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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Father’s Day, June 17th,  we will consider the third topic in our sermon series “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” This week’s message is on forgiveness in daily life with those outside our family. I will share a message about dealing with the “small stones” that tend to weigh us down as well as the big rocks that seem overwhelming to carry in our relationship backpacks. The parable of the unforgiving servant from Matthew 18 reminds us that on the cross, Jesus forgave us of an unpayable debt, and we are called to show that same mercy and grace to others.  In addition, we will celebrate the baptisms of  Alexander DeLarm, Amelia DeLarm, and Owen Phillips at the 9:45 service.

One of our mission trips will return this weekend as the Pine Ridge group arrives home. We will hear from them on June 24 & 27 as they share about their experiences with the Native American community in South Dakota. Our other mission trip in Malawi is still underway. They will bring the message on July 8 & 11  about their time in Africa leading Camp Chisomo. Please keep all the youth and adults on these trips in your prayers.

There are other unique events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note, such as the LCR/Mission of Hope Golf Outing Fundraiser and the Heavenly Harp concert – both held on June 24th. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

VBS  – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School was held this past week. Thanks to all those who helped with our little ones. Special thanks to Jill Hansen for her leadership during the week.

Attending EWALU this week is Elysia Wiley (Ranch Mini-Camp).  In addition, LCR members on summer staff are: Alex Campbell and Amanda Williams (Leaders in Training); Jared Almandinger, Delaney Akiens, Hal Versteegh, Sophie Reider, and Riley Higgins (Counselors); Max Versteegh and Will Versteegh (Coordinators); and Jesse Klosterboer (Associate Director).

Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

CONNECT 

Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15- feel free to stay after the 9:45 service to have some refreshments and conversation.  

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, June 22nd at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Fatherless: Getting past the pain of an absent or abusive dad.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. Non-golfers are welcome to come to the clubhouse to join in the dinner for $10. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit salad. The deadline to sign up & pay is this Wednesday, June 20; contact Bill Stein (563-271-2954) or Donna Feigenbaum (805-908-6744) with any questions. A $250 Thrivent Financial grant will help defray the expenses for this fundraiser for Mission of Hope.

Volunteers are needed to help with registration, serving the meal, and other small tasks at next Sunday’s Mission of Hope/LCR Golf outing fundraiser at Hunters Ridge. We need help from noon-1:00 with registration and games, or from 5-6 serving the meal. Send an email to Pastor Dennis (dennis@lcrmarion.org) if you can help us out.

Heavenly Harp concert Have you ever have doubts about the existence of heaven or whether you will really be accepted? Your doubts will vanish at the Heavenly Harp concert here at LCR on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy inspiring stories of God’s presence & provision, and music featuring harp, piano, and vocals. Bring your friends and neighbors! This is a wonderful, non-threatening way to invite those who don’t normally attend worship. A free will offering will be accepted.

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 6:35 pm. Kernels will be taking on the Beloit Snappers. Proceeds will benefit Iowa Special Olympics. Call Allyson (366-2991) by 6/20 to order your tickets.

LCR Bicycle Trip will be held on June 24-26. We stay in Preston, MN  at the Trailhead Inn. Talk to Ken Lee at 895-8005 or see the bulletin board for details.

GROW

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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

This photo is of our Camp Chisomo team of teens and young adults who are currently serving in Malawi.  Your 2017 Christmas Eve offering helped pay for the well which will be enjoyed by children and adults on the property of Camp Chisomo.  The team includes: Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Luke Sloterdyk, Sidney Smith, Zach Vana, Jared Feigenbaum, Ally Edwards, Nora Read, Holly Faley, Caitlyn Nuehring, Melanie Phelan, Ethan Schmidt, Kayleigh Akiens, Stephen Shepherd. Please keep them all in your prayers as they serve the children who will gather at Camp Chisomo!

Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth left on June 8th for South Dakota to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. The team includes: Scott Gardner, Hunter Gardner, Hilary Hinrichs, Pastor Miranda, Matthew Lang, Seth Paulson, Karen Stadtmueller, David Stadtmueller, and Alyssa Weaver. Keep them in your prayers as they return home this weekend!

Blood Drive – Sign up now to give blood here at Resurrection on Monday, June 18, between 2:30 and 6:00 pm. You can pick your appointment time on the sheet on the entryway bulletin board, or by calling Bob Wolter (360-6184).

FLY helpers are needed every Monday during the summer to distribute sack lunches to children in our community. We’ve had a great response for lunch  preparation, but we still need delivery people. If you can help deliver on Mondays go to http://signup.com/go/SKJgrTS. Lunches are picked up at First Methodist in downtown Marion. You can volunteer on Fridays if that works better for you. Contact jill@lcrmarion.org with questions.

GIVE

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through May, we received 94% of what was needed for General Fund ministries. Thanks for your generous, faithful support! In these the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in June will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for underserved people in our community.

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, June 10, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, June 10th, will feature a brief word of thanks by Patti Kunz of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity on our partnership in building a home recently in Marion.  I will preach on the second topic in our four week sermon series – “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” This week’s message is on forgiveness in marriage and other close relationships.

We have two mission trips currently underway – one in Malawi for Camp Chisomo, and a second one at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In addition, our first group of campers head to EWALU for week one of camp. Please keep the youth and adults on these trips in your prayers.

There are other unique events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note, such as the LCR/Mission of Hope Golf Outing and the Heavenly Harp concert on June 24th. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

VBS  – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held this week, June 12-15. Please drop your empty toilet paper rolls in the bin in the gathering space on Sunday or early in the week. Thank you for helping our VBS kids this week!

Campers at EWALU this week are: Brynn Larson, Alexi Duregger, Claire Duregger, Nikki Duregger, Sasha Duregger (Mini-Camp); Ellie Fredin (Explorers); Emily Fredin (Night Camp). In addition, LCR members on staff are: Alex Campbell and Amanda Williams (Leaders in Training); Jared Almandinger, Delaney Akiens, Hal Versteegh, Sophie Reider, and Riley Higgins (Counselors); Max Versteegh and Will Versteegh (Coordinators); and Jesse Klosterboer (Associate Director).

Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

CONNECT 

Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15- feel free to stay after the 9:45 service to have some refreshments and conversation.  

LifeTree Café will not meet this Friday, June 15, due to preschool VBS. It continues Friday, June 22nd at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Fatherless: Getting past the pain of an absent or abusive dad.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. Non-golfers are welcome to come to the clubhouse to join in the dinner for $10. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit salad. The deadline for signing up has been extended to June 20; contact Bill Stein (563-271-2954) or Donna Feigenbaum (805-908-6744) with any questions. A $250 Thrivent Financial grant will help defray the expenses for this fundraiser for Mission of Hope.

Heavenly Harp concert Have you ever have doubts about the existence of heaven or whether you will really be accepted? Your doubts will vanish at the Heavenly Harp concert here at LCR on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy inspiring stories of God’s presence & provision, and music featuring harp, piano, and vocals. A free will offering will be accepted. Bring your friends and neighbors! This is a wonderful, non-threatening way to invite those who don’t normally attend worship.

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 6:35 pm. Kernels will be taking on the Beloit Snappers. Proceeds will benefit Iowa Special Olympics. Call Allyson (366-2991) by 6/20 to order your tickets.

GROW

Dietrich Bonhoeffer film –  This Sunday, June 10 we’ll show part 2 of a documentary film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer,  the German Lutheran author, pastor, and member of the resistance against Adolf Hitler. Join us at 9:30 am in fellowship hall for this look at his life and ministry.

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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

This photo is of our youth director, Katie Kascel, pumping water from a new well that was recently dug at Camp Chisomo in Malawi. Your 2017 Christmas Eve offering helped pay for the well which will be enjoyed by children and adults on the property of Camp Chisomo. A team of 15 young adults are in Malawi to lead Camp Chisomo. The team includes: Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Luke Sloterdyk, Sidney Smith, Zach Vana, Jared Feigenbaum, Ally Edwards, Nora Read, Holly Faley, Caitlyn Nuehring, Melanie Phelan, Ethan Schmidt, Kayleigh Akiens, Stephen Shepherd. Please keep them all in your prayers as they travel and serve the children who will gather at Camp Chisomo!

Feeding Lunches to Youth – FLY serves sack lunches to local students every weekday throughout the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the downtown First United Methodist by volunteers. In 2018, Resurrection is running the meal program on Mondays from June 4th to August 20th. Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/SKJgrTS or by emailing jill@lcrmarion.org. Individuals and families are welcome to serve through FLY.

Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth left on June 8th for South Dakota to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. The team includes: Scott Gardner, Hunter Gardner, Hilary Hinrichs, Pastor Miranda, Matthew Lang, Seth Paulson, Karen Stadtmueller, David Stadtmueller, and Alyssa Weaver. On Sunday, June 24 & Wed, June 27 they will share stories in worship. Keep them in your prayers!

2018 Intergenerational Mission Trip to Northeast Iowa will be held on August 16-19, for all ages & all stages. Registration forms are in the gathering space; contact Pastor Miranda (miranda@lcrmarion.org) for further information.

GIVE

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through May, we received 94% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through May. Thanks for your generous, faithful support! In these the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.

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.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in June will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity.

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for underserved people in our community.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, June 3, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, June 3rd, we begin a sermon series called Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go by Adam Hamilton. Our pastoral intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach about God’s forgiveness for each of us this week and we will continue the series in following weeks by looking at forgiveness in the different relationships (marriage, friends, family) we have in our lives. We will also take time at both services to commission our Pine Ridge Mission Trip team as they head to South Dakota on Friday, June 8th.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) and Facebook page (@ResurrectionMarion) provides more details on each topic.

Blessings to you!

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

Empty TP rolls will be needed for VBS on June 12th – please bring any you have to the church before then – thank you for helping!

CONNECT 

Our summer fellowship hour on Sunday morning runs from 9:15 to 10:15 am – feel free to stay after the 9:45 service to have some refreshments and conversation.   

Heavenly Harp Concert – Have you ever have doubts about the existence of heaven or whether you will really be accepted? Your doubts will vanish at the Heavenly Harp concert here at LCR on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy inspiring stories of God’s presence and provision, and music featuring harp, piano, and vocals. A free will offering will be accepted. Bring your friends and neighbors! This is a wonderful, non-threatening way to invite those who don’t normally attend worship.

Lifetree Café continues this Friday, June 8th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Living With Autism.” 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. Non-golfers are welcome to come to the clubhouse to join in the dinner (at 5:15) for $10. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit salad. The deadline for signing up and paying is June 20; contact Bill Stein (563-271-2954) or Donna Feigenbaum (805-908-6744) with any questions. A $250 Thrivent Financial grant will help defray the expenses for this fundraiser for Mission of Hope.

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 6:35 pm. Kernels will be taking on the Beloit Snappers. Proceeds will benefit Iowa Special Olympics. Call Allyson (366-2991) by 6/20 to order your tickets.

GROW

Dietrich Bonhoeffer film – On Sundays, June 3 & 10 we’ll be showing a two-part documentary film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran author, pastor, and member of the resistance against Adolf Hitler. Join us at 9:30 am in fellowship hall for this look at his life and ministry.

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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

The photo above is of a new well that was dug last week at Camp Chisomo in Malawi. Your 2017 Christmas Eve offering helped pay for the well which will be enjoyed by children and adults on the property of Camp Chisomo. A team of 15 young adults will leave for Malawi on June 2 to lead Camp Chisomo. Each will receive a $350 scholarship from the Growth & Outreach Fund to help lower the cost of their trip. The team includes: Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Luke Sloterdyk, Sidney Smith, Zach Vana, Jared Feigenbaum, Ally Edwards, Nora Read, Holly Faley, Caitlyn Nuehring, Melanie Phelan, Ethan Schmidt, Kayleigh Akiens, Stephen Shepherd. Please keep them all in your prayers as they travel and serve the children who will gather at Camp Chisomo!

Blood Drive will be held at Resurrection on Monday, June 18 from 2:30 to 6:00 pm. Share the gift of life with someone in need! You can sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter.

Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth will be traveling to South Dakota this June 8th-16th to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. There are several ways you can help our team: Join the Prayer Team; or Donate items such as: Diapers (any size) and Baby WipesPersonal Care/Hygiene Kits (adult size toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo, and comb all wrapped in a new towel and tied with a ribbon); New Quilts and Blanketsor Monetary donations are being accepted to help pay the team’s transportation costs or to buy needed items for donation when we arrive and support their local economy. All donations should be brought to the church by Tuesday, June 5th – thank you for your support!

2018 Intergenerational Mission Trip to Northeast Iowa will be held on August 16-19, for all ages & all stages. Registration forms are in the gathering space; contact Pastor Miranda (miranda@lcrmarion.org) for further information.

GIVE

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through April, we received 103% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support! As we head into the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.

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.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in May will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity. So far in 2018 we have given over $3,400 each to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity; our goal for 2018 is $10,000 for Marion Cares and $15,000 for Habitat.

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for under-served people in our community. LCR members and friends gave $761 in March & April for the ELCA’s “40 Days of Giving” project, to support those in need in Malawi. Thanks for your generosity!

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 27, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, May 27th, marks the beginning of our summer worship schedule, with traditional worship at 8:15 and contemporary worship at 9:45. (The 11:00 New Song service will resume in September).  Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual. I will preach on the story of Nicodemus and Jesus about being born from above, which includes the most familiar bible verse of all – John 3:16. We will recognize our graduating high school seniors and give thanks for our veterans past and present on this Memorial Day weekend.

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

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Congratulations to the following Resurrection youth who graduate from high school this weekend: Delaney Akiens, Kaitlyn Askelson, Brady Bartz, Grace Bauermeister, Brianna Bisgard, Madeline Bliek, Jessie Boekhoff, Ally Edwards, Jessica Fiance, Isaiah Garman, Jack Gertsen, Colin Gorgen, Tyler Green, Ben Hediger, Darren Heyd, Riley Higgins, Jake Kraemer, Mia Laube, Kirsten Loynachan, Logan Martensen, Emma Meike, Max Molander, Caitlyn Nuehring, Seth Paulson, Nora Read, Sophie Reider, Ethan Schmidt, Chayse Schultz, Avery Schweitzer, Natalie Shepherd, Emma Slagle, Katie Smith, Samantha Smith, Kylee Stock, Jake Swenson, Jacob Varner, Hal Versteegh, Sydney Von Lehmden, Jack Whitney, Ria Yadav, Allison Zelle.

2018 Graduates – Please email the names of your high school and/or college graduates to the church office (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can recognize everyone in the June CrossTalk.  Include your student’s high school and college major if known.

VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

CONNECT 

Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15 – feel free to stay after the 9:45 service to have some refreshments and conversation.   

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, June 1st  at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Exploring Teen Suicide.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. Non-golfers are welcome to come to the clubhouse to join in the dinner (at 5:15) for $10. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit salad. The deadline for signing up is June 20; contact Bill Stein (563-271-2954) or Donna Feigenbaum (805-908-6744) with any questions. A $250 Thrivent Financial grant will help defray the expenses for this fundraiser for Mission of Hope.

Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 6:35 pm. Kernels will be taking on the Beloit Snappers. Proceeds will benefit Iowa Special Olympics. Call Allyson (366-2991) by 6/20 to order your tickets.

GROW

Dietrich Bonhoeffer film – On Sundays, June 3 & 10 we’ll be showing a two-part documentary film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer,  the German Lutheran author, pastor, and member of the resistance against Adolf Hitler. Join us at 9:30 am in fellowship hall for this look at his life and ministry.

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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

This photo is of a new well that was dug last week at Camp Chisomo in Malawi. Your 2017 Christmas Eve offering helped pay for the well which will be enjoyed by children and adults on the property of Camp Chisomo. A team of 15 young adults will leave for Malawi on June 2 to lead Camp Chisomo. Each will receive a $350 scholarship from the Growth & Outreach Fund to help lower the cost of their trip. The team includes: Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Luke Sloterdyk, Sidney Smith, Zach Vana, Jared Feigenbaum, Ally Edwards, Nora Read, Holly Faley, Caitlyn Nuehring, Melanie Phelan, Ethan Schmidt, Kayleigh Akiens, Stephen Shepherd. Please keep them all in your prayers as they travel and serve the children who will gather at Camp Chisomo!

Marion Food Pantry needs people to shop at Aldi’s or to pick up produce at HACAP (in Hiawatha). Contact Cari Redondo if you’re interested or have questions – cariredondo@gmail.com.

Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth will be traveling to South Dakota this June 8th-16th to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. There are several ways you can help our team: Join the Prayer Team; or Donate items such as : Diapers (any size) and Baby Wipes; Personal Care/Hygiene Kits (adult size toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo, and comb all wrapped in a new towel and tied with a ribbon); New Quilts and Blankets; or Monetary donations are being accepted to help pay the team’s transportation costs or to buy needed items for donation when we arrive and support their local economy.

2018 Intergenerational Mission Trip to Northeast Iowa will be held on August 16-19, for all ages & all stages. Registration forms are in the gathering space; contact Pastor Miranda (miranda@lcrmarion.org) for further information.

GIVE

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through April, we received 103% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support! As we head into the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.

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.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in May will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity. So far in 2018 we have given over $3,400 each to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity; our goal for 2018 is $10,000 for Marion Cares and $15,000 for Habitat.

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for under-served people in our community. LCR members and friends gave $761 in March & April for the ELCA’s “40 Days of Giving” project, to support those in need in Malawi. Thanks for your generosity!

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday, with the reception of new members and anthems by the Resurrection Choir at 8:15 & 9:45, and the confirmation service for our 26 8th graders at 11:00. On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to move in and through the church as the Holy Spirit calls us to faith and unites us in community with one another. Remember to wear something red in celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit!

Summer Worship Times – Starting next Sunday, May 27 and running through Sunday, September 2, Sunday worship will be held at 8:15 and 9:45. Note the time for Summer Song contemporary worship, as in prior years it was at 10:15. Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual.

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

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School concludes this Sunday at 9:45.  8th grade confirmands will affirm their faith at 11:00. EDGE has their senior night at 7:30 pm.

2018 Graduates – Please email the names of your high school and/or college graduates to the church office (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can recognize everyone in the June CrossTalk.  Include your student’s high school and college major if known.

VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

WORSHIP

A new red Pentecost banner will be seen in worship today, given in memory of Marjorie Chappell by her daughter, Judy Conrad, and family.

Evening Song Worship with holy communion is this Wednesday, May 16, at 6 pm.

CONNECT 

New Members will be welcomed this Sunday, May 20th at the 8:15 and 9:45 services. A “meet and greet” time will be during the coffee hour that day. These 11 families or individuals are joining LCR on Sunday: Melissa Bradley, Chase (10), Cruz (6), and London (1); Carol Crawford; Christopher & Jennifer DeLarm, Alexander (6) and Amelia (1);  Ethan & Shasta Ehrisman and Weston (8 months);  Jenny Flieder; Barry & Anna Miglia, Zachary (12) and Lily (9);  Erik & Erin Nelson and Violet (1); Bradley & Alyssa Phillips and Owen (1 month); Sara Provolt; Symon Sanborn, Henry (14) and Myles (12);  and Tyler & Michele Swartz, Anna (12) and Lindsey (10).  Their photos, contact information, and bios will appear in the June Crosstalk.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 25th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “God and Gays.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. Non-golfers are welcome to come to the clubhouse to join in the dinner for $10. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit salad. The deadline for signing up was May 15; contact Bill Stein (563-271-2954) or Donna Feigenbaum (805-908-6744) with any questions. A $250 Thrivent Financial grant will help defray the expenses for this fundraiser for Mission of Hope.

GROW

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings concludes this  Sunday  at 9:45 in fellowship hall. The topic will be the story of  Bonhoeffer’s final years in prison during World War II. John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, also concludes 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.  

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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

This photo is of a new well that was dug last week at Camp Chisomo in Malawi. Your 2017 Christmas Eve offering helped pay for the well which will be enjoyed by children and adults on the property of Camp Chisomo. A team of 15 young adults will leave for Malawi on June 2 to lead Camp Chisomo. Each will receive a $350 scholarship from the Growth & Outreach Fund to help lower the cost of their trip.

Marion Food Pantry needs people to shop at Aldi’s or to pick up produce at HACAP (in Hiawatha). Contact Cari Redondo if you’re interested or have questions – cariredondo@gmail.com.

Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth will be traveling to South Dakota this June 8th-16th to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. There are several ways you can help our team: Join the Prayer Team; or Donate items such as : Diapers (any size) and Baby Wipes; Personal Care/Hygiene Kits (adult size toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo, and comb all wrapped in a new towel and tied with a ribbon); New Quilts and Blankets; or Monetary donations are being accepted to help pay the team’s transportation costs or to buy needed items for donation when we arrive and support their local economy.

2018 Intergenerational Mission Trip to Northeast Iowa will be held on August 16-19, for all ages & all stages. Registration forms are in the gathering space; contact Pastor Miranda (miranda@lcrmarion.org) for further information.

GIVE

General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through April, we received 103% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support! As we head into the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.

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.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in May will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity. So far in 2018 we have given over $3400 each to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity; our goal for 2018 is $10,000 for Marion Cares and $15,000 for Habitat.

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for under-served people in our community. LCR members and friends gave $761 in March & April for the ELCA’s “40 Days of Giving” project, to support those in need in Malawi. Thanks for your generosity!

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 13, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Mother’s Day, May 13, I will share a message about Jesus’ prayer for unity among his disciples, then and now. With two bookend video clips illustrating the challenges of motherhood and daily life for women today, we’ll consider what unity looks like today through the lens of Jesus’ prayer from John 17 and real life stories of people working together. The video clips will touch your hearts as we give thanks for our mothers, past and present.

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

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45.  8th grade confirmands have their rehearsal, class photo, and reception at 7 pm.  Wednesday Night Live has their year-end party, and  EDGE meets at 7:30 pm.

Wednesday Night Live – 20 WNL kids went shopping this week to buy $500 of food for Crossroads Mission. The kids used money they had raised from their Lenten Meal. Thanks to a dozen adults who helped the kids with their shopping.

EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser –  Thanks to your generosity, our campers received $2,635 from the Giving Tree fundraiser! Each full week camper will receive $70, and each mini-camper $35.

2018 Graduates – Please email the names of your high school and/or college graduates to the church office (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can recognize everyone in the June CrossTalk.  Include your student’s high school and college major if known.

VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

WORSHIP

Evening Song Worship is this Wednesday, May 16, at 6 pm.

Next Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday, with the reception of new members and anthems by the Resurrection Choir at 8:15 & 9:45, and the confirmation service for our 26 8th graders at 11:00. Remember to wear something red in celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit!

Summer Worship Times – Starting on Sunday, May 27 and running through Sunday, September 2, Sunday worship will be held at 8:15 and 9:45. Note the time for Summer Song contemporary worship, as in prior years it was at 10:15. Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual.

CONNECT

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.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 18th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “In the News: Students & Gun Control.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 Members will be welcomed on Sunday, May 20th at the 8:15 and 9:45 services. A “meet and greet” time will be during the coffee hour that day. There are 10 families planning to join LCR that day.

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. 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

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings continues on  Sunday  at 9:45 in fellowship hall. The topic will be “Religionless Christianity” with the story of  Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the plot against Hitler and his writings about true discipleship. 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.  

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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

Marion Food Pantry needs people to shop at Aldi’s or to pick up produce at HACAP (in Hiawatha). Contact Cari Redondo if you’re interested or have questions – cariredondo@gmail.com.

2018 Intergenerational Mission Trip to Northeast Iowa will be held on August 16-19, for all ages & all stages. Registration forms are in the gathering space; contact Pastor Miranda (miranda@lcrmarion.org) for further information.

GIVE

Habitat home dedication – This photo is from the dedication ceremony this past Wednesday of the Marion home that LCR helped to build through your gifts to the Growth & Outreach fund this year. Several gifts were given to John Bosco and Suzana Ndayisenga and their five children, including several quilts, bikes for the kids, and other items. LCR was recognized with a beautiful framed certificate for our support. 

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for under-served people in our community. LCR members and friends gave $761 in March & April for the ELCA’s “40 Days of Giving” project, to support those in need in Malawi. Thanks for your generosity!

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in May will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the Marion Habitat home described above.

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. Through April 29th, we received 101% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

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, May 6, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, May 6, our intern Alyssa Weaver will preach on “The Source of Joy” from John 15, especially verse 11- I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. We wonder how Jesus could share these words of love and joy on the night of his arrest, the day before his crucifixion. What is this joy that Jesus is talking about, how do we get it or find it, and how in the midst of suffering can he/we even talk about joy? We will have an anthem by the Galileans and communion at the 8:15 service, with the baptism of Ava Nelson at 11:00.

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

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45.  Confirmation has a year-end party at 7 pm. Wednesday Night Live will go shopping at Walmart for food to stock the shelves at Crossroads Mission, using the $600 they earned at their Lenten supper.  EDGE meets at 7:30 pm.

EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser –  Thanks to your generosity, our campers received $2,635 from the Giving Tree fundraiser! Each full week camper will receive $70, and each mini-camper $35.

2018 Graduates – Please email the names of your high school and/or college graduates to the church office (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can recognize everyone in the June CrossTalk.  Include your student’s high school and college major if known.

Register for Camp EWALU !  We have 46 campers signed up so far; in addition, 7 LCR youth will be counselors, program directors, and Leaders in Training at EWALU this summer. 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.

VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

WORSHIP

Evening Song Worship is this Wednesday, May 9, at 6 pm with Holy Communion.

Summer Worship Times – Starting on Sunday, May 27 and running through Sunday, September 2, Sunday worship will be held at 8:15 and 9:45. Note the time for Summer Song contemporary worship, as in prior years it was at 10:15. Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual.

CONNECT

Brewing Up the Bible will be held this Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm at Louie’s Scoreboard in Marion. This group is faith talk and fellowship in a casual setting for LCR attenders and anyone else you want to invite!

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 11th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Where Is God When Life Turns Tough?” 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 and turn it in on the 15th also.

New Members will be welcomed on Sunday, May 20th at the 8:15 and 9:45 services. A “meet and greet” time will be during the coffee hour that day. There are 10 families planning to join LCR that day.

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. 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

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings continues on  Sunday  at 9:45 in fellowship hall. Todays’ topic is “Living in Christian Community,” with the story of Finkenwald, an illegal seminary of the Confessing Church.  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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE

Habitat for Humanity/LCR  landscaping day  has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 8 at 8:30 am. Workers are needed to help lay sod, plant a tree, spread mulch and plant flowers. If you are interested in helping, please sign up with the following link: https://cvhabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/lcrmarion/.  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 scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 at 5 pm.

Churches of Marion Food Pantry has two new serving opportunities that require a vehicle and lifting. Become part of a rotating team for: Food Pantry Purchasing (shop at Aldi’s between Thursday aft. and Monday eve) or HACAP Produce Pick-up (Monday and/or Wednesday afternoon at main facility in Hiawatha). Details are on the entryway bulletin board or you can talk to Cari Redondo for more information.

Spring Landscaping Clean-up will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 am to 12 noon. Remember to bring gloves and any tools you like to use. Contact people for the landscaping group are Andy & Marilynn Carter, Denny & Julie Gilds, and Linda Hayward.

GIVE

May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for underserved people in our community. LCR members and friends gave $761 in March & April for the ELCA’s “40 Days of Giving” project, to support those in need in Malawi. Thanks for your generosity!

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in May will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and  support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the Marion Habitat home described above.

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. Through April 29th, we received 101% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

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 29, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, April 29, Pastor Erika Uthe will be our guest preacher. Pastor Uthe is an assistant to the Bishop of our Southeastern Iowa Synod, with a focus on Evangelical Mission. We will have communion at all three services, with the King’s Men sharing an anthem at 8:15, second grade bibles presented at the 9:45 service, and the baptism of Claire Hajek at 11:00.

A Care Ministers meeting will be held at 9:45 in the fellowship hall, led by Pastor Miranda. If you have been a care minister in the past, or if you would like to learn more about this ministry, come to hear about this unique ministry. A care minister is linked up with one of our older members who live in nursing homes, other care facilities, or at home to provide friendship and support.

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 25, at 6 pm.

Summer Worship Times – Starting on Sunday, May 27 and running through Sunday, September 2, Sunday worship will be held at 8:15 and 9:45. Note the time for Summer Song contemporary worship, as in prior years it was at 10:15. Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual.

With Faith Praise Band is looking for a drummer and a pianist. Please contact Aaron Schutte or the church office if you or someone you know is interested.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45.  Confirmation has large group and a guide huddle this Wednesday at 7 pm. Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday at 6 pm and EDGE meets at 7:30 pm.

EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser –  This Sunday is the final day for this annual fundraiser that helps make camp  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. Thanks for your generous support of our campers!

Wee Wisdom Garage & Bake Sale will be this Friday, May 4th from 4-7 pm and Saturday, May 5th from 8am-noon. Donations will be accepted beginning this Sunday, April 29, at noon and continuing all week. Baked goods can be donated on Friday, May 4th by noon. Proceeds will go to Wee Wisdom for playground upkeep and classroom upgrades.

Register for Camp EWALU !  We have 46 campers signed up so far; in addition, 7 LCR youth will be counselors, program directors, and Leaders in Training at EWALU this summer. 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.

VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!

CONNECT 

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 4th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Emergency- Make Room for God.” 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. 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

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings begins Sunday  at 9:45 in fellowship hall. 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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.

SERVE   

Habitat for Humanity/LCR  landscaping day  is next Saturday, May 5th from 8 am-4 pm. Workers are needed to help lay sod, plant a tree, spread mulch and plant flowers. If you are interested in helping, please sign up with the following link: https://cvhabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/lcrmarion/.  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 scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.

Quilts & Personal Care Kits – A special thanks to the Comforting Hands quilters and the Rebecca Mary Martha Circle for helping with our Lutheran World Relief mission. 49 quilts and 51 personal care kits will be delivered to Trinity Lutheran in Cedar Rapids by the Wikert family to be shipped abroad. 

Spring Landscaping Clean-up will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 am to 12 noon. Remember to bring gloves and any tools you like to use. Contact people for the landscaping group are Andy & Marilynn Carter, Denny & Julie Gilds, and Linda Hayward.

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 after-school programming and the Marion Habitat home described above.

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. Through April 22nd, we had received 97% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

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 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