Pastor's Message

Happy 2019!
 
Dear COR family and friends,

By the time you read this, it will be January 7. Are you still keeping your resolutions a week into the new year? I don’t mean to sound cynical, but sometimes we see ourselves as needing so much self-improvement that we make unrealistic resolutions which are often abandoned, leaving us feeling worse than we felt before we set such lofty goals.

Last week, as some of you surely did, I came across many New Year’s related memes on Facebook. Some were silly. Some were sad. Others were hopeful and optimistic. However, there were a few which really struck a chord with me. They provided insights on the whole concept of making New Year’s resolutions. These and many others provided a lot of wisdom — so much so, that I wish I had written them myself.

Help me to do this, Lord!

Resolution: Drop my agenda. Join God’s.
Resolution: Get off my path. Get on God’s.
Resolution: Release my ambitions. Embrace God’s.
Resolution: Set aside my own will. Live God’s.


It’s only one sentence, but it speaks volumes of truth:

Our hope is not in the new year,
but in the ONE WHO MAKES ALL THINGS NEW!


And here’s the one that really hit home with me. Lord, help me to believe this and to remember it…

New Year’s is the annual festival of I’m:

•    Not good enough
•    Not skinny enough
•    Not nice enough
•    Not smart enough

It is the unholy day of the Little Law that always accuses us.

Today, and every day, hear this:

Christ is our ENOUGH.
In Christ alone, we are 100% pleasing to God.


Please don’t misunderstand me. Setting goals is good. Self-improvement is good. I encourage both. But remember, those things don’t increase our value in terms of God’s love for us and our worth in his eyes. Those things don’t secure our salvation. God loves, forgives, saves and values us not because of anything we did or didn’t do — not because we have improved a certain percentage from the person we were a year ago. No, God loves, forgives, saves and values us because of his GRACE for the sake of Christ Jesus.

My New Year’s prayer for you is that you adopt God’s agenda, path, ambitions and will; that you trust that God makes all things (including you!) new; and that you will believe the promise that Christ is your ENOUGH!
May God’s richest blessing be yours in 2019!

In Christ’s service,

Our Faith Community

Flower Chart for 2019
                 
The Flower Chart for 2019 is posted in the Narthex. If you have a special occasion to celebrate or wish to honor the memory of a loved one, please sign up for the weekend that you would like to provide flowers for the altar. The bouquets are $25 each.
Lay  Ministry Signup
 
Here is the link to sign up for lay ministry slots in February 2019. Any openings that are not filled are still assigned, as in the past. If you know you have a conflict for a particular date, let the office know so you are not scheduled. Email us at office@churchoftheresurrection.org.  

City Tins Fundraiser

FYI is selling City Tins to kick off fundraising efforts for our 2019 mission trip. Each tin contains 20 coaster gift cards worth $10 off your tab at the venue. The value of the tin is $200, and you can purchase one for just $30! We have Lake Country, Milwaukee Heritage, and Milwaukee Restaurant tins for sale. These make fantastic gifts! Pick up one (or a few) on Sunday morning or connect with Tiffany Kollmeyer. You can learn more about the City Tins here:  https://citytins.com/

Pledge Card Update:

 2016:  127 pledge cards totaling $383,800.
 2017:  102 pledge cards totaling $314,230.
 2018:    92 pledge cards totaling $277,758.
2019:   76 pledge cards totaling $233,288
 
Thank you to the many members who presented their Estimate of Giving cards during our Consecration Sunday service.  Thinking about and making a financial commitment before the end of the year helps both you and the church plan for 2019.  The Finance Team is actively developing a budget for the new year to meet the needs of the church and to assure that we can pursue our missions.   
 
If you haven’t turned in your card yet, we hope you will do so very soon.   How can you do that?
 
•         Turn in your card this week at either the Wednesday or Sunday worship service (blank cards are available on the welcome table in the narthex), or
•         Mail your card to Church of the Resurrection, W287 N3700 North Shore Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072-3136, or
•         Email your commitment response to office@churchoftheresurrection.org
 
We are grateful for your commitment of time, talent and resources!
Stewardship Team

Help serve breakfast at the Hope Center on January 26
 
Did you make a New Year’s Resolution to serve others? Whether you answered “yes” or “no,” the Human Concerns Team invites you to donate food and/or help serve breakfast to Hope Center guests on Jan. 26 at 9 am. The Hope Center is located at 502 N East Ave., Waukesha (near Carroll University).
 
Here’s how you can help:
  • Prepare an egg bake
  • Provide pastries, muffins, bagels and cream cheese, fruit, milk and/or juice
  • Serve the meal (meal prep begins at 7:30 a.m.)
 
To volunteer (food or time), please contact JoDee Sattler (jsattler@wi.rr.com or 414-587-5839) or put your name on the sign-up sheet located at the Welcome Desk in the narthex. Thank you!
 
The Hope Center is a non-profit organization that has been serving the basic needs of financial assistance, food and clothing in Waukesha County for more than 30 years.







 

Support Opportunity

Please consider attending this fundraising event for our church member Lisa (Mihas) Nelson-Sauer.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 4-10 pm at the American Legion in Hartland
There will be live music, raffles, a silent auction, food, drinks, and FUN!! Please join us to help Lisa on her journey to recovery.
Following is a link for more information:
https://www.facebook.com/events/271258683586471/
The Word for Your Week…
The reflections/questions relate to the highlighted passage for the day.

Prayer for your Week
O God, you revealed your Son to the nations by the leading of a star. Lead us now by faith to know your presence in our lives and bring us at last to the full vision of your glory, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with your and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Sunday, January 6:         Psalm 72            Isaiah 60:1-6        Matthew 2:1-12
Isaiah announces that a great light has come to illuminate the world’s deep darkness. Reflect on a time in your own life when you sensed God’s light overcoming a particularly dark time in your own life. How did that light cause you to “arise and shine?”

Monday, January 7:          Psalm 72           Daniel 2:1-19        Ephesians 4:17-5:1
The psalmist points to God’s great justice and righteousness and the things that God will do on behalf of the poor and the oppressed. What does this psalm tell you about God’s priorities? How does it prompt you to examine your own priorities?

Tuesday, January 8:           Psalm 72          Daniel 2:24-49       Ephesians 5:15-20
In this passage, Paul reminds us that as followers of Jesus, our lives should reflect his. Which of Paul’s instructions do you think you will be able to follow easily? Which will be more difficult? Why?

Wednesday, January 9:      Psalm 72          Numbers 24:15-19    Luke 1:67-79
These verses are known as Zechariah’s Song, in which he prophesies about the life of his newborn son, John. His words speak of a very specific purpose for John’s life. Do you believe that your life has a specific purpose or do you believe that your life serves the general purpose of God’s will wherever you live, work, etc.? Explain.

Thursday, January 10:        Psalm 29         Ecclesiastes 1:1-11    1 Corinthians 1:18-31
David uses this psalm to describe the power of God’s voice. How do you hear God’s voice in your life? How do you respond to God’s voice?

Friday, January 11:             Psalm 29          Ecclesiastes 2:1-11    1 Corinthians 2:1-10
Paul writes about the importance of trusting God’s wisdom instead of relying on human wisdom. When you are in need of wise counsel, do you first seek God’s wisdom or human wisdom? Explain.

Saturday, January 12:         Psalm 29           Ecclesiastes 3:1-15   1 Corinthians 2:11-16
This famous passage describes God’s concept of time. Although the writer makes it clear that what humans accomplish will not last forever, vs. 14 reminds us that “whatever God does endures forever, nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it.” Does this passage frustrate you because your accomplishments fade OR does it comfort you, because what God does lasts forever? Explain.
 
Family Directory
Our Church of the Resurrection Family Directory is available for viewing or printing at:
http://directory.instantchurchdirectory.com/74042772/booklet.pdf
(If you don't know the password please contact the church office.)

If your picture is missing or your family information isn’t correct, please contact the directory team at: directory@churchoftheresurrection.org.

In addition, John Tompsett or Lynn Meyer will be available to take your directory picture after any Sunday church services in December.
E-Giving
 
If you want to make a special contribution or just simplify your life, there is an on-line giving option for you.  Just click HERE
This Week's Events

Monday, January 7
1:00 pm American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, January 8
7:00 pm Dart Ball - Away

Wednesday, January 9
5:00 pm Joyful Voices Singers (grades 1-8)
5:30 pm Joyful Praise Handbells (grades 4-8)
6:30 pm Worship with Holy Communion
7:15 pm Confirmation
FYI
Adult Bible Study

Thursday, January 10
4:00 pm Full Staff Meeting
6:30 pm Resurrection Ringers Handbells
7:20 pm Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, January 13
9:00 am Worship with Holy Communion
Sunday School
10:15 am Adult Education
We Pray For:
 
Prayers for our country, those serving in the armed forces, and our leaders

Concerns
- Jeanne Kunath,
- Ellen, Susan Daniel's cousin
- Cindy Evinrude
- JR, Beth Berger's cousin
- Tom Stone, friend of the Perrigo's
- Lauren, Bob Kunath's granddaughter
- Jim & Jill Ardis, friends of Salstrom's
- Shirley, mother of Gail Wojtkunski
- Benny Thielitz
- Kathy Klockow
- Zachary, Barb Mayer's great grandson
- Amber Ove
- Art & Nancy Mitchel, friends of the Perrigo's
- Lisa (Mihas) Nelson-Sauer
- Quinn
-  Michael, Sue Hader's grandson
- Jean
- Jeff, cousin of Diane Kollmeyer
- Jim & Jim, friends of Sue Hader
- Michelle Thalacker
- Eli Hansen, student of Katie Rumohr
- Gloria Mayra, mother of Lyn Owsiak
- Mary
- Vivienne, mother of Sarah Bergman
- Ruth Bergman, mother of Mark Bergman
- Dan Laatsch, brother of Christa Thalacker
- Luella Laske, grandmother of Chris & Michelle Thalacker
- Linda Niemuth, friend of Zells
- Phil, nephew of Pat Faherty
- Michael Wojtkunski
- Eileen Walker, friend of Shawn Motley
- Gus Frank, friend of the Donkel's
- Dave Hicks and Mike Sadler, friends of Larry Donkle
- John Kornely
- Josh, nephew of Pat Faherty  
- Dick Manke
- Karen Witte, friend of the Salstrom's
- Kelly Schlegel
- Joe & Deanna Jordan, in-laws of Pastor Kim
- Levie
- Jenny
- Bob Patrick
 
Prayers Loss of Loved One:
Hildegard Eickstedt, mother of Judy Sandgren
Birthdays This Week:

1/7
Rumohr, Mason

1/8
Bergman, Marshall
Colombe, Christopher

1/9
Ohm, Rene

1/10
Frankwick, Jim

1/11
Gardner, Allison

1/12
Frakes, Alice

1/13
Holdmann, Dan
Susitti, Caley

 
Pastoral Emergency?  
Days:
Church office (Mon-Thur 9 am - 4 pm) 
(Fridays 9 am - 2 pm)
262-691-7700

Evenings:

Pastor Kimberly Jordan : 262-825-0723 (Cell)
Church of the Resurrection
Pewaukee WI

     


 
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