Ministries

ctrcross200bWe cover a wide range of Ministries here at Christ the Redeemer.  Some large, some small, but all equally important in the Body of Christ.

On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:22-28)

Experience the heart of our church as you read through our ministries.

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Adults and children alike are called to serve in this ministry.  Working alongside the clergy, they assist in leading worship on Sunday mornings.  Beginning at age nine, acolytes are trained to assist with communion, participating in the procession and helping with the offertory.

Contact: Sherry Crow

ministry_altarguildThe altar guild is a ministry of serving behind the scenes in helping the clergy prepare for worship.  They clean the altar area, make sure the liturgical items are polished and in place and maintain the vestments and altar hangings.

Contact: Jean Lamm & Susan McEvers

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From Sunday morning education to Kids Club to special events such as VBS or Advent School, the children’s ministry is a vital component of our congregational life.  Sunday school teachers are screened and trained, special events are planned for the children, and supplies are kept updated.

Contact: Jean Lamm

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The purpose of THE COMFORT KITCHEN MINISTRY is to offer comfort, love and sustenance to CTR members and their families who are seriously ill, suffering the loss of a loved one, experiencing particular difficulties or returning home with a new baby or from an extended hospital stay. All requests must be made to Fr. Don. So if you know of a particular need for a meal(s), or just a dessert, contact Fr. Don and he will contact Linda Williams, who is leading this ministry. Volunteers are needed, both men & women. Please volunteer by signing up at the table in the foyer.

Contact Linda Williams

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The Evangelism Team seeks to reach our neighbors with the good news of Jesus Christ through various outreach events. Members are trained and equipped with tools that will help them to communicate the gospel in a way that is firm, yet approachable.

Contact: Deacon Sheri Graham

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Greeters are the first people a visitor will encounter when visiting Christ the Redeemer.  They are in the entry way on Sunday mornings to greet newcomers and direct people to the appropriate location for worship, ministry or education.

Contact: Alicia Crews

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There is no greater pain than the loss of someone you love. You feel isolated in your sorrow.  You need fellowship with those who have walked this path themselves.

The purpose of the Grief Recovery Ministry at Christ the Redeemer is to enable the bereaved to share with others who are  grieving, and to find the comfort of a loving God.

Contact Sharon Nelson

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Jesus spent much of his earthly ministry healing the sick.  The Apostles continued this ministry on through the centuries and we believe Jesus is still healing today.  Through Sunday prayer teams and monthly healing services, we regularly see miraculous healings and answered prayers.  We also have periodic days of “Healing & Renewal” where the entire congregation is encouraged to come together to receive the healing and empowerment of the Lord.

Contact: Father Don McConnell

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This ministry coordinates use of the kitchen facilities, plans meals for events, and makes sure everyone has their coffee on Sunday mornings. We also provide donuts, oatmeal and hard-boiled eggs on Sunday mornings for those who have not had a chance to eat breakfast.  Different parishioners assist in providing hospitality as needed.

Contact: Karen Powell

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Prayer is another cornerstone of our ministry and an essential component of anything done in the name of the Lord.  We have many different prayer groups and intercessors to pray through pastoral needs.  We also have a prayer chain which is activated in times of emergency for parishioners and their immediate family members.  A weekly prayer update goes out by email to all active members so that we may have updated needs to pray through regularly.

Contact: A Member of the Clergy

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In today’s electronic world, one of the greatest means of communication is via the internet.  Our webservant volunteers his time to design and update our website, send out email updates and assist in reaching the world with the good news of Jesus Christ.   Some of the tools used in this ministry are:

  • This Website
  • Email Prayer Updates
  • Email News & Events
  • Facebook Page
  • Twitter Account

Contact: Joe Siegler

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The Kairos Ministry reaches out to detainees who are 11 to 17 year olds in detention for various offenses. We visit with them to talk about faith, have fellowship, share the word, and also lead worship services.  Background checks are required and the ministry usually visits the detention centers on Friday evenings or Sunday afternoons.

Contact: Tony Gerber

ministry_readers

Lay readers assist with the reading of God’s word during Sunday worship services.  Chalice Bearers are those who assist the clergy in distributing the wine during Holy Communion.  Both Lay Readers and Chalice Bearers are trained and serve on a rotating basis.

Contact: Sherry Crow

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The Library in the Parish Hall is ready for you to begin checking out books!   Due to the generosity of our congregation, Christ the Redeemer has a library that members can borrow books from.  The contents are religious in nature, and there’s no charge.  If there’s something you would like to borrow, come by and check it out.   If you have any books that are in good shape that you’d like to donate, please contact the church.

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Men are called to take the position of spiritual leadership in their families.  Christ the Redeemer’s men’s ministry calls me to such a role.  Through weekly bible studies, monthly men’s breakfasts and special outreach projects, men are encouraged to take their leadership role seriously.

Contact: Jim McEvers & Mike McFadden

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No, not the candy.

Christ the Redeemer supports numerous ministries and missionaries both locally and around the world. Through the Mission and Ministry Committee, a tenth of all church income is distributed to mission and ministry. This ministry seeks first to help financially those in the congregation who have hit hard times because of a job loss or unforeseen life circumstances. We also fund local and national Christian ministries and foreign missionaries serving from Nigeria to Morocco to Peru.

If you have, or know of a need in one of these areas that you believe the Lord is calling us to meet, please contact Fr. Barry at the church office at 972-475-4447 or you may email him at the email address below.

Anyone in need of congregational assistance funding may make their needs know to Father Barry at any time. Applications for other funding must be completed and submitted to the M & M committee six weeks prior to the quarterly M & M Committee meetings. Meetings are held the second Sundays of March, June, September, and December.

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The music ministries of CTR are responsible for leading parishioners in Spirit-led praise, blending both ancient hymns and contemporary praise choruses into weekly worship.  The music ministers provide music for Sunday services, Wed evening worship and our monthly healing service, as well as special events, encouraging participation from everyone with ears to hear and voices to sing in support of CTR’s central theme of passionate individual and corporate praise and worship of the Triune Godhead.

Contact: Chris Milner or Keith Crow

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For children three and under, we have a nursery with trained and screened nursery workers to care for your precious ones during all of our worship services and most church activities.  There are toys for them to play which are sanitized regularly.  We have two nursery rooms available to separate toddlers from infants.

Contact: Elaina Winget

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Pastoral Lay Eucharistic Ministers (or PLEMS) are trained lay persons who assist the clergy in visiting and taking communion to those who are sick, hospitalized or in nursing homes.  After each Sunday worship service, the PLEMS come forward to receive the consecrated bread and wine and immediately take it to those in need.

Contact: Deacon Sheri Graham

Ushers

The ushers assist members and visitors during Sunday morning worship.  Whether it is handing out bulletins, helping people find a seat, or taking up the tithes and offerings, the ushers are always ready to assist those with a question or need on Sunday morning.  They also function as a second line of greeters inside the sanctuary to make visitors and members alike feel welcome.

Contact: Wes Westerfield

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Christ the Redeemer has a trained Director of Women’s ministry on staff to coordinate and oversee the various women’s ministries in our congregation.  From weekly bible studies to fellowship events to special speakers, our women’s ministry seeks to help women learnt he Word of God, find their place in ministry, and be godly wives and mothers in their families.

Contact: Candyce Milner

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The youth of the church, Radical Anointed Disciples (RAD), under the leadership of our dedicated youth ministers, meet Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings. It is for all youth in grades 7-12 and provides spiritual growth through a variety of activities and events. We focus on building up the youth to be disciples for Christ.  RAD participate in mission trips, service projects, retreats and other activities to help them learn how to become godly young men and women of God.

Contact: Theresa Crooks