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The Second Sunday in Lent 

Readings: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16Romans 5:1-11Mark 8:27-38

Hymns: 837708563420693685

Calendar 

Witness

Ding dong…It’s not Avon calling, but rather it’s a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  How do you react?  Don’t answer the door?  Politely say, thank you, but I have a church already?  How might you share the Truth of scripture with them and perhaps sow a seed of life-saving faith in them?  The LCMS Every One His Witness evangelism program considers our place as a witness of Christ within our daily context.  It connects sound doctrine with practical ways to share faith with those whom God has placed alongside us in our everyday life.  How do we prepare to listen to those around us?  Learn more about interacting with Jehovah Witnesses at https://www.everyonehiswitness.org/course/witnessing-to-jehovahs-witnesses/.

NED President Beinke invites you to join other members of the District as we prepare for Sunday worship by studying the upcoming readings.  The one-hour live online Bible study meets each Thursday at 7pm.  The link to join the study is https://meet.GoTo.com/445850965.  Contact Brenda if you have questions.  

Set sail on a spiritual adventure on a four-day Lutheran Singles Cruise, departing from Galveston on August 1st. This journey is designed for connection and fellowship, offering daily devotions, Bible studies, and opportunities to meet like-minded singles, ages 21 - 41. Embrace this chance to deepen your faith, make new friends, and enjoy the beauty of the sea. Don’t miss out on this unique blend of spiritual growth and social fun – book your spot today! Learn more at www.wolfmueller.co/cruise

Sunday morning Bible Class topics

2/25: Methodism, Rationalism, Deism

3/3: Christians Come to America

3/10: Religious Revivals in America

3/17: 19th Century Mission Activities

Mercy  

Cressey Road – Cressey Road Church at 81 Cressey Road in Gorham is collecting clothes of any kind for the indigent in the community. It is done 9-noon on the first and third Saturdays. 

Gorham Backpack Program - Our friend Heather Whitaker, at present is feeding at least 110 families in Gorham through the BackPack Program. Much of the food is coming from the Gorham food Pantry and they are soliciting direct cash donations. If anyone would like to support them you can make a donation at their website gorhamfoodpantry.org.  

MAP INTERNATIONAL is a Christian based organization that provides medical care and antibiotics to people in 91 nations. Every $10 donated generates $400 worth of medicine. To make a donation MAP INTERNATIONAL p.o box 96487 Washington D.C 20077 or map.org on line 

If you need anything (rides, supplies, medicine pickups) or any assistance please feel free to contact Sandy or Tom DiPasqua at 207-883-2730 or tjdipasqua@aol.com.  

Life Together

The 3rd Annual Hannah Powell Memorial Piano Competition will be held at 2:00 pm on March 3, 2024 at the Sanford Performing Arts Center (sanfordpac.org). For more information, please follow this LINK.

Are you interested in history? Would you like to help with Redeemer's history? Pastor is looking for help with collecting and scanning photos and recording events related to the 65 years of Redeemer's history. Even if you only have a little time to give, your help will be greatly appreciated.

Scammers impersonate pastors and other leaders to perpetrate fraud. Neither Pastor, Council, nor Secretary will email or text you asking for money or gift cards for any reason, so please do not fall for such a scam. If you suspect a scam, please contact one of them with known contact information.

Looking for hosts for our coffee hours following service. Sign up on the Fellowship Board near Pastor’s office. This can be one family or several families.  

The Fifth Saturdays and Sundays of the year provide an opportune time for both of our worship locations to join together in the Divine Service and the fellowship that follows. All who regularly worship in Gorham are invited to add Saturday Mar. 30 in Sanford to your schedule as those who usually worship in Sanford add Sunday Mar. 31 in Gorham to their schedules.  

A Life Thought in the Church Year for February 25 – Lent II: Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia view aging and affliction as burdens. But Abraham became a blessing in his elderliness (Genesis 17:1-2). And we encounter the glory of the Lord in carrying one another’s crosses (Mark 8:34, 38). So let us resist Satan’s temptations to take death into our own hands (Mark 8:33). We will rejoice in our suffering (Romans 5:3) and receive neighbors as gifts even in theirs (Psalm 22:24).

 February 25 – Lent 2 Mark 8:32 – “And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.” Anytime we sin, we are acting like Peter, thinking we know better than the Lord. But as Jesus says, such acts stem from Satan. So let us repent. Let us trust our Lord Jesus and follow Him. For certainly He has earned our trust with His gracious sacrifice for us.

Communications

Newsletter Deadline – If you wish to contribute to the April church newsletter, please email your submission to the church office by March 22.  March will be a busy month so please be mindful of this deadline.

All announcements and prayer requests received in the church office by noon on Thursday will appear in print that week in Friday’s email. If there is an announcement that you would like Pastor to make following Sunday’s FB live stream, please email him that information.

Looking Forward to The Third Sunday in Lent 

Readings: Exodus 20:1-171 Corinthians 1:18-31John 2:13-25

Hymns: 427824728426637850

The Third Sunday in Lent 

Readings: Exodus 20:1-171 Corinthians 1:18-31John 2:13-25

Hymns: 427824728426637850

Calendar 

Witness

As we travel through Lent let’s pray about who we might invite to join us for Holy Week services.    Many, if not most, of our friends and relatives celebrate Easter in some way.  The richness of Lenten, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services can deepen our understanding and appreciation for the holy gift that Easter is.  As much fun coloring Easter eggs is, and as yummy as a chocolate Easter bunny is, the gift of the Resurrection is all-satisfying.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, about a third of adults overall (32.3%) reported anxiety and depression symptoms in 2023. Nearly half of these adults (49.9%) were between the ages of 18 and 24, 38% were between the ages of 25 and 49, 29.3% were between 50 and 64 and 20.1% were 65+ (Source: https://www.forbes.com/health/mind/anxiety-statistics/).  Discovering that a nonchurched person in your life is struggling with depression or anxiety provides an opportunity to witness to that person. While most of us are not qualified to diagnose a person’s depression or anxiety, as Christ’s witnesses we can bring a message of comfort and hope to the people who suffer from these disorders.  Using the LASSIE (Listen, Ask, Seek, Share, Invite, Encourage) approach to witnessing, this Every One His Witness module explains how to witness in a natural way to those in our lives who are dealing with depression or anxiety without the peace of Christ.  https://www.everyonehiswitness.org/course/witnessing-to-people-with-depression-or-anxiety/

Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10 for a shower for new baby Watt.   It’s a boy!  We’ll gather after the Divine service.  Refreshments will be provided.

The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of  The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  Since 1942 , the LWML has focused on affirming each woman’s relationship with Christ and encouraging and equipping women to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and in supporting global missions.  The 2024 LWML New England District Convention is April 26 and 27.  Join in a Bible study, presentations by leaders in Missions, and good fellowship.  Speak to Betsy for more information about the Convention or about LWML in general.

Sunday morning Bible Class topics

3/3: Christians Come to America

3/10: Religious Revivals in America

3/17: 19th Century Mission Activities

3/24: The Church and Social Issues

Mercy  

Cressey Road – Cressey Road Church at 81 Cressey Road in Gorham is collecting clothes of any kind for the indigent in the community. It is done 9-noon on the first and third Saturdays. 

Gorham Backpack Program - Our friend Heather Whitaker, at present is feeding at least 110 families in Gorham through the BackPack Program. Much of the food is coming from the Gorham food Pantry and they are soliciting direct cash donations. If anyone would like to support them you can make a donation at their website gorhamfoodpantry.org.  

MAP INTERNATIONAL is a Christian based organization that provides medical care and antibiotics to people in 91 nations. Every $10 donated generates $400 worth of medicine. To make a donation MAP INTERNATIONAL p.o box 96487 Washington D.C 20077 or map.org on line 

If you need anything (rides, supplies, medicine pickups) or any assistance please feel free to contact Sandy or Tom DiPasqua at 207-883-2730 or tjdipasqua@aol.com.  

Life Together

The 3rd Annual Hannah Powell Memorial Piano Competition will be held at 2:00 pm on March 3, 2024 at the Sanford Performing Arts Center (sanfordpac.org). For more information, please follow this LINK.

Looking for hosts for our coffee hours following service. Sign up on the Fellowship Board near Pastor’s office. This can be one family or several families.  

The Fifth Saturdays and Sundays of the year provide an opportune time for both of our worship locations to join together in the Divine Service and the fellowship that follows. All who regularly worship in Gorham are invited to add Saturday Mar. 30 in Sanford to your schedule as those who usually worship in Sanford add Sunday Mar. 31 in Gorham to their schedules.  

A Life Thought in the Church Year for March 3 – Lent III: The Lord God closely associates life and family. He stands commands about parenting and marriage on either side of the prohibition against killing (Exodus 20:12-14). He holds human life as highest priority and will not accept any other creatures as replacement (John 2:15-16). Body and sexuality serve to enrich life – our own as well as one another’s – and not to eliminate it.

Stewardship Thoughts – March 3 – Lent 3 John 2:16 – “And he told those who sold the pigeons, ‘Take these things away; do not make my Father’s house a house of trade.’” The Lord’s house is not a place to sell, but a place to receive and a place to give. It’s not a place for our schemes and plans. Instead, the church is a place for the Lord’s gracious giving and our faithful sacrifices in response.

Please Sponsor an Easter Plant - Fellow Redeemer Saints, we humbly ask you to please help contribute to the celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord by beautifying our Church with Easter flowers on Easter Sunday, by sponsoring an Easter plant. We will have a number of Tulips, Easter Lilies and Daffodils displayed on Easter Sunday and are looking for your support. The cost to sponsor these beautiful plants are as follows:

10 - 7” Daffodil pots $10.50 each   11 - 6” Tulip pots $8.90 each   8 - 6” Easter Lily pots $10.50 each

Those that sponsor a plant will be encouraged to take it home after the Easter Divine Service or anytime during the Easter Church Season. If you would like to support this effort please enter your name next to the plant you would like to sponsor on the Sign-up Sheet in the Narthex. You may place your designated payment in the offering plate or give it to Sandra Day. Easter Flower Envelopes are provided. Checks may be addressed to Redeemer Lutheran Church, please make a note on your check that it is for the Easter flowers. The deadline for sponsoring a plant is March 24. Thank you for your support!    Blessings, Redeemer Altar Guild.

Communications

Newsletter Deadline – If you wish to contribute to the April church newsletter, please email your submission to the church office by March 22.  March will be a busy month so please be mindful of this deadline.

All announcements and prayer requests received in the church office by noon on Thursday will appear in print that week in Friday’s email. If there is an announcement that you would like Pastor to make following Sunday’s FB live stream, please email him that information.

Looking Forward to The Fourth Sunday in Lent 

Readings: Numbers 21:4-9Ephesians 2:1-10John 3:14-21

Hymns: 425571566702580543

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