Pulse Newsletter - November 2018






I will give thanks to you, LORD,

with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

Psalm 9:1



With voices united our praises we offer

   And gladly our songs of thanksgiving we raise.

With You, Lord, beside us, Your strong arm will guide us.

   To You, our great Redeemer, forever be praise!




All Saints Day

Rev 7:9-17; 1 John 3:1-3;

Matt 5:1-12

8:15/11am Divine Service 4

9:40am Christian Education

Holy Communion


25th Sunday after Pentecost

Veteran’s Day

1 Kings 17:8-16; Heb 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44

8:15/11am Divine Service 1

9:20am Fellowship Snacks

9:40am Christian Education


26th Sunday after Pentecost

Daniel 12:1-3; Heb 10:11-25;

Mark 13:1-13

8:15am Divine Service 3

9:40am Christian Education

11am Contemporary Service

Holy Communion


Last Sunday of Church Year

Dan 7:9-10,13-14; Jude 20-25;

Mark 13:24-37

8:15am Divine Service 1

9:20am Fellowship Snacks

9:40am Christian Education

11am Contemporary Service



We would love for you and your children to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:40 am.  Look below the attendance totals to find a list of all the Sunday School classes and mid-week Bible Classes that we currently offer.  Below are the TOTAL numbers of attendees we have had so far in October:

Small Group (Sun PM)       14        Pre-K, K, & 1st Grade      26

Bible Class (Mon PM)        21        2nd & 3rd Grades         14

Bible Class (Wed AM)       34        Pre-Confirmation         10

Bible Class (LAMBS)        27        Confirmation           26
Bible Class (YA Thu PM)     8        Senior High           21
Bible Class (MBBS)        32        Young Adults (Margins)      8

Adult (Room 309)          68        Adult (Room 307)       32

Total Attendance: 341


PRE-K, KINDERGARTEN, & 1ST GRADE – Rooms 302 & 303

Led by David Annis, Kathy Ferguson, Pam Lee, Laura Sigwald, Teresa Stevens, & Tracy Zielke


2nd & 3rd GRADE – Room 304 Led by Bonnie & Chris McClain



Led by DCE Joshua Eckstein



Led by Bonnie Annis & Delores Schwartz


8th – 12th GRADE: SENIOR HIGH – Room 301

Led by Howard Durrell & Bill DeLoach


YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY: 1 & 2 Timothy – Room 305

Led by Diane Holland


ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Genesis – Room 307

Led by Greg & Fay Murray


ADULT BIBLE STUDY: The Smalcald Articles and the Treatise – Room 309 Led by Pastor Schwartz



studying “Martin Luther’s Catechisms”  Led by Pastor Schwartz.


WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY - 9:30-10:45am, Room 309 studying “2nd Corinthians” led by Pastor Schwartz.


LADIES AM BIBLE STUDY (LAMBS) – Thursday at 9:30am in Room 309 studying "1 & 2 Samuel" led by Ruth Ann Nolde.


YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY – Every-other-Thursday at 6:30 pm in Room 305 led by DCE Josh.


MEN'S BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDY (MBBS) – Friday at 6:30 am in Room 309 going through “Reading Romans with Luther” led by Paul James.  Breakfast starts at 6:00 am.


SUNDAY NIGHTS AT THE LEE’S - Join Frank & Pam Lee and others in an interactive Bible study from 6:30-8pm.  Topic is the book of Ezekiel. Contact the Lee’s at (706) 829-5072.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM - The younger Sunday School classes will begin learning the songs and speaking roles for this year’s Christmas program titled “What Child is This?”  The program will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:00p.  While the students will be learning songs during Sunday School, there are two scheduled rehearsals apart from the education hour.  Those that are participating are encouraged to attend both rehearsals:

  • Sunday, December 2 - after 11:00 service w/lunch

  • Wednesday, December 5 - 4:30 followed by Advent meal


CALLING ALL USHERS – If you are currently an usher or have been thinking about serving in this area – Mr. Buzz Verneau will be conducting an Usher Training this Sunday, November 18 at 9:30am in the sanctuary.  

Technology and Stewardship, Part 2 - Because several members have asked about automatic debiting and on-line giving, the Board of Stewardship wants to make you aware of some alternatives to putting cash or checks in the offering plate each week. Last month, we described how to donate using your own bank's Bill Pay service. Let's look at two other ways to give.

Joyful Response is an automatic debit program sponsored by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF). Enrollment applications are available in the church office and allow for periodic (e.g. weekly, monthly, etc.) debiting from your bank's checking or savings account, or from your LCEF Steward Account. There is an option to specify a start and end date for donations. Like other automatic debiting, you provide a voided check or deposit slip with the application. There is no cost to you or the church for this program.

ORLC's website includes a link for PayPal donations. PayPal is a third party transaction processor that charges your credit card or debits your debit card and sends funds to a payee (in this case ORLC). It's not necessary to have a PayPal account (but if you do, PayPal autofills much of your information).  One big advantage is, payees do not have access to your credit/debit card number. One disadvantage is, PayPal charges the church a service fee (about 3%) for each transaction before funds are sent to ORLC. In addition to donations to ORLC's General Fund, donations for memorials and seasonal donations for poinsettias and lilies are accepted on the website. If you need more information, please see Ken Kutlik.


SOCIAL MEDIA - Our Redeemer has some new avenues to reach out to you and others.  We are ORLCAugusta on Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter.  And continue to check out our online calendar on our website: www.orlcaugusta.com.  You can even do online giving through the PayPal service.  Connect and see how you can plug into ministry here at ORLC!

BELIZE 2019 - Planning has begun for another 8-day, short term mission trip for the summer of 2019. Our mission trips focus on sharing God’s love with the people, especially the children, and proclaiming God’s word and salvation through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. Activities have included Vacation Bible School for the children, Bible studies for Women, Men and Youth, home visits, distribution of food to the most needy families, and a service project.


At this time, we're looking for anyone who might be interested in joining the mission team, and for those who are just curious and might need more information. Anyone newly confirmed or older is eligible. If you are in reasonably good health and can read a Bible story to children eager to learn, we need you (we especially need youth and adult men).


There is a monetary cost (but the rewards are great). The trip last year cost about $1500 per person (please read on). In addition everyone needs a current passport and recommended immunizations. I know that's a lot of money, but there may be sponsorship money available to partially cover the cost.

On Sunday, November 4th we're planning a drop-in information session for anyone who might be interested. Stop by the Library after the 8:15AM or the 11AM service and talk to some of us who have been to Belize.


OCTOBER COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY - The October Council meeting was held on Tuesday, October 9th.  This was a full Council meeting and the main discussion was the proposed final 2019 Ministry Spending Plan (MSP).  The proposed MSP was reviewed and approved. It will be presented for approval at the Fall Congregational Meeting in November.  The next Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th.  It will be a short meeting with Board meetings to follow.



World Religions

Thursday, Nov. 1, 15, & 29

6:30 PM

For text alerts,

text @yaorlc to 81010


  • 11/2-11/4 - Middle School Youth Gathering

    • Leesburg, FL

  • 11/4 - Youth Group

    • 12:00-2:30p w/Lunch

  • 11/5 - Culver’s NYG Fundraiser

    • 5:00-7:00p

    • 4020 Gateway Blvd, Grovetown, GA 30813

  • 11/18 - Youth Group

    • 12:00-2:30p w/Lunch

  • 11/25 - Final NYG Registration Payment

    • $100

For text alerts, text @orlcy to 81010

Youth Group Instagram: @orlcy

GOLF OUTING – The next golf outing will be held on Saturday, November 17 at the Forest Hills Golf Course.  There

is a sign-up sheet on the table in the walkway and for more information please call John or Tracy Greenwood at 706-833-2280.

THANKSGIVING COLLECTION We will be providing food baskets for 5 families this year.  Please bring non-perishable food items as gifts for these people.  As God has generously given us, so we give to others. Collections can be placed in the benches in the lobby area from November 4th - November 18th.  Thank you!





For those of you who are unfamiliar with me, my name is Nicholas Sinatra. I am a student at Concordia University Chicago (formerly Concordia University River Forest) in River Forest, Illinois. I am originally from Roswell, Georgia, with my home congregation being Faith Lutheran Church in Marietta.  I am a recipient of your Church Worker Scholarship, as I fully intend to become a Pastor in Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. I chose to attend college at Concordia University Chicago because it is part of the LCMS university system and therefore it would best prepare me for seminary following graduation. One of the things I wanted to prepare for prior to seminary was to start learning Biblical languages. And I proud to say that I started my first semester of Koine (pronounced “Coin-nay”) Greek, the very language that the New Testament is written in, this year. Also, as Pre-Seminary student, I am immersed in other theological studies. This semester, I happen to be taking Christian Life class. Most of my classmates in my theology courses are fellow church-worker students (future DCEs, Lutheran School Teachers, Deaconesses, Directors of Parish Music, and of course other Pre-Seminary students like myself). However, since I am also still a regular college student, I take general ed courses as well. I also have kept busy with extra-curriculars. I am still employed on campus with the campus tech-support department, CougarNet Help desk (since our school mascot is the cougar). This helps fill out my schedule and earn a little spending money for textbooks and the like. I thank you all for all of your support. You all have been a blessing. I believe I may take a trip out to visit when I come home for Christmas break in the month of December. May God Bless and keep you all. Sincerely, Nicholas J. Sinatra


I was overjoyed earlier this month when I checked my Seminary account and discovered that, for the first time since I began classes, I did not owe the Seminary money.  Your scholarship has enabled me to finally get ahead of the payments for my continuing education in the Specific Ministry Pastorate (SPM) program and I am incredibly grateful for your congregation’s support.

Since beginning this program last Fall, I have taken Introduction to Pastoral Ministry, Introduction to Creedal Themes, The Master Narrative, and am currently taking Lutheran Distinctions.  Besides preparing me to serve within the LCMS as a pastor, these classes are also helping me to sharpen my tools as a Director of Christian Education. I look forward to continuing my studies and being ordained next winter, followed by another 2 years of studies to complete the program.

Besides my normal duties serving as the DCE at Mount Calvary I have been blessed to lead worship and preach a couple of times over the past few months.  I would love to come over to Our Redeemer at Pastor Schwartz’s pleasure (and my schedule) to preach and lead with worship following my sermon writing course this January.

I would ask you to continue to keep my family and me in your prayers as my wife continues to pick up the slack for me while I study and participate in classes, my oldest son in his second year of seminary, son number three wrapping up his time at Valparaiso and job hunting, son number three as he continues his studies as Washington University, and my two youngest sons (that would be four and five) as they explore options for college and their own future studies.  Thank you again for your financial support and prayers. They are very much appreciated.

Peter LeBorious, Director of Christian Education, Specific Ministry Vicar, Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Warner Robins, GA



I am writing to you because I am honored to be a recipient of the Victor A. Franklin Memorial Scholarship. I was thrilled to learn of my selection for this honor and deeply appreciate your support. Currently, I am a Health Promotion and Behavior undergraduate student at the University of Georgia (UGA). This is my third year and I would have not have made it this far without the support I have received from family, friends and the church. Receiving this scholarship has helped aid in the continuing of my education. I have a dream of becoming a disaster manager, so I can aid in the help of others during their time of need. In addition to my academic endeavors, this semester I have also been able to help others by volunteering weekly at Athens Hospice and the NE GA Food Bank. With your funding, I was able to purchase materials that were necessary to complete my coursework and register for a First Aid/CPR class. Thank you again for your generosity and support. I promise you I will work very hard and make sure I can give back to the community much like Mr. Franklin did through this scholarship fund. I will do my best to honor his memory by achieving my goal of becoming a disaster manager and possibly even developing a scholarship fund for future students much like myself.                                              Sincerely, Morgan Nickelson


Thank you so much for selecting me to be a recipient of the Victor A. Franklin Memorial Scholarship. I am so grateful that you have been able to support me financially during this very financially burdening time in my life. God truly provides for His people believe that He is supplying me with what I need. With being a busy college student, money is always a thought and a headache but God casts out these concerns and encourages us to look toward Him for guidance. A little about my faith since moving to Athens is that I am currently involved in two different campus ministries; Christus Victor Lutheran Church and Freshley, which is a subdivision of the greater Wesley Foundation. At Christus Victor, I attend college events as well as helping with game day operations of the church. At Freshley, I have obtained a leadership role with the main purpose of praying for the freshmen and their journey with God. Once again, thank you so much for selecting me for this scholarship.                                            In Christ, Ethan Schwartz

Dear Friends in Christ, In January of 2012, our Board of Elders proposed we remember that the church is much larger than our own congregation; and there are many other congregations at work proclaiming the Gospel.  We at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fredonia, New York, wanted to let you know that your congregation has been in our prayers during this past week.

We pray your ministry among the people of Augusta, is doing well, that the saving message of grace in Christ is being proclaimed and your efforts of outreach are being blessed.

                                                       In Christ, Rev. William Novack


At the Florida-Georgia District Convention, we adopted twelve organizations to sponsor for the 2018-2020 Biennium through our Mites. Each month we will focus on one of these grants:

CONCORDIA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY, FT. WAYNE, CO-OP, $10,000—The Food & Clothing Co-op of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Ft. Wayne, plays a key role in providing up to 90% of grocery needs for your future pastors and deaconesses, spending $4,000 a month on fresh produce and an additional $3,000 on items such as eggs milk, cheese, ground beef, and other grocery items to fill in the shelf. When students decide to leave their jobs and come to seminary with their families, they often face financial hardships.  Supporting this co-op is a way that we can honor these future workers in God’s kingdom.

For many years, our LWML unit has been supporting DCCM with proceeds from our annual Rummage Sale and other activities, but additionally, we support another local organization. Please share your ideas for our Local Outreach gift with any member of our Board. We also have a sign up sheet for bringing soup, salad, or dessert to the Advent lunches. Finally, we invite everyone to share their thankfulness for God’s many blessings by contributing to the annual Thanksgiving Baskets. Remember to check the LWML shelves for more information about our activities.




So many times, it seems as if giving thanks is the last thing we get to doing.  While we are continually receiving from God, we are slow to respond back with words and heartfelt thanks.  Why is that? Why do we lack in our thankful responses? Is this new to this generation alone?


In Luke 17, Jesus was traveling and as he went into a village, ten men with leprosy met him.  Because of their disease, they stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”.  When Jesus saw and heard them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests as was the law. As they went, they were cleansed and healed.  Only one of the now healed lepers, came back immediately, praising God and threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him -- and that one was a Samaritan.


Those who don’t expect a gift are genuinely surprised when one is received.  That is what happened to this healed Samaritan leper. He didn’t expect Jesus to do anything, as his situation seemed completely hopeless.  He wasn’t a bastion of faith and trust either. But, when Jesus provides the unexpected healing, the man immediately responds by praising God and thanking Jesus for this gift beyond measure.  


We are slow in responding in thankfulness to God many times because we have gotten used to Him providing for us.  We assume He will provide/bless/heal for us. In other words, we take God for granted. Our lack in thankful responses is because we don’t see God providing anymore.  His actions are unseen and unrecognized. And by the way, this isn’t unique to this generation. Those 9 other former lepers didn’t give thanks either, even in the time of Jesus.  


Today, may God increase our vision to see the many works and wonders that God provides in our daily lives.  And when we see them, may we be quick to humbly give thanks for God’s blessings and gifts. Psalm 95:4 “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!”                                      

                                                            -- Pastor Schwartz





Midweek Advent Services will begin on Wednesday, November 28th.  Each week will highlight a different topic and focus.


Date:          Time/Topic:                     Time/Event/Topic

11/28          11am Angels               7pm Devotion/Decorating

12/05          11am Angels II        7pm SS Christmas Program

12/12          11am Angels III        7pm Choir Christmas Service

12/19          11am Angels IV               7pm Angels IV


More on topics will be provided in the next newsletter.



We need some help in getting all the decorations out and readied for placement after Sunday services on 11/26.  Decorating will take place on Wednesday 11/28 beginning after 7pm.



Wednesday Lunches provided by women of the LWML at Noon

Wednesday Suppers provided by Fellowship Board at 6pm


Help out these folks by assisting with preparations and clean up.


Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS

By grace… Chosen in Christ and Gifted to Serve

Web: www.orlcaugusta.com        Email: Info@orlcaugusta.com

402 Aumond Road            Tele: (706) 733-6076

Augusta, GA 30909            /ORLCAugusta



Pastor:  Roger.Schwartz@orlcaugusta.com

DCE: Joshua.Eckstein@orlcaugusta.com

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

Music Director/Organist:  Justin.Hornsby@orlcaugusta.com

Prayer Chain: Karen.Bowers@orlcaugusta.com