CTR WEEKLY NEWS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CTR HAPPENINGS

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NEWSLETTER: Check the church website to read the online newsletter.
 
CONSTRUCTION INFORMATION FOR EVENTS: Now that construction has begun, church activities are confined to Sundays only with limited room access. If you or your group wish to use the church facilities, please fill out the forms that are located in the narthex or contact Floyd Lemons. Floyd will confirm the date and location and get back to you with that confirmation.
 
CTR WELCOMES NEW STAFF MEMBER: Our new business administrator is Deva Beebe. She will be in the office Monday-Friday 9:30-3:30. Deva has 13 years of church finance and administration experience. She holds a Business Administration degree from Langston-Tulsa and a master’s degree in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. She provides administrative support to church staff and assists in managing the finances of the office and the congregation.
 
RETIREMENT has finally come for Connie Phillips. She and Ron will be moving to Iowa in February. Please email Deva with any assistance you may need from the church office.
 

STEWARDSHIP

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: We had an excellent response during our Consecration Sunday on October 4, 2020. We appreciate all the pledges received that day as well as those that have been mailed to church. We need your help to bring our campaign, “God loves a cheerful giver,” to a successful conclusion. Please return your pledge to the church office, 2550 E. 71st St., Tulsa, OK 74136, Attention: Stewardship or drop it in the collection basket in the narthex. Blessings, Stewardship Lay Ministry Members: Debby Brauer, Nancy Kirby, Kathi Lohse, Sandy Moeller, Connie Thomas, Suzanne Watt, Rosalie Weber and Beverly Woodard
 
GIVING: As we continue to do ministry, even in the time of being physically apart, your faithful giving is a blessing to Christ the Redeemer and your community. We thank you in advance for continuing to keep the ministry moving forward at Christ the Redeemer.
Here are some options for sending in your tithes and offerings to CTR:
1. Online: You can visit www.ctrtulsa.org/on-line-giving to sign up through Vanco for one-time or ongoing offerings or donations. This allows you to set up weekly, bi-weekly or monthly giving.
2. Smartphone: You can contribute through GivePlus Church, our mobile giving app. Go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “GivePlus church” to download it for free.
3. Vanco Client Services: You can call 1-800-675-7430 to give your offering for Christ The Redeemer by phone.
4. Mail: You can mail your offering in your offering envelope to the church office: 2550 E. 71st St., Tulsa, OK 74136.
 
Questions about E-giving? Email Deva Beebe at dbeebe@ctrtulsa.org for more information.
 

OUTREACH

SOUTH TULSA COMMUNITY HOUSE: Here’s a new “Top 10” needs list from STCH. You may put donations in the shopping basket in the South Hallway or donate money marked for STCH. We pick up on Wednesday and deliver on Thursdays. Thank you!
32 oz laundry detergent (for seniors in February)- 11 oz coffee or bricks (for veterans) – Family Size bar soaps – Family size hair shampoo/conditioner – 2 pack razors – Adult diapers size medium and large – Baby wipes – Hamburger helper – Brownie mixes – Disinfectant cleaners such as 409 or Clorox
 
COLLECTION CENTER: Please remember to collect food and household supplies for South Tulsa Community House; various coupons for the military; eye glasses for MOST Ministries. All these items can be dropped off at the collection center at the south entrance.
 

MUSIC

CTR HANDBELL ENSEMBLE Agape Ringers, CTR’s intergenerational handbell ensemble practices following the 10:45 service. This ensemble is open to anyone of middle school age or older. We will rehearse in small, socially-distanced groups and will require masks throughout the duration of each rehearsal. No prior ringing experience is necessary. We will teach you what you need to know! If you are interested in participating please speak to Jacob, or email him at jacob.drengler@ctrtulsa.org.
 

CTR SANCTUARY CHOIR is holding rehearsals online via Zoom. This choir is open to any singer of high school age or older. If you are interested in participating and would like information on how to access our Zoom rehearsals, please speak to Jacob or email him at jacob.drengler@ctrtulsa.org. New singers are welcome at any time!

 

YOUTH

Junior High School Students! Join other Tulsa area LCMS youth at Immanuel-BA on Wednesday, April 21 from 5-8:30 PM! Come early from 5-6 to enjoy air hockey, pool, rumble ball pit, 9 square in the air and more! Starting at 6 we’ll have dinner, devotions, games and more sponsored by Camp Lutherhoma. Campfire with Red Sky and Tahle! Sign up with DCE Suzanne by 4/19.
High School Students! Join other Tulsa area LCMS youth at Immanuel-BA on Wednesday, April 28 from 5-8:30 PM! Friends invited & prizes!!
Come early from 5-6 to enjoy air hockey, pool, rumble ball pit, 9 square in the air and more! Starting at 6 we’ll have dinner, devotions, games and more sponsored by Concordia University- Nebraska! Lori Johnson, an admissions rep, will also be there with info if you want to know more about CUNE. Sign up with DCE Suzanne by 4/26.
 
 

EDUCATION

WIDOWS & WIDOWERS BIBLE STUDY is held in the library at 10 AM on Wednesdays with Pastor Burmeister.
 
LADIES BIBLE STUDY is held at the home of Patti Ross on Friday’s. They are currently studying the book Chosen. Please contact Patti for details.
 

OTHER EVENTS

CONSTRUCTION PHOTOS can be accessed through the BUILDING page of this website and through the Construction album on the CTR Facebook page.
 

A Note from the Music Department

In my opinion, after the Bible the Lutheran hymnals, currently Lutheran Service Book, with its hymns, liturgies, canticles, the small catechism on page 321, psalms, and prayers on the very first page as well as pages 305 to 318, can be one of the most meaningful collections of spiritual resources for the lay person to use on a daily basis.
 
Recently, our pastor urged us to remember our own baptism when we awaken each morning by making the sign of the cross over our heart as was done at our own baptism and saying the invocation, “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” This is nothing new, as Luther encourages us in the small catechism, see page 327 in Lutheran Service Book, to begin each day this way. What a great way to get going in the morning!
 
There is a section in our hymnal named “baptismal life” and it begins with hymn 594 which is immediately after the “baptism” section. The first hymn in the “baptismal life” section is “God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It”. This is a fairly new hymn to us and it has fast become a favorite one. Some of us learned it or heard it from the hymnal supplement 98, copyrighted in 1998 by Concordia Publish House. The text was written by Erdmann Newmeister who lived 1671- 1756. It was translated by Robert E. Voelker who was born in 1957. The tune was composed by Johann Caspar Bachofen who lived 1697-1755 and the musical setting is by Joseph Herl who was born in 1959. The tune name is “Bachofen” for the man who wrote the tune. Reviewing this bit of information, we see that Newmeister and Bachofen lived at the same time and Voelker and Herl lived at the same time. I can only imagine the excitement of these four men who lived in different centuries as they poured over the words, tune, translation and musical setting of this beloved hymn. Again in my opinion, the words of this hymn speak to us and for us in our lives AND also as a witness to the persons attending a funeral or memorial service of a Christian who died in the faith. Recently,
 
I asked a group of school children if they had a favorite hymn and what it was if they had one. No one had one and they seemed to agree that they didn’t know the hymns. So, may I suggest to parents and grandparents, etc. that you offer to mentor the younger ones in the beauty of the hymns. The children did know how to read the words from verse to verse and seem eager to learn about the hymns. For your information, the list of Children’s Songs in our hymnal is on page 1011.
 
The footnote in hymnal supplement 98 states the following about this hymn: “Both the joy of living as baptized sons and daughters in Christ and the daily significance of remembering our Baptism are portrayed in this hymn. The tune also reflects the exuberant joy of all who are baptized into Christ Jesus.” What a wonderful, valuable resource to share with your family.
 
Norma Muller