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Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017



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


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.


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.


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


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.


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

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

Register at the gathering space table starting this Sunday or here on the website starting early next week.

Bright Sunday

Sunday, April 23rd is BRIGHT SUNDAY. Wear your most vivid clothes – we are celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and God’s triumph of life over death!

A Busy Spring at Resurrection

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



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


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

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

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

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



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


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

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


Holy Week at Resurrection

Hallelujah, He is Alive!

Maundy Thursday w/Communion
April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Good Friday
April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday w/Communion
April 16 @ 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 am

Sunday School will take Easter Sunday off so that families can worship our risen Lord together.

Easter Breakfast
Sunday, 7:30-11:00 am

Our high school youth are raising funds for their mission trip to Washington DC this July. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit.

Camp EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend

CAMP EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend

Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29 

You are invited to a FREE weekend of service, fun, food, and fellowship  at Camp Ewalu!

Join other volunteers, families, and church  groups to help us get ready for the summer camping season. The event runs from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. You are welcome to stay for all or part of the time.  All are welcome to join in the weekend: youth groups, church groups, families, and friends.

Volunteers are a big part of what keeps Camp Ewalu running and looking great. We are very thankful for all the people who faithfully come to this “place apart” to serve, share, and grow in faith in God. We hope to see you here!

Please RSVP by April 21 if interested so we can arrange lodging, meals, and projects.  

Phone: 563-933-4700 / Email: 

Volunteer  Work Weekend


6:00 pm Arrivals

7:00 pm Welcome, Games

8:00 pm  Campfire, Cookout Songs, & Skits


8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Work Projects

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Work Projects

4:00 pm Games, snacks

5:30 pm  Dinner & Departure


  • Wood splitting
  • Firewood cutting
  • Chipping brush piles
  • Wood construction projects
  • Fire ring clean-up
  • Planting flower beds
  • Gardening at the farm
  • Preparing program areas for summer camp
  • Trail maintenance
  • Spreading mulch on Ropes Course trails
  • Washing windows
  • Cabin cleanup

We hope to see you at Camp Ewalu!

4/5/17 – Lent Worship & Meatball Subs

Lenten worship services will conclude this Wednesday night at Resurrection at 6 and 7 pm. In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, Luther’s Small Catechism is our theme. A Lenten devotional on the Small Catechism, “Free Indeed,” is available in the gathering space for your use. Holden Evening Prayer is our liturgy. Our subject for April 5th will be Holy Communion.

Lenten Suppers are served from 5:15-6:30 pm each Wednesday evening. Your free-will offerings at these suppers help support mission efforts by our groups:

  • April 5 – Wee Wisdom / meatball subs / playground mulch & Heifer International

LCR Mystery Dinner


Don’t be an (April) FOOL!

Get your $5 tickets today in the gathering space.

Event is Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm.

Eccentric, reclusive millionaire, Sam Disney, wants to give you some of his millions! But then he disappears….. attend LCR’s mystery dinner and help solve this puzzle.

LCR Mystery Dinner

LCR Mystery Dinner

Eccentric, reclusive millionaire, Sam Disney, wants to give you some of his millions! Attend LCR’s mystery dinner and get your 80’s on….

Event is Saturday, April 1st at 6:00 pm. Tickets are available at the gathering space table for $5 each.




Easter Egg Hunt help needed!


We look forward to inviting friends and neighbors to join our LCR families for this event on Saturday, April 8 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Planning is well underway and the anticipation is growing!  If you’d like to help, we would appreciate donations of egg cartons and bags of candy/trinkets that can fit into plastic Easter eggs. Donations can be placed in the large Easter Basket in the Gathering Space. We will also have a sign up for grapes and apple slices for our “Snack Station.” Volunteers for that day are also welcome! Please contact Shelly Beaver at the church or make a note on your welcome card.