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February Resurrection Notes

Resurrection Notes

February 2017

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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“If you had the faith of a mustard seed…. ” (Lk. 17:6a)

One day Jesus and His disciples were ambling down a dusty trail, talking about discipleship and the disciples suddenly asked Him, “Lord, increase our faith!” It seems that the disciples were thinking that faith is something they can quantify and they just want more of it. To be fair, I expect they got to wondering who in the world could live up to Jesus’ expectations.

So Jesus replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could……” It seems that Jesus is suggesting that faith is not overpowering or overwhelming or heroic. It’s like the mustard seed (the smallest of all seeds). As Jesus describes it faith is just doing your job, doing your duty, doing what needs to be done right in front of you and this, Jesus says, they can already do.

I have heard it said that faith is like a muscle (I may have even said it myself) in that it needs exercise or it will lose it’s strength. This church and the regular, everyday habits of prayer, learning the faith, worship, and serving others is a fitness center for faith.

And faith is not only a muscle, it’s also an adventure. Faith is putting one foot in front of the other and walking toward a future we do not see but trust God is fashioning. Faith is heading out the door each day looking for opportunities to be God’s partner and co-worker in the world. Faith is imagining that the various challenges put in front of us – whether solving a problem at work or forgiving someone who wronged us – are actually opportunities that invite us to grow as disciples and witness to God’s presence and goodness in the world.

In 2016 the actions of faith and discipleship were all around us.
•• Beaming parents bringing their children and a beaming young woman bringing herself to the life-giving waters of Holy Baptism.

• Christmas gifts that enable folk on the other side of the world to support and care for their families through our ELCA God Gifts appeal.

• Children singing their hearts out at worship, telling the story of Christmas, hunting Easter eggs, learning about Jesus and running in the hallways.

• Folks that came to our door and to our worship from the street and are warmly welcomed, accepted and helped?

• The smiling faces of new members becoming part of our “mission team.”

• Willingly, joyfully feeding the hungry and homeless at the Master’s Table and Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries.

• People dedicated to bringing a small ray of light to hurting families through the WeeCare Ministry.

• Worship! Worship! Worship! The festive celebrating of Christmas, the solemn silence of Good Friday, and the excited, “Christ is Risen. Alleluia!” of Easter!

• Music! Music! Music!

• So many hands and feet and hearts in the service of our Lord.

This has been a good year together! We are a growing downtown congregation, a rarity in our denomination and mainline Christianity. As we look forward to 2017 we want to continue growing:

• We have a Task Force reviewing our facilities in order to make recommendations for future needs.

• We look forward to partnering with the Healing in Fashion Foundation to help students at Craig Houghton Elementary School with academic and enrichment needs and assistance.

• We anticipate adding a new Sunday School Class for young adults.

• I did not mention earlier that we participated in two services designed to encourage and build community unity. In Holy Baptism we are all children of God. We become part of the One Body; what happens to one happens to us all. When we all are treated with dignity and respect we open ourselves to endless possibilities for God and for good. Embracing our unity as God’s children may well be a challenge for the whole Body of Christ in the future.

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 Committee Chairs; and to each of you – you are truly the Body of Christ.

It is a joy and 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

A bad attitude is like a flat tire.
You can’t go anywhere until you change it

 


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 5, 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.


NEWS ABOUT SCHOOL KITS AND QUILTS WE SENT TO Lutheran World Relief in 2016

School kits were sent to Mali in September 2016
School kits were sent to Haiti in October and November 2016
Quilts were sent to Haiti in November 2016
Thanks to all who contributed.


RED DOOR CAFE AND VARIETY SHOW

Coming Reiser Hall, Saturday, February 4th. Diner starts at 6pm. Talent to follow at 7pm. Please contact the office for reservations and if you are going to show off your talent. .


We need your help

Samoine Kimble is a Unit Clerk at MCG and a co-worker of Kathie Hunter’s. On December 30th, Simonies’ family lost everything to a fire. In addition to our prayers for the family, Samoine, Terrrance and Tyler can use our help with clothing.

Samoine Terrance (age 18) Tyler (age 5)
Tops – medium Shirts/T-shirts – large Clothing – child’s size 6
Pants- size 7 Pants- Waist 34, length 36 Shows – Child’s size 12
Jacket – medium Jacket – large Toys – Monster trucks,
Shoes – size 8 Shoes- 10.5 Board Games, etc

Pancake Supper – February 28th

With Ash Wednesday being March 1 we will have our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper on Tuesday, February 29th at 6:30pm.


Youth Sunday

Join us Sunday, February 26th, as our youth use their talents and prepare to lead us in worship!


Acolytes

2/5/17 (8:30) Andrew Rauscher (11:00) Jackson Beavers and Julie Leopard
2/12/17 (8:30) Madison Walling (11:00) Kristopher Shipp and Shelby Hughes
2/19/17 (8:30) Nora Rauscher (11:00) Macey Hughes and Scarlett Oetting
2/26/17 (8:30) Jadon Mace (11:00) Emelia Leopard and Anna Catherine Jones

 
Altar Guild
January 31-February 13 | Team 2
Frank Chandler, Becky Buchanan, Anne Spray and Monica Proctor
February 14-February 27 | Team 3
Elvie Walling, Pat Ward, Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, Brandi Green, Edna Anguilla
February 28-March 13 | Team 4
Margaretha Lotz, Ulrike Arntz, Paul and Robyn Walling


 

Lay Assistants

8:30 11 AM Readers 11 AM Assistant
2/5/17 Bill Rauscher Bowe Strickland Carolyn Ritchie
2/12/17 Paul Walling Leigh Thouvenot Harrison Warren
2/19/17 Angie Chandler Cindy Folger Ken Dyar
2/26/17 Youth Sunday Youth Sunday

Ushers

Head Usher: Mary Meghan Olmo
2/5/17 Frank Lackman, Harrison Warren
2/12/17 Lisa Steinberg, Dennis Sodomka, Tom Momeier
2/19/17 Matt Mertins, Charles Holley, Debbie Metts
2/26/17 Barbara Green, Ken Dyar, Rachel Rhodes-Dyar

 

Other Sunday Volunteers

St. Johns Tower Pick-up Greeters Mini-Breakfast
2/5/17 Paulwyn Boliek Tara Spray Leigh Thouvenot and Lynn Mertins
2/12/17 Bob Spears Steve and Monica Proctor Kathleen Wallace and Kim Stewart
2/19/17 Vic Scarborough Bill and Becky Buchanan Carolyn Gary and Kirby Holley
2/26/17 Bowe Strickland Youth Sunday Maude Walker

 



President Ken Dyar
Vice President Kirby Holley
Treasurer Frank Chandler | 706-733-6564
Secretary Dennis Sodomka
Financial Secretaries Irene Frei; Pat Ward
Worship Frank Chandler; Kirby Holley
Christian Education Jimmy Buchanan; Christine Rauscher
Nursery Tara Spray
Youth Kate Gary; Mary Meghan Olmo; Brandi Green
Witness Monica Proctor
Service Bowe Strickland
Stewardship Dennis Sodomka
Building and Property Rett Harbeson; Joe Holley, Keith Dyer; Jim Thouvenot
Congregational Fellowship Keith Dyer; Leigh Thouvenot; Kate Gary
Communications Dan Doughtie
Staff Support Ken Dyar
LutherLegends 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
Emily Hyatt
2122 Richards Road
Augusta, Ga. 30906
Frankie Philpot
Westwood Nursing Home
561 University Dr.
Room 424/Bed 1
Evans, GA 30809
Menard Ihnen
Sunrise of East Cobb
1551 Johnson Ferry Road
Room 104
Marietta, Ga. 30062