Prayer Request

Please remember in your prayers Meg Mueller and her family in the death of her nephew, Robert Klikus.
Stewardship
 
Generosity is a matter of actions, and intentions, in other words the outpouring of gifts to others because of our love for God.  But we must not forget that who we are and what we have comes from Him as well. "
Psalm 24:1" This solidifies the fact that we all are stewards of some possessions and influence.

Giving is very important, giving insight, giving hope, giving courage, giving advice, giving support, giving money, and most of all giving ourselves, without giving there is no brotherhood and sisterhood.
 
When we are grateful to God for His love and the gift of Jesus Christ, our desire to be generous in return provides every part of who we are-- not just the money part--but also other services we can provide to each other as Christians, and this brings me to the question what kind of stewards are we?
 Do we truly give from our hearts? giving money alone or even giving is not the whole stewardship it also include how we care for our neighbors (Mark 12:28-31) Loving your neighbor as you love yourself is the greatest among the ten commandments. By nurturing generous living in our personal lives and in our life together is among better ways to lead stewardship in our various Parishes especially at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer Irving Texas.

 Things like the following, to mention but a few, will help.
  • Introduce Programs such as classes and activities for adults, youth, and children periodically.
  • Use our financial resources to make a different in the lives of those who are deprived of a decent standard of living.
  • Use our time, talent, or treasure to enrich lives and transform the world, by reaching out to those who we know that are going through a difficult time. 
In my conclusion, people who live generously share a firm conviction that involvement and giving are vital indicators of generosity. Those who are active members of any group be it classes, communities, ministries, vestry, singing, the Brotherhood, Daughters of the King, to mention but a few players, contribute to our Parish. Again generosity is not about giving only, but participation as well.

Thank you and remain blessed.
 
Sir Uzoma Duru ( A Parishioner and a member of the vestry).
 

Revive Texas
Last summer, the Diocese and Redeemer agreed to share in this ecumenical outreach in the Easter season. Christians across Irving are volunteering to pray for our area and go and ask people in public areas if they would like a specific matter prayed for by the teams.  
We were asked to host lunch for them each Monday beginning Easter Monday, April 17.  Since that time we have been helped out by St Marks Episcopal Church, Irving and Christ Episcopal Church, Dallas (Oak Cliff) bringing lunch and serving.  St. Marks will be here Monday, April 22, 2017.
During the entire  time we have been responsible for setting up tables, preparing iced tea and water, place settings and the cleanup no matter who prepared the food.  This has required a dedicated and loyal group who have joined with Canon Victoria in making this meal special.  Thanks  to Ellen Batchelor, Betty Bessler, Angie Litchfield, Kathy Orthwein, Danielle Perkins Sue Sailer, Annie Savage, and Andrew Saunders who have not only helped set up, prepare food and cleanup but helped shop for food as well.
Pentecost is June 4 which means that our last lunch will be May 29 which is Memorial Day.  The church office will remain open that day and the Rector and the Parish Secretary will be working.  Can you help with lunch that day? If you would like to take part in this please let Canon Heard know either by telephone (972) 255-4171 or by email  heard@redeemer-irving.org.
Outreach
The Tower
We CAN Do It!
The School and the Church were challenged to gather 1,000 cans of food. The children have built 724 into a tower and we have 276 cans to go.
Please check out the tower in the entry hall of the New Building; buy some canned foods and help both our school and Irving Cares.

Irving Cares Pantry

Canned Fruit
Canned Meats - tuna, chicken
Canned Meals - chili, stew, soups
Peanut butter
Hot and cold cereal
The Sixth  Sunday of Easter, Sunday, May 21, 2017
Holy Eucharist 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship following the service
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal 9:15 a.m.
Adult Class, Sacramental Living 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship following the service
Vestry 12:15 a.m.
Rhema Church 12:30 p.m.
Celebrant, Rector,
The Reverend Canon Victoria R. T. Heard

Altar Party
Time
Lay Eucharistic Minister
Lector/
Prayers of the People
8:00 am
Nola Schrum
Dick Comstock
10:30 am
Dan Donalson
Dan Donalson
Readings: 

Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14
Living into the Resurrection: 
How to live into Easter day by day.
 
May 21
 Sacramental Living
            (Listening to Herbert, Andrewes and Taylor)
 
May 28
Sabbath times and Silence, weekly and yearly
            (Listening to the Rabbis and the Monastics)

Next Week's Calendar
Monday, May 22, 2017
Revive Texas, 11:45 a.m.
Toastmasters 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Informal Summer Study
Bruce Feiler's new book The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us is the main attraction at the Informal Summer Study which began last Tuesday in the conference room. As Feiler recently told National Public Radio, "this story has been at the heart of every conversation about relationships and family and sexual identity for 3,000 years. And we should be celebrating the story. Instead, we have dumped on Adam and Eve, and especially Eve. I mean, Eve has been victim of the greatest character assassination the world has ever known."
 
Come join us from 10 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays throughout the summer as we read and discuss this book. Copies of the book are available through the Gift Shop for $10 plus tax.
Wednesday, May 24, 2016
Evening Prayer, 6:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, May 26 2012
Berea Interdenominational Bible Study Class, 7:30 p.m.
Next Social Sponsored By The Fellowship Committee:
"Come For A Taste"
June 3, Saturday at 7 pm
We will taste various cheeses, chocolate, wine, as well as sparkling cider and other non-alcoholic beverages during the evening. 
Donations of wine ($15 value or higher) or sparking non-alcoholic beverages are gratefully appreciated.  Please leave in the Redeemer office.
 

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