Pulse Newsletter – AUGUST 2017

We bid welcome to our new Director of Christian Education (DCE) Josh Eckstein and his wife Kara.  They are both recent graduates this past May from Concordia University – St. Paul.  Josh received his DCE Certification and Kara her degree in Christian outreach with an international flavor.  Both Josh and Kara are the children of Missouri Synod pastors.

They moved to Augusta on July 19th and Josh will begin his duties as our DCE on August 1st.  Josh’s focus to begin with will be with assisting our Sunday morning education program and the ORLC youth group. 

Josh will be formally commissioned and installed during the 11am service on Sunday, August 6th.  The Board of Fellowship will provide a lunch following the service featuring pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw, drinks and dessert.

Congratulatory greeting cards and gift cards to local restaurants and businesses would be a great appreciation and welcome to them.  



1.     Monday Evening Bible Study on Augsburg Confession (7/10 – 10/2 from 6:30pm – 7:45pm)

2.     95 Days through the New Testament Bible Reading Program

3.     Special Inserts in weekly worship about the Reformation

4.     Reformation Focus during services in October

5.     Specially designed ORLC Reformation 500 T-Shirt Sold



1.     New Organ Dedicatory Program at 4pm (9/17)

2.     Church outing to park for worship/lunch/games (9/24)

3.     80th Anniversary Special Offering

4.     District Flood Bucket Challenge (July – October)

5.     New Pictorial Directory Published

a.     Photographers (digital cameras) from Membership

b.     Month of August photos taken

c.     Distribution in October of finished directory

NEW ORGAN - Thanks to the generosity of the Lord's people at Our Redeemer and to the efforts of the selection and implementation teams, our new organ has been received, installed, and placed into His service. May this beautiful instrument enable us all to worship Him with greater inspiration and joy.


VAN GOGH AND VINO is a fun and social art studio where you can show your creative side! Our canvas painting parties guide both kids and adults step-by-step to create their very own masterpiece! On August 25 at 7:00pm bring your inner artist and we will take care of the rest, no supplies or experience needed! The cost is $35 per person and please contact Tracy Greenwood at 706-799-3055 by August 13 to reserve your spot.


ALTAR GUILD – We are in need of folks to help with our Altar Care.  If you would like to serve in this area please see Bernice Priest or Linda Lack.  We sincerely appreciate your consideration.


CHOIRS RESUME IN SEPTEMBER - The Service, Handbell, and Children's Choirs will resume weekly rehearsals on Wednesday evening, September 6. All are in need of additional members. Now is a good time to consider joining us as we prepare for celebrations of our 80th anniversary as a church and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.


FLOOD BUCKETS When a flood strikes, lives are turned upside down. Responding to hurting people is a vital part of who we are as members of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod   (LCMS). The Florida/Georgia District, in a cooperative and coordinated effort with the LCMS Disaster Response ministry, is launching ourthird Flood Bucket Challenge. Every LCMS Congregation in the FloridaGeorgia District is encouraged to participate. 

As a goal for ORLC, we have elected to strive for complete (80) Flood buckets.  The buckets are in the lobby area ready to be filled.  If each family purchases the contents for 1 bucket, we will have more than enough to reach our goal.

Each flood relief bucket contains: 

• Paper towels/Disposable rags 

• Glass cleaner 

• Cleansing powder 

• Liquid cleaner 

• Bleach (1gallon size) 

• Scrub brush 

• 2 pair of rubber gloves 

• Sponge(s)





ORLC’S 2017 BELIZE MISSION TEAM REPORT: Sunday, August 13th at 9:40am in FH 

Come and see and hear about the recent mission trip to Orangewalk, Belize.  See photos and hear stories.  Thanks to all who supported the team via financial support, prayers, and donations of goods.




9th Sunday after Pentecost

Is 55:10-13

Rom 8:12-17

Matt 13:1-9, 18-23


8:15am Divine Service 2

11am DCE Installation

Holy Communion


10th Sunday after Pentecost

Belize Report at 9:40am

Is 44:6-8

Rom 8:18-27

Matt 13:24-30,36-43



Divine Service 2


11th Sunday after Pentecost

Rally Day

Deut 7:6-9

Rom 8:28-39

Matt 13:44-52

8:15 Divine Service 2

11AM Contemporary

Holy Communion


12th Sunday after Pentecost


Is 55:1-5

Rom 9:1-5 (6-13)

Matt 14:13-21

8:15AM Matins 

11AM Contemporary




 Rally Day will be held on Sunday, August 20th

at 9:40am in the FH

 All Sunday morning studies will begin on August 27th



WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY - 9:30-10:45am, Room 309 studying “It’s all about Jesus”  led by Pastor Schwartz. 

LADIES AM BIBLE STUDY (LAMBS) – Thursday at 9:30am to 11am in room 309 studying "I Corinthians". Come join us!  For more info please call Lois Axson at 803/507-7223.

MEN'S BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDY (MBBS) – Friday at 6:30 am in room 309 studying "A Man Named Martin".

LEE’S SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDY – Sunday, 6:30pm – 8pm at the Frank & Pam Lee home at 3548 Granite Way in Martinez. Topic is the Passion Story.  Will restart on August 6th.

AUGSBURG CONFESSION STUDY – Continues on Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Let Pastor know if you need child care to be provided.

CONTINUING EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP NEWS:  The family of Victor A. Franklin has established a fund to provide scholarships to the members of Our Redeemer who are continuing their education after high school.  Two $500 scholarships are planned to be awarded this Fall to help students with school expenses.  Applications are due on August 15thTo obtain an application, please contact the Church office or email us at info@orlcaugusta.com



TBD – Announcements of meetings and activities will be sent out in a couple of weeks.

YOUNG ADULTS Ages 25-39 - If you are interested in meeting and getting to know others who, not only are your same ages but share the same Christian ideals, come out & join us! We meet one Friday a month at a different location around the CSRA!  If you are interested, please text or email your contact your information to Ashley Beasley 706-799-3056 andrea.g.beasley@gmail.com


QUILTERS – Meet in Room 309 every Tuesday from 9am till noon to work on quilts and share in fellowship.  They are open to newcomers and no experience is needed!  The completed quilts will be blessed on Sunday, August 13th during services in the Sanctuary.  Many of the quilts will be on display there that day! 

PERSONAL CARE KITS – The Quilters are coordinating a Thrivent Action Team Project of Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief.  The kits consist of one light-weight bath towel, 2 or 3 bars of soap, a toothbrush, a comb and nail clippers.  Instruction sheets are on the table in the walkway.  The congregation is invited to participate with this project.  These kits along with some of our quilts will be sent to Lutheran World Relief.  For more information please call Ruth Reynolds at 803-279-1006.



We will began accepting good, clean, used clothing, small appliances, toys, games and miscellaneous items on Sunday, August 27, 2017.  We will, as before, need volunteers to help during the week and on Saturday.


1st Unit Meeting - will be August 13, 2017 following the late service. We will meet in the fellowship hall and lunch will be provided. This is an important meeting in that we will be setting our goals and planning the next two years.

Remember: FL-GA District Retreat on Jekyll Island September 20- October 1, 2017. Regular registration 7/1-8/31/17 $140.00

East Central GA Zone Fall Rally October 21, 2017 at Trinity, Savannah

                                                                            LaVon Dunker, President

                                   (appointed by the EC Board to replace Linda Waid)


REMINDERS—We are collecting old Portals of Prayer, soup coupons, and used eyeglasses.  See the LWML shelf outside the Fellowship Hall.



Downtown Co-operative Church Ministries food bank is in need of volunteers. Four of ORLC members are currently helping to distribute food on Fridays 11:00am to 12:30pm. Four more are needed so that each pair of volunteers would serve one Friday a month.

Continue to bring in the used plastic grocery bags.  They are always needed.


REFORMATION T-SHIRTS - The pricing info for the t-shirts is as follows:

Youth - $15 (S-L)  Ladies - $17 (S-XL), $19 (XXL), $21 (XXXL)

Adult - $15 (S-XL), $17 (XXL), $19 (XXXL)

ORLC logo on front chest, Reformation on the back.  Samples of the shirts are in the walkway along with the sign-up sheet.  Checks should be made payable to ORLC.  Both money and checks can be put in Tracy Greenwood’s mail folder.  Anyone needing more information can call (706.799.3055) or email me (td1982hi@yahoo.com).




CHRISTIAN RELEASE TIME - will again be using ORLC for teaching and bringing God’s Word to the children of A. Brian Merry Elementary School and Tutt Middle School.  Tentative days of ministry will be on Tuesday and Thursday each week starting after Labor Day.  Volunteers can contact Laura Garner at (706) 414-4389 or clcagarner@gmail.com.


MY BROTHER’S KEEPER INITIATIVE - I am reaching out to you in an effort to recruit volunteers for our Power Lunch program, under the umbrella of the city’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. It is a program that encourages the youth to continue to strengthen their reading skills as well as helping students read at grade level by 3rd grade.  Reading mentors from the Augusta-Richmond County area meet with a student each week to eat lunch and read with them during the students lunch hour, which normally is between 11am-12:30pm. Power Lunch is currently in three elementary schools here in Augusta. The schools are Copeland, Wilkerson-Garden, and Glenn Hills Elementary School. If you are interested in serving as a reading mentor for a student at one of these three schools, please contact me at lscott@augustaga.gov. or  706-821-1831.                                           

LeDarius Scott, Mayor’s Office

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS

 By grace… Chosen in Christ and Gifted to Serve

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Augusta, GA 30909                               Tele: (706) 733-6076


Pastor:  Roger.Schwartz@orlcaugusta.com

Parish Administrator/Office: Sheri.Agee@orlcaugusta.com

Music Director/Organist: Paul.Roberts@orlcaugusta.com

Prayer Chain: Karen.Bowers@orlcaugusta.com