Thursday, March 28, 2024

Clergy Reflection

Dear Folks,

When you need space and time to talk with a spouse or a child or a friend, have you ever resorted to a long drive to give you a captive audience, buckled up together and travelling 60 miles an hour? Perhaps you were the one who had been strapped in? My wife had an aunt who planned a two-week trip through the Bavarian countryside with her husband of 37 years. Admiring their photos when they returned home, I asked how they had chosen Austria and Germany to visit, and my aunt didn’t miss a beat. “Honey, I just needed a country with highways and rental cars! We could have been anywhere. After four decades of marriage, I had a few things to say, and I needed my husband to just sit there and listen.” After a pause she continued, “Really it was this: Neither one of us had said often enough, ‘I care about you’ and ‘Thank you’ or ‘I’m sorry.’ We’d stopped asking ‘Where does it hurt?’ or sharing ‘I hurt sometimes, too.’ Before it was too late, I wanted to see what shape we were in.” Then smiling, she told me, “So I snapped myself into the driver’s seat, and didn’t let him out for 700 miles!”


Holy Week

Maundy Thursday, March 28

6:30 p.m. Parish Hall - The Last Supper 

Join us around a big table in the parish hall with your own brown bag supper, recreating the first Eucharist with bread and wine, sharing experiences of hope and healing from our Lenten journey. Then we'll walk in silence to the church to strip the altar, an ancient preparation for Good Friday.


Good Friday, March 29                                                                                            

11:00 a.m. Walk Through Holy Week Designed for children ages 5-11, but appealing to anyone who learns best through stories. Participants will gather in the chapel (entering through the choir room); follow the person with the water jug; sit in on the Last Supper; and walk along with the cross, learning the stories of Holy Week as they go. Children younger than 5 are welcome if attended by an adult.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy, a poignant service of prayers and silence.

1:15 - 2:30 p.m. History Committee Walk: Join members of our history committee as they lead a walking tour of our church and campus as a way to highlight some of their findings about Redeemer’s relationship with the institution of slavery and the era of Jim Crow. We will gather outside of the chapel to begin our walk. Please wear comfortable shoes!

2:30 - 3:15 p.m. Embodied Prayer & Stations of the Cross: Vivian Campagna & Cristina Paglinauan will lead us through a series of guided meditations, prayer postures and simple, gentle yoga — intertwined with the poetry of Pádraig Ó’Tuama — offering an intuitive and integrative experience of the stations of the cross. No prior yoga experience necessary. You can bring a yoga mat or blanket, or sit in the pews or in a chair. 

**Our labyrinth will be set up in the Parish Hall, along with the traditional stations of the cross, for anyone to walk on Friday afternoon between 12-4 p.m.**


Easter Vigil, March 30

7:00 pm We will gather in the church to kindle the Paschal flame and move from darkness to light while telling the story of our salvation history. If you have any bells, tambourines, or noisemakers, please bring them.


Easter, March 31

7:30 a.m. Chapel - Holy Eucharist, Rite 1

9:00 a.m. Church - Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 with music by the Redeemer Choir, Choir School of Baltimore, brass, and timpani

Easter Egg Hunt follows the 9:00 a.m. service on the day school playground

11:00 a.m. Church - Holy Eucharist, Rite 2 with music by the Redeemer Choir, brass and timpani

Good Friday, March 29 @ 11:00 a.m. Walk Through Holy Week

Designed for children ages 5-11, but appealing to anyone who learns best through stories. Participants will gather in the chapel (entering through the choir room); follow the person with the water jug; sit in on the Last Supper; and walk along with the cross, learning the stories of Holy Week as they go. Children younger than 5 are welcome if attended by an adult.

Adult Forum Series in April

“Resurrection” is not just a one-time event that happened in Palestine two millennia ago: it is happening all the time, all around us, in the course of our daily lives, even and especially amidst our heartbreak and suffering, loss and grief. For three Sundays in the season of Easter, at 11:30 a.m. in the south transept, we will hear stories of Resurrection, told by individuals from within our own Redeemer community, who have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, loss and grief, and emerged on the other side, a new creation, broken open to reveal God’s liberating, life-giving Presence.

Sunday, April 7 - Ruthie Cromwell and Derek & MC Savage will speak about their experience as parents of adult children who live with mental illness.

Sunday April 14 - Our rector David Ware will talk about his recent sabbatical.

Sunday, April 21 - Karen McGee will share her journey of grief and loss related to cancer, and the new life she is now experiencing as a writer.

Rejoice in the Arts

The show will be up and running on Easter Sunday!  We will have an Artists' Reception on Wednesday, April 10 from 5-7 p.m., during which we will have food and drink, and a demonstration of plein air painting by some of the participating artists, weather permitting! Please come and bring friends and family to mingle with the artists at this exciting event.  



Are you interested in joining our worshipping community at The Church of the Redeemer? Then please sign up for our Inquiry Classes, Episcopo-101.1. Four sessions will be held beginning Saturday, April 4, at 10 a.m., culminating in Confirmation or Reception by Bishop Carrie Schofield-Broadbent during her parish visitation on Sunday, May 5, 2024, during the 10 a.m. service. If you are planning to attend, please sign up for Episcopo-101.1 with Freda Marie+.

2024 Vestry Nominations


What is a vestry?

A vestry is the equivalent of the “board” of an organization. The vestry consists of lay leaders who, along with the rector, are the legal governing and decision-making group in the church. They are responsible for the finances of the church, its buildings and grounds as well as hiring and supporting the well-being of the rector.

The vestry has 4 vacancies to fill for a three-year term ending in spring 2027. The vestry Nominating Committee seeks candidates with leadership skills, particularly people who are strategic and visionary thinkers. We also look for people who work well in groups with a consensus model of decision making. Please note: In accordance with our by-laws a vestry member must be a giver of record and a member of The Church of the Redeemer by baptism or letter of transfer. If you have questions about these requirements, please contact Ellen Chatard.  


Vestry nominations are due in the church office by April 7, 2024. The Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 28, 2024.


Click here for more information about vestry service and here to download a nominating form

Bereavement Support Group


For people experiencing the pain of loss—feeling wounded and vulnerable. You are not alone.


Come together with others who share your feelings in Redeemer’s grief support group, Sacred Space for Grace. A new group is now forming:


Six Sessions beginning Tuesday, April 9, and ending on Tuesday May 14, 2024. 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Free and Open to the Community


Register by April 5, 2024




Led by Redeemer members Ruth Cromwell, MS, Pastoral Counseling, Loyola University; and Nancy Bowen, Cert. Bereavement, Gilchrist Hospice.

Both have completed Center for Spiritual Support Training at GBMC.



AmiciMusic returns to the Church of the Redeemer on Saturday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. for another fun program entitled "JAZZICAL," which features the wonderful crossover music of Claude Bolling and his incredible Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio. Violinist Tim Schwarz and pianist/Artistic Director Daniel Weiser will join forces with bassist Eric Seay and percussionist Oni Lara to perform this fantastic blend of the classical and jazz idioms. Schwarz and Weiser will also perform a thrilling arrangement the first great crossover work, Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," currently celebrating its 100th year anniversary. Suggested admission for Church members is only $15 and children 18 and under are free. Discounts available for advanced purchase. For more info and tickets, click here.

THANK YOU to everyone who has joined BUILD in Annapolis this year – meeting with legislators and staff and other key state officials, attending bill hearings, and testifying. Teams have been in Annapolis nearly every week of the legislative session and – in total – close to 200 BUILD leaders have joined there in the past 75 days!

A brief update:

A key priority for BUILD this year has been maintaining Gov. Moore’s budget commitments to addressing vacant & abandoned housing in Baltimore City. So far, these commitments have been maintained in both the Senate & House versions of the state budget. The budget still must be reconciled and passed by April 1st , but this is good news.

At least one version of each piece of legislation we have been fighting for in Annapolis has passed either the House or the Senate completely by March 18, giving it an easier chance to pass. These include:

  1. The Housing & Community Development Financing Act – which provides flexibility, including for use as debt service, to Project CORE (a key funding stream for addressing vacant housing);
  2. An extension to Project CORE that includes consistency in funding over time; and
  3. The criminal justice bill to end parole fees in Maryland that BUILD worked with legislators to craft.

Click here to sign -up to travel with BUILD to Annapolis on April 5!

Easter for Children at Redeemer


All children welcome at our 7:30, 9, and 11 a.m. services. Coloring materials are available at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. After the 9 am Eucharist, children are invited to an Easter Egg hunt on the Day School playground. There is no nursery or Sunday school this week. 

Please contact Rebecca+ with any questions. 

Services this Weekend


Easter Sunday

Saturday, March 30 @ 7:00 p.m. in the church

Easter Vigil

Sunday, March 31 @ 7:30 a.m. in the chapel

Holy Eucharist, Rite 1 

PREACHER & CELEBRANT The Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan

Scheduled to Serve


READER Debbie Coates

FLOWERS The Flower Guild 

ALTAR GUILD Barbara Lynch

Sunday, March 31 @ 9:00 a.m. in the church

Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

Click here to join the service via livestream

PREACHER The Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan 

OFFICIANT The Rev. Rebecca E. Ogus

CELEBRANT The Rev. David J. Ware

DEACON The Rev. Freda Marie S. Brown 

Scheduled to Serve

VERGER Kate Fonyo Pisano  

ACOLYTES Jay Salovaara, Billy Smyth, Rohan Vesely, Sahil Vesely


Kate Lears, Ann Warfield

READERS Alice Gary, Lois Schenck  




USHERS Carrie Goldrick, Sean Goldrick, Douglas Riley, Steve Skeen

FLOWERS The Flower Guild  ALTAR GUILD Brenda Ehlers, Ann Warfield

Sunday, March 31 @ 11:00 a.m. in the church

Holy Eucharist, Rite 2

PREACHER The Rev. M. Cristina Paglinauan 

OFFICIANT The Rev. David J. Ware

CELEBRANT The Rev. Freda Marie S. Brown 

DEACON The Rev. Rebecca E. Ogus 

Scheduled to Serve

VERGER Anne Suydam Haskins 

ACOLYTES Sam Coons, Henry Poe, Anne Garrett Randolph, Robert Randolph

LAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Ellen Chatard, Margaret Daley, Rayner Wharton, Thomasina Wharton, Betsy Willett 

READERS Maddie Benavent, John Dudley 

INTERCESSOR  Steven Sutor 


USHERS  Bob Carroll, John Griffith, Holly Hamilos, Nancy Shippe, Terry Titman 

ALTAR GUILD Barbara Buck, Alex McMahon, Betsy Willett


Weekday Service Schedule

Mondays 12:15 p.m. Breathing with Cristina on Facebook

Tuesdays 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the church

Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. Embodied Eucharist in the chapel (will not meet on April 3)

2024 Stewardship


Collectively, we are on a pilgrimage. We are encountering. We are being transformed, even as we seek to be the change we wish to see in our lives, our city and our world. In order to keep going, we need you. Thank you for prayerfully considering how you might contribute financially to our collective pilgrimage in 2024 and for making as generous a pledge as you can. 


Thank you for thoughtfully considering your pledge to Redeemer in 2024. 


Download a 2024 pledge form or make your pledge online here.

FAQs about stewardship at Redeemer.  

Create or access your online giving account.

Questions? Email Ellen Chatard

Bible Study

If you never thought you would study the Bible, then this is the class for you! Join us in person or on Zoom for a far-ranging, free-wheeling, intelligent and emotionally honest discussion of this amazing resource. The Wednesday morning class meets from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in person and on Zoom. The Wednesday lunch time class meets from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Zoom (only) and the Thursday evening class meets at 6:00 p.m., in person only in the Women's Council Room. 

Zoom Links:

Join 10:00 a.m. Bible Study on Zoom

Meeting ID: 863 7962 7803

Passcode: N3GA0M

Join 12 noon Bible Study on Zoom

Meeting ID: 831 6876 2958

Passcode: B9r07u

Parish Directory
The link to the online directory is herePlease bookmark this directory link for future reference. Send an email to Ellen Chatard to request the password.  

Our prayers are requested for:

Robin & Kit Carson, Lucy Dunn Martin, Claire Inayatullah, Jennifer Lee & family, Veronica Jones, Mary Nickerson, Lucy Crannick, Seth Tucker, Ronnie Reno, Allison Robinson, Becca Manner, Ann Klaes, Patricia Reese, Rita DeaNova, Mike McShane, Mike Zuidema, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, James Edmunds, Susan McIntyre, Bill Leary, Lindsey Mooney, Bill Leary, Sabina McMahon, Brian Green, Gail Plowman, Weston Garrett, Ruthie Cromwell, Linda Randall, Kimberley Jones, Deborah Hull and family, Ray Sprenkle, Amy Bruno-Lindner, Leslie Ann Costa, Donna Austin, Linda Hursh, Mary Luck Stanley, Suzanne and Ron Roszell, George Fonyo, Betsy Baker, Miriam Killiany, Katherine Cross, Richard Hyde, Sherrill Nash, the Cheston family, John Gephart, Becky Slater, Carson Ruchlewicz, Laura Vlahovich, Jay Featherstone, Larry Cole, Jean Barry, Miranda Featherstone, Susan Smith, Telma Cornejo, Ronnie Carey, John McDonald, Diana Tirion, Judy McMahon, Roger Powell, Monet Chantiles-Ruby, Ashby Thompson, Linda Caporaletti, Matt Hickey, Brooks Kauders, Robert Lopez, Jr., Jim Haugh, Marie Hawkins Lucas, Ralph Partlow, Cooper Savage, Martha Galleher, Bill Fritz, Brandon Mollett, Liz Dorcey, Paula Hutson, Bob Noll, Ebert Landman, Maureen Wilson, Janet Dunn, Charles Evans

Names remain on our prayer list for a month. If you would like someone’s name to continue – please contact the office.

Going Deeper @ Redeemer

Click here for the February 2024 Vestry Minutes

Click here for minutes from the 2023 Annual Meeting.

Vestry Minutes from the last 12 months are available here.

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