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The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Readings: Isaiah 9:1-41 Corinthians 1:10-18Matthew 4:12-25 

Hymns: 904842781426567  

Calendar 

Witness

Something for everyone.  Supporting the work of mission activities financially and in prayer is an important work and a privilege to share God’s truth. See information on the Witness Bulletin board or at https://www.lcms.org/how-we-serve). 

Be sure to read the NED News Volume 25 Issue 2.

We sponsor the Lutheran Hour broadcast in Maine.  Tune in to FM 88.9 at 6:30 am Sunday mornings to hear our announcement and listen to the program.  WMDR-FM, known as “God’s Country,” is a Christian radio station heard throughout Maine and northeastern New Hampshire.  Check out the bulletin board for other stations.  Pray with us that many will hear and that those who are seeking a new church home will be drawn to seek us out.  To learn more about the Lutheran Hour and the many resources they provide, go to www.LutheranHour.org.

How do you go about inviting others to find answers and comfort in Christ?  The Lutheran Hour has short courses online to help you learn how to gently share your faith with others.  These short, interactive lessons are free, fun, and effective.  https://www.lhm.org/learn/.

The Sanctity of Unborn Life Ministry here at Redeemer is entering a busy season with several opportunities to support this life saving mission. Your generous support is essential in the effort to save the most innocent amongst us, the unborn. Our current campaigns that need your support are listed below:

Present-February 19th 2023: ABBA and ALPHA Bottle Campaign. Please help sustain our two Crisis Pregnancy Centers by picking up a Baby Bottle and filling it with change, cash or a check to help fund sonagrams and the good works of these centers.

March 22, 2023, Hartford, CT, The Connecticut March For Life 2023, 12:00pm, Capital Building, Hartford, CT. Our neighbors in Connecticut are looking to set a record this year for the largest pro life rally in state history. They are asking our help in supporting the pro life cause across New England. I believe bus transportation will be available. More detail to follow.

If you are interested in any of these life promoting events, please contact me at dcday25@aol.com or 207-650-1204. Thank you. Darik Day.

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. 

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 

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. 

Visitation: The LCMS New England District President, Rev. Bob Beinke will be visiting Gorham and Sanford on Feb 18/19. He will preach in both locations during the regular services. Following the service in Sanford and during the Bible class in Gorham, he will provide a short presentation on the District and Synod, and answer all those questions that you have been wanting to ask. With seventy congregations in the district, this opportunity does not come around often, so you are encouraged to take advantage of it

Newsletter Deadline – If you wish to contribute to the March church newsletter, please email your submission to the church office by February 25. 

Stewardship Note: Matthew 17:8 – “And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.” Jesus is enough. Moses and Elijah point to Jesus and are happy to fade into the background. With our eyes focused on Him and Him alone, the rest of our lives come into focus. He is primary, all else secondary. When that order is right in our lives, things truly fall into place.

A Life Thought in the Church Year for January 29 – Epiphany IV: The coming of Jesus as Christ shows the way of the Lord: He exalts the lowly instead of abandoning or executing them (1 Corinthians 1:27-28). We ought neither encourage nor invite expectant mothers and fathers to sacrifice the fruit of their bodies for righting their wrongs (Micah 6:7). Christ Jesus has already become that redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30), and such compassion to the neighbor lifts us up to stand alongside God Himself (Micah 6:8).

UNANSWERED BIBLE QUESTIONS… Issues, Etc., a radio-talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio, will have Pastors Bryan Wolfmueller and Brian Kachelmeier respond to your unanswered Bible questions.  You can submit your question via email: talkback@issuesetc.org, Facebook: facebook.com/issuesetc, or the Issues, Etc. Comment Line: (618) 223-8382.  You can listen to the interview at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.

PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR LUTHERAN LAITY... You're invited to attend the 2023 Issues, Etc. "Making the Case" Conference Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at Concordia University Chicago. Speakers include: LCMS President Matt Harrison, Mollie Hemingway of Fox News, Mark Hemingway of RealClear Investigations, Kyle Mann of The Babylon Bee, Pastor Peter Bender of the Concordia Catechetical Academy, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Pastor Will Weedon of The Word of the Lord Endures Forever.  Early bird registration is $140 and includes three meals. Reduced room rates, including on-campus dorms, are available.  For more information, visit issuesetc.org or call (618) 223-8385.

Communications

Have a communications need? See Amanda Strayer! She is currently handling announcements, The Redeemer Reader, church voicemails and church emails and will be happy to assist you.

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 Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Readings: Isaiah 58:3-9a1 Corinthians 2Matthew 5:13-20 

Hymns: 411578580401427 

 

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Readings: Isaiah 58:3-9a1 Corinthians 2Matthew 5:13-20 

Hymns: 411578580401427 

Calendar

Witness

Something for everyone.  Supporting the work of mission activities financially and in prayer is an important work and a privilege to share God’s truth. See information on the Witness Bulletin board or at https://www.lcms.org/how-we-serve). 

Be sure to read the NED News Volume 25 Issue 2.

We sponsor the Lutheran Hour broadcast in Maine.  Tune in to FM 88.9 at 6:30 am Sunday mornings to hear our announcement and listen to the program.  WMDR-FM, known as “God’s Country,” is a Christian radio station heard throughout Maine and northeastern New Hampshire.  Check out the bulletin board for other stations.  Pray with us that many will hear and that those who are seeking a new church home will be drawn to seek us out.  To learn more about the Lutheran Hour and the many resources they provide, go to www.LutheranHour.org.

How do you go about inviting others to find answers and comfort in Christ?  The Lutheran Hour has short courses online to help you learn how to gently share your faith with others.  These short, interactive lessons are free, fun, and effective.  https://www.lhm.org/learn/.

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.

The Sanctity of Unborn Life Ministry here at Redeemer is entering a busy season with several opportunities to support this life saving mission. Your generous support is essential in the effort to save the most innocent amongst us, the unborn. Our current campaigns that need your support are listed below:

Present-February 19th 2023: ABBA and ALPHA Bottle Campaign. Please help sustain our two Crisis Pregnancy Centers by picking up a Baby Bottle and filling it with change, cash or a check to help fund sonagrams and the good works of these centers.

March 22, 2023, Hartford, CT, The Connecticut March For Life 2023, 12:00pm, Capital Building, Hartford, CT. Our neighbors in Connecticut are looking to set a record this year for the largest pro life rally in state history. They are asking our help in supporting the pro life cause across New England. I believe bus transportation will be available. More detail to follow.

If you are interested in any of these life promoting events, please contact me at dcday25@aol.com or 207-650-1204. Thank you. Darik Day.

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. 

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 

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. 

Visitation: The LCMS New England District President, Rev. Bob Beinke will be visiting Gorham and Sanford on Feb 18/19. He will preach in both locations during the regular services. Following the service in Sanford and during the Bible class in Gorham, he will provide a short presentation on the District and Synod, and answer all those questions that you have been wanting to ask. With seventy congregations in the district, this opportunity does not come around often, so you are encouraged to take advantage of it

Newsletter Deadline – If you wish to contribute to the March church newsletter, please email your submission to the church office by February 25. 

Stewardship Note: Matthew 5:17 – “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” We cannot keep the Law of God perfectly. We are sinners. For us to be saved, Jesus had to fulfill the Law in our place so that the threat of the Law is abolished and the Law itself is upheld. Now, in Christ, we do desire to fulfill the Law, to live out a godly Christian life, precisely because we are so full of thanksgiving toward God for His salvation in Christ.

A Life Thought in the Church Year for February 5 – Epiphany V: Do abortion and physician-assisted suicide rest our faith in God’s power or men’s wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:5)? Has not Christ crucified proved the beauty of being with one another even in weakness and trembling (1 Corinthians 2:3) rather than hiding from our own flesh (Isaiah 58:7)? And will not what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9) ease fears about surprise pregnancy or terminal diagnosis (Psalm 112:7)?

OLD THEOLOGY, NEW TECHNOLOGY… Issues, Etc. is a radio-talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken.  This week's topics include: Mental Illness in the Lutheran Congregation, The “He Gets Us” Ad Campaign, True Tolerance, Church Discipline and more.  You can listen on-demand at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.

PREMIER CONFERENCE FOR LUTHERAN LAITY... You're invited to attend the 2023 Issues, Etc. "Making the Case" Conference Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17 at Concordia University Chicago.  Speakers include: LCMS President Matt Harrison, Mollie Hemingway of Fox News, Mark Hemingway of RealClear Investigations, Kyle Mann of The Babylon Bee, Pastor Peter Bender of the Concordia Catechetical Academy, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Pastor Will Weedon of The Word of the Lord Endures Forever.  Early bird registration is $140 and includes three meals.  Reduced room rates, including on-campus dorms, are available.  For more information, visit issuesetc.org or call (618) 223-8385.

Communications

Have a communications need? See Amanda Strayer! She is currently handling announcements, The Redeemer Reader, church voicemails and church emails and will be happy to assist you.

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 on Sunday, please email him that information.  

 

Looking Forward to the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany 

Readings: Deuteronomy 30:15-201 Corinthians 3:1-9Matthew 5:21-37 

Hymns: 872394400707921  

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