Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this New Year’s Eve and First Sunday after Christmas, we’ll sing some favorite Christmas carols from various countries and hear the story of the carol, such as: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (England); Angels We Have Heard on High (France); I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve (Norway); Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Poland); Silent Night (Germany); and Away in a Manger (United States). We’ll also discover some Christmas traditions from each country. Pastoral intern Alyssa Weaver will be our “tour guide.” Note that there is ONLY ONE SERVICE on Sunday, at 9:00 am. If you aren’t able to come this Sunday, the service will be repeated on Wednesday, January 3rd at 6:00 pm.
We enjoyed four beautiful and meaningful Christmas Eve services last weekend. 1,162 members and visitors from near and far joined us to celebrate the wondrous birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for worshiping with us! Your generous Christmas Eve offerings will be given to three mission partners: Marion Cares for their summer programming ($2,000); Take Away Hunger for feeding children and families in our community and state ($2,000); and Camp Chisomo to dig a well and construct their first buildings on their newly-purchased land ($4,000). Thank you, Resurrection givers!
We invite everyone to consider a year–end gift to Resurrection. You should have received a letter recently with more information and a return envelope. If you need to make an charitable distribution by year end from your IRA, we could really use your help. Please check the “Year-End Giving Notes” at the bottom of this post to make sure your gifts are designated as you wish. If you want to use our new giving kiosk by the library, text a gift, or use the mobile app, Vanco+Give, scroll down to the GIVE section below to learn how to give in those ways. Thank you in advance for your generous gifts.
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.
Have a happy & blessed New Year!
This Sunday, December 31, there is one service at 9:00 am. The theme that day will be “Carols Around the World.” We’ll sing some favorite Christmas carols from various countries and hear the story of the carols. We’ll also discover some Christmas traditions from each country. Alyssa Weaver will lead us in worship and song. If you have a favorite Christmas treat from your family tree that ties in with the theme, please bring some to share at the fellowship time following worship.
Confirmation ministry resumes on Wednesday, January 3rd at 7:00 pm with a Large Group night. Our Confirmation Ministry is discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th grade students that meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:15 pm.
Sunday School will resume on January 7th. Wednesday Night Live and EDGE Youth Group will resume on Wednesday, January 10th.
LifeTree Café is a unique outreach ministry that invites the community in to the church weekly for an hour of coffee and conversation around relevant issues. The next Lifetree Café will be on Friday, January 5 at noon in the café. Our topic will be “Inside the Gun Debate.”
Half Truths, a new study from Adam Hamilton begins on Sunday, January 7th at 9:45 in the fellowship hall. “God helps those who help themselves” is a common phrase that we’ve all heard, but it isn’t actually in the bible. Join us in searching for the whole truth by comparing a number of common Christian clichés to the real message and ministry of Jesus.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life, a new study from Adam Hamilton begins on Sunday, January 7th at 9:45 in the conference room. Jim & Linda Cornally are our leaders. Walk with us through the Gospel of John, the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels.
Christ in Our Home devotionals for January-March are available by the gathering space window.
Christmas Eve services were a wonderful evening of worship and praise! Thanks so much to all our fantastic musicians, including Ruth Armstrong and Jesse Klosterboer, and all those who served before, during, and after worship.
Christmas Carolers from Resurrection visited more than a dozen homes & care centers on December 21st to share the joy of the season with our members who are not able to attend events at the church. Charlie & Kay Clauss spoke for all our friends with this note: “Thank you for bringing joy, music, and Christian fellowship to our home on the night of December 21st. God rest ye merry gentlemen (and ladies)!”
Unhanging of the Greens – We’ll meet to take down all the Christmas decorations and put them away on Saturday, January 6th at 9:30 am. We had a great turnout for decorating the church, and un-decorating always goes faster so we should be able to finish in good time. See everyone then!
Personal Care Kits – Rebecca Mary Martha Circle is collecting light-weight bath towels and bars of soap for Personal Care Kits. Assembled kits will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for world-wide distribution. Donations may be placed in the marked tub in the gathering space through February 11th. Call Lareen Gull (373-3304) with questions.
Marion Cares – There are a number of great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018 through Marion Cares. These kids need YOU – to listen, to play games, to support, to color with, to talk to, to read with to, to spend time with. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. Sign up at http://signup.com/go/briBfur or by contacting Jen Christopherson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Churches of Marion Food Pantry, located near the downtown Marion Presbyterian Church, is looking for help. The pantry currently serves from 60-100+ local families every week, and is completely staffed by volunteers, so many hands are needed to help our families in the community. Contact Cari Redondo to get started – email@example.com.
Year-End Giving Notes – According to IRS rules, the following policy applies to 2017 vs. 2018 contributions:
>>> Recorded as 2017 contributions – cash received or postmarked by 12/31/17; checks dated by 12/31/17 and received or postmarked by 12/31/17.
>>> Recorded as 2018 contributions – cash and checks received 1/1/18 or later (except those postmarked by 12/31/17); checks dated 1/1/18 or later regardless of when they are received or postmarked. Remember to wait to file your 2017 tax return until you’ve received a written record of your 2017 contributions from Terry Wegener, our recording secretary.
New ways to support LCR – Our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library will accept your credit card, or give through a 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. Then simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.