Pulse Newsletter – March 2018


Uncertainty? to Certainty!

The Springtime pollen fog has already begun.  We are enveloped in the annual yellow mist that causes allergies and a general mess to everything exposed.  Spring is also a time for unrest in the weather patterns.  As things warm up, there are increased risks of inclimate storms and even occasional times of cooling resulting in frost.  In other words, we don’t know what is going to happen and things are out of our control.

When life spins out of control and the supposedly secure things shake and quake, we are made afraid and uncertain of what is going to happen.  This uncertainty is uncomfortable.  For we have deluded ourselves for so long that we have it all figured out that the bare truth of our complete powerlessness is nearly overwhelming.

Spiritually, when the uncertainty, lack of control, and our powerlessness drive us to our knees, they make us ripe for God’s glorious intervention and truth.  The things of this earth may be temporary and come to an end, but the things of God are eternal and will never pass away.  It is those things to which we cling during the moments of uncertainty and shakiness.

Jesus is the bridge between uncertainty to certainty!  He is the way and the truth and the life.  Jesus comes to show forth the faithfulness of God and the awesome love He has for each of us.  What God does shakes up the whole creation.  For out of His love, He spreads His arms and hangs obediently on the cross.  He sighs and dies.  It would seem as if that is the end as all things on earth pass away.  But the work of God in Jesus springs back to life on the third day.  In Jesus, we see the doubts, uncertainty and powerlessness of our sinful lives being put to death.  In its place, rises new hope, life and immortality.  Things of God that are eternal and are given to us.

So when the times get hard and difficult, look to Jesus and see hope renewed and love springing forth into new life!  Uncertainty and despair will give way to certainty and hope.  For Jesus who died, now lives!                           --  Pastor Schwartz




3rd Sunday in Lent

“Crumbs from the Table”

Exodus 20:1-17

1 Cor. 1:18-31

Matt 15:21-28


Divine Service 2

Holy Communion


Midweek 4 Lenten Svcs

“The Lord’s Prayer”



4th Sunday in Lent

“Come to the Table”

Num 21:4-9

Eph. 2:1-10

Luke 14:15-24

8:15am Divine Service 2

11am Contemporary

Holy Communion


Midweek 5 Lenten Svcs

“The Apostles’ Creed”



5th Sunday in Lent

“Turn the Tables”

Jer 31:31-34

Heb. 5:1-10

Luke 19:1-10

8:15am Divine Service 2

11am Contemporary

Holy Communion


Midweek 6 Lenten Svcs

“Ten Commandments”



Passion Sunday

“Setting the Table”

Mark 14:1-11

Zech 9:9-12

Phil 2:5-11

Mark 14:1-15:47


Divine Service 2

Holy Communion


Maundy Thursday

“All Around the Table”

Luke 22:7-30

Ex 24:3-11

1Cor. 10:16-17

Mark 14:12-26


Holy Communion


Good Friday

“Welcome Back to the Table”

Luke 15:1-3,11-32

Is 52:13-53:12

Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9

John 18:1-19:42




6:45am Sunrise Worship

8:15/11am Festival Worship

“Life at the Table”

Luke 24:13-35

Is. 25:6-9

1.Cor. 15:1-11

Mark 16:1-8

Holy Communion

LOOKING FORWARD IN WORSHIP:   Our Theme for Lent this year will be that through the mercy, love and grace of Christ, we have a place at the table of God.  

3.04 Lent 3 Sunday Crumbs from the Table    Matt 15:21-28

3.11 Lent 4 Sunday       Come to the Table      Luke 14:15-24

3.18 Lent 5 Sunday         Turn the Tables        Luke 19:1-10

3.25 Palm Sunday          Setting the Table       Mark 14:1-11

3.29 Maundy Thurs.    All around the Table     Luke 22:7-30

3.30 Good Friday   Welcome back to the Table Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

4.01 Easter Sunday     Life at the Table           Luke 24:13-35

4.08 Easter 2               Late to the Table?        John 20:19-31

Midweek Services will focus on Catechesis as we look at the six chief parts

of the Small Catechism.

3.07 - Lord’s Prayer

3.14 - Creed

3.21 - Ten Commandments

YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY: Every-other-Thursday, Young Adults [20s & 30s] are welcome to come to Our Redeemer at 6:30 PM to learn about the different religions that our neighbors and friends believe in, and learn how to share the Good News of Jesus with them.

  • The next studies are on March 1st & 15th in Room 309!

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!  Thanks!



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 February:

Bible Class (Sun SG)     12        Pre-K, K, & 1st Grade     38

Bible Class (Mon PM)       21        2nd & 3rd Grades          14
Bible Class (Wed AM)     13        Pre-Confirmation          19
Bible Class (LAMBS)     24        Confirmation         35

Adult (Room 305)          41        Senior High         27

Adult (Room 309)          65        Young Adults         13

Total Attendance: 322


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". Come join us!  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 “Being Lutheran” led by Paul James.  


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

  • New topic starting 3/11 - “Cross – We Suffer with Jesus”

VBS 2018

Dates: July 8-12

ADULT INFORMATION CLASS - An adult information class will be held from 9am - noon on Saturday, March 17 and Saturday, March 24 in pastor’s office.  There is a sign-up sheet on the table in the walkway.  Also, please let us know if you will need childcare.



  • 3/4 - Youth Group

  • 3/18 - Youth Group

  • 3/22 - Winter Jam

WINTER JAM: Winter Jam is a nation-wide Christian concert tour, and they'll be in Augusta in the James Brown Arena on March 22!  For only $15 at the door, we get to listen to over 8 bands/musicians!  Let DCE Josh know if you're interested.

MISSION TRIP w/MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH: We have the opportunity to partner with Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Warner Robins, GA to do a High School Mission Trip in early June [6/3 - 6/10].  We'll be serving in Jacksonville, FL for a whole week to help many people in need.  The trip costs $250 per person, but that includes EVERYTHING in that week [food/housing/transportation/etc.].  Let DCE Josh know if you're interested and/or want more info.

  • Mount Calvary has also invited us to join them for a day of their spring retreat on March 17 in order for us to get to know each other a little more, especially those that are interested in going to the mission trip.

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.

Thank you Our Redeemer Family for your prayers and for the beautiful cards and words of encouragement after the death of my Grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth VanPelt.  May God bless you all abundantly!  Sheri Agee

Letter from Nicholas Sinatra:  Preseminary Student at Concordia - Chicago:

Grace, mercy and peace be with you from God our Father in heaven.  I would like to report that my semester is starting off well.  I am already back into the swing of things, which includes plenty of papers to write, working hours at my on-campus job, and playing music with the music ensembles I am a part of.  New this semester, myself and a peer of mine both have been given the job of Sexton for Sunday morning worship on campus.  OUr job entails: turning on the lights and unlocking the chapel; setting up and taking down communion; collecting offering and finding ushers to do so; running microphone sound checks; and basically anything else that needs to be done for the worship service.  It is a job that I do not get paid for but nevertheless still enjoy doing.

As for my classes, I must say I enjoy my Introduction to Lutheran Theology class perhaps the most.  AFter all, it is in the field I eventually am pursuing a career in, but it also shows me more about what we as Lutherans believe and has also helped strengthen my own faith.  Not much else has changed, although we have gotten over a foot of snow that did cancel classes for a day. (And I chuckle to myself because back home, as you all know, an inch of snow can shut down the whole state; my northern peers simply do not understand this phenomenon of a inch of snow causing mass hysteria.)  Other than that, I am just enjoying the blessings of being in college at Concordia, blessings which you as a congregation have helped make possible.  Thank You and God Bless!

AUGUSTA CARE PREGNANCY CENTER - The Augusta Care Pregnancy Center is hosting their Spring Volunteer Training.  Classes will be held on:

Thursday, March 1 (5:00pm-9:00pm)

Friday, March 2 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Saturday, March 3 (9:00am-4:00pm)

Training will be held at the Augusta CPC office at 2915 Professional Parkway off Davis Road.  If you are interested in attending please call CPC to register at (706)724-5531.


Lutheran Women in Mission

April 15th 12:15 PM - Business meeting with board.  Bring sack lunch.

Topic:  restructuring our unit.  Everyone is invited.


April 21st - East Central GA Zone Spring Rally at Mount Calvary, Warner Robins.  Prayer Partner form will be available on LWML cabinet.  Sign- up sheet on LWML cabinet

May 6th 12:15 PM - Society/Unit meeting.  Everyone please bring a salad or dessert.

Sign up for the LWML Quarterly and FL-GA District Evangel (newsletter).  We have ordered 35 quarterlies.  If you want one 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-line, via e-mail, or sign up for paper copy which will be placed in your mail folder. 2018 District convention information is available in Evangel and on-line.

Mites: The district goal is $175,000.  We need $35,437 to meet this goal by June 30th.  ORLC has contributed $2,540.48 for 2017.  Thank you!

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            Tele: (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