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February 2018 Resurrection Notes

Resurrection Notes

February 2018

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………………………………………………………………..lutheran church of the resurrection

Instagram………………………………………………………………..resurrection_church_augusta

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A Short Note, Dear Friends…

“….I am sure that God who began a good work within you will keep right on helping you grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished…..” (Philippians 1:6 (The Living Bible)

This morning, in speaking with Jean Shute, she told me again how deeply grateful and appreciative she is for the wonderful folk who so willingly bring her to worship and various activities at Resurrection. I hear this sort of comment often.

That’s just one of the countless ways you, the members of this church, touch the lives of others out of your love for Christ, our Lord.

We are a warm and welcoming church with folks of all walks of life and all ages. We are well-known for excellence in worship and music, faithful proclamation of the Gospel of God’s grace, and sharing God’s love in service to others. Together we are continually seeking to grow in faith and discipleship – learning to do the things we do the way our Lord would do them.

We are a downtown church. In this community, we are part of the Master’s Table which serves 300-400 people every day and the Downtown Co-operative Church Ministries which gives out 75 grocery orders to families five days a week. We give to families and children in need at Christmas, we help folk on the street daily, we send help and hope around the world through the ELCA Good Gifts Ministry and Lutheran World Relief. Through WeeCare, our WELCA provides compassionate care for local hospitals.

We worship God, study His book, talk with Him regularly and seek to serve Him in our lives. We are blessed with willing and able leaders of all ages. For more than 150 years “others have labored and we have entered into their labors.” We must strive now to keep that legacy of service… and to pass on to those who come after us… a strong church.

The mission before the church in our time is as challenging as it was in the first century. Mainline churches are generally in decline at a time when our culture greatly needs the church. A growing segment of our population has little or no connection with the church or any other religious tradition. They don’t speak our language. They don’t know our stories. They literally do not know what we are talking about. And they don’t even know that they need to know Jesus – or that the Jesus they think they know isn’t the Jesus they need to know. How do we talk to them? How do we tell them about the intimate, abiding, deep love that God has shown to us (and has for them) in Jesus Christ? We are missionaries again. It is our task to share the gospel, to commend the faith within us clearly and genuinely.

This annual report is really about the future. In anticipation of that future, our church council has appointed two task forces which have been hard at work. They have made recommendations to council.

The task force on our facilities has essentially recommended that we renovate and upgrade Reiser Hall and the kitchen, enlarging the space and adding technological capacity in order to accommodate new and larger fellowship and ministry opportunities, attract new members, and respond to the downtown growth in the years to come.

In order to move forward, the Council will recommend that we conduct a capital campaign to raise the necessary funding for this project.

On the other front, the ministry and staff task force has moved from brainstorming, to completing our ministry profile in concert with our Synod. The task force recommends that we seek a young associate pastor who is fluent in the current social media to focus on new ministry development, digital ministry and evangelism. Again, the council will recommend that we appoint a call committee to begin this process.

The future is promising, but the challenges are great. The good news? God has promised to be with us until we finish. God is committed to see that His work is done. When will it be finished? We are told that we will be finished on “that day when Christ returns.” When will that be… only God knows. So you and me and Resurrection Church will continue doing the work He has called us to do.

Lastly, I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to you, the people of God at Resurrection Church and to my colleagues in ministry – Carolyn, Cyndi, and Sandra; and to our leaders, the church council, and to each of you – you are truly the Body of Christ.

It is a joy and a privilege to be your pastor. Please keep us in your prayers and remember that I love you.

Your pastor and friend,
David Hunter


Thought of the Month

If you want to go fast,
go alone.
If you want to go far,
go together.

 


Youth Sunday and Casserole Sale

Join us Sunday, February 11th as our youth use their talents and prepare to lead us in worship at both the 8:30 and 11:00 services. During mini-breakfast and following the 11:00 service, we will have casseroles available to purchase. Take them home for lunch that day or freeze them for later in the week! All donations will go toward help with the 2018 Youth Gathering this summer in Houston.

 


Youth Summer Trip

This summer (June 27 – July 1) Madison Walling, Sarah Ellen Strickland, Shelby Folger, Scarlett Oetting, Noah Lindler, Jackson Beavers, Clark Oetting, David Harbeson, Cindy Folger, Frank Chandler and Cyndi Warren will travel to Houston, TX to attend the gathering. This year’s theme “This Changes Everything” is based on the Ephesians 2:8 passage… “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” Grace is a foundational and distinctive piece of the Lutheran faith. This gift, undeserved and freely given, changes lives and perspectives as people realize they are enough because of what Christ has done and are called into the world to serve their neighbor and share the good news. We ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we spend the next several months preparing for this event.


Lutheran World Relief

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 disasters.

Beginning February 4, please deliver the kits to the Narthax or the Gathering Area in Reiser Hall. The drive will continue through the end of April. The list of contents is printed below. Please do not add other items of leave out any of the items listed. Should you prefer to make donations that can be applied to purchase these items, please contact Monica Proctor.
One (1) light-weight bath-size towel (between 20” x 40” and 52” x 27”), dark color recommended
Two or three (2 or 3) bath-size bars of soap (8 or 9 oz., any brand) in original wrapping
One (1) adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging*
One (1) sturdy comb, remove packaging
One (1) metal nail clippers, remove packaging
*Toothbrush multi-packs may be used by sealing an individual toothbrush in a business-size envelope; no plastic bags or wrap

Please do not donate items with any religious symbols, messages, our church name or any items decorated with a U. S. flag, patriotic or military symbols, or references to the armed forces, including camouflage.
Assembly of kit – Fold the towel in half. Place the rest of the items in the towel, fold and roll so nothing falls out. Secure with yarn, ribbon, string or rubber bands.
There will be copies of this list in the Narthax and the Gathering Area in Reiser Hall should you need extras.


Shrove Tuesday- February 13

Our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Come celebrate Fat Tuesday Lutheran style. 6PM.


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday is February 14th. Noon services will be held in the main sanctuary as well as the 7PM service following Wednesday night supper.


WELCA NEWS

The ANNUAL EPIPHANY LUNCHEON was held last month at the church with Pastor Linda Burchall of St Mark Methodist Church as our speaker. She spoke about the epiphany and some of her travels. As always there was good food, fun and fellowship!

Because of your generosity and support, our contribution of school kits and quilts to LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF (LWR) was part of a distribution to more than 28,000 children this past year. These items went to children in Honduras, Georgia, Angola, Thailand, Pakistan, Mali and Burkina Faso. The school kits help these children get back to school or at least stay in school, thus breaking the chain of poverty. The kits and quilts also provide a source of comfort, security and hope to those who receive them. Your generous contributions serve as reminders that they are not alone nor forgotten. May God continue to bless each of you whose contributions mean so much too so many.

JEANNE SHUTE and her many friends at ST JOHN TOWERS are off to a huge start on our annual SOAP collection for LWR with their very generous monetary contribution. Thank you!

Save any GREETING CARDS you receive (birthday, Christmas, etc) because we have a Good use for them! Please put them in the collection box beneath the WELCA bulletin board. We send them to children’s hospitals for use in their craft programs.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE has an immediate need for bleach, Kerrigan cups, disposable cups and fitted sheets. They can always use wrapped snacks, cleaning supplies, baggies and other disposable kitchen items. There is a collection box beneath the WELCA bulletin board. The LOVE CIRCLE members donate items to RMH quarterly.

LOVE CIRCLE will not meet during Lent beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb 14. We will resume on April 11 at 6:30pm. Please join us in the parlor.

JOY CIRCLE will continue to meet during Lent on 3rd Monday’s at 10:30am in the parlor. If you would like to join us please contact Miriam Lang (706 667 8018) The ANNUAL WELCA CLUSTER will be Sat April 28,2018. St Paul’s and Ascension of Savannah will cohost. More information later.

ANNUAL SPRING LUNCHEON is scheduled for Sat, May 5, 2018, at 12 noon. Please plan to attend. More information later.


Sunday Service Volunteers

Acolytes

2/4 (8:30) Jadon Mace (11:00) Mercer Hogg and Sarah Ellen Strickland
         
2/11 (8:30) Madison Walling (11:00) Tyler Hughes and Macey Hughes
2/18 (8:30) Nora Rauscher (11:00) Madison Sperry and Scarlett Oetting
2/25 (8:30) Evan Shaffer (11:00) Noah Lindler and Genny Beavers

 
Altar Guild
January 20- February 12 | Team 4
Elvie Walling, Madison Walling, Robyn and Paul Walling
February 13-February 26 | Team 1
KatieBeth Jennings, Irene Frei, Allison Buchanan, Tina Dunn
February 27-March 12 | Team 2
Becky Buchanan, Frank Chandler, Anne Spray, Monica Proctor


 

Lay Assistants

  8:30   11 AM Readers 11 AM Assistant
2/4 Pam Lien   Barbara Green Ken Dyar  
2/11 Youth Sunday   Youth Sunday  
2/18 David Hunter   Dennis Sodomka Brenda Lackman
2/25 Frank Chandler   Leigh Thouvenot Chip Warren

Ushers

 
Head Usher: Cheryl Lindler
2/4 Frank Lackman, Tara Spray, Harrison Warren
2/11 Youth Sunday,
2/18 Joe Holley, George Nelson, Debbie Metts
2/25 Barbara Green, Jim Thouvenot, Leigh Thouvenot

 

Other Sunday Volunteers

  St. Johns Tower Pick-up Greeters Mini-Breakfast
2/4 Dennis Sodomka Linda Slack Leigh Thouvenot and Lynn Mertins
2/11 John Leibach Vic and Sheri Scarborough Maude Walker
2/18 Keith Dyer Anne Spray Cyndi Warren abd Fran Shipp
2/25 Ted DeHart Tara Spray Carolyn Gary and Kirby Holley

 


 

Council Members and Committee Members

President Ken Dyar
Vice President Kirby Holley
Treasurer Frank Chandler | 706-733-6564
Secretary John Leibach
Financial Secretaries Irene Frei; Pat Ward
   
Worship Frank Chandler; Kirby Holley
Christian Education Jimmy Buchanan; Christine Rauscher, Mary Meghan Olmo
Nursery Tara Spray
Youth Lynda Anguilla, Cheryl Lindler, Brandi Green
Witness Monica Proctor, Andrea Proctor
Service Bowe Strickland
Stewardship  
Building and Property Rett Harbeson; Vic Scarborough, Keith Dyer; Jim Thouvenot
Congregational Fellowship Keith Dyer, Leigh Thouvenot
Communications Dan Doughtie
Staff Support Ken Dyar
LutherLegends Vic Scarborough, Sheri Scarborough; Elvie Walling

Sub-Committee Coordinators

Lay Assistants – Barbara Green

Mini-Breakfast – Maude Walker

Activity Bags – Kirby Holley

Lutheran Men – Jim Thouvenot

WELCA – Anne Spray

Wee Care – Jackie Mertins

Prayer Chain – Kathryn Spears

Facebook – Sheri Scarborough

Website – Dan Doughtie

 

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
Mae Mertins
Waverly Gardners
550 Gibbs Road
Evans, Ga. 30809
Tom Garman
Elmcroft of Martinez
515 The Pass
Martinez, Ga. 30907
Robert Mincy
32 Juniper Road
Debary, Fla. 32713-4343
Laura DuTeau
4212 Fairfield Circle
Evans, Ga. 30809
Siggie Hensley
3949 Evans to Lock Road
Apt. 1009
Evans, Ga. 30809
Margeret Holley
3949 Evans to Lock Road
Apt. 1009
Evans, Ga. 30809
Jane Ellen Lackman
511 Winchester Drive
Augusta, Ga. 30906
Betty Sigg
National Healthcare
350 Austin Graybill Road
North Augusta, SC 29860
Mary Jo Holley
Loving Hands Personal Care
3510 Baldwin Road
Augusta, Ga. 30906
Ken Walz
724 Oberton Road
Augusta, Ga. 30909