Irving, Texas

Weekly Parish News – November 20, 2014


God of love,

In this interim time, we pray for our parish family,

that we may be genuine in our self-reflection,

tireless in our commitment,

patient in our discernment,

loving in our communion,

open in our search,

imaginative about our future and daring in our faith.

As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety

we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.

We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us

We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.

Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another. All this we pray, empowered by the love of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Last Sunday after Pentecost
Christ the King

November 23, 2014

Holy Eucharist                                                             8:00 a.m.

Nursery for newborn – 3 years                          9:00 a.m. – Noon

Sunday School                                                               9:15 a.m.

Choir Practice                                                                 9:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist                                                           10:30 p.m.

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew                                  12:00 p.m.

KICK                                                                           12:15 p.m.

EPIC (Engaging People in Christ)                                 5:00 p.m.

Hospitality Ministers

11/23/14 8:00 Peggy Gainer


10:30 Johnny & Margaret Wise

LEMs, Lectors, and Acolytes







Jarred Torrance

Fr. Stephen Waller



Dan Donalson

James Musick

Star Adams (Crucifer)

Rebecca Shuey

Daniel Aribisala



Nov 24

Nov 25

Nov 26

Nov 27

Nov 28

Nov 29

Redeemer Montessori School will be closed all week. Nov 24 – Nov 28




Church Office
Closed 27th & 28th


Bible Study will not meet this week.

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

Thanksgiving Day



7:00 p.m.

No Cub Scouts

No Choir Practice





EPIC (Engaging People in Christ) will have an important meeting at 5:00 p.m. Sunday (Nov 23) afternoon.  There will be child care and pizza. 


Redeemer Survey

If you have not already done so, please complete the Redeemer Survey 2014.  This is an important tool in helping to find our new rector.

The link is

Important Committees for the Redeemer Community

Now is the time to step up and be part of this important time of transition. We need YOU and your wisdom, ideas and experiences. Please let the office know of your interest to be on one of the following committees:

Hospitality/Evangelism: How do we get people to come through our doors and then assimilate them into the life of our faith community. This is what we will be exploring we guests speakers and our ideas.

Stewardship: How will we move our concept of Stewardship from something we talk about and do in October to something which is a year round lifestyle? This is what we will be exploring as we work towards creating a sustainable church.

Technology/Communication: “Are you social media savvy? Want to help Redeemer up it’s web/Twitter/Facebook game?  Calling all volunteers who can offer assistance writing content/tweets/posts for the various forms of Redeemer online.

Transition: How do we make the best use of our time during this period of transition? What will we propose changing, keeping and dropping? If you have thoughts and ideas or interest in being part of this movement at Redeemer, please sign up. Eventually, this committee will also be aiding the new rector move into the life of Redeemer.

Worship: As we gather around the altar, how do we make our worship responsive to the needs and spiritual journey of the congregation using the resources available to us in the Episcopal Church? If you have a love of liturgy, come and join us to carry out the work of the people.

Either let Fr. Mike know or call the office and leave your name. Looking forward to our exciting adventures ahead, I remain, faithfully yours in Christ. Mike+

Steps Along The Interim Journey

It is time to begin our interim journey and what better time to begin this than the season of Advent as we move towards the crèche of Jesus. This will give our community an opportunity to get in touch with just what it can mean to live the interim time more faithfully, both as individuals and as the body of Christ.

We will be meeting during the Sunday School time. All ages will meet together so we can hear and learn from one another. The Bible study is comprised of three major parts. The dates and themes are as follows:

Sunday, November 30, Advent I

What are our hopes and dreams during this time of transition? We will use this time to share our hopes and fears during this time of change.

Sunday, December 7, Advent II

Who and Where We Were

Using Psalm 107:1-9 and/or John 5:1-17, the participants will delve into the initial impact of Mother Gail’s departure and see how the history of Redeemer has shaped the congregation and its ministries. In addition, other resource material will be used.

Sunday, December 14, Advent III

Who and Where We Are Now

Participants will begin to name Redeemer’s present identity in light of both its history and the in-breaking future and so be able to have a starting point in order to move into a new direction. This Bible study will use I Corinthians 1:10-17, 26-31 and/or Jeremiah 1:4-10. In addition, other resource material will be used. Please note that Lessons and Carols will be the only service on this day and it will begin at 10:30.

Sunday, December 21, Advent IV

Who Can We Become and Where Can We Go

Participants will begin to hear God’s call to be the church in newly perceived ways and prepare to be ready for the new Rector and God’s call. This Bible study will use Luke 17:11-19 and/or Matthew 10:5-14. In addition, other resource material will be used.

After the first of the year, we will then move on identifying God’s vision for Redeemer and our mission and values. “Gird your loins” as the Bible says, lean in and participate! The more and varied input we have will make this a good foundation in which “to live and move and have our being” as a faith community named Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.


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.

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.


Redeemer will host our display in early December again this year. We’ll also be moving back into the church as our display site, since 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).

For questions, please call Meg Mueller at 214.886.8263.



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.

 Make the Most of Thanksgiving!

Let’s open our hearts to where God has strategically placed us.

Below are some suggestions for apostolic action this Thanksgiving holiday.

* Pray for 3 new people to reach out to.

* Invite people who don’t have family in the area to your Thanksgiving

* Share the meaning of Thanksgiving in the context of thanking God.

* Write or call people to tell them you are grateful for them.

* First generation immigrants in America get invited into an American home once every 15 years. God has brought the nations to us. Invite them.

* Let friends and family know what is going on at your church for Advent and Christmas. (Redeemer’s Advent Activity Schedule will be available soon!)

* When serving the poor, invite co-workers and family to join you

* Invite those you are caring for to your church.

* Thank the Lord for His goodness and grace.”