Redeemer Conference 2016 Videos

For about 90 participants coming and going throughout the day, the Redeemer conference was a great time to worship together, eat together, and hear two great presentations. Dr. Karl Fabrizius  presented two sessions on martyrdom in the early church and how it informs us today. Rev. Charles McClean explained the ceremony of Solemn Vespers, especially the art of using incense. (View all the videos on our Youtube channel here. Be sure to subscribe so that we can keep you connected to future videos).

A conference like this takes several people to make comfortable for the participants. We’d like to thank a few by name. Gene Wilken dedicated his whole day to video recording all three presentation sessions and the Vespers. He did this out of the goodness of his heart with his state-of-the-art equipment. He also loaded it on Youtube for us. John Maxwell, the famous Rag’n Cajun of Fort Wayne, provided a wonderful lunch. Lori Matter was the hostess for much of the day, including setting up and cleaning up after lunch. Brenda Frese was the hostess for supper and a wonderful Gemütlichkeit. She donated the taco bar with all the fixings. About 80 people enjoyed all-you-can-eat tacos/burritos/enchiladas. Our own Elders and Acolytes worked tirelessly at all the services. Pastor Petersen, Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, Kantor Daniel Reuning and Pastor Frese provided the Matins, Divine Service, and Solemn Vespers. Along with Kantor Reuning, Dr. Jason Thompson provided beautiful violin music for our Divine Service. And finally, a big thank you to the entire congregation for providing the facility and Pastors. Because of the congregation, we are able to offer this conference at no cost to all participants.

You can find sermons for this conference at

Please join us next year on January 16th for Redeemer Conference 2017!


Redeemer Conference 2016

Please join us for Monday, January 18th for worship, theological presentations, and camaraderie.

Rev. Dr. Karl Fabrizious will be presenting on Martyrdom in the Early Church and how it can inform suffering today.

Rev. Charles McClean will be presenting on Solemn Vespers

Check our our last post for the daily schedule. Or check it out on our Google Calendar.

If you can only make it for worship, or only for the meals, fine. We’d be happy to welcome you. This is open to all  people, laity and pastors alike.

Lunch is catered by John Maxwell–the Rag’n Cajun. He has prepared pulled-pork, home-made potato salad, and creamed corn! (There’s a suggested lunch donation of $5 a person)

Redeemer Conference 2016

Redeemer is pleased to announce “Redeemer Conference 2016”.

On the Monday of the CTSFW Symposia series (January 18, 2016), friends and colleagues gather at Redeemer Lutheran Church for worship, theology, and comradery.

We have had about 80 people the last couple years.

Registration is free and informal! If you want to drop us a note that you’re coming, great! If you want to play it by ear and show up if whim strikes and weather allows, fabulous! The only expense we ask you to cover is a $5 free-will donation for a scrumptious lunch prepared by the Rag’n Cajun, John Maxwell.

We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Dr. Karl Fabrizious will be our Session leader. He will speak on the topic: “Early Church martyrdom: how it can inform us how to endure suffering today”.

In the afternoon, Rev. Charles McClean will present on the ceremony of Solemn Vespers. He is the author of the book The Conduct of the Service.

Here is the schedule this year:
Schedule for the Redeemer Conference 2016
8:00 a.m. Matins
8:30 a.m. Coffee/gathering time
9:00 a.m. Divine Service
10:00 a.m. Coffee and Muffins
10:25 a.m. Conference welcome
10:30-11:45 Session 1
11:45-12:00 Questions for Speaker
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch (approximately $5.00 per person)
1:30-2:15 p.m. Session 2
2:30-3:30 p.m. Presentation on Solemn Vespers
3:30-3:45 p.m. Explanation of Gregorian Vespers from the Brotherhood Prayer Book
4:00-4:45 p.m. Vespers
5:00-8:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit and Supper in Undercroft (free will offering)

We hope to see all of the usual suspects again this year. We also hope others come to join the festivities. Don’t worry if you have to show up late, just come. (Even if you are committed to the other conferences happening that day, come down for Vespers and Gemuetlichkeit).

Great Advent Hymnody

Advent is a great season for singing. Here are two of the hymns we sang Sunday.

O Lord How Shall I Meet Thee (TLH 58)


Savior of the Nations Come (LSB 332)

Thank you Maggie Casey for your work with the children’s choir.

Family Night

Join us for a Family Night on Friday, November 20, at 6:00 p.m. We will have a light supper and time for games and socializing. Bring your own beverages and snacks. There will be computers set up, and help if needed, for filling out the congregational survey.

Of course you are welcome to do the survey ahead of time, so that you can just enjoy the evening!

Strategic Planning Survey

Dear Members and Friends,

As a member or someone who regularly attends Redeemer Lutheran Church,  you are being invited to offer your opinion in a survey.

Your feedback is important.  We are seeking a large participation in this survey. The results will be used to gather information that will be very valuable in the development of the Strategic Ministry Plan for Redeemer. Below is the link to launch the survey.

If you are a member of Redeemer, or if you attend Redeemer regularly, we encourage you to take the survey.

In order to participate, you may either:

1. Click on this link
2. Copy-paste the entire following link between quote marks (NOT including the quote marks) in a web browser

Your participation and input is greatly appreciated!

Thank you,
Strategic Ministry Plan Team