Thursday, October 7, 2021
Clergy Reflection

There are moments when the veil between “heaven” and “earth” seems to thin. I recently experienced such a “thin place”, and I’d like to share my experience with you.

It began several nights ago, in the wee hours of the morning, when sleep continues to be elusive and I found myself in a liminal space, waiting on the sidelines of that blissful field of dreams. It was while here that I beheld a vision of a young, beloved man who left us too soon, 3 years ago.

His face was serene, his eyes clear and piercing. His body was made of light, shimmering, with what appeared to be wings … yes, wings … angelic and peaceful, steady and commanding. The rhythmic movement of his majestic wings were calming for me, as was his invitation to focus on his voice. Not long after, I believe I fell asleep.
Salon Concert this Saturday Evening

The first Salon Concert of the season will take place this Saturday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. 3 in Threes, (Sarah Lewis, violin and piano; Jean Lee Cole, flute and piano; and Maria Schwartz, cello) will share a sampling of repertoire available for flute, violin, cello, and piano, ranging for the baroque to the present. They will highlight several works by contemporary and female composers. You are invited to bring light refreshments to enjoy during the performance.
Folks in their 20s and 30s are invited to Theology on Tap on Thursday, October 21. We’ll gather at Peabody Heights Brewing at 7 p.m. to discuss what, exactly, theology is. Andy Graves will be helping us along. Have any religiously curious friends? Or friends who aren’t, but think talking about it would be fun? Invite them! The more the merrier. No need to be Episcopalian, Christian, or religious.

Peabody has ample outdoor seating and non-alcoholic beverage options. We will be sitting outside. Dinner will not be provided, but you’re welcome to bring food into the brewery if you like snacks.

Any questions? Email Rebecca+ at rogus@redeemerbaltimore.org
Sacred Ground

We are organizing our third iteration of the anti-racism course Sacred Ground. Created by the national episcopal church, the 10-part series invites participants to read and reflect deeply on structures of racism. Using documentary films, as well as Waking Up White by Debby Irving and Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman, the experience is grounded in small group discussion. Facilitators are parishioners who have taken the course and feel strongly about its potential to change hearts and behaviors. Facilitators will be trained this month, in time for a late October/early November launch. Would you like to learn more? Seek out someone who has been a part of Sacred Ground or send an email to David Ware.
Welcoming Afghans to Maryland

From Asylee Women Enterprise (AWE):

Afghan Refugees Need Your Help
We have received many inquiries about how to help respond to the needs of Afghan evacuees. Thank you! AWE and ERICA (Episcopal Refugee and Immigrant Center Alliance)
continue to prepare to assist those who may be able to come to Baltimore, in particular through "Humanitarian Parole," a process that does not afford the usual publicly funded refugee benefits. The US government has estimated that approximately 50,000 Afghans will arrive under humanitarian parole. We have been advised that 10,000 parolees may arrive within the next two quarters, and that approximately 500 - 575 may come to Baltimore City and more in surrounding counties in that time. This scale and pace of arrival will require significant support and coordination among community-based programs such as AWE and ERICA alongside the larger resettlement agencies that are limited in the timing and amount of services they can offer this group. 
In addition, we are preparing to support and collaborate with local resettlement efforts for Afghan refugees and SIV recipients. While this group has access to benefits and services that humanitarian parolees do not, the support is limited and the process of rebuilding a life requires the long-term support of the community and organizations like AWE and ERICA. 

If you have not already done so, please fill out our assistance survey HERE so you can register your interest and desire to help and be kept apprised of updates and information sessions that we will continue to offer as the needs related to housing, financial support, accompaniment and community integration become more clear. We will send out more detailed notes about each area of support very soon.
Children at Church

If all goes well with story time for a few weeks, we will start to explore ways of building a program using our wonderful campus instead of inside classrooms—with age groups using our courtyards and porticos for outside learning and community building. Keep watching e-Redeemer, to stay informed as we figure out our next steps, and please register your children now, so we can keep in contact with your family. You can reach our 2021-2022 registration form by following this link.
Thanks to those who have been reading stories to our children on Sunday mornings— so far, Kathy LaPlant and Anne Goldsborough. We have gathered in the front courtyard following the Gospel, and heard intriguing stories chosen to complement the theme of the Gospel and/or the lessons that were read in church. Our readers have brought the stories to life and guided the children in talking about them afterward. When we are together, children are masked, and seated at a distance from each other. Following the prayers of the people, the children rejoin their families at the Peace, and can participate in Communion with their families. 

Youth Ministries

Confirmation Class: Sign up by today
Confirmation is the rite in The Episcopal Church during which you affirm the promises of your baptism and confirm your adult faith in the context of community. Whether you’re curious about Confirmation or really, really excited about it (!), you’re invited to participate in Confirmation Class. More information on Confirmation and this year's class can be found here. Sign ups are due by October 7!

Sign up for Youth Programs, 2021-22
Please sign up here to participate in youth programs at Redeemer this year! A full list is included.

RYG Dinner Sign Up
Please sign up here to provide dinner for RYG (Redeemer Youth Group). While in the past we've had folks come and cook in the parish kitchen for dinner, to align with diocesan guidelines around meals during this phase of the pandemic meals should be individually wrapped or packaged; homemade or purchased is fine. As of right now, we estimate about 20 meals. Breaking bread and eating together is an important part of fellowship - thank you for making it possible!
Touring and Volunteering at Govans Elementary School

Interested in touring our community partner Govans Elementary School’s new 21st century building? Principal Kwaw & Ms. McFadden will give a tour for anyone from Redeemer who would like to join. The tour will be on Wednesday, October 13 at 5 p.m. and last no more than an hour. Anyone who would like to carpool should meet in the Redeemer lot by staff parking at 4:45pm. Email Cristina.

Interested in volunteering with students at Govans Elementary School? See below details from Ms. Sandi McFadden, Community Schools Liaison.

To become a volunteer at Govans Elementary School, you must REGISTER on-line with the Baltimore City Public Schools Partners in Education Portal (PIE PORTAL.) You may require a background check depending on your volunteer assignment, that is, working alone or one-one-one with children.  If so, an email will be sent to you from Human Capital once you are REGISTERED in the PIE PORTAL that will invite you to set up an appointment with North Avenue to be fingerprinted. I am requesting some tutors to work in the classroom with teachers, others to work during the afterschool hours, 2:30-3:30 p.m., one on one with students but monitored by me or a BCPS staff person, meaning tutors may not need to be fingerprinted. Those who were fingerprinted last year before COVID do not need to be re-printed but must sign up on PIE PORTAL. Again, some volunteer assignments may not require a background check, that is, volunteers supervised by Govans school staff or those not working with children. All volunteers will be screened against the Maryland State Sex Offender Registry. Please contact the Community School Coordinator for more information @ 410-396-6396.
Background Checks and appointments are made at:
Human Capital
200 E. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
Room 120
Hours of Operation: 8:30am-3:30pm
Cost: No cost
All African-American Authors Book Club

The All African-American Authors Book Club will meet on October 13 & 26 at 7 p.m. We will discuss the novel, KINDRED, by Octavia Butler. Ms. Butler is an extremely prolific writer of primarily dystopian science fiction.

Our discussions promise to be as stimulating as always. Come and join us!

Meeting ID: 291 543 6120
Passcode: 9hGM9b
GEDCO/Cares Food Donations 

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

The need for canned and non-perishable foods continues! 
You may deliver items on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1:00 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. 
Services this Week

Saturday, October 9 @ 5:00 p.m. 
Preacher & Celebrant: The Rev. David J. Ware
Connections Choir

Sunday, October 10 @ 8:00 a.m. in the chapel
Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 
Preacher & Celebrant: The Rev. David J. Ware
Scheduled to Serve:
ALTAR GUILD James Cesarini FLOWER GUILD Pam Meier, Nancy Swindell

 Sunday, October 10 @ 10:00 a.m. in the church
Holy Eucharist, Rite 2
Click here to join us for a livestream of this service on YouTube

CELEBRANT The Rev. Rebecca E. Ogus PREACHER The Rev. David J. Ware 
OFFICIANT The Rev. Freda Marie S. Brown DEACON  The Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan 
VERGER Tom Faxon ACOLYTES Grace Bedford, Catherine Green, Audrey Schepis LEMS  Anne Haskins, Geralyn Schroth READERS Kate Lears, Audrey Schepis INTERCESSOR Steve Sutor USHER SUPERVISOR Scott Iodice USHERS Robin Dodd, Anita Richardson, Al Waller VESTRY GREETER Kristin Heerema, Nancy Bowen ALTAR GUILD Margaret Daley, Brenda Ehlers, Alex McMahon FLOWER GUILD Pam Meier, Nancy Swindell

Music: Redeemer Choir   

Weekday Services

In person:
  • Mondays @ 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in St. Paul's Courtyard (No service 10/11)
  • Tuesdays @ 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in St. Paul's Courtyard
  • Wednesdays @ 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer in St. Paul's Courtyard

  • Thursdays @ 12 noon Noon Day Prayer
  • Fridays @ 8:00 a.m. Morning Prayer

Breathing (Zoom): NEW DAY!
  • Tuesdays @ 12:15 p.m. Breathing with Cristina
Click here to join on Zoom
Meeting ID: 911 709 4820 
Password: 964735
Rector's Bible Zoom Links

Wednesdays at 10:00 am.
Meeting ID: 826 6665 1208
Passcode: 17EWer

12 noon Wednesday Bible study
Meeting ID: 819 5729 3744
Passcode: 6jkzEL
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
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:
Stephanie & Ian Beam, Sue Happel, Gail Delatush, Kim, Judy Munro, Marie Narowanski, Lula Polezoes, Rex Rehfeld, Keith McGill, Walt Shaw, Judith McMahon, Sabina McMahon, Walter McGuire, Beverly Brown, Mike & Stephanie, Earl Galleher, Ruthie Cromwell, Susan Russell, Randy, JoAnn Roswell, Edie Windsor, Wendy Moskowitz, Ginny Bennett, Gemma Stewart, Ann Baldwin Smith, Jim and Susan Haugh, Sharon and James Cheston, McKenna, Justin and Terah Hoethlich, Etienne, Shane Bennett family, Colleen Kelly Starkloff, Towsley family, Christopher Howze, Matthew Crafton, Bill Leary, Kate McGetrick, Brandon Mollett, Maria Turner, Thomas family, Ralph Partlow, Percy family, Karen Lancaster, David Grove, Heather McPherson, Myrick Cross+ & family, Aimee Marson, Brody family, Carolyn Woods, Chloe Appleby, Charles Calvert, Kathi Gallagher Richardson, Patricia Barrett, Diana Miller, Joan Bogacki, Keri Leindecker, Ebert Landman, Maureen Wilson, Jay Featherstone, Abby & 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

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 the June 2021 Vestry Minutes
Click here for minutes from the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Vestry Minutes from the last 12 months are available here.