Irving, Texas

Weekly Parish News – November 26, 2014

Service for Thanksgiving and Healing

The Holy Eucharist – Rite II

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Church Office Be Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, November 28



First Sunday in Advent

November 30, 2014

Holy Eucharist                                                 8:00 a.m.

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

Advent Study                                                    9:15 a.m.

Choir Practice                                                     9:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist                                               10:30 p.m.

Crèche Display Set Up (Tables & Drapes) after 10:30 service

Hospitality Ministers



Phoenicia Eilert



Heather Newell

Dennis Gooding

Altar Servers






Steve Bunt

Dick Comstock



Heather Newell

Mary Forrest

Avalon Williams (Crucifer)

Zoe Newell

Divine Duru

KICK Angel Tree

The youth will be sponsoring an Angel Tree for some of the Hanes students – we would love for you to pick an ‘angel’ and share in this moving outreach with us.The tree is located inside of the church and will be up following the last service on Sunday November 30th and we ask that all gifts be brought to the church by Dec 14th.


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


Hello Redeemer family, its that time of year again – We are gearing up for our annual Christmas Pageant, and in order to make plans, we want to know who would like to participate this year! Please place the named of your child(ren) that wish to participate in the Christmas Eve Pageant on the list found inside the back of the church, next to the prayers of the people. The sheet will be out until Sun Dec 21st. Rehearsal will be following service THAT Sunday – please plan on attending if you sign your child(ren) up!



Signup sheets will be at the back of the church beginning Sunday, November 30.  The cost of Poinsettias this year has increased and they will be $20.00 each.


Snacks for The Interim Journey

As we begin our Advent studies on Sunday, November 30, if anyone would like to bring some snacks (donuts, muffins, cereal bars, bagels, fruit, whatever you like to munch on during our journey.

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.


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+

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 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.


If you placed an order, please pick it up in the Parish Hall after the 10:30 service. We still have plenty of Christmas cards for sale, so come, pick up a set (or two!)


Father Mike’s Office Hours

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.”