Ministries to Serve

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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.

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 the office at (215) 493-2018.