Author Archives: Jane Casey

This week at Redeemer

If you would like to donate for Christmas flowers or music, please contact the church office. Donations can be of any size. Donations received by this Thursday will be included in the Christmas bulletins.

The Christmas Pageant is next Sunday at noon in the undercroft.

Redeemer Classical School is hosting a Family Folk Dance on Friday the 20th 6:30-8:00pm. All are welcome, no experience needed!

We are collecting paper goods for the Seminary food bank during the month of December. Please add some toilet paper or facial tissues to your shopping cart this month and place it in the box in the entryway.  If you have other non-perishable food items, toiletries, diapers, or cleaning products we will also accept those as part of this collection.

The last Advent supper is this Thursday. We have received a Thrivent grant to provide food for the supper, and Rachel Pollock will be serving sloppy joes. Following the service we will decorate the church for Christmas. Please join us for this fun evening as we prepare our church for Christmas.

The Drink ‘n Think discussion group will conclude its series of Hillsdale College lectures on C.S. Lewis on December 16 and 30, both at 6:30. You can catch up on the previous discussions at for free, but previous listening or attendance aren’t required to enjoy the discussion, or the drinks.

Don’t forget the 1-1-1 offering! Each Sunday each baptized member is asked to bring $1 for missions. This is going to support the five Nigerian pastors who are studying at the seminary this year.

There is a workday at 8:30 this Saturday morning. The Saturday morning service will be held at noon. Stay and help get the church ready for Christmas while the kids practice for the pageant!

Christian Wisdom: Parable, Kleinig, and the Catechism. This ten week course taught by Pastor Petersen will cover 10 of Jesus’ parables, the Small Catechism, and work through John Kleinig’s book Grace upon Grace. The class is taught at roughly the community college level and students are required to read and prepare outside of class. All materials are provided free of charge. For those who desire it, the class may result in adult confirmation and membership at Redeemer. Call the Church office or e-mail Jane to register. First class is Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

The Seniors group will not have an activity in December, but we look forward to meeting again on January 15.

November 2019 News

The new photo directories are available in the narthex. Thank you to Meghan Schultz for taking photos and creating the cover! If you have any changes or corrections, email Jane.

The children’s choir schedule is on the bulletin board near the office.

New Sunday Morning Adult Bible Class started October 23rd. Pastor Frese is leading a Bible Class upstairs in the Luther Room on the Lutheran Liturgy and Lutheran Doctrine. Have you ever wondered why it is we worship the way we do? Have you ever tried to answer questions about what we believe and didn’t know exactly how to put it into words? Have you ever wondered where in the Bible you should turn for the important answers of faith and life? This discussion-oriented class allows for questions and dialogue on these and other topics. Attendance in Pr. Petersen’s and Pr. Frese’s classes is fluid, so don’t hesitate to switch back and forth if you want.

Books and Beer is a book discussion for the men of the congregation and their friends. They meet on the second Sunday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the undercroft.

Join us to play darts the third Saturday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the undercroft. Adults and teens are welcome. Talk to Pastor Petersen for more information, or look for “Redeemer Darts” on Facebook.

On November 17 we will have the another occurence of our as-yet-unnamed women’s social evening at 6:00 p.m. in the undercroft. The first was a lot of fun, and we will continue to meet the third Sunday evening of the month. Bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. The taps will be open for $2 a pint. Infants are welcome. Women of college age and up are welcome. (If you have any good ideas for a name, bring those, too!)

Do you like feeding people, planning events, or making people fell welcome? The hospitality committee is looking for members. For more information, or to volunteer, email Jane Casey, or call her at 260-xxx-xxxx.

The Bach Collegium’s season opening concert is Sunday, November 17, at 7:00 at Zion Lutheran Church on S. Hanna. Tickets are available at or at the door.

Redeemer Classical School is back in session for the third year. Thank you to all of you who have helped us make it this far. There are many opportunities for members of the church to participate in school activities: Daily Matins at 8:30 is open to all, our nature walks and experiments are also open to the public. The schedule for nature walks can be found on the school’s website. For more information, feel free to talk to Nathaniel.

Recitation Day with the Redeemer Classical School will be Friday December 13. Everyone, of any age, is welcome to share something that they have memorized or to come and watch.

Drink and Think continues, and it isn’t too late to join. This is an adult discussion group of Hillsdale College’s free online classes. This semester we’re studying author C.S. Lewis. The discussion is free, and wine and beer are available for $5 per glass. The November sessions are Monday November 4 & 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the undercroft.

There are a couple of ways that you can support Redeemer while you do your usual shopping. One is through Kroger Community Rewards. To sign up, go to A second is by doing your Amazon shopping through Amazon Smile. Go to and look for Redeemer Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne.

The Ladies Advent Tea will be Saturday, December 7, immediately following the Saturday morning service. All women and girls of the congregation are invited to attend. Look for more information near the end of the month.

Advent Services and suppers will begin on Thursday, December 5. The services are at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a soup and salad supper at 5:30. Watch for sign up sheets near the end of November.

We have one final piece of original Redeemer stained glass from the windows that Effie Sheron had made into hangings. It is in the window if the office and is available for purchase. The money will go to the ongoing refurbishing of our stained glass windows. Talk to Jane of Effie if you are interested.

Our Fall Voters Meeting was on October 20. The changes to our constitution and by-laws that were approved have been forwarded to the synod for approval. The church council for 2020 is as follows:
Chairman: Mr. Colin Casey
Secretary: Mr. Alex Schultz
Treasurer: Mr. Oscar Matter
Financial Secretary: Ms. Diane Johns
Finance: Mr. Nathaniel Pullmann
Congregational Services: Rev. Dr. Daniel Reuning
Missions Chair: Mrs. Dianne Frank
Board of Education: Mrs. Maggie Casey
Trustees: Mrs. Effie Sheron
Classical School: Jason Thompson
Mr. Patrick Casey
Mr. Keith Frank
Mr. Kurt Mundinger
Rev. Benjamin Pollock
Mr. Jason Thompson

The 2020 trustees for the Redeemer endowment are:
Rev. Robert Roethemeyer
Mr. Glenn Johns
Mr. Jody Lent

The next voters meeting wll be in April, and is the annual budget meeting.

Thrivent offers $250 Action Team grants. Each Thrivent member is eligible for two per year. We are trying to use as many of these as possible for seed money for a variety of projects. If you are a Thrivent member and are willing to help us out, we can either walk you through doing the application yourself or sit down with you in the office to do the application.

Receiving and demonstrating Christ’s love in word and deed.
1 John 4:19      Colossians 3:17