Our mission is to Love and Obey the Savior, Equip believers for Ministry and Share the Good News of Jesus.

Our Mission

“All This in Just 15 Seconds!”

The View from the Pulpit:

Dear Members and Friends at Resurrection,

ALL  THIS  IN  JUST  15  SECONDS!

       A “guest” or “visitor” comes to Resurrection on a Sunday morning.  Maybe YOU brought them (good work!).  But will they come back?  What are determining factors in guests returning to a congregation a second or third time?  Is it about good sermons or friendly pastors?  OR

Studies by the Church Growth Institute (at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, CA) and the Barna Group indicates that a large majority of church “visitors” or “guests” decide within 15 seconds upon entering the building whether or not they will return.  Wow, 15 seconds!  What can possibly happen in 15 seconds to make a difference?

First, they see the building.  If it’s disorganized or dirty or run-down, too bad!  If signage is unclear (or if there are no signs at all!) or they can’t find a place to park, they are gone!  If there is litter everywhere or the furniture looks like “early American” Goodwill castoffs, what does that say?  Would you stand for that in your home?  Why would we stand for it in God’s home?

Next they enter the building … usually by the Main Worship Doors (though sometimes they come in other doors!).  Will they be receiving smiles and greetings?  If so … terrific!  If not, their “outta here!”  Will someone approach them and ask them their name?  Will anyone remember them?  When this happens, people feel good.  As the old song goes, we all want to be in a place “where everyone knows your name” (remember the old TV show, “Cheers”?).

Now notice, all of this happens before they enter the sanctuary, before they sing the first hymn, before they hear their first sermon!  So … the point is that each member of Resurrection is on the FRONT LINE of MINISTRY every single Sunday!  Certainly you come to worship.  Hopefully you come to study and grow.  But you also come here to MINISTER . . . for you know Jesus . . . and in the long run, that is all that matters!  And once you know Jesus, then your task is to bring Jesus to everybody else!

So … on Sundays … remember how important YOU are to the Mission and Ministry of Resurrection.  And don’t forget those 15 seconds!  You just may be the difference in God’s plan to bring one more individual to salvation!  God bless you as you minister!

What a joy it would be to see us all at Resurrection be EVERY SUNDAY MINISTERS!  Let’s strive to make …

 

Our Congregation ‘User Friendly!’

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby

some have entertained angels unawares.”  [Hebrews 13:2]

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VACATION TIME IS HERE!

With summer time upon us, families are making plans for their vacations.  Some of the things that must be done before leaving are:

(  )  have the mail stopped

(  )  have the newspaper stopped

(  )   board the family animals

How about adding one more item to your check list?  Just as your house or apartment payments and your car payments (and other bills!) go right on while you are on vacation, our church expenses continue also.  We still have to pay the electric bill, the water bill, bills for Sunday school materials, salaries, etc.  Please don’t stop your offerings like the newspaper or mail … instead, add this item to your checklist before you go:

(  )  add church offerings to vacation finance   planning and drop it off before leaving.

Resurrection will be glad you did!

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A WORD ON ‘CRITTERS’

Those pesky ants and mice and squirrels!  Our resident creatures sure appreciate all the free crumbs and leftovers we leave them!  If you feel that Lutheran hospitality does not necessarily extend to insects and rodents, please clean up after group activities that involve food!  In fact, let’s make that a HABIT!  Thanks for your help!  It is most appreciated!

The grace and peace of the Risen Lord Jesus be with you all …

Your Fellow Servant in Christ our Lord,

Pastor Hank Hollar