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The Gottedienst Conference: Art, Beauty, and Confession

Redeemer Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne, IN  May 6-8, 2024 A+D

Registration: $45 until April 15, after that $75. Register Online by following links at Gottesdienst Online or by using the PayPal button below.

Gottesdienst will host a conference May 6-8, 2024 at Redeemer in Fort Wayne featuring keynote addresses by David Scaer, Ed Riojas, and John Hrehov on art and beauty as theological concepts and needs for the Church’s confession. David Scaer is well known among us. Register with the early bird discount by April 15 for only $45 and save $30. April 16-May 7 registrations are $75. The schedule is given below along with information regarding Riojas and Hrehov. The conference includes two dinners and Gemütlichkeits and one lunch.

The Gemütlchkeits are sponsored by LCEF. LCEF offers a number of financial products, but their current rates for rostered church worker mortgages are very competitive. They are also offering great rates on fixed rate investments and liquid accounts. If you’re in the market, look here

Redeemer Lutheran Church is located at 202 W Rudisill, Ft. Wayne, IN 46807.

Edward Riojas received a BFA degree from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, graduating summa cum laude with a major in drawing and a minor in printmaking. He spent nearly 31 years in the newspaper industry. Riojas has since returned to his fine art roots and works as a full-time artist, creating sacred art for commissions and collaborations with various Lutheran entities. His work can be found in sanctuaries, institutions, private collections, and markets throughout the U.S. and across the globe.

For more information:

John Hrehov holds an MFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He is a Professor in the Department of Art and Design, at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW). Hrehov has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, including Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, IL; Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN; and Denise Bibro Fine Art, NYC.

Awards include the 2021 Recharge New Surrealist Prize, created for painters living in the U.S. and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist Style, Gladys Emerson Cook Prize in the Area of Prints, Drawings, and Pastel, the 167th Annual Exhibition National Academy of Design, NYC, and the Eastman- Bolton Memorial Award, Cleveland Institute of Art. His work has been featured and reviewed in various publications including Art in America, American Artist Magazine, Louisville Courier-Journal, and The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, IN. He is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Arts, Inc. in New York, NY, and Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, IL. For more information:

Monday, 6 May 2024
1:30 p.m. Divine Service
2:30 p.m. Conference welcome
2:45 p.m. Session 1 – David Scaer “Beauty as a Theological Category”
4:15 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m. Vespers
5:00-8:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit and and supper provided

Tuesday, 7 May 2024
8:30 a.m. Matins
9:00 a.m. Coffee and Donuts (undercroft)
9:15 a.m. Session 2 – Edward Riojas “Art, Beauty, and Confession”
10:45 a.m. Session 3 – John Hrehov “Art, Beauty, and Confession – another perspective”
12:15 p.m. Lunch provided
1:00 p.m. Session 4  – Panel Discussion with Riojas and Hrehov
2:15 p.m. Session 5 – Singing Lesson with Jonathan Busarow
3:45 p.m. Vespers
4:30-8:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit and Supper provided 

Wednesday, 8 May 2024
8:30 a.m. Divine Service
9:00 a.m. Coffee and Donuts
9:15 a.m. Session 6 -Nathaniel Pullmann “The Centrality of Art in Classical Education”
10:30 a.m. Panel Discussion

11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own

Holy Week Schedule

Sunday, 24 March The Sixth Sunday in Lent–Palmarum
8:00 a.m. Divine Service with Palm Procession
9:15 a.m. Bible Class & Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Divine Service with Palm Procession
Monday, 25 March
8:30 a.m. Divine Service
Tuesday, 26 March
8:30 a.m. Divine Service
7:30 p.m. LLPB Vespers
Wednesday, 27 March
8:30 a.m. Divine Service
7:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
Thursday, 28 March Maundy Thursday
8:30 a.m. Matins
7:00 p.m. Divine Service
Friday, 29 March Good Friday
12:00 p.m. Tre Ore
12:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Catechumens
1:15 p.m. Liturgy of the Holy Communion
2:15 p.m. Vespers
Saturday, 30 March Holy Saturday
8:30 a.m. Matins
9:00 a.m. Egg coloring
8:30 p.m. Easter Vigil
Sunday, 31 March The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord
8:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m. Divine Service

Relationship Seminar November 4

Our next relationship seminar is Saturday, November 4. Matins will be at 8:30 with the seminar beginning at 9:30. Lunch and babysitting will be provided, so please RSVP to by October 29.

Who is the relationship seminar for? All adults. Babysitting is provided. The idea is that communication is the heart of all our relationships, not just our relationship to God and to spouses, but in every relationship and that we can all get better at it and be more deliberate about it.

What will be taught? Biblical theology about the centrality of words and speech for faith and for life. Communication techniques from popular books will also be reviewed and considered.

Our semi-annual relationship or marriage seminars are a direct response to the research shown in the book Endgame by John Van Epp and J.P. Degance. You can find out more about it here at They claim that churches that hold these sorts of seminars have a significantly lower divorce rate than churches that just teach that the Bible says divorce is wrong.

Divorce itself, and the causes of divorce, are tragic. It is one of the worst traumas that a person can suffer and is particularly devastating to children despite the oft repeated lie that “children are resilient.” Can the Gospel heal the survivors? Of course. The Gospel can also heal those that are tortured in POW camps for years or are abused by their parents, but there will be scars. We want to preach the Gospel to survivors and help them. This seminar will help with that also. But if we can spare them the trauma, why wouldn’t we? This seminar will help not only those who are already married to avoid divorce, it will also help singles who might marry in the future, whether they have been married before or not, avoid divorce.

Darts Tournament Fundraiser for Redeemer Classical School

There will be a darts tournament fundraiser for the school on Saturday, October 21. If you would like to donate items for the raffle or would like to obtain a donation from a business that you patronize, please contact Jane Casey or email (We have a letter that many businesses will want if they are donating that can also assist in getting donations.) There are also opportunities to sponsor one of the dart boards–$150 for one in the main room or $100 for one in the secondary room–or to help in other ways.
And of course we hope that you will come and take part and invite your family and friends to join you! Admission for players will be $15. That includes an entry into the tournament, a ticket for a beer or root beer, snacks, one raffle ticket, and lots of good company! Non-players are admitted for free. Hot dogs will be available for purchase.

Holy Week at Redeemer

During Holy Week we have Divine Service at 8:30 Monday-Wednesday.

Stations of the Cross is Wednesday night at 7:00.

There is a Matins service Thursday morning. The Maundy Thursday Divine Service is at 7:00 p.m.

Good Friday Tre Ore Service is at noon, divided as follows:

12:00 p.m.    Liturgy of the Catechumens
1:15 p.m.    Liturgy of the Holy Communion
2:15 p.m.    Vespers

Holy Saturday Matins is at 10:30 a.m., and the Easter Vigil is at 8:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday there will be one service at 10:30 a.m. The Easter breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt is at 9:15.

March 2023 Newsletter

From Pastor Petersen:
Pastor Frese’s New Position with Synod, Release from Redeemer
Pastor Frese has served Redeemer as a called, part-time pastor since 2012. For most of that time, he always worked as a chaplain for the Indiana National Guard and found other ways to supplement his income. This past spring he received and accepted a call to work full time for the Missouri Synod as the Deputy Director of Church Relations. The position allows him to work from Ft. Wayne two weeks a month, but also requires him to be in St. Louis two weeks a month. He also needs to travel to other parts of the country and out of the country from time to time. On top of this, he is still a chaplain in the Indiana Air National Guard.
Because of all this, with both my and the elders’ consent he took a break from his duties at Redeemer this fall. It was a long shot, but the goal was to see if he could work out a way that he might continue at Redeemer in some modified, but still part-time role. All involved knew it was unlikely, but we all wanted it to work. Unfortunately, it did not. It simply isn’t possible for him to do this in a way that is good for him or his family. The demands of his duties as Deputy Director and the needs of his family are too great for him to be able to continue to serve us, on a regular basis, as a called pastor while also serving the Synod full time and being a military chaplain.
For these reasons, he requested that Redeemer release him from his call. This was to free his conscience and allow him to serve the Synod. The council voted on Sunday, January 8, 2023 to do so. He and his family remain active members of Redeemer. He will continue to serve at our altar and in our pulpit as do our other clergy members.
Installation of the Reverend Deacons Wietfeldt and Boyle
After six months without Pastor Frese, the elders and I took a motion to the council to obtain some regular part-time pastoral assistance. We haven’t issued a call but we may do so eventually. For now, as we work out the kinks, it is a contractual arrangement wherein both Rev. Matt Weitfeldt and Rev. Dr. Geoff Boyle will provide pastoral support and care to our congregation, particularly in the form of leading services on weekdays, helping with preaching and teaching, and doing some visitation.
The work they will be doing is precisely what the New Testament knows as diaconal work and for that reason we will refer to them as our deacons. This is a distinct use of the term from liturgical deacons, a role that is often filled among us by students, and also from the use of the term for laymen who fill various congregational roles. In the New Testament this is a pastoral office. It is filled by ordained men who work under a parish pastor. The Reverend Deacons will be installed on Sunday, March 12 at both services.

Acolyte Vestments needed
Our acolyte corps has grown both in terms of numbers of young men involved and in lbs. per height. We made a significant investment five years ago in vestments and those are still in great shape, but to deploy as many of our current acolytes as possible, we need more vestments. To bring us to a full set of vestments for all and so that we have a good stock to take us into the future we need 12 cottas or surplices (the white part) and eight cassocks (the black part) at a cost of $2000. To fully equip a single acolyte costs $245. If you would like to support this effort financially, please earmark funds for the acolytes.

Marriage and Singles Seminar: The Power of Words for Good and for Ill Saturday March 18, 2023
We will put on a Marriage and Singles seminar on Saturday March 18, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. entitled “The Power of Words for Good and for Ill.” The Seminar will begin with Holy Communion at 9:00 am. At 10:15 there will be a session targeted toward married couples or those engaged to be married in the undercroft and a simultaneous session targeted toward those who either have never been married or are currently not married. Both sessions will give Biblical and Theological advice and counsel toward relationship skills with an eye toward better understanding our various vocations. The undercroft session will be taught by Pastor Petersen and the singles session by Deacon Boyle. Anyone, regardless of marital status, is welcome to attend either.
Study after study has shown that participation in such sessions has drastically lowered the statistical likelihood of divorce and other family trauma. Which is to say: this is worth a few hours of your time. To aid your attendance, childcare will be offered free of charge. Please help us plan for this by RSVPing by March 12, 2023 at or by phone (260) 744-2585 or by leaving a note on Jane’s desk in the office. Please do not tell Jane that you will be coming while standing in the narthex or undercroft and expect her to remember. We need to have an accurate count for childcare.

Workday: Saturday, April 1, 2023 9:00 a.m.: Saturday, April 1, the day before Palm Sunday we will have a workday to prepare the Church for Holy Week and Easter. There is lots of deep cleaning and polishing to be done and we could use your help. We will start at 9:00am. We will stop at 11:00 for Matins, then enjoy pizza together in the undercroft before calling it a day.

Easter Service and Photo: We will only have one service, at 10:30 am, on Easter Sunday, preceded by the Easter Breakfast from 8:30 am until 10:00 am. Immediately following the service, Steve Blakey will take a picture of everyone that we can get to stay in the pews for just a few extra minutes. We have a beautiful black and white photo that was taken of the congregation probably in the 1940s that is currently on display near the elevator. We want to reproduce this shot and would like your help.

Don’t forget to check the calendar on the bulletin board in the hall for upcoming social events!

The Spring Voters’ Meeting will be Sunday, April 23 at noon. This is the annual budget meeting.

There is a group meeting every Monday morning at 6:30 to study the Book of Concord.

The first Saturday of each month at 4:30 p.m. there is a family game time in the undercroft, followed by a potluck. All are welcome to either or both!

Books & Beer next meeting will be Sunday March 12th at 7:00 p.m. This month’s book is Reverence, by Paul Woodruff. As always, the event is open to all the men of our parish of drinking age or friends that you think would fit in.

Easter is coming! The hat library will set up in the coat room off the narthex in the next couple of weeks.

Advent & Christmas Schedule

Holy Communion will be offered daily during Advent: Every Sunday at 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m., weekdays at 8:30 a.m., Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. The Thursday evening services will be preceded by a supper from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Following the Thursday Advent service on 12/22 we will decorate the church for Christmas and enjoy some cookies.

The Christmas Eve Divine Service is at 7:00 p.m. On Christmas Day, which is Sunday, there will be only one service at 10:30 a.m.

We will have daily communion throughout the twelve days of Christmas with the service at 8:30 a.m. on Monday 12/26, Tuesday 12/27, and Wednesday 12/28, and Friday 12/30 and at 7:00 p.m. Thursday 12/29. The service on Saturday, 12/31 will be at 10:30 am.

On Christmas Day, we will be having a dinner again, starting at about 3:00 with appetizers. Dinner begins at 4:00.  There will certainly be a couple of turkeys; beyond that the menu depends on what everyone brings.  In addition to food, you will need to bring whatever beverages you would like beyond coffee or water, and table service for your family. (There will be beer available for a suggested donation.) If you would like to join us or would like more information email Bethany Meyer at or text or call her at xxxxxxxxxxx.

Church Picnic

The church picnic is tomorrow, Sunday, August 7, at 5:00 p.m. at Foster Park. We have rented the large pavilion, so we will picnic rain or shine!

We are providing fried chicken and bottled water. Please bring a side dish or dessert.