Pulse Newsletter – MAY 2018


As you may have heard, my wife and I are planning to leave Augusta and move to Memphis, TN to be closer to our children and grandchildren.

We have enjoyed living in Augusta for the last 40-plus years, having moved here after study and work in Cleveland, Boston, and New York.  During this time we have watched the Lord raise our four children, providing them with health, growth, education, careers, and wonderful spouses.

We are especially grateful for the last four years of music ministry at Our Redeemer.  It has been a joy and privilege to walk with this happy band of Believers as you work, play, and worship.

We plan to move sometime after 1 July 18.  The exact date will be determined by the logistics of Augusta home sale, Memphis home purchase, and transfer of stuff. In the meantime, our leaders will be seeking someone to take over my musical responsibilities. If you can assist them by suggesting qualified candidates, please contact me or the Pastor at:  706-733-6076 or email


I will plan to serve at our Our Redeemer through 1 July.  Let us use the remaining time that we have together to enjoy our friendship, encourage each other's walk in the faith, and to thank the Lord Who makes all things bright and beautiful!

Grace and peace,

Paul Roberts, Music Director & Organist



6th Sunday of Easter

Acts 10:34-48; 1 John 5:1-8; John 15:9-17


Divine Service 1

Holy Communion


7th Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

Acts 1:12-26; 1 John 5:9-15

John 17:11b-19


Divine Service 1

Holy Communion



Ezek 37:1-14; Acts 2:1-21

John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15


Divine Service 1

Holy Communion



Is 6:1-8; Acts 2:14a, 22-36

John 3:1-17

8:15am Divine Service 1

11am Contemporary

Holy Communion

CALLING ALL GRADUATES! If you or a family member are graduating this spring or summer, please contact Diane Holland at DL800@bellsouth.net or the church office at (706)733-6076. Tell us where you are graduating from (high school or college) and your plans after graduation. We would also like a picture of the graduate.

SCHOLARSHIPS:  We are soliciting applications for the Victor A. Franklin Memorial Scholarship to provide education funding assistance for students pursuing full time post-secondary education. Get an application from the church office and apply by June 30th.

NEW DIRECTORY - LAST CALL FOR GETTING YOUR PHOTO INTO THE OFFICE - While it may seem like one will never be done, we are progressing.  We are striving to get as many photos as we can of our membership. This takes time.  Please be patient and if your photo has not yet been received or taken, please see Pastor or DCE Josh ASAP!

LUTHERAN CHURCH EXTENSION FUND - (LCEF): Another month is drawing to a close. A good time to take a look at placing some of your savings in (LCEF) accounts. Yesterday I placed the rate sheet on the display board in the upper hallway by the display cabinet. Most of them have changed in the upper direction. Worth taking a look! Where else could you receive the return like these (some show 3%) while at the same time helping to build new or renovate older LCMS churches and schools. Also it is a good time to start the children on their savings programs. Young Investors Club (Y.I.C.) which can be started for as little as $25.00 with an interest return of 3.5%. As if that were not enough, starting with 7th grade, LCEF will deposit $1.00 for each “A” on their report cards. Also a good reward for 10 hours of Community Service. This can be in the Community, School or church. Brochures with applications are in the display cabinet. If you have any questions, please contact me. I am available either at church, on the phone – 706-860-8578 or email at chief548vtnm@comcast.net .  -- Marvin Timm

NOMINATION PROCESS:  It is time to start praying and contemplating how to serve our Lord at Our Redeemer.  The Boards and Officers of the Church are being filled at this time. You will hear more about the areas where we need you to help.  Pray to the Lord of the Harvest to send workers!

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST:  The ORLC Youth invite the family of God (that means all of you!) to a breakfast on Sunday, May 13th from 9:30-10:30am.  Join us as we celebrate God’s gift of mom’s and their unique love and presence in our lives.

CONFIRMATION 2018:  Our Confirmation students who will receive their first communion and present their prepared faith stories are as follows:  Caleb Bowers, Rebecca Brautigam, Stephanie Reitz, and Cecelia Sonnenberg. We plan for 3 to be confirmed on 5/20 and 1 on 5/27.  Each of those Sundays, you will hear a faith story and there will be a reception in the Fellowship Hall from 9:20-9:40am. Support our youth and their ongoing growth in knowledge and maturity.  Thanks also to those who support our process of spiritual formation by teaching, encouraging, and taking interest in the young people of our parish.

Do you want to get active this summer? The upcoming softball season is right around the corner.  If you are interested in playing, please sign-up in the walkway. The season runs from May to August. Anyone (male and female) who is over 16 years of age is welcome to join the fun.  Friends and family of ORLC members are welcome to join too! We welcome all skill levels...it is all about fellowship and fun. For more information, see the sign-up sheet in the walkway or call John Greenwood at 706-833-2280.

GOLF OUTING – The next golf outing will be held this Saturday, May 12 at 8:00am at the Gordon Lakes 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.

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS - An adult information class will be held from 6:00-9:00pm on Thursday, May 10 and Thursday, May 17 in the Library.  There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the walkway. Also, please let us know if you will need childcare. This class is a good one to refresh your understanding of the main tenets of our faith or if you are new to the Lutheran Church.



Whether you’re 2, 102, or anything in between, we would love for you to join us in studying God’s Word on Sundays and during the week!  Below are the TOTAL numbers of attendees we have had at every class in the month of April:

Bible Class (Sun SG)       8        Pre-K, K, & 1st Grade     31

Bible Class (Mon PM)       14        2nd & 3rd Grades          14
Bible Class (Wed AM)     26        Pre-Confirmation          16
Bible Class (LAMBS)       9        Confirmation         24

Adult (Room 305)          29        Senior High         13

Adult (Room 309)          67        Young Adults           8

Total Attendance: 259


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.  


FORMULA OF CONCORD STUDY – Monday evenings from 6:30pm – 8:00pm and is led by Pastor Schwartz.


WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY - 9:30-10:45am, Room 309 soon studying “Lutheranism 101: Worship” led by Pastor Schwartz.  


LADIES AM BIBLE STUDY (LAMBS) – Thursday at 9:30am to 11am in room 309 studying "Time between the testaments".  For more info please call Lois Axson at 803/507-7223.


YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY – Every-other-Thursday at 6:30 PM in room 309 studying world religions led by DCE Josh.


MEN'S BREAKFAST BIBLE STUDY (MBBS) – Friday at 6:30 am in room 309 studying Biblical Interpretation led by Josh Eckstein.  


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 DCE Joshua Eckstein



Led by Bonnie Annis & Delores Schwartz


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

Led by Howard Durrell & John Molitor


YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY: “A Man Named Martin - Part 3” – Room 306  Led by Diane Holland



Led by Greg Murray



Led by Bill Bowers

NEW LUTHER INN ADDITIONS: We've have extra shirts from both of the FL-GA gatherings this past year, so why not use them in Luther Inn.  It would be even better if we got these shirts signed by everyone [youth and adults] that attended those events!  If you went to either of these gatherings, find DCE Josh in person so that you can sign it.  Hopefully we can keep this up for all future gatherings too!




VBS 2018

Dates: July 8-12





Interested in sharing Jesus with the young folks?  

See Josh Eckstein, DCE for information on how you could assist in bringing the good news of Jesus to youngsters.


VBS VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: We need your help to make VBS happen.  Talk to DCE Josh and/or check out the sign-up sheet in the crosswalk area to see how you can serve during VBS.


Any Young Adults [20s & 30s] can join us on 5/3, 5/17, & 5/31 in Room 305 at 6:30 PM to study other Christian denominations.  We’ll be learning about their differences with Lutherans and discussing how to best share the Gospel to our neighbors that believe differently.  Fellowship event to come in May, look out for details via email, Remind, and through the church bulletin.




5/6 - Youth Group

5/12 - Mother’s Day Bkfst. Set-Up 12:00 - 2:30p

5/20 - Pool Party & BBQ 3:00 - 6:00p Niehoff Residence

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST SET-UP: Join us on Saturday, May 12 to help us prepare for the Mother’s Day Breakfast.  Come for lunch at noon and stay through the afternoon to set up the Fellowship Hall and prepare the food for breakfast the next day.  We are also in charge of serving the breakfast on Sunday, May 13 and cleaning up the Fellowship Hall afterwards.

YOUTH GROUP POOL PARTY & BBQ: While the school year is wrapping up, so is our schedule for Youth Group meetings.  But, we’ll be finishing off the year with a Pool Party & BBQ at the Niehoff Residence from 3:00 - 6:00p.  All Middle School youth, High School youth, their families, and friends are welcome to attend!  Check DCE Josh’s emails and reminders for more info.

2019 NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING: While the gathering won't be taking place for another year and a half, now is a good time to begin considering whether you would like to go.  This gathering is for high schoolers, which means that those that are currently in 7th grade through 11th grade will be eligible to attend.  Registration is in the fall, so you have time to think and pray about this opportunity.


Lutheran Women in Mission

May 6th 12:15 PM - Society/Unit meeting.  Everyone brings a salad, fruit or dessert.

Program will be “Moms vs Son or Daughter” should be fun. Business will be selecting two delegates to the 2018 FL-GA District LWML Convention to be held in Orlando.  More information and registration forms will be in the Evangel due out in May or on the FL-GA District website.

If you want a printed copy of the Evangel and it has not been placed in your mail folder see Linda Waid. Extras will be on the LWML cabinet shelf starting with the summer issue. The Evangel is available on the web site or via e-mail.

We had eight ladies and two husbands and one pastor attend the ECGA Zone Spring Rally in Warner Robins.  Our Fall rally will be Oct. 20, 2018 at St. Paul’s, Statesboro.

Mites: The district goal is $175,000.  We need $10,896 to meet this goal by June 30th.

ORLC has contributed $2,540.48 for 2017 and $531 as of March 25. Thank you.

A big thank you to all those who participated in the Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 21 as well as to those who prepared and served breakfast. Jim Lovekamp, Chair Board of Trustees

Dear Our Redeemer,

Thank you so much for all your cards, notes, thoughts, and prayers during my recent recovery.  Your kindness and Christian encouragement are a blessing. Marsha Maurer

My family would like to thank the 18 members of the Lutheran Church Quilters for their generosity in donating a brick in memory of my Mom, Wanda Gattman.  She always loved the quilting ladies and looked forward to seeing them every week. We heard many a tale of what they were up too over the years. Mom kept their pictures next to her bedside and loved to reminisce about all the quilts and her friends while she lived with me in Charlotte.  I know she truly missed her church and all the people who loved her over so many years. Again, thank you for all the wonderful blessings that you brought into her life. What wonderful memories we will have. Thank you! Laurie Sheldon



Anyone interested in adopting a room to paint, we have several in need.  See Jim Lovekamp or Pastor to assist.

Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, LCMS

By grace… Chosen in Christ and Gifted to Serve

Web: www.orlcaugusta.com       

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402 Aumond Road           

Augusta, GA 30909           

Tele: (706) 733-6076.

Email: Info@orlcaugusta.com


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