Thursday, April 1, 2021
Clergy Reflection

Today on this Maundy Thursday, as we continue remembering and retelling our faith community’s ancient, sacred drama, that began with the waving of palms last Sunday, I am meditating on Christ, in a woman named Vilma.

Like my parents, Vilma left the Philippines — a country made up of over 7,100 islands halfway around the world — to find and make a new life for herself here in the United States.

As many of us have now read and seen on video footage, last Monday morning as she was walking to church, Vilma was assaulted, stomped on and kicked by a man who told her “she doesn’t belong here”. The video footage is taken from inside a hotel where one can see a hotel employee-security officer closing a glass door as he and others watch the scene unfold.

Maundy Thursday, April 1
Holy Eucharist @ 7:30 p.m. on Zoom

You are invited to participate in this service at home by gathering the following items:
Bread/wine, a candle (and lighter), 1 tsp of olive oil on a saucer, a small bowl of water and a small towel. 

These elements will be consecrated together as we participate in the observance of the Maundy Thursday rite.

Download the order of service here.
Meeting ID: 849 3924 1903
Passcode: mjBgR3
Maundy Thursday: "Will you stay awake with me?"
Thank you so much for helping us to “keep watch” Thursday night through Good Friday morning. If you have signed up for one of the hour-long periods, please do the following:

  • Set up a burning candle and position it so that it is in the center of your Zoom screen and large enough to be easily seen.
  • Choose an appropriate background—either virtual or real—that does not distract from the candle.
  • Sign into the Zoom meeting 5 minutes before the time for which you registered, and leave the candle burning for the hour.
  • While your Zoom screen is focused on the candle, please pray out of camera range for the hour. You can also read or journal or sit in silence.
  • Thank you!

8:30 p.m. April 1 through 11:30 a.m. April 2
Meeting ID: 848 7582 5943
Passcode: b1R3d7
Good Friday, April 2
12 noon on Zoom

Download the order of service here.

Meeting ID: 867 9586 2403
Passcode: eE25E
Easter Weekend Schedule

Saturday, April 3       Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm
After a year of darkness and separation, we kindle the light of Christ by the new columbarium, and the Deacon chants the Exsultet, an ancient song of praise associated with Easter eve: “How blessed is this night, when earth and heaven are joined and humanity is reconciled to God!” Then the stories of salvation are told, using texts from God’s Trombones, a book of poems by African American author James Weldon Johnson. We wind our way to the front courtyard for Holy Baptism and a musical fanfare proclaiming the Gospel, accompanied by bells and noise-makers. Still outside, we are invited to sing (!) with masks on, and finally move into the church with more bells, all of us gathering around the altar to celebrate the Eucharist.
Join this service on Zoom @ 8:00 p.m.:
Meeting ID: 880 0345 7762
Passcode: hhZ3r8
Download the order of service here.
Easter Day!
Please join us on Zoom at 9:30 a.m.

Holy Eucharist on Zoom
Meeting ID: 861 9120 6668
Passcode: 7iPtuV

In person services scheduled for 8:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. are full.

10:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt on the playground. Click here to sign-up.

Advance registration is required for all in-person services and the Easter egg hunt.
Vestry Nominations for 2021

The vestry has 4 vacancies to fill for a three year term ending in spring 2024. The vestry Nominating Committee seeks candidates with leadership skills, particularly people who are strategic and visionary thinkers. We also look for people who work well in groups with a consensus model of decision making. Please note: In accordance with our by-laws a vestry member must be a giver of record and a member of The Church of the Redeemer by baptism or letter of transfer. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact Ellen Chatard.  

Vestry nominations are due in the church office by April 15, 2021. The Annual Meeting will take place virtually on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
Click here for more information and a nominating form.
Inquirer's Classes

Inquirer’s Classes for adults considering confirmation, reception into the Episcopal church or renewal will begin on Saturday, April 17, 2021, for 6 successive weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Classes will end on May 22nd in anticipation of the Bishop’s visit for confirmation, reception, or renewal on June 6, 2021. If you would like to know more about the Episcopal Church and its practices or if you would just like a refresher, you are invited to attend. All sessions will be virtual. Please contact Freda Marie+ for more details.
A Walk Through Holy Week:

On Good Friday, April 2, beginning at 1:00 p.m., come to the entrance to the church driveway, and participate in an event designed to help children— and adults who learn best through watching, moving and listening— to understand what happened in Jesus’ life during Holy Week, and how it leads us into Easter. While this experience is designed for children, participants may be any age. This year it will be outside, around the front driveway, with participants masked and distant. This annual event is led by young people, and helps all participants to get a sense of why Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter are the pivotal events of our faith journey. We will walk with a guide, and observe scenes representing parts of Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem. Please register here.

Redeemer’s Easter Egg Hunt tradition continues!
On Easter Sunday, at 10:30 a.m., we will have our annual Easter Egg hunt on the Redeemer Parish Day School playground! Come around to the playground, near the raised courtyard, to hear directions and begin the hunt. There will be a section for children age 4 and under, and another area for children age 5 and above. Please register here—we will limit the hunt to 100 participants. We look forward to seeing you at this fun celebration of Easter and spring. We ask that all above the age of 2 please wear masks.
Thank you for your generosity to our Johnston Square Partners

Heartfelt thanks for the generosity of our community in response to Johnson Square Elementary’s request for snacks, water and volunteer virtual readers! Their students and staff are on spring break this week, so all donations will be joyfully delivered next week. Thank You!!!
In-Person Worship Next Week

We offer small, ten person, in-person Eucharists in the front courtyard. Masks and prior sign-up are required.

Join us virtually for Daily Prayer Services 
Please note: There will be no Facebook service on Easter Monday, April 5.

Join us on Facebook Live for the following services. 
  • Morning Prayer will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. 
  • Noon Day Prayer will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon.
Join us on YouTube for the following services:
  • The weekend online Faith@Five prayer service (with choral music and gospel hymn sing-along) will be available on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. on  YouTube.
  • Morning Prayer with Sermon will be offered Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on Youtube.

The daily lectionary is available here.
Stewardship 2021

If you haven't returned your pledge form or pledged online, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you!
Thank you for thoughtfully considering your pledge to Redeemer in 2021. Our continued growth as a faith community and service to the greater Baltimore community require your generous financial support. Together we are healing the human family in Baltimore and beyond!

Read David's letter to the congregation.
Download a pledge form or make your pledge online here.
FAQs about stewardship at Redeemer.  
Questions? Email Ellen Chatard
GEDCO/Cares Food Donations 
The need for canned and non-perishable foods continues! 
CARES is in special need of:
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Mac & Cheese
You may deliver items Monday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to 5502 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212 behind St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.  For any questions or concerns, please contact Rachael Neill, GEDCO's Director of Community Services, at 410-532-7117. 
Join us virtually for Daily Prayer Services 

*Please note: there will be no Facebook service on Easter Monday.

Join us on Facebook Live for the following services. 
  • Morning Prayer will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. 
  • Noon Day Prayer will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 noon.
Join us on YouTube for the following services:
  • The weekend online Faith@Five prayer service (with choral music and gospel hymn sing-along) will be available on Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. on  YouTube.
  • Morning Prayer with Sermon will be offered Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on Youtube.
The daily lectionary is available here.
Small Group Zoom Links

Bible Study on Wednesdays:
Breathing Classes:
Tuesdays 5-5:30 & Fridays 12:15-12:45 
Click here to join either class.
Meeting ID: 911 709 4820 
Password: 964735
Contact: Cristina
Parish Directory
The link to the online directory is here. Please bookmark this directory link for future reference. Send an email to Ellen Chatard to request the password.  
Our Prayers are Requested For:

Amiee Fulchino, Elli Sparks, Aimee Marson, Ashley Phelan, Brody family, Fred Hallahan, Doris Walker, Sandra Hay, Sandy Gamer, Ingrid Olbrecht, Judy Munro, Lowie Bock, Bill Dreyer, Carolyn Woods, Bob and Shirley Noll, Elizabeth Mead, Fran Miner, JoAnn Roswell, Dottie Towsley, Robert Greenwald, Chloe, Frank Pidcock, Constance Ray, Bruce Shutt, Sofia Groves, Michael Fanone, Charles Calvert, the Harantine family, Brad Melocik, Cathy Bennett, Audra Towsley, Kathi Gallagher Richardson, Joyce Kallaher, Donald Singer, Grace Hoefig, George Hancock, Helen Jackson, Patricia Barrett, Eric Winter, June Guy, Diana Miller, Ivan Siebert, Miyoshi Landry, Ralph Partlow, Dennis Boffo, Trenessa Hardy, Mary DeKuyper, Joan Bogacki, Donald Harper, Keri Leindecker, Carol Crum, Ebert Landman, Maureen Wilson, Rachel Arnot Rockwell, Jay Featherstone, Christopher Puttock, Abby and McLean, Marie Hawkins Lucas, Betsy McDonald, Ann Klaes, Monet Chantiles-Ruby, Barbara Steuart, Gail Hongladarom, Robert Lopez, Jr., Jim Crowder +, the Blonquist family, Janet and Eddie Dunn, Jeane Judges, Charlie Evans, Molly McGoldrick

Please pray for frontline medical responders:
Amy Godat, Mark Nester, Alyson Dietz, Panagis Galiatsatos, John Woller, James Kusner, Liza Ayers Settembrino, Charlotte Worthington, Jeremiah Hinson, Gerry Verguson, Bill Crannick, Michael Allison, Eric Parvis, Hannah and Ed Roggenstein, Jake Abernathy, Christopher Reddick, Allie Taeger Ramsey, Iain Ramsey, Anne Goldsborough, Tom McLaurin, David Cohen, Teresa Ross, Andy & Kami Windsor, Connie Trimble, Reed Riley, Hardin Pantle, Phyllis Taylor, Morgan Wright, Keira, Lydia Pecker, Jess, Hannah Ware French, Ben French, Melissa Turner, Eric DeJonge, Eric Cordes

Please pray for those who have died:
Heather Gaines, Jason Ryan, Virginia Martin, Trev Warfield, Joan McMahon, Jane Murray, George Wills, Herb Lodder, Nicholas Young and Alice Benfer

Ordinarily names remain on our prayer list for a month.
If you would like someone's name to continue - please contact the office
Going Deeper @ Redeemer
Click here for minutes from the 2020 Annual Meeting.
Vestry Minutes from the last 12 months are available here.