Archive for Discipleship

EWALU Day Camp Registration begins!

Every summer Resurrection hosts a week of Summer Day Camp here at the church for kids entering  1st-6th grades. Day camp is led by trained, college-age counselors from EWALU Bible Camp. These counselors are wonderful Christian role models who teach the gospel in a camp style that the kids love. This is the next best thing to camp itself! A field trip to Camp EWALU near Strawberry Point is included on Wednesday. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer at the church if you have questions: jessi@lcrmarion.org

Join us July 9–13, 2018 

+ Family Program Thursday, July 12th (time TBA)

MON, TUE, THU 9:00-3:00 / WED 8:45-3:00 / FRI 9:00-12:00

REGISTER SOON AND JOIN THE FAITH, FUN, & FELLOWSHIP!

Please fill out this form completely and return it to the church as soon as possible: Registration Form

Resurrection Elementary Day Camp is open to all – please encourage your child’s friends and neighbors to take part, too.

Confirmation Worship – Sunday, MAY 20

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

We worship and celebrate alongside our 8th grade students on Sunday, May 20th at 11:00 am. At Confirmation Worship, students confess their faith, affirm their Baptism, encourage us with their Faith Statements and chosen Bible verses, and share their sense of call from Jesus through their Mission Statements.

Confirmation Worship

We worship and celebrate alongside our 8th grade students on Sunday, May 20th at 11:00 am. At Confirmation Worship, students confess their faith, affirm their Baptism, encourage us with their Faith Statements and chosen Bible verses, and share their sense of call from Jesus through their Mission Statements.

 

Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School 2018

This exciting event takes place one week in June. It is a very fun-filled week with a mini-version of the rotation model of Sunday School. The children rotate (i.e. storytelling, imagination station, snacks, crafts, and games) throughout the morning. They experience the story of the day at each station with a different learning mode. This is an awesome time for children to experience God’s love and to meet many new friends.

2018 Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be

June 12 – 15 (Tuesday – Friday), 2018

9:00 – 11:30 am each day

The kids will present a program of their new songs on Friday evening at 6:30 pm.

Three-year-olds (potty trained) to six-year-olds are welcome! There will be a large group gathering and closing with small groups rotating from station to station to be involved in learning the Bible story of the day. The fee is $10 per child and scholarships are available. Please fill out the following forms and return them to the church office by June 4, 2018:

2018 VBS Registration

Emergency Contact form

There is always a need for volunteers, so please join us for the fun! Contact Jill Hansen: 1-319-377-4689 or email jill@lcrmarion.org

WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS! (THIS INCLUDES GRANDMAS & GRANDPAS). PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING FOR A DAY, OR 2, OR 4!!!

First Communion Seminar RESCHEDULED

Dear 4th grade families,

The weather forecast for tonight through Saturday is a winter storm warning, with anywhere from 3-12 inches of heavy snow. Our snow removal company probably won’t come to do the parking lot until the storm is over late Saturday afternoon or evening, so that it’s cleared off for Sunday morning. It may be impossible to get into the lot tomorrow morning before they get here with their equipment. As a result, we’ve decided to move our first communion seminar from tomorrow morning to Sunday afternoon, March 25, from 2-5 pm. Hopefully most of you can make that time. If not, we have a workbook that you can do at home to learn the basics of what we’ll cover in the seminar.

See you on Sunday afternoon,

Pastor Dennis and Alyssa Weaver, Pastoral Intern

Ash Wednesday & Lent Worship @ LCR

Ash WednesdayFebruary 14 at 6 & 7 pm. We will hear those familiar words as we kneel at the rail: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The season of Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance from Jesus in Matthew 6 as we begin our journey toward the cross. The sign of ashes on our forehead suggests our human mortality. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the Easter feast to come.

Lent Worship begins on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 & 7 pm. We will be using Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

Lent Devotionals are now available online for both ADULTS and FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. We will have print-outs at the church for those who do not have computer access.

Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari Redondo through the church office if you have questions about this giving project.

Lenten Suppers – Thanks to the following groups who will serve our Wednesday Lenten suppers from 5:15-6:30 pm:

February 14 – EDGE, potato bar

February 21 – Wednesday Night Live, taco bar

February 28 –  Confirmation small group, tba

March 7 – EDGE, tba

March 14 – staff, pizza

March 21- Wee Wisdom, meatball subs

Your freewill offerings at these suppers help support mission efforts by our groups, such as the EDGE mission trip  this summer to Houston, TX; Wednesday Night Live’s shopping trip to benefit the Crossroads Mission Food Pantry; and Wee Wisdom’s gift to Heifer International.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, February 4, we will continue our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?”  Our intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on Mark 1:29-39. Everywhere Jesus goes he is asked by many for healing or to be set free from unclean spirits. We are also freed and healed from sin and death, but  in out text for today, Simon’s mother-in-law teaches us that we are freed to serve as disciples, helping to proclaim the good news and to lift up our neighbors. Sometimes our purpose and mission seem overwhelming and can drain us of the strength we need, but through prayer God will renew us and provide what we need to accomplish our purpose.

The annual meeting of LCR will take place this Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report are available on a table by the entryway.  You need to be a confirmed member of LCR in order to vote on any motion that comes before the assembled body, such as the budget.

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

WORSHIP

Ash Wednesday services will be held on February 14 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. This traditional service will feature the imposition of ashes and holy communion. On the following Wednesday nights of Lent, we will use Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, starting on February 21. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

 Camp Sunday- February 18th will be CAMP SUNDAY! We’ll have a “campfire” worship at all three services. This will be a VERY kid friendly service so bring your whole family! LCR folk who have been or are counselors and leaders at EWALU will help lead the service. Please join us for a fun day of worship and camp songs as we look forward to this fun summer experience for our youth.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday at 9:45 Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet next Wednesday, February 7 at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has large group next Wednesday, February 7th, studying the miracles of Jesus.

 EDGE youth will be serving our first Lenten supper on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, from 5:15-6:30. The menu is a potato bar, with proceeds going to their summer mission trip to Houston, TX.

Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February  28th. LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on four Wednesday nights (February 21 & 28, March 7 & 21) from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall; or at a seminar on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The classes will be led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 9 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Whistleblower: The true story of an FBI informant.” 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.

Where In the World is My Dinner?!? – Take part in a fun and delicious adult social event on Saturday, February 10. The fellowship committee will create secret groups for each “host home.” Everyone will meet at church for appetizers at 6 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:30. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time to either bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert OR to host and provide a main dish. This is a fun way to meet people from our congregation – come join us!

GROW

Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, concludes this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half- truth is “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” led by Pastor Dennis. Next Sunday, February 11, a new 6 week course will begin called Christianity and World Religions- a book/DVD study authored by Adam Hamilton.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.

SERVE

Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

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.

GIVE

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Our General Fund and new Growth & Outreach Fund are off to good starts in 2018!  We received over $13,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, which will help pay for our intern Alyssa’s salary and housing; our first payments to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity for our new partnerships; and the maintenance costs of our building for the month. Our General Fund benefited from several gifts in January for the entire year of 2018. Our monthly need will be about $57,300 for an annual budget of nearly $688,000. In January we received $65,287 for the General Fund. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, 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 LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 28, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 28, we will continue our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?”  As we continue to discover the clues about who Jesus is, we learn

that people sensed a unique authority in Jesus’ actions and words. They are astounded at his teaching and amazed at his authority. We learn that Jesus has power, and that Jesus sides with humanity against every force that would bring death and disease. Pastor Miranda will preach on a healing story from Mark 1:21-28.

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 their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday, January 28, at 9:45 am.  Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has large group next Wednesday.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 2 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Friends for Life.” 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.

Where In the World is My Dinner?!? – Take part in a fun and delicious adult social event on Saturday, February 10. The fellowship committee will create secret groups for each “host home.” Everyone will meet at church for appetizers at 6:00 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:15. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time to either bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert OR to host and provide a main dish. This is a fun way to meet people from our congregation – come join us!

The annual meeting of LCR will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report will be available on Sunday.  A budget forum will be held this Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall, led by Evelyn Beck, our treasurer.

GROW

Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, January 28 at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half-truth is “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It ” led by Pastor Dennis.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for January 2018: The Book of Galatians by Kyle Idelman, What Is God’s Plan? by Phil Vischer, Crossing The Waters by Alaskan fishermen Leslie Leyland Fields, and the documentary The Hobby Lobby Decision.

SERVE

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 1/29, 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

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 Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.

GIVE

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, 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 LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 21, will highlight the start of Jesus’ ministry and the call of four fishermen (Mark 1:14-20).   After Jesus proclaims the good news of the gospel, he calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him and “fish for people.” I will preach on this familiar text and add three stories of Alfred, Kathy, and Mike who were “caught in the net” of the gospel and came to faith in Jesus Christ.

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 their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday, January 21, at 9:45 Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet next Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has a family night next Wednesday.

Jordan Sanders, daughter of Bob & Kim Sanders, has raised thousands of dollars over the years through Christmas cookie sales for Cedar Valley Humane Society. Her story is going to run this Sunday, Jan. 21, at 10:00 pm on KCRG Channel 9! Way to go Jordan!

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 26 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “News from the Future: A Futurist Gives a Sneak Peek.” 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.

LCR Scrapbookers will meet on Saturday, January 27 from 9 am to 9 pm. Bring your photos, tools, and albums and we’ll share our creative ideas! Contact Donna Dennis at odonna@netins.net for further info. Non-members are always welcome at these events.

Where In the World is My Dinner?!? – Take part in a fun and delicious adult social event on Saturday, February 10. The fellowship committee will create secret groups for each “host home.” Everyone will meet at church for appetizers at 6 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:30. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time to either bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert OR to host and provide a main dish. This is a fun way to meet people from our congregation – come join us!

The annual meeting of LCR will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report will be available on Sunday, January 28. A budget forum will be held that day at 9:45 am.

GROW

Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, January 21st at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half-truth is “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” led by Alyssa Weaver, our pastoral intern.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton. This lesson covers the miraculous signs of Jesus, including changing water into wine and healing a blind beggar.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for January 2018: The Book of Galatians by Kyle Idelman, What Is God’s Plan? by Phil Vischer, Crossing The Waters by Alaskan fishermen Leslie Leyland Fields, and the documentary The Hobby Lobby Decision.

SERVE

Intergenerational Mission Trip Meeting Join us this Sunday, January 21st, at 9:30 am or Wednesday, January 24th, at 7:15 pm for a Mission Trip Information Meeting as we look at dates and options and determine the interest level for an Intergenerational Mission Trip for summer 2018 for Adults and Youth. Please come with your calendar and your questions. If you are not able to join us, but you are interested in more information; please email Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Marion Cares Opportunities – Here are some great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018. Think about giving your time to the children of 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. Just think – if everyone gave of one hour of their time, LCR could easily support this worthwhile program. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. See the  entryway bulletin board for more information. Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

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.

GIVE

Last call for 2018 Fund Appeal commitments 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. 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. There are extra forms at the Welcome Center window if you need them.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+mobile app, 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 LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 14,  we will think about how Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathaniel begins with skepticism and moves to faith, helping to reveal to us more about who Jesus is. Nathaniel had been invited by his friend to “come and see”, and Nathaniel encountered Jesus in the flesh. Today, we can invite people to “come and see” and bring people to the body of Christ. How might you invite others to experience Christ through you this week? How might you invite others to “come and see” who this Jesus is who knows them, loves them, and calls them to mission? Pastor Miranda will be our preacher on this story from John 1:43-52.

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  meets this Sunday, January 14, at 9:45 am. Wednesday Night Live will meet this Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:00 pm. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 pm. EDGE will also meet this Wednesday at the usual time.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 19 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Care for Caregivers.” 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.

The annual meeting of LCR will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report will be available on Sunday, January 28. A budget forum will be held that day at 9:45 am.

GROW

Half Truths, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, January 14th at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half- truth is “God helps those who help themselves.”

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, begins this Sunday as well. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton. This first lesson covers the first chapter of John, including the text for this Sunday’s sermon.

RightNow Media is available anytime on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Go to RightNow Media.org to get started. Send your email address to LCR (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can get you linked up with RightNow Media. There is no cost to you – the church pays a monthly fee to help our members and friends access hundreds of bible studies, talks, and courses on this “Netflix of Bible Studies.”

SERVE

Intergenerational Mission Trip Meeting Join us Sunday, January 21st, at 9:30 am or Wednesday, January 24th, at 7:15 pm for a Mission Trip Information Meeting as we look at dates and options and determine the interest level for an Intergenerational Mission Trip for summer 2018 for Adults and Youth. Please come with your calendar and your questions. If you are not able to join us, but you are interested in more information; please email Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Marion Cares Opportunities – Here are some great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018. Think about giving your time to the children of 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. Just think – if everyone gave of one hour of their time, LCR could easily support this worthwhile program. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. See the  entryway bulletin board for more information. Sign up by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

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.

GIVE

2018 Fund Appeal As of January 7, we have received 227 commitments for the General Fund totaling $533,338. In addition, $129,630 has been pledged for the new Growth & Outreach Fund. These represent 49% of our total 463 giving units. These commitments annually amount to around 75-80% of our eventual receipts used for mission and ministry. 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. 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.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, 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 LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.