Resurrection Lutheran Church - Lebanon, Ohio
Want to get involved? Contact Resurrection's Network Coordinator: Jennifer (Jlkeezer1@cinci.rr.com)
Interested in becoming a host congregation? Call our office and speak with Linda Rabolt.
IHNWC office: (513)934-5250
Resurrection Lutheran Church
1270 North Broadway, Lebanon, OH 45036
Resurrection Lutheran Church has been a member of the IHN network since our inauguration in 1998. Located within one mile of the IHN day center, Resurrection Lutheran has sheltered the homeless families of Warren County for more than 76 weeks in total. Resurrection Lutheran Church actively serves area communities in a variety of ministries, including a food pantry, clothing closet, blood drives, and regular community meals in multiple locales. In order to assist IHN in meeting our mission, Resurrection provides daily meals, fellowship, and overnight accommodations.
In order to meet the needs presented by acting as a family shelter, Resurrection Lutheran Church enlists several support congregations for aid:
Bethany United Church of Christ (Maineville): Bethany United Church of Christ shared the following message with regards to their role assisting Resurrection Lutheran Church:
"Bethany United Church of Christ is honored to have a long relationship with The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Warren County - a relationship extending over many decades. We are blessed to serve with our host church, Resurrection Lutheran, and the team of area cooperating churches, in offering support in the form of fellowship, holiday gifts and financial assistance. Our biggest labor of love, though, is in providing nutritional and tasty home-cooked meals for the families spending their time at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Through offering these meals we touch the lives of many in need in our community, and are touched in turn.
For nearly 200 years, Bethany Church has faithfully fulfilled its mission to lift up those in need and serve them with honor and care. We recognize that anyone who goes hungry is often unable to concentrate on much beyond that gnawing emptiness. Meeting basic needs opens doorways of hope, and pathways for experiencing that goodness and love that our Lord, Jesus Christ, invites us to enter.
One of our members, Kathy Channell, shared this personal reflection about her experiences in working with IHNWC. "At least two of our daughter, Melanie's, students have been in IHN. These were also students that Richard and I tutored at Pennyroyal, so for us IHN had a familiar face-- that of a child."
Our mission of a warm, family-style meal is one of many ways that Bethany shares our gifts and love with others. We follow in the footsteps of many compassionate Bethany United Church of Christ leaders, and we are committed to continuing to serve in their memory, and to serve well."
Lakeview United Church of Christ (Maineville): this congregation serves more than one network host in different ways. Lakeview United Church of Christ assists St. Patrick's with meal preparation and overnight hosting. Additionally, members of this congregation also provide overnight hosting services to Resurrection Lutheran Church (another IHNWC network host).
"Hosting Interfaith provides people in our congregation a real chance to serve those in need in our own community. We have many people who work or did work in social services and other helping professions, and we enjoy having the chance to help people. Some of our teachers bring activities with them when they host, and they are great at helping with homework.Lakeview also supports IHNWC financially by donating all monies collected for mission offerings in June." - Ellen Abel, Lakeview Network Coordinator