Important! Service information for March 19-22

The governor’s press conference at 1:00 today didn’t change the guidelines. They are simply saying to follow the CDC guidelines. Those guidelines say gatherings no bigger than 10. We think that we can accommodate all those who are healthy and without symptoms who desire the Sacrament by limiting our attendance to 10 and asking families to stay at least 6 feet away from each other even at the communion rail. We also have all of our cleanliness protocols in place as we have already been practicing for the past two weeks. To accomplish this we would like you choose a single service between Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday and to sign up for it on-line at this link:

Right now, we have scheduled 12 services for this weekend but can add more. We will have four services tonight (Thursday), two services at 6:00 and two services at 7:00. The services at 6:00 will be spoken services. One will be in the Church and the other in the Chapel. At 7:00 there will be a service in the church with organ and a spoken service in the Luther room. The 7:00 pm Service in the Church will be livestreamed. 

On Saturday we will have a service in the church with organ at 10:30 (which will be livestreamed) and a spoken service in the Luther room. 

There will be no Bible class or Sunday School on Sunday. We will have spoken services in the Church and Chapel at 8:00 and again at 9:15. At 10:30 we will have a service with organ livestreamed from the Church and a spoken service in the Luther room. 

All those services are on the website. If they all fill up or there are no openings in the only time that you can come, please e-mail We have other celebrants and preachers and space and can add more if we need to.

This won’t be ideal but it will be Word and Sacrament. The procedures suggested by the CDC are no child’s play. This disease can kill. We all need to take it seriously. At the same time, our spiritual health is also serious and those who can receive it in good conscience and without endangering themselves or others are encouraged to do so.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Petersen 

Matins 3/16-3/20/2020

If you are joining us via streaming for Matins this week, here are a couple of things that might be helpful to you.

We are doing the Responsory for Lent. This is on p. 222 in the Lutheran Service Book. The memory work we are doing is the Third Petition of The Lord’s Prayer and Hebrews 11:1.

We will also be chanting the Litany, which can be found in LSB on page 288.

Matins is Monday through Friday at 8:30.

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. 

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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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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.