Read Luke 1:26-38 *Psalm 25

 For you bless the righteos, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

All glory to the Son, Who comes to set us free, With Father, Spirit, ever one Through all eternity

                             (LSB 331:6). Amen

Prayer for those unable to come to Communion 


In union, O Lord, with your faithful people at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is now being celebrated, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.  I remember your death, Lord Christ; I proclaim your resurrection; I await your coming in glory.  And since I cannot receive you today in the Sacrament of your Body and Blood, I beseech you to come spiritually into my heart.  Cleanse and strengthen me with your grace, Lord Jesus, and let me never be separated from you.  May I live in you, and you in me, in this life and in the life to come.  Amen.



Charter member Hank Gurtz, left and trustee Roy Martinez stand inside Resurrection Lutheran Church, which celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sept. 10.

(Photo: Sheri Trusty/Correspondent)


CATAWBA - Resurrection Lutheran Church celebrated its 50th anniversary last month with a handful of charter members and the only two pastors in the church’s half-century history. Tradition is foundational to Resurrection, whose biggest change was inspired by its refusal to change.

The church was founded as a mission church in 1967 and was strong enough to terminate its mission status in 1968. Pastor Erwin Streng led the congregation through its first 10 years, and then Pastor Kurt Borows took over in 1978. He remains the church’s minister today.

“Pastor Borows has carried the ball for 40 years, and he has been ordained for 53 years,” said church trustee Roy Martinez. “Our church is very traditional, and a lot of that has to do with Pastor Borows and his leadership style. We’re very open, very friendly, and we have a lot of volunteers.”

Administrative Assistant Darlene Fahey said she believes that friendliness, and the church’s unusual location, have contributed to its longevity.


“Catawba Island is just a unique place, being on a peninsula. It’s very friendly. It’s really like family,” she said. “Even the summer residents, if they only come three or four times and you never see them again, they are like family while they’re here.”

Out of an abundance of precaution, The Praise Hymn Band will not be performing at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Sunday March 22nd. We are doing our best to comply with the CDC "Social Distancing" measures to help control the spread of the Corona Virus. The band is planning on being here on April 26th. We will keep you updated as soon as we have any more information.
Thank you, We will keep you updated on our Website and Facebook page as we get more information.
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God's Blessings to All!



On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the congregation of Resurrection Lutheran Church held their 50th Anniversary celebration with a special worship service and brunch at the Catawba Island Club.  

Special guests included Pastor Erwin Streng, who served as the first pastor from 1967 to 1977,  Pastor Mark Chavez-General Secretary of the North American Lutheran Church, Pastor Robert Butcher-retired pastor of Firelands Presbyterian Church, and Pastor Janine Dress who was ordained at Resurrection in 1982. Also participating in the special worship service were Reverend Lisa Peterson-retired pastor of Peace Lutheran Church in Port Clinton and a current member of Resurrection, member John Hazzard, and current Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kurt W. Borows.

In May of 1966, the American Lutheran Church, Michigan District Convention was held at St. John Lutheran Church in Port Clinton, Ohio.  At this convention, Rev. Clarence Larson of the Toledo Board of Home Missions announced plans for a mission church on Catawba Island.  

Ground was broken for the church building in August of 1966 and the church was dedicated on March 5, 1967, as RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH.  The Rev. Dr. Kurt W. Borows has been serving as pastor since January 1, 1978.  

Today, there are 10 charter members still with Resurrection.  They are:  Ron Bauman, Don & Mitzi Gulau, Hank Gurtz, Dr. Robert & Norma Nehls, Herb & Jackie Roder and John & Helen Jean Rofkar.

The church is located at 2370 NE Catawba Road, Port Clinton.  There is a dedicated website at:   Resurrection Lutheran Church is a charter member of the North American Lutheran Church.  Worship service and Sunday school start at 9:00 a.m.

Pictured above are (on left) Rev. Dr. Kurt W. Borows and (on right) Pastor Erwin Streng

with the beautiful commemorative plaque celebrating the momentous milestone.


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