August 2023

Register Now for Faith Formation, Confirmation and High School Classes

The start of the 2023-2024 school year is quickly approaching! Faith Formation (Pre-K - 6th Grades), Confirmation (7th - 8th Grades) and High School classes will be resuming on Sunday, September 10 at 9:45 am.

Register now at the link below. Note that we need a new registration for every child each school year.

2023-2024 Youth Registration Form

Faith Formation Teachers Needed

We are still in need of the following teachers for our Faith Formation classes this Fall:

  • Assistant Teacher for Pre-K - K Class
  • Lead Teacher for 3rd & 4th Grades
  • Assistant Teacher for 3rd & 4th Grades
  • Assistant Teacher for 5th & 6th Grades

Lesson plans and training are provided. No teaching experience required.

Please consider volunteering! Reach out to Shelley Brennan at if you are interested or with any questions.

Homestretch Backpack Delivery - Tuesday, August 1

Join members of Redeemer as we deliver backpacks to the youth at Homestretch. Together we will pack the bags we bring at their facility and then distribute them to the residents there. This is a great family service opportunity – please contact Pastor Josh if you are interested in participating.

We will meet at Homestretch, 303 S Maple Ave, Falls Church, VA 22046 at 6:30 pm and go from there.

Summer Worship and Blessing of the Backpacks

Summer is the perfect time to worship as a family! We are worshipping at 9 am and 10:30 am from now through August 20th. Join us on August 20th for a special "blessing of the backpacks" as the new school year begins.

Families and youth are also invited to assist during worship as greeters, ushers, readers and acolytes. Reach out to Kim Wenk ( if any training is needed.

Confirmand Meeting with Parents - September 10

Pastor Josh and PSK will soon be kicking off another year of Confirmation education! Both Confirmands and their parents are asked to attend the first class on September 10th as we will be going over class expectations/logistics and the schedule for the year ahead.

Note Confirmation classes are for rising 7th & 8th graders. Please let Pastor Josh know if you have any questions.  

Make a Joyful Noise unto the Lord!

The Redeemer Youth and Bell Choirs are looking for new members. The Youth Choir rehearses during the school year on Sundays from 10:55 am - 11:25 am. The Bell Choir rehearses Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm. Each group performs periodically throughout the year.

If you are interested, please contact Waka Osifchin at or click here to sign up.

High School Bagels and Bibles

Do you have questions about your life, God, the Bible or your Faith? Then bring your questions and we will explore what the Bible has to tell us about where God is in your life and today's world.

High schoolers will resume their search for answers on Sunday, September 10 at 9:45 am in the teen center.

Click here to register for the class and hope to see you soon!  

Looking Ahead to the 2024 ELCA National Youth Gathering

Attention high schoolers - get excited and save the date! The ELCA National Youth Gathering will be in New Orleans, LA from July 16-20, 2024.

More information to follow. Note that youth will need to register by the end of the year.

Save the Dates

  • August 1 - Homestretch Backpack Delivery (6:30 pm at Homestretch)
  • August 13 - Guest Preacher, Bishop Ortiz (9 am and 10:30 am services)
  • August 20 - Blessing of the Backpacks and Guest Preacher Max Miller, Redeemer member and seminarian (9 am and 10:30 am services)
  • August 27 - Return to 3 Services (8:30 am, 9:45 am and 11:00 am) and Youth Choir resumes (10:55 am)
  • September 10 - Faith Formation, Confirmation and High School Classes Resume (9:45 am)
  • September 17 - Youth Group resumes (5:00 pm)
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