We're a Friendly, Welcoming Ministry of the NALC

Resurrection Lutheran Cooperative Ministry is a warm and welcoming Ministry and a member of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). ​We’re a friendly bunch of folks, trying to be good Christians and follow Our Lord in our Daily Lives. We’re not Saints, yet! But we worship the One who can help us grow in Faith every day.​

Worship Time and Place

Bishop Selbo giving Communion to Mike Choncek (back), Pastor Matthew (center), and Bev Downey (front) We would like to Welcome and pray for Bishop Selbo as he has officially started in his role as Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church.


October 20th: 19th Sunday after Pentecost 

Pastor Joyce:
8:00 am at Salem Lutheran Church
9:45 am at Christ Lutheran Church
11:30 am at Mt. Union Lutheran Church

Pastor Matthew:
8:30 am at Christ Rupp Lutheran Church
10:30 am at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church

Salem Lutheran Church in Smicksburg, Christ Lutheran Church, Shelocta, Mt Union Lutheran Church, Shelocta, Christ Rupp Lutheran Church, Kittanning and St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Adrian forms the new Cooperative Ministry: Resurrection Lutheran Cooperative Ministry.


Welcome to our new webpage. Here you will find information for all of our churches in the RLCM.

Please be patient as we are learning the new tools to communicate all the news in our ministry.  

Youth Group will no meet this week due to the Mission Trip.

We will be going over the Lord’s Prayer.

RLCM Bible Studies:  
Tuesday 1:00 Christ Lutheran Church  (Cancelled for this week)
Thursday 1:00 Christ Rupp Lutheran Church 
Friday 6:00 Salem Lutheran Church (Cancelled for this week)

Elderton Lutheran Parish
Parish worship for Elderton Lutheran Parish will continue to be on the 4th Sunday of the month at 9:45 alternating between Christ Lutheran and Mt Union Lutheran.

Memory Verse:

“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future.  Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”  – Proverbs 19:20-21

This Weeks Question:
Who said this?  “The Lord gave, and has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Last Weeks Question and Answer:
If you couldn’t afford a lamb or turtledoves for your sin offering what would the law allow in its place?    Answer: One-tenth of an ephah of fine flour Leviticus 5:11

Cooperative Ministry Announcements

WNALC Fall Retreat at In-Tents Camp

Mission Trip:
October 13-18th to Dayton Ohio – cost $150.  We will be leaving Sunday after church – returning home Friday night.  We will be working on homes affected by the Memorial Day Tornado.  See Pastor Joyce or Pastor Matthew and let them know what skills you possess.  There is work for everyone at all skill levels!  7000 homes were affected.  See Pastor Joyce or Pastor Matthew to sign up!

October Fest in Smicksburg. October 5th – Come join us at the October Fest and while there stop at Salem Lutheran Church for a bite to eat.  They will be opening their kitchen and serving homemade pies, soups, and sandwiches on Saturday, October 5th.  From 10 am to 3 pm, other baked goods will also be available.  Come and join the fellowship and good food.

Reformation Sunday: – We will gather together with 6 area congregations for a Reformation Sunday Celebration at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Kittanning for 11:00 worship.  After worship, we will gather together for fellowship with a covered dish luncheon.  We ask that everyone bring something based on the first letter of your last name.
A-G: Drinks
H-M: Entrees
N-T: Side Dishes/Salads
U-Z: Desserts

Interested in Small group discussions – see Pastor Joyce or Pastor Matthew

We are in need of a delegate for each congregation to attend the Convocation held on October 12th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sarver, Pa.  All are welcomed to attend this Convocation, that our newly elected Bishop will be attending.  If you are interested please talk with Pastor Joyce or Pastor Matthew.  

RLCM Thanksgiving Dinner: – Mark your calendars! – The RLCM will have a Thanksgiving celebration dinner on November 3rd at 5:00 at the Smith Complex.  There will be sign-up sheets at each of the congregations so that we can prepare for this great feast.  The Turkey and Ham will be provided and we ask that everyone bring something to the meal that correlates with the first letter of your last name.
A-G: Salads
H-M: Side Dishes
N-Z: Desserts

Ambassadors: – Are you interested in our In-Tents Lutheran Church Camp?  Or maybe your interest is in Bethesda Lutheran Services?  If you are – you may want to be our ambassador for In-Tents or Bethesda.  We need someone that will take the information from these two places and see that our congregation knows the news from them.  If you are interested, please see Pastor Joyce or Pastor Matthew.

A view of the Mission District Convocation
What a joy it was to have Bishop Dan Selbo with us at the Convocation.
Pastor Joyce getting ready for the Outdoor Service on 8/25
Members of Christ, Mt. Union, and Salem getting ready for Outdoor Service on 8/25
This week we had the distinct pleasure of witnessing Kiley affirm her Baptism in Confirmation at Christ Rupp
A photograph taken from the back of the sanctuary during Pastor Joyce's welcome at Mt. Unions 150th Anniversary Service
The processional into the service lead by the Cross of Christ being carried by Mt. Union member Jessica Smith
A photograph of the pastor after the service at Mt. Union celebrating their 150th anniversary. The Rev. Dean Carl Johnson gave the sermon, the Rev. Jim Neal was the worship assistant, the Rev. Joyce Dix-Weiers presided over communion, and the Rev. Matthew Vatalare lead the beginning of the service.
Bishop John Bradosky, Bishop Dan Selbo, and Bishop Spring
Bishop Selbo being installed as Bishop
Group Photo of all of us who rode in the RLCM Van.
Bishop Selbo talking with Bishop Spring after he was elected as Bishop
Poet Malcolm Guite reading poetry at Bishop John Bradosky's recognition dinner on Thursday night.
Pastor Matthew and Patrick-Dooly, who is a member of the Lutheran Military Veterans and Family Ministries team.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Alex Mkumbo, who is Bishop of the Central Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, opened up our mission festival. He preached the Sermon during out opening Service of the Word.

Worship Locations

Mt. Union Lutheran Church
1051 Girty Road
​Shelocta, PA 15774

Christ Lutheran
205 Gastown Road
​Shelocta, PA 15774

Salem Lutheran Church
26 Clarion Street
Smicksburg, Pa 16256

Christ Rupp Lutheran Church
228 Rupp Church Road
Kittanning, Pa 16201

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church
280 St. Marks Road
Adrian, Pa 16210