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February 2016 Resurrection Notes

Resurrection Notes

February 2016

Church Office………………………………..…………………………………………706-724-8792

Prayer Chain……………………………………………………………………………706-814-7525

Fax Number………………………………………..……………………………………706-722-3671

Pastor Hunter………………………………………………………………………….706-495-5565

Emergency Number………………………………….……………………………..706-495-5565

CHURCH STAFF

The Rev. David B. Hunter, Sr…………………………………………………………Pastor, 204

Sandra Prichard……………………………………………………………Director of Music, 207

Cyndi Warren………………………………………………………….Secretary/Youth Dir., 201

Carolyn K. Gary………………………………………………..……………………..Secretary, 202

(Numbers indicate telephone extension.)

e-mail…………………………………………………………………………….lcotr@bellsouth.net

website………………………………………………….……………churchwiththereddoors.org

facebook………………………………………………………………..facebook.com/LCRAugusta

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A Short Note, Dear Friends…
….to say that this annual report of our Congregation as we move from 2015 to 2016 is an opportunity to express gratitude, view our Body of Christ at Resurrection Church, and place before us the great challenge of our time.

I am reminded that Paul wrote, “In everything, give thanks…” (1 Thess. 5:18) So today I want to affirm that ….
….I am thankful for Kathie, our children, their spouses and their families, and all of our grandchildren….I am thankful for the privilege of being pastor of our church. I sense your love and support in ways I cannot begin to fully express…..I am thankful for my colleagues on the staff of our church who are like an extended family to me. They give meaning and definition to the word “TEAMWORK.”….I am thankful for your generosity and great patience with me as we journey together. Your generosity does good for God, and your patience is a reminder of the grace of God…..I am thankful for our many excellent ministries. Worship and music is outstanding and inspiring and welcoming. Each Sunday we come to God’s altar to receive again the very best our God has to give, the body and blood of Jesus Christ. We gather to be touched by God’s grace and then scatter to serve our Lord.

Service to those in need, especially in the downtown area is high on Our Lord’s list of things we should be doing. Every day we reach beyond ourselves to those in need here, and through our ELCA, to folk around our world.

Our stewardship enables and supports our many ministries and has us in a position of strength for the future. Our fellowship ministries continue to provide opportunities to experience and support one another and help set a marvelous tone for our life together. Our learning ministries provide opportunity for folks of all ages to deepen and strengthen their personal faith. We have been blessed in many ways and that has enabled us to be a blessing to God’s people here and in our world.

We are ready to be challenged and that’s good, because never before has the Church been so challenged as in our time.

We Lutherans are familiar with Martin Luther’s “Two Kingdoms” doctrine. Mark, also has a story of “Two Kingdoms” in the sixth chapter of his gospel.

First, there is Herod’s Kingdom (the Kingdom of the World). It is the story of the death of John the Baptist. Some folk wonder why Mark even includes this gruesome tale. Please notice that this is not just a story about biblical times. This is a story we see every day, on television and in the movies sure, but also in our daily news where hurt and tragedy pass before us as if that is business as usual.

Immediately following that story, in sharp contrast, is the story of the feeding of the 5,000. This is the story of Jesus’ Kingdom (God’s Kingdom). Here everyone is welcomed, accepted, cherished as beloved children of God.

I think Mark does this deliberately. The first story, Herod’s story, is the only scene in Mark’s gospel where Jesus does NOT appear. Mark wants to show us (and everyone) the stark contrast between the world with Jesus and the world without Jesus.

We have witnessed this dramatic dividing line in our nation and our world in the events of this past year. As a nation and a world, we are standing in the need of the Lord. The privilege and challenge of inviting folk to the Kingdom where they are welcomed, accepted, and valued by God has been placed before the whole of God’s church.

Let me return now to worship. It is the heart of our and every church’s life. Our worship has been strong, particularly during the Advent/Christmas Season, but it could be better. We must keep our worship strong. It is the power source that inspires eager serving, worthy living, generous giving and cheerfully invites other people into Jesus’ Kingdom at Resurrection.

We have such great possibilities for God and for good. Please keep us in your prayers and remember that I love you.

Your pastor and friend.
 


Thought for the Month
The difference between winning and losing is most often not quitting.

~Walt Disney

 


Stay Awake to the Journey

This month we begin one of the most rugged, costly, breathtakingly beautiful, inspiring, and demanding journeys of all – the journey through Lent to Easter.

It’s no coincidence that the theme of journey is deeply woven into the world’s major religions, great literature, art, plays, and movies. It is present in the Christian story, from the great exodus epic in the Old Testament, to Jesus’ journey from Nazareth to Jerusalem; and from the stories in the church’s history, to the life of our own faith community and personal life experience

The themes range from the experience of call, to the struggle to respond; from the risk of moving into new and uncharted territory, to the desolation of wilderness and desert, the heat of rebellion, the gaining of wisdom, and the joy and celebration of arrival.

As we journey again through this holy season of Lent and Easter, stay awake to the reality of your own life journey, and allow the experiences of Jesus’ journey to address this. How does Jesus’ way of journeying through situations speak to you? What draws you forward at present? What holds you back? What does Jesus’ journey have to say to the church’s way of being in the world?

For our encouragement, we need to remember that Jesus did not reach a certain stage of the journey where he became free from struggle. So, don’t waste energy on thinking you should “have it altogether” by now! Something is always in process. We are always moving away from things and toward things. We are always in a place where there is something to be resisted for the sake of the “pearl of great price” (Mt 13: 4-6). This is simply how it is.

The great thing is to simply keep journeying on with faith – (not blind faith; questions are a great travelers’ aid); and hope (not false hope, but hope in what is possible in the God-with-us kind of life Jesus lived out).

Travel well.
– Ann Siddall

 


2016 Lenten Schedule “What God Wants to Know”
February 10 — Ash Wednesday – 12:10 and 7:00 — Where Are You?
February 17 — Wednesday – !2:10 and 6:45 — What Is That In Your Hand?
February 24 — Wednesday – 12:10 and 6:45 — What Is Your Name?
March 2 — Wednesday – 12:10 and 6:45 — Who Will Go For Us?
March 9 — Wednesday – 12:10 and 6:45 — What Do You Want Me to Do For You?
March 16 — Wednesday – 12:10 and 6:45 — Why Are You So Afraid?
March 23 — Service of Healing – 12:10 and 7:00 — Do You Want To Be Well?
March 24 — Maundy Thursday – 7:00
March 25 — Good Friday – 7:00
March 27 — Easter Sunday – 7:00 Sunrise Service at Jessye Norman Amphitheater
— — — — 8:30 and 11:00 Service of Holy Communion
 


Pain in the Resurrection Family

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to the Brauer and Oetting Families upon the death of Rose Marie Brauer, on January 24th.


 


WELCA NEWS

February marks the start of the WELCA Personal Care Kit Drive in support of Lutheran World Relief. Personal Care Kits are distributed to victims of disasters worldwide. Consider the significance of a clean towel and toiletry items to someone who has lost everything due to flood, hurricane or other natural disaster. As of February 7th, please deliver the kits to the Narthax or to the Gathering area in Reiser Hall. The drive will continue through the first week of May. The contents list is printed below. Should you prefer to make donations that can be applied to purchase these items, please contact Lee Burnett or Monica Proctor.

One [1] Lightweight Bath Size Towel, max 52in by 27 in. Dark color recommended
Two [2] Bath size bars of soap – any brand in original wrapping
One [1] Sturdy Comb – remove wrapping
One [1] Metal Nail Clipper – remove wrapping
One [1] Adult Sized Toothbrush – original wrapping
Multipack toothbrushes can be used by sealing individual toothbrushes in a business sized envelope. No plastic bags or plastic wrap, please. Wrap all contents in the towel. Tie securely with ribbon or string. Please do not omit or add any items. We are asked to strictly abide by this list.
Thank you!

 


Acolytes

2/7/16 (8:30) Emelia Leopard (11:00) Emelia Leopard and Tyler Hughes
2/14/16 (8:30) Sarah Dhom (11:00) Julie Leopard and Emelia Leopard
2/21/16 (8:30) Andrew Rauscher (11:00) Jack Dyer and Hadden Peel
2/28/16 (8:30) Evan Shaffer (11:00) Shelby Folger and Macey Hughes

 
Altar Guild
February 9-February 22 | Team 2
Frank Chandler, Becky Buchanan, Anne Spray, Monica Proctor
February 23- March 7 | Team 3
Elvie Walling, Pat Ward, Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, Brandi Green, Edna Anguilla


 

Lay Assistants

8:30 11 AM Readers 11 AM Assistant
2/7/16 Youth Sunday Youth Sunday
2/14/16 Paul Walling Barbara Green Carolyn Ritchie
2/21/16 Frank Chandler Dennis Sodomka Anne Spray
2/28/16 Angie Chandler Bowe Strickland Harrison Warren

Ushers

Head Usher: Keith Dyer
2/7/16 Youth Sunday,
2/14/16 Lisa Steinberg, Dennis Sodomka, Michael Sodomka
2/21/16 Matt Mertins, Charles Holley, Debbie Metts
2/28/16 Barbara Green, Ken Dyar, Rachel Rhodes-Dyar

 


Other Sunday Volunteers

St. Johns Tower Pick-up Greeters Mini-Breakfast
2/7/16 Bill Buchanan Youth Sunday Pam Lien and Kim Beavers
2/14/16 Vic Scarborough Cindy Folger Cyndi Warren and Fran Shipp
2/21/16 Bryan Hunter Betty Boliek and Jackie Frey
2/28/16 Jim Thouvenot Barbara Green Kathleen Wallace and Kim Stewart

 


President Keith Dyer | 803-279-1022
Vice President
Treasurer Frank Chandler | 706-733-6564
Secretary Tara Spray
Financial Secretaries Irene Frei, Pat Ward
Worship Frank Chandler; Kirby Holley; Joe Holley
Christian Education Jimmy Buchanan
Nursery Tara Spray
Youth Kate Gary, Matt Lindler
Witness Monica Proctor
Service Ken Dyar
Stewardship Dennis Sodomka
Building and Property Buford Beaver; Rett Harbeson; Keith Dyer; Jim Thouvenot
Congregational Fellowship Keith Dyer; Leigh Thouvenot; Kate Gary
Communications Sheri Scarborough; Dan Doughtie; Matt Linder;
Staff Support Joe Holley
LutherLegends Sheri Scarborough

 


Sub-Committee Coordinators

Lay Assistants – Barbara Green

Mini-Breakfast – Maude Walker

Activity Bags – Kirby Holley

CD Ministry – Ann Pendarvis

Lutheran Men – Jim Thouvenot

WELCA – Anne Spray

Wee Care – Jackie Mertins

Prayer Chain – Kathryn Spears


prayerrequests

Let us remember those who are, at this time, confined

to a nursing home or to their own home.

A visit or a card would mean so much.

 

 

Alda Boyd
2628 Blueberry Circle
Augusta, Ga. 30906-3638
Hildegard Hicks
2811 Mt. Vernon Drive
Augusta, Ga. 30906
Charity Stelling
2208 Walden Drive
Augusta, Ga. 30904
Tom Garman
Elmcroft of Martinez
515 The Pass
Martinez, Ga. 30907
Dorothy Clarkson
1227 West Wheeler Rd.
Room 148, Bed 1
Augusta, Ga. 30909
Robert Mincy
32 Juniper Road
Debary, Fla. 32713-4343
Laura DuTeau
4212 Fairfield Circle
Evans, Ga. 30809
Frankie Philpot
Westwood Nursing Home
561 University Dr.
Room 424/Bed 1
Evans, GA 30809
Menard Ihnen
Sunrise of East Cobb
Room 104
Marietta, Ga. 30062
Dorothy Wilson
515 The Pass
Room 501
1551 Johnson Ferry Road
Martinez, Ga. 30907