Stewardship:

"Now these three abide: Faith, Hope, and Love..."

I Corinthians 13:13

Dear Christ the Redeemer Family,

 

This time of year, we customarily offer our "Because You Gave" articles as an encouragement and inspiration to the congregation that your giving to the mission and ministry of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church makes a difference in the world around us and for the Kingdom of God. Accordingly, and with a bigger picture in mind, the articles and testimonies we are prayerfully publishing this year will not only reflect and highlight our "labor in the vineyard" over this last year, but will also place those stories within the broader sweep and narrative of our hopes, dreams, visions and plans for our CTR community going forward.

 

For, as I mentioned in The Chronicles earlier this week, the last time we were together we were celebrating the first 10 years of our life as this church family. We told stories of the firm foundation we are building at CTR, based on solid biblical principles and a clear vision. Now, as we come together again this upcoming Sunday, we will begin to imagine our future, building on the history and heritage we are establishing as we look forward to the next 10 years and beyond!

 

Yet, we know our history and heritage is not ours alone. In fact, as the Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:20-22, it is "Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him, you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit."

 

Therefore, I am pleased to say that the emphases of these articles are: Faith, Hope, and Love. We trust the stories God has given us to share will help us to see the goodness, grace, and glory of God in our midst and how we will prayerfully and cooperatively respond in doing our part to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Fr. Chris Culpepper, Rector

How to pledge:

There are a number of different ways to pledge to CTR:

1. Pledge cards can be found on the Information Table at church.

2. You may fill out this pledge card form .

3. Click on the Pledge Card for 2019 button below and your pledge will be sent directly to the church.


If you are filling out a pledge card at church or filling out this form, you may choose one of the following:

1. Email the church at admin@ctrfw.org with your pledge.

2. Mail it to:

Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church

Attn: CTR Treasurer

6116 Southwest Blvd.

Fort Worth, TX  76109

3. Bring your pledge to Church on All Saints Sunday, November 4th in a sealed envelope to be blessed at the in-gathering.

If you have any questions, please contact the church at the e-mail above or call 817 386-3000.


Stewardship

A Story of Faith

Dear Christ the Redeemer family,

 

Teaching the faith to the next generations was a top priority as Moses prepared the Israelites to enter the Promised Land. God charged Moses with the responsibility to pass along the commandments with the goal that their children and their children's children would fear the Lord, follow His commands (think the best ways for living in relationship with Him and with others), and have a lived-faith as the covenanted people of the One-true, loving, gracious Father God. Throughout the Biblical narrative and history of the Church, the imparting of faith has been intergenerational...in the rhythm of daily life...with worship, rituals and symbols...in the family ...and through the larger church community.

 

At Christ the Redeemer, we believe the same is still true today.

 

I have been humbled and in awe to join the CTR staff as the Director of Family and Children's Ministry over the past 9 months. Building on the vision set by Jennifer Fredericks with the value of storytelling and worship, we have most recently incorporated a model of Worship & Wonder into the faith formation of the children in our CTR family. As the numbers of children grow in our church family, we are now offering faith formation on Sunday mornings for three developmental groups-nursery/early childhood, Worship & Wonder group (age 4-2nd grade), and Discipleship Group (3rd-5th grade). Much preparation has occurred over the past few months by many. Last weekend, Treveccas Okholm, a children's ministry consultant, led 15 CTR leaders through a workshop and training to assist in launching this new ministry model. My joy of the weekend was to experience our own children experiencing God and His Biblical stories through Worship & Wonder for the first time in our new atrium space and then to see our own leaders enter into the role as storyteller for the first time. I thank God for his faithful, dedicated people who love Him and our children. We are blessed beyond measure!

 

Legacy building is occurring here and now at CTR! We are the continuation of God's covenant with His chosen family in the desert so many generations ago. Many say, "Children are the future of the church." As this may be a true statement, I would respond that children are a vital part of the church today. Children are complete human beings made in the image of God, as are adults. At CTR, not only do we partner with families as spiritual leaders in their homes, we nourish one another as we worship and live our faith out together. Wonder with me, church family...how will we continue to impart the faith we have been given?

 

In His joy,

 

Melissa Smith

 

P.S. Visit our new Worship & Wonder atrium to see the Bible come alive in carefully crafted stories. It is a place where we walk a bit slower, talk a bit softer, and experience the presence of God. Pass by our nursery and notice the bumper crop of younger ones and our new evacuation crib. Thank you again for using the North entrance door to allow the Discipleship to enjoy their new foyer space on Sunday mornings.                              

Stewardship

A STory of Hope

Dear Christ the Redeemer family,

 

In a world that is full of hurt, insecurity, depression, abuse, pressures from every side to be thinner, or smarter, or richer, or better.... in a day when there is a pressure to make your life look perfect on social media and to convince others - and maybe yourself - that you love your life when some days or seasons are hard... in a time when some of the basic assumptions of our culture around identity are shifting....

 

What can we offer? HOPE.

 

We have GOOD news! We have news that the one, true God created each person with the dignity and value of being made in His image. We have news that this God is our loving Heavenly Father, who has a purpose for our lives and cares for us deeply. We have news that He came to rescue us in the flesh through Jesus, his death and resurrection. We have news that He wants to know us intimately and personally and promises a peace that surpasses understanding when we look to Him, regardless of our circumstances. This HOPE is not merely wishful thinking, but instead, the confident expectation that what God has promised will come to pass because over and over again, He has proven Himself faithful.

 

Because you gave, we have been living our goal of bringing people in, growing people in their faith, and then sending people out into the world as agents of HOPE.

 

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem..."

  • Opening Doors for Women in Need
  • Read 2 Win
  • Tarrant County 5-Stones Task Force
  • HOPE Farm
  • Iglesia San Miguel

...and in all Judea and Samaria...

  • Camp Crucis
  • Nashotah House
  • Church of the Incarnation, College Station

...and to the ends of the earth." Acts 1:8

  • New Wineskins Missionary Network
  • SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad)
  • La Gran Familia
  • Centurion Partner, Fr. Juta (Northern Malawi)
  • Society of Anglican Missionaries and Senders
  • Anglican Relief and Development Fund
  • The Life Project

As we begin this fall semester, I'm excited to see how God continues to move in our midst as he sends us out as agents of HOPE in Southwest Fort Worth and around the world.

 

In Christ,

 

Jessica Tetirick

Stewardship

A STory of Love

To my church family,

 

In this broken, hurting world we live in, God has intervened, giving His ultimate expression of love in that "He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). As followers of Christ, it is such a blessing to be a part of this community of faith, hope, and love at Christ the Redeemer. We are living Acts 2:42 as we "devote ourselves to the apostles teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." God has sent our clergy, who He has called to lead us as we worship and praise God together. They are committed to preaching His holy living word, helping to train and equip us to share the good news of Jesus Christ, being witnesses of His love in the world with our families, our neighbors, our co-workers, wherever the Lord leads us!

 

Through His love, God has given us our vision statement at CTR. First and foremost, it is God's own vision as, "Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10). We at CTR only want what God has in mind for us.

 

God has given us our mission through the great command, "as Jesus said, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 22:37-39). And the Lord has called us to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even to the ends of the earth." (Matthew 28:19-20).

 

As Christians, having accepted the truth of God's love and forgiveness through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we have access to the amazing resources that our Father has available for us. He has given us His Holy living word as the guidebook for our life. The love He gives us through the Holy Spirit, gives us strength (Ps. 18:1), power (Luke 24:49), and His "peace that passes all understanding which guards our heart and mind in Christ Jesus." (Phil 4:7). As we receive and accept this strength, enabling power, and peace, we are able to do whatever God calls each of us to do. We are also able to see Him more clearly as He continues to work all around us.

 

Personally, I see how God's love is being expressed through our church family at Christ the Redeemer, not only as you pray for and minister to one another, but I also see so many expressions of God's love as you show hospitality to those God has sent to visit CTR... and as you serve Him selflessly. You are faithful to pray for the work of the Lord within our own congregation and beyond praying as the Lord leads. You have shown many expressions of God's love and support through CTR's outreach ministries touching and changing many lives beyond our church walls.

 

Because of His love, I have felt the Lord calling and challenging me in new ways to serve Him. What is the Lord calling you to do? Is He calling you to a new area of service? Is the Lord challenging you and me to give to CTR in ways we have never done before? Sharing the blessings He has given us?   May we each accept the many ways the Lord expresses His love for us, and may we be open asking the Lord how we can show our love to Him by giving back to Him for all He continues to do for you and me through His work at and through Christ the Redeemer.

 

In His love,

Your sister in Christ

 

Caron Overbeek