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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.

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.

Resurrection E-news: June 4, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost Sunday with a “Come, Holy Spirit” cantata by our Resurrection Choir at 8:15 & 10:15 worship. In addition to several Spirit-filled anthems, we will hear nine “Spirit Stories” contributed by LCR members about times they felt the Holy Spirit active in their lives. Special thanks to Lyn A’Hearn, Ruth Armstrong, and Cheryl Wilms for crafting this unique service.

Our summer schedule began last  Sunday with worship 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. The June Crosstalk went out yesterday with many stories and pictures of our life together, including photos of our 8th grade confirmands and our EDGE high school graduates. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

A new 6-week sermon series will begin next Sunday, June 11 – “Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet.” We will travel each week with Adam Hamilton to Egypt and the Sinai to dig deeper into the stories of the Exodus.

SERVE

Our Malawi Mission Trip group leaves 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.

Thanks to Matt & Tammy Evans for their many years of faithful service as our contemporary worship leader and children’s ministry director.  We will have a reception on Sunday, June 11 from 9:15-10:15 to honor them for their dedication and impact on our congregation.

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, leave a note on your welcome card. 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.

GROW

Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS will be held the week of June 13-16 here 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.

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 (here) 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: April 28, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will conclude our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of fellowship. I will share some thoughts on the value of small groups and other ways to have fellowship together. Our summer schedule begins this Sunday with worship 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. The monthly Crosstalk and our website provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

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 (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

SERVE

Congratulations to all our Resurrection high school and college graduates! Many of these graduates have served as Sunday School helpers, on mission trips, and in other ways.

Thanks to Matt & Tammy Evans for their many years of faithful service as our contemporary worship leader and children’s ministry director.  We will have a reception on Sunday, June 11 from 9:15-10:15 to honor them for their dedication and impact on our congregation.

Our Malawi Mission Trip group leaves on Saturday, June 3 and returns on June 22. They will continue their work with Camp Chisomo and the AIDS orphans in Malawi. Please keep them in your prayers as they travel.

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.

Matthew 25’s Transform Week is coming on June 26-30. You can volunteer for one day or a whole week alongside friends, family, co-workers, or make new friends while you serve. 12 neighborhood projects are planned on the SW side of Cedar Rapids. LCR will provide lunches for around 50 workers on one of those days. Watch for more information in future e-news blasts.

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: May 21, 2017

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 discipleship. Pastor Miranda will preach on our call to be Jesus’ disciples at all three services. At 11:00, 18 8th graders will affirm their baptismal vows in our annual confirmation service. At the 8:15 & 9:45 services, our Malawi mission trip team of high school youth and adults will be commissioned for their upcoming trip to Africa in June. At 9:30 in the fellowship hall, we will show a new one hour video by Rick Steves, the PBS travel guide, on the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation.

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

WORSHIP

Thanks to Matt & Tammy Evans for their many years of faithful service as our contemporary worship leader and children’s ministry director. This Sunday will be their last Sunday in those roles. We will have a reception on Sunday, June 11 from 9:15-10:15 to honor them for their dedication and impact on our congregation.

Summer Worship Schedule begins on Sunday, May 28 with traditional First Light worship at 8:15, Summer Song contemporary worship at 10:15, and Evening Song worship on Wednesdays at 6 pm.

 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 (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

GROW

Sunday School wraps up another year this Sunday morning. Along with Tammy Evans, we thank all the teachers, helpers, and students for a great year of growing in Christ.

 Adult Bible Study concludes their study of Samuel and David this Sunday at 9:45. Special thanks to Jim & Linda Cornally for leading the group this past year.

SERVE

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.

 Matthew 25’s Transform Week is coming on June 26-30. You can volunteer for one day or a whole week alongside friends, family, co-workers, or make new friends while you serve. 12 neighborhood projects are planned on the SW side of Cedar Rapids. LCR will provide lunches for around 50 workers on one of those days. Watch for more information in future e-news blasts.

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.

Resurrection E-news: May 14, 2017

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 Evangelism. I will share some thoughts in the sermon on the word evangel, which means good news; how someone changed my life by sharing the good news with me in college; offer a few thoughts on the rise of evangelists in the last century; and finish with a video clip from RightNow Media about Walt, whose life was changed through hearing and reading the good news. The Sunday School kids will sing 1-2-3 at the 9:45 and 11:00 services.

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 (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

Happy Mothers Day!

Pastor Dennis

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 (lyncahearn@gmail.com) for more information.

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 (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: Lutherans in America concludes today at 9:45. Our video topic is “The Story of the ELCA.” Next week we will show an hour long PBS video by Rick Steves on Luther and the Reformation. We will begin at 9:30 am on the 21st (note the early start time).

SERVE

Malawi Mission Trip Commissioning will be next Sunday at 8:15 & 9:45.

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)

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Affirmation of Baptism- Our eighteen 8th grade confirmands will be confirmed next Sunday, May 21 at the 11:00 service.

KIDS 4 KIDS – Thank you for your free-will popcorn offerings last week. Our Sunday School kids will add your donations to the money they have saved and earned themselves and send it to the Camp Chisomo kids in Malawi!

Camper Giving Tree- Thank you for your generous gifts to our annual bible camp fundraiser. We ended up with a total of $2399.  Each mini/various ranch programs will receive a total of $105 (includes our general fund scholarship) and each full week program will receive a total of $210.  We are up to 53 campers so far.

LCR High School & College Graduates will be recognized in the June CrossTalk. Please note your graduate’s name and school on the back of your welcome card (or email their information to emily@lcrmarion.org). You can list college graduates’ majors, too.

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS

A Visioning Workshop will be held on Tuesday night, May 16 for the Long Range Planning Team, Church Council, and staff. Last Tuesday we met with Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, as she led us through some of the key findings from her focus groups and individual interviews. We are making progress toward our goal of having a new set of mission goals for the coming years.

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

Resurrection E-news: April 30, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will kick off a five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose.” We’ll look at questions like: what drives your life? What drives the life of most churches? Where do we find God’s intention for our lives and His church? As we focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and the five purposes that flow from those passages, we’ll also discover that they are central to our baptismal and confirmation services and are found in our church constitution. Finally, we’ll take a look at the purpose of worship and learn some new findings about worship from our recent VRG survey.

In all three worship services this weekend, we will present new Adventure Bibles to our 24 second graders. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

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.

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 Sunday at 9:45 am. Our video topic this week is “Working Together: Lutherans Uniting.”

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

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! On Sunday, May 7th, come and buy some as a “free will offering” in the Gathering Space.

Biderman Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors) and Morrissey Nursing Scholarships  applications are due MONDAY, MAY 1.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space through Sunday. Pick up a tag from the tree and leave a gift for our camper scholarship fund in the backpack by the tree. If you would rather send a check by mail, make it out to LCR and put “camper scholarships” on the memo line.

Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic. 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. Come next Sunday to hear more about their ministry from one of their staff, Jamie Henley.

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.