Dear Christ the Redeemer family,

The Lord is with us. He is active and he is on the move, and, this past weekend, he demonstrated that in at least three ways.

Commitment Sunday

Sunday the 18th was Commitment Sunday in our Forming and Sending Campaign. The pledges we received during the services are being counted as I write. And the evening’s Celebration Event was full of joy and brimming with excitement. There are many who have taken roles in the campaign, and I want all who have helped to know my gratitude and my delight in seeing all the work you have all done so well! Our Celebration Event was a clear demonstration of this good work and participation.

If you did not have an opportunity to turn in your pledge card on Commitment Sunday—don’t worry!—you still have time. You may bring it this Sunday and place it in the offering plate, or mail it to the church office, to the attention of Allan Emery. On Sunday, December 2, we will announce the total commitments made to our three-year campaign.

The culmination of the campaign on this day is more a beginning than an ending. We are beginning the exciting path toward completing our campus, and enabling the good works of formation and discipleship, among other important and helpful things.

Election of our New Bishop

On Saturday at the 2018 Diocesan Synod we elected our next bishop (technically “bishop-elect” until his consecration in March), the Reverend Andrew Williams.

Rev. Drew is the lead pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, a church that he led from roughly 300 people to roughly 1000 people over the course of the past eight years.

The culture of Trinity Church has a vibrancy, a holy cleanness, a sense of love, and a sense of courage. It just has that intangible sense that Jesus is present.

I have had the opportunity to talk a bit with Rev. Drew, and am eager to get to know him better, to serve him and to have his counsel as we grow. His first visit to CTR is scheduled for March 31, 2019.

Lastly, we have a new website!

At the Celebration Event Sunday evening we announced our new website is now live, and debuted the welcome video found on the home page. The music in the background is a piece written by Michael Pritzl, our 9am service worship leader, on which he collaborates with Dan McKinley and the choir.

I am excited for this new website and the way it presents us to those looking for an Anglican church, or to those simply looking for a good church. Would you join me in praying that the Lord will use it in great ways?

Dear friends, as we approach Thanksgiving Day I invite you to join with me in hearty and humble thanks to our Lord Jesus for who he is among us, what he has done, and with anticipation for what he is going to do.

– Fr. Tim Clayton