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Get Excited About SUMMER WORSHIP at Resurrection!

Starting this Sunday, May 28th, Resurrection will offer two services on Sunday morning: First Light traditional service at 8:15 am and Summer Song contemporary service at 10:15 am.

If you miss worship on Sunday, feel free to attend our Evening Song blended service on Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm.

Resurrection E-News: May 21, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of discipleship. Pastor Miranda will preach on our call to be Jesus’ disciples at all three services. At 11:00, 18 8th graders will affirm their baptismal vows in our annual confirmation service. At the 8:15 & 9:45 services, our Malawi mission trip team of high school youth and adults will be commissioned for their upcoming trip to Africa in June. At 9:30 in the fellowship hall, we will show a new one hour video by Rick Steves, the PBS travel guide, on the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk and our website provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Thanks to Matt & Tammy Evans for their many years of faithful service as our contemporary worship leader and children’s ministry director. This Sunday will be their last Sunday in those roles. We will have a reception on Sunday, June 11 from 9:15-10:15 to honor them for their dedication and impact on our congregation.

Summer Worship Schedule begins on Sunday, May 28 with traditional First Light worship at 8:15, Summer Song contemporary worship at 10:15, and Evening Song worship on Wednesdays at 6 pm.

 Spirit Stories – Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit – and we are looking for brief stories of how YOU have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life. They do not need to be long or detailed. The stories will be part of the choir presentation on Sunday, June 4. All stories will be confidential. Please email any stories to Cheryl Wilms (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

GROW

Sunday School wraps up another year this Sunday morning. Along with Tammy Evans, we thank all the teachers, helpers, and students for a great year of growing in Christ.

 Adult Bible Study concludes their study of Samuel and David this Sunday at 9:45. Special thanks to Jim & Linda Cornally for leading the group this past year.

SERVE

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.

Summer Sidekicks will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board, or email laura@marioncares.org. Save the date of Saturday, July 29th for the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares.

 Matthew 25’s Transform Week is coming on June 26-30. You can volunteer for one day or a whole week alongside friends, family, co-workers, or make new friends while you serve. 12 neighborhood projects are planned on the SW side of Cedar Rapids. LCR will provide lunches for around 50 workers on one of those days. Watch for more information in future e-news blasts.

GIVE

Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The medical clinic serves uninsured and underserved patients on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge – no appointment needed. They also serve dental needs, eye care, and help with prescriptions. Their website- www.communityhfc.org – has wonderful ministry stories of how the Clinic makes a difference in the lives of people in need.

Resurrection E-news: May 14, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of Evangelism. I will share some thoughts in the sermon on the word evangel, which means good news; how someone changed my life by sharing the good news with me in college; offer a few thoughts on the rise of evangelists in the last century; and finish with a video clip from RightNow Media about Walt, whose life was changed through hearing and reading the good news. The Sunday School kids will sing 1-2-3 at the 9:45 and 11:00 services.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk and our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

Happy Mothers Day!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us. Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn (lyncahearn@gmail.com) for more information.

Spirit Stories – Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit – and we are looking for brief stories of how YOU have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life. They do not need to be long or detailed. The stories will be part of the choir presentation on Sunday, June 4. All stories will be confidential. Please email any stories to Cheryl Wilms (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: Lutherans in America concludes today at 9:45. Our video topic is “The Story of the ELCA.” Next week we will show an hour long PBS video by Rick Steves on Luther and the Reformation. We will begin at 9:30 am on the 21st (note the early start time).

SERVE

Malawi Mission Trip Commissioning will be next Sunday at 8:15 & 9:45.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer!

Summer “Sidekicks” will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board (or email laura@marioncares.org)

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Affirmation of Baptism- Our eighteen 8th grade confirmands will be confirmed next Sunday, May 21 at the 11:00 service.

KIDS 4 KIDS – Thank you for your free-will popcorn offerings last week. Our Sunday School kids will add your donations to the money they have saved and earned themselves and send it to the Camp Chisomo kids in Malawi!

Camper Giving Tree- Thank you for your generous gifts to our annual bible camp fundraiser. We ended up with a total of $2399.  Each mini/various ranch programs will receive a total of $105 (includes our general fund scholarship) and each full week program will receive a total of $210.  We are up to 53 campers so far.

LCR High School & College Graduates will be recognized in the June CrossTalk. Please note your graduate’s name and school on the back of your welcome card (or email their information to emily@lcrmarion.org). You can list college graduates’ majors, too.

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS

A Visioning Workshop will be held on Tuesday night, May 16 for the Long Range Planning Team, Church Council, and staff. Last Tuesday we met with Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, as she led us through some of the key findings from her focus groups and individual interviews. We are making progress toward our goal of having a new set of mission goals for the coming years.

Confirmation Worship

18 Confirmation 8th graders will affirm their faith at this meaningful service on Sunday, May 21st at 11:00 am.

Resurrection E-news: 5/7/17

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of Ministry. Pastor Miranda will preach, with Jamie Henley from the Community Free Health Clinic sharing about their important ministry in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Clinic is our May-June mission envelope recipient.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk and our website provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

KIDS 4 KIDS – LCR Sunday School kids are doing special chores and saving their change to help Camp Chisomo kids. The Malawi mission trip team came and taught them a song and shared pictures of each child in Malawi. We are praying  for them too! If you are tantalized by the smell of popcorn on Sunday mornings, here is your opportunity to enjoy the taste! This Sunday, May 7th, come and buy some as a “free will offering” in the Gathering Space.

CARE

ALOHA FRANKLIN passed away last Friday night at the age of 91. She was a devoted volunteer at LCR for many years, serving in the nursery and in many behind-the-scenes ways. Her funeral will be on Tuesday, May 9 at 11 am here at LCR.

WORSHIP

Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us.  Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn with questions.

Spirit Stories – Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit – and we are looking for brief stories of how YOU have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life. They do not need to be long or detailed. The stories will be part of the choir presentation on Sunday, June 4. All stories will be confidential. Please email any stories to Cheryl Wilms or leave them in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory! 

SERVE

Job Postings – The positions of Co-Director of Children’s Ministry and With Faith Worship Team Leader are posted on the entryway bulletin board. Applications should be turned in to Evelyn Beck in the church office by May 15th.

Wee Wisdom Preschool will be hiring an “Educational Assistant” to work with Michelle Heidelbauer, Director/Lead Teacher. This is due to the news of Tom & Shelly Beaver moving to Atlanta this summer where Tom has accepted an exciting new job. We are THANKFUL for all they have done to serve at LCR and they will be greatly missed! Job applications and information can be found on the church entryway bulletin board. Applications are due May 9th.

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: The Story of Lutherans in America meets on Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. Our video topic this week is “In Modern Times: Becoming an American Church.” This is an excellent review of events that shaped America and the Lutheran Church- the Great Depression, World War II, the 50’s and 60’s, civil rights, feminism, and other topics.

Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David

Popcorn 4 Kids

Our Sunday School kids have been learning about the kids in Malawi who will be attending Camp Chisomo soon. To make this happen, LCR kids are scrimping and saving to donate to the Camp Chisomo fund, which provides bibles for each child and bicycles as they are able. You too can help the Camp Chisomo future become reality by picking up a bag or two of popcorn as you leave worship this Sunday. Go ahead – this is one temptation you should give in to!

Summer is coming FAST!

Camp EWALU registrations

Over 50 LCR youth and friends have already signed up for Camp EWALU this summer. It’s not too late to sign your child up, too! Brochures and information sheets are at the welcome center window or you can sign up online at the Camp EWALU site.

Preschool Vacation Bible School for 3-5 year olds will be JUNE 13-16, 2017

2017 Preschool VBS Registration and 2017 VBS Medical Consent – Please fill out BOTH forms thoroughly and return to the church office as soon as you can. 

Elementary Day Camp for 1st-5th graders will be JULY 10-14, 2017

2017 Day Camp Registration – Please fill out thoroughly and return to the church office as soon as possible.

You may pick up print copies of any of our forms at the gathering space table if you prefer.

Resurrection E-news: April 30, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will kick off a five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose.” We’ll look at questions like: what drives your life? What drives the life of most churches? Where do we find God’s intention for our lives and His church? As we focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and the five purposes that flow from those passages, we’ll also discover that they are central to our baptismal and confirmation services and are found in our church constitution. Finally, we’ll take a look at the purpose of worship and learn some new findings about worship from our recent VRG survey.

In all three worship services this weekend, we will present new Adventure Bibles to our 24 second graders. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

 Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us.  Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn with questions.

SERVE

Job Postings – The positions of Co-Director of Children’s Ministry and With Faith Worship Team Leader are posted on the entryway bulletin board. Applications should be turned in to Evelyn Beck in the church office by May 15th.

Wee Wisdom Preschool will be hiring an “Educational Assistant” to work with Michelle Heidelbauer, Director/Lead Teacher. This is due to the news of Tom & Shelly Beaver moving to Atlanta this summer where Tom has accepted an exciting new job. We are THANKFUL for all they have done to serve at LCR and they will be greatly missed! Job applications and information can be found on the church entryway bulletin board. Applications are due May 9th. 

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: The Story of Lutherans in America meets Sunday at 9:45 am. Our video topic this week is “Working Together: Lutherans Uniting.”

Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

KIDS 4 KIDS – LCR Sunday School kids are doing special chores and saving their change to help Camp Chisomo kids. The Malawi mission trip team came and taught them a song and shared pictures of each child in Malawi. We are praying  for them too! If you are tantalized by the smell of popcorn on Sunday mornings, here is your opportunity to enjoy the taste! On Sunday, May 7th, come and buy some as a “free will offering” in the Gathering Space.

Biderman Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors) and Morrissey Nursing Scholarships  applications are due MONDAY, MAY 1.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space through Sunday. Pick up a tag from the tree and leave a gift for our camper scholarship fund in the backpack by the tree. If you would rather send a check by mail, make it out to LCR and put “camper scholarships” on the memo line.

Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic. The medical clinic serves uninsured and underserved patients on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge – no appointment needed. They also serve dental needs, eye care, and help with prescriptions. Come next Sunday to hear more about their ministry from one of their staff, Jamie Henley.

May 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

In this month’s newsletter you will find a preview of our May sermon series, “The Power of Purpose.” In addition, there are highlights of the recent VRG surveys of our congregation and the community, dates for Confirmation Worship and Wednesday evening year-end parties, Easter Egg Hunt photos, and big news from Wee Wisdom!

May 2017 CrossTalk

May 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This is a big Sunday at LCR with our Community Audit Panel speakers, Dixieland band worship at 8:15, and reception of new members. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Thanks to the many people who helped plan or carry out our Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. We especially thank the musicians, altar guild, Katie Kascel and her EDGE youth for their delicious Easter breakfast, and those who decorated the sanctuary.

We will try to send this e-note out every Friday as a way of communicating what’s coming up in the near future. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Pastor Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, and members of a Community Audit Panel will be sharing their guidance in worship today at 8:15 and 9:45. A video version will be shown at 11:00 am and at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. Panel members are Chad Zrudsky (Marion High School), Ana Clymer (United Way), Stacia Walker (Linn Mar Schools & Marion Cares), Karl Cassell (Horizons: A Family Service Alliance), Elsworth Carman (Marion Public Library). Many thanks to them for participating in this discussion.

April 23rd is Bright Sunday – Wear your brightest clothes as we celebrate the Resurrection. The Te Deum Dixie Band will be leading our 8:15 worship. We’ll be welcoming new members at the 8:15 and 9:45 services.

A new sermon series “The 5 Purposes of the Church” will start next Sunday, April 30 with a look at worship. Results regarding worship preferences from the recent VRG survey will be blended into the message by Pastor Dennis. 2nd graders will receive their own “Adventure Bibles” in worship.

 GROW

The Story of Lutherans in America resumes this Sunday in fellowship hall at 9:45. Our video topic will be “To Meet Human Need: Building Institutions.” Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David.

Reformation: Then and Now Roundtable Discussion will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Faith Lutheran in Marion (corner of Boyson & Alburnett Roads). Come for a lively discussion on the Reformation, led by two professors: one Lutheran and one Roman Catholic. Please RSVP at 377-9700.

CONNECT

New Members will be received at the end of 8:15 and the start of 9:45 worship on Sunday. Introduce yourself to them during the fellowship hour.

LCR Book Club – There will be organizational meetings this Sunday in the middle of the fellowship hall starting at 9:30 and/or 10:30 am. Drop by if you are interested in sharing your love of reading with other like-minded souls.

Camp Registrations – You can register your kids starting this Sunday at the gathering space table  OR here on the website early next week. Preschool Vacation Bible School for 3-5 year olds will be held JUNE 13-16. Elementary Day Camp for 1st-5th graders will be held JULY 10-14

SERVE

Quilts displayed in the gathering space this Sunday were created by our own Comforting Hands group, who meet Mondays from 9-11 am to create tied quilts for distribution locally and internationally. The group always welcomes new members. You do not need sewing skills as there are many tasks involved in making a quilt.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Personal Care Kit drive. 75 kits were assembled for shipment to Lutheran World Relief in late April! The kits will be distributed to disaster areas and refugees around the world. – Rebecca-Mary Martha Circle.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space this Sunday through next Sunday, April 30. Make summer bible camp a reality for Resurrection youth and their friends by picking up an numbered envelope from the Giving Tree and returning it with your gift.

Mission Envelope Gifts – During March & April, Resurrection is taking part in the ELCA World Hunger ‘40 Days of Giving’ emphasis. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help families earn a fair, sustainable living with dignity.

Matthew 25 Annual Tool Sale will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8 am to noon. You can drop off used or new tools on Tuesday, 1-5 pm or Thursday, 2-6 pm at 201 – 3rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids.