Congratulations, Graduates!

We’re so proud of our graduates at LCR!

Congratulations for reaching this milestone (and making it through school during a pandemic)! As you begin a new chapter, know your church is always here for you and will be praying for your success, joy, and thriving!

 

Infographic from LCR's grads

Sunday School Spotlight: Earth Day Celebration

Last week, the Sunday School children went out to the garden to honor Earth Day.

The children released ladybugs, sang the song, “Who made the Sky so Bright and Blue” and said a prayer to thank God for creating such an amazing earth.

Blessing Brumby

It was a joy to join Data Delete Recycling to present a check to Brumby Elementary for $6,211.45. These funds were raised through our February community electronics recycling event! Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event possible.

Staff Retreat Recap

The church staff recently took two days to get away for development and team-building as we enter this new chapter of the LCR story with Pastor Rich. They enjoyed fellowship, learning, good coffee, and fun.

Part of the retreat focused on planning for the future and fostering effective communication within the team and congregation, drawing from resources provided by Duke Divinity School.

Additionally, the staff took time for personal and team development through professional assessments and discussions with Dr. Kristina R. Gutierrez from the Midwest Ministry Development Center who co-authored the book, Health, Holiness & Wholeness for Ministry Leaders.

The retreat highlighted the importance of addressing conflicts, refining job descriptions, and maintaining personal-professional boundaries for a balanced ministry approach, with plans for future retreats to further enhance teamwork and skills.

New Adult Bible Study: Water in the Bible

Join our New Adult Bible Study as we explore the significance of water in the Bible!

With over 700 mentions and 122 verses centering around this element, we’ll investigate its pivotal role in narratives such as Noah’s ark, Moses parting the Red Sea, Jonah’s journey, and the miracle of turning water into wine, among others. Engage in teachings and discussions to uncover the profound meanings of water for you.

When: Sundays at 9:45 am, April 14 – May 26
Where: Lower Level Room 8

Questions? Contact Dan Gilroy.

Christ is Risen!

A note from Pastor Rich Leseganich

Dear Partners in the Gospel,

A recent children’s sermon, in which we considered the ‘wide space’ found in the back of a truck, is a good metaphor for the church as we enter the Easter season. We celebrate the rising from the confines of a tomb into the world, bringing a message of hope and salvation, where no one is excluded.

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection must be a ‘wide space’ where everyone with whom we encounter can be met with the power of the good news of Christ. Have you noticed the recent efforts to create vast spaces so everyone has a place in our midst? Check out our website’s new pastoral care form to get everyone needing prayer or pastoral care the ministry they need. Join our new member orientation to learn about Lutheran theology and what that looks like at LCR. Please pull up a chair and meet some new friends at our Easter Breakfast. Bring your kids to experience the fun of a highly interactive children’s message on Sunday morning. Register for this summer’s Vacation Bible School. Search for some of the 1,200 eggs available in our Easter Sunday Easter Egg Hunt! Encourage visitors to sign in using the new QR code in the pews and throughout our building. We will make a financial contribution to bless others in our community and world and extend welcome to our visitors.

Read more in the Weekly! Look at the opportunities to create a vast space serving others at LCR, in our community, and worldwide. Indeed, we are on a mission to deepen people’s relationship with Jesus Christ and each other. Join us on a journey that lasts a lifetime and beyond!

Off To A Running Start!

Dear Saints at LCR!

We are off to a running start! My time with you continues to be filled with booked calendars, individual meetings, pastoral care calls, and many meetings to set the stage for a bright future. Some new things in progress include:

  • A more effective way to access pastoral care that both honors confidentiality and protects time;
  • Additional ways to connect with guests to LCR that allow people to make an immediate impact on ministry just by visiting us;
  • Plans to receive new members into our church family;
  • Plans for a staff retreat so that we can be a cohesive force for good at LCR;
  • Introducing a very popular “God Box” for the children (and adults!) during worship (with really cool, colorful cushions to sit on);
  • A Lenten worship series designed to root LCR in historic, biblical spiritual disciplines that foster a deep relationship with Jesus. Our worship emphasis during Lent honors our mission of deepening people’s relationships with Jesus and one another!

Shortly, we will have an even more convenient and efficient way to connect me as your pastor and build a meaningful relationship! In the future, watch for some unique Bible Studies and other offerings. Your generous financial support and prayers are vital to enabling ministry in this place.

I also need to acknowledge once again the hard work that was put into the installation worship service and installation. If you participated in any way or offered prayer, thank you! It is good to be among you. My family and friends who attended repeatedly expressed what a warm and vibrant center of ministry they experienced at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

Thank you again for the warm welcome.

Excited for the Future,
Pastor Rich+

Introducing our new Pastor: Rich Leseganich

Greetings, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection!

My name is Pastor Rich Leseganich, and I am honored have been called as your next pastor.

I am a native of Youngstown, Ohio and traveled just over the Ohio border to earn my bachelor’s degree at Thiel College in Greenville, PA. While at Thiel College, I was actively involved in campus ministry and as a religion major, I learned how to embrace the academic study of religion, theologically.

 

Studying at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, I earned my Master of Divinity degree in 1999. My ordination into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament occurred in December 2000 at my internship site in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch community.  As part of my seminary training, I served at an inner-city African American congregation in Philadelphia, and at rural parishes within a multiple parish context. Completing a chaplain residency, I have served as a contracted on-call chaplain at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, Ohio. 

 

Since my ordination, I have served congregations as an Assistant Pastor, Associate Pastor, Solo Pastor, and Senior Pastor within the Southwestern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Ohio, and Florida-Bahamas Synods of the ELCA. 

 

Continued and current education are imperative for my pastoral identity.  I am one class shy of completing the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Walden University. In 2018 I completed a Certificate of Spiritual Direction from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. I am a member of Spiritual Directors International and provide spiritual direction sessions. In 2020, I earned a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management and Negotiation from Walden University and am certified to teach English to speakers of other languages.

 

Some of my passions for ministry, in no particular order, include:  

  • Preaching and leading worship services of all styles, including traditional, contemporary, and blended;
  • Community outreach;
  • Congregational growth;
  • Youth and family ministry; 
  • Service to the elderly; and,
  • Intergenerational dialogue.

 

Both of my parents still reside in Ohio.  I have a younger sister and an adorable nephew. In my spare time, I enjoy coffee shops, reading, experiences that allow me to encounter diversity, and the tallest, fastest roller coaster I can conquer! I have traveled domestically and internationally as a leader and participant on mission trips, and I have organized trips with congregational members to Israel and Jordan, experiences that help Scripture come alive in new ways. 

 

I am optimistic and excited to see how the Holy Spirit will lead us into a ministry partnership- where growth, spiritual depth, community, and a deep relationship with Jesus Christ take root and grow. It is an honor to be erving as your next pastor!