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Christmas @ Resurrection Lutheran

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 (

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.

Christmas Eve Worship will be at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00 pm on Sunday the 24th. All services will have holy communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. The offering will be given as follows: 50% to Camp Chisomo; 25% to Marion Cares; and 25% to Take Away Hunger. 

PLEASE NOTE: as Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, there will be no Sunday morning services on December 24.


November 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

November 2017 CrossTalk

November 2017 Calendar of Events

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.

October 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

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.

October 2017 CrossTalk

October 2017 Calendar of Events

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Spiritual Gifts: Wired to Make a Difference

Step One – Discovery

Learning more about your God-given shape

Passion: Take time to reflect on the passion questions from worship.

Spiritual Gifts: We invite you all to complete the ELCA Spiritual Gifts Inventory as a way to explore the spiritual gifts God has given you to use to give glory to God and to bless others.

We have printed copies available for you during worship on Sunday and Wednesday. You may also complete the inventory online through the ELCA website at

Please complete the ELCA Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment Inventory and then report back to us here at church by turning in your Report Sheet (back page of assessment) to the church office or emailing your top three Spiritual Gifts to

Also: Consider having one to three people who know you well score the inventory with you on your behalf as a way to start Step Two: Discernment – Conversations with your support network.  

 Do you sense God has plans for you as a child of God?

God does! Special gifts are given by the Holy Spirit to be used for serving God and our neighbors. Joy comes as we discover and use these gifts to the glory of God.

How do you discover what these gifts are?

+Prayer, meditation, and honest reflection

+One way to engage in this reflection is through completing a spiritual gifts inventory.

+External call: Others may recognize your gifts you don’t see

+Sense of calling which shows itself in your interests and skills

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!

Take Away Hunger & F.L.Y.

Serving is one of the core values of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Last Sunday, August 27th, LCR members and friends of all ages came together to package 111 boxes of food to go to needy families at the Crisis Center in Iowa City. We were able to make 3,996 bags of food in three hours with the help of 160+ people of all ages. That means 24,00 individual servings of the rice & bean meal that will feed hungry families right here in eastern Iowa! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and helped make this event possible.

On a similar note, the F.L.Y. (Feeding Lunches to Youth) summer meal program for kids in the LinnMar & Marion school districts served over 11,000 meals this year! Thank you, Resurrection members and friends, for making so many sandwiches and packing all those lunches, for delivering to them to the sites, and for your ongoing financial assistance to this vital program in Marion.

Take Away Hunger packaging event THIS SUNDAY!

Take Away Hunger packaging event will be held this Sunday, August 27, throughout the morning.

There are three shifts, but the one that is not filled yet is at 10:15 am.

You can sign up online anytime at (Take Away Hunger Event August 2017) or just come on Sunday and we’ll see find a hairnet for you! Feel free to invite friends and family to participate. We are 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

Canoe Trip & Cookout CANCELLED

This weekend’s fellowship event at Pinicon Ridge Park has been cancelled due to high water in the Wapsipinicon. Those who have already paid the rental fee for a canoe will have their check returned.

Fellowship Canoe Trip & Cookout 7/29/17

Join in on the fun at Flying Squirrel Shelter in Pinicon Ridge Park on Saturday afternoon, July 29. Please register in advance at the gathering space table so we know how much to buy for the picnic. The last day you can reserve canoes will be July 24th.

Please note that Flying Squirrel is NOT where we met in years past. Flying Squirrel Shelter is on the EAST SIDE of the Wapsi River. Enter the park at the north entrance (Valley Farm Rd.).

Fellowship: You can come anytime during the afternoon for snacks, horseshoes, games, hiking, sand volleyball, playground for the kids, etc. Paddle boats and canoes may be rented in the park for $10/ hour plus $1 for life jackets ~ OR ~ you can just sit in the shade and enjoy the fellowship!

2:30 pm – Cookout: The Fellowship Team will provide hot dogs, chicken breasts, buns, condiments, lemonade, and water. Please bring a dish to share with others and table service for yourself.

Noon – Canoe Pick-up: Those taking the canoe trip must meet at rental office for paperwork and safety instruction. Canoe rental is $25/day, including life jackets. A shuttle will take canoe renters to the river. If you have your own canoe or kayak, you may park at Paris Bridge and put your boat in. If there is no parking, you may drive back to the shelter and park there. There will be a shuttle available to take you to the launch site. (Ages 16 and up may rent canoes themselves; those under 16 must have a parent sign a waiver at the rental office.)

1:00-3:00 pm – Canoe Trip: Canoers should bring a ziploc bag for your phone & keys, life vests, and a water bottle.

Other items you might want to bring: Lawn chairs, sunscreen, lawn games and/or volleyballs.

Canoe Trip & Cookout are both alcohol-free events.