March 2010 Volume 1 Number 2
Ministries of the people of Church of the Redeemer, Bryn Mawr, PA
FROM THE RECTOR
BY PETER VANDERVEEN
In his slim little book, Make Time for Paradise, the former President of Yale University and Commissioner of Baseball, Bart Giamatti, offered a few uncommon reflections on the game of baseball. There are, of course, many aspects of the sport that can immediately come to mind: the mechanics of throwing, fielding, and batting, the colorful rivalries between teams, the seemingly endless possibilities for analysis proffered by fans and experts alike, the push and pull
between agents and owners, memorabilia and official MLB merchandise, the allure of stadiums, and the celebrity of players. Giamatti, however, liked to look behind and beneath these obvious elements, highlighting things that reveal the heart of the game. He noted that he never ceased to love walking through the stadium gates. The vision of a pristine, green field emerging out of the shadows of steel and concrete always seemed so rich with promise. And he remarked often on the mythic experience of the action. Players begin their adventure at home base, with the hope that they will be able to engage a journey that takes continued on page A3
Sunday, March 28 Palm Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at all three services NO Church School or Adult Education
Mondayâ€”Wednesday, March 29-31 7:30am, Holy Eucharist, Church Chapel
Wednesday, March 31
12:15pm, Holy Eucharist, Church Chapel
Maundy Thursday, April 1
6:00pm, Pot-luck Supper, Parish House Culmination of Community Lenten Study Groups 7:30pm, Maundy Thursday Liturgy including Footwashing An All-Night Prayer Vigil will take place thoughout the night to the beginning of the Good Friday services.
Good Friday, April 2
Noon, The Good Friday Liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer The Church will remain open until 3:00pm for meditation and prayer
Holy Saturday, April 3
4:00pm Easter Vigil (for all ages)
Easter Sunday, April 4
7:45, Holy Eucharist, Rite I (spoken) 9:00, Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II Childrenâ€™s Chapel during this service Egg Hunt follows this service 11:15, Festive Holy Eucharist, Rite II NO Church School or Adult Education
Child care will be provided Thursday (beginning at 5:45pm), Friday, Saturday and Easter Day.
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On January 24 over 100 parents and children from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd enjoyed a delicious brunch, an opportunity to build friendships, and an array of craft projects. Thanks to our committee of Ginny Williams (chair), Kristin Cahn von Seelen, Soo Hee Lim, Rebecca Northington, Jessie Rae, and Alexis Stephan, a good time was had by all! You can view a gallery of photos from the Brunch on www.TheRedeemer.org in the Photo Galleries page.
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W ORSHIP ........................... A2 OUTREACH MISSIONS .............. A5 EDUCATION UPDATES .............. A2 NEW VESTRY MEMBERS ........... A6 S TEWARDSHIP ...................... A3 C ALENDAR ........................... A7 PRISON MINISTRY .................. A3 PREPARING
EASTER .......... A7
PARISH HOUSE PLANS ............ A4 ORGAN UPDATE .................... A8
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Sunday Mornings at 10:15am in the Parish House Assembly Room
LENTEN SERIES CONTINUES: DIMENSIONS OF PRAYER
7:45 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I 9:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 11:15 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II 1st Sunday Morning Prayer with Communion 9:00 pm Episcopal Campus Ministry Worship
MARCH 7 THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT Intergenerational service at 9am Peter Vanderveen, preacher Exodus 3:1-15, Psalm 63:1-8, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Luke 13:1-9 MUSIC Cherub Choir, Children’s Choir, & Redeemer Choir Psalm: 63:1-8 by T. Jackson Anthem: “Lacrymosa” (Requiem) by W. A. Mozart Motet: Sacerdotes Domini by W. Byrd
MARCH 14 THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT Andrew Butler, preacher Joshua 5:9-12, Psalm 32, 2 Corinthians 5:16-21, Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 MUSIC Schola Cantorum & Redeemer Choir Psalm: 32 by S.Wesley Anthem: Insane et vanae curae by J. F. Haydn Motet: “Blessed are the Men Who Fear Him” (Elijah) by F. Mendelssohn
March 7 The Quaker Prayer Tradition Presented by Eileen Flanagan
Eileen Flanagan left the Catholic Church on Ash Wednesday of her freshman year of college and eventually found her spiritual home in The Religious Society of Friends (also known as Quakers) where people seek divine guidance in silence and community. After graduating from Duke University, she spent two and a half years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching in Botswana (Southern Africa). After completing her MA atYale, she went to work for a non-profit organization that was advocating for a national health care system in the United States, a job that taught her much about the dynamics of influencing change. A few years of full-time activist work made Eileen realize the importance of spiritual grounding, so she became a resident student at Pendle Hill, where she began to write. She is the author of Listen with Your Heart: Seeking the Sacred in Romantic Love, numerous essays and articles, a Pendle Hill Pamphlet on parenting as a spiritual journey, and the blog Imperfect Serenity. Her new book on living the Serenity Prayer, The Wisdom to Know the Difference:When to Make a Change–and When to Let Go, was published by Tarcher/Penguin in September, 2009. She carries a minute of religious service from her Quaker congregation, Chestnut Hill Meeting, where she serves as Assistant Clerk.
March 14 The Call to Prayer in Islam by Imam Muhammad Abdur-Razzaq Miller
Imam Muhammad Abdur Razzaq Miller will help us to understand the role of prayer in the Islamic tradition. He is the Head Imam of the Mosque of Shaikh Muhammad Rahim Bawa Muhaiyaddeen in Philadelphia. He is a student and follower of Sufi tradition in Islam. He has served on the Philadelphia Commission on Human Rights, Interfaith Support Group, Economic Development Commission, Commission on Human Relations/Interagency Task Force on Civic Tension, Islamic Jewish Dialogue Group, and Jewish Council of Greater Philadelphia. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia. Imam Miller is a graduate of Dartmouth College.
MARCH 21 THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT Peter Vanderveen, preacher Isaiah 43:16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3:4b-14, John 12:1-8 MUSIC Children’s Choir & Redeemer Choir Psalm: 126 by C.V. Stanford Anthem: Hear My Prayer, O Lord by H. Purcell Motet: Remember, O Lord, Not Our Offenses by H. Purcell
MARCH 28 THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION-PALM SUNDAY
March 21 The Contemplative Prayer Tradition through the Life and Writing of Teresa of Avila Presented by Dr. Roseanne McDougall, SHCJ
Judith Sullivan, preacher Luke 19:28-40, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 31:9-16, Philippians 2:5-11, Luke 22:14-23:56 or Luke 23:1-49 MUSIC Schola Cantorum & Redeemer Choir Psalm: 31:9-16 by J. Barnby Anthem: Lift UpYour heads OYe Gates by J. Amner Motet: Benedictus qui venit by G. Palestrina
Dr. Roseanne McDougall, SHCJ, is Assistant Professor of Religion and member of the Graduate Faculty in Religion at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. She is a prolific contributor to scholarly journals and anthologies on Christian Spirituality. Among her chief interests are The Cloud of Unknowing, The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila, and Centering Prayer as developed by Thomas Keating. We explore the contemplative prayer tradition through an examination of the life and writing of Teresa of Avila, one of the greatest Christian mystics who was named by Pope Paul VI in 1970 as the first woman Doctor of the Church.
WEDNESDAYS 12:15 pm Holy Eucharist, Church Chapel
Exploring Together: God, Reality, Ourselves Tuesdays, March 9 and 23 7:00 pm in the Parish House Library
March 28 Sunday of the Passion-Palm Sunday No Adult Forum
March 9: The Doctrine of the Incarnation March 23 The Doctrine of Grace
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Tools for Living with Cancer 7:00 pm March 16: Sandra Mowry, author of
Nutrition Solutions—a healthy approach to food and nutrition, and a cancer survivor. Gloucester Room Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Facilitated by Barbara Foxman, a licensed social worker who is living with cancer, and Judith Sullivan, an Episcopal priest and a caregiver to a loved one living with cancer.
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Church of the Redeemer 230 Pennswood Road Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 610-525-2486 Fax 610-525-8547 MANAGING EDITOR: Ken Garner www.TheRedeemer.org CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE: Peter Vanderveen, Articles may be left in Ken’s mailbox in Barbara Billings, Judith Sullivan, Stephen Parish Office, faxed to 610-525-8547 or Billings, Kate Brown, Betsy Crowell, Bill e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Young, Andrew Butler, Michael Diorio, Jay All submissions are subject to editing. Einspanier, Ken Garner Deadline for next issue: March 8, 2010
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SPIRITUAL BOOK GROUP
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The Spiritual Book Group will meet on Monday, March 29, at 4pm in the Library of the Parish House. The March book choice is The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why by Phyllis Tickle. Tickle has written a provocative account of church history, observing that every 500 years the church has experienced major changes and realignments. She postulates that we are currently living in such an intense change right now and that a new form of Christianity is emerging. This is a fascinating read for all who are concerned with the future of the Church. Copies of The Great Emergence are available from Tish in the Parish House Office and through www.amazon.com.
CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER is pleased to announce that we are now offering online giving
using VISA/MasterCard and Electronic FundsTransfers For additional information, go to www.TheRedeemer.org and click on the button on the homepage or the Stewardship page. Sign-up for Online Giving is easy.
TO THESE PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE MADE A PLEDGE FOR 2010
Pledges received between January 13 & February 9 = New or Returned = Increase This list is not cumulative. It includes those pledges received each month since the previous listing. Mr. & Ms. Jeffrey Block Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence S. Block Mrs. Bryan Bostwick Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Bradley Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Bright Mr. & Mrs. Charles Burkhart Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Camerota Mr. & Mrs. Richard Carr Mrs. Jeanne Classen Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Comai Mrs. William Davison, III Mr. & Mrs. Gerard de Lisser Dr. Thomas Dodds Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Geyelin Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Gillespie Mr. & Mrs. James B. Haley, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. John S.C. Harvey, II Mrs. Peter Havens Charles Hillis & Sylvia Lee Mr. & Mrs. Stephen A. Jannetta Mr. & Mrs. Robert Joyce, II Ms. Barbara Kip Mr. & Mrs. William Kraft, III Mrs. Monique Leaman Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Lewicki Mr. & Mrs. Charles Marshall Mr. & Mrs. Norman McAvoy Mr. Norman McClave Mr. Edgar McCoy Mr. & Mrs. Walter B. McIlvain Mr. & Mrs. David B. McMullin, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Harry Miller Sarah Morris Mr. & Mrs. Edward J. Neithammer Rita Oliver Mrs. Joyce Petersen Mrs. William Scheetz Mrs. Patricia Schwab Mrs. Nancy Sellers Mr. & Mrs. David Senior Mr. & Mrs. Peter Unruh Mr. & Mrs. John Vander Zwaag Mrs. John Wanamaker Mr. Richard Weigel & Ms. Carol Chew Mr. Christopher Wright Alan & Patti Yates
Faith is living ad-venturam, towards-the future
Our Annual 2010 Pledge Campaign THANK YOU! As of February 9, these were the number of pledges and amounts: 413 TOTAL = $996,025.55 177 Increased = $499,490.99 24 New/Returned = $27,020.00 156 No Change = $284,029.00 55 Decreased = $185,485.56 If you have not already done so, please return your pledge card ASAP. Our Stewardship Committee is beginning follow-up phone calls.
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FROM THE RECTOR, continued from page the front page them far away (to other bases) yet who we are and how we will conduct returns them to home again. Baseball our ministries, the disorder would be continually replays Homer’s Odyssey. similar to baseball played without rules, Regardless of the closeness of the when an infielder could decide that contest, every run scored elicits the joy simply throwing the ball into the stands of completion and reunion: teammates constitutes an out, as much as getting gather in the dug out to congratulate the ball to first base. Nonetheless, these and embrace players that have matters don’t finally provide a vision successfully circumnavigated the field. that’s compelling for why we do them Giamatti contended that the game at all or for informing us, or others, what allows us the chance to experience is gained by the time and energy spent. deeply serious aspects of life within the The church is much in the public eye in comfort, fun, and excitement of a our time. Our wrangling is open to view. pastime, and this is what makes baseball And this hasn’t resulted in a vast influx priceless—even if very few people of interest, visitors, or members. It’s consciously recognize these dimensions. more difficult, and it demands more In the life of the church, it’s easy to do a creativity and personal vulnerability, to lot of things, be very active, and yet try to get behind and beneath these somehow miss a conscious experience things, in order to recognize and reveal of the heart of the matter. The richness the beauty of God that generates our of the Episcopal tradition offers us many passions and actions. Even harder, yet things to identify with and become proud more rewarding, is finding the reason advocates of: we debate and discuss high and the way to invite others in to the church and low church, the place of depth of religious faith. baptism in relation to Eucharist, how Bart Giamatti managed to do this for we perceive Scripture and reason, baseball, even as he was mired in some whether we’re progressive or of its ugliest public controversies. He conservative or orthodox or liberal, the still knew how to walk into a stadium authority of bishops, the place of music and show everyone how splendid a few within the liturgy, the kind of formation hours at the game could be. This is what we should provide for children and we need to learn for ourselves as the youth, the responsibilities of mission, church. Paradise is a term that carries the specific forms of our outreach, our too much baggage, but we’ll accomplish place as a Christian community within stunning things if we can simply show the public realm—and this is just a others how subtly glorious it is to make representational sampling. time for the sublime joy of life, missed There’s nothing simple about our faith. by so many. We’ll change much if even And all of these matters deserve our in entering the church we can show in attention. To play on the analogy, if we our very comportment that, for the next don’t have some general consensus on hour or two, nothing could be finer than this.
I WAS IN PRISON AND YOU... BY STEPHEN BILLINGS
Matthew 25:36: “I was in prison, and you...” How might one respond faithfully and practically to Jesus’ commission in the Gospel to serve people who are affected or involved in the criminal justice system in our time, 2010? Perhaps we know someone who is incarcerated, facing a court appearance or a grand jury, or at risk of criminal behavior. Or maybe we have a friend or a classmate who is skirting the law or simply faces the stigma of having a relative who has been convicted or is being investigated for questionable behavior or ethics. Many would keep their distance, feeling fear, self-righteousness or inadequacy to respond to such situations. Jesus did not qualify his commission to speak to those reactions or rationalizations, the all-toofamiliar excuses many of us would give to free us from his charge to fulfill that part of building the realm of God and promoting justice and mercy for God’s people in our time. One-on-one ministry with those behind bars is only one aspect of what might be listed as criminal justice ministry. The list is almost limitless, if one considers
the wide range of possibilities, working with: youth who are at risk (prevention); or relatives of men, women or youth who incarcerated; or those who have been paroled and are working on re-establishing themselves in a community and looking for housing or work; serving as a youth advocate, Big Brother or Sister; providing support for abused spouses and children (as in IHN occasionally, one never knows); educating and advocating through the Pennsylvania Prison Society to promote legislative reform; and so forth. Perhaps you are already invested in such a ministry, but did not identify your experience as related to Jesus’ commission. Or you have a yen or dream to do something but are not sure how to proceed. Prayer about such issues is a good first step. Beyond that you might want to talk to someone or join with others to discern what you and others might forge as a next step for this kind of effort on Jesus’ behest. It might well transform your life as well as someone else’s. Feel free to contact Andrew Butler or Stephen Billings.
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CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT FOCUS SHIFTS TO THE PARISH HOUSE PLANS INCLUDE IMPROVEMENTS FOR IHN GUESTS
PARISH HOUSE REFLECTIONS
BY BETSY CROWELL
BY KATE BROWN
So often, when we see things daily, or weekly, year after year, we don’t see them. For me this is certainly true of the Parish House. I have been walking in that dark staircase entrance since the age of four, and it has always seemed familiar to me. Mostly when I am in that building, I see the people. So I think of the Parish House as a beautiful building with everything it needs in place. Because whether I am there for a meeting, a gathering, or just to drop off papers, I feel the warmth and love of generations of clergy, Sunday School teachers, children and friends, helping each other through life’s struggles and celebrating life’s joys together. As such, I was surprised to hear that the Parish House was in such dire need of work. But once I looked around and heard some of the discussions about what is wrong with it, I realized the truth of it. It was hard for me when my beloved church changed, though I knew change was needed. I was confirmed there. I
was married there. My father’s funeral was there. Both of my sons were baptized there, in the church the way it used to look. And as much as I loved the Parish House, I felt it would be awkward to have services there. Until I attended one. First I noticed the altar guild working for the glory of God just as they would in the splendor of the church. Then I saw “The Old Rugged Cross” in front, and heard the first hymn start. The way the congregation’s voices sounded, combined with the rustic look of the cross and altar, brought me back to an image of frontier times, when the local school would serve as the church on Sundays. And I came to realize in that moment that the Parish House is not merely the warm place I thought it was; it is Holy Ground. And it is a part of a larger campus which includes the church and the grounds. And we, like the altar guild, need to help it to fit our current needs, both for the comfort of the people who come there, and to the Glory of God.
The upcoming renovations to the Parish House have wonderful implications for our IHN guests, and also for other guests to the parish house such as visiting church groups and choirs. Until now the main common hospitality areas for our guests have been in the Assembly Room and Kitchen. “Bedrooms” were in upstairs classrooms, or in the children’s chapel with makeshift divisions. These spaces did not provide privacy (community and parish groups float in and out), nor did the large assemblyroom space create a homey or secure feeling. Some of our guests were a bit frightened by the black windows and the lurking graveyard outside! The renovation plans for the Parish House create new spaces on the lower level that will be much more welcoming and private for guests. New classroom configurations, and a new Youth Lounge, will allow IHN guests to have a common room downstairs for gathering and playing. A new bathroom on the lower level corridor will provide a shower-room for guests. An increase in the number of classrooms
downstairs will allow individual bedrooms for each IHN family—we usually have a maximum of three families—and storage of IHN beds and linens and other materials will be close at hand. The first floor kitchen will continue to be the center for preparing and serving IHN meals. However a kitchenette is proposed in the lower level lounge so that folks do not have to come to the kitchen each time a drink is desired or a bottle needs to be warmed! We think that these lower level hospitality improvements will create a more private, relaxing, quiet and home-like atmosphere for our guest-families. We are grateful to parishioners, staff members and clergy, who gave their time and voice to the needs of IHN throughout the process of creating a campus Master Plan. We thank Christopher Miller of John Milner Architects who listened to the hospitality needs of IHN, and the needs of the entire parish, and refined those into an excellent plan for improvements to the Parish House.
2010 LENTEN SMALL GROUP HOSTS AND TIMES Location Lisa and Doug Raymond 605 Winsford Road, Bryn Mawr Redeemer Clergy Parish House Library Karen and John Wallingford 740 Mount Pleasant Road, Bryn Mawr Anne Barnett 700 Panmure Road, Haverford
Day/Time Mondays, 7:30 pm Tuesdays, 12:00 pm Tuesdays, 7:30 pm Wednesdays, 7:00 pm
Location Dr. Doug Raymond Parish House Library Tom Ramsey 104 Quail Lane, Radnor Josephine and Tom Rees 911 Black Rock Road, Gladwyne Maggie and Howard Baker 1200 Remington Road, Wynnewood
Day/Time Thursdays, 12:00 pm Thursdays, 2:00 pm Thursdays, 7:30 pm Fridays, 7:30 pm
The groups have begun, but you are welcome to join. If you are able to participate in one of Redeemer’s Lenten discussion groups, please select your top two locations and notify the Church of your intention as soon as possible in one of the following ways: 1. Email your response to Gillian at email@example.com; 2. Call Gillian at 610-525-2486, ext. 14; 3. FAX to 610-525-8547.
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NEWLY FORMED OUTREACH MISSION COMMITTEE
YOUTH FUNDRAISING DINNER MORE THAN A SUCCESS
BY BILL YOUNG
Since the founding of Redeemer, Outreach has been a core part of our purpose, as witnessed by the great work of the Outreach Grants Committee, our steadfast support of the library at West Philadelphia’s Blankenburg School, the annual community Christmas Basket and Gift program, our steadfast dedication to AIDS orphans in Malawi, our ongoing commitment as an Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) host church, and many other worthwhile programs. The Outreach Mission Committee aims to engage all Redeemer parishioners, from age four to over 100, in mission work that they will enjoy, and to help make all of us aware of how these, and many yet-to-be-discovered activities can be tremendously impactful and personally meaningful. Our objective is to instill a culture of outreach at all levels with all parishioners. This new group, the Outreach Mission Committee was created to serve and support the efforts of the Redeemer’s community outreach programs. Our goal is to ensure the success of existing programs as well as provide a launching pad for new endeavors in the service of God’s people. We do this by offering stewardship, leadership, and advice to the leaders and congregants that lead and support each program’s efforts. As you know, Redeemer’s mission is ‘to celebrate the love of God in Jesus Christ… supporting each other and our world through the generous and creative use of God’s gifts.’ The goal of the Outreach Mission Committee is to serve outreach at Redeemer in an effort to help bring this credo to life for each and every one of us. Please contact any member of the Outreach Mission Committee (listed below) if you have a new community outreach idea, your existing committee needs some help, or if you’d like to learn more about contributing your talents to one of Redeemer’s many outreach opportunities. Andrew Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org Betsy Crowell, Betcrowell@aol.com Gerard de Lisser, email@example.com David Hain, firstname.lastname@example.org Michael Maggio, email@example.com Peter Vanderveen, firstname.lastname@example.org Julie Williams, email@example.com Bill Young, firstname.lastname@example.org John Lisle - Chair, email@example.com
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Each month, the Outreach Mission Committee will publish a onepage newsletter featuring one of our hands-on outreach opportunities. The newsletter will be distributed in church on the first Sunday of each month, emailed to all on our email list and available on www.TheRedeemer.org.
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Thanks to everyone who attended the 22nd Annual Fundraising Dinner on February 5. After much anxiety about the impending snowstorm the evening was quite enjoyable and guests left the dinner to find their cars covered with a couple inches of snow. The weather outside didn’t hamper the fun. Over two dozen youth came to help serve, prepare, and clean up. Almost 60 guests sat down to an authentic Dominican meal of chicken stew and pork roast prepared by Rich Weigel. Carol Chew along with assistance from Ginger Woods used their creative vision to decorate. Special thanks also goes to Bill Susskind, YAR leader for his work in preparing the youth and to Michael Maggio for helping with the beverage station. Sean McCauley was an excellent auctioneer and helped to add to the evening’s earnings. As always, Susan Van Allen helped to pull us all together in the weeks leading up to the dinner and trained our youth to be excellent servers. If you were able to attend, we want to say thank you. Also, thanks goes to everyone who could not come but who made a contribution. Our youth are looking forward to their mission to the Dominican Republic this June and can’t do it without your support. If you are interested in contributing to the approximately $13,000 goal we need to raise, please contact Andrew Butler at 610-525-2486, ext. 16, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MEET THE NEW MEMBERS OF THE VESTRY tion family Christmas tradition of working with the homeless at St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia. He is a Vice Chairman of The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, serving as a member of the Executive, Finance and Silent Auction Committees. Michael is a graduate of The Episcopal Academy and holds a BS in Food Marketing from St. Joseph’s University. He works at PTM Sport, a full service embroidery, screen-print and promotional marketing firm in Drexel Hill.
ried to Andre (Andy) for 45 years and they have lived in Wynnewood for 42 years. Their son John is married to Amy and they have two sons Jack 7 and Charlie 5. Daughter Betsy is married to Mark Stein and they have daughter Hannah 2 and son Leo 2 months. Kitten joined Redeemer 30 plus years ago and her involvement has included: altar guild, IHN, Heart Fund, Parish Life Council, Food for Friends, Christmas Baskets and Worship Committee.
Joseph A. Dougherty
PARISH POLICY FOR WEATHER CLOSURES During the week, the Parish Office will be closed and all meetings canceled if the Lower Merion School District is closed (closing number 302). On weekends, please check the homepage of www.TheRedeemer.org for closure listings.
VESTRY MEETING MINUTES available on www.TheRedeemer.org MEMBERS ONLY section Username: member Password: pennswood Use all lower case. It’s case sensitive.
Joseph A. Dougherty is a partner at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, P.C. Joe is a commercial litigator who focuses his legal practice on post-employment related disputes, primarily involving the drafting, enforcement and defense of employment agreements, restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and the protection of competitively sensitive business information. Joe is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Temple University School of Law. Joe served on the Vestry from 2006 -2008 and has been active on numerous committees, including the Master Planning Committee and Project Management Team for the church renovation. Joe is married to Elizabeth Raymond Dougherty and he is the proud father of Jack (10) and Fitz (10) Dougherty. Joe and Elizabeth were married at the Redeemer and he has been a member since 1989.
Douglas Raymond, III Doug grew up attending Redeemer and returned to the Parish in the late 1990s along with his wife, Lisa, and their three children, Peter(age 23), Alex(20) and Louisa (17). After returning to Redeemer, Doug served one term on the Vestry, and in 2009 co-chaired the Rector Search Committee. Doug is a senior corporate partner at the law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia, where his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities matters and corporate governance, and where for the last ten years he chaired the Firm’s Corporate and Securities Group. Doug received his B.A. in Classics from Harvard College and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a trustee of the Children’s Aid society of Pennsylvania and currently serves on the board of the Atwater Kent Museum.
Michael Maggio Michael and his wife Margrit joined Church of Redeemer in 2000, after worshipping for eleven years at St. Marks in Philadelphia. They found it to be the right environment for Christian education for their twin boys, Mario & Michael both of whom are lectors and been active choir members for the past seven years. Michael has been active in the Redeemer Dads Group, serves as a Eucharistic Visitor, is trained as a Pastoral Care Giver and is a member of the Catherine (Kitten) Susanin Missions Outreach Committee. His personal outreach has kept a four genera- Catherine (Kitten) Susanin is a native of Wilkes-Barre, PA and has been mar-
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Martha Wintner More than thirty years have passed since Rector Tim Pickering bicycled to the Wintner home on the Haverford campus to welcome the family as new members of the Church of Redeemer.Teaching positions at Haverford College first brought husband Claude and Martha to this area in 1969, but she grew up in nearby Swarthmore and attended Trinity Church there through Sunday School, confirmation, and also Diocesan Youth Camp as a teenager. The Wintner’s involvement at The Redeemer initially focused on their children, Ed and Tom, who participated in choir, Sunday School, and were confirmed here. She soon joined the thenvery-new Adult Choir, from which she only recently retired, and has also served as a lector for many years, and Claude and she have enjoyed working for “Attic Treasures” at the Christmas Bazaar. Most recently, she has been a member and co-chair (with Kathy Hutchinson) of the Pastoral Care Committee, whose mission continues to engage her full participation. Joseph Dougherty was elected to fill a one-year term left vacant by a resignation. The others were elected to three-year terms. The new officers of the Vestry are: Douglas Raymond, III Rector’s Warden Darrell DeMoss Accounting Warden Susan Van Allen Secretary
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Rend your heart and not your garments
BY JUDITH SULLIVAN
Each year on Ash Wednesday, the heart wrenching reading from the prophet Joel appointed for that day exhorts us, “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” (Joel 2:13) The rending or opening of our hearts as we turn again to our loving God is a deeply personal and intentional act or series of actions. It involves creating a sacred season for ourselves as we look hard at our interior and exterior lives, identifying the disparity between who we really are and who God calls us to be. Like Jesus as he wandered for forty days in the desert, it involves the stripping away of the distractions and distortions in our lives that separate us from God and God’s loving influence. Following the example of the first Christians as they prepared for Easter, The Book of Common Prayer Ash Wednesday liturgy gives clear advice about practices for the observance of the sacred season. The hallmarks of a holy Lent include “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditation of God’s holy Word. And to make a right beginning of repentance…” (BCP, 265) Obviously, these spiritual practices are most helpful to us when we actually practice them. If we approach them as extreme, harsh, and ascetic exercises requiring Olympian discipline and hair shirts, we are likely to avoid them. They are less likely to become part of the ongoing fabric of our lives and we will have missed an opportunity to draw closer to God and to find restoration and peace for our souls at Lent or at any other time. Simple, intentional, repeated changes in our lives can increase our mindfulness of God’s presence. Here are a few suggestions for the observance of a Holy Lent as we move from the self-indulgence and self-absorption that so often characterize our lives: Make it a point to attend Church services regularly through Lent. Attend the daily Eucharist service during Holy Week. Attend Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. Experience Scripture. Join a Lenten study small group. [It’s not too late!] Attend Meet the Propers on Wednesday mornings at 11am in the Parish House. Find a psalm, a reading from Scripture [Sunday Lenten readings may be helpful.], or a hymn text that is meaningful to you. Pray with these words. Repeat them to yourself.
Attend the devotional workshop on The Great Litany on March 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parish House. Turn off electronic devices for an appointed period of time each day. Experience the silence and invite God’s presence. Say the Lord’s Prayer or another prayer that is important to you in quiet moments. Invite your family to pray with you. Take a walk and notice the beauty of the natural world. Invite God’s presence. Drop into the Church and experience its quiet beauty as you pray. At the end of each day, reflect on how you have experienced God’s presence within a 24 hour period. At the end of each day, give thanks to God for all the blessings of your life. Invite God’s healing and transforming love as you review the broken, hurt places in your body and soul. If you are involved in repeated, destructive behaviors that trouble you and which you need help and support to change, invite God’s healing presence and seek the counsel of a member of the clergy or another trained professional. Invite God to be present to your fatigue and discouragement. Pray for those whom you have hurt and for someone who has hurt you. Pray that you may be given the strength and grace to forgive as you are forgiven. Pray that you may be given the strength and grace to amend your behavior and to be an agent of God’s reconciliation. Pray for those who are suffering and alone in the world. Consider what you might do to ease their pain, even in the short term. Reach out to a neighbor or fellow parishioner. Consider becoming involved in ministries of the Diocese of Pennsylvania and the Church of the Redeemer, including Food for Friends, the Interfaith Hospitality Network, and the African Children’s Mission. Each day, read a small portion from a book of prayers or devotions such as A Season for the Spirit: Readings for the Days of Lent by Martin L. Smith and Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion by Frank T. Griswold. Remember that God’s mercies are new each day; each day presents an opportunity to begin again with prayer.
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March calendar Special events and dates are in bold-face.
See page A4 for Lenten Study Groups locations and times. SUNDAYS 8:30–12:30am, Child Care, Nursery, 2nd fl. Parish House 9:00–11:00am (except first Sunday of the month 10:15–11:00am) 3 years old thru grade K-Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,Parish House 2nd fl. Level I Atrium 10:15–11:00am Grades 1, 2, 3-Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Parish House 2nd fl. Level II Atrium Grade 4-Good Shepherd-4, Parish House Lower Level, Room 12 Grade 5-Good Shepherd-5, Parish House Lower Level, Room 2-3 Grade 6-Good Shepherd-6, Parish House Lower Level, Room 11 Grades 7 & 8-Rite 13, Parish House Lower Level, Room 6 Grades 9 & 10-J2A, Parish House Lower Level, Room 5 Grades 11& 12,YAR, The Cottage Adult Forums, Assembly Room 8:00pm, Episcopal Campus Ministry fellowship, Parish House
MONDAYS 3/8–7:00pm, Diocesan Commission on Ministry, The Cottage 3/22–9:00am, Junior League Garden Club, Parish House 7:15pm, Naranon, Rooms 206 & 207 8:00pm, Narcotics Anonymous, Lower Level Room 1-2-3
TUESDAYS 3/2–6:30pm, Vestry Meeting, Shortridge Room 3/9 & 23–7:30pm, Exploring Together, Library 3/16–6:00pm, The Weeders Garden Club, Parish House 7:00am, Gathering of Men, Library 9:00am, Painting with Friends, Lower Level Room 1-2-3 10:00am-2:00pm, hours at The Shop 3:00pm, Liturgy Planning, Shortridge Room 4:00pm, Centering Prayer, Associate Rector’s Office 5:00pm, Cherub Choir, Choir Room 6:30pm, Children’s Choir, Choir Room 8:00pm, St. Augustine Group, Lower Level Room 206
WEDNESDAYS 3/3 & 17–1:00pm, Food for Friends, Kitchen 3/3 & 17 & 31–Greek Class, Library 11:00am, Meet the Propers, Conference Room Retirement Community Visitation 1st Beaumont, 2nd Dunwoody, 3rd Quadrangle, 4th Waverly 1:00pm, Staff Meeting, Shortridge Room 6:15pm, Children’s Choir, Choir Room 7:30pm, Redeemer Choir, Choir Room 8:30pm, Narcotics Anonymous, Lower Level Room 1-2-3
THURSDAYS 3/18–9:00am, Pastoral Care Committee, Library 3/25–9:00am-8:00pm, Maternity Care Coalition Mailing Committees 9:30am, Yoga, Assembly Room 10:00am-2:00pm, hours at The Shop 12:00pm, Men’s Brown Bag Bible Study, Conference Room 7:00pm, Schola Cantorum, Choir Room 8:00pm, St. Augustine Group, Room 5 8:30pm, Alcoholics Anonymous,Lower Level, Room 1-2-3
SATURDAYS 3/6-14–University of Connecticut work team staying in the Parish House 3/20 9:30am–Praying and Studying The Great Litany, Assembly Room 1:00pm–Girl Scouts, Assembly Room
Up-to-date calendars can be accessed on our website at www.TheRedeemer.org/parishcalendar.htm. Individual calendars for youth activities, music activities and all other parish events and worship are accessible through links there.
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MORE CHURCH PHOTOS
Check out the new photo gallery page on www.TheRedeemer.org for more church photos and galleries from recent parish events.
BY BARBARA BILLINGS
Jeanne Holeman, lead teacher for the fifth graders in our Good Shepherd class, looks at the 27-foot-long time line representing the Plan of God from 12,000 B.C. to the present day. Each week our Good Shepherd teachers have been unrolling sections of the time line as the class considers the intermingling of the Israelite culture with the Sumerians, the Assyrians, the Romans, the Greeks, etc., most of whom rose to their point of highest splendor when they were fully creative and inventive and then declined. The children also are becoming aware of the invisible horizontal bridges that unite us throughout the cultures. Today when we eat cereal, we are grateful to those who first discovered how to plant seeds and become an agricultural economy, and we are linked to the bread at the Eucharist. We also see the invisible vertical bridge that Jesus, by his death and resurrection, created to God; this event altered history forever. Near the end of the time line is the blank page, the part of history that each of us is helping to create. Finally, we reach the symbol of Parousia, the globe with a large cross overlay, which represents the time when God will be all in all. This time line helps our children discover that all of creation is part of God’s plan, and there are not two plans but one. It offers opportunities to talk about God’s people and their interactions with other cultures at different stages along the time line as well as the gifts that have transformed civilizations and been passed on from generation to generation. We want our children to recognize that they, too, can take their place in this great history and further God’s plan.
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PIPE ORGAN UPDATE BY MICHAEL DIORIO
For the past several weeks the installation crew from the PettyMadden Organ Company has been making our church their second home as they steadily and tirelessly work through the steps to reinstall our pipe organ.The parking lot, as you might have noticed, has been occupied by two fortyfoot long trailers packed to the gills with thousands of pipes, toe boards, bellows, swell-box shudders, and all manner of pipe organ components not the least of which is the large console, which was brought into the chancel during the first week of February. The workers walk from the trailers to the church with pipes in hand ranging from a few inches to some over sixteen-feet long. For those pesky commutes to and fro the trailer, a small van is often used to transport certain organ parts to the church. And even though a few challenges posed by the decreased space in the south tower have arisen, PettyMadden seems to be ahead of schedule. If you look closely to the right and left of the chancel, you will notice the space in the organ chamber has become completely filled with pipes. Those pipes in the Antiphonal division of the organ (those that reside at the west end of the church) are being replaced by pipes of broader scale and warmer support for congregational singing.They are being made just for us by a pipe builder right here in America. These will be the last pipes to arrive, as their manufacturing takes some time. Their arrival date will be sometime in the late spring to mid-summer. For those wondering ‘when will the whole project be done?’ I have some preliminary answers: 1. The front organ will be playable by mid-March.This means it will be able to be played but will not have been voiced at that point. 2. Re-voicing (or tonal refinishing) will take the longest amount of time to
complete due to the extreme decibel forces placed upon the ears of those involved in this particular step. This is a difficult but necessary step as it will change, for the better, how the organ speaks and sounds in the room. 3. The outdated electronic voices added in the 1990‘s to supplement the portions of the organ that were destroyed by a flood will be replaced by new components crafted by the Walker Technical Company, from which we have enjoyed our rental instrument for the past few months. 4. The entire project; installation, replacement of the Antiphonal division, digital upgrades, and tonal finishing, will be completed by August. Even though August is the deadline for completion, Bynum Petty has informed me that their work could be completed sooner than the contractual deadline of August. However, this process is not unlike putting together a puzzle with around eight thousand pieces; some in fine condition and some needing replacement. This is why we scheduled the installation project with a window of five to seventh months. I am very pleased and grateful for the dedication, fastidiousness, and professionalism with which the crew from Petty-Madden Organ Company has worked on this important project and I have every confidence that it will be seen through with the best results that can be produced for our instrument. I would like to express my gratitude to this congregation for their patience, understanding, and for their interest as this process continues. If at any time you have any questions, comments or concerns about the organ project, please don’t hesitate to contact me by calling 610-525-2486, ext.22 or by email at email@example.com.