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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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 7, we will resume our usual worship schedule of 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00, along with Sunday School, adult classes, and fellowship at 9:45. Our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on the story of Jesus’ baptism from Mark 1. In his Gospel, Mark identifies this as the beginning of the Good News and the beginning of Jesus ministry. We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey, as we come from the baptismal waters we are called to live a new life, a new identity, as children of God. We will look at what this new identity, through baptism, entails and what it means for our lives.

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.

Happy New Year,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Christmas Eve services were a wonderful evening of worship and praise, with over 1,160 in attendance. Thanks to: Ruth Armstrong and Jesse Klosterboer for playing at all four services; those who provided special music; and all who served as ushers, greeters, altar guild, acolytes, communion assistants, readers, and PowerPoint clickers.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School  resumes this Sunday, January 7. Wednesday Night Live will start up again on January 10th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have small groups this Wednesday, Jan. 10. EDGE will also resume this Wednesday at the usual time.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 12 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Making the Most of Your 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.

CrossTalk error – If you usually receive your monthly newsletter by email and have not found it in your inbox yet, please note your email address on the back of your welcome card. A portion of the e-mailing list was accidentally deleted.

GROW

“Half Truths” , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, will begin this Sunday, January 7th 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 “everything happens for a reason.”

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, will  begin on January 14th. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

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

Unhanging of the Greens – “What goes up must come down.” That also applies to Christmas decorations. We will meet to remove everything and put it 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!

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 Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

As of December 31, we have received 222 commitments for the General Fund totaling $524,538. In addition, $127,326 has been pledged for the new Growth & Outreach Fund. These represent 48% 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. As of December 31, our 2018 commitments are 80% for the General Fund and 20% for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

Thanks to all who gave to our Christmas Eve offering for three partners – Camp Chisomo, Marion Cares, and Take Away Hunger. As of December 31, the total from the offering came to $8,448. $4,224 will be given to Camp Chisomo to dig a well and construct the first buildings on their new property. $2,112 will be given to Marion Cares for their after-school programs, and $2,112 to Take Away Hunger for feeding children and families in our community and state.

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.

January 2018 CrossTalk & Calendar

In the January CrossTalk, you will find a review of our fantastic Christmas celebration last month and a preview of the exciting new things we have in store for 2018.

January 2018 CrossTalk

January 2018 Calendar of Events

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