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Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem begins Sunday, November 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season. This DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton is led by Alyssa Weaver & Pastor Dennis.

Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view – proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary. 

Lifetree Cafe’ in November

All Lifetree gatherings are on Friday at noon. Please join us for these fascinating events and invite a friend! Lifetree is always free.

Friday, November 3rd – Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman’s Struggle to Regain Her Life

Our video this week features a filmed interview with Karen McCracken, a woman diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and author of Breaking Free From OCD.  “It got to a point that I would have to read every sign I saw when I went somewhere,” McCracken says. “If I saw a sign in my peripheral vision, I thought something bad would happen if I didn’t stop to read it.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to discuss brushes with mental illness they, or people close to them, have experienced.

Friday, November 10th – Triumph Over Trauma: One Woman’s Struggle with Anorexia

Our video includes a filmed interview with a victim of anorexia whose eating disorder threatened to end her life. “The behavior and the addiction are so strong. Breaking that cycle is hell,” the woman featured in the film says. “The recovery was harder than anything I’ve ever had to do, and it meant addressing all the other issues I was facing in my life.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to share events or traumas that have impacted their own lives.

Friday, November 17th – Smile…Even When You Think You Can’t

This session will provide proven ways to cope with difficult situations in life. A short film will be shown featuring a wheelchair-bound man who competes in triathlon events. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s hardships,” said Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “This program offers hope and some key skills that help overcome challenges.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to discuss a problem they’re currently facing and brainstorm potential solutions.

Friday, December 1st – Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe

This week we’ll view a filmed interview with former White House attorney and Air Force officer Michael Weinstein, who believes the U.S. military is under attack by a group that threatens both morale and battle-readiness: Christian fundamentalists. “What do you do when you’re forced to convert to Christianity or face incredible scrutiny during basic training?” Weinstein asks. “I went to the Academy to see what was occurring and then realized there was a much bigger problem.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity share their opinions on recent situations in which religious freedom was threatened.

Reformation 500 Celebrations

Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity ever since. At the heart of these wide-reaching changes was a deep conviction that God’s mercy or grace in Jesus is given freely to all. Join us at one or all of the following events to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold move.

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder.

Sunday, October 29 – You are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

Tuesday, October 31 – At 7:00 pm we’ll show the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the LCR worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

Sunday School begins THIS SUNDAY

SUNDAY SCHOOL begins this Sunday, September 10!

Join us back in the education wing at 9:45 am. If you haven’t already registered your child, just bring them to the classroom for their age/grade, and you can sign them up there.

This is the first year for our wonderful new children’s ministry staff member, Jessi Heidelbauer. We are so lucky to have her at Resurrection to share her enthusiasm and love for God with our youngest members and friends.

This year we will be using the “Spark: Activate Faith” curriculum as we explore the bible on Sunday mornings. Spark features fun rotations and emphasizes hands-on activities with real life applications. Unit 1 will start us at the very beginning of CREATION. We’ll open the book of Genesis to learn about how God breathed life into the world – and into you and me!

Youth Discipleship begins soon!

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

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

Sunday Schoolbegins Sunday, September 10th

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

Sunday School – 9:45 am

Wednesday Night Live begins Wednesday, September 13th

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

Wednesday Night Live

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

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


EDGE – High School Youth Groupbegins Wed, August 30th

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

EDGE Youth Group

Fantastic Serving Opportunities available now

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

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

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

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

Youth Discipleship Programming begins soon!

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

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

Sunday Schoolbegins Sunday, September 10th

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

Sunday School – 9:45 am

Wednesday Night Live begins Wednesday, September 13th

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

Wednesday Night Live

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

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


EDGE – High School Youth Groupbegins Wed, August 30th

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

E.D.G.E. – High School

Adult & Youth Discipleship at Resurrection

Adult Faith Development programs start this weekend!

Sunday Morning Bible Study -Sundays, 9:45 am, conference room, Jim & Linda Cornally, begins 9/18

Growing Older – 4 Sundays, 9:45 am, fellowship hall, begins 9/18

Guest speakers will cover topics like financial concerns, wills & legal issues (power of attorney), staying in your home or moving to assisted living facilities, how to stay healthy, and other concerns of aging.

Brown Bag Bible Study -Thursdays, 11:30–12:30, fellowship hall, Pastor Dennis

Bring your lunch for conversation and Bible or book studies, previewing the gospel text for the upcoming Sunday. We’ll use a fun format by Serendipity House for our study of Luke’s gospel.

Rebecca Mary Martha Circle – first Wednesdays, 1:00 pm, fellowship hall, Harriet Van Gilder

JAM Women’s Bible Study – second Mondays, 1:00 pm, church lounge, Marcie Vogel

Small Group Studies:

Cathy Soppe – 2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 1:30 pm, LCR/Winslow House, topic TBD

Linda Schminke – 2nd & 4th Wed’s, 1:00 pm, LCR, “Making Sense of the Bible”

Dan Tegtmeier – 1st Monday evenings, homes, “Stepping Into Faith”

Linda Hayward – 3rd Sunday evenings, homes, topic TBD

Lyn A’Hearn – one Sunday a month, 6:00 pm, home, “Unglued” (decision making)

Wayne Brandt – 2nd Sunday evenings, homes, Book of Faith studies: Hebrews

Donna Dennis – every other Thursday, 7:00 pm, LCR, Minor Prophets

Rick Siefken – 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3:00 pm, LCR, “Connecting With God”

Charlie Clauss – 3rd Tuesdays, 2:00 pm, LCR, “Book of Esther”

Linda/Bob Erlandson – 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:00 pm, home, “Couples of the Old Testament”


Youth Programs Have Begun!

Sunday School

Preschool-5th Grade / Sundays 9:45-10:45 am / Sunday School Registration form is here and consent/release form here.

Wednesday Night Live

3rd-5th Grade / Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm / WNL Registration form and consent/release form is here.


6th, 7th, 8th Grades / Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 pm / Confirmation Registration form is here and consent/release form is here.

EDGE – High School Youth Group

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


Day Camp Registration Deadline: July 10

ELEMENTARY DAY CAMP – sign up by Sunday, July 10! Registration forms are available here

This Sunday, July 10 is the deadline for signing up for Day Camp, which meets the week of July 18-22. EWALU needs to know the number of campers one week in advance so they can send enough counselors to lead small groups for our kids.

Kids entering 1st-6th grades can join the fun July 18-22 at Resurrection’s Elementary Day Camp: “The Jesus Way”


2016 VBS Barnyard Roundup video can be viewed here

Adult Faith Development & Pathways Small Groups

Sunday classes have begun!

* Book of Faith Bible Study: Genesis

Are you intimidated by the Bible? Want to know the scriptures better? Do you desire to gain scriptural insights? Do you wish to apply biblical principles and learnings to your everyday life? Would you like to meet with others who are in the same boat? Join us at LCR on 2nd & 4th Sunday evenings this fall.

* Grandparenting With Grace

Grandparenting can be both a blessing and a challenge. Linda Sundermeyer and Carol Patterson, experienced yet still developing grandparents will facilitate this class. They will lead discussion on various topics they bring and those offered up by participants. One topic per Sunday will allow attendees to drop in as they desire. This class will be held in the rear of the fellowship hall.

* Gospel of John Bible Study

Jim & Linda Cornally will lead as we read and discuss scripture together. We meet in the conference room.

starting Sunday, September 27 at 9:45 am:

* Circle of Life Holistic Personal Development

The Circle of Life is a personal wellness and development program. It views the individual as multifaceted. Imagine a pie with many slices including relationships, career, physical, financial, psychological, etc. At the center of all these is our spiritual core identity with God. Join Pastor Blair and find greater peace and fulfillment. This class will be held in the church lounge.

Divorce Support Group

A support group for people recovering from divorce is being offered by Pastor Blair. The class meets on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:20 pm (meets weekly to mid-December). We meet in the private dining room at Summit Pointe Senior Living Center, located behind LCR in Marion. Group size will be limited but is open to anyone preparing to or having recently been divorced. This is free to Resurrection members. Participants will need to have the book “Rebuilding After Divorce,” which can be ordered online. For registration or further information contact Pastor Blair at 319-899-3913 or

Pathways Small Groups

God’s doors are open to all!

This fall we offer a variety of topics, locations, and times. “Walk-ins” are welcome for short, long, and even one-night topics. Open the door to making new friends, to prayer, and to God’s word. Prayerfully consider attending one of our new studies this fall:

Making Sense of the Bible –

1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 7:00 pm / Linda Erlandson, at her home

Fight Back with Joy –

2nd Sundays at 6:00 pm / Lyn A’Hearn, at her home

The Shack –

alternate Thursdays at 7:00 pm / Donna Dennis, conference room

The Beatitudes – 

one Monday a month at 7:00 pm / Dan Tegtmeier, rotating locations

Good, Bad, and Devious-Women of the Bible –

2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 1:00 pm / Cathy Soppe, conference room

Love Does –

each Sunday at 8:45 am / begins Oct. 11 / Bob Read, church lounge

Prayer / Gospel of Mark

2nd & 4th Mondays at 6:30 pm / Larry Edwards, church lounge

Twelve Ordinary Men –

2nd & 4th Wednesdays at 1:00 pm / Linda Schminke, conference room

Questions? –

1st & 3rd Sundays at 9:45 am / begins Oct. 4 / Kiley Boesenberg, location tbd