Cathy Bien

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Share Christmas through JOY in Serving

Posted Nov 28, 2018

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JOY in Serving is in full swing!

Each week we are offering different opportunities to JOYfully serve this Christmas season. This is one of the ways we can share the light and love of Jesus with those in need. We can also "furnish hope" this holiday season! Flourish Furnishings is our ministry that transforms the lives and homes of low-income participants by collecting and distributing furniture and household items. But right now – the Flourish shelves are not flourishing! Do you have upholstered furniture, dining tables/chairs, dressers, pots/pans and bakeware to donate? Click here and scroll to "How to Donate" to learn how you can JOYfully serve with Flourish Furnishings.

Coming Up at Resurrection

This weekend in worship... Pastor Adam begins our Advent sermon series, "Preparing the Way for Christmas." For 2,000 years Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. Click here to see a video you can share to invite others to worship.

"Silent Night" is one of our most beloved Christmas carols, and we are celebrating its 200th anniversary! Christmas at Resurrection brings this classic to life Dec. 6-9. Click here for tickets, times and information about pre-performance buffets.

JOY in Serving brings opportunities to serve in our community during the holiday season. Here are 2:

  • Sign up to help at the Grace United Christmas store the week of Dec. 17.  Email Diane Sherman.
  • Help at Quindaro Elementary’s Winter party Thursday, Dec. 20. Email Nancy Ludwig for details.

Serve Opportunities

Looking for a great way to serve our community? Spend a morning giving back your time at FaithWork on Saturday, Dec. 1, meet at 8:45 am in the Bldg. B Commons. We'll help families step into home ownership, serve a meal and participate in other opportunities to make a difference. All ages welcome!

Matthew's Ministry Family Night Out

Oh what fun you will have... on Saturday, Dec. 8,  5-8 pm at our Christmas Family Night Out event! Sign up to serve with our Special Needs Ministry. Volunteers please arrive in the Student Center by 4:30 pm.

Global Impact

Make a difference with your morning cup of coffee! Your purchase of Honduran coffee supports economic stability and education and helps raise awareness for our partnership initiatives. Available now at the Spring Cafe in Bldg. A.

Global Impact Ministries is looking for a pharmacist to join our Malawi Medical Serve Trip, June 6-18, 2019. Come serve alongside local medical professionals and experience a country known as "the warm heart of Africa." Learn more here.

For Adults

Find renewal and strength at our Service of Hope and Healing, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 pm, Bldg. B Foundry. Dinner served at 5:30 pm in the Commons. Shawn Petree, author of Am I Loved?, shares his personal story of how Christ’s love lifted him during a challenging season in his life.

20/30 Young Adults Breakfast & Bible Study

"Songs of Advent" Advent is the season of anticipation leading up to Christmas Day. Join other young adults for a 3-week series to learn more about Advent through the lenses of three traditional Advent hymns.

  • Dec. 2 – "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"
  • Dec. 9 – "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus"
  • Dec. 16 – "The Canticle of the Turning"

Thursday Care Night

Featured seriesAm I loved? We all ask this question, whether we realize it or not. This class seeks to answer with a “yes!” Thursdays, Dec. 6-20, 6:30 pm, rm. B252.

Talking About Mental Illness, Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 pm, rm. B253. Gain a deeper understanding of mental illness and learn how to participate in more open and honest conversations. Corey Petersen, LMFT, leads a discussion focused on debunking myths, challenging social stigma and being agents of change in the community.

Financial Peace University

Learn biblical and practical skills for achieving your financial goals. Next class begins Tuesday, Jan. 8. Register online.

For Families & Children

Join us for a Family Christmas Movie Night – Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Foundry! Start with the Family Night meal ($5/person, kids 5th grade and under eat free) from 5:30-6:15 pm. The movie "Elf" starts at 6:15. Wear your PJs or festive Christmas sweater, bring blankets and enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas goodies. Register here.

Celebrate Jesus' birthday!

Family members of all ages are invited to participate in fun party games, a DJ dance party, small serve projects and more. At 7:10 pm we'll watch the Kids' Choir perform their Christmas musical. Please register here where you can also pre-purchase dinner for $5 per person.

For Students

Registration is now open for the rezlife Totally Tubular Retreat!

  • 6th-7th Grade Totally Tubular Retreat (2 trips available): Jan. 19-20  or Jan. 20-21
  • 8th Grade Totally Tubular Retreat: Feb. 16-17
  • High School Totally Tubular Retreat: Feb. 17-18

rezlife Honduras Mission Trip Informational Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 pm, rm. C020. Find out details about the rezlife Honduras Mission Trip July 21-28. Open to current 10th-12th grade students.

Employment Opportunities

See more information at


Click here for employment resources offered at Church of the Resurrection.

Cathy Bien

Cathy Bien

Cathy Bien serves as the Director of Communications at Church of the Resurrection. She and her husband Rick have been members of the church since 1993 and have four adult children.