Ministries to Serve
Arise Praise and Worship Team (Grades 7 through Adults). Lutheran Church of the Resurrection’s 9:00 AM Praise and Worship service provides Contemporary Christian Music with our singers and band members. Musicians are required to know how to read music lead sheets. It is helpful for singers to be able to read music too but not necessary. There is a try‑out period for everyone. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 6:45 PM.
Adult Choir (grades 7 through adult) ‑ Our Adult Choir rehearses on Wednesdays, from 7:30 until 9:00 PM. There are no auditions for choir ‑ as long as you can sing a tune there is a place for you! We usually sing on the 2nd, 4th, and sometimes 5th Sundays of the month at the 11:00 AM service, and at special services throughout the year.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Ringers
Our Chime Choir Group (grades fourth through adult) meets after the 11:00 AM Service on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. You do not need to know how to read music to become a member. We perform at the various services a few times throughout the year and we always welcome new ringers! If you would like to become a Ringer, please contact Nellie Plummer.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection has adult and junior choirs, a chime choir, and our Arise Team of contemporary singers. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is always happy to have instrumentalists as part of our services. Contact Geoffrey Shoffstall, Director of Music or Mike Robey for the Arise Team.
Faith Accompaniment and Spiritual Guidance Ministry “Merciful Monday”
The Faith Accompaniment Ministry was formed as a way for people to come together to interact with others who will ask the question “How are you?” and really want to hear how you REALLY are.
You might be involved in caregiving due to chronic illness, aging parents or disability challenges. Some have experienced grief from loss of loved ones, pets, family breakups, financial stress, or anxiety disorders. There are those feeling financial difficulties due to loss of jobs, jobs that pay minimum wage, or families with parents taking on multiple jobs due to financial strains.
These are painful situations. It’s the questions that we ask in those difficult moments that are important– How do I get through this? Have you ever hoped for someone to walk alongside you and talk with you through a life-changing event, listening to your story and assuring you that you are not alone? Accompaniment calls us to help one another when there is a need.
“Merciful Monday” is a spinoff of this ministry. Did you know that Monday nights are “Support and Care” nights at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in the Library? Each Monday, 7:00-8:30 PM, we discuss a different life topic close to our hearts or share anything in this private closed setting. Please read Resurrection Connections for dates and the topic to be discussed. Don’t feel that you have to stay on topic. We always get sidelined and no one cares. It’s what you need to talk about that is always more important. Please bring your friend who might need to share their story.
Don’t forget to visit our “Merciful Monday Support and Care” corner of the Narthex.; There’s a lot of information for the taking. Any questions may be addressed to Deacon Barbara Merritt at WoodwardBA@Yahoo.com.
Senior Member Support Team
We provide ongoing support to our senior members including help with medical issues and potential moves to assisted living facilities.
The Sonshiners is a group of retired people who meet monthly to enjoy a Pot Luck Lunch followed by a program that involves a speaker or an activity of some kind that usually pertains to the season. Throughout the year our monthly activities also include trips to interesting local attractions such as museums, theater matinees, or historic sites. Each month the responsibility of planning the activity is taken on by a different person or group of people. Although this is listed as a “Senior Ministry,” there is no age discrimination and we welcome others to join us in these activities. We invite anyone, young or old, who enjoys good food, fun and fellowship to come and participate in our friendly group!
Pickering Manor Nursing Home – Although primarily a social group, the Sonshiners also provide outreach to the community. Every third Wednesday of the month, we conduct a worship service for the residents of Pickering Manor Nursing Home in Newtown, Pennsylvania. Worship is led by Deacons Barbara and Hank Merritt and some of our Sonshiners come along to assist with the service and chat with the residents. This is a very rewarding ministry enjoyed by the residents and also those of us who volunteer.
Care Cards – Another facet of our ministry is providing the weekly Care Cards found in our Narthex each Sunday that are sent to members, friends or relatives of our church in need of some cheer. These include get well, sympathy, birth, marriage congratulations, or whatever is requested. The cost of the cards is covered by the free-will offerings that are given at our Pot Luck lunches.
For more information on the above ministries, please contact Betty Berner.
Faith Formation/Sunday School/Youth Events
10:00 AM – Sunday School is held in Fellowship Hall including interactive Christian Education with crafts, story time, music, games, and service projects.
Families With Young Children – Meets a few times a year and is for young children (birth through second grade) and their parents. This group provides fun events for the whole family and support and networking for fellow parents and caregivers. For more information contact Elise Rothmund.
Junior & Senior High Youth Group – Meets periodically throughout the school year, providing opportunities for fellowship, learning, service, and participation in synod youth events. This is open to anyone in grades 6-12.
Box City Event – Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Youth host an annual event called Box City. It is a two-part event that teaches about homelessness in Lower Bucks County and raises awareness and funds for the local homeless shelter and Family Promise of Lower Bucks.
Youth Leadership at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection – Lutheran Church of the Resurrection youth are an integral part of Christ’s ministry. Our youth are welcome to serve in all areas of ministry. Our youth serve on various ministry teams, Vacation Bible School helpers, worship leaders, and much more.
Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod Events – Lutheran Church of the Resurrection youth participate in annual synod youth events including: JYG (Junior High Youth Gathering), SHYG (Senior High Youth Gathering), and Helping Hands Day; a day of service to the community.
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Confirmation Ministry – This ministry is for youth in grades 8 & 9. The 2019-2020 format includes Sunday morning classes at 10 AM. The deacons provide class instruction.
Vacation Bible School
As the effects of COVID-19 are extending into summer, we have made the sad decision to cancel our 2020 Vacation Bible School day camp. Although our theme of gathering God’s armor would be timely to strengthen our children’s outlook in this challenging time – we need to stay strong physically. Please know we will miss you all, as our summer week together celebrating and learning about God’s Word is a highlight! Stay Healthy!
At Lutheran Church of the Resurrection we believe that stewardship is the way we utilize our gifts, skills, talents and resources to practice the way we love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Stewardship is an important Lutheran Church of the Resurrection outreach ministry which entails the education, involvement and commitment of congregational members’ time, talents and treasures.
Generally, a stewardship campaign is conducted in the fall of each year and led by select members of church council. The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness of the many active ministries and opportunities for involvement and service in the church. The status of the church budget and finances is briefly discussed with an appeal for financial giving and commitment of offerings for the coming year. Typically, Bible based temple talks are made at the beginning of Sunday services during the campaign. In certain years the stewardship campaign may include household calls and home visits to check on members, increase fellowship, identify specific pastoral needs and update the church directory. The stewardship campaign emphasizes that the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection family and outreach extends beyond the church building. The campaign usually culminates in late fall on a designated “Commitment Sunday” when separate commitment cards are collected for time and talent involvement and for confidential monetary contributions for the coming year. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection strives to maximize the percentage of forecasted income for the coming year on the financial commitments made during the stewardship campaign.
The care and maintenance of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection property is the responsibility of the Property Committee. It involves upkeep of both external and internal areas of the church on an ongoing basis as well as planning and carrying out select projects and repairs. Lutheran Church of the Resurrection members are asked to join in completing many property activities and small projects as an opportunity for fellowship and service. Spring and fall cleanups occur each year. Gardens are planted and maintained, bushes and trees are trimmed, and the parking lot is paved and painted. Inside the church many property duties are conducted including painting, light bulb replacement, carpet cleaning, minor plumbing, refinishing of furnishings and routine checking on the air conditioning and heating systems. Larger projects and services such as lawn mowing, snow removal, roof and gutter repairs, and mechanical system adjustments, are contracted by the Property Committee. The Property Committee operates within a set annual budget established by church council. The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection property is a source of pride for all members and in certain instances endowments are used to undertake select upgrades.
Requests for prayers are circulated among a small team of people who regularly pray for those in need of prayers. To be put on our list for prayers, contact Alan Chinnici.