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Resurrection E-news: April 30, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will kick off a five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose.” We’ll look at questions like: what drives your life? What drives the life of most churches? Where do we find God’s intention for our lives and His church? As we focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and the five purposes that flow from those passages, we’ll also discover that they are central to our baptismal and confirmation services and are found in our church constitution. Finally, we’ll take a look at the purpose of worship and learn some new findings about worship from our recent VRG survey.

In all three worship services this weekend, we will present new Adventure Bibles to our 24 second graders. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

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 with questions.

SERVE

Job Postings – The positions of Co-Director of Children’s Ministry and With Faith Worship Team Leader are posted on the entryway bulletin board. Applications should be turned in to Evelyn Beck in the church office by May 15th.

Wee Wisdom Preschool will be hiring an “Educational Assistant” to work with Michelle Heidelbauer, Director/Lead Teacher. This is due to the news of Tom & Shelly Beaver moving to Atlanta this summer where Tom has accepted an exciting new job. We are THANKFUL for all they have done to serve at LCR and they will be greatly missed! Job applications and information can be found on the church entryway bulletin board. Applications are due May 9th. 

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: The Story of Lutherans in America meets Sunday at 9:45 am. Our video topic this week is “Working Together: Lutherans Uniting.”

Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

KIDS 4 KIDS – LCR Sunday School kids are doing special chores and saving their change to help Camp Chisomo kids. The Malawi mission trip team came and taught them a song and shared pictures of each child in Malawi. We are praying  for them too! If you are tantalized by the smell of popcorn on Sunday mornings, here is your opportunity to enjoy the taste! On Sunday, May 7th, come and buy some as a “free will offering” in the Gathering Space.

Biderman Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors) and Morrissey Nursing Scholarships  applications are due MONDAY, MAY 1.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space through Sunday. Pick up a tag from the tree and leave a gift for our camper scholarship fund in the backpack by the tree. If you would rather send a check by mail, make it out to LCR and put “camper scholarships” on the memo line.

Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic. 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. Come next Sunday to hear more about their ministry from one of their staff, Jamie Henley.

Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

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Dear members and friends of LCR,

This is a big Sunday at LCR with our Community Audit Panel speakers, Dixieland band worship at 8:15, and reception of new members. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Thanks to the many people who helped plan or carry out our Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. We especially thank the musicians, altar guild, Katie Kascel and her EDGE youth for their delicious Easter breakfast, and those who decorated the sanctuary.

We will try to send this e-note out every Friday as a way of communicating what’s coming up in the near future. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Pastor Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, and members of a Community Audit Panel will be sharing their guidance in worship today at 8:15 and 9:45. A video version will be shown at 11:00 am and at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. Panel members are Chad Zrudsky (Marion High School), Ana Clymer (United Way), Stacia Walker (Linn Mar Schools & Marion Cares), Karl Cassell (Horizons: A Family Service Alliance), Elsworth Carman (Marion Public Library). Many thanks to them for participating in this discussion.

April 23rd is Bright Sunday – Wear your brightest clothes as we celebrate the Resurrection. The Te Deum Dixie Band will be leading our 8:15 worship. We’ll be welcoming new members at the 8:15 and 9:45 services.

A new sermon series “The 5 Purposes of the Church” will start next Sunday, April 30 with a look at worship. Results regarding worship preferences from the recent VRG survey will be blended into the message by Pastor Dennis. 2nd graders will receive their own “Adventure Bibles” in worship.

 GROW

The Story of Lutherans in America resumes this Sunday in fellowship hall at 9:45. Our video topic will be “To Meet Human Need: Building Institutions.” Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David.

Reformation: Then and Now Roundtable Discussion will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Faith Lutheran in Marion (corner of Boyson & Alburnett Roads). Come for a lively discussion on the Reformation, led by two professors: one Lutheran and one Roman Catholic. Please RSVP at 377-9700.

CONNECT

New Members will be received at the end of 8:15 and the start of 9:45 worship on Sunday. Introduce yourself to them during the fellowship hour.

LCR Book Club – There will be organizational meetings this Sunday in the middle of the fellowship hall starting at 9:30 and/or 10:30 am. Drop by if you are interested in sharing your love of reading with other like-minded souls.

Camp Registrations – You can register your kids starting this Sunday at the gathering space table  OR here on the website early next week. Preschool Vacation Bible School for 3-5 year olds will be held JUNE 13-16. Elementary Day Camp for 1st-5th graders will be held JULY 10-14

SERVE

Quilts displayed in the gathering space this Sunday were created by our own Comforting Hands group, who meet Mondays from 9-11 am to create tied quilts for distribution locally and internationally. The group always welcomes new members. You do not need sewing skills as there are many tasks involved in making a quilt.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Personal Care Kit drive. 75 kits were assembled for shipment to Lutheran World Relief in late April! The kits will be distributed to disaster areas and refugees around the world. – Rebecca-Mary Martha Circle.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space this Sunday through next Sunday, April 30. Make summer bible camp a reality for Resurrection youth and their friends by picking up an numbered envelope from the Giving Tree and returning it with your gift.

Mission Envelope Gifts – During March & April, Resurrection is taking part in the ELCA World Hunger ‘40 Days of Giving’ emphasis. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help families earn a fair, sustainable living with dignity.

Matthew 25 Annual Tool Sale will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8 am to noon. You can drop off used or new tools on Tuesday, 1-5 pm or Thursday, 2-6 pm at 201 – 3rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids.

Start Planning for SUMMER!

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is now in the gathering space through next Sunday, April 30th. Make summer bible camp a reality for Resurrection youth and their friends.

Camp EWALU registrations – Around 50 LCR youth and friends have signed up for EWALU this summer. Brochures and information sheets are at the welcome center window.


Preschool Vacation Bible School for 3-5 year olds will be JUNE 13-16, 2017

2017 Preschool VBS Registration will be added to the website shortly.

Elementary Day Camp for 1st-5th graders will be JULY 10-14

2017 Day Camp Registration – Please fill out thoroughly and return to the church office as soon as possible.

If you would prefer, there are print copies of the registration forms in the gathering space.

A Busy Spring at Resurrection

Bright Sunday will be celebrated next Sunday, April 23, with a Dixieland Band. Remember to wear your brightest clothing in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

 

 

Press Towards the Mark is a new study that will begin this Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm. It explores how the disciplines and strategies used in athletic training can be applied for spiritual growth, too. Everyone is welcome to join us on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at Linda Erlandson’s home. Come on – get off the bench!

 

Biderman Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors) and Morrissey Nursing Scholarships (for any age) applications  are now available on the entryway bulletin board. They are due May 1, 2017.

Summer will be here soon & plans are underway for the two big events of the season: Preschool VBS (3-5 year olds) will be June 13-16; Day Camp (1st-5th grades) will be July 10-14. Registration will begin next week.

EWALU registration – Around 50 LCR youth and friends have signed up for camp at EWALU this summer. Brochures and information sheets can be found at the welcome center window. If you have scholarship questions, please contact jill@lcrmarion.org.

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships will be in the gathering space from April 23rd-30th. Please help a kid go to Christian bible camp this summer. It is an experience they will never forget!

 

 

Landscaping Spring Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 am. Please bring your own rakes in case there are not enough to go around. Thank you for helping Resurrection look beautiful!

 

Scrapbooking Event will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 9 am to 9 pm. Contact Donna Dennis or the church office if you want to get in on the fun.

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 will practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn or the church office with questions.

 

Jan. 29 & Feb. 1: A Light for the Lowly

WORSHIP

Who are the blessed ones of God? For the prophet Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the foolishness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, mourners, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers. When the world rejects you, Jesus offers light in your darkness. Preacher: Pastor Dennis

DISCIPLESHIP

Reformation Roots – This new 8-week class will begin on Sunday, February 5 at 9:45 in fellowship hall. In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, this series take a deep look at the characters, major events, and central themes of  that time. Church historians such as Martin Marty will transport you through one of the most important times of church history. Come join us!

SERVING

Lenten Musicians – We will be using the Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen for mid-week Lenten worship at 6 and 7 pm. We’ll need vocalists and guitarists.  Rehearsals will be held at 5:15, beginning March 8. You do not need to be available for every service. If you are interested in helping, please contact Lyn A’Hearn, Cari Redondo, or the church office. Thanks!

Jan. 29 & Feb. 1: A Light for the Lowly

WORSHIP

Who are the blessed ones of God? For the prophet Micah, they are those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God. For Paul, they are the ones who find wisdom in the foolishness of the cross. For Jesus, they are the poor, mourners, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers. When the world rejects you, Jesus offers light in your darkness. Preacher: Pastor Dennis

DISCIPLESHIP

Reformation Roots – This new 8-week class will begin on Sunday, February 5 at 9:45 in fellowship hall. In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, this series take a deep look at the characters, major events, and central themes of  that time. Church historians such as Martin Marty will transport you through one of the most important times of church history. Come join us!

SERVING

Lenten Musicians – We will be using the Holden Evening Prayer by Marty Haugen for mid-week Lenten worship at 6 and 7 pm. We’ll need vocalists and guitarists.  Rehearsals will be held at 5:15, beginning March 8. You do not need to be available for every service. If you are interested in helping, please contact Lyn A’Hearn, Cari Redondo, or the church office. Thanks!

Stephen Ministry – You are invited to an interactive presentation that will show you how Stephen Ministry works and the difference it makes in people’s lives. We’ll also explore the needs for care in our congregation and learn how we can begin Stephen Ministry in our congregation. There are two opportunities for this presentation: Wed, February 8th at 7:00 pm OR Sun, February 26th at 9:45 am. A Stephen Ministry Training Class is beginning on Monday, Feb. 13 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Classes are held from 6:30-8:30 for 20 weeks in order to be commissioned as a Stephen Minister.

January 15 & 18: Seeing the Light

WORSHIP on SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY:

Today’s gospel from John 1:29-42 begins with John the Baptist pointing not to himself but to Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  In a world where people often point to themselves through various social media, the gospel calls us to point to Jesus, the light of the world. This Sunday also reminds us of our own epiphanies, our own moments of “seeing the light.” Sometimes it is sudden, like Andrew and Simon as Jesus calls them to be his disciples. Often it is a slow, gradual process over a lifetime. Preacher: Pastor Dennis

DISCIPLESHIP on SUNDAY:

Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why – Our video course continues today at 9:45 with a look at Pentecostalism.

Sunday School – Preschool through 5th graders meet in the education wing at 9:45 and learn about God’s love!

DISCIPLESHIP on TUESDAY:

Biblical Fellowship meets at 2 pm in the fellowship hall. Come experience bible study “done classic.” Charlie Clauss is our most excellent leader.

DISCIPLESHIP on WEDNESDAY:

Wednesday Night Live is for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Join us in the fellowship hall at 6 pm to learn, serve, and hang with your friends.

Confirmation is for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Large group will meet in the worship room at 7 pm.

EDGE Youth Group is for high school students. We meet in the YAC from 7:30-9:00 pm.

DISCIPLESHIP on THURSDAY:

Brown Bag Bible Study continues on Thursdays at 11:30 in the café. Bring your lunch and join us as we look at Matthew 4:12-23 – the call of the disciples.

DISCIPLESHIP THROUGHOUT THE WEEK:

Pathways Small Groups meet on different times and days throughout every week. Check the Pathways display in the gathering space and find a subject that calls to you. Groups always welcome new members!

November 13 & 16: Loving Generously – Called

In our video for this week, Frank and Cassie receive resistance from others for expressing Christ’s love in the world and are faced with a difficult decision. As we love generously, showing abundant generosity to the poor, there may be a cost to our reputation, our comfort, or our way of life. However, when we tear down the walls that divide us; then we also have the opportunity to find true community, a community of mutual giving and care, where all are welcome and all are equals in the eyes of God. Preacher: Pastor Miranda

New Member Coffee with the Pastors – Our new member class will be a simpler format this fall. Come and have “Coffee with the Pastors” on Sunday afternoon, November 13 from 2-4 pm. Pastors Dennis and Miranda will be available for conversation with anyone wanting to learn about who we are, why we exist, and what we’re about. We’ll tour the building, meet some staff, learn about our five purposes, and listen to your stories. Children are welcome as well! For those wanting to join LCR, you can do that on Sunday, Nov. 20th or another Sunday that works.

Operation Christmas Child will be held again this year during the Sunday School hour (9:45–10:45) on Sunday, November 13. Don’t be afraid to come back in the education wing and help out – all are welcome!

Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why – This new 9-week video/book course by Adam Hamilton begins on Sunday, November 13, led by Pastor John Wilkinson and Pastor Dennis. We’ll learn about  various Christian traditions,  starting with Orthodoxy: Mystery, Liturgy, and Tradition. Operation Christmas Child will be held again this year during the Sunday School hour (9:45–10:45) on Sunday, November 13. Don’t be afraid to come back in the education wing and help out – all are welcome!

Upcoming November Events

New Member Coffee with the Pastors – Our new member class will be a simpler format this fall. Come and have “Coffee with the Pastors” on Sunday afternoon, November 13 from 2-4 pm. Pastors Dennis and Miranda will be available for conversation with anyone wanting to learn about who we are, why we exist, and what we’re about. We’ll tour the building, meet some staff, learn about our five purposes, and listen to your stories. Children are welcome as well! For those wanting to join LCR, you can do that on Sunday, Nov. 20th or another Sunday that works. See you on the 13th!

Operation Christmas Child will be held again this year during the Sunday School hour (9:45–10:45) on Sunday, November 13. Don’t be afraid to come back in the education wing and help out – all are welcome!

Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why – This new 9-week video/book course by Adam Hamilton begins on Sunday, November 13, led by Pastor John Wilkinson and Pastor Dennis. We’ll learn about  various Christian traditions,  starting with Orthodoxy: Mystery, Liturgy, and Tradition. Operation Christmas Child will be held again this year during the Sunday School hour (9:45–10:45) on Sunday, November 13. Don’t be afraid to come back in the education wing and help out – all are welcome!

Celebration Sunday Potluck will be held at noon on Sunday, November 20th. Bring an item or two for the 40 Thanksgiving baskets that we’ll assemble that afternoon for Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Suggestions: hams, turkeys, potatoes, canned goods, pies, rolls, or a monetary gift to buy more items for the baskets.

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Loving Generously films begin

What did Jesus mean when He said – Love your neighbor as yourself?  Have you ever stopped to consider that loving God and loving one another are inseparable? God loves us, and our response to His love is to love those around us, but are we to only love those like ourselves?

Starting October 23rd, we will address some of these questions as we begin a new film series entitled Loving Generously. This series is a continuation of last fall’s “Living Generously” films. It continues the story of the Donovan family as they learn what it means to love generously. Each week we will see a glimpse of their journey as they take risks, experience suffering and joy, and find themselves transformed by the call to love others like Christ loves us.

You won’t want to miss a single Sunday! The first film is next Sunday, October 23rd (or Wednesday the 26th) shown at all worship services, with take-home gifts each week too!

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