Pastor's Message

Adults often speak of Christmas as being for children. When those words are spoken, our minds fill with images of children with bright eyes, gazing at the Christmas tree, anticipating a visit from Santa. It does seem that little ones find a special joy in the season, as they look forward to visiting their grandparents, decorating cookies, preparing for their Christmas programs, and of course, finding brightly wrapped surprises under the tree. Parents, too, derive a special sense of pleasure as they hear squeals of delight when their children open their carefully and lovingly chosen gifts.

Of course, even more than Christmas being ‘for children,’ Christmas is about ‘a child.’ It’s about one particular child whose coming changed the course of history forever. As we scramble about ensuring that Christmas is nearly perfect for our own loved ones, it’s easy for that particular child to get lost among the twinkling lights, the wrapping paper and Santa’s jolly, “Ho, ho, ho!”

According to one of my favorite Christmas poems, though, the significance of the Christ child’s birth hasn’t been lost to all children. As poet John Shea introduces us to a little girl named Sharon, we discover that she truly ‘gets’ what Christmas is all about. May we all ‘get it’ as well as she does!

Sharon’s Christmas
She was five, sure of the facts,
    And recited them with slow solemnity
    Convinced every word was revelation.

She said,
    They were so poor
    They had only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
    To eat and they went a long way from home
    Without getting lost. The lady rode a donkey,
    The man walked, and the baby was inside the lady.

    They had to stay in a stable
    With an ox and an ass (hee-hee)
    But the Three Rich Men found them
    Because a star lighted the roof.
    Shepherds came and you could pet
    The sheep, but not feed them,
    Then the baby was borned.
    And do you know who he was?

Her quarter eyes,
    Inflated to silver dollars when she said,
    The baby was God!

And she jumped in the air, whirled around, dove into the sofa
    And buried her head under the cushion—
    Which is the only proper response
    To the Good News of the Incarnation.

May your response to the Good News of God’s incarnation in Christ Jesus
be as awestruck and joyous as was Sharon’s!

I wish you and yours a Blessed and Merry Christmas. Thanks be to God!

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.

NO Wednesday worship service on December 26
Financial Update for November 2018
Budgeted Income      $ 32,866
Actual Income           $ 31,382
Actual Expenses       $ 33,314
Deficit                         $  1,932 -
Financial update for 2018
January 1, through November 31, 2018:

Budgeted Income     $ 327,533
Actual Income           $ 352,465
Actual Expenses       $ 392,837
Deficit                        $ 40,372 -

Lay  Ministry Signup
Please use this link to sign up for lay ministry slots in January 2019.

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:

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:   73 pledge cards totaling $230,808
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
We are grateful for your commitment of time, talent and resources!
Stewardship Team

Adult Christian Education Opportunity
Sunday at 10:15 am
NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY! Whether you read your Bible regularly and have participated in Bible study for many years OR you don’t even know where your Bible is, YOU ARE WELCOME!
Our sessions are “drop-in friendly.” We encourage regular attendance but understand that sometimes schedules don’t allow for it. Please know that if you’ve missed sessions, you’re always welcome to attend.

December 3o        Fellowship (Christmas Break)

The schedule is subject to change, but changes will be posted as soon as they are known.

Please plan to join us for learning and fun—the more, the merrier!


The Word for Your Week  
Prayer for the Twelve Days

Lord, fill us with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magi and the peace of the Christ child. Bless us these twelve days of Christmas and forever. Amen.

Day 1    December 26:    St. Stephen’s Day    Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60
Day 2    December 27:    St. John—Apostle and Evangelist      John 1:1-9
Day 3    December 28:    The Holy Innocents    Matthew 2:13-18
Day 4    December 29:    The Nativity    Luke 2:8-16
Day 5    December 30:    The Holy Family    Luke 2:25-50
Day 6    December 31:    Watch Night    Ecclesiastes 3:1-3, Matthew 25:31-40
Day 7    January 1:    Mary, Mother of our Lord        Luke 2:16-21
Day 8    January 2:    The Incarnation     John 1:14
Day 9    January 3:    The Baptism of our Lord     John 1:19-36
Day 10  January 4:    The Prince of Peace     Isaiah 9:6
Day 11  January 5:    The Eve of Epiphany   Matthew 2:1
Day 12  January 6:    Epiphany    Matthew 2:2-12

Family Directory
Our Church of the Resurrection Family Directory is available for viewing or printing at:
(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:

In addition, John Tompsett or Lynn Meyer will be available to take your directory picture after any Sunday church services in December.
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, December 24
Church Office Closed
3:30 pm Christmas Eve Worship with Holy Communion
7:30 pm Christmas Eve Worship with Holy Communion

Tuesday, December 25
Church Office Closed
9:00 am Christmas Day Worship with Holy Communion

Wednesday, December 26
No Worship Service, Confirmation, or Choirs

Sunday, December 30
9:00 am Worship with Holy Communion
No Sunday School
We Pray For:
Prayers for our country, those serving in the armed forces, and our leaders

- 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
- All those affected by the wildfires in California
- John Kornely
- Josh, nephew of Pat Faherty  
- Dick Manke
- William Fincher, great nephew of Sattler's
- Karen Witte, friend of the Salstrom's
- Kelly Schlegel
- Joe & Deanna Jordan, in-laws of Pastor Kim
Birthdays This Week:

Aagerup, Lisa
Berger, Steve
Kania, Holly

Bergman, Mark
Reichardt, Don

Altenburg, Nancy
Molde, Roger

Groenewold, Betty
Schulte, Lisa

Skoug, Amy
Zell, Russell

Bergman, Matthew

Thalacker, Christopher
Pastoral Emergency?  
Church office (Mon-Thur 9 am - 4 pm) 
(Fridays 9 am - 2 pm)


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


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