table in this article compares total Income and total expense as budgeted and how they stack up against what has actually happened as of September 30th. 

The 2016 budget passed by the Vestry and presented at our Annual Meeting last January was a deficit budget.  Expense exceeded income by $ 8,157.  (Using the figures in the table headed ‘Budget,’ subtracting ‘total income’ from ‘total expense’ gives $ 8,157.)  The ‘Actual’ column shows our ‘total income’ (pledges, plate offerings, and facility usage fees) at the end of September.  Likewise ‘total expense’ is how much we have paid out so far this year.  The last column shows the relationship between Budget and Actual as a ‘percent’.  (Divide the Actual number by the Budget figure.)  This percent gives us a rough idea of how we are doing financially. 

Since September is the ninth month out of 12 months, that is three quarters way through the year, 75% is a rough benchmark of the collection of income and the amount of expense paid out.  As you can see total income is at 69% and total expense at 76%.  The expense figure is very close to where we would expect it to be.  The income percent is not worrisome at this time, because individual contributors have different patterns of giving.  Some give every week or month or quarter.  Others who pledge start out the year by giving their entire pledge, or settle up near the end of the year.  One thing for sure is our members are faithful supporters of Redeemer!
 
As of Sept. 30,2016 Budget Actual Percent
Total Income $137,386 $95,120 69%
Total Expense $145,543 $109,648 76%
 
 
Around the second week in October I will be sending out contribution records for your inspection.  Please look yours over and see if we agree.  If not notify me so that we can resolve any discrepancy together.

Dianne Barnes
 
 
A Message from the Bishop

The Diocese will be gathering for Convention in two weeks, an event to which I am looking forward with great anticipation and excitement. And maybe a bit of nervousness, being my first time with all of you as Bishop. This will be, after all, an essential first gathering as we come together to set a tone and begin to create some vision for next steps in the enduring ministry of Eastern Oregon.
 
In some measure, the staff and I laid some groundwork for this when we took retreat together last April immediately following the ordination. During our very fruitful time, we identified what we came to call the components of an office culture we desired to create. We then marked out some of the concrete steps we would take as action items, based on our Baptismal Covenant, in order to make real our desire.
 
I believe what we are living into at the Diocesan Office serves as a model for the Diocese as well, so I want to share our covenant with you. And I want to invite you to join us in taking these to heart:
 
We intend to honor our covenant to respect the dignity of each person, seeking God's help,as we:
 
-      genuinely and wholeheartedly open ourselves to serve without shame
-      prayerfully hold all that we do as ministry in service to others
-      practice radical hospitality and care for one another
-      speak only in ways which encourage and build up one another
-      listen carefully for the purpose of understanding
-      value and manage our time and tasks for the greatest effectiveness
-      expend resources attentive to our affect on our environment
-      foster a mindfulness of joyful gratitude
 
Taking a cue from the steps above, I have set the theme for our upcoming Convention. I do so with 
 deep conviction that the Spirit of the Holy One will stir our hearts and minds to renewed understandings 
and service. We will gather in October under the banner of:
 
Open Hearts+Open Table: Practicing Radical Hospitality
 
With affection and gratitude for you all,
 
+Pat


 


 

Helping Hand's Work In the Community--
 

Helping Hand is experiencing numerous requests for rental assistance.  Housing assistance is provided for persons facing imminent eviction, and those moving into a new rental. If the client meets the requirements, they may qualify for up to $400.00 but not more than 80% of one month's rent, this is available for clients once every 18 months. We have limited the number of clients we can help per month to five with rental assistance, but the need continues to grow! If you would like to contribute to Client Aid, please feel free to write a check to the Church of the Redeemer noting Helping Hand Client Aid on the memo line. 



                     


Date
Service Presider Eucharistic Minister Lector

Oct 2
Rite II Rev. Charlotte Wells David Silva Sheldon Delph
Oct 9 Rite I Rev. Charlotte Wells Sheldon Delph Kate Bottorff
Oct 16 Rite I Rev. Charlotte Wells Larry Weeden Bob Lanman
Oct 23 Rite II Rev. Charlotte Wells Jan Stewart Mary Finney
Oct 30 Rite II Rev. Charlotte Wells Dale Hilding Deborah Fritts
Altar Guild
 
BEHIND THE RAIL
 


October 2016

If you ever wondered about the symbolism of carvings and decoration in the main chancel and chapel, here are a few things to note.
The side panels behind the altar are called a Reredos.  Take a minute to look closely at the two side panels as they have the running grapevine with the symbols introduced as follows:
Left side reading downSHELL: The Lord’s Baptism, STAR: Epiphany, ROSE: Birth of Christ, FLEUR DE LIS: Annunciation.
Right side reading downCHALICE: Gethsemane, CROWN OF THORNS: Passion Symbol, CROSS AND INRI: Crucifixion, BUTTERFLY: Resurrection.
The Credence carvings carry the Rose and Pomegranate.
Take time to look closely at these panels they are beautiful.
Altar Guild teams servicing in October are as follows:
Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 Broker team; Oct. 3 – Oct. 9 Timm team; Oct. 10 – Oct. 16   Keeler team; Oct. 17 - Oct. 23 Weeden team; Oct 24 – Oct. 30 Broker team.



God bless you and watch over you,
Patty Ewing-Broker, Directress

 
 
 
If you are interested in joining the Altar Guild please feel free to discuss this wonderful ministry with any of the members (they are always busy working behind the scenes).

 
 
 
Registration open for Evangelism Matters
Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference in November
Presiding Bishop to present keynote address
 
[June 15, 2016] Registration is now open for Evangelism Matters, an Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference on November 18-19 in Dallas, TX, for anyone who would like to learn more about evangelism and available resources to share our faith.
 
This innovative churchwide event is co-sponsored by Forward Movement http://www.forwardmovement.org/ and the Presiding Bishop's Office, and is hosted by the Diocese of Dallas http://edod.org/ and Church of the Transfiguration, Dallas, TX http://www.transfiguration.net/ where the activities will be held.
 
Registration is available here www.forwardmovement.org/events. Registration is $100 per person ($125 after August 31); deadline is October 15. Registration does not include lodging or transportation. Lodging options are listed for attendees to make their own arrangements directly with hotels.
 
Conference content
A planning group led by Carrie Boren Headington, Missioner for Evangelism in the Diocese of Dallas, and Anne Rudacille Schmidt of the Forward Movement Board are finalizing the schedule. A detailed schedule and list of workshops will be available shortly.
 
Among the planned activities are a keynote address by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, plus plenary sessions and workshops by evangelism leaders. 
 
The conference will offer workshops both for those who are new to sharing their faith and for confident evangelists looking for fresh resources.
 
Plans call for a portion of the events to be live webcast to allow for individual and group viewing during conventions, discussion groups, and local evangelism gatherings.
 
Contacts
For more information contact Alyssa Finke at 800-543-1813 or afinke@forwardmovement.org; or the Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers, Presiding Bishop's Canon for Evangelism and Reconciliation at sspellers@episcopalchurch.org; or the Rev. Canon Scott Gunn, Executive Director of Forward Movement, at sgunn@forwardmovement.org.
 
Media inquiries should be directed to Neva Rae Fox, Episcopal Church Public Affairs Officer, nrfox@episcopalchurch.org, or Jason Merritt, Forward Movement Marketing Director, jmerritt@forwardmovement.org
 
 
On the web:
Registration open for Evangelism Matters Episcopal Church Evangelism Conference in November
 


 

 


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry--
North Dakota visit is filled with praying, listening, reflecting

Mary Frances Schjonberg, reporting for the Episcopal News Service, says that Presiding Bishop Michael Curry came to North Dakota Sept. 24-25 to declare in person that he, the Episcopal Church and, most importantly, God stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in its struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline that will run under their water supply, over its treaty lands and through some of its burial places.

Schjonberg relates that The Rev. John Floberg told Curry that action against the pipeline is a “kairos moment,” a Greek word meaning God’s appointed time to act. The moment, said Floberg, supervising priest of the Episcopal churches on the North Dakota side of Standing Rock, is filled with hope because “God is doing something here” beyond the actual protest.
That something has brought together Standing Rock Indians with members and leaders of at least 250 of the recognized tribes in the United States in an unprecedented show of unity. Many non-Native people have come to join the protests, as well, including Episcopalians from other parts of the country.
                        
Curry also called for racial reconciliation in the midst of opposition that has at times surfaced the area’s historical tensions between Indians and non-Indians. He engaged Episcopalians, leaders of other churches, Bismarck residents and its mayor in conversations about racism and environmental justice. He urged people to continue talking with each other after he left.
 
During his Sept. 25 sermon at St. James Episcopal Church in Cannon Ball, North Dakota,
the presiding bishop cited Abraham and Sarah whom he said God called to share their way of life with others. The movement of peoples that they began resulted in Christianity, Judaism and Islam, the presiding bishop said. He compared the pipeline protest with Moses leading the Hebrews to the Promised Land. God brought down plagues on Pharaoh to protest his refusal to free the Hebrew people from their oppression, Curry said.

“That’s Standing Rock in the Bible. That’s folks standing their ground and saying ‘do not pollute our water,’” he said. “That’s Standing Rock folks saying ‘do not violate our sacred burial places.’” Then there is the movement Jesus created, Curry said, a movement of people called to practice love, justice, compassion and to try to “look something like Jesus.”
“I’ve got a feeling if we started looking like Jesus, you wouldn’t have to protest here at Standing Rock because the way of Jesus honors the water through the act of baptism."
 

 
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