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Christmas Eve Service

The Twelve Days of Christmas Services

Services at Redeemer for the Christmas Season

On the Night before Christmas:

Choral Christmas Eve Vespers and Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.

On the First Day of Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.,
Christmas Dinner, 3:00 p.m.  All are welcome to attend dinner in the undercroft for a time of joyful fellowship, good food, and games. The meat will be provided, but we ask that you bring side dishes or desserts, beverages that you would like besides water and coffee, and table service for your family. There will be beer available for a suggested donation. Contact us for more information and to RSVP.

On the Second Day of Christmas (Tuesday, Dec. 26):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m., Feast of St. Stephen, Martyr

On the Third Day of Christmas (Wednesday, Dec. 27):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m., Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

On the Fourth Day of Christmas (Thursday, Dec. 28):*

Divine Service, 7:00 p.m., Feast of the Holy Innocents

On the Fifth Day of Christmas (Friday, Dec. 29):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas (Saturday, Dec. 30):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Seventh Day of Christmas (1st Sunday after Christmas, Dec. 31)

Divine Service, 8:00 a.m.
Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Eighth Day of Christmas (Monday, January 1):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m., Feast of the Circumcision and Name of Jesus

On the Ninth Day of Christmas (Tuesday, January 2):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Tenth Day of Christmas (Wednesday, January 3):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas (Thursday, January 4):*

Divine Service, 7:00 p.m.

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas (Friday, January 5):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

Epiphany (Saturday, January 6):

Divine Service, 10:30 a.m.

*Thursday services during Christmas are at 7:00 p.m. only.

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Congregational Notices for Week of September 3rd, 2017

Team D, the youth, will be cleaning this week.

Church council meeting postponed until September 17th.

Ladies Aid will meet at 9:00 due to the memorial service for Wayne Rutz at noon.

Welcome Brunch for seminary families is September 10th at noon.  We will be serving a variety of egg casseroles and breakfast pastries as well as fruit.  Please talk to Jane Casey if you are willing to help.  ( or 260-602-4924)

Christian Wisdom begins Tuesday, September 12th at 7:00 pm.  This fall’s session will focus on Luther’s life and theology as seen in the Catechisms.  Participants will be given a copy of Luther’s small and large catechisms for the class, free of charge.  They will then be given assigned readings each week from those books and also from the book of Galatians.

Here is Pastor Petersen with more details on the course: Video on Christian Wisdom 2017  

  • Registration is required for Christian Wisdom.  Please click here to sign up.

Join us for the Luther movie Friday, September 15th at 6:00 pm in the undercroft.  This is part of the Christian Wisdom class, but everyone is invited that evening.  Pizza and snacks will be provided.

Dart competition September 23rd to benefit the Matters.  $15 will get you into the games, plus pizza, snacks, one beer, and a raffle ticket.  $12 will get you pizza, snacks a beer, and a raffle ticket.  Additional beer and raffle tickets will be available for purchase.

  • Please register for this event by clicking here.

The Sauerkraut Supper is returning as part of our 125th anniversary celebration.  It will be on Friday, October 20th.

Mark Your Calendars: 

  • September 9th – Ladies Aid
  • September 10th – Welcome Brunch
  • September 12th – Christian Wisdom Begins
  • September 15th – Luther Movie Night
  • September 17th – Church Council
  • September 23rd – Darts Fundraiser
  • October 1st – City-wide Reformation Service at St. Paul’s
  • October 7th – Work Day
  • October 20th – Sauerkraut Supper
  • November 5th – Church Anniversary/ Potluck
  • December 8th – City of Churches Tour

This Week at Redeemer

Team D, Captain Hildie Matter, will be cleaning this week.

Redeemer May Newsletter is available in the narthex (and soon online!)

Mark Your Calendars: 

  • May 20th – Great American Cleanup @ 9am
  • May 20th – Darts @ 5:30pm
  • May 25th – Ascension
  • June 8th – Winston Grieser’s Ordination
  • August 1-3 – Family Retreat

Rev. Todd Wilken to speak at Redeemer Conference 2017

Rev. Todd Wilken will speak to us for two sessions about the Reformation 500 years later.

Here’s a little bit about Rev. Wilken:

Todd Wilken has hosted the radio program Issues, Etc. since 1998. Issues, Etc. is heard weekdays from 3:00-5:00 pm Central time at Issues, Etc. is also heard on AM 850 KFUO in St. Louis, MO and on AM 1380 KNGN in McCook, NE, and weekly on the regional Pilgrim Radio Network covering Wyoming, Nevada, and Northern California. Issues, Etc. is also available on-demand at and at iTunes.

In the last seven years, Issues, Etc. has heard from listeners in over 50 countries around the world.

In 2012, Issues, Etc. also launched a 24/7 Sacred Music radio station called “Lutheran Public Radio” that can he heard at  In 2013, Issues, Etc. added a 24/7 Best of Issues, Etc. station heard at

Wilken serves as assistant Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Millstadt, IL.

Wilken is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Wilken has written articles and essays for Modern Reformation magazine, Higher Things magazine, For the Life of the World magazine, The Lutheran Witness and Teachers’ Interaction. He is author of the booklet, Same-Sex Marriage: Facing the Question, and is a  contributor to Where Christ Is Present:  A Theology for All Seasons on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and The Faith Once Delivered: Meditations on the Apostles’ Creed. He is formerly co-editor of the journal Doctrine and Practice, and editor of the Issues, Etc. Journal. Wilken also hosts a weekly radio podcast “Crossroads with Terry Mattingly,” focusing on media coverage of religion, produced jointly by Issues, Etc. and  He has spoken at numerous Lutheran conferences and served as a guest instructor for Christ Academy at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN and for the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights in Strasbourg, France.

Visit our Google Calendar for the day’s agenda.

Redeemer Conference 2017

On Monday, January 16, 2017, members, guests, friends, and colleagues gather at Redeemer Lutheran Church for worship, theology, and comradery.

We had about 90 people last year.

We offer this event free of charge! 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 Ragin’ Cajun, John Maxwell.

This year, the Rev. Todd Wilken of the Lutheran radio show, Issues etc, will be our Session leader. He will speak on the topic: Reformation 500 years later.

Here is the schedule this year:
8:00 a.m. Matins
8:30 a.m. Coffee/gathering time
9:00 a.m. Divine Service
10:00 a.m. Coffee and Donuts
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 ($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, or working, come down for Vespers and Gemütlichkeit).

The 2017 Redeemer Conference

Join us for a day of theology, worship, and conversation. Rev. Todd Wilken from Issues etc. will present at this year’s conference. Join us on Monday, January 16th. You can find the itinerary on  January 16th on our google calendar here. More information to follow at a later date.

Web streaming and archiving back in business

We are streaming our daily Matins services here again. Please join us with your Brotherhood Prayer Books. The Order of Morning Prayer (what we call Matins) is found on page 38 of the BPB. We then turn to our 5 Psalms for the day in the middle of the book. After the Psalms, we turn to our daily propers (p. 349ff) that contain the Responsory to the reading, the Hymn, the Versicle, and the Benedictus. We pray Matins daily at 7:00 a.m. You can join us live, or you can pray it later, since it’s archived for 30 days.

Don’t have a Brotherhood Prayer Book and want one? Visit Emmanuel Press to purchase your copy.

2016 Redeemer Family Retreat Schedule

Join us for the Eighth Annual Family Retreat: August 2-4, 2016

a retreat to refresh, educate, and encourage Christian families
Tuesday August 2 – Thursday August 4, 2016 at Redeemer Lutheran Church (click for map) in Ft. Wayne.
Cost: $35/adults, $25/18-12, 2-11 $10, maximum cost per family: $140.

(Please feel free to bring snacks for your family to enjoy during the retreat, we know that everyone isn’t hungry at the same times and some people need to eat more frequently. There will be free coffee and pitchers of water throughout the retreat and bottled water and pop available inexpensively for purchase.)

Tuesday August 2 

          Check in begins at 10:00 a.m.

11:30 a.m.                          Choir

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.        Opening Communion Service

1:30 pm                              Welcome

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.                  Opening Plenary

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.                  Sectional 1

3:45 p.m.                             Choir

4:00 – 4:45 p.m.                  Vespers

4:45 – 5:15 p.m.                  Choir

4:45 – 5:30 p.m.                   Acolyte Training***

5:30 – 9:00 p.m.                  Supper, Get acquainted, Talent Show

9:00 p.m.                            Compline   


Wednesday August 3

8:15 a.m.                            Choir

8:30 a.m.                             Matins

9:30-10:15 a.m.                   Plenary 2

10:15 a.m.                           Choir

10:30 a.m.                           Communion Service

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.           Lunch (Provided)

1:00-1:45 p.m.                     Sectional 2

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.                   Plenary 3

3:00 – 3:45 p.m.                   Sectional 3

3:45 p.m.                            Choir

4:00 – 4:45 pm                     Vespers

4:45 –5:15 p.m.                    Choir

5:15 – 9:30 pm                     Dinner & English Country Dance

9:30 p.m.                             Compline   


Thursday August 4

8:45 a.m.                              Choir

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.                  Matins

10:00-10:15 a.m.                  Feedback

10:15 -11:00 a.m.                 Sectional 4

11:00 a.m.                            Choir

11:15 a.m.                            Communion Service


Click here for more details.

Ordination Sermon full of truth and comfort

This isn’t your typical ordination sermon. Pastor Petersen preaches the truth about growth in a congregation, evangelism, and the false expectations many times found in a congregation and a new pastor. This is comfort for the congregation and the pastor. “We preach Christ crucified, and though it is folly to the world to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks, and even to Americans—Christ and His cross are the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

Read it here.

God’s blessings to Pastor Burfiend as he begins preaching, teaching, and administering the sacraments at New Hope Lutheran Church in Ossian, IN. God’s blessings also to the people he has been called to serve; may they grow in their faith through his preaching and teaching.