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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Sunday, December 10, we’ll learn about John the Baptist and consider how even though he could have been #1 in his day, he chose to be #2 and point the way to Jesus. In our own day, we face this choice in big and small ways. We face the temptation of narcissism, to put ourselves first above anyone or anything else. We’ll look at how John managed that temptation by having a sense of history, being submissive, and have an attitude of self-sacrifice. Along the way, I’ll tell a story about a chaplain from northeast Iowa who gave his life so that other men onboard the USS Oklahoma could be saved during the Pearl Harbor attack 76 years ago this past week.

The Resurrection Ringers will play at both the 8:15 and 9:45 services tomorrow. In the afternoon, our Sunday School children will present their Christmas program at 4:30 pm. It will be followed by a potluck chili supper. Please bring a pot of chili, dessert, or fruit to share.

Finally, I encourage everyone to consider a year end gift to Resurrection. You will receive a letter in the mail with more information and a return envelope. If you want to text a gift or use the mobile app, Vanco+Give,  scroll down to the GIVE section below for more information. We need a big December of giving in order to reach our goal of 97% of our 2017 budget. Each year we strive to limit our spending to 97% of the annual budget, with the hope that the receipts for the year will match that amount. If you need to make an charitable distribution by year end from your IRA, we could really use your help. Heading into tomorrow, we will need about $80,000 in the next three weeks to match the anticipated expenses for the year.

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.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

SERVE

Mission of Hope Lunch Team served 159 people on the 7th, supported by the $200 donation from the afternoon circle. Thanks to all who helped behind the scenes or serving. Next meal will be on February 1st. Make a note on your welcome card if you want to assist.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.

WORSHIP

EDGE Band will lead worship next Sunday, December 17 at 9:45 and 11:00. The Resurrection Choir will sing at the 8:15 and 9:45 services as well.

Older Hymns news – We are pleased to announce that a new director/accompanist, Brandon Waring, will begin leading the Older Hymns this Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 pm. Brandon will graduate with a vocal music degree from Iowa State this month. He has student taught this fall in the Mt. Vernon and Central City school districts.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, December 15 at noon, with a film called “Children with No Place to Call Home.” 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.

Christmas Caroling – Let’s meet at the church on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm. Please sign up in the gathering space if you plan to come, or call the office. All ages are welcome. We’ll carol at the homes of homebound members. Wear a Christmas hat if you have one, and bring some cookies to share if you can! We’ll return to the church around 7:30 for cookies and cocoa.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues tomorrow at 9:45, preparing for the Christmas program and learning about the Christmas story.  Wednesday Night Live Christmas Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 pm. Any 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders are welcome to participate, and friends from outside church are always welcome! Due to this change, we will not meet on January 3rd.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have a small group night on Dec. 13. EDGE Youth group (9th-12th grades) will meet at 7:30 in the YAC.

GROW

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem continues this Sunday, Dec. 10 at 9:45 . Tomorrow’s video and discussion is about the visit to Mary by the angel Gabriel. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.

The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

GIVE

If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. We have received 201 commitments for the General Fund totaling $489,230. $112,764 has been pledged for the Growth & Outreach Fund. There are over 250 families or individuals who have not yet responded. They will receive another card in the mail this week along with a letter of encouragement.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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. Or check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. 8 acres of land were purchased recently from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi. The Camp Chisomo Bike Program is going strong! LCR contributions have been purchasing bikes for the last 3 years, helping bring dignity and hope to the children in Malawi.

Christmas Eve is only two weeks away. For the third straight year, we will give away our offering to help children locally and around the world. 50% of the offering will go to Camp Chisomo to dig a well and build the first structures on their new land. 25% will go to Marion Cares for the children’s programs they carry out here locally. 25% will be given to Take Away Hunger to provide meals for hungry children in our community and state.

Resurrection E-news: December 3, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Sunday, December 3rd, we’ll begin the season of Advent with a sermon by our pastoral intern, Alyssa Weaver. In our Gospel this week, for the second Sunday of Advent, we hear about John the Baptist  announcing the  coming of Christ and John reminds us that we should “Prepare the Way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” John’s call to prepare requires a response; in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we need to ask ourselves how are we preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ the Savior.  Are we passively waiting for Christmas or are we actively waiting? What does active waiting during this Advent season look like?

Christmas Eve Worship will be at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 pm on Sunday the 24th. All services will have holy communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight.

If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. After last Sunday, we have received commitment forms from 41% of our giving membership. The totals so far are ~$445,922 for the 2018 General Fund and $108,016 for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

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.

See you on Sunday!

GROW

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem continues this Sunday, Dec. 3rd at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.

The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café resumes this Friday, December 8 at noon, with a film called “Secrets of Finding Contentment.” 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.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School Christmas Program – Please join us on Sunday, December 10th at 4:30 pm for a beautiful Christmas Program put on by the Sunday School students. This will be a wonderful event with classic Christmas music and special performances from the Galileans & EDGE youth that will guide us through the story of the very first Christmas. After the program, we invite you to stay and enjoy a soup dinner potluck. Please bring a pot of chili, dessert, or fruit to share.

Sunday School (preschool to 5th grade) meets at 9:45 am this Sunday. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) and EDGE will resume on Nov. 29th.

 SERVE

Christmas Eve helpers needed – If you can help at any of the Christmas Eve services on Saturday, December 24th, please let Marcia know in the church office. Jot a note on your welcome card with your preferred service time and the way you can help. We’ll need ushers, Communion servers, greeters, Communion set-up people, PowerPoint operators, and readers.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.

GIVE

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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.

November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. Land was purchased last week from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi.

December 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar of Events

December 2017 CrossTalk newsletter

December 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Sunday, November 26th, we’ll begin the season of Advent with a sermon by Pastor Miranda on preparing for the coming of our Lord. While society urges us to hurry and shop, decorate, and prepare for pageants and parties, scripture and tradition beckon us to slow down and wait. In today’s reading, Jesus encourages his followers to look forward to the day when he returns in power and glory to end all suffering.  We light a candle for hope – hope for the coming of the King who will restore and save – and hope from knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ is at work even now and will strengthen us to the end.

If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. After last Sunday, we have received 117 commitment forms (about 25% of our giving membership). The totals so far are ~$280,000 for the 2018 General Fund and $74,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

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.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

GROW

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem continues this Sunday, Nov. 26 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.

The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café resumes this Friday, December 1 at noon, with a film called “Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe.” 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.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School will not meet on Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Our Sunday School Christmas Program will be at 4:30 pm on Sunday, December 10th, followed by a soup supper. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) and EDGE will resume on Nov. 29th.

SERVE

Thanksgiving Baskets – Last Sunday we packed 50 baskets and delivered them the next day to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Thanks to everyone who brought food items or contributed over $300 to buy additional hams, turkeys, rolls, and pies

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.

GIVE

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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.

November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. Land was purchased last week from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi.

Resurrection E-news: November 19, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Celebration Sunday, November 19th, we’ll finish up our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with the last film about the Donovan family and their friend, Re, called “Essence.” We’ll see how the situation between Re and his estranged daughter, Naomi, gets resolved, as well as watch Frank struggle with his decision of whether or not to leave his company. Along the way, we’ll learn some stewardship lessons from Philippians 2, where we are called to have the same mind as Christ Jesus, who emptied himself, took on the form of a humble slave, and was obedient to the point of death- even death on a cross.

We ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday and offer them to God in worship. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. If you are unable to attend on Sunday, please drop off your envelope or mail it to the office by the end of December.

Through our new Growth & Outreach Fund, we will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 new homes in 2018-2020. Our annual gifts of $15,000 or more to Habitat will be used to challenge other churches in Marion/Cedar Rapids to provide financial support for these homes. One is already enclosed and nearing completion at 282  22nd St. in Marion. Jeff Capps, Executive Director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, will be with us at all three Sunday services to bring a word of thanks for this new partnership.

Thanksgiving Baskets – We will have 50 Hy-Vee baskets to fill this Sunday – we will deliver the baskets to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25 on Nov. 20. Remember to bring an item or two for our Thanksgiving baskets on the 19th – hams, turkeys, rolls, canned goods, potatoes, pies are all good things to bring. We will also have a $250 Thrivent gift card to use for buying turkeys and hams. Any cash you contribute will be used to buy additional food.

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.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

GROW

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem will begin this Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.

The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

CONNECT

Celebration Sunday potluck will take place this Sunday, November 19, at noon. Please bring a dish to share; the Fellowship Committee will provide the main dish.

LifeTree Café will not meet this Friday, November 24, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It will resume on Friday, December 1 at noon, with a film called Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe.” 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.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace.

Wednesday Night Live (3rd-5th grader)Confirmation (6th-8th grades), and EDGE (9th-12th grades) will not meet this week due to Thanksgiving.

SERVE

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund. Jeff Capps will bring a progress report about this project on Sunday.

 GIVE

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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.

November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. Land was purchased this week from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi.

Christmas @ Resurrection Lutheran

Note these dates in your calendar now so you don’t miss them during the busy month ahead:

Christmas Program & Potluck – Please join us on Sunday, December 10th at 4:30 pm for a beautiful Christmas Program put on by the Sunday School students. This will be a wonderful event with classic Christmas music and special performances from the Galileans & EDGE youth that will guide us through the story of the very first Christmas. After the program, we invite you to stay and enjoy a soup dinner potluck. Please bring a pot of chili, dessert, or fruit to share. 

Christmas Decorating will be on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30 am. We will decorate trees in the Worship Room and the gathering space. There will also be greens to hang and Nativity scenes to set up. There is plenty to do, so we welcome a large group. Please let Marcia know if you are planning on coming (marcia@lcrmarion.org).

Christmas Caroling – We’ll meet at the church on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm. Please sign up in the gathering space if you plan to come, or call the office. All ages are welcome. We’ll carol at the homes of homebound members. Wear a Christmas hat if you have one, and bring some cookies to share if you can. We’ll return to the church around 7:30 for cookies and cocoa.  

Christmas Eve helpers needed – If you can help at any of the Christmas Eve services on Saturday, December 24th, please let Marcia know in the church office. We’ll need ushers, Communion servers, greeters, Communion set-up people, PowerPoint operators, and readers.

Christmas Eve Worship will be at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 pm on Sunday the 24th. All services will have holy communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. The offering will be given as follows: 50% to Camp Chisomo; 25% to Marion Cares; and 25% to Take Away Hunger. 

PLEASE NOTE: as Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, there will be no Sunday morning services on December 24.

 

Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem begins Sunday, November 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season. This DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton is led by Alyssa Weaver & Pastor Dennis.

Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view – proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary. 

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, November 5th, we’ll continue our 5 week Leading Generously sermon series, with the next film about the Donovan family and their friend, Re, called “Ambition.” God has called each one of us to lead in some sphere of influence, but we are also called to lead with humility and to consider others interests as more important than our own. Pastor Miranda will preach this Sunday on “Ambition: Selfish or Selfless?” On this All Saints Sunday, we will light candles to remember our departed saints, including 8 LCR saints in the past year, and consider how we can follow their example in lives of faith and commitment.

We will also have your 2018 Leading Generously stewardship packets ready to go on tables in the gathering space. Look over the beautiful brochures created by Sara Legore and begin to prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund.

On October 22nd I announced two new partnerships through the Growth & Outreach Fund. We will be giving $10,000 to Marion Cares in 2018 to provide an entire year of SHINE after-school programming. We will also be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 new homes in 2018-2020. Our annual gifts of $15,000 or more to Habitat will be used to challenge other churches in Marion/Cedar Rapids to provide financial support for these homes. One is already enclosed and nearing completion at 282  22nd St. in Marion.

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.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Last Sunday’s Reformation 500 worship was a wonderful celebration of the spoken Word by Professor Timothy Snyder of Wartburg Seminary and our various musical groups- Resurrection Choir, Resurrection Ringers, and our With Faith band. Special thanks to Sharon Hill, Cari Redondo, and the planning team; Linda Hayward, creator of our new Reformation banner; Jon Lovseth, who portrayed Martin Luther; and Pastor Miranda and our intern, Alyssa Weaver, for your leadership.

 GROW

New Member Class continues this Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall, learning from “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” This week’s topic is making sense of the Bible. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world. A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem will begin on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, November 10, at noon. This week’s film is called “Triumph Over Trauma.” It portrays one woman’s struggle with anorexia. 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.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

SERVE

Operation Christmas Child Family Packaging Event will be this Wednesday, November 8 at 6 pm during Wednesday Night Live. Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. Please deliver them this Wednesday.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office (377-4689). This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.

GIVE

On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Your 2018 Leading Generously stewardship packets will be available in the gathering space from November 5-12. Packets not picked up by then will be mailed.

Thanksgiving Baskets- We will have 50 Hy-Vee baskets to fill on the 19th – we will deliver the baskets to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25 on Nov. 20. Remember to bring an item or two for our Thanksgiving baskets on the 19th – hams, turkeys, rolls, canned goods, potatoes, pies are all good things to bring. We will also have a $250 Thrivent gift card to use for buying turkeys and hams. Any cash you contribute will be used to buy additional food.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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.

November 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

November 2017 CrossTalk

November 2017 Calendar of Events

Lifetree Cafe’ in November

All Lifetree gatherings are on Friday at noon. Please join us for these fascinating events and invite a friend! Lifetree is always free.

Friday, November 3rd – Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman’s Struggle to Regain Her Life

Our video this week features a filmed interview with Karen McCracken, a woman diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and author of Breaking Free From OCD.  “It got to a point that I would have to read every sign I saw when I went somewhere,” McCracken says. “If I saw a sign in my peripheral vision, I thought something bad would happen if I didn’t stop to read it.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to discuss brushes with mental illness they, or people close to them, have experienced.

Friday, November 10th – Triumph Over Trauma: One Woman’s Struggle with Anorexia

Our video includes a filmed interview with a victim of anorexia whose eating disorder threatened to end her life. “The behavior and the addiction are so strong. Breaking that cycle is hell,” the woman featured in the film says. “The recovery was harder than anything I’ve ever had to do, and it meant addressing all the other issues I was facing in my life.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to share events or traumas that have impacted their own lives.

Friday, November 17th – Smile…Even When You Think You Can’t

This session will provide proven ways to cope with difficult situations in life. A short film will be shown featuring a wheelchair-bound man who competes in triathlon events. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s hardships,” said Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “This program offers hope and some key skills that help overcome challenges.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to discuss a problem they’re currently facing and brainstorm potential solutions.

Friday, December 1st – Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe

This week we’ll view a filmed interview with former White House attorney and Air Force officer Michael Weinstein, who believes the U.S. military is under attack by a group that threatens both morale and battle-readiness: Christian fundamentalists. “What do you do when you’re forced to convert to Christianity or face incredible scrutiny during basic training?” Weinstein asks. “I went to the Academy to see what was occurring and then realized there was a much bigger problem.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity share their opinions on recent situations in which religious freedom was threatened.