Pulse Newsletter – October 2017


The Reformation wasn’t about a hammer although one was most like used on 10/31/1517 to nail the 95 Theses for discussion and debate.  It wasn’t about Martin Luther, even though he drafted the Theses for discussion and who challenged the Pope on what the holy Scriptures declared.   In its essence, the Reformation was about Jesus.  Sometimes in the onslaught of details, we forget that the very Gospel of Jesus Christ had been buried in Church traditions and Clergy power struggles.  Over the centuries, the Church had consolidated its power by adding human rules and regulations that go much farther than God Word provided.    


At the time of Martin Luther, God provided a way to return His holy Word to His people so that they would no longer be in bondage to man made customs and false doctrines.  In 15 centuries much had been brought into the Church that was not true and by so doing obscured the truth that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)


Later in 1537, John Frederick, Elector of Saxony, commissioned Luther to prepare articles as a clear confession of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity.  It is here that Luther writes, as he states, “the first and chief article”:


Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification.  (Romans 4:24-25).  He alone is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29), and God has laid upon Him the iniquities of us all (Isaiah 53:6).  All have sinned and are justified freely, without their own works or merits, by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, in His blood (Romans 3:23-25).  (Smalcald Articles, Part II, Paragraphs 1-3).


Much has been written about the Reformation period in history.  But what most history books leave out, is that the central point is about Jesus.  Jesus is still the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Him.  


Because the Reformation reminds us of Jesus and His work of redemption for us, we will celebrate Reformation all of the month of October.  This means special worship services, red paraments on the Altar, banners, and opportunities to put our faith into practice.  Please make it a high priority to attend each week as we focus on what God has done for us in Jesus that is particular to the Reformation and to us in 2017.  Believe me, there are things from 500 years ago that we could learn from.

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17th Sunday after Pentecost

Ezek. 18:1-4, 25-32

Phil. 2:1-4, 14-18

Matt 21:23-27


Divine Service 3

Holy Communion


18th Sunday after Pentecost

Is 5:1-7

Phil 3:4b-14

Matt 21:33-46


Divine Service 2


19th Sunday after Pentecost

Is 25:6-9

Phil 4:4-13

Matt 22:1-14

8:15am Divine Service 1

11am Contemporary

Holy Communion


20th Sunday after Pentecost

Is 45:1-7

1 Thess 1:1-10

Matt 22:15-22

8:15am Matins

11am Contemporary



Rev. 14:6-7; Rom 3:19-28;

John 8:31-36

8:15am / 11am Divine Service 4 with Holy Communion


Youth Reformation Skit

9:40am in Fellowship Hall



ALL CHURCH PHOTO - In Fellowship Hall at 10:30am (Outside if weather permits)  

All of the members and friends of Our Redeemer are invited to be a part of a huge photo of us all together.  If you are an 8:15 am person, stay a little later.  If you are an 11am person, come early.  We promise it will be fun!  WEAR YOUR RED!


HILDEBRANDT'S DELI DAY - Come on down to the Hildebrandt Family Deli on Saturday, October 21st from 11am to 3pm to enjoy a fantastic sandwich and some of Luanne's German Potato Salad.  The Hildebrandt Family were founding members of Our Redeemer.  You will find the Deli at 226 6th Street, Downtown Augusta, GA | (706) 722-7756.



FLOOD BUCKETS  The 102 Flood Buckets that we put together here at ORLC are on their way to Florida to assist those in the recovery effort.In addition, $3,000 will be sent to the Florida Recovery Effort led by our District and $3,000 will be sent to the Texas District to assist those recovery efforts.


Are you ready for some Halloween fun on Saturday, October 28?  Trunk ‘R Treat is coming again at 5pm – 7pm!

The Board of Outreach (in coalition with many other Boards) have some exciting activities planned this year, including, but not limited to, a contest, games, inflatables and more!


What:  A trunk or treat is an alternative to normal trick or treating that takes place around Halloween.  We will have several groups that will have trunks of candy and some activities and games to participate in as well.  The goal of this is to both provide a safe environment for our own members to get candy but also the children of the community around us.


Where:  This will take place in our parking lot weather permitting or in the case of inclement weather we will move to the fellowship hall.


Who:  This is for children and families who want a safe and warm environment to get candy without all the hectic running around or danger of not knowing what to expect.  Everyone is still invited to dress up in their costumes and show us their best disguise.


Needed:  We would like to extend an invitation for you to decorate your trunk and hand out candy to the children.  We are also looking for volunteers to help with connecting with guests from the community.


We are also collecting bags of individually wrapped candy of any assortment that we can distribute during this event.  Your donations of candy may be dropped off in the box located in the Narthex starting in October.   Look for the sign-up sheet in the breezeway on the way to the Fellowship Hall for car registration, set-up, games and other ways to help this major outreach event.  Help us to make this a great event that will impact our local community! If you have any questions, please contact DCE Josh Eckstein at (706)-733-6076.





It's that time again to prepare shoeboxes filled with goodies and prayers for children around the world.  With your help last year we shipped over 100 boxes.  Thank you!

We will be packing boxes on Sunday, November 5th during Sunday School.

This year we have purchased pre-printed shoe boxes, so we don't need any shoeboxes as this time.  We could use your help with filling the shoeboxes, donating items, donating toward shipping cost ($9 per box), and of course your prayers for the children that receive the boxes.  Donated  items for the boxes include  school supplies, hygiene needs, and "WOW" items.  Keep in mind these things need to fit in a shoebox.


We are featuring a shoebox item per week in October:

October 1st        Washcloths or soap

October 8th    Notepads or index cards

October 15th    Shirts, clothes outfits, or flip-flops

October 22nd    Plush toys or dolls  (need to be able to fit in


October 29th    Games, puzzles, or books


Some suggestions:   Use your imagination!

School supplies:  notepads, crayons, markers, color pencils, pens, pencils, erasers, solar calculators, scissors, index cards, etc.

Hygiene needs:  washcloths, soap, combs, hair items for girls, kleenex, socks, manicure set, sewing kit, etc.

WOW items:  plush toys, clothing outfits,  balls, cars, jump ropes, puzzles, games, flashlight(with extra batteries), watch, doll, sunglasses, flip-flops, bead kit, kick ball (deflated, with pump), shirt, children's jewelry, small tool kit,  etc.

NO liquids or lotions, used or damaged items,  war related items, food, or breakable items.


For more information on how to pack a shoebox, go to:   https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/   If you have further questions contact Diane Holland at 706-825-3012 or DL800@bellsouth.net.


SUNDAY SCHOOL: We are happy for all the people that are joining us on Sunday mornings and throughout the week to gather around God’s Word and learn more about the forgiveness we have through Jesus Christ.  Below are the TOTAL numbers of attendees we have had at every class since Sunday School started in late August:

Bible Class (Sun SG)       8            SS Nursery                           7

Bible Class (Mon PM)     46           SS Children PreK 1st          53
Bible Class (Wed AM)     45           SS Children 2 3rd Gr          16
Bible Class LAMBS         34           SS Pre Confirmation          29

SS Adult Room 305         34           SS Confirmation                 50

SS Margins                      15            SS High School                  32
SS Adult Room 309     77
Report total: 459

REFORMATION SKIT: In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the Sunday School students will begin practicing a Reformation Skit.  The skit will cover Dr. Martin Luther’s journey to discovering the free gift of God’s grace through Christ and his ambition to make God’s Word available to everyone!  The skit will be presented on Sunday, October 29th during the Sunday School hour.  We would love to have you join us!

It’s never too late to join us in learning more about God’s Word.  If you or your children haven’t attended our classes yet, you are welcome to join us on Sunday mornings and throughout the week!  Look below to see all the opportunities we have for children, youth, and adults on Sunday mornings and throughout the week:


NURSERY (2-3 YEARS & PARENTS) – Room 102 (Old Nursery)

Led by Melissa Britt


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

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


2ND & 3RD GRADE – Room 304

Led by Bonnie & Chris McClain



Led by John & Karin Saari



Led by Bonnie Annis & Delores Schwartz


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

Led by Howard Durrell & John Molitor



Led by Diane Holland



Led by Greg Murray



Led by Bill Bowers


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 book of Romans led by Pastor Schwartz


AUGSBURG CONFESSION STUDYMonday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:00pm and is led by Pastor Schwartz.  Let Pastor know if you need child care to be provided.


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 "Proverbs". 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 “A Man Named Martin” led by Dean Niehoff.


10/20 – TobyMac Concert [see below]

10/28 – Trunk ‘R Treat @ 5:00-7:00

10/29 – Youth Group @ 12:00-2:30

Keep on Radar: 11/3-11/5 – MSYG [see below]

MIDDLSCHOOL GATHERING: The Middle School Youth Gathering is coming up n

ext month!  For those of you that are 6th, 7th, or 8th graders, this gathering is for you!  It will take place

 from Friday, November 3rd – Sunday, November 5th at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center in Leesburg, FL.  Come to learn more about each other, meet other Lutheran youth from Georgia and Florida, and learn more about God and what He promises to us in His Word.  Your cost for attending is $155 per person.  Please contact DCE Josh in person or by email at: Joshua.Eckstein@ORLCaugusta.com by October 8th to get the gathering registrations. Scholarships are available.



TOBY MAC CONCERT: Toby Mac is one of the most successful Christian music artists and he's coming close to our area!  The concert will be Friday, October 20th at 7:00 PM at the South Carolina State Fair in Columbia, SC [only 1 hour away].  And it's only $15! We will plan to meet up at Our Redeemer at a yet-to-be-determined time on the 20th to drive to Columbia, eat, maybe spend some time at the fair, and then enjoy the concert! If you are interested in attending, please let DCE Josh know by either telling him personally or emailing him at: Joshua.Eckstein@ORLCaugusta.com

YOUNG ADULTS Ages 21-39 - 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!  We are currently working on a service/volunteer event for October, so be sure to be on the lookout for the event details!  If you are interested, please text or email your contact information to Ashley Beasley 706-799-3056 andrea.g.beasley@gmail.com   

BELIZE 2018 ?!?! - Belize Team members have started planning for another Belize Mission trip in 2018. The people in San Jose Village are so very needy and hungry for God's word. Tentative dates for the 8-day trip are between July 10th and July 26th, 2018.

Please, please prayerfully consider if you can go and help spread the good news of God's love and salvation for all. More information will be available soon. In the meantime, call Ken Kutlik at 706-589-1007 if you have questions.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Mat 9:37-38

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

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

RUMMAGE SALE UPDATE - The LWML rummage sale on September 2, 2017, made a profit of $2,931.07. Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the sale.  Our profits will go to help the Henry H. Brigham Sr. Center.

ONGOING NEEDS AND COLLECTIONS - Downtown Co-operative Church Ministries food bank is in need of volunteers. Five of ORLC members are currently helping to distribute food on Fridays 11:00am to 12:30pm. One more is 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.

NEW CRISMONS - The LWML has purchased some new Chrismons that will need to be put together.  On Monday, October 2 thru Friday, October 6 and Monday, October 9 thru Friday, October 13 from 8:30am - 12:00 noon you can come by the church and pick one up and either take it home or you can stay at the church and put it together.  All supplies and patterns will be set up in room 307.  Please see Clarice Patzer or call her at 706/863-5902 for more information.

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ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR - The Craft Fair is coming soon! It will be held November 11 from 9am – 2pm. Any crafter that would like a table in the fair should contact Ruth Reynolds at (803)279-1006 or Clarice Patzer at (706)863-5902. More information will be announced later.

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.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS

By grace… Chosen in Christ and Gifted to Serve

Web: www.orlcaugusta.com        Facebook: Like our page

402 Aumond Road            Email: Info@orlcaugusta.com

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


Pastor:  Roger.Schwartz@orlcaugusta.com

Director of Christian Education: Joshua.Eckstein@orlcaugusta.com

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

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

Prayer Chain: Karen.Bowers@orlcaugusta.com