Our Holy Week observance will begin on Palm Sunday, March 25; move through the dramatic events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday; and then culminate on Easter Sunday, April 1 with the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Maundy Thursday (March 29) and Good Friday (March 30) services are at 7 pm. Our 4th graders will celebrate their first communion at the Maundy Thursday service. Easter Sunday worship is at 8:15, 9:45, and 11 with holy communion at all services.
The EDGE high school youth will serve an Easter Breakfast from 7:30-11:00 am, with the proceeds going to support their summer mission trip to Houston, TX to help out those recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
Ash Wednesday – February 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.
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.
The annual meeting of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection will be held on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 in the worship room. In addition to other items, the agenda includes:
Copies of the annual report will be available for your review one week in advance on Sunday, January 28th. A budget preview forum will be held on the 28th at 9:45 in the office.
Marion Cares has 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 spend time with.
We are currently providing opportunities for kids to have positive activities outside of school and home. This helps them engage in new relationships and be exposed to new experiences that can give them tools for a growth mindset. We have Team Time activities for everyone, and Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts for both the younger and the older children. We are at Marion Village on Mondays, Squaw Creek on Tuesdays, and at the Marion Library on Thursdays.
Will you give some of your time to the children of Marion Cares?
Please contact LCR representative Jen Christopherson at email@example.com if you are willing to serve the children of our community. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too!
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.
Will you help at the Marion Food Pantry?
Training is provided for all tasks. If you are interested, please contact Cari Redondo at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that scheduling & coordination for these positions is done by e-mail.
Stocking shelves at the food pantry
– Tue and/or Thu mornings, approx. 9:00-10:30 am.
Checking in donations
– Tue and/or Thu mornings, approx. 9:00-10:30 am.
Vacuum & clean windows
– Weekly, 1 hour or less. Help keep the Pantry tidy.
– Twice a week (Tue/Thu). Pick up cardboard for recycling.
For the jobs below, you must be able to lift boxes/cases/crates of food, etc.
If you have vehicle that will hold large loads, that would be helpful, too.
Shop for food at Marion Aldi
– Once a month for 2 hours.
Shop for food at Sam’s Club
– Once a month for 2 hours.
Pick up supplies at Marion Hy-Vee
– Backup to our current weekly helpers; 1 hour or less.
Pick up supplies at Dollar Tree (NE Cedar Rapids)
– Once or twice a month for 1 hour or less.
Transport food boxes from storage to the Pantry
– As needed. Bring boxes of food from the Carnegie library building to the food pantry (2 blocks).
The Christmas Program was a huge success! The students worked hard learning their Christmas hymns and carols, and they performed beautifully! Thank you to all of the families who brought food for our chili supper, the volunteers who put together music and scripts for our students, and the Sunday School teachers for their help with practicing and organizing the program.
Note these dates in your calendar now so you don’t miss them during the busy month ahead:
Christmas Program & Potluck – Please join us on Sunday, December 10th at 4:30 pm for a beautiful Christmas Program put on by the Sunday School students. This will be a wonderful event with classic Christmas music and special performances from the Galileans & EDGE youth that will guide us through the story of the very first Christmas. After the program, we invite you to stay and enjoy a soup dinner potluck. Please bring a pot of chili, dessert, or fruit to share.
Christmas Decorating will be on Saturday, December 2nd at 9:30 am. We will decorate trees in the Worship Room and the gathering space. There will also be greens to hang and Nativity scenes to set up. There is plenty to do, so we welcome a large group. Please let Marcia know if you are planning on coming (email@example.com).
Christmas Caroling – We’ll 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.
Christmas Eve helpers needed – If you can help at any of the Christmas Eve services on Saturday, December 24th, please let Marcia know in the church office. We’ll need ushers, Communion servers, greeters, Communion set-up people, PowerPoint operators, and readers.
PLEASE NOTE: as Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, there will be no Sunday morning services on December 24.
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 29 – At 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.
This month’s newsletter has information on Resurrection’s new outreach program, Lifetree Cafe’; our upcoming New Member class; the “Leading Generously” film series, that begins on the 15th; and several exciting Reformation events at the end of October. In addition, you can catch up on news of all our programming, including Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, EDGE, Stephen Ministry training, and Wee Wisdom Preschool. There are several serving opportunities highlighted in the CrossTalk this month, and a link for taking the Spiritual Gifts Inventory if you haven’t already done so.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. (Proverbs 10:4-5, ESV)