Pastor's Message

On Commitment

As we look ahead to our Congregational Annual Meeting (next Sunday, 2/10, at 10:15 a.m.) we each have an opportunity to think once more about our commitment to our community of faith and its many and varied ministries.

According to Webster, commitment means:
1.    The state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, pledge or undertaking.
 “I cannot make such a commitment at the moment.”
2.    An engagement or obligation that restrict freedom of action.
“My business commitments prevent me from booking a cruise this winter.”

In life, we’re called upon to make many commitments, some of which are pretty inconsequential, while others are anything but.  

Have you heard the one about the chicken and the pig?

A chicken and a pig were walking down the road together. They spotted a billboard for a local diner, advertising its breakfast special: Ham and Eggs - $4.95. The chicken lamented, “That’s our whole contribution to society—breakfast food!” To which the pig replied, “For you, it may be a contribution. For me, it’s a total commitment!”

Another similar example of total commitment is something I learned a few years ago on my trip to Egypt. When we visited the “Valley of the Kings,” we saw the interiors of several tombs of ancient Egyptian kings—some dating back more than 5000 years. These tombs were complex and ornate—clearly no expense was spared in their construction. Not even human lives were spared. Because so much gold, silver and precious jewels were buried with the kings, the tombs were targets for thieves. So, to prevent looting, kings began to have their tombs built in a secret location. Often taking decades to complete, construction work typically started at the beginning of a king’s reign.

While it was surely an honor to take part in the building and decorating of a king’s tomb, the “ultimate” commitment was required by the workers. Since they were among the very few who knew the location of the tomb, the workers who built it were killed after its completion, lest they let slip the secret location. Talk about a total commitment to the job and to the king!

Don’t worry—no one at COR is expecting such a level of commitment as that of the pig, which became our breakfast bacon or ham. Nor are you expected to make a commitment of the kind made by the builders and craftsman who constructed the tombs of ancient kings in Egypt—knowing that when their work was completed, their lives would end.

Commitment, though, does contain an element of self-sacrifice. Whether it’s your valuable time, your valuable talents or your valuable financial resources—and hopefully, all three—being a disciple of Jesus who belongs to Church of the Resurrection calls you to give of yourself and your treasure. It’s committing to deepen your own discipleship and to support the ministries that serve COR, our communities, and beyond.

I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to those who make their commitment to being a disciple of Christ Jesus and supporting the ministries of COR in generous ways. And I’d like to give a word of encouragement to those who have been hesitant to commit to such support to take the leap. Generous giving is a “mark of discipleship,” which you’ll be learning more about in weeks to come.

Let’s make 2019 a year of making and honoring commitments to our personal discipleship and to the support of COR’s ministries—and may the years to come exemplify a deeper commitment to all to which we are called by Jesus.

In Christ’s service,

Our Faith Community

Sunday, February 10th at 10:15 a.m.

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Scholarship Applications
Now Available Online!

The Education Team is happy to announce that the scholarship application has been posted on the COR website for any interested applicants. Applicants must be attending a Lutheran university or college. Scholarships will be given for the 2019/2020 school year. See the application at for more details and deadlines.

The Safe Babies Healthy Families program's mission is to support families to ensure safe and healthy children through education, support and resources — ultimately ending destructive cycles that can last for generations. We offer prenatal services, childbirth education, parenting programs and play groups. Individualized case management is provided through home visits until the child is kindergarten-ready.
To achieve this, we use a compassionate, holistic approach to mentor and assist at-risk families to create health, social and financial supports. These supports are critical to a safe and stable future. We match parents with a caring professional who acts as a life coach to help them build skills and embrace opportunities that will create lasting, positive change. Ideally, we start working with clients during pregnancy — a critical time to address concerns and needs before the baby arrives to a period of crisis.
Our families remain in our program voluntarily until their child is kindergarten-ready. By partnering with parents who have endured hardships, we celebrate their success as they change the future of their children.

We strive to:
•    prevent child abuse and neglect
•    provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues
•    increase parent knowledge of early child development and improve parenting practices
•    increase children’s school readiness and success.

Save the Date for Vacation Bible School 2019!
This summer, we will be traveling "To Mars and Beyond" with VBS. Mark your calendar for Monday through Thursday, June 24-27, 5:30-7:30 pm. VBS is for children ages 3 through 5th grade (yes, 5th-graders, we've changed our age range so you can still be part of the fun!). Stay tuned for more information in March.

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

Prayer for your Week
Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and love; and that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command, through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

Sunday, February 3:      Jeremiah 1:4-10    1 Corinthians 13:1-13        Luke 4:21-30
Jeremiah asserted that he was too young to be of service to God. What excuses have you used to try to say “No” to God’s call(s) in your own life? Do you truly believe your excuses? Does God?

Monday, February 4:     Psalm 56         1 Kings 17:8-16    1 Corinthians 2:6-16
The widow of Zarephath was asked by Elijah to trust that God would provide for her and her son, despite their desperate circumstances. Have you ever needed to trust God in such a ‘real life’ way? Could you trust God as the widow did? Why or why not?

Tuesday, February 5:     Psalm 56         2 Kings 5:1-14        1 Corinthians 14:13-25 
The psalmist is in a place of danger, in the presence of his enemies. Nonetheless, he puts his full trust in God Most High, and declares that he is not afraid. Do you think that your faith would make your fearless if you were in the psalmist’s position? Explain.

Wednesday, February 6:     Psalm 56         Jeremiah 1:11-19    Luke 19:41-44
In this passage, Jesus laments the fact that his people (Jerusalem) refused to accept him. Have your loved ones ever broken your heart? Have you broken your loved ones’ heart? Have you been able to reconcile? How?

Thursday, February 7:     Psalm 138         Numbers 20:22-29         Acts 9:19b-25
King David gives thanks and praise to God in this psalm. In verse 3, David says, “On the day I called you, you answered me, you increased my strength of soul.” Have your prayers always been answered so quickly—on the very day that you called out to God? Do you consider the strengthening of your soul to be an answer to your prayer? Explain.

Friday, February 8:         Psalm 138         Numbers 27:12-23        Acts 9:26-31
This story, which follows the conversion of Saul/Paul, points out the great importance of having someone to vouch for you—to confirm that your story is true. Have you ever needed someone to do this for you? Did you have such a person? Have you every vouched for someone else? How do you see God at work in such situations?

Saturday, February 9:     Psalm 138        Judges 3:7-11         Luke 4:4:42-44
In this short passage, Jesus shows that he is committed to his mission: to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to other cities; for I was sent for this purpose. How do you discern God’s mission for your life? Are you as determined to fulfill it as Jesus was his? Explain.

Family Directory
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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, February 4
7:00 pm SOPHIA Core Meeting

Tuesday, February 5
7:00 pm Dart Ball - Away

Wednesday, February 6
5:00 pm Joyful Voices Singers (grades 1-8)
5:30 pm Joyful Praise Handbells (grades 4-8)
6:30 pm Prayer Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
7:15 pm Confirmation

Thursday, February 7
6:30 am Bible Class @ This Great Coffee Place
6:30 pm Resurrection Ringers Handbells
7:20 pm Sanctuary Choir

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

- Jeanne Kunath,
- 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
- 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
- Cory Richardson, son of Kay Richardson
- Ethan Chapman, fiance' of a friend of Shawn Motley
- Jim Hoffmann, nephew of Bob Kunath
Prayers Loss of Loved One:
- Barbara Palovcsik, mother of Mike Palovcsik
- Tyler Hendrickson, nephew of Pastors Lindsay and Kimberly Jordan
Birthdays This Week:

Braunschweig, Cindy    
Hader, Sara    

Ohm, Madeline    

Kildow, Marissa    

Wesolowski, Greg    

Villa, Alayna    

Braunschweig, Jack    
Meyer, Linda    
Sullivan, Kathleen    

Safranek, Mason   
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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