Because you gave

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

I Corinthians 13:13

Dear Christ the Redeemer Family,

 

As we approach stewardship season, I am mindful of how blessed CTR is, due to your generosity. As we send out this year's series of "Because You Gave" articles, I want to begin by focusing on the furnishings and fixtures in our nave and sanctuary space.

 

Because you gave, our pulpit is now adorned with a beautiful crucifix, reminding us to always "preach Christ crucified" as the apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 1:23. Because you gave, this Sunday you will arrive at church to find Bibles in each - ahem - chair in the nave. Because you gave, our AV team is now able to record our sermons, and not just the audio, but also with video, adding more breadth and depth in our communication of the Gospel.

 

Because you gave, the furnishings and the fixtures we are adding in the nave and sanctuary continue to enhance our worship experience and help us spread the Gospel to the ends of the earth, to the glory of God.

 

Stay tuned for more articles in the coming weeks. As we have recently celebrated our first 10 years, so we now begin our next 10 years together. Personally, I am very excited to watch how God is continuing to grow our congregation... because you gave.

 

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Chris Culpepper

Rector, CTR   

 


Because you Gave

A Story of generosity

Dear CTR Family,

As I watch the children's and family ministries grow before us, I am ever grateful to God for the commitment and generosity of our CTR church family.


Because you gave, we have an inspiring mural of creation in the main thoroughfare of CTR life for everyone's enjoyment and reflection.


Because you gave, we now have two age groups of children in a Worship and Wonder model of Sunday School with countless wooden and carefully-crafted story presentation materials, down to details of sewn liturgical cloths, and handmade playdough in our art response supplies. Because you gave, we have journals, bibles and maps for our older elementary children's discipleship group. Because you gave, we have a community of adults who have undergone training and grown in their own Christian formation to lead our children as storytellers, greeters and disciplers. I am encouraged each week by the creativity and love for transmitting God's Word that you generously share with the families at CTR.


Because you gave, we have hired additional childcare providers to care for the littliest in our  CTR nursery. Because you gave, our nursery has recently added much needed cabinets, shelves and supplies to ensure further storage and safety.

Because you gave, we have intergenerational activities such as our annual Advent Purple party, Saint Nicholas' visit, and Lenten family devotional activities and are planning our first Celebration of the Saints' for this fall.


I am reminded of the parable of the mustard seed as I ponder on all that is growing in our children's ministry.  May CTR continue to be like the vibrant, flourishing mustard tree where many more may nest and grow.  To God be the glory!

In His joy,

Melissa Smith

Director of Children's and Family Ministries, CTR

   

Because you Gave...

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."  - Acts 1:8

Dear CTR Family,

 

Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the amount of need and human suffering in the world. I can become paralyzed by thoughts of inadequacy knowing that it's not possible to help everyone. It's hard to know where to start. I question what I can do and wonder about the futility of my individual efforts. But, then I remember that God is not asking me to take care of everyone, just someone. I can't support every worthwhile cause, but I can support some. And if I join forces with others, together we can extend our reach and have a much greater impact. One of the joys of being part of a church family is knowing that we can combine our gifts of time, talent, and treasure to honor the great commandment, loving and serving the Lord and others.

 

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR was able to significantly increase our 2019 budget for those Local, Regional, and International Missions we regularly support and pray for every week.

 

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, twelve CTR members will be attending the New Wineskins Conference in North Carolina this month. With thousands of Anglicans from around the world, they will be encouraged and equipped to share Jesus, both locally and globally.

 

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR is able to support several seminarians, including Carl Harkins and Melissa Smith, from this parish.

 

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR has formed an exciting partnership this year with Rivertree Academy, where the mission is "to educate under-resourced students to live life well: following Jesus, thriving academically, and transforming their communities." Volunteers from CTR are mentoring students, helping in classrooms, and providing office support.

 

Finally, BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR is also able to bless individuals in need. One of those you helped was a local woman who, after escaping an abusive marriage, was struggling to support herself and her young daughter with medical issues. Assistance from CTR meant she did not have to choose between paying utilities or buying medications. In a heartfelt thank you letter, she concluded by saying, "To know God is watching over my child and sending those who know of His love to help us fills my heart with overflowing appreciation. God loves. God provides. God is eternally steadfast and I am humbled by His grace."

 

Thank you for your generous gifts!

In Christ,

Sandy Tisdale

Director of Missions, CTR

Because you Gave

"By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit

and so prove to be my disciples."  - John 15:8

Dear CTR Family,

In case you don't know it by now, my heart beats to discipleship.  I love our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church, and I love to see people follow Him daily, in big ways and in small ways.  I love when people, made in the image of God, willingly choose and decide to follow Jesus Christ. I love that our mission at CTR, first and foremost, is the Great Commandment and Great Commission -- to love the Lord our God, to love others, and to make disciples.  I strongly believe that we are faithful in this and, of course, God is faithful to us. So, I want to share just a few things in the ministry of Christ the Redeemer, how we are making disciples in youth, college, and young adult ministries.

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR is able to form young disciples of Christ in our youth ministry.  We are able to provide a rich and vibrant worship, both traditional and contemporary.  We were able to host a Confirmation preparation for several of our students to grow in the knowledge of love of God, and will soon receive the laying on of hands for the strengthening of the Holy Spirit.  This summer, we were able to send many students to Camp Crucis, mission trips, and retreats.  We are able to invest in the lives of young disciples, providing opportunities for them to know Jesus, and make Him known.

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, we are able to provide ongoing pastoral care to our out-of-town college students.  We send them care packages a couple times a year, to let them know we are praying for them, we are supporting them, and we are wanting them to maintain an  active life of faith in college.  This past spring, we were able to have a college-aged Bible study, where several young ladies could get into the Word, discuss the Christian faith, and grow together.  We were able to send several college students to the annual College Retreat, and we are able to grow our music ministry by reaching into the gifts and talents of TCU students.

BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR is able to meet young adults where they are, and bring them into an active relationship with Jesus Christ.  Our young adult ministry hosts a Theology  on Tap and encourages young adults to not only worship the living God, but serve Him on Sunday morning ministries.  We are able to reach far beyond our walls with online presence -- website, social media, youtube videos etc, showing that CTR is a dynamic church where anyone can find community, purpose and meaning.

Finally, BECAUSE YOU GAVE, CTR keeps discipleship a main priority because it is God's priority.  We have good news to share, we have a great God to trust, and we have wonderful opportunities here to make disciples of all nations and ages.

Thank you for your generous gifts!

In Christ,

Fr. Mark Polley+


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 2020 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 3rd 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.