Pulse Newsletter - January 2019


Something to carry over to 2019


So many times we receive wonderful gifts and food items during the holiday season.  We rejoice and celebrate God’s gift to us. But now what? The needles on the Christmas tree turned brown and are falling off.  The goodies made and prepared are getting stale. The fabulous Christmas dinner leftovers are finished or in need of being removed.  The many decorations are being removed and things are getting back into place. How normal and how boring!


We sometimes experience a “Christmas hangover” after the Christmas season.  We wake up one day and are just overwhelmed by all the stuff. It makes us just want to leave it all behind or jump back into bed and pull the blankets over our heads.  Eventually, reality cannot be ignored and we get on with the clean up.


While all the decorations are being packed away and all the gifts sorted, thank you’s written, and the refrigerator cleared out, there is still one thing that remains and abides…  Jesus. When the angels left, the shepherd’s left, Jesus remained. He is the Christmas gift that remains… the one gift of love that endures.


As the symbolic decorations disappear, family goes their separate ways, and no more good news in the form of Christmas cards are delivered, there remains one thing… Jesus.  He is our Savior and our Redeemer. The Beloved of the Father and the beautiful One. He is our Lord. We are His people. As we cross the divide into a new year, know that Jesus goes with us.  And that… is the gift that means everything. -- Pastor Schwartz





Epiphany Day

Isa 60:1-6; Eph 3:1-12

Matt 2:1-12

8:15am Divine Service 1

9:40am Christian Education

11am Divine Service 1

Holy Communion

Un-Decorate Facility


Baptism of the Lord

Isa 43:1-7; Rom 6:1-11

Luke 3:15-22

8:15am Divine Service 1

9:20am Fellowship Snacks

9:40am Christian Education

11am Divine Service 1


2nd Sunday after Epiphany

Is 62:1-5; 1 Cor. 12:1-11

John 2:1-11

8:15am Divine Service 1

9:40am Christian Education

11am Contemporary Service

Holy Communion


3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Neh 8:1-3,5-6, 8-10; 1 Cor 12:12-31a; Luke 4:16-30


8:15am Matins

9:20am Fellowship Snacks

9:40am Christian Education

11am Contemporary Service


HELP WANTED:  The ORLC nursery is in need of a regular nursery attendant.  This is a paid position. Candidates must submit a resume, be at least 18 years of age, available Sundays 8am-12:30pm and possible special services, able to pass a background check, and have current Pediatric and Infant CPR/First Aid certification (this can be obtained through the church).  Those interested may contact the church at 706-733-6076 or through the website www.orlcaugusta.com.


BOARD OF ELDERS - The Elders Aid Fund has been helping a Family with odds and ends over the past several months.  The Family has six children and is expecting another. They range in age up to nine years old. The Family is in GREAT NEED of a SUV type of vehicle.  Should anyone in the congregation have a workable vehicle or know someone who has such a vehicle - one with little market value but would be great value to the family.  Please contact the Church Office or Mac Johnson.

-- In His Service, Norm Luedtke

WEAR YOUR NAME TAGS - Although we know everyone at “Our Service” (early or late), maybe we sometimes go to the “Other Service”.  It would be very helpful if ORLC members wore their name tags so we could introduce each other and to welcome visitors.  Please see Sheri if you need one.

CHILI COOK-OFF & DESSERT AUCTION: Sun., January 27 at noon.  Bring your best chili and have it compared with others in several categories: spiciest, meatiest, overall best, & more!  Cost for admission to taste the chili will be $7/person or $20/family. All proceeds from admission and the dessert auction will go to support our efforts to go to the upcoming 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis, MN. Check the sign-up sheet in the lobby area in January to let us know if you’re making chili and/or dessert for the event!

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 since the beginning of December:

Small Group (Sun PM)    33 Pre-K, K, & 1st Grade   28

Bible Class (Mon PM)    34 2nd & 3rd Grades       25

Bible Class (Wed AM)    32 Pre-Confirmation      16

Bible Class (LAMBS)    33 Confirmation    32
Bible Class (YA Thu PM)     11 Senior High    27
Bible Class (MBBS)     35 Young Adults (Margins)     12

Adult (Room 309)       82 Adult (Room 307)     34

Total Attendance: 434


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. Starts again on 1/7.


WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY - 9:30-10:45am, Room 309 studying “2nd Corinthians” led by Pastor Schwartz. Starts again on 1/9.


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 "God's Word for Today" in the Book of John. "The word Became Flesh" led by Dean Niehoff.  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. Starts again on 1/13.

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!


World Religions

Thursday, Jan. 10 & 24

6:30 PM

For text alerts,

text @yaorlc to 81010



  • 1/20 - Youth Group

    • 12:00-2:30p w/Lunch

  • 1/25-1/26 - GA HS Youth Winter Retreat

    • See details below

  • 1/27 - Chili Cookoff + Dessert Auction

    • 12:00-2:00p

For text alerts, text @orlcy to 81010

Youth Group Instagram: @orlcy


Georgia High School Youth Winter Retreat:

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church in Warner Robins, GA is hosting a winter retreat for all High School youth from Georgia.  The theme for the retreat and the Bible Studies will be "Grow for It!" It'll take place over January 25-26 [Friday-Saturday] and cost about $25-$30.  The cost covers all meals and snacks during the event, and a T-shirt!  Housing will be at Mount Calvary, so be sure to bring a sleeping bag and/or air mattress.  We need final numbers by mid-January, so let me know if you're interested!


LCEF - LUTHERAN CHURCH EXTENSION FUND. We have a new time certificate that is a 40 month time frame and pays 4%. It requires a $500.00 minimum and a maximum of $40,000.00. Since this is not one of the "on-going" programs, ii's information is not on the regular applications. Therefore I will place some printed application forms in the  LCEF display cabinet in the upper hallway. It is a two-sided one sheet form. It is available in South Carolina also. If you have any questions, please contact me by phone: 706-860-8578, email at chief548vtnm@comcast.net , or talk to me at church. Or call the office in St. Louis at 800-843-5233, they have more information than any one person might need.

Marvin D. Timm, Sr., LCEF Congregational Advocate

THE MEMORIAL PROGRAM - of Our Redeemer is overseen by the Board of Stewardship.  Suggestions for new items for inclusion on this list for future purchase are now being requested and may be submitted to the Board of Stewardship by any member of the congregation. Recent items purchased with memorial funds include the new projectors and screens for the Fellowship Hall.  Contact Eddie Kyser (Chairman Board of Stewardship) or the church office for a request form.

STRAIGHT TO THE POINT - The 2019 Belize Mission Trip is in jeopardy. Group reservation deposits are due and we do not have enough people committed to go. Time is running out.  We need at least four more people to commit by January 20th or the trip may not happen. The 3rd week of June or the 3rd week of July are the possible dates. If you are the least bit interested or just want to know more, please contact Mike Missey at 706-564-4183 or Ken Kutlik at 706-589-1007, and prayerfully consider whether you can answer the call. Sponsorship money may be available from the church to help pay for the cost of the trip. Belize Mission Trip information is available in the literature rack on the table to the left of the mail folders.



Many thanks for the generous gifts received by the Pastor, DCE and staff during the month of December.  We appreciate the many people and members of Our Redeemer. May God continue to bless us in the new year as well.  


THANK YOU from a very grateful heart for all of the beautiful Christmas cards and goodies that you shared with me during this Christmas season. God gave His greatest gift to us on that first Christmas Day and may the wonder of it always guide and light your way.  May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love at Christmas and always! Happy 2019!                                                            Sheri Agee


Dear Congregation of Our Redeemer,  I am happy to announce that I have passed all of my classes this past fall semester, including my first semester of Greek. Since taking that class, I am already now able to understand pieces the New Testament in its original language. I will be taking another semester of Greek this upcoming semester as I fully intend to continue my Pre-Seminary education.

In the Wind Symphony part of my college experience, the upcoming semester will be very eventful. The first weekend of February 2019, we will be recording another CD (the release date of which I do not know). Our CDs contain recordings of both new or classic wind band repertoire as well as sacred music for wind band. In March during our Spring Break, the Wind Symphony will be going on a spring bus tour of the east coast, including a performance at Carnegie Hall, an experience of a lifetime indeed.


Other things have been a bit more consistent. I still am employed at Concordia University Chicago’s IT service department, CougarNet Helpdesk. I am also still the Sexton for Sunday morning campus worship, responsible for setting up and cleaning up for the service.  I am thankful to have all of you all’s support in my education. Your scholarship contribution helps make my education financially possible. God’s blessings this Christmas.

Yours in Christ,  

Nicholas J. Sinatra, Recipient of the ORLC Scholarship in 2018



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