Pastor's Message


You are Who God Says You Are  by Pastor Kim

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; the old has passed away; see; everything has become new!”   (2 Corinthians 5:17)

There’s a game I’ve played at parties—maybe you’ve played it, too.  Each person has the name of a famous (or infamous) person taped to his/her back.  Then everyone walks around asking yes/no questions trying to find out their new identity. Am I living/dead?  Am I a man/woman?  Am I an entertainer?  A politician?  An author?  An athlete? A serial killer?  Am I on TV?   You get the idea.

A variation of the game is that others will tell you something about your new ‘self’ to help you guess who you are.  You always put off worrying until tomorrow. (Scarlett O’Hara) You had so many children you didn’t know what to do. (The woman who lived in a shoe)  You are the first person to set foot on the moon. (Neil Armstrong) The point of the game is to figure out your identity. When you guess correctly, you sit down.

The first time I played this game, I was struck with its similarity to real life. Many times we determine our identity, by what others tell us about ourselves. You are so smart. You are a loser. You are so pretty. You can do anything you set your mind to. You are so clumsy. You are so fat. You’ll never amount to anything. After a while, those messages influence how we see ourselves—whether those messages are true or false. It is only a mature person who realizes that just because someone else says that you are this or that, doesn’t make it true.

One of the greatest blessings of a life of faith is the receiving of a brand new identity. In the Bible, when God touched and changed a person’s life, many times He changed his or her name. He said, “You will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow” (Isaiah 62:2). Abram became Abraham. Sarai became Sarah. Jacob became Israel. Simon became Peter. Saul became Paul.

In the same way, God makes us his child in baptism. That gives you a brand new identity.  If you want to know who you really are, then you need to look in the Bible and see who God says you are. It may be different from what you’ve heard others say about you, but which do you think is more accurate? Who do you think has a better perception of who you are, your Creator, or other broken, sinful people just like yourself?  People of faith have a brand new identity—and that is how God sees us.  

My Identity in Christ

John 1:12 I am a child of God.
John 15:15 I am part of the true vine, a channel (branch) of Christ's life.
John 15:15 I am Christ's friend.
John 15:16 I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit.
Romans 8:14,15 I am a joint-heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him.
I Corinthians 3:16 I am a temple of God. His Spirit dwells in me.
I Corinthians 12:27 I am a member (part) of Christ's body
2 Corinthians 5:17 I am a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:18,19 I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation...Ephesians 1:1 I am a saint.
Ephesians 1:3 I am blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places.
Ephesians 1:11 I am sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit who has been given as a pledge of my inheritance.
Ephesians 2:10 I am God's workmanship created in Christ to do His work that He planned beforehand that I should do.
Ephesians 4:24 I am righteous and holy.

That is a lot to put on a nametag, but that is your new identity. That is how God sees you. How about you? Are you ready to start seeing yourself as God sees you today? After all, it is the truth!

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.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The week of January 18 - 25 is celebrated each year in the northern hemisphere ecumenically with the whole church.  Join us for worship Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 p.m., for a special service led by FYI.
Sunday, February 10th at 10:15 a.m.


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/

CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS

Join us in the Fellowship Hall for an Adult Education opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

Our own Dr. Dan Schroeder will be leading us in exploring CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS, a tool created to help people communicate in helpful and productive ways when conflict arises. Useful at home, at work, at church… “wherever two or more are gathered.”

Overview
The right to criticize must be earned, even if the counsel/feedback is constructive in nature.  Before you are entitled to tinker with another person’s self-esteem, you are obligated first to demonstrate your respect for him/her as a person.  When a relationship of confidence has been carefully constructed, you will have earned the right to discuss a potentially threatening topic.  Your motives will have been clarified.  Then, the subsequent “crucial conversation” or “tough talk” is positioned to go well.  Techniques and methods for doing so will be the focus of this three-part series during the adult forum after the Sunday worship services on January 13, 20, and 27.
 
About the Facilitator
Dan Schroeder, a longstanding member of COR, will facilitate these discussions.  In his professional life, Dan leads a consulting practice (Organization Development Consultants, Inc.—ODC) based in Brookfield and teaches graduate, adult, and professional courses in the School of Business at Edgewood College in Madison.  A former Featured Columnist for Biz Times Milwaukee, he is the current Chair of the Psychology Examining Board in Wisconsin.  Dan and his wife, Sue, have four children: Liz, Reed, Jack, and Luke.
 
Join us in the Fellowship Hall for CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS on January 13, 20 and 27.
LAY MINISTRY SIGNUP

The SignUpGenius self-sign up for Lay Ministry is working great.  Most of the assignments are being filled this way and it results in far fewer schedule conflicts.  Any opening that are not selected are still assigned as in the past.  If you know you have a conflict for particular dates, let the office know so you are not scheduled. office@churchoftheresurrection.org  

Following is the link to sign up for Lay Ministry slots in February 2019.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0948afaf2caaf58-layministry7

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/

 


The “Souper” Bowl of Caring is a pan-denominational gathering of gifts to share with those who are in need.  It began nearly three decades ago when a church youth group in Texas prayed,
Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those who don’t even have a bowl of soup to eat.

Since then, more than $143 million dollars have been raised for local charities around the country through “Souper Bowl” of caring. It has become a powerful movement to transform the big game into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving.

On Super Bowl Sunday, February 3, COR will be collecting your gifts of money and non-perishable food items in a special Souper Bowl event. Please be a part sharing God’s love with those in need—give generously on Super/Souper Bowl Sunday.

How do I participate?
-Bring cans of soup.
– Write a check to the church for Souper Bowl Sunday with “Souper Bowl” on the memo line.
– Bring some dollar bills with you that Sunday for the offering at the door.


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.







 

The Word for Your Week…
The reflections/questions relate to the highlighted passage for the day.

Prayer for your Week
Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep all who are born of water and the Spirit faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
 
Sunday, January 13:     Isaiah 43:1-7       Acts 8:14-17        Luke 3:15-17; 21-22
The prophet Isaiah brings good news and the promise of God’s love and protection. In your life, when you’ve had experiences where you “passed through the waters” or “walked through fire” did you feel God’s presence? Did it alleviate your fears? Explain.
 
Monday, January 14:   Psalm 106:1-12         Judges 4:1-16        Ephesians 6:10-17
In this passage, the apostle Paul encourages believers to protect themselves from the forces of evil by putting on “the whole armor of God.” What might such armor look like in our modern wardrobes? How do you put on truth, righteousness, faith and peace, salvation and the Word of God in your daily life? Is your ‘protective gear’ effective? Why or why not?
 
Tuesday, January 15:     Psalm 106:1-12    Judges 5:12-21           1 John 5:13-21
The psalmist doesn’t try to hide or cover the sins of Israel, but repents of them, and receives  forgiveness and restoration to God. How important is confession and repentance in your daily walk of faith? Explain.
 
Wednesday, January 16:     Psalm 106:1-12     Numbers 27:1-11      Luke 11:33-36
The inheritance case of the daughters of Zelophehad highlights the inequality between men and women during this period in history. After hearing their argument, God sides with the daughters. What does God’s decision tell you about his view of women and girls? Do you think that God’s decision was popular with the male litigants? Do you think they were
surprised?

 
Thursday, January 17:     Psalm 36:5-10        Jeremiah 3:1-5              Acts 8:18-24
This passage shows Simon as the ‘ultimate’ example of a person who thinks that God’s favor and forgiveness can be bought. How does Peter reply? Have you ever tried to ‘buy’ God’s
favor—not with $ but with bargaining or making transactional promises? Why do you suppose you sometimes forget that God’s love and mercy are gifts?

 
Friday, January 18:         Psalm 36:5-10        Jeremiah 3:19-25     1 Corinthians 7:1-7
In this psalm, David praises God for his steadfast love, righteousness and faithfulness. How do you experience these attributes of God in your own life? Explain.
 
Saturday, January 19:     Psalm 36:5-10        Jeremiah 4:1-4       Luke 11:14-23
In this passage, Jesus gives us the sobering reminder, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” How does this reminder play out in your work life? Your home life? Your life in community with others? How might your thoughts, words and actions indicate that you are “with” Jesus or “against” him?
 
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 14
6:30 pm  Council Meeting

Tuesday, January 15
7:00 pm  Dart Ball - Home

Wednesday, January 16
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 17
6:30 am Bible Class at This Great Coffee Place
6:30 pm Resurrection Ringers Handbells
7:20 pm Sanctuary Choir

Sunday, January 20
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:

1/16
Donkle, Lawrence
Schmidt, Matt

1/17
Haglin, Wendy
Salstrom, Barb
    
1/19
Schlegel, Megan
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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