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Sunday Worship – March 22, 2020

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LCR Update 3-18-2020

Greetings beloved LCR families!
As you know by now all onsite activities at LCR have been suspended until further notice.  However, it is our desire to continue connecting with you through a variety of other ways.  We will continue our Lenten devotions each week (they will be posted to our YouTube page, Facebook page, Instagram page, and Website each week.)  Along with these devotional videos we will still have our Lenten conversation sheets, click here, that we are encouraging you to still use for your continued time in Scripture and Conversation.  We encourage all of you (if possible) to connect via phone or FaceTime to continue these conversations.  We realize that may not be a reality for everyone. 
The YouTube link for this week’s Lenten Devotion can be found here:
Above all else our hope is that you would stay safe and know that we are hear to support you and your family in any safe way we can.  Please share with us any prayer concerns or practical needs.  Please continue to engage with us on social media and do not be afraid to reach out.  Also, please continue to check in with one anther.  Even if it’s just to say, “Hi and how are you doing?”!
God bless you and your families now and always.
Love and Peace,
Pastor Karen and Intern John


Sunday School 3-19-2020

Hello LCR families!

Reminder: The Family page for this weekends assigned readings can be found here.  As always we encourage you to use this in discussion with your family. 

I hope that you and your family have begun practicing FAITHeach day.  This is a practice my family and I love to do together!  

As a reminder the five steps are:

STEP 1: SHARE your highs and lows

STEP 2: READ a Bible verse or story

STEP 3: TALK about how the Bible reading might relate to your highs and lows

STEP 4: PRAY for one another’s highs and lows

STEP 5: BLESS one another

Further at home resources for all ages can be found below.  The Gospel text for this weekend is John 9:1-41.

Here are some coloring/activity sheets:





Also, my family and I like the following sites for games, craft ides, and learning:




Also, here is a great site that provides Bible based videos that we occasionally use in Sunday School and at our neighborhood camp!


This Saturday I will provide a video of me teaching our children some new songs as well as a video for our Bible reading for this Sunday!  I will be trying to reach out to you each day we are apart!  

Finally, please feel free to text me/e-mail me how you are doing or share crafts/projects that you are working on as a family. I’d love to share them with our Church community!

If you have any further questions about Sunday School, please feel free to e-mail Intern John at internjohn@lcrracine.org or via phone at 262-748-5055.

All other questions can be sent to the Church office at office@lcraracine.org

You are all in our prayers!
 -Intern John

“Train children in the right way, and when old, they will not stray.”
-Proverbs 22:6 (NRSV)


If you have questions or concerns, contact the office at office@lcrracine.org


From the Pastor, January 2020

Many blessings in this New Year and into this season of Epiphany. This is a great time to open our eyes, hearts and lives to see the epiphany moments and rejoice with great joy!  It is also a period to remind ourselves the gift of what Epiphany is all about: Epiphany – the manifestation/appearance of Christ to the Gentiles and a moment of sudden revelation or insight.


The wise one’s were the first people to worship Jesus as Lord. But because it took time to travel back in Jesus’ day – no GPS systems, no cars, plus – the journey was maybe 500 miles or more, it was amazing that the wise one’s kept committed to searching after the Christ child, and following the prophecies from the Hebrew Scriptures. Now, when the magi saw Jesus, they worshiped Him and they brought precious gifts with them for the child, who they recognized as a king appointed not by people or family name, but by God. They had an epiphany, or a sudden insight into the true nature…..and they realized that they were in the presence of God.


Now, the wise one’s were Gentiles, but they were on the lookout for God, searching for God in Scripture, listening for God in the words of the prophets, and watching for signs of God’s revelation on earth. And through Christ, they were able to become God’s people as well. In doing so, becoming God’s people, uncovered something that was there all along, but was hiding. It wasn’t so obvious. It took a second look. The magi realized that Jesus was their king, too — it was a life-changing epiphany. 


I believe we have had some Epiphany – ministry changing moments this past year at LCR as well; a new pastoral intern, sharing $6,667.29 with Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (which included an endowment match), our city water utility line conversation (sale of land easement & now ongoing project in the nature preserve area), our very 1st successful 5-week Neighborhood  Camp summer program. Now we are working on an epiphany (guiding light forward) for our staffing plan into the future, especially since Dori announced her retirement and will be leaving us in May of 2020 and Intern John has been approved for ordination and will have the opportunity to interview with congregations sometime in April.  At this point, Intern John will be staying on as a Pastoral Intern until he is called to serve as a pastor at a congregation or we determine that we will be filling our next staffing position going forward.


The council leadership and I, invite you to take time to look up and see the stars, look out for where God is leading us next, rejoice exceedingly with great joy …because we are doing amazing things in the name of Jesus.

    Grace & Peace – Pastor Karen Pahl



November 2019 Homan’s Update

November 15, 2019

Thank you, brothers and sisters in Christ at Resurrection, for your warm welcome and the opportunities we had to share with you. We were so happy to see you face-to-face and have good conversations with many of you.

May God bless you with a joyous Advent and Christmas season.


Mary and Tom Holman


October 2019 Holman’s Update

October 16, 2019

Thank you for your prayers! We’re halfway through our time in Nigeria, and the work is going well. The Waja team is on track to complete 1 Corinthians and the L team is making good progress with the detailed work of checking the parallel passages in Matthew with those in Mark and Luke. Angela, the young woman who came with us, is learning a lot and even making some good contributions.

I have a prayer request for the Waja team. Keeping their computers charged is a big challenge because of the lack of electricity in their area. Because of this, they have not met their goals for this first year of their three-year project. Please pray that they would find a satisfactory solution so that they can complete their work in good time.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Blessings in Christ,


Mary and Tom Holman



From the Pastor, October 2019

We look forward to starting our series on “Cheerful Giving” Sunday, September 29th with weekly reflections on God’s Word, hearing stories from members of LCR and exploring our new mission for the future. 

This will be a great time to incorporate our new mission: We share the Resurrection by: Loving Jesus, Changing Lives and Reaching out to Serve into our sermon series, so we can explore what God has in store for LCR. The one thing we do know is that the mission cannot happen without all of us…as the hands and feet of Christ, cheerfully giving and being faithful stewards of what God has first given to us.


Don’t forget to join us for our One Service Sunday at 9:30am on October 20, 2019 as we share our financial commitments during worship. Bishop Paul Erickson will be joining us for the day and sharing the message with LCR. After worship we will enjoy a potluck meal  in our fellowship hall for a time of conversation and fellowship together.


Let’s join along in prayerfully exploring this series and commit ourselves to moving forward and giving thanks for our life, LCR family, ministry and mission.



Council President Letter to the Congregation

Greetings LCR Members,

The council announced to all of you in October 2019 that we were forming an Exploratory Team to prayerfully take time to review various pieces of information. This information is what we have gathered about our current Mission at LCR, the prior ministry site profile, and the roles and responsibilities of our current staffing. This will help us to understand what our options are to replace Dori after she retires in the Spring and incorporate the pastoral intern responsibilities as well. These transitions in staffing give us an opportunity to re-evaluate what our needs are as we vision for the future at LCR.


Since this announcement, I have heard some questions and thought it would be beneficial to share some the current information about the steps we are working through, the status of the process, and timing of the next steps.


What are the steps we are taking to determine the staffing needs?

  1. Form an Exploratory Team – a mix of our members and they will:
    1. Review Staffing needs – aligning to our mission and vision
    2. Refresh the Ministry Site Profile
    3. Recommend a staffing position to Council, including a job description and how this will assist us in fulfilling the mission of the church.
  2. Gain approval from the congregation during the Annual Meeting.


What is an Exploratory Team?

A small team of current members to manage the process. Members of the team to include members from the following groups/committees: Current Council – Dave Backmann, Representative from Pastor Karen’s Call Committee – Luanne Riedel, Parish Ed – Kathy Ramke, Youth Ministry – Carrie Black, (2) at large members – Aaron Kozlik & Sarah Brusky, and a Youth – Emily Schinkowitch.


What is the role of the Exploratory Team?

Work to understand the staffing needs/wants and align them with the Mission and Vision of the church. Plus make a recommendation to the Council on a pathway forward.


When will we hear the outcome of the review?

Once the recommendation has been approved by the Council we will share that outcome, the budgetary impact, and the next steps during the Annual Meeting on January 26, 2020.


How do we get candidates?

In order to gather candidates for an Associate Pastor/Deacon and interview, the ELCA and the Greater Milwaukee Synod use a process – “The Call Process.” This process starts with gaining a full understanding of what a congregation is working to achieve and what skills will be required to obtain the mission of the church. We are using the Exploratory Committee to work on this part of the process and assist the council in determining the type of position needed to achieve our Mission and Vision. Once we have all of this documented and approved by the Congregation, we will submit the requirements to the Greater Milwaukee Synod, from this point we will work with the Synod Office to arrange discussions with qualified candidates.


Can we just hire Intern John?

No, we cannot just hire Intern John. He still have many steps to complete over the next 6 months or so to work towards is official ordination in the ELCA as a pastor.

  1. He has to complete his internship at LCR in early January.
  2. He has to graduate from Luther Seminary in early 2020.
  3. He has to be approved by the Greater Milwaukee Synod Candidacy Committee for Ordination in early December.
  4. He has to go through the Churchwide AssignmentProcess – This is where he is assigned to a particular region of the country (He does not know where this will be at this time – although be does have preferences)

*Note: this is a very stressful time for Intern John and his family. Please keep them in your thoughts & Prayers. They have many decisions ahead that they need to prayerfully make for their family and future.


What if you have additional questions?

Please feel free to call or email me.

Email: abaumga08@yahoo.com

Mobile Phone: (262) 770-7107


Grace and Peace to you,

Tony Baumgardt,

Congregational President