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Lutheran Church of the Resurrection E-news: June 25, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, June 25, we will continue our  sermon series on Moses: the Reluctant Prophet. We’ll go on a video trip with Adam Hamilton to Egypt and visit the sites and stories of the showdown between Moses and Pharaoh, the ten plagues, the Passover, and the flight through the Reed Sea to freedom in the wilderness. Pastor Miranda will preach on this amazing story and look for connections to our daily lives.

Mark your calendars for the first two Sundays in July. On July 2 & 5, the Malawi Mission Trip group will share stories and video of their recent trip to Africa and how Camp Chisomo went this year. On July 9, we will have one service outdoors at 10:15, with a potluck to follow. More details can be found below.

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.

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Our Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS was a great time of growing in faith! We’ll show a video of the kids and adults this Sunday in worship.

Our Malawi Mission Trip group left on June 3 and returned safely on June 22. Come and hear their stories on Sunday, July 2nd at both services (or on Wednesday, July 5 at 6 pm).

Outdoor Worship on July 9 This event will be held on Sunday, July 9 at 10:15 am, led by the With Faith & Evening Song worship teams, with additional music from the Galileans. If it’s raining, we will move it indoors. Bring your own lawn chairs, or you can sit in the fellowship hall and listen through the open windows. A potluck picnic will follow; bring a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share, along with a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope.

 GROW

Bible Campthe following campers who will be at EWALU this week: Brynn Larson (Mini Camp 3A); Ellenor Fredin, Aidan Johnson, Ainsley Johnson, Carie Johnson, Wes Lovseth, Grace Meier, Toby Soenen, Deklan Thoms (Mini Camp 3B); Owen Soenen (Trailblazers); Ellah Kolden (Native Americans); Emily Fredin, Ashlyn Hastings (Pioneers); Anika Loftsgard (Ranch Camp)

We give thanks and remember in our prayers our LCR members who are serving on staff at EWALU: Associate director – Jesse Klosterboer; Staff – Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training – Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens.

SERVE

Matthew 25 will host their Transform Week from  June 26 – 30. LCR has been asked by Matthew 25 to provide lunches for 60 workers on Wednesday, June 28. If you would be able to provide a dessert, bring it to the kitchen by 10 am on Wednesday. We will purchase sandwiches and other items for the workers. If you would like to help prepare and/or serve the meal, come to the kitchen at 10 to make sandwiches or meet us at the Matthew 25 offices (201 3rd Ave SW in Cedar Rapids) around 11:30.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some squeeze bottles of yellow mustard, mayo, and/or grape jelly and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.

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

CONNECT

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

GIVE

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

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

Resurrection E-news: June 18, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, June 18, we will continue a six-week sermon series on Moses: the Reluctant Prophet. A highlight this week will be a video trip to Egypt and Mt. Sinai, narrated by Adam Hamilton. I will share some thoughts in the sermon on God’s call to Moses from the burning bush to lead his people out of slavery to freedom. Connections will be made to our lives through four questions: How do you deal with injustice in our day? What happens when the bottom falls out and you end up in a wilderness like Moses? Where is your holy ground? How can you respond to God’s call to do difficult things for this world?

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

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

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

 GROW

Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS was held this week at LCR. Thanks to Jill Hansen and all the adult volunteers who made it possible for the kids to grow in their faith!

EWALU Bible Camp begins their summer schedule this Sunday. We give thanks and remember in our prayers the following LCR members who are serving on staff at EWALU: Assistant director – Jesse Klosterboer; Staff – Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens. We also give thanks for the following campers who will be at EWALU this week: Evie Horn, Maddy Blandford (Ranch Mini-Camp 2A); Daxton MacTaggart, Story Smith (Junior Ranch Day Camp)

SERVE

Our Malawi Mission Trip group left on Saturday, June 3 and returns on June 20. They are serving in the village of Mpyupyu in Malawi. They are leading Camp Chisomo, where this team has been working since 2010. Camp Chisomo is a place where kids can be kids, where they can learn about God’s grace and the power it gives to live with dignity in the present and with hope for the future. The team is teaching biblical curriculum to local children, running group activities, and building continued relationships with members of the community. Please keep these young servants in your prayers: Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Ally Edwards, Kayleigh Akiens, Aletheia Burritt, Melanie Phelan, Sydney Smith, Nora Read, Luke Sloterdyk, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, and Katie Kascel.

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

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up squeeze bottles of yellow mustard, mayo, and/or grape jelly and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.

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

CONNECT

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

GIVE

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

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

Outdoor Worship at LCR

Combined Outdoor Worship Service will be held on Sunday, July 9 at 10:15 am. Resurrection is holding a special festival of music, followed by a potluck. Worship will be led by the With Faith & Evening Song worship teams, with additional music from the Galileans. Bring your own lawn chairs; those who prefer not to sit outside are still welcome to listen from seats in the fellowship hall. For the potluck, please bring a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share AND a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope. Fellowship Time will be held at 9:15 as usual for those who wish to come and visit ahead of the outdoor service.

Ways you can help Outdoor Worship on July 9th: bring pop-up tents to provide shaded seating areas for the service; come about 8 am to help set up for the service. Mark on your welcome card if you can assist in either way, or contact the church office at 377-4689. Thank you!

First Light Worship will not be held on July 9th. It will resume at 8:15 am on July 16.

Resurrection E-news: June 11, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

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

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

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

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

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

GROW

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

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

SERVE

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

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

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

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

CONNECT

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

GIVE

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

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

Serving Recognition this Sunday

Matt & Tammy Evans will be recognized in worship this Sunday, June 11th for their many years of service in children’s ministry and worship at Resurrection. Services are at 8:15 and 10:15 am.

A reception will be held for them from 9:15-10:15 am in the fellowship hall. Did their ministries make a difference in your family’s faith life? Here’s your chance to let them know!

June 2017 CrossTalk and Calendar of Events

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

June 2017 CrossTalk

June 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: 5/7/17

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of Ministry. Pastor Miranda will preach, with Jamie Henley from the Community Free Health Clinic sharing about their important ministry in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Clinic is our May-June mission envelope recipient.

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

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

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

CARE

ALOHA FRANKLIN passed away last Friday night at the age of 91. She was a devoted volunteer at LCR for many years, serving in the nursery and in many behind-the-scenes ways. Her funeral will be on Tuesday, May 9 at 11 am here at LCR.

WORSHIP

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

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

SERVE

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

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

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: The Story of Lutherans in America meets on Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. Our video topic this week is “In Modern Times: Becoming an American Church.” This is an excellent review of events that shaped America and the Lutheran Church- the Great Depression, World War II, the 50’s and 60’s, civil rights, feminism, and other topics.

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

EWALU Day Camp

Elementary Day Camp 

for 1st-5th graders will be JULY 10-14, 2017

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

Water is something we use every day, but we often take it for granted. We need water to live. This summer, campers will explore water as one symbol of Christian spiritual life. Day camp kids will dive into Bible stories that shower them with awareness of God’s love for them – especially the life-giving grace God gives us through Jesus Christ. Campers at Ewalu experience and celebrate God’s grace in ways that have a lasting effect on character, empathy, and faith.

Daily Themes

Monday – From the Deep – Goodness and Gift
Tuesday – In the River – Birth and Belonging
Wednesday – At the Well – Enough for Everyone
Thursday – In the Pool – Seeing and Being the Light
Friday – By Still Waters – Resting in God

Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

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

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

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

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

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

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

 GROW

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

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

CONNECT

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

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

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

SERVE

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

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

GIVE

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

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

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

Start Planning for SUMMER!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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