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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, April 22, is “Good Shepherd” Sunday throughout the church, with songs and Scriptures like Psalm 23 that speak of the Lord as our shepherd, and John 10 where Jesus says of himself, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Pastor Miranda will preach on these texts and themes of belonging to Jesus as his sheep. The Resurrection Ringers will share anthems at 8:15 and 9:45, and at 11:00 we will witness baptisms of four members of the same family. Holy communion will be served at the 9:45 and 11:00 services.

New Member ‘Coffee with the Pastors’ will be held this Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. All those wishing to join Resurrection are invited that day for conversation and refreshments.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Evening Song Worship with holy communion is this Wednesday, April 25, at 6 pm. Next Sunday, April 29th, Pastor Erika Uthe of our SE Iowa Synod staff will be our preacher. Pastor Uthe is Director of Evangelical Mission for our synod. Second grade bibles will be distributed at the 9:45 service on the 29th.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45.  Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday at 6 pm. EDGE resumes this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway! LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp. There are 46 campers signed up so far; in addition, 7 LCR youth will be counselors, program directors, and Leaders in Training at EWALU this summer.

EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser –  This once-a-year fundraiser helps make camp possible or more affordable for our kids and the friends they invite. If you, or someone you know, is willing to contribute to the camp experience in a financial way, here is how you can help: 1. Take a tag off the Giving Tree with the $ amount you wish to give. 2. Write a check to LCR or put cash in the envelope along with the left half of the contribution card. (The right half is for your records.) 3. Place the envelope in the backpack by the Giving Tree.

CONNECT 

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, April 27 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Pass or Fail? The State of Education.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

The LCR/ Mission of Hope Best Shot Golf Outing will be on Sunday, June 24th at Hunters Ridge, starting at 1 pm. The cost is $45 which includes a cart, range balls, dinner, and door prizes. The deadline for signing up is May 15; make your check payable to Mission of Hope to reserve your spot.

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care – There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, concludes this Sunday, April 22 in the far end of fellowship hall. Sunday’s topic is “Why God’s Love Prevails.”  John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets this Sunday at 9:45 in the conference room.

Sacred Parenting Join Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study meets on  Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge  or on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the café.  

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings begins next Sunday, April 29th, at 9:45 in fellowship hall. 

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend is April 27-28. Join other volunteers for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects to prepare camp for the summer season. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!

Habitat for Humanity/LCR  landscaping day has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 5th due to inclement weather. The driveway needs to be poured and needs warmer weather before that occurs. This is the home in Marion (282 – 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. The dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up  by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com

GIVE

March-April mission envelopes are designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in April will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares and the Marion Habitat home described above. In March we met our $5,000 goal for Camp Chisomo scholarships. 14 LCR teens and adults will travel to Malawi in June to host Camp Chisomo for the orphans of the village. Each participant will receive a $350 scholarship from your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February-March.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018! At the end of March, we had received 99% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through the first quarter.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

All Events CANCELLED This Evening 4/18/18

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is CANCELLING all evening activities tonight, Wednesday April 18th. Please share this information with your friends. Everyone stay safe!

This includes:
Fellowship Time
Evening Song Worship
Wednesday Night Live
Galileans rehearsal
King’s Men rehearsal
Confirmation – large group
Sacred Parenting class
EDGE Youth Group

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, April 15, we will continue our celebration of the Resurrection with the story of Christ’s appearance to his disciples from Luke 24. My message will try to bring it home to you by sharing how the resurrected Lord comes to his disciples, then and now, with his peace, presence, purpose and power.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Evening Song Worship is this Wednesday, April 18, at 6 pm.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45.  Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 pm. EDGE resumes this Wednesday after taking a week off.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway!  LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser-  This once-a-year fundraiser helps make camp possible or more affordable for our kids and the friends they invite. If you, or someone you know, is willing to contribute to the camp experience in a financial way, here is how you can help: 1. Take a tag off the Giving Tree with the $ amount you wish to give. 2. Write a check to LCR or put cash in the envelope along with the left half of the contribution card. (The right half is for your records.) 3. Place the envelope in the backpack by the Giving Tree.

CONNECT 

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, April 20 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “How to Live Before You Die: Embracing Life to the Fullest. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

New Member ‘Coffee with the Pastors’ will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. All those wishing to join Resurrection are invited that day for conversation and refreshments.

Resurrection Scrapbookers will gather on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 9 pm. Bring your photos, albums, and tools and stay for as long as you like. Contact Donna Dennis at odonna@netins.net for further information. Non-members are always welcome, so invite a friend!

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care-  There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, April 15 in the far end of fellowship hall. Sunday’s topic is “Why Can’t I See God’s Will for My Life?”  John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets this Sunday at 9:45 in the conference room.

Sacred ParentingJoin Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study meets on  Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge  or on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the café.  

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE  

Habitat for Humanity/LCR  landscaping day  has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 5th due to inclement weather. The driveway needs to be poured and needs warmer weather before that occurs. This is the home in Marion (282 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. We will let you know when the landscaping day is scheduled, along with the dedication event.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: April 9 or May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up  by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com

GIVE

March-April mission envelopes are designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in April will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares and the Marion Habitat home described above. In March  we met our $5000 goal for Camp Chisomo scholarships. 14 LCR teens and adults will travel to Malawi in June to host Camp Chisomo for the orphans of the village. Each participant will receive a $350 scholarship from your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February-March.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018! At the end of March, we had received 99% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through the first quarter.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 8, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Sunday, April 8, we will celebrate Bright Sunday in style. Wear your brightest clothing in celebration of the “joke God played on the devil- raising Jesus from the dead.” There will be fun songs in worship, other light-hearted moments, and a sermon by our intern Alyssa on the familiar Gospel story of Jesus appearing to his disciples on Easter evening (John 20:19-31).

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Evening Song Worship is this Wednesday, April 11, at 6 pm. If you’ll be out of town this weekend, come join us for worship on Wednesday, with Alyssa preaching her sermon from Bright Sunday.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School resumes on April 8 at 9:45.  Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm. EDGE will not meet this week as our youth director, Katie Kascel, will be out of town at a continuing education conference in Kentucky.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway! LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, April 13 at noon, with a short film and discussion on In the News: Illegal Immigration.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

New Member ‘Coffee with the Pastors’ will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. All those wishing to join Resurrection are invited that day for conversation and refreshments.

Resurrection Scrapbookers will gather on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 9 pm. Bring your photos, albums, and tools and stay for as long as you like. Contact Donna Dennis at odonna@netins.net for further information. Non-members are always welcome, so invite a friend!

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care-  There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, resumes this Sunday, April 8, in the far end of fellowship hall. Sunday’s topic is “Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?”  John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally,  resumes on April 8.

Sacred Parenting Join Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study meets on  Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge, beginning on April 8, or on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the café.  

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace will be presented on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm. This film about Lutheran author, pastor, and Nazi resistance supporter Dietrich Bonhoeffer will inspire you and strengthen your faith. After the film we’ll gather for refreshments and conversation in the café.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE

Habitat for Humanity/LCR  landscaping day  has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The driveway needs to be poured and needs warmer weather before that occurs. This is the home in Marion (282 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. We will let you know when the landscaping day is scheduled, along with the dedication event.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: April 9 or May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up  by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com

“Reverse Lent” Giving Project –  thanks to all who have given so generously to the Marion Food Pantry through our Giving Project in Lent. Over $1400 in food was received.

GIVE

March-April mission envelopes are designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in April will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares and the Marion Habitat home described above. In March  we met our $5000 goal for Camp Chisomo scholarships. 14 LCR teens and adults will travel to Malawi in June to host Camp Chisomo for the orphans of the village. Each participant will receive a $350 scholarship from your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February-March.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018! At the end of March, we had received 99% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through the first quarter.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

Resurrection E-news: Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Easter Sunday, April 1, there will be festive worship services at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00. At 8:15, I will preach on “The Greatest Upset of All Time” from John 20. The Resurrection choir will share three anthems at this service, and we will sing some great Easter hymns.  At 9:45 and 11:00, Pastor Miranda will preach on the Mark 16 story of Easter, under the theme “The End? Or the Beginning?” Our With Faith team will lead our worship, with the Resurrection Choir sharing an anthem at 9:45. All services will offer holy communion. Come early to get a good seat, as last year we had about 900 attend the three Easter services.  The 9:45 is traditionally the largest service (428 in 2017); one way to show hospitality to visitors is to attend the 8:15 or 11:00 Easter services to make more room for guests at 9:45.

The EDGE youth will serve an Easter brunch from 7:30-11:00, with pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, and fruit on the menu. All proceeds will go to their summer mission trip in Houston, Texas, helping those still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Evening Song Worship resumes this Wednesday, April 4, at 6 pm. If you’ll be out of town this weekend, come join us for worship based on the Easter gospel from John 20. Pastor Dennis will preach at this service.

Next Sunday, April 8th, is Bright Sunday, where we celebrate the Resurrection with joy and wear our brightest clothing!

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School will not meet on Easter – it will resume on April 8 at 9:45. Wednesday Night Live will resume on April 4 at 6 pm. EDGE will meet on Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30.

First Communion – Congratulations to the 22 fourth graders who received their first communion on Maundy Thursday evening.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway!  LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, April 6 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “The Struggle to Forgive.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

New Member ‘Coffee with the Pastors’ will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. All those wishing to join Resurrection are invited that day for conversation and refreshments.

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care –  There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, will not meet on Easter. It will resume on  Sunday, April 8, in the far end of fellowship hall.  John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, will also take Easter Sunday off and resume on April 8.

Sacred Parenting will begin this Wed, April 4 at 7:00 pm in the café. Join Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study will repeat on Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge, beginning on April 8.

Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace will be presented on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm. This film about Lutheran author, pastor, and Nazi resistance supporter Dietrich Bonhoeffer will inspire you and strengthen your faith. After the film we’ll gather for refreshments and conversation in the café.

Christ in Our Home devotionals for April-June are at the information rack by the Welcome Center.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE

Habitat for Humanity & LCR  landscaping day  will be Saturday, April 21.  This is the home in Marion (282 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. We’ll need about 18 volunteers that day as well as some volunteers to prepare lunch. At 2 pm that same day, the Bosco family will receive the keys to their new home. If you would like to help do some outdoor landscaping that day, contact Jill Hanson (jill@lcrmarion.org) or leave a note on your welcome card.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: April 9 or May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up  by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com

“Reverse Lent” Giving Project –  Thanks to all who have given so generously to the Marion Food Pantry through our Giving Project in Lent.

GIVE

March-April mission envelopes are designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in April will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares and the Marion Habitat home described above. In March  we met our $5000 goal for Camp Chisomo scholarships. 14 LCR teens and adults will travel to Malawi in June to host Camp Chisomo for the orphans of the village. Each participant will receive a $350 scholarship from your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February-March.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018! At the end of March, we had received 99% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through the first quarter.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 25, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, March 25, is Palm/Passion Sunday. EDGE youth will lead our Palm/Passion Sunday worship at 9:45 & 11. The Resurrection Ringers will share an anthem at 8:15 and 9:45. Pastor Miranda will preach on the stories of Holy Week. Today, we begin our week-long reflection on the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation of the world through Jesus’ sufferings, death, burial, and resurrection. Join us as we worship with palms and celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Jesus knows that his triumphal entry will lead to his suffering and death, but he continues in order to seek and save all who are lost in their sins through his death on the cross.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Holy Week Schedule- Maundy Thursday worship with holy communion will be on March 29 at 7 pm. Our 4th graders will receive their first communion at this service. Good Friday worship will be on March 30 at 7 pm. Easter Sunday worship will be on April 1 at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00. The EDGE youth will serve an Easter brunch from 7:30-11:00, with all proceeds going to their summer mission trip in Houston, Texas.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday, March 25, at 9:45.

First Communion Seminar for 4th graders and their families was rescheduled for Sunday, March 25 from 2-5 pm.  The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver. Email dennis@lcrmarion.org to sign up for the seminar.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway!  LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 30 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Do Good Dogs Go to Heaven? Questions about animals and the afterlife.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care –  There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, begins this Sunday, March 25, in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is “Why Do the Innocent Suffer?” Pastor Dennis and our intern Alyssa will take turns leading the discussion following the video.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Christ in Our Home devotionals for April-June are at the info rack by the Welcome Center.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? RightNow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out RightNow Media, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on RightNow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE

“Reverse Lent” Giving Project –  thanks to all who have given so generously to the Marion Food Pantry through our Giving Project. Any and all gifts are welcome in this last week of Lent- you can drop them off in the bin by the gathering space table.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: April 9 or May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up  by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in March will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; funds for Camp Chisomo scholarships for youth and adults going to Malawi in June; and facility maintenance. Our support of Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity projects will resume once the $5,000 goal for scholarships is met. In February we received $7,997 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, and set aside $2400 for Camp Chisomo scholarships.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Through February we received 97% of what was promised from our General Fund commitments in the 2018 Fund Appeal. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

March-April mission envelopes are designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.

Giving through VANCO – You can give through Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 18, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, March 18, we’ll hear from John 12 how some Greeks show up in Jerusalem and say to a disciple, “We wish to see Jesus.” This serves as a turning point in Jesus’ life, as he declares, “My hour has come” and heads to the cross. I’ll tell several stories that describe how coach Joe Gibbs and Chuck Colson helped inmates in a Washington D.C. jail see Jesus; how religious refugees in Herrnut, Germany, and a one-eyed Welsh evangelist named Christmas Evans saw Jesus in their lives; and how we see Jesus best when we look up at him on the cross.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Lenten Wednesdays – with Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, our worship theme – “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World” – features stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. This week’s speakers are Roger & Mary Jo Carlson, who will share about serving at Marion Cares and the Marion Food Pantry. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa. $1,500 was sent to Mission of Hope from your February offerings.

Holy Week Schedule – Maundy Thursday worship with holy communion will be on March 29 at 7 pm. Our 4th graders will receive their first communion at this service. Good Friday worship will be on March 30 at 7 pm. Easter Sunday worship will be on April 1 at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00. The EDGE youth will serve an Easter brunch from 7:30-11:00, with all proceeds going to their summer mission trip in Houston, Texas.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School resumes this Sunday, March 18, at 9:45. The Preschool and Kindergarten class will sing at the 9:45 service. EDGE will also resume this Wednesday after taking last Wednesday off for spring break.

Confirmation Retreat registration is due by this Wednesday, March 21st. 8th graders who plan to attend the retreat at EWALU on April 14 & 15 should turn their form and fee in to Pastor Miranda or the church office.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway!  LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

First Communion Seminar for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver. Email dennis@lcrmarion.org to sign up for the seminar.

CONNECT

Lenten Supper – On Wednesday, March 21, our final Lenten meal will be meatball subs, served by Wee Wisdom families from 5:15-6:45 pm. Proceeds will go to Heifer International.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 23 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Dangerous Food: Is Your Supermarket Killing You?” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care –  There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Christianity and World Religions concludes  this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Christianity, led by intern Alyssa Weaver. A new class begins on Sunday, March 28- Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Christ in Our Home devotionals for April-June are at the info rack by the Welcome Center.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE

Holy Week help is needed for Maundy Thursday, March 29: PowerPoint, readers, greeters, ushers, communion servers, communion set-up, acolyte; and  Good Friday, March 30: PowerPoint, greeters, ushers, readers, acolyte. Leave a note on the back of your welcome card specifying what you want to do and at which service or email Marcia (marcia@lcrmarion.org). Resurrection Choir is in search of brass players to play for the Easter Sunday service with the choir. Contact director Tyler (hagyty01@luther.edu) for more information.

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 (cariredondo@gmail.com) if you have questions about this giving project.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays:  3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in March will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; funds for Camp Chisomo scholarships for youth and adults going to Malawi in June; and facility maintenance. Our support of Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity projects will resume once the $5,000 goal for scholarships is met. In February we received $7,997 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, and set aside $2400 for Camp Chisomo scholarships.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Through February we received 97% of what was promised from our General Fund commitments in the 2018 Fund Appeal. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

March-April mission envelopes will be designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis. Your January/February mission envelope gifts totaled $1,253 for Feeding Lunch to Youth (FLY). Thanks!

Giving through VANCO New ways to give to LCR are through Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, March 11, Pastor Miranda will preach on the gospel from John 3:14-21, including the best known bible verse of all- John 3:16. There is a lot of darkness, evil, and brokenness in our lives and in our world. Today, we hear that God’s love for us and for the world is complete, passionate, and unbreakable. Jesus teaches that God’s love pursues us, even when we don’t deserve it. That is grace. That is the amazing covenant of love and life that Jesus comes to bring.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Lenten Wednesdays – with Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, our worship theme – “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World”- features stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. This week’s speaker is Cari Redondo, who will share about serving at the Marion Food Pantry. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa. $1,500 was sent last week to Mission of Hope from your February offerings.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School will not meet this Sunday, March 11, due to spring break for local schools. EDGE will also take this Wednesday night off.

Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by this Sunday, March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.

Registration for Camp EWALU is underway!  LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window.  Please let Jill Hansen know (jill@lcrmarion.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

First Communion Seminar for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver. Email dennis@lcrmarion.org to sign up for the seminar.

CONNECT

Lenten Supper – On Wednesday, March 14, Evelyn & Marcia from our staff will provide pizza, beverages, and cookies from 5:15-6:45 pm. Proceeds will go to Crossroads Mission.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 16 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “In the News: God and Guns.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Brewing Up the Bible will be held next Wednesday, March 14 at 7:30 pm. Join us for casual bible study and conversation at Louie’s Scoreboard in downtown Marion (740 – 10th St). Adults from all services are welcome!

Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care-  There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email miranda@lcarmarion.org.

GROW

Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues  this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Judaism, led by Pastor Dennis.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Lenten Devotionals are now available online for adults and for families. See the Ash Wednesday & Lent posting on our website for links. We have print-outs of the adult and family devotionals on the gathering space table. Christ in Our Home devotionals for April-June are at the info rack by the Welcome Center.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.

SERVE  

Holy Week help is needed for Maundy Thursday, March 29: PowerPoint, readers, greeters, ushers, communion servers, communion set-up, acolyte; and  Good Friday, March 30: PowerPoint, greeters, ushers, readers, acolyte. Leave a note on the back of your welcome card specifying what you want to do and at which service or email Marcia (marcia@lcrmarion.org). Resurrection Choir is in search of brass players to play for the Easter Sunday service with the choir. Contact director Tyler (hagyty01@luther.edu) for more information.

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 (cariredondo@gmail.com) if you have questions about this giving project.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays:  3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

March-April mission envelopes will be designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis. Your January/February mission envelope gifts totaled $1,253 for Feeding Lunch to Youth (FLY). Thanks!

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Through February we have received 97% of what was promised from our General Fund commitments in the 2018 Fund Appeal. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in March will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; funds for Camp Chisomo scholarships for youth and adults going to Malawi in June; and snow removal/facility maintenance. Our support of Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity projects will resume once the $5,000 goal for scholarships is met. In February we received $7,997 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, and set aside $2400 for Camp Chisomo scholarships.

Giving through VANCO New ways to give to LCR are through the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-news: March 4, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, March 4, our pastoral intern Alyssa Weaver will preach on the gospel story of Jesus in the Temple courts from John 2. In the story we see Jesus cleanse the temple of all commercialization, an essential practice for Jews at the time of Passover.  When challenged , he responds mysteriously, with the first prediction in the Gospel of John of his own death and resurrection. In the midst of a seemingly stable religious center, Jesus suggests that the center itself has changed.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Lenten Wednesdays – With 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. This week’s speakers are Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh. They will share her faith story and how it connects with serving as a family at Camp EWALU. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday, learning about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock.  EDGE will meet at their usual time on Wednesday night.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) began last Wednesday night and continue this week from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall. An alternate seminar will be on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.

Registration for Camp EWALU has begun!  LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.

CONNECT

Lenten Supper – On March 7, EDGE youth will serve a spaghetti supper to raise funds for their mission trip this summer to Houston, Texas.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 9 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “You’ve Got a Problem! Your one-hour guide to making better decisions.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

GROW

Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Islam, led by Pastor Dennis.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Lenten Devotionals are now available online for adults and for families. See the Ash Wednesday & Lent posting on our website for links. We have print-outs of the adult and family devotionals on the gathering space table.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.

SERVE

Council Installation – The following members of LCR will be installed this Sunday as our 2018 Church Council: Ryan Phillips, David Gochenouer, Sally Reck, Tatum Buse, Jim Shaw, Michelle Heidelbauer, Jamie Reider, Alan Garlow, and Dave Jensen.

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 (cariredondo@gmail.com) if you have questions about this giving project.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays:  3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

March-April mission envelopes will be designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in March will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; funds for Camp Chisomo scholarships for youth and adults going to Malawi in June; and snow removal/facility maintenance. Our support of Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity projects will continue once the $5,000 goal for scholarships is met. In February we received $7,997 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, and set aside $2,400 for Camp Chisomo scholarships.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

Giving through VANCO New ways to give to LCR are through Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-note: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, February 25, will be Stephen Ministry Sunday, as we commission eleven LCR members to be Stephen Ministers. The gospel for the day from Mark 8 describes how Jesus told his disciples about his impending suffering, death, and resurrection. The core truth in the story is found in Jesus’ words: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What does that mean for our time and place? I will share a sermon on being “people of the bruised shoulder” with a “cross-eyed” faith.

Stephen Ministry is a special ministry of care and concern for others. This culminates a period of extensive training and preparation. These Stephen Ministers will work with people in our congregation and community who are experiencing life crises: Kelly Belin, Marilyn Carstens, Linda Christiansen, Jen Christopherson, Julie Gilmore, Mary Hajek, John Howe, Sheryl Knodle, Samantha Ryan, Symon Sanborn, and Linda Sundermeyer.

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.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Lenten Wednesdays – With 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. This week’s speaker is Jen Christopherson. She will share her faith story and how it connects with serving as a Stephen Minister and at Marion Cares. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday, learning about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock.  EDGE will meet at their usual time on Wednesday night.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) began last Wednesday night and continue this week from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall. An alternate seminar will be on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.

 Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February  28th. LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.

CONNECT

Lenten Supper – On February 28, confirmation small groups will serve chili to raise funds to purchase mission items from the ELCA’s “Good Gifts” program.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 2 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Finding the Family I Never Knew.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

GROW

Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues  this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Buddhism, led by pastoral intern Alyssa Weaver.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Lenten Devotionals are now available online for adults and for families. See the Ash Wednesday & Lent posting on our website for links. We have print-outs of the adult and family devotionals on the gathering space table.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to office@lcrmarion.org and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.

SERVE

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 (cariredondo@gmail.com) if you have questions about this giving project.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays:  3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; support for Marion Cares, Habitat for Humanity, and Camp Chisomo scholarships for those going to Malawi in June; and snow removal and facility maintenance.

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

Giving through VANCO New ways to give to LCR are through the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.