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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 31, 2017

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 yearend 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!

Resurrection staff

WORSHIP

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.

YOUTH NEWS

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.

CONNECT

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.”

GROW

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.

SERVE

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 jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

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 – cariredondo@gmail.com.

GIVE

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.

Resurrection E-news: December 24, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Christmas Eve is almost here! As December 24th falls on a Sunday this year, remember that there will not be any morning worship that day. Christmas Eve services will be held at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00, all with holy communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Pastor Miranda will preach at the 1:00 and 3:00 services; Pastor Dennis will preach at 5:00 & 7:00.

For the third straight year, we will give away our Christmas 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. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, many of you will have both a regular Sunday offering envelope and a special Christmas Eve envelope. If you use a regular Sunday envelope and want your gift to go to the 3 partners listed above, please note that on your envelope or check.

As we head into the last week of 2017, I 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.  Or 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.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

On Sunday, December 31, there is one service at 9 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 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. If you have a favorite Christmas treat from your family tree that ties in with the theme, bring some to share at the fellowship time following worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School is taking a two week break and will resume on January 7. Wednesday Night Live will start up again on January 10th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) is off until January 3rd.  EDGE will also resume in January- check with Katie for the details.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, December 29 at noon, with a short film called “Overcoming Shame and Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds.” 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.

GROW

“Half Truths” , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, will begin on Sunday, January 7th. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible, like “everything happens for a reason” and “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

The Gospel of John,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, will also begin on January 7th. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

SERVE

Mission of Hope Lunch Team served 159 people on Dec. 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.

Marion Holiday Giving Project – Thank you for your generous gifts and monetary donations which helped provide a wonderful Christmas for 154 Marion families this holiday. – Madonna Putnam

GIVE

We have received 213 commitments for the General Fund totaling $512,854. In addition, $115,742 has been pledged for the Growth & Outreach Fund. 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 since early November, 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. Our year to date commitments are 82% for the General Fund and 18% for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

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. Several 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Sunday, December 17, we’ll hear the familiar story from Luke 1:26-38 of  the angel Gabriel’s visit to the virgin Mary, where he proclaims that she will give birth to a son. Mary is told by the angel, “Do not be afraid” and “nothing will be impossible with God.” In the midst of that fearful encounter, Mary responds with trust and worship. As we hear the good news of what God is up to, we too can trust in God’s promises and presence and respond by rejoicing in God our Savior. Pastor Miranda will preach on this remarkable story. In addition, the Resurrection Choir will share three anthems at the 8:15  service. At 9:45 & 11:00, our EDGE band will lead worship.

Christmas Eve is just one week away! As December 24th falls on a Sunday this year, remember that there will not be any morning worship that day. Christmas Eve services will be held at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00, all with holy communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. 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

Finally, I encourage everyone to consider a year end gift to Resurrection. You should have received a letter recently with more information and a return envelope. 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. Heading into this weekend, we will need about $60,000 in the next two weeks to reach that 97% goal. If you need to make an charitable distribution by year end from your IRA, we could really use your help.  Or 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.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School will meet on Sunday, learning about the Christmas story. After taking a two week break, Sunday School will resume on January 7. Thanks to the teachers, helpers, and children for your wonderful program last Sunday! Special thanks to our Sunday School director, Jessi Heidelbauer, for your leadership and guidance along the way.

Wednesday Night Live Christmas Party is this 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! After a two week break, WNL will resume on January 10th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) is off for the next two weeks, resuming on January 3rd.  EDGE will meet at 7:30 in the YAC for their Christmas party.

CONNECT

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.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, December 22 at noon, with a short film called “Mental Illness: Breaking the Silence.” 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.

GROW

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem concludes this Sunday at 9:45 . Our video and discussion is about the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. A new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton called “Half Truths” will begin on Sunday, January 7th.

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

WORSHIP

On Sunday, December 31, there is one service at 9 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 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. If you have a favorite Christmas treat from your family tree that ties in with the theme, bring some to share at the fellowship time following worship.

Older Hymns news – We are pleased to announce that a new director/accompanist, Brandon Waring, is now  leading the Older Hymns. They rehearse on Wednesday nights at 6:15. 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.

GIVE

We have received 207 commitments for the General Fund totaling $502,118. In addition, $115,202 has been pledged for the Growth & Outreach Fund. 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 since early November, 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. Our year to date commitments are 81% for the General Fund and 19% for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

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.

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.

Marion Holiday Giving Project – Thank you for your generous gifts and monetary donations which helped provide a wonderful Christmas for 154 Marion families this holiday. – Madonna Putnam

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: 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: 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

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This SundayOctober 29thwe will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. A brass group will accompany our hymns and the Resurrection Choir and Ringers will provide special music.

For those who were unable to be with us the last two Sundays, there are 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up by the usher stand, organized by spiritual gift categories. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete to learn about your gifts and how to use them in service to others.

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

YOUTH NEWS

Please remember that there is NO Sunday School this week (October 29th). Sunday School will resume next week (November 5th) 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.

GROW

New Member Class continues this Sunday, October 29th at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We are study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition   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.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, November 3rd at noon. The film is “The Mysteries of Mental Illness.” It tells the story of a woman who overcame a crippling mental illness and discovered how to regain her life. In light of her experience, we’ll consider whether there is adequate support and help for people suffering from mental illness in our society. 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.

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on Sunday the 29th at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Local Lutheran choirs (including our Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn  Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

Martin Luther movie – Tuesday, October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the church and the world – the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. We’ll celebrate the occasion at 7:00 pm by showing the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

SERVE

Operation Christmas Child – 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, Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new and small enough to fit in a shoebox. Our shoebox packing event has been moved to Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 pm during Wednesday Night Live time in the fellowship hall. Contact Jill Hansen at the church if you have questions.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build at 282 – 22nd St. is going GREAT! The house is now enclosed, but there is still a need for helpers for interior work. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board and Habitat will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs are usually on Saturdays from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, but there is a half-day option also. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. If you have questions, please contact Sally Reck, Marlin Oeltjen, or the church office.

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. 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.

Giving through VANCO – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk near the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile appGive+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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 22nd, we’ll continue our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their friend, Re. In this series, we see what happens when success comes undone for both Frank Donovan and Re. This Sunday’s film, “Legacy,” is especially moving as it portrays Re facing his difficult past and Frank struggling with a decision at work that may cost him his job.

I will preach this Sunday on “Legend or Legacy?” What do we aim for in life – becoming a legend or leaving a legacy? Special focus will be given to LCR’s future legacy to our community through our new Growth & Outreach Fund. Come and learn about two exciting partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Marion Cares.

In addition, Dave Stadtmueller from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the third recommendation that relates to present and future staffing needs.

For those who were unable to be with us the last two Sundays, there are 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up by the usher stand, organized by spiritual gift categories. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete to learn about your gifts and how to use them in service to others.

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

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. Please note that there will be no Sunday School on October 29th.

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

 GROW

New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. 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.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 27, at noon. The film is called “The Black and White Truth About Racism.” It depicts an African-American man’s journey through life and his encounters with the Ku Klux Klan. 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.

Monday Night Football continues on October 23 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Lutheran-Catholic Joint Worship Service – This Sunday, October 22,  Catholics and Lutherans will gather for a 4 pm worship service that will start at Immaculate Conception and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments will follow.

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. A brass group will accompany our hymns and the Resurrection Choir will sing an anthem.

 Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on the 29th at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Local Lutheran choirs (including our Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

 Martin Luther movie – Tuesday, October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the church and the world- the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. We’ll celebrate the occasion at 7:00 pm by showing the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

SERVE

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23-24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  We are in need of new towels and blankets that will be passed out to families. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space- please bring them on Sunday morning or by Monday noon at the latest.

Operation Christmas Child- 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. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. 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.

Giving through VANCO – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 15th, we’ll begin a new 5-week sermon series called Leading Generously, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their former gardener, Re. We have learned stewardship truths the last two years by watching the first two series of films – Living Generously and Loving Generously. In those films Frank Donovan learned how to steward his successful business into helping people in poverty and growing in relationship with them. In this third series, we see what happens when his success comes undone. Can he steward his loss just as well? This film series will give a deeper look at generous living, especially in the midst of hardship and failure. Pastor Miranda will preach on the first film’s topic- trusting in God’s promises. Each family will receive a take home item that will remind you to “believe in the seed.” In addition, Tatum Buse from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the second recommendation that relates to our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.

For those who were unable to be with us last Sunday, there are extra 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up and complete. They are organized by spiritual gift categories this time, instead of by purposes like worship, discipleship, etc. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete if you haven’t already done so.

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

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 20, at noon. The film is called “The 60-Minute Guide to Greater Confidence.” It will teach you how to talk to anybody, make friends, and job interview skills. 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. There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football continues on October 16 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

GROW

New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world.

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – concludes this Sunday, led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. Later that afternoon, all are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs (including the Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying the story of creation from Genesis. 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 time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

SERVE

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23 & 24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  Members of LCR will be passing out 60 new towels and new blankets to families.  Please consider donating these items to children living here in Marion. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space.

Operation Christmas Child – 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. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. 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.

Giving Kiosk – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. In future weeks we’ll roll out a smartphone app for giving and a way to give by texting your gift to LCR.