Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Sunday, March 18, we’ll hear from John 12 how some Greeks show up in Jerusalem and say to a disciple, “We wish to see Jesus.” This serves as a turning point in Jesus’ life, as he declares, “My hour has come” and heads to the cross. I’ll tell several stories that describe how coach Joe Gibbs and Chuck Colson helped inmates in a Washington D.C. jail see Jesus; how religious refugees in Herrnut, Germany, and a one-eyed Welsh evangelist named Christmas Evans saw Jesus in their lives; and how we see Jesus best when we look up at him on the cross.
There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.
Blessings to you,
Lenten Wednesdays – with Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, our worship theme – “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World” – features stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. This week’s speakers are Roger & Mary Jo Carlson, who will share about serving at Marion Cares and the Marion Food Pantry. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa. $1,500 was sent to Mission of Hope from your February offerings.
Holy Week Schedule – Maundy Thursday worship with holy communion will be on March 29 at 7 pm. Our 4th graders will receive their first communion at this service. Good Friday worship will be on March 30 at 7 pm. Easter Sunday worship will be on April 1 at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00. The EDGE youth will serve an Easter brunch from 7:30-11:00, with all proceeds going to their summer mission trip in Houston, Texas.
Sunday School resumes this Sunday, March 18, at 9:45. The Preschool and Kindergarten class will sing at the 9:45 service. EDGE will also resume this Wednesday after taking last Wednesday off for spring break.
Confirmation Retreat registration is due by this Wednesday, March 21st. 8th graders who plan to attend the retreat at EWALU on April 14 & 15 should turn their form and fee in to Pastor Miranda or the church office.
Registration for Camp EWALU is underway! LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window. Please let Jill Hansen know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.
First Communion Seminar for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12. The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver. Email email@example.com to sign up for the seminar.
Lenten Supper – On Wednesday, March 21, our final Lenten meal will be meatball subs, served by Wee Wisdom families from 5:15-6:45 pm. Proceeds will go to Heifer International.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 23 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care – There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christianity and World Religions concludes this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Christianity, led by intern Alyssa Weaver. A new class begins on Sunday, March 28- Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.
Christ in Our Home devotionals for April-June are at the info rack by the Welcome Center.
Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to email@example.com and we will get you signed up. Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.
Holy Week help is needed for Maundy Thursday, March 29: PowerPoint, readers, greeters, ushers, communion servers, communion set-up, acolyte; and Good Friday, March 30: PowerPoint, greeters, ushers, readers, acolyte. Leave a note on the back of your welcome card specifying what you want to do and at which service or email Marcia (firstname.lastname@example.org). Resurrection Choir is in search of brass players to play for the Easter Sunday service with the choir. Contact director Tyler (email@example.com) for more information.
Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project – During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about this giving project.
Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at email@example.com.
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in March will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; funds for Camp Chisomo scholarships for youth and adults going to Malawi in June; and facility maintenance. Our support of Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity projects will resume once the $5,000 goal for scholarships is met. In February we received $7,997 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, and set aside $2400 for Camp Chisomo scholarships.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Through February we received 97% of what was promised from our General Fund commitments in the 2018 Fund Appeal. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!
March-April mission envelopes will be designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis. Your January/February mission envelope gifts totaled $1,253 for Feeding Lunch to Youth (FLY). Thanks!
Giving through VANCO – New ways to give to LCR are through Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.