Heard at Redeemer

Come and Eat
            In most cultures, to eat with someone is to have a relationship with him. By eating together underscores a commonality of need and recognition of similar status or lifting up someone.  To not eat with someone is to draw a line of difference. When Peter stopped eating with Gentiles, he drew the wrath of Paul (Galatians 2:12) who clearly saw that to preserve the lines of distinction between Gentiles and Jews was to undermine the truth that Jesus died for all and offers all new life, whether at Messiah's table or the breakfast table. The Roman world was disturbed by citizens eating with slaves. The very act pointed to an inherent equality that threatened to "turn the world upside down" (Acts 17:6).
             "Bread" is the basic word for food in the Scriptures.  "Give us this day our daily bread."   The bread of the Jewish people from 1000 B.C. to the Roman era was made of wheat or barley, molded into round loaves or pita style breads.  Meat was eaten only occasionally, for feasts or when guests arrived.   For ordinary people for breakfast and dinner, there was bread, vegetables, oils and fruit in season, such as figs or apples, and perhaps the occasional fish.  Water, wine or beer, much less alcoholic than ours, were typical drinks. We have rediscovered this diet in the last two decades as the Mediterranean diet, but it was the regular diet of Israel, and of Jesus and his disciples. 
            The act of eating is so ordinary that often we do not think about it.  We grab toast or pour cereal for breakfast.   Yet, thinking about what we eat, with whom we eat and what eating signifies is deeper than we mean.  We begin with a hasty breakfast and end with to what we do to find God in the Eucharist.  "Come have breakfast," the Risen Jesus says to his disciples (John 21:12).  It is a standing invitation.
         
Victoria Heard

Outreach
Outreach Church-Wide Meeting
Canon Victoria has asked the Outreach Committee to coordinate a quarterly church-wide meeting for everyone involved with or interested in being involved with any aspect of Outreach that Redeemer does. The first meeting will be Wednesday, February 22, from 6:00 - 7:00.
So if you coordinate or are involved with any of our many outreach opportunities (from Austin Street sandwiches to Hanes Summer Camp and reading buddies to Blue Christmas or mission trips) join us! Bring your calendars and your ideas. This will be a great time to share what we're all doing and what we might want to do.

North Texas Food Bank

Our work day for the North Texas Food Bank this year is Saturday, March 18
 from 9:00 - 11:30. We have 20 volunteer slots to fill, and we hope that many of you will join us (and bring a friend or two!). This is always a lot of fun.
This year, the NTFB has asked each volunteer to fill out an on-line form. Follow these instructions to do so:
BEFORE March 11th, 2017 *Follow each step in order**

Create a Volunteer Profile & Sign Up

-Step 1: Each volunteer will need to click this link to sign-in/ create a volunteerprofile:


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Step 2: When prompted enter Join Code:  ____  
redeemer2017_____

-Step 3:  
Complete registration

-Step 4:  Click the link to sign up for your volunteer event:  
Every volunteer will need to do this a week before the work day. All unclaimed spots will be released to other volunteers wanting to lend a helping hand, 7 Days before the day of the shift.
We hope to see lots of folks (well, at least 20) there!


We CAN do it!
The School and the Church are challenged to gather 1,000 cans of food for Irving Cares during February,
Irving Cares
Irving Cares serves those in need in our town.  The  most needed items are : canned fruit, canned meat (tuna, chicken), canned meals (chili, stew, and soups), hot and cold cereal and hygiene products (soap, shampoo, deodorant and toilet paper).  Please leave your contributions in the brown basket at the end of the credenza.
Mardi Gras Theme Shrove Tuesday 
February 28 is Shrove Tuesday and this year rather than pancakes we are having Cajun cooking.  Anyone interested in providing a crock pot of jambalaya, etc. French bread, dessert, please contact:  Terry Hogle 214-457-2201
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Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany
Sunday, February 19, 2017
8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Celebrant, The Reverend Canon Victoria R. T. Heard
Altar Party

Time
Lay Eucharistic Minister
Lector/Prayers of the People
8:00 a.m.
Priest Assisting,
The Rev. Stephen Waller 
Phyllis Slocum
 10:30 a.m.
Dan Donalson
Dan Donalson


Readings
Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18

Psalm 119:33-40

1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23

The Gospel Reading Matthew 5:38-48

Next Week's Calendar
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Holy Eucharist .......................................... 8:00 a.m.
Fellowship following the Service
Sunday School............................................ 9:15 a.m.
Study of Matthew....................................... 9:15 a.m.
Choir Rehearses.......................................... 9:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist........................................ 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship following the Service
Study of Matthew................................... 12:00 noon
Rhema Gospel Church                               12:30 p.m.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Augustine Chapter, SLAA 6:30 p.m.
Toastmasters, 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Tuesday Morning Bible Study 10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist 12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. RMS Chapel Services
6:30 p.m. Evening Prayer
7:30 p.m. Choir Rehearsal
Thursday, February 23, 2017
7:30 p.m. Irving Chorale Rehearsal
Friday, February 24, 2017
7:30 p.m.  Berea Interdenominational Bible Study Class 
Saturday, February 25, 2017
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Texas Fire Wives
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Night of Promise (Family Promise)
Sunday, February 26, 2017                                                  
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist
Fellowship following the service
Sunday School........................................... 9:15 a.m.
Matthew Study.......................................... 9:15 a.m.
Holy Eucharist........................................ 10:30 a.m.
Fellowship following the Service
Matthew Study................................................. Noon
The Brotherhood of St. Andrew               12:15 p.m.
Rhema Gospel Church        12:30 p.m
Quick Links
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