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.


December 8th: 2nd Sunday In Advent

Pastor Joyce:

8:00 am at Salem Lutheran Church
9:45 am at Christ Lutheran Church in Gastown
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 not meet this week.

We will be going over the Lord’s Prayer.

RLCM Bible Studies:  
Tuesday 1:00 Christ Lutheran Church (No Study this week 12/3)
Thursday 1:00 Christ Rupp Lutheran Church 
Friday 6:00 Salem Lutheran Church (No Study this week 11/15)

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:

“But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,”  – 2 Peter 3:10-11

This Weeks Question:
Who did Jesus say was “not far from the Kingdom of God”? and where from? 

Last Weeks Question and Answer:
Whose body was thrown out of the window only for her corpse to be eaten by stray dogs? — Jezebel 2 Kings 9:30-37  

Cooperative Ministry Announcements

St. Mark’s: a congregational meeting will be held on December 8th immediately following the worship service.  The purpose of the meeting is to approve a budget and to elect members to council.

Christ Rupp: It is time to start thinking about Vacation Bible School for this next year!  We are hoping to get an earlier start to planning this next year and are hoping to start meeting as soon as we get the VBS kit.  If you would like to volunteer please contact Stephanie Bledsoe or Pastor Matthew. 

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

Christmas Dinner: The Ladies Group and Bible Study Group are going to Hoss’s Restaurant for their Christmas Dinner on December 10th at 6:00 pm.  If you are planning on going please contact Sandy Miller by December 8th so the reservations can be completed.

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.
A group of us from the Mission Trip taking a break from working on the roof.
Another Group working on siding for a house
Cheri Costanzo, a member of St. Mark's taking a break from putting on new siding
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