Lake Oconee Lutheran Church
Pastor . . . . . . . . . . . . Andrew L. Schroeder
Pastor Emeritus . . . . . . . . Ron Schornhorst
Director of Music . . . . . . . . . Brad Rudisail
Office Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adria Riley
(706) 485-4600 Office
1089 Lake Oconee Parkway
Eatonton, GA 31024
(Highway 44 is Lake Oconee Parkway)
Meet at 10:30 A. M. Sundays
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: including communion, begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
NEW YEAR’S EVE SERVICE: including communion begins at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday the 31st.
The window behind the altar is our EASTER SUNRISE WINDOW. The cross hanging in front of the window is an empty cross, reminding us that Jesus rose from the dead and is alive now, to be with us here and always. Every Sunday is a celebration of Easter. The blue of the water in the window connects with our name and location, here at Lake Oconee.
OUR VISION AS A CONGREGATION
Our vision is to be an expanding community of faith, growing in the Holy Spirit and practicing before the world a Christ-centered life.
OUR VALUES AS A CONGREGATION
Word and Sacrament –
…believing in and making faithful and frequent use of the Bible, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper as the means by which God gives and sustains faith, and empowers and strengthens us for Christian living.
Christian Education –
…providing quality, Bible based instruction to foster greater understanding of God’s Word and better equipping members for their discipleship in Jesus Christ.
…reaching out to others, by word and deed, to join in the sharing of God’s blessings and grace, which is free to all believers.
…the full utilization of our time, talents, and resources to serve and love the Lord, furthering our commission of discipleship.
…the caring and sharing of our church family, fostering greater love, understanding, and concern for the well being (physical and spiritual) of all brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ.
LAKE OCONEE LUTHERAN CHURCH IS A STEPHEN MINISTRY CONGREGATION
STEPHEN MINISTER JOB DESCRIPTION
A Stephen Minister is a member of the congregation who has been recruited, selected, trained and commissioned to provide one-to-one caring ministry to people in need of care. He/she participates in a Supervision Group and commits to serve for two years, including training, and may renew his/her commitment.
PRAY daily for their care receivers and strive to worship God always in word and deed. They reveal the love of God to those who most need to see it.
CARE FOR THE CARE RECEIVER by meeting on a regular basis for about an hour of time with their receiver. However, they may check with their receiver between their scheduled meetings, particularly when the care receiver is going through a difficult time.
* Use special skills to care for their receivers, among the most important are the following:
* LISTENING - Most care receivers need someone to simply listen as they talk through their difficulties.
* DEALING WITH FEELINGS - Stephen Ministers accept and respect the care receiver's feelings and ideas, and ask open-ended questions to help the care receiver recognize, express and accept his or her feelings.
* SHARING DISTINCTIVELY CHRISTIAN CARING RESOURCES - Stephen Ministers may share a prayer, Bible verse or story that the care receiver would welcome.
* REMAINING PROCESS-ORIENTED - Stephen Ministers do not try to fix the care receiver or his or her problems. Instead, they focus on the process of caregiving and rely on God to achieve results.
* RELATING ASSERTIVELY - Stephen Ministers respect both the needs of the care receiver and their own needs as well.
* MAINTAINING BOUNDARIES - Stephen Ministers set appropriate boundaries in the caring relationship, helping the care receiver remain as independent as possible.
* RECOMMENDING PROFESSIONAL CARE WHEN NECESSARY - Stephen Ministers are not trained to care for those who are suicidal, severely depressed, abusive, homicidal or who are abusing drugs or alcohol. In those exceptional situations, the Stephen Minister will encourage the care receiver to get help and/or ask permission to get help for the care receiver. Above all, the Stephen Minister will be concerned about the safety of him/herself, the care receiver and others.