Irving, Texas

Weekly Parish News – November 6, 2014

This Sunday, November 9, 2014, is The Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost.

Holy Eucharist, 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Celebrant, The Reverend Gary Hill

Hospitality Ministers: 8:00 a.m. Peggy Gainer; 10:30a.m. Heather Newell & Roger Hogle

LEMS:  8:00 a.m. Jarred Torrance; 10:30 a.m. Heather Newell

Lectors: 8:00 a.m. Phyllis Slocum; 10:30 a.m. Jim Williams

Acolytes: 10:30 a.m. Devon Duru (Crucifer), Janet Shuey, Joey Bevans

Readings:  Amos 5:18-24; Psalm 70; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Matthew 25:1-13

  • Nursery for ages newborn – three years, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
  • Breakfast, 9:00 a.m.
  • Sunday School 9:30 a.m.
  • Choir Practice 9:30 a.m.
  • Children’s Chapel K-5th Grade during 10:30 service (return during The Peace)
  • The Brotherhood of St. Andrew, 12:00 noon
  • Austin Street Center, 3:45 p.m.
  • Special Note:  Father Bill Forrest will be teaching the Adult Sunday School Class in the absence of Father Steve.

What’s happening Thursday, November 6 – Saturday, November 8

Tonight, Thursday, November 6, Irving Chorale Rehearsal, 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 8, Austin Street Sandwich Crew, 11:00 a.m.


Monday, November 10, Father Mike Wallens begins his service as our Interim Rector.

His office hours for being at Redeemer will be:

  • Mondays – 1:00 pm until it is time to go.
  • Tuesdays – 9:30 am until it is time to go.
  • Wednesdays – 6:00 am until it is time to go.
  • Thursdays – 1:00 pm until it is time to go.
  • Friday – off
  • Saturdays – hours will vary.
  • Sundays – 7:00 am until it is time to go.



Nov 10

Nov 11

Nov 12

Nov 13

Nov 14

Nov 15

7:00 p.m.

Bible Study
10:00 a.m.

Holy Eucharist/With Healing Service
6:30 p.m.

Redeemer Montessori School Pot Luck Dinner
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

The Outliers
10:00 a.m.

Cub Scouts
6:30 p.m.

Choir Practice
7:30 p.m.

Irving Chorale Rehearsal
6:00 p.m.

Finance Committee Meeting
7:30 p.m.




Thank you to everyone who participated in Evensong last Sunday, November 2.  This includes the choir who practiced endless hours to present such beautiful music, Deacon Diana who sang for the first time in an Evensong, those who made financial contributions to support this event, those who brought food for the reception and those who stayed to clean up afterwards.

Evensong is a rich part of Redeemer’s music program and has such great meaning for anyone who attends and especially to those who hear the name of a loved one read from the Book of Remembrance.


Have you begun your holiday shopping? Please consider our November outreach focus as you do so and requests for our needy neighbors during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

We support Irving Cares each month by requesting two items for its Food Pantry. In November, these needs go up and Irving Cares asks that we increase our donations. Their Holiday Food List includes the following:

Peanut butter; hot and cold cereal; canned meats such as tuna, chicken, spam; canned meals such as chili, stew, Chef Boyardee products, any soups, and toilet paper. These items are part of every client order and are purchased by Irving Cares if they are not donated.

Additional items needed are personal items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, and feminine hygiene products; powdered laundry detergent; and canned vegetables such as peas, corn, green beans, carrots, leafy greens, and canned fruit.

We also will need volunteers to take these items to Irving Cares before Thanksgiving and at the end of the month. There will be signup sheet on the table in the back of the church for this purpose.

We are also participating in the Irving Police and Fire Departments’ huge Blue Christmas project. Gifts for needy teens such as sports equipment (balls of all kinds, baseball gloves and soccer shin guards and goalie gloves), beauty products (cologne, makeup and hair products, hair dryers, curling irons), and gift cards can all be put to good use and are much appreciated.

We begin to collect these Blue Christmas items in November and will continue collecting them during the first part of December. Members of the Police and Fire Departments will collect the unwrapped items and prepare them for delivery. This is a logistical effort that takes a few weeks to accomplish. Irving ISD provides the departments with the names of children who need these and other items.

Please consider supporting both of these very worthwhile projects. Place your donations in the blue bin at the back of the church. Thank you so much for your generous response.


It’s not too early to start thinking about where you stored your crèche displays after Christmas last year!  Redeemer will host our display in early December again this year. Hopefully, we won’t have to worry about snow and ice.  We’ll also be moving back into the church as our display site, since we learned from our abbreviated display last year that the gathering space in the Parish Hall isn’t big enough to hold it all!

The set-up & break-down schedule:

  • November 16 – November 30; bring your crèches to church and store them in the back, under the pews.  Please put your name on the crèche itself and any boxes or bags that it is stored in.
  • Sunday, November 30, after the 10:30 service; set up tables & drape with cloths.
  • Monday & Tuesday, December 1 & 2, 6:30 – 8:30; set up crèches.  Everyone is welcome to help set this up, even if you don’t have a crèche to display.
  • Sunday, December 7, 2:00 – 4:00 – pack up and take down.

The Display schedule:

  • Friday, December 5, 1:00 – 5:00
  • Friday, December 5, 6:00 – 9:00
  • Saturday, December 6, 9:00 – 4:00
  • Sunday, December 7, between services and noon – 2:00
  • Also by appointment by calling Meg Mueller

Each crèche is identified by its owner and origin, so if you have a new crèche to add to our display please include a brief history (where and when you purchased it, what the circumstances were if you’d like to share).

This display has been a tradition at Redeemer since 2001.  Over the years we’ve had quite a few visitors, and this year a group from Woodhaven Presbyterian already has it on their schedule.  But even if we didn’t have visitors, so many in our parish look forward to this warm, spiritual display each year.  We know that Advent has arrived!

Please consider participating by either sharing your crèches, helping with the display, or letting others know about it.

For questions, please call Meg Mueller at 214.886.8263.


The KICK Holiday Bake Sale will be on November 16th in front of the parish hall immediately following both services. This fundraiser will help send our teens on mission again this summer, and help with your holiday cravings!

We will have sweet and salty goodies, holiday themed treats and even something special for your canine friends!

And of course, a cake or two for silent auction.

Stop by and grab a bite!


Please continue to pray often for our search committee and for the group selecting a Bishop for our Diocese.  The members of our committee are Ellen Batchelor, Chairman, Steve Bunt, Dick Comstock, Bette Coolidge, Norma DeLeon, Dan Donalson, Mary Forrest, Terry Hogle, Christina Howard, Adam Hurst, Diane Milliner, Henry Ohuemeokpu, Kathy Orthwein, James Roman, Sue Sailer, Audrey Sutton, Marcie Suzuki, and Bill Thompson.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a Bishop for this Diocese and Rector of this parish, that we may receive faithful pastors who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.