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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 22nd, we’ll continue our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their friend, Re. In this series, we see what happens when success comes undone for both Frank Donovan and Re. This Sunday’s film, “Legacy,” is especially moving as it portrays Re facing his difficult past and Frank struggling with a decision at work that may cost him his job.

I will preach this Sunday on “Legend or Legacy?” What do we aim for in life – becoming a legend or leaving a legacy? Special focus will be given to LCR’s future legacy to our community through our new Growth & Outreach Fund. Come and learn about two exciting partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Marion Cares.

In addition, Dave Stadtmueller from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the third recommendation that relates to present and future staffing needs.

For those who were unable to be with us the last two Sundays, there are 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up by the usher stand, organized by spiritual gift categories. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete to learn about your gifts and how to use them in service to others.

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

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool-5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night. Please note that there will be no Sunday School on October 29th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have a service night this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

 GROW

New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world. A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 27, at noon. The film is called “The Black and White Truth About Racism.” It depicts an African-American man’s journey through life and his encounters with the Ku Klux Klan. 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.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football continues on October 23 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Lutheran-Catholic Joint Worship Service – This Sunday, October 22,  Catholics and Lutherans will gather for a 4 pm worship service that will start at Immaculate Conception and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments will follow.

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. A brass group will accompany our hymns and the Resurrection Choir will sing an anthem.

 Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on the 29th at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Local Lutheran choirs (including our Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

 Martin Luther movie – Tuesday, October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the church and the world- the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. We’ll celebrate the occasion at 7:00 pm by showing the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

SERVE

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23-24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  We are in need of new towels and blankets that will be passed out to families. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space- please bring them on Sunday morning or by Monday noon at the latest.

Operation Christmas Child- Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25.

Giving through VANCO – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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, October 15, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 15th, we’ll begin a new 5-week sermon series called Leading Generously, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their former gardener, Re. We have learned stewardship truths the last two years by watching the first two series of films – Living Generously and Loving Generously. In those films Frank Donovan learned how to steward his successful business into helping people in poverty and growing in relationship with them. In this third series, we see what happens when his success comes undone. Can he steward his loss just as well? This film series will give a deeper look at generous living, especially in the midst of hardship and failure. Pastor Miranda will preach on the first film’s topic- trusting in God’s promises. Each family will receive a take home item that will remind you to “believe in the seed.” In addition, Tatum Buse from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the second recommendation that relates to our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.

For those who were unable to be with us last Sunday, there are extra 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up and complete. They are organized by spiritual gift categories this time, instead of by purposes like worship, discipleship, etc. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete if you haven’t already done so.

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

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 20, at noon. The film is called “The 60-Minute Guide to Greater Confidence.” It will teach you how to talk to anybody, make friends, and job interview skills. 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. There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football continues on October 16 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

GROW

New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world.

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – concludes this Sunday, led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. Later that afternoon, all are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs (including the Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying the story of creation from Genesis. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

SERVE

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23 & 24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  Members of LCR will be passing out 60 new towels and new blankets to families.  Please consider donating these items to children living here in Marion. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space.

Operation Christmas Child – Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25.

Giving Kiosk – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. In future weeks we’ll roll out a smartphone app for giving and a way to give by texting your gift to LCR.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 8th, we’ll wrap up our 5 week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts and use what we’ve learned as we  fill out our 2018 Time and Talent forms. The new forms will be based on your spiritual gifts, along with your passions and personal style. If you have the gift of helps, or leadership, or mercy, or administration, we will have suggestions for how to use that gift in service to your church and the wider community.

In addition, Tatum Buse from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the first recommendation – to develop and implement a governance structure for a larger congregation. In my sermon, I will also share about LCR’s two top priorities that emerged from last spring’s surveys.

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

CONNECT

LifeTree Café launched on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. There were 18 who viewed and discussed the film “Making Life’s Toughest Choices.” We will meet again this Friday, October 13, at noon. The film will be “Toxic Faith.”  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. There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football continues on October 9 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. Later that afternoon, all are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs (including the Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying the story of creation from Genesis. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have small group time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts– Serving From the Heart- is led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

Stephen Ministry  – On October 2, our Stephen Leader Team began training 14 LCR members to serve as Stephen Ministers. They will receive 50 hours of training over the next several months, and then will be commissioned in the spring to do one-on-one caring ministry.

SERVE

Landscaping Fall Clean-up Day will be Saturday, October 14, starting at 8:30 am. There will be a mid-morning break for treats; our target is to be finished by noon. These workdays are a big help to the landscapers, who work  hard to keep the Resurrection grounds looking their best. Please let one of the Landscaping Team know if you can help or if you have any questions: Andy/Marilyn Carter, Julie/Denny Gilds, Linda Hayward. If you can bring your own tools, that would be great, as we only have a couple extras.

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23-24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  Members of LCR will be passing out 60 new towels and new blankets to families Please consider donating these items to children living here in Marion. There will be a donation tub in the back of the gathering space.

Operation Christmas Child – Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Mission of Hope Lunch Program was this past  Thursday, October 5 at 11:30. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us prepare and serve 122 meals at MOH. There will be another lunch served on Thursday, December 7.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office.

GIVE

Giving Kiosk – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. In future weeks we’ll roll out a smartphone app for giving and a way to give by texting your gift to LCR.

Leading Generously, our fall stewardship appeal, will begin next Sunday, October 15. As in the last two years, we will learn about generosity through films depicting the Donovan family and their friend Re.

Fresh Start Ministry Musical Fundraiser is Sunday, October 8 at 2:30 pm at Mount Mercy University Chapel in the Busse Center. This event supports the Linn County Jail Ministry, where LCR members lead weekly bible studies for women inmates.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 1 , we’ll continue our 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Alyssa Weaver, our seminary intern. God gives us spiritual gifts and then scatters clues to those gifts along the path of our lives. We feel good when we use our gifts because we are being who God has created us to be. We will look at our life stories today and the patterns within our stories that just might be clues to our gifts – they can help reveal who God created each of us to be.

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 

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool-5th graders, studying the story of creation from Genesis. Wednesday Night Live  3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – is led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

SERVE

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – On October 2, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. The class will be between 10-15 adults – a great start to this new ministry!

Mission of Hope Lunch Program is Thursday, October 5 at 11:30. If you would like to be on the serving line or contribute bars or cookies, contact Linda Schminke or Sharon Hill, or the church office. Financial assistance is also welcome – ask Linda or Sharon how you can give.

Landscaping Fall Clean-up Day will be Saturday, October 14, starting at 8:30 am. There will be a mid-morning break for treats; our target is to be finished by noon. These workdays are a big help to the landscapers, who work  hard to keep the Resurrection grounds looking their best. Please let one of the Landscaping Team know if you can help or if you have any questions: Andy/Marilyn Carter, Julie/Denny Gilds, Linda Hayward. If you can bring your own tools, that would be great, as we only have a couple extras.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs are on Saturdays (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Call the church office with any questions, or to get involved!

CONNECT

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football continues on October 2 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. The first video topic will be “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions.” Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion. There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

GIVE

Hurricane Relief – ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response- designated for Hurricane Relief- will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster; or send a check to ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 24 , we’ll continue our 5 week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Pastor Miranda on how our gifts and passions can line up for loving service to our neighbor. Pre-schoolers who are enrolled in Sunday School will receive Beginner Bibles at all services. We will also hear about Lifetree Café, which will launch on Friday, October 6 at noon.

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

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders. We are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Wednesday Night Live is back! 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have small group time this Wednesday.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – is led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

SERVE

LifeTree Café – We are looking for a few more people to be on the team as helpers. Lifetree Café is a unique outreach ministry that invites the community weekly for an hour of coffee and conversation around relevant topics to feed people’s souls. (See today’s insert for the October films). Lifetree Café will take place each Friday at noon, starting on October 6th. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, we are looking for friendly faces who would like to participate in the conversations and help us create a comfortable atmosphere for our Lifetree Café visitors. Please contact our intern, Alyssa, for more information if you can help.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call the church office and we’ll put you in touch with organizers Marlin Oeltjen or Sally Reck.

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – On October 2, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one caregiving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at www.stephenministries.org; or contact Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football continues on September 25 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. The first video topic will be “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions.” Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree – facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion. There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

GIVE

Hurricane Relief – ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response- designated for Hurricane Relief- will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster; or fill out the insert found at the welcome center window and include a check to: ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 17 , we’ll continue our 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Pastor Miranda based on St. Paul’s words about spiritual gifts in  Romans  12. A reminder that last week we resumed our fall worship schedule: Traditional worship is at 8:15, with contemporary worship at 9:45 & 11:00. We will also have a short presentation by Phoebe Trepp, Executive Director of Willis Dady Homeless Services in downtown Cedar Rapids (our mission envelope recipient for September-October).

6th graders will receive their confirmation bibles at all services, and we will have a service of commissioning for our Stephen Leaders, Pastor Miranda and John Wilkinson. Two new adult courses will begin as well on Sunday morning – see the details 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.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School got off to a great start last Sunday and continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders. We are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Wednesday Night Live is back! 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group again this Wednesday, starting at 7 pm in the worship room.

Youth Volunteer Training Event is Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 pm. This event is required for all volunteers working with youth and children in: Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, EDGE, and nursery staff. We’ll discuss the ‘Five Love Languages’ of children, and then break off for training specific to each volunteer area.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes will begin Sunday at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – will be led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall). A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

Martin Luther: An Idea That Changed the World will air on Iowa Public Television on Sunday, September 17 at 7 pm on PBS-World stations, or on 9/18 at 1 pm & 7 pm, 9/19 at 5 pm. This film is made possible through funding by Thrivent Financial.

SERVE

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build will begin work on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one care-giving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at www.stephenministries.org; or contact Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin’ Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Monday Night Football returns on September 18th at 7 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café, an exciting new outreach ministry, will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. The target of this ministry will be our neighbors around LCR who are in need of Christian community. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. The first video topic will be “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions.” Check out the September CrossTalk for more information (p. 5) or join the conversation at LifetreeCafe.com.

GIVE

Hurricane Relief – ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response – designated for Hurricane Relief – will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster; or pick up a giving form available at the welcome center window and mail it and your check to ELCA Gift Processing Center (PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009).

Resurrection E-news: September 10, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 10 , is Rally Sunday. Traditional worship is at  8:15, with contemporary worship at 9:45 & 11:00.  We welcome our youngest members back to Sunday School at 9:45. At noon, there will be a potluck with pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs provided- please bring a side dish to share. Games and activities for kids on the back lawn will be available, including a bounce house, balloon animals, and face painting. On this kick-off Sunday, remember to wear your favorite team’s gear!

In worship, I’ll launch a new 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message from I Corinthians 12. In addition, there will be a “litany of beginning” for our intern, Alyssa Weaver at all services. At the 8:15 service, we will honor Ed and Sharon Hill for their 27 years of leadership with the Older Hymns. Your cards of welcome and appreciation for Alyssa and the Hills would be welcome. There will be a table in the gathering space with a “welcome cake” and baskets for cards.

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

WORSHIP

 

Resurrection Choir begins rehearsals this Wednesday, September 13, at 7:15 under the direction of Tyler Hagy. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School.

YOUTH NEWS

Wednesday Night Live is back! 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night, starting September 13th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday, starting at 7 pm in the worship room.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes will begin next Sunday, September 17, at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts– Serving From the Heart- will begin that day, as well as a study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

Martin Luther: An Idea That Changed the World will air on Iowa Public Television this Tuesday night, September 12, at 7 pm. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday, September 17 at 7 pm on PBS-World stations. This film is made possible through funding by Thrivent Financial.

SERVE

Sunday School Teachers Needed – Sunday School starts THIS SUNDAY! As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build will begin work on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one caregiving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at www.stephenministries.org; or contact Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

EWALU Fall Festival & Quilt Auction is next Saturday, September 16. Take your lawn chairs and family, friends, neighbors, whoever! Schedule includes: 9:00 am – (all-day activities) Hayrides, Petting Zoo, Country Store, Live Music, Concession Stand, Quilt Review / 11:00 am – Devotional Service / 12:00 noon – Lunch / 1:00 pm – Quilt Auction begins. See www.ewalu.org for more details.

Monday Night Football returns on September 18th at 7 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café, an exciting new outreach ministry, will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. The target of this ministry will be our neighbors around LCR who are in need of Christian community. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. The first video topic will be “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions.” Check out the September Crosstalk for more information (p. 5) or join the conversation at LifetreeCafe.com.

GIVE

Hurricane Relief- ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response- designated for Hurricane Relief- will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster or use the insert in this Sunday’s bulletin to send a check to ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.

Mission Envelope Gifts for September-October will be sent to Willis Dady Homeless Services, a temporary shelter provider in downtown Cedar Rapids. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director of Willis Dady, will be with us in two weeks, on September 17, to share about their important ministry.

Resurrection E-news: September 3, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 3 , will wrap up our summer worship schedule that has been in place since Memorial Day. Our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach her first sermon on “Being Cross Bearers.” At 10:15 we will witness the baptisms of Josiah Thompson and Molly Seamster, along with hearing our With Faith band under the direction of our new contemporary worship director, Aaron Schutte.

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

STAFF NEWS

Older Hymns – Ed & Sharon Hill are stepping down as director and accompanist of the Older Hymns after 27 years of leadership. We will give thanks for their ministry on Sunday, September 10 at the 8:15 service.

A “litany of beginning “ for our intern, Alyssa Weaver, will take place next Sunday at all services. The Intern Committee invites you to share a card or a gift card as a welcoming gift to LCR for Alyssa. We will have a cake in the gathering space to enjoy in her honor.

Tyler Hagy is our new Resurrection Choir director. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. The first choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:15 pm.

Amy Lovseth, Abby Harkin, Jennifer McGowan, and Camella Oellrich were approved by the Council to be our new nursery staff. Stop in and greet them as they serve our little ones!                                         

YOUTH  NEWS

Confirmation began on Wednesday, August 30, with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides. Confirmation Guides are needed for our 6th grade class. Contact Pastor Miranda at the church or at miranda@lcrmarion.oorg.

SERVE

Sunday School Teachers Needed – Sunday School starts on September 10th! As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Take Away Hunger packaging event on Sunday, August 27 was a big success! 165 LCR members and friends packaged 111 boxes, which equals 3,996 bags, which adds up to 23,976 individual servings of the rice and beans meal. The boxes will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City.

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one caregiving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at www.stephenministries.org; or contact Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Our fall worship schedule resumes on September 10 with worship at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 on Sundays, and 6:00 on Wednesdays.

CONNECT

 Rally Sunday will be on September 10th. There will be a noon potluck meal served with hot dogs and pulled pork provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Remember to wear your favorite team’s gear on this kick-off Sunday. Afterwards, kids can enjoy a bounce house, snow cones, balloon animals, and face painting.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

LifeTree Café, an exciting new outreach ministry, will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. The target of this ministry will be our neighbors around LCR who are in need of Christian community. Check out the September Crosstalk for more information (p. 5).

GIVE

 Hurricane Harvey relief- ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response- designated for Hurricane Harvey- will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster; or use the insert in this Sunday’s bulletin; or send a check to ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.  

Mission Envelope Gifts for September-October will be sent to Willis Dady Homeless Services, a temporary shelter provider in downtown Cedar Rapids. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director of Willis Dady, will be with us in two weeks, on September 17, to share about their important ministry.

Resurrection E-news: August 27, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

 

This Sunday, August 27, is Stephen Ministry Sunday. Pastor Miranda will share in her sermon about Stephen Ministry and how you can get involved. There is a note below on future training events in October.  At our 10:15 service, we will welcome Aaron Schutte as our new contemporary worship director. Aaron is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led worship for three years. He served as an ELCA missionary in Tanzania from 2009-2012 and also worked at EWALU Bible Camp for two summers. Aaron lives in Independence with his wife Allison, daughter Lela, and son, August. Allison is a elementary music teacher in the Waterloo school system.

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

STAFF NEWS

Older Hymns – Ed & Sharon Hill are stepping down as director and accompanist of the Older Hymns after 27 years of leadership. We will give thanks for their ministry on Sunday, September 10 at the 8:15 service.

Tyler Hagy is our new Resurrection Choir director. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. The first choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:15 pm.

Amy Lovseth, Abby Harkin, Jennifer McGowan, and Camella Oellrich were approved by the Council to be our new nursery staff. Stop in and greet them as they serve our little ones!

YOUTH  NEWS

Confirmation begins this Wednesday, August 30, with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides. This orientation will be from 7:00-8:15 in the worship room. Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15. Confirmation Guides are needed for our 6th grade class. Contact Pastor Miranda at the church or at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

EDGE Kick-off is next Wednesday, August 30th at 7:30 pm.

SERVE

Take Away Hunger packaging event will be held this Sunday, August 27 at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 am. There is still space at the 10:15 shift. You can sign up online – http://signup.com/go/QVsjeWb (Take Away Hunger Event August 2017). We are packing the rice & beans meal this time, which will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hansen at jill@lcrmarion.org.

Sunday School Teachers Needed – As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for volunteers to be Sunday School teachers. Sunday School starts on September 10th! We are looking for volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one caregiving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at www.stephenministries.org; or contact Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Our fall worship schedule resumes in two weeks, on September 10, with worship at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 on Sundays, and 6:00 on Wednesdays.

CONNECT

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Rally Sunday will be on September 10th. There will be a noon potluck meal served with hot dogs and pulled pork provided. Remember to wear your favorite team’s gear on this kick-off Sunday.

GIVE

Last chance for July-August Mission Envelope Gifts to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.

Resurrection E-news: 8/20/17

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, August 20, is Lutheran Services in Iowa Sunday. Jason Lee, Vice-President of Church Relations for LSI, will be our guest preacher. Jason will hold an adult forum at 9:30 am in the fellowship hall for those who would like further information about LSI’s mission and services.

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

STAFF NEWS

Aaron Schutte, our new contemporary worship director, will begin his music ministry on Sunday, August 27th. Aaron is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led worship for three years. He served as an ELCA missionary in Tanzania for three years and also worked at EWALU Bible Camp for two summers. Aaron lives in Independence with his wife and two children.

Tyler Hagy was interviewed for the Resurrection Choir director position and was approved at the Council meeting on August 15. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. The first choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:15 pm.

Amy Lovseth, Abby Harkin, Jennifer McGowan, and Camella Oellrich were approved by the Council to be our new nursery staff.

YOUTH NEWS

Confirmation begins Wednesday, August 30, with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides. This orientation will be from 7:00-8:15 in the worship room. Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15.

CONNECT

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin’ Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Rally Sunday will be on September 10th. There will be a noon potluck meal served with hot dogs and pulled pork provided. Watch for more information as the date draws closer.

SERVE

Sunday School Teachers Needed – Sunday School starts in less than a month! As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for volunteers to be Sunday School teachers. All the materials are provided for you, we just need a familiar face ready to help the students engage with the bible on a weekly basis. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Take Away Hunger packaging event will be held on Sunday, August 27 at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 am. You can sign up at the gathering space table today or online anytime – http://signup.com/go/QVsjeWb (Take Away Hunger Event August 2017). We are encouraging people to invite friends and family to participate, and can add more time slots if needed. We will be packing the rice & beans meal this time, which will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hansen at jill@lcrmarion.org.

GIVE

Mission Envelope Gifts for July & August are going to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.