According to the Oxford Dictionaries, the definition of Community: a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals. At Resurrection, we find many opportunities for community and fellowship; whether it is the Resurrection Café, the Mid-Week Meal, the Underground youth Group, or a number of other occasions where we can get together to talk, laugh and develop life-long friendships over coffee or a meal. In addition, we are members of the larger community; the Gretna community and the Greater Omaha area. As a citizen of these communities, we participate in Gretna Days with the Resurrection Run and Pancake Breakfast, “Glitter and Greenery”, an event sponsored by the Gretna Downtown Association during the holiday season, and provide meeting space for outside organizations such as the Boy Scouts and others. Our young people participate in LYSO (Lutheran Youth Serve Omaha).
For a number of years, Resurrection has provided space in the basement for the Gretna Neighbors Food Pantry, serving the Gretna community. Because they had outgrown our space, they moved to a larger building in the community, which was also more handicap-accessible. Resurrection still supports Gretna Neighbors, along with Project Hope, Restored Hope, Open Door Mission and Sienna Francis House with food, clothing and other needed items for persons and families in need.
Our Fellowship Hall periodically serves as a venue for another important community event; the American Red Cross Blood Drive. And, at voting time, our building serves as a polling place for designated areas of the Gretna vicinity.
Our Resurrection family is especially proud of a recent project where we rehabilitated a small home in the neighborhood owned by our congregation. With many volunteers, the home was cleaned and refurbished. It now serves as a lovely home for a family in need of low-cost housing.