Resurrection Lutheran Church's 20th is Sunday

by Staff Reports

Resurrection Lutheran Church will be celebrating its 20th anniversary on Sunday.

There will be a celebratory worship service at 3 p.m. with dinner to follow. Pat Willis is one of the members of the congregation who has been a part of Resurrection since its earliest days.

In the spring of 1991, John Weber and John Derrick came to the Willis family’s door. Derrick was the church planter working to build a Lutheran congregation in eastern Coweta County, and Weber was the pastor at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City.

Willis remembered that the idea of “a Lutheran mission church being developed in Coweta County” seemed both exciting and overwhelming.

Weber told the Willises that “there was already a small group from Christ Our Shepherd and others in the community interested in the mission,” she remembered.

The first meeting was held in the Woodstream Clubhouse with about 25 in attendance. For seven years, congregation members created worship space in a school cafeteria.

Willis said “the grace of God, the energy of members, ...lots of love” were all parts of bringing the church to where it is today. She particularly remembered “hands-on mission builders” who constructed the church building and spoke of “the joy of seeing growth in the Lord.”

Willis is looking forward to celebrating “what God has bestowed upon us,” she said. “All are welcome in this place where families, for 20 years, have worshiped, cried, laughed, sang, argued – yes – shared fellowship, listened to the words of our Lord and become one in Him.”

Sunday will be a “special day in the life of Resurrection Lutheran Church,” Willis said, “as we remember where we came from but also look forward to what has God has in store for the future.”

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