Thursday, April 29, 2021
Clergy Reflection

Today, Thursday, April 29, is the feast of St. Catherine of Sienna. If you’ve never encountered St. Catherine before, she was a Spanish 14th century mystic. As a child, Catherine had a vision of Jesus, “seated in glory” with saints Peter, Paul, and John. Jesus smiled and blessed her, and from then on she spent most of her time in prayer. Her parents tried to encourage more age, gender, and class appropriate pursuits for a little girl from a wealthy family, but Catherine was determined. She cut off all her hair and stood firm until finally she was allowed to sequester herself in a dark room where she fasted and slept on boards. (From this description, I can kind of see why her parents were reluctant…) 
The Annual Meeting of The Church of the Redeemer
This Sunday, May 2 @ 10:00 a.m. on Zoom

To encourage full attendance, the annual meeting held in the context of our service of Holy Eucharist, will be our only worship service this Sunday. Outgoing Vestry will be thanked, new Vestry will be elected, and Vestry officers will present reports on mission, finances, and Buildings & Grounds. You won't want to miss this opportunity for the whole community to gather for prayer, fellowship, and inspiration.  

Meeting ID: 852 1044 0716
Passcode: z2xbk0

Vestry Class of 2024
The Vestry Nominating Committee is pleased to announce a slate of nominees for the Vestry Class of 2024 to be presented at the Annual Meeting during the 10:00 a.m. service on May 2, 2021 via Zoom.  Click here to learn more about the nominees. 

  • Ally Abernathy
  • Peter Bain
  • Dixon Harvey
  • Kristen Heerema
The Caring for Creation Committee invites you to create a garden at home using native plants which will benefit your environment like the rain gardens are benefiting Redeemer’s grounds. Please use this form to order your gardens or shrubs by Friday, April 30 and then pick them up from our north parking lot on Saturday, May 8, 10:00 am to 12 noon. Payment in advance is appreciated.
A note about the pollinator gardens: The pollinator kits are intended to create a 20 sq. ft. garden and will include a planting plan with a sketch and care instructions. Each garden will contain 3 each of 5 different plants. Please see the order form for details.
Yesterday in ‘Wandering Wednesday Worship’ I offered a summary of an article that recently appeared in the New York Times entitled: “There’s a Name for the Blah You’re Feeling: It is Called Languishing.” Researchers have noted that many of us are entering a new stage in our coping with the pandemic which they are labeling as languishing. It is not mental illness as it does not qualify as depression and yet it is not mental health as it impacts our sense of joy and sense of purpose. I have received much positive feedback from individuals who have been feeling this way and are now ‘relieved’ to know they are not alone. Therefore, I am sharing the link to the article. In addition, because yesterday was also “Read a Good Poem Day’, there is another link to a poem by Jonathan Greene call “Languishing” that paints with words a beautiful description of the emotional state.  

Executive Director, The Center for WellBeing
Inquirer's Class
Zoom information for those participating in this year's Inquirer's Class with Freda Marie:
Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meeting ID: 834 1505 6222
Passcode: tD787n
Services this Weekend

Our in-person weekend services are limited to an attendance of 75 with pre-registration. All services will be in the front courtyard, rain or shine. Masks and social distancing are required.

This week: Sunday services will be on Zoom for the Annual Meeting. No in-person services this Sunday.

Meeting ID: 852 1044 0716
Passcode: z2xbk0

Join us on YouTube for morning prayer.
In-Person Worship Next Week

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

Rejoice in the Arts, Redeemer’s fourth annual art show, is up and running! Many thanks to the 18 artists who have contributed their vision, time, and talents to making this a beautiful celebration of the arts. The show will be accessible for the next two months, so please visit again and again! www.RejoiceInTheArts.com
The All African American Authors Book Club will next meet on Wednesday, May 5, and will be discussing, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me.

Meeting ID: 909 753 6648
Password: 7WvIOu

This week’s Gospel reading is from John 15:1-8—in which John reminds us that Jesus had told his friends that he is the vine and God, his father, is the gardener. He also told them that they were the branches. We, too, are the branches growing out from the vine that is Jesus, and we strengthen and flourish in community with others. This Sunday, our 10:00 worship will be only on Zoom, because our annual meeting will be included in the worship. We will hear from our Rector, and some others active in parish leadership, with their reflections on the past few months and their vision as we move forward; and we will elect 4 new vestry members to help lead us. We as a congregation are certainly the branches growing, along with our leadership, out from the vine!  

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 

Like GEDCO/Cares on Facebook and get notices of the "item of the week" that they are collecting!

Ongoing needs at CARES: Cleaning supplies, granulated sugar

The need for canned and non-perishable foods continues! 
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 

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:

Yvonne Lansey, Fran Ober, Dottie Cunningham, Jane Dreyer, Melvin Wilson, Madolyn Engle, Heather McPherson, Lois and Tod, Margaret Daley, Fr. Wayne Dabney, Myrick Cross+ & family, Baby James Griffin, Barbara Fegley, Amiee Fulchino, Elli Sparks, Aimee Marson, Ashley Phelan, Brody family, Fred Hallahan, Doris Walker, Sandra Hay, Carolyn Woods, Bob and Shirley Noll, Elizabeth Mead, Fran Miner, JoAnn Roswell, Robert Greenwald, Chloe, Frank Pidcock, Charles Calvert, Brad Melocik, Cathy Bennett, Audra Towsley, Kathi Gallagher Richardson, Grace Hoefig, Jack & Connie Pendleton, Helen Jackson, Patricia Barrett, June Guy, Diana Miller, Zoya Smith, Joan Bogacki, Keri Leindecker, Ebert Landman, Maureen Wilson, Jay Featherstone, Christopher Puttock, Abby and McLean, Marie Hawkins Lucas, Betsy McDonald, Ann Klaes, Monet Chantiles-Ruby, Barbara Steuart, Gail Hongladarom, Robert Lopez, Jr., 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:
Karen Ayd, Margaret Boffo, Bill Dreyer, Jim Crowder +, Carl TenHoopen and Heather Gaines

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.