Advent Offerings - 2019

Each Season of Advent, RLC designates a few ministries to support in reaching out with Christ’s love to all people. This year, the following three organizations were chosen:

Urban Ministries of Wake County engages our community to serve and advocate on behalf of those affected by poverty by providing food and nutrition, promoting health and wellness, and by laying the foundations of home.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health.

Lutheran World Relief has been at the forefront of effective, transformational global development since 1945. We break the cycle of poverty so families and communities can thrive.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP)

Leaders and participants travel to the most impoverished area in the Appalachian Mountains to help repair homes for one week in June.

Contact: John Wood or Cyndy Vagle

Blind Ministry

This outreach to the blind provides a monthly fellowship dinner for those who are blind or visually impaired. Volunteers provide transportation, prepare and serve food to guests, and help set up and clean up.

Contact: Annette Langefeld-Kennedy


The Coffeehouse is a monthly social event for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers help make these nights special from beginning to end by volunteering to set up, greet guests, serve refreshments, and clean up.

Click HERE to learn more about The Coffeehouse at Resurrection and at other churches.

Contact: Brenda Peterson

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer as part of a team in home construction for families in need.

Lutheran churches came together in 2006 to fund and build a Habitat Wake home in Raleigh. In partnership with Thrivent, Lutheran Coalition then built homes in 2007 (Raleigh), 2008 (Knightdale), 2009 (Cary), and 2015-2016 with the Building Independence project in Raleigh. The 2018 Build started an annual building effort.

Contact: Tim Hiteshaw

Lutheran Coalition, 2019 Build, September 7-November 9

2019 Habitat for Humanity

H.E.R.O.E.S. Care

The Hometown Support Program pairs services members, veterans and their families or other primary caregivers with extensively trained Stephen Ministers serving as Hometown Support Volunteers (HSV).

Contact: Bruce Kennedy

Human Care

Resurrection partners with several local agencies to provide support. Volunteers are needed for year-round special events and collections.

Contact: Cynthia Wyse

Meals on Wheels

Deliver noontime meals to Cary area elderly and shut-ins.

RLC delivery teams can always use substitutes. If you are available and interested in giving 2-3 hours from 10:30 am-1:00 pm every 3rd and 5th Thursday of the month, please contact Else Travers.

Contact: Else Travers

Mission Team Outreach

Resurrection partners with several agencies, local and abroad, to bring help, hope, and service to people in need.

Contact: Ron Bostick

Mission Uganda

Partnership between RLC and Lutheran Church Uganda. Together we serve the people in various parts of Uganda.

Contact: Cheryl Fike

Operation InAsMuch

During this annual spring event, RLC members gather together to reach out to our local community and those in need by working hand-in-hand with a variety of agencies.

In 2019, volunteers participated in packing lunches for the homeless with Brown Bag Ministry, stocking, cleaning, and organizing the food pantry at Western Wake Crisis Ministry, cataloging Christian materials for the Christian Library International (CLI) prison ministry, doing trail maintenance and repairs at Camp Agape, worked with Habitat for Humanity, knitting hats for preemies at WakeMed, and other service-oriented tasks.

Contact:  Jan Boyer

2019 Operation Inasmuch


This program supports individuals who are unemployed, under-employed, concerned about their job future, or just need career advice. Website usage is available to anyone, as many times as needed.

Contact: Bob Shimmel

Safe Families for Children

Safe Families For Children creates extended family-like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by faith to keep children safe and keep families intact. There are a variety of ways to serve including General Supporters, Host Family, Family Friend, Family Coach, and Resource Friend.

Contact: Dan Shaltanis

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Sleep in Heavenly Peace builds beds for families who do not have the means to provide beds for their children. Volunteers help build, deliver, and assemble beds in homes under the direction of SHP team leads.

Contact: Deb Oesterling