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Resurrection Notes-February 2019

Resurrection Notes

February 2019

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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I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

I want to begin my report this year with Paul’s observation about why we’re here. It is a positive word. We’re here because God has begun a good work among us and God is committed to see that His work is done! When will we be finished? According to Paul, “by the day of Jesus Christ.” And when will that be? Only God knows. So our position is that when Christ returns, He will find you and me and Resurrection Church doing the work He has called us to do.

Now God has been doing this for some time at Resurrection Church. We began this work together in 1855. It is beyond question that we stand in a great tradition. For 164 years others have “labored and we have entered into their labors,” and this generation… you and me… we strive now to keep that legacy of service and to pass 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.

For us that means working with our children and young people in their excellent music, learning, fellowship, and service ministries; it also means our “Downtown Ministries”: the Master’s Table, the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries, the Easter Sunrise Service, the special emphases like the Angel Tree, the Mitten Tree, the Salvation Army Kettle, children at the Master’s Table, and our neighbors “on the street”; it means reaching into our community and around the world – WeeCare, health kits, school kits and supplies, quilts, ELCA Good Gifts and Lutheran Disaster Relief; it means sharing our talents and gifts and lives as we gather for worship and fellowship, the willing and dutiful ongoing work of our committees and ministry teams; and for all of us it is worship, as we gather and walk through the narrative of faith, it is not just the retelling of the biblical story, it is the prime time re-enactment.

And, in addition to active ministry, in 2018 we undertook a capital campaign, Forward on Faith, to raise $2,300,000 to rebuild Reiser Hall and a Habitat for Humanity home for a family in our community. That was most certainly a great challenge and you met it. So many of you worked so willingly and diligently to accomplish the “work” of the campaign and then make your personal commitments that we exceeded all our goals and expectations. It was exciting and faithful and filled with hope for the future. It reflected a marvelous congregation in the body of Christ who lives in the moment with the faith and trust that all of life is in good hands. We are a church that lives with hope, a church that is actively investing itself in the future: in our children, our grandchildren, our young people and families, our community, and people we have yet to meet.

What a year! And here comes 2019! Sunday, I mentioned that Jesus came to change things and He must surely be smiling at us. We are building a Habitat House, we have a major construction project about to begin, a period of transition and adaptation to manage, we are about to call an associate pastor, and we have all of our “regular” ministries.

When I think of all that is before us, of everything that needs to be done, of being a downtown church in a time such as this, I could easily be discouraged. But two things keep me going.

First, I believe the One who brought us together and who is the Lord and King of our church is with us every step of the way. “I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6).

And secondly, I believe in you. I have experienced you personally for almost 20 years and we have always done what God wanted and needed us to do. I think we will do it now today, and I believe we will do it . , because we believe that God has gathered us here, not just to be something, but to be everything in His name.

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, 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,

Pastor David B. Hunter


Joy and Pain in the Resurrection Family

Congratulations to Rett and Anna Beth Harbeson on the birth of their son, Everett James, January 11th.

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to the family of Jeanne Shute upon her death, January 15th.

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to Angie and Frank Chandler and family upon the death of Angie’s father, L.C. Chandler, January 23rd.

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to Luis and Mary Meghan Olmo and family upon the death of Luis’ father, Luis Olmo, January 22nd.

Congregational love and sympathy are extended to Sandra and Mark Prichard and family upon the death of her cousin, Graham Charnley, January 23rd.


Thought of the Month

Life is better when you cry a little, laugh a lot, and are thankful for everything you’ve got.

 


Dear friends of Resurrection,
Thank you so very much for being a part of my 90th birthday celebration with your visits, cards, and good wishes. It was wonderful to have friends and family gathered while we shared memories of great times together. My heart is full of gratitude and love.

My new home at the Clairborne is very nice. Please come by for a visit, I would love to see you.

Peace,
“Siggie”

 


Got Talent?

Coming soon. Red Door Variety Show. Start getting your talents ready and watch for more details to come!


The History Corner. The Lutheran Church — 160 Years in Downtown Augusta–1859-2019

In early 1859 a German-speaking minister, Peter Abraham Benjamin Meister, came to Augusta. He hoped to organize a Lutheran Church for the many people then in Augusta who had been born in Germany, and who had no satisfactory place to worship. The minister at St. Paul’s had conducted weddings and funerals for them, but they had no place to raise their children in their heritage of faith.

Pastor Meister organized a meeting of Germans in a Jewish Synagogue on the corner of Greene and Jackson (8th) Streets, probably where the Jessye Norman School now meets. (After the Jews built a Synagogue on Telfair St., this corner later became an Opera House, which burned down, and then became an office building.)

“Die Evangelische Lutherische Gemeinde zu Augusta, Georgia” was organized on February 19, 1859. It continued to meet in the synagogue, which was not used for Jewish services on Sundays. The Pastor preached in German, services and children’s classes were held in German, and as word spread the little congregation grew.

Within six months the members decided they needed a church building of their own. A lot was purchased for $1,200 on the corner of Walker and Washington (6th) Streets, the cornerstone was laid July 1, 1859, and the fund-raising began. This group, many newly arrived in this country and not speaking English well, had few resources. After their funds were exhausted a letter was written by the church council to solicit funds from the general public. It was endorsed by Mayor Blodgett of Augusta and by the other ministers, including Rev. Joseph Wilson at First Presbyterian, the father of Woodrow Wilson. With the help of many citizens who were not Lutheran and not German, $6,800 was raised to complete a beautiful brick church on their lot. Dedication of the building was held January 29, 1860. This was a tremendous undertaking for this little_flock of Lutherans, but with their faith, their own hard work, and the help of others it was acccomplished. Had they waited a year or so longer, the War Between the States would have prevented it.

The roots of Resurrection are in that small congregation. Some current members have direct ties to it. For instance, my great-great-grandmother Erdmann and great-grandmother Markwalter who came from Germany as adults were charter members. My grand-mather was baptized by Pastor Meister in 1861. Her infant sister’s burial had been conducted by the St. Paul’s minister several years earlier.

Pastor Meister brought his wife and daughters, who helped with the music and the teaching of children. He served as the congregation’s minister for three years. Some of his descendants still live in Augusta.

Part one of a series: Building the First Church by Virginia Bowe Strickland


Youth Sunday

Please join us Sunday, February 24th as our youth use their talents and lead us in worship at both the 8:30 and 11:00 services


WELCA NEWS

We had a great turnout on Saturday, January 19, for our Annual Epiphany Luncheon held jointly with ladies of Advent and Resurrection Churches. The luncheon was held in Advent’s fellowship hall.

Pastor Boyd Lien spoke on Epiphany with very interesting stories, poems and “stars”. Each person received a copy of the poem, “Star Giving”, from Anne Weems’ book, “Kneeling in Bethlehem “ along with their own star. Each keepsake star had a descriptive word written on it. Copies of the poem are on the WELCA bulletin board. Please take one to read and understand the story of the “Star”. Several ladies brought their favorite nativity and shared stories about them.

There were 25 ladies, 2 gentlemen and 7 children (in the nursery) in attendance and as always plenty of good food and fellowship.

Our next event is our Annual Spring Luncheon planned for Saturday, April 27, in the catacombs. Mark your calendars and hope to see you there.

February marks the start of the Personal Care Kit drive in support of Lutheran World Relief. Beginning February 3, please deliver the kits to the baskets in the Narthex or under the Flower Chart in the hallway of the church. The drive will continue through the end of April. The list of contents is printed below. Additional copies of this list are in the Narthex

• 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


In The Lord’s Service

Acolytes

2/3 (8:30) Jadon Mace (11:00) Jackson Beavers and Ben Lindler
2/10 (8:30) Ben Olmo-Nord (11:00) Genny Beavers and Shelby Folger
2/17 (8:30) Noah Stuckart (11:00) Mercer Hogg and Noah Lindler
2/24 (8:30) Sophia Olmo-Nord (11:00) Macey Hughes and Tyler Hughes

 
Altar Guild
February 3-10 | Team 2
Becky Buchanan, Frank Chandler, Anne Spray, Monica Proctor
February 17-24 | Team 3
Mandy Bryson, Pat Ward, Ulrike Arntz, Edna Anguilla


 

Lay Assistants

8:30 11 AM Readers 11 AM Assistant
2/3 Pam Lien Anne Spray Bowe Strickland
2/10 Bill Rauscher Leigh Thouvenot Harrison Warren
2/17 Angie Chandler Chip Warren Rachel Rhodes-Dyar
2/24 Youth Sunday Youth Sunday

Ushers

Head Usher: Mary Meghan Olmo
2/3 Bryan Hunter, Michael Sodomka, Bill Buchanan
2/10 Frank Lackman, Bowe Strickland, Harrison Warren
2/17 Lisa Steinberg, Keith Dyer, Tom Momeier
2/24 Youth Sunday,

 

Other Sunday Volunteers

St. Johns Tower Pick-up Greeters Mini-Breakfast
2/3 Mandy Bryson and Cheryl Lindler
2/10 Vic and Sheri Scarborough Jean and Allen Strickland
2/17 Anne Spray Peggy DeHart and Evelyn Petrea
2/24 Youth Sunday Monica Proctor and Irene Frei

 



Church Council and Committee Chairs

President Vic Scarborough
Vice President Bowe Strickland
Treasurer Frank Chandler | 706-733-6564
Secretary John Leibach
Financial Secretaries Irene Frei, Pat Ward
Worship Frank Chandler, Bowe Strickland
Christian Education Christine Rauscher, Mary Meghan Olmo
Nursery Tara Spray
Youth Lynda Anguilla, Cheryl Lindler, Brandi Green
Witness Andrea Stuckart
Service Mandy Bryson, David Moretz
Stewardship Kevin Knitter
Building and Property John Leibach, Kevin Knitter, Keith Dyer; Jim Thouvenot
Congregational Fellowship Anne Spray, Keith Dyer, Leigh Thouvenot, Lynda Anguilla
Communications Heather Doughtie
Staff Support
LutherLegends Vic Scarborough, Elvie Walling

Sub-Committee Coordinators

Lay Assistants – Barbara Green

Mini-Breakfast – Kim Beavers

Activity Bags – Kirby Holley

Lutheran Men – Jim Thouvenot

WELCA – Anne Spray

Wee Care – Kirby Holley

Prayer Chain – Kathryn Spears

Website – Dan Doughtie

 

Building Committee

Co-Chair – Kelly Knitter

Co-Chair – John Leibach

– Joe Holley

– Leigh Thouvenot

 

Transition Committee

Chair – Kevn Knitter

– Buford Beavers

– Jim Klein

– Matt Lindler

– Monica Proctor

– Dennis Sodomka

– Jean Strickland

– Harrison Warren

 

Call Committee

Chair – Allison Buchanan

– Frank Chandler

– Heather Doughtie

– Ken Dyar

– Cindy Fogler

– Dora Hogg

 

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
St. John’s Towers
724 Greene St., Apt. 1103
Augusta, Ga. 30901
Siggie Hensley
The Claiborne at West Lake
557 Furys Ferry Road
Martinez, Ga. 30907
Jane Ellen Lackman
511 Winchester Drive
Augusta, Ga. 30906
Betty Sigg
National Healthcare
350 Austin Graybill Road
North Augusta, SC 29860
Mary Jo Holley
2607 Crosscreek Road
Augusta, Ga. 30906
Ken Walz
Kentwood
1227 W. Wheeler Pkwy
Augusta, Ga. 30909
Rev. Fred & Anita Fiedler
1940 Warren Street
Augusta, Ga. 30904