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Resurrection Notes- February 2015

Resurrection Notes

February 2015

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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

Andy Baumgartner…………………… ..Faith Formation & Religious Education, 206

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

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

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

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A short note, Dear Friends….

I want to begin my report at the end of Mark’s Gospel. Some think it’s not a great ending. You know, as I do, that most scholars agree that Mark ends at verse 16:8a, “So they went out and fled the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” You will notice a footnote in your Bible that notes this as Mark’s original ending and that the other verses (which do not sound even a bit like Mark) were added later.

Now that means that Mark has a resurrection story that does not have a resurrection, just an empty Tomb. Some might think that problematic. However, here’s where it gets interesting. Mark begins by writing, “This is the beginning of the good news,” and when we realize that he doesn’t really have an ending, then Mark is suggesting that this one verse, Mark 1:1, isn’t the beginning of the good news – he means the whole sixteen chapters. And since Mark 16:8a is in fact open-ended, Mark is suggesting that the good news doesn’t end with Jesus’ resurrection but continues moving forward up to this very day. You and I are living together in the time of the good news, the gospel, of Jesus Christ.

We are part of God’s ongoing story in our world, a story begun with the birth of Jesus Christ and a story that is still being written.

In 1855, God started things up here in Augusta. Without question, you and I stand in a great tradition, a holy tradition. Down through the years others have “labored and we have entered into their labors”… and this generation… you and me… we now strive to continue the mission God and our saints triumphant have entrusted to us… and to pass that on to those who follow after us… a strong church.

This church is a reflection of our devotion, yours and mine, our willingness to sacrifice, to serve, to constantly reach out to those who need us.

We are a church that has a love for others. That is clear by our words and actions, whether one is a visitor in our midst on Sunday or Wednesday, standing at our door in need of help, or a member of our family in the rough and tumble of daily living.

We are clear about what we believe about Jesus Christ. We believe that He is God’s Son, is our Savior, and that He is Lord and Head of the Church. Ours, then, is not the task of building an institution, but the building of a movement where people are welcomed, encouraged, motivated, and asked to make a commitment to Jesus Christ.

We are active and strong. We continue to receive new members even though we are a downtown church, we are well-known in the community for our service to others, the majority of our members are involved in the ministry of our church, we pursue excellence in our ministries, and are generous in our support of our church and the wider church of which we are a part, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

And God has promised to be with us as we continue to move forward in ministry in the time of the gospel (the good news) of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

We have been blessed that our lives have been shaped and guided by that Gospel story and the clear challenge we face as followers of Christ in this time and place is to connect, to invite others to come and see the great love our God has for them and our world so that they, too, may live their lives in the light of the Gospel story. That is a great challenge to be sure. And fortunately, we are a great church in the Body of Christ.

Finally, I am privileged to serve you together with a staff that shares their love for our Lord with everyone. Carolyn, Cyndi, Sandra, and Andy are outstanding and dedicated. It is a great privilege to be part of our team and a joy and privilege to be your Pastor. God bless each of you.

Your Pastor and friend,


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


Acolytes

2/1 (8:30) Jordan Bowen (11:00) Sarah Ellen Strickland and Banks Strickland
2/8 (8:30) Nora Rauscher (11:00) Josey Dyer and Danny Klein
2/15 (8:30) Andrew Rauscher (11:00) Macey Hughes and Shelby Folger
2/22 (8:30) Madison Walling (11:00) Victoria Arrington and Clark Oetting

 

Altar Guild
January 27 – Febuary 9 | Team #1
Allison Buchanan, Tina Dunn, Irene Frei, Naomi Monge, Paulette Parker
February 10 – February 23 | Team #2
Becky Buchanan, Frank Chandler, Anne Spray
February 24 – March 16 | Team #3
Edna Anguilla, Rachel Rhodes-Dyar, Elvie Walling, Pat Ward


 

Lay Assistants

8:30 11 AM Readers 11 AM Assistant
2/1 Boyd Lien Brenda Lackman
2/8 Youth Sunday Youth Sunday
2/15 Bill Rauscher Dennis Sodomka
2/22 Paul Walling Bowe Strickland

Ushers

Head Usher:Dennis Sodomka
2/1 Jim and Leigh Thouvenot, Bryan Hunter
2/8 Youth Sunday
2/15 Lisa Steinberg, Dennis Sodomka, Barbara Green
2/22 Matt Mertins, Charles Holley, Debbie Metts

 

Other Sunday Volunteers

St. Johns Tower Pick-up Greeters Mini-Breakfast
2/1 Keith Dyer Barbara Green Cyndi Warren and Fran Shipp
2/8 Ted Dehart Vic & Sheri Scarborough Carolyn Gary and Kirby Holley
2/15 Charles Holley Donnie & Caroline Hooks Betty Boliek & Jackie Frey
2/22 Paulwyn Boliek Linda Sack Anne Spray and Tara Spray

 


President Keith Dyer | 803-279-1022
Vice President Bowe Strickland | 919-832-0071
Treasurer Frank Chandler | 706-733-6564
Secretary Tara Spray
Financial Secretaries Irene Frei, Pat Ward
Worship Frank Chandler; David Young; Bowe Strickland; Joe Holley
Christian Education
Nursery Tara Spray
Youth Cindy Folger, David Young
Witness Audrey Smith; Monica Proctor
Service Dennis Gabriel
Stewardship Jody Frey
Building and Property Buford Beaver; Keith Dyer; Jim Thouvenot; Dennis Sodomka
Congregational Fellowship Keith Dyer; Leigh Thouvenot; Kate Gary
Communications Sheri Scarborough; Bowe Strickland; Matt Linder; Dennis Gabriel
Staff Support Joe Holley
LutherLegends Sheri Scarborough

 

Pain in the Resurrection Family

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to the follosing families:
Paul Hyer and family, upon the death of Carol Hyer, January 1st
Betts Murdison adn family, upon the death of her father, George Rogers, January 17th
Lynn and Mike Ziemba adn family, upon the death of Shirley Anderson, January 18th
Linda Sack adn family, upon the death of Ray Sack, January 24th.

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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
Dolores Gentry
Trinity on Laurens
213 Laurens St., NW. Rm 24
Aiken, SC 29801
Shirley Anderson
Shadow Oaks Assisted Living
108 Gregg Avenue
Aiken, SC 29801
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
7 Macaulay Place
Hudson Trace
Augusta, Ga. 30907
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
Mary Katherine Stelling
c/o Mary Hunter
367 Plantation Drive
Aiken, SC 29803

WELCA NEWS

Saturday, January 17, 2015: Twenty-five women gathered in Reiser Hall to celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord with lunch and fellowship. Miriam Lang and Tara Spray’s devotions reminded us of the meaning of Epiphany. Keith Dyer, an Environmental Compliance employee at Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) was our guest speaker. After he shared information with us, he answered questions from the women. We were glad to have three guests to join us. WELCA women are always encouraged to bring a guest, a friend, a neighbor, or a relative to any of our luncheons. The guest can be Lutheran or non-Lutheran.

Bobbie Nurnberger has agreed to serve on the WELCA board. Siggie Hensley is our outgoing board member and her many years of faithful service is greatly appreciated.

SAVE-THE-DATE: April 18, 2015 is our Annual Cluster Meeting at Jerusalem Lutheran Church at the Ebenezer Retreat Center. Jerusalem is located on the banks of the Savannah River and is 30 miles above Savannah. The congregation was originally organized in 1733 in Augsburg, Germany. The town of Ebenezer was founded in 1734 and the church was built between 1767 – 1769 by the Salzburgers. The church is still active in service to this day. There is a museum on the grounds you can visit. We have a cluster meeting of several churches, a wonderful lunch, and inspiring communion service. If you would like to join us please sign up on the WELCA bulletin board, or let Anne Spray, Tara Spray, or Miriam Lang know.

APRIL 25, 2015 is our Annual Spring Luncheon. Please watch the WELCA bulletin board and the newsletter for more information. The date has been changed due to the Cluster Meeting being held on April 18, 2015.

WELCA SOAP UPDATE…..to date we have collected 300 bars of soap. We need 700 more to reach our goal!!

Lutheran World Relief – Opportunities for Giving 2015

There are many ways to participate in the Lutheran World Relief effort here at Resurrection. WELCA gladly and gratefully accepts your contributions of completed kits, individual items or financial contributions that can be applied towards achieving our donation goals.
February kicks off the collection time for Personal Care Kits which will run through March. The contents list is shown below. We can make it easy for you as well by doing the shopping for you! Simply make a designated donation to the church for WELCA and Lutheran World Relief.
Throughout the year you may contribute bars of soap. Let us know if you wish to participate in the yearlong quilt effort as well.
We ask that you prayerfully consider how you can help and thank you for any and all means.

Personal Care Kit Contents List

One [1] Lightweight Bath Size Towel, max. 52 in. 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.

Questions? Contact Lee Burnett 706-993-0685


Mark your calendars!

February 9th. Please join us for Youth Sunday as the youth of our congregation lead us in worhship. The theme for the service will be “love one another.”