Archive for Discipleship

Resurrection E-news: August 13, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, August 13, is Mission Trip Sunday. Our EDGE youth and adults will share about their experiences on their mission trip to Washington, D.C. in July. An added treat will be the EDGE Band as they lead us in songs at 10:15. At the 8:15 service, there will be spirited duets on piano and organ by Cheryl Irland and Ruth Armstrong.

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


STAFF NEWS

Alyssa Weaver, our Luther seminary intern, began her ministry with us on August 1. She will lead worship at both services on Sunday. Our Internship Committee is complete. Thanks to Nora Read, Carrie Klein, John Hanson, Julie Jensen, Rick Ironside, and Linda Erlandson for agreeing to serve.

Our sympathies to Nicole & Andy McRoberts and family and Marcia Adix on the death of Pastor Jim Adix on August 4th. Pastor Jim served as an interim pastor here at LCR in 2014-2015. There will be a visitation at Our Saviors Lutheran in Cedar Rapids on Friday, August 18 from 4 – 7 pm. The funeral will be in Strawberry Point at Emmanuel Lutheran on Saturday, August 19 at 11 am.

Aaron Schutte, our new contemporary worship director, will begin his music ministry on Sunday, August 27th. Aaron is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led worship for three years. He served as an ELCA missionary in Tanzania for three years and also worked at EWALU Bible Camp for two summers. Aaron lives in Independence with his wife and two children.

Tyler Hagy has accepted the position of Choir Director at Resurrection. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. He is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance, and sang in Luther’s Nordic Choir. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Choir practice will begin on Wednesday, September 13.

YOUTH NEWS

Confirmation begins Wednesday, August 30, with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides. This orientation will be from 7:00-8:15 in the worship room. Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15.

Youth Discipleship Program registration forms for Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, and Confirmation are in the gathering space now. Fill them out thoroughly and return as soon as you can. Many are available online at this site. Others will be posted shortly.

CONNECT

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.

SERVE

Take Away Hunger packaging event will be held on Sunday, August 27 at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 am. You can sign up at the gathering space table today or online anytime – http://signup.com/go/QVsjeWb (Take Away Hunger Event August 2017). We are encouraging people to invite friends and family to participate, and can add more time slots if needed. We will be packing the rice & beans meal this time, which will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hansen at jill@lcrmarion.org.

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one caregiving ministry, mark your welcome card or contact Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

Operation Christmas Child Event will be held at Resurrection in November. Please consider doing some Back-to-School shopping for children in need throughout the world. We include basic school supplies in our boxes and are asking for the following donations: Crayons, Colored Pencils, Regular Pencils, Pens, Pencil Sharpeners (always need lots of these), Solar-Powered Calculators, Small Notebooks, Coloring Books, Markers (narrow and broad tip), Metric Rulers, Small Drawstring Bags, Erasers, Pencil Cases (soft-sided or small plastic case), T-shirts (in all sizes – many are on clearance now). There is a tub in the Gathering Space near the registration table for the items. Thank you!

GIVE

Mission Envelope Gifts for July & August are going to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.

Fantastic Serving Opportunities available now

Take Away Hunger packaging event will be held on Sunday, August 27 at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 amYou can sign up at the gathering space table today or online anytime at http://signup.com/go/QVsjeWb (Take Away Hunger Event August 2017). We are encouraging people to invite friends and family to participate, and we’ll add more time slots if needed. We will be packing the rice & beans meal this time, which will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hansen at jill@lcrmarion.org.


LCR will be holding a church-wide Operation Christmas Child Event in November. Please consider doing some Back-to-School shopping for children in need throughout the world. We include basic school supplies in our boxes and are asking for the following donations: Crayons, Colored Pencils, Regular Pencils, Pens, Pencil Sharpeners (always need lots of these), Solar-Powered Calculators, Small Notebooks, Coloring Books, Markers (narrow and broad tip), Metric Rulers, Small Drawstring Bags, Erasers, Pencil Cases (soft-sided or small plastic case), T-shirts (in all sizes – many are on clearance now). There will be a tub in the Gathering Space near the registration table for the items. Thank you!


Youth Volunteer Training Event – Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 pm

The Youth staff at LCR is holding a training event for all Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, and EDGE volunteers along with our nursery staff. We will gather all together at the beginning of the afternoon for a time to “cast vision” for the important role that you have as volunteers as you share about the love of Jesus and come alongside our youth of all ages on the journey of discipleship.  We will discuss the five love languages of children in order to better connect with our children and youth as we serve. Then each group will break off for individual training specific to your volunteer area and will look ahead to the coming year. This event is for ALL volunteers working with youth and children. We look forward to teaming with you for the upcoming ministry year! If you are interested in learning more about love languages before the event, we recommend the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, M.D.

Youth Discipleship Programming begins soon!

You can now register your children for the 2017/2018 school year at the table in the church gathering space.

Further information and registration forms can be found at the links below.


Sunday Schoolbegins Sunday, September 10th

Preschool-5th Grades / Sundays 9:45-10:45 am

Sunday School – 9:45 am

Wednesday Night Live begins Wednesday, September 13th

3rd, 4th, 5th Grades / Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday Night Live

Confirmation – Orientation is on Wednesday, August 30th for Parents & Youth & Guides

6th, 7th, 8th Grades / Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 pm

Confirmation

EDGE – High School Youth Groupbegins Wed, August 30th

9th-12th Grades / Wednesdays 7:30-9:00

E.D.G.E. – High School

July 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

Resurrection has several exciting events you won’t want to miss in July: the Malawi Mission Trip Presentation, Outdoor Worship & Potluck, Elementary Day Camp, a Farewell Reception, our annual summer Golf Outing, and the Pinicon Ridge Canoe Trip & Cookout. Please take note of all the relevant dates and invite your neighbors and friends to one or more of these events!  In addition, there a many photos from Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School and Camp Chisomo in Malawi.

July 2017 CrossTalk

July 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: June 11, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, June 11, we will begin a six-week sermon series on Moses: the Reluctant Prophet. A highlight of each week will be a video trip to Egypt or Mt. Sinai, narrated by Adam Hamilton. Pastor Miranda will share some thoughts on the birth of Moses and the roles four courageous women played in the story.

Another big part of this Sunday’s worship and fellowship time is our recognition of Matt and Tammy Evans for their many years of service and leadership in worship and children’s ministry. We will recognize them at both services, and have a reception during the fellowship hour.

A reminder that our summer worship schedule is Sundays at 8:15 & 10:15, and Wednesday nights at 6.

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

Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS will be held this week at LCR. We are looking for toilet paper or paper towel tubes, large metal coffee cans or juice cans, soup/fruit/vegetable metal cans, miscellaneous plastic lids and caps (milk caps, butter lids, cool whip lids, etc.) Please place items in the milk crate on the registration table in the Gathering Space.

EWALU Bible Camp begins their summer schedule this Sunday. We give thanks and remember in our prayers the following LCR members who are serving on staff at EWALU: Assistant director– Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens. We also give thanks for the following campers who will be at EWALU this week:  Vedder MacTaggart, Emerson Fleming, Carter Fleming (Ranch Day Camp)

SERVE

Our Malawi Mission Trip group left on Saturday, June 3 and returns on June 22. They will  serve in the village of Mpyupyu in Malawi. They will lead Camp Chisomo, where this team has been working since 2010. Camp Chisomo is a place where kids can be kids, where they can learn about God’s grace and the power it gives to live with dignity in the present and with hope for the future. The team will be teaching biblical curriculum to local children, running group activities, and building continued relationships with members of the community.  Please keep these young servants in your prayers: Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Ally Edwards, Kayleigh Akiens, Aletheia Burritt, Melanie Phelan, Sydney Smith, Nora Read, Luke Sloterdyk, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, and Katie Kascel

Matthew 25 will host their Transform Week from  June 26 – 30. LCR has been asked by Matthew 25 to provide lunches for 50 workers on Wednesday, June 28. If you would be able to provide a dessert or help serve the meal, call the church office (377-4689) or email Marcia Edwards (marcia@lcrmarion.org). We will purchase sandwiches and chips to go along with the desserts and drinks.

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

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

CONNECT

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:35 pm. Discounted Kernels tickets are available for purchase here at the church for $6 each. Contact Wayne Mase at 377-3955. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Special Olympics to benefit our local athletes.

GIVE

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

As summer begins, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.

Resurrection E-news: June 4, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday with a “Come, Holy Spirit” cantata by our Resurrection Choir at 8:15 & 10:15 worship. In addition to several Spirit-filled anthems, we will hear nine “Spirit Stories” contributed by LCR members about times they felt the Holy Spirit active in their lives. Special thanks to Lyn A’Hearn, Ruth Armstrong, and Cheryl Wilms for crafting this unique service.

Our summer schedule began last  Sunday with worship at 8:15, 10:15, and Wednesday nights at 6.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The June Crosstalk went out yesterday with many stories and pictures of our life together, including photos of our 8th grade confirmands and our EDGE high school graduates. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

A new 6-week sermon series will begin next Sunday, June 11 – “Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet.” We will travel each week with Adam Hamilton to Egypt and the Sinai to dig deeper into the stories of the Exodus.

SERVE

Our Malawi Mission Trip group leaves on Saturday, June 3 and returns on June 22. They will  serve in the village of Mpyupyu in Malawi. They will lead Camp Chisomo, where this team has been working since 2010. Camp Chisomo is a place where kids can be kids, where they can learn about God’s grace and the power it gives to live with dignity in the present and with hope for the future. The team will be teaching biblical curriculum to local children, running group activities, and building continued relationships with members of the community.  Please keep these young servants in your prayers: Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Ally Edwards, Kayleigh Akiens, Aletheia Burritt, Melanie Phelan, Sydney Smith, Nora Read, Luke Sloterdyk, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, and Katie Kascel.

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

Matthew 25 will host their Transform Week from  June 26 – 30. LCR has been asked by Matthew 25 to provide lunches for 50 workers on Wednesday, June 28. If you would be able to provide a dessert or help serve the meal, leave a note on your welcome card. We will purchase sandwiches and chips to go along with the desserts and drinks.

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

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

GROW

Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS will be held the week of June 13-16 here at LCR. We are looking for toilet paper or paper towel tubes, large metal coffee cans or juice cans, soup/fruit/vegetable metal cans, miscellaneous plastic lids and caps (milk caps, butter lids, cool whip lids, etc.) Please place items in the milk crate on the registration table in the Gathering Space.

CONNECT

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:35 pm. Discounted Kernels tickets are available for purchase here at the church for $6 each. Contact Wayne Mase at 377-3955. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Special Olympics to benefit our local athletes.

GIVE

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

As summer begins, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.

June 2017 CrossTalk and Calendar of Events

Our June newsletter is PACKED with summer opportunities in ministry and fellowship, news about Resurrection people coming & going, and photos of our wonderful 2017 confirmands and graduates.

June 2017 CrossTalk

June 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-News: May 21, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

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

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

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

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

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

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

GROW

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

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

SERVE

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

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

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

GIVE

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

Resurrection E-news: May 14, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

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

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

Happy Mothers Day!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

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

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

GROW

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

SERVE

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

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

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

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

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

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

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

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

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS

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

Confirmation Worship

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