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January Notes

Resurrection Notes

January 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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A short note, dear friends, to say….

…thank you for your very willing dedication and support of our Advent/Christmas celebration at Resurrection. As we stand together in our darkened church, raising high our lighted candles and our voices in the beautiful word of Silent Night, Christmas, the real Christmas happens. Thank each of you for that most precious moment.

This would not be accomplished without the many volunteers who are so involved behind the scenes. I thank them and our staff for their strong efforts. I do want to add a special word of thanks to the music staff, the members of each of our choirs, and the cast of our Christmas Program. You gave us a wonderful gift and we are grateful for it.

I also want to say thank you for your generous response to Toys for Tots, the food boxes, the Mitten Tree, the Coat Barrel, the Salvation Army Kettle and the ELCA Good Gifts Appeal, which has been growing steadily. These are some of the ways we touch the lives of others in the service of our Lord.

As it is the season of new beginnings and fresh starts, I have an observation and a suggestion for 2017. First, an observation……
This year the American Atheists’ Christmas billboard said, “Make Christmas great again…..skip church.” You may have seen it on the internet. My observation is that the Atheists seem to know that the basic strength of the Christian faith, the most important thing we do, is the regular action of going to church. There is nothing more fundamental to the Christian faith and the Christian life than going to church. I can assure you that when you ask young people in confirmation that question, ‘what is the most important thing we do,’ they know that going to church is the answer.

From time to time over the years, I’ve had people say something like, “I’d come to church if I believed, but I just don’t. I’ve tried, but nothing changes.” I always observe that Jesus did not require nor expect that His followers believed when He invited them to follow. He basically invited them to follow so that they could get to the place where faith is possible. And then I suggest that they try this: come to church, do the things that Christians do, give it some time and see what happens. You see, the important thing about the church is that it is the place where faith is possible.

I know that you know this. I’m writing to encourage you to, in turn, encourage folks you meet in the regular pattern of your life to join you and come to church. Just an observation that came from the atheists….

And a suggestion…..
Last Sunday we read from John’s gospel the marvelous words that Jesus gives each of us “the power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of men, but of God.” John declares that Jesus was born, lived, died, and was raised to remind us AND even convince us that God loves us more than anything – that we are God’s children. And nothing can change that.

I made the suggestion that each day for the next month that we look in the mirror and say, “I am God’s child, deserving of love and respect, and God will use me to touch the lives of others.”

Sounds simple, but it’s not so. The first few times you try it, your “inner critic” will creep in and try to raise doubts. Just keep at it, remember it’s God who loves you and God who says so.

And yes, I know, as my good friend, the late Howard Sale would say, “It’s a bit hokie” but just imagine if even a few people started doing it and doing it, they started believing it, and believing it, they started living it. Thanks for giving it a try.

Lastly, I want to thank you for your many kindnesses – those who sent Christmas cards, who wrote or spoke affirming notes, who sent gifts – all evidence of your love and concern. We feel very much a part of your lives and you are a part of ours.

Please keep us in your prayers and with blessings and prayers, I am…..

Your Pastor and friend,


Thought of the Month

Sometimes the best thing you can do is not think,
not wonder, not imagine, not obsess. Just breathe,
And have FAITH.


 

Joy and Pain in the Resurrection Family

Congratulations to Anne and Travis Sperry upon the baptism of their son, William Ethan, on December 4th

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to Tom Garman, and Susan Suer and family, upon the death of Jennifer Sherlock, December 10th.

Congratulations to David Harbeson and Cynthia Corley upon their marriage, December 29th.

Congratulations to Lindsay Swartzbaugh and Jonathan Rovansek upon their marriage, January 3rd.

Congratulations to Amanda Bryson upon her baptism, January 8th!

Your help is needed

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

LCR Memorial Library News

The special “Reformation Anniversary” books that have been displayed on the first floor are now located on a special “Reformation” shelf in the Library (metal bookcase against west wall). Please feel free to browse and check out items for a two-week period.

Other recent additions to the Library:

Martin Luther, Visionary Reformer
A new biography of Martin Luther by Scott H. Hendrix, a friend of Paulwyn Boliek’s. Based on
Luther’s extensive writings and correspondences. Located on the “Reformation” shelf.
(Donated by Paulwyn Boliek)

One Hundred One Famous Hymns
Information about many of the hymns we use and their authors. Look up your favorite hymns;
you will learn their interesting history and gain a greater appreciation of them. Located in the
“Worship” section of the library. (Donated by Margaretha Lotz)


ANNUAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON

Sunday, January 29th following the 11:00 worship service. There will be no cost for the luncheon, however, reservations are needed!


RED DOOR CAFE AND VARITEY SHOW

Coming Soon to Reiser Hall……February 4th. Start getting your talents ready and watch for more details to come. (Please note that the Sunday Bulletin and the mailed Resurrections notes said it was January 28th but had to be moved to the next Saturday).


LutherLegends Luncheon

Let’s start the year with a BBQ lunch! Join us on Thursday, January 12th at 12:00 p.m. at SouthBound Smokehouse (Central Ave)


THE 2017 Altar Flower Chart is now available!

If you would like to provide flowers for worship, please sign up on the flower chart located on the bulletin board outside the parlor.


Acolytes

1/1 (8:30) Nora Rauscher (11:00) Shelby Folger and Anna Catherine Jones
         
1/8 (8:30) Jadon Mace (11:00) Sarah Ellen Strickland and Banks Strickland
1/15 (8:30) Evan Shaffer (11:00) Kristopher Shipp and Macey Hughes
1/22 (8:30) Hadden Peel (11:00) Scarlett Oetting and Emelia Leopard
1/29 (8:30) Sarah Dhom (11:00) Dan Klein and Ben Klein

 
Altar Guild
January 3-16 | Team 4
Margaretha Lotz, Ulrike Arntz, Paul and Robyn Walling
January 17-30 | Team 1
Allison Buchanan, Tina Dunn, Irene Frei, KatieBeth Jennings
January 31-February 13 | Team 2
Frank Chandler, Becky Buchanan, Anne Spray and Monica Proctor


 

Lay Assistants

  8:30   11 AM Readers 11 AM Assistant
1/1 Angie Chandler   Barbara Green Cindy Folger  
1/8 Frank Chandler   Ken Dyar Kate Gary
1/15 Lindsay Chandler   Rachel Rhodes-Dyar Keith Dyer
1/22 Pam Lien   Brenda Lackman Caroline Ritchie
1/29 Boyd Lien   Dennis Sodomka Anne Spray

Ushers

 
Head Usher: Dennis Sodomka
1/1 Bryan Hunter, Michael Sodomka, Bill Buchanan
1/8 Monica Proctor, Steve Proctor, Vic Scarborough
1/15 Allen Strickland, Tina Dunn, George Nelson
1/22 Donnie Hooks, Matt Mertins, Brian McKinney
1/29 Leigh Thouvenot, Jim Thouvenot, Jim Klein

 

Other Sunday Volunteers

  St. Johns Tower Pick-up Greeters Mini-Breakfast
1/1   Donnie & Caroline Hooks Angie Chandler & Christine Rauscher
1/8   Charles & Kirby Holley Kathie Hunter
1/15   Linda Slack  
1/22   Vic & Sheri Scarborough Cyndi Warren & Fran Shipp
1/29   Anne Spray  

 

 


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

 

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
Ken Walz
724 Oberton Road
Augusta, Ga. 30909