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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

Dr. Korey Maas

Redeemer Conference 2020

On Monday, January 20, 2020, members, guests, friends, and colleagues gather at Redeemer Lutheran Church for worship, theology, and camaraderie.

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. And if you stay until Gemütlichkeit and Supper, then we ask that you give another free-will donation for supper.

This year, the Rev. Dr. Korey Maas will be our speaker. He will speak about the sufficiency and the clarity of Scripture.

Korey Maas is an associate professor of history at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan. He is an ordained LC-MS pastor. Prior to his arrival at Hillsdale he taught on the theology faculty at Concordia University Irvine and served as assistant pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Cambridge, England. He and his wife Kate reside in Hillsdale with their five children.

2020 Conference Schedule

Monday, January 20, 2020 at Redeemer Lutheran Church
9:00 a.m.Divine Service
10:00 a.m. Coffee and donuts (undercroft)
10:25 a.m.Conference welcome - Pastor Petersen
10:30-11:45 a.m.Session 1 (Dr. Korey Maas: The Sufficiency and the Clarity of Scripture)
11:45-noonQuestions for Speaker
12:00-1:30 p.m.Lunch ($5 per person)
1:30-2:45 p.m.Session 2 (Dr. Korey Maas: The Sufficiency and the Clarity of Scripture)
3:00-3:45 p.m.Explanation of Gregorian Chant (Dr. Mayes and Dr. Thompson)
4:00-4:45 p.m.Solemn Vespers
5:00-8:00 p.m.Gemütlichkeit and Taco Bar 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 or leave early, just come. (Even if you are committed to the other conferences happening that day, or working, join us for Vespers and Gemütlichkeit).

Redeemer Lutheran Church

202 W. Rudisill Blvd.

Fort Wayne, IN 46807

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.