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The 12 Days of Christmas Service Schedule

Redeemer Fort Wayne offers the Divine Service every day in Christmastide. Please view our schedule and join us when you can.

The Twelve Days of Christmas 2018

Services at Redeemer Lutheran Church Fort Wayne, from Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2018 to Epiphany, Jan. 6, 2019
Christmas DayTuesday25 December10:30 amDivine Service
St. Stephen, MartyrWednesday 26 December 10:30 amDivine Service
St. John, ApostleThursday27 December7:00 pmDivine Service
The Holy InnocentsFriday28 December10:30 amDivine Service
5th Day of ChristmasSaturday29 December10:30 amDivine Service
The First Sunday after ChristmasSunday30 December 8:00 am
10:30 am
Divine Service
Name and Circumcision of JesusMonday31 December7:00 pmDivine Service
Name and Circumcision of JesusTuesday1 January10:30 amDivine Service
9th Day of ChristmasWednesday2 January10:30 amDivine Service
10th Day of ChristmasThursday3 January7:00 pmDivine Service
11th Day of ChristmasFriday4 January10:30 amDivine Service
12th Day of ChristmasSaturday5 January10:30 amDivine Service
Feast of the EpiphanySunday6 January8:00 am
10:30 am
Divine Service

Christmas Eve Service


Redeemer Newsletter – March 2018

The final Lenten supper this year, on March 22, will be an opportunity to support the Concordia Theological Seminary’s Food and Clothing Co-op. Personal care items and over-the-counter medications are always needed. You can also feel free to bring food or clothing in good repair that you would like to donate. Bring your items and join us for soup and salad before the service. There is a box for the items in the coat room off the narthex. Funds for the dinner are being provided by a Thrivent grant.

Ladies, it’s time to start thinking about Easter hats! The hat library is available in the meeting room. Just write down a brief description of the hat and your name. In addition, if you don’t see something in the meeting room, Jane has a number of hats that she would be willing to lend.

There will be a Hymn Sing on Sunday, April 8, at 3:00 p.m. It will follow the same general format as the last one. We will be singing some Easter favorites. It will be followed by refreshments, thanks to a grant from Thrivent.

Parents of youth ages 12 to 18:  We are planning a trip for the Youth to Bowling Green, Kentucky.  The retreat is planned for this summer, Monday, June 11th through Friday June 14th.  Please contact Matthew Garnett ( as soon as possible for further details.

There will be a rummage sale on April 27-28. The proceeds will be split between the Ladies Aid and the stained glass window repairs. Items that you wish to donate for the rummage sale can be taken to the storage room. If you need help or directions, just ask!

Attached to this newsletter is a form for ordering Scrip. The Ladies Aid will use the proceeds for their missions activities which include supporting the Ritzman family and mailing their newsletter several times a year and supporting a number of local organizations. These forms will be due the first Sunday of every month. (For April that is EASTER.) Attach a check to the form with “Scrip” in the memo line. If you have any questions, talk to Karen Koons. If you would like to purchase scrip but prefer not to write checks, email Jane at, and we can work out a way for you to pay electronically.

We are about to begin the next round of repairs to the stained glass. Donations have continued to come in, and, in addition, Effie Sheron has had more of the old stained glass that was in the attic framed and made suitable for hanging. These pieces are beautiful! Those that are finished and not yet sold can be seen in the office, and are available for purchase. These are going quickly.

Join us to play darts the third Saturday  of each month in the undercroft. Adults and teens are welcome. If you don’t really want to play, but would like to come and socialize, that’s fine, too!  Talk to Pastor Petersen for more information, or look for “Redeemer Darts” on Facebook.

The spring voters meeting will be Sunday, April 29th.  This will be the budget meeting.




Preview of The Redeemer Conference, January 15

Here’s a quick preview of our Conference on January 15, 2018, on the Monday of the Fort Wayne Symposia. You don’t need to RSVP, but if you want to drop us an email that you’re coming, it’d be nice to hear from you over the holidays.  You’re welcome to attend some or all of the day’s activities.

We look forward to having Rev. Heath Curtis as our plenary speaker this year.

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 – Rev. Heath Curtis — LCMS Demographics and how they affect our                                    churches
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 – Rev. Heath Curtis — What Luther got wrong with the Reformation
2:30-3:30 p.m. Session 3 – Rev. Heath Curtis — What Luther got wrong with the Reformation
3:30-3:45 p.m. Explanation of Gregorian Chant
4:00-4:45 p.m. Gregorian Vespers
5:00-8:00 p.m. Gemütlichkeit and Taco Bar in Undercroft (free will offering)

Christmas Services at Redeemer, 2017

  • Final 2017 Advent Supper – Thursday 5:30 – 6:30pm
  • Advent Service – Thursday 7pm
  • Church Decorating Party for Christmas – Thursday, 8pm
  • Fourth Sunday in Advent – Sunday, 8:00 and 10:30am
  • Choral Christmas Eve Vespers and Divine Service – Sunday, 7pm
  • Christmas Day Service – Monday, 10:30am
  • Christmas Day Dinner – Monday, 3pm (Meats provided – Please bring side dishes!)
  • Christmas Divine Services – daily at 10:30, except for Thursdays, 7:00 pm only (Dec. 28 and Jan. 4)
  • New Year’s Eve Service – 7pm
  • New Year’s Day Service – 10:30am

12 Days of Christmas: Correction for January 4th

There is one correction to the previous post with the Christmas service schedule: Redeemer’s Thursday services during Christmas will be in the evening only. So, on Thursday December 28, and also on Thursday, January 4, the only service time is 7:00 p.m.

Click here to view the corrected news article with all of the Christmas service times. We apologize for any confusion. 

If you are not able to attend all of our services in person but would like to view them in real time or later on, visit our YouTube channel
where you can watch past services and subscribe for notifications whenever new services go online.

Visit our YouTube channel

If you have not yet subscribed to Redeemer Fort Wayne on YouTube, we encourage you to visit our channel to take full advantage of everything we are now offering. Every service is not only recorded and uploaded but streamed live, and when you subscribe to the channel, you will get instant notifications when the service begins so that you can either join in real time, or watch later.

We would appreciate if you would help boost our YouTube outreach by liking, commenting, and sharing the videos that we upload. The more engagement we have on our social media, the more visible our videos will be to the general public. If you haven’t already done so, you can also like and follow Redeemer Fort Wayne on Facebook, and again, like, comment and share our posts to help boost our presence online and reach as many people as we can.

A Few Notables For Advent This Week At Redeemer

  • Thursday night Advent services begin this Thursday, December 7th at 7pm.
  • Advent supper also beings this Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 preceding the 7pm service.  Please volunteer to bring dishes and to help with the supper by signing up on the bulletin board.
  • Daily Communion Services are at 8:30am weekdays and 10:30 on Saturdays.
  • The City of Churches Tour is this Friday, December 8th from 6 to 10pm.  We need volunteers to donate cookies, greet our guests, show them around the church, and help clean up.  Sign-ups are on the bulletin board.
  • Ladies Aid Advent Tea is this Saturday, December 9th at 10:30am.  All women and girls of the congregation are invited to attend.  Please contact Jane at or 260-602-4942 to RSVP and for details.

Redeemer News Letter – November 2017

Download and/or Print Your Copy Here:  Redeemer News November 2017

Redeemer News

November 2017

  • A call was extended to Rev. Peter Burfeind to serve as pastor at Redeemer-Homer. He has accepted the call.
  • Matins is every weekday morning at 8:30. The children from the school attend and it is a wonderful way to start the morning!
  • The second annual City of Churches Tour is taking place on Friday night, December 8th and Redeemer is participating again. It will run from 6 to 10pm.  We need volunteers to donate cookies, greet our guests, show them around the church, and help clean up.  We welcome help for an hour or the whole time.  Sign up on the sheets on the bulletin board or e email Karen Koons at  .
  • Ladies Aid Advent Tea Saturday, December 9th. All the women and girls of the congregation are invited.  We will begin with the Holy Communion Service at 10:30 and then gather in the undercroft for festive beverages and lunch.  Last year we had a cookie exchange for the first time and it went so well that we are going to do it again.  Please RSVP to Jane,, or call 260-602-4924.
  • Advent & Christmas Schedule

o   Advent at Redeemer includes daily communion, replacing the normal Matins services on weekdays at 8:30am and on Saturdays at 10:30am.  In addition to that, the Holy Communion is still offered at every Sunday service at 8:00 and 10:30am, midweek on Wednesdays at 10:30am, and Thursdays at 7:00pm.  The Thursday evening services will feature guest preachers and be preceded by a supper from 5:30 to 6:30pm.  Our guest preachers and topics are as follows:

  • Seminarian Evan Scamman will preach on St. Ambrose Thursday December 7th
  • Seminarian Mark Kranz will preach on St. Lucy Thursday December 14th
  • Reverend Benjamin Pollock will preach on St. Thomas Thursday December 21st
  • Church Christmas Decorating Thursday December 21st after service
  • Fourth Sunday in Advent is December 24th

o   The Coral Christmas Eve Vespers and Divine Service will be at 7:00pm.  The service will feature guest organist, Dr. John Gouwens of Culver Academy, the Redeemer Consort, and both Redeemer’s adult and children’s choirs.

o   Sunday School Christmas Pageant will be Sunday, December 17th

o   Christmas Day service will be at 10:30am.  Daily communion will continue the week following Christmas.

o   New Year’s Eve Service at 7:00pm

o   New Year’s Day Service at 10:30am

o   Christmas Dinner is at 3:00pm with appetizers with dinner at 4:00.  We will provide the turkey, but the rest depends on you!  Please also bring whatever beverages you’d like beyond coffee or water and table service for your family.  Beer will be available for a suggested donation.

  • Ladies Aid is continuing to raise money for missions in a variety of ways. In addition to the Kroger Community Rewards, we are going to have a variety of scrip available to order each month.  Watch for more information.  There will be a rummage sale again this spring, so don’t throw anything away!
  • Thank you to everyone who supported the Ritzmans through the Ladies Aid fundraiser and through other gifts. They will be returning to Papua New Guinea in December and would appreciate your prayers.
  • New address for Pastor Evenson: Bridgewater Heathcare Center, 14751 Carey Road, Carmel, IN 46033
  • Pastor Petersen’s Bible Class on Sunday mornings meets in the undercroft. Everyone is welcome.  Pastor Frese leads a Sunday morning adult bible class in the Luther Room.  This study’s focus is the “Sunday School” bible stories you learned as a child, covering the major events and characters that are leading to God’s fulfilled promise of a Savior.  This discussion format environment allows us to explore the basic biblical doctrine in these accounts along with basic Lutheran doctrine drawn from them.  Questions and comments from participants are welcomed.  Involvement by participants is fluid between Pastor Frese’s can Pastor Petersen’s classes.  Feel free to jump back and forth as you want.
  • Redeemer Classical School is off to a rousing start! The pastors and Jane are enjoying having the kids in the building.  While there is still work to be done on the third floor and the courtyard, much has been done and looks good.  They invite anyone who would like to join them on their Friday afternoon nature walks to do so at
  • Keep an eye on the website. Emily Thompson and Matthew Garnett are both helping with various aspects of it and we’re adding more features.  You can now access the church photo directory in a password protected part of the site.  Please contact Jane for that information.
  • Join us to play darts the third Saturday of the month in the undercroft. Adults and teens are welcome.  If you don’t want to play but would like to come and socialize, that’s fine too!  Talk to Pastor Petersen for more information or look for “Redeemer Darts” on Facebook.