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Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

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Dear members and friends of LCR,

This is a big Sunday at LCR with our Community Audit Panel speakers, Dixieland band worship at 8:15, and reception of new members. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Thanks to the many people who helped plan or carry out our Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. We especially thank the musicians, altar guild, Katie Kascel and her EDGE youth for their delicious Easter breakfast, and those who decorated the sanctuary.

We will try to send this e-note out every Friday as a way of communicating what’s coming up in the near future. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Pastor Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, and members of a Community Audit Panel will be sharing their guidance in worship today at 8:15 and 9:45. A video version will be shown at 11:00 am and at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. Panel members are Chad Zrudsky (Marion High School), Ana Clymer (United Way), Stacia Walker (Linn Mar Schools & Marion Cares), Karl Cassell (Horizons: A Family Service Alliance), Elsworth Carman (Marion Public Library). Many thanks to them for participating in this discussion.

April 23rd is Bright Sunday – Wear your brightest clothes as we celebrate the Resurrection. The Te Deum Dixie Band will be leading our 8:15 worship. We’ll be welcoming new members at the 8:15 and 9:45 services.

A new sermon series “The 5 Purposes of the Church” will start next Sunday, April 30 with a look at worship. Results regarding worship preferences from the recent VRG survey will be blended into the message by Pastor Dennis. 2nd graders will receive their own “Adventure Bibles” in worship.

 GROW

The Story of Lutherans in America resumes this Sunday in fellowship hall at 9:45. Our video topic will be “To Meet Human Need: Building Institutions.” Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David.

Reformation: Then and Now Roundtable Discussion will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Faith Lutheran in Marion (corner of Boyson & Alburnett Roads). Come for a lively discussion on the Reformation, led by two professors: one Lutheran and one Roman Catholic. Please RSVP at 377-9700.

CONNECT

New Members will be received at the end of 8:15 and the start of 9:45 worship on Sunday. Introduce yourself to them during the fellowship hour.

LCR Book Club – There will be organizational meetings this Sunday in the middle of the fellowship hall starting at 9:30 and/or 10:30 am. Drop by if you are interested in sharing your love of reading with other like-minded souls.

Camp Registrations – You can register your kids starting this Sunday at the gathering space table  OR here on the website early next week. Preschool Vacation Bible School for 3-5 year olds will be held JUNE 13-16. Elementary Day Camp for 1st-5th graders will be held JULY 10-14

SERVE

Quilts displayed in the gathering space this Sunday were created by our own Comforting Hands group, who meet Mondays from 9-11 am to create tied quilts for distribution locally and internationally. The group always welcomes new members. You do not need sewing skills as there are many tasks involved in making a quilt.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Personal Care Kit drive. 75 kits were assembled for shipment to Lutheran World Relief in late April! The kits will be distributed to disaster areas and refugees around the world. – Rebecca-Mary Martha Circle.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space this Sunday through next Sunday, April 30. Make summer bible camp a reality for Resurrection youth and their friends by picking up an numbered envelope from the Giving Tree and returning it with your gift.

Mission Envelope Gifts – During March & April, Resurrection is taking part in the ELCA World Hunger ‘40 Days of Giving’ emphasis. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help families earn a fair, sustainable living with dignity.

Matthew 25 Annual Tool Sale will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8 am to noon. You can drop off used or new tools on Tuesday, 1-5 pm or Thursday, 2-6 pm at 201 – 3rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids.

Holy Week at Resurrection

Hallelujah, He is Alive!

Maundy Thursday w/Communion
April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Good Friday
April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday w/Communion
April 16 @ 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 am

Sunday School will take Easter Sunday off so that families can worship our risen Lord together.

Easter Breakfast
Sunday, 7:30-11:00 am

Our high school youth are raising funds for their mission trip to Washington DC this July. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit.

Take Survey Today & Palm Sunday Worship

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK!

As part of the long range planning process, we have surveyed our members to assess our needs, wants, and passions (Where are we now? Where do we want to go?). As Christians, we all share the mission to reach out to others to share the gospel. This reaching out can be done in many ways such as helping those around us with their spiritual, physical, mental and emotional needs, wants and desires. As part of our seeking, we are reaching out to our neighbors and the community of Marion to determine how our needs, wants, and passions align with those of our local community. This information will be of great value to our planning team in helping to determine our path and the strategy to put this plan into action (How do we get there?). The community survey is one method we can use to assess the needs of our community and the community panel is another way that those needs can be discussed and explored.

Over the last few weeks we have been working with the Vernon Research Group to develop a customized survey that will collect the congregation’s preferences around the areas of Worship, Engagement, and Outreach. So far, 227 of you have taken the survey! You should have received an email from eford@vernonresearch.com that includes your individual link into the survey.

Sunday, April 9th, is the last day you can take the survey. Paper copies and tablet computers will be available in the gathering space today. Again, your responses will help us determine the congregation’s collective preferences.  Thank you so much for your help!


Palm Sunday, April 9 – Straddling Two Worlds

On this Palm Sunday, we hear in Matthew’s gospel that “they brought a donkey and a colt, and put their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them” as he entered Jerusalem. (Matthew 21:7). As Jesus somehow straddles two animals on his ride, he also straddles two worlds or kingdoms. Following Jesus means doing the same – living with a foot in both kingdoms. Our EDGE youth will lead worship at the 9:45 and 11:00 services today. Preacher: Pastor Dennis

We Want Your Opinion! VRG Survey available now

As part of the long range planning process, we have surveyed our members to assess our needs, wants, and passions (Where are we now? Where do we want to go?). As Christians, we all share the mission to reach out to others to share the gospel. This reaching out can be done in many ways such as helping those around us with their spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional needs, wants, and desires. As part of our seeking, we are reaching out to our neighbors and the community of Marion to determine how our needs, wants, and passions align with those of our local community. This information will be of great value to our planning team in helping to determine our path and the strategy to put this plan into action (How do we get there?). The community survey is one method we can use to assess the needs of our community and the community panel is another way that those needs can be discussed and explored.

Over the last few weeks we have been working with the Vernon Research Group to develop a second, more customized survey that will collect the congregation’s preferences around the areas of Worship, Engagement, and Outreach. So far, 227 of you have taken the survey! You should have received an email from eford@vernonresearch.com that includes your individual link into the survey. Each person 16 or older in your household whom we have an email contact for should have received an invitation.

Paper copies and tablet computers will be available in the gathering space on April 2nd and 9th. You may also take the survey by phone: call 319-364-7278, enter extension 7127. Again, your responses will help us determine the congregation’s collective preferences.

The Long Range Planning Team – Tatum Buse (chair), Larry Edwards, Kristi Hicks, Katie Kascel, Laura Lovseth, Ryan Phillips,  Dave Stadtmueller, Bob Wolter, Pastor Dennis & Pastor Miranda


Sunday, April 2 – Come Out!                                                                                                        

Today is our final message in our “Stories of Life-Change” sermon series before we head into Holy Week. During this series, we have been looking at powerful stories of lives being changed when encountering Jesus. Today, we hear the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. We learn of Jesus’ power over death. Jesus encounters a grieving community with compassion, love, and the power to transform even death into life. Preacher: Pastor Miranda

If you would like to order Easter lilies to beautify the worship room for our Easter services, please do so THIS WEEKEND! Our order must be turned in first thing on Monday morning. You are free to take your lily plant/s home with you after Easter worship services are over.

Give Us Your Feedback – Survey online now

Over the last few weeks we have been working with the Vernon Research Group to develop a second, more customized survey that will collect the congregation’s preferences around the areas of Worship, Engagement and Outreach. You should have received an email from eford@vernonresearch.com that includes your individual link into the survey. Only you should use your link. Each person 16 or older in your household whom we have an email contact for should have received his or her own invitation.

If you should need to stop while taking the survey, you can reuse the link to return to the spot you left off. If we don’t have an email for you, you can request a paper copy from the church office. Tablet computers will be available at church on April 2nd and 9th but you will need to access your email to open the survey. If you have any questions or problems taking the survey online, please email eford@vernonresearch.com.

Again, your responses will help us determine the congregation’s collective preferences which, in turn, will help us develop our ministry in ways that better meet your needs and desires.

The Long Range Planning Team – Tatum Buse (chair), Larry Edwards, Kristi Hicks, Katie Kascel, Laura Lovseth, Ryan Phillips,  Dave Stadtmueller, Bob Wolter, Pastor Dennis & Pastor Miranda


Sunday, March 26 – Light of the World

Today’s gospel from John 9 tells of Jesus restoring a blind man’s sight so he can move toward clear eyed discipleship. We too can move from darkness into the light of faith as we say with the blind man, ”Lord, I believe.” Preacher: Pastor Dennis

Known and Loved / Planning Survey #2

Sunday, March 19 – Known and Loved

A woman’s life is transformed as she encounters Jesus and comes to understand the power of being known and loved by him. Jesus offers her grace, love, and truth. Our lives, too, can be transformed by the power of being known and loved by Jesus.  Jesus knows everything about you; and, still, he offers you grace and love today.  Preacher: Pastor Miranda


Long-Range Planning Survey #2

Members of the LRPT (Long Range Planning Team) met on March 7 with Linda Kuster, Director of Research Strategy for VRG (Vernon Research Group). A first draft of the VRG survey was reviewed and updated. This second survey will be launched online tomorrow. An informational letter has been mailed to your homes and you will be receiving an email link to the survey. As with the recent MAP survey, we will be offering paper copies and tablet computers in the gathering space the next few Sunday mornings for those who prefer that way of completing the survey.

235 MAP (Mission Assessment Profile) surveys were filled out by our members. In the VRG survey, we seek to dig deeper into a few areas from the MAP survey that need more attention. The VRG survey is scheduled to be live from March 20 – April 9. The results will then be tabulated and presented to the LRPT, staff, and Church Council on April 18.

Other future steps in this process will include:

  • Receiving internal qualitative data from one-on-one interviews and listening posts with 75-100 people from LCR. Pastor Jana Swenson from Kairos & Associates will facilitate those discussions.
  • A Community Audit of one-on-one interviews and/or panel discussions with community leaders.

Thanks again to all who filled out the MAP survey – watch your email inbox for the link so you can express your views through the VRG survey!

The Long Range Planning Team: Tatum Buse (chair), Larry Edwards, Kristi Hicks, Katie Kascel, Laura Lovseth, Ryan Phillips,  Dave Stadtmueller, Bob Wolter, Pastor Dennis & Pastor Miranda

Sunday, March 12 – Seeking New Birth

Remember to set your clocks FORWARD one hour on Saturday night!


Sunday, March 12 – Seeking New Birth

Today’s story of Nicodemus seeking out Jesus in the night and their conversation about new birth reminds us of how we can be born anew in the waters of baptism and in encounters along life’s road with the Holy Spirit. Preacher: Pastor Dennis


MISSION ASSESSMENT PROFILE UPDATE

Members of the LRPT (Long Range Planning Team) met on March 7 with Linda Kuster, Director of Research Strategy for VRG (Vernon Research Group). A first draft of the VRG survey was reviewed and updated. This second survey will be launched online next Sunday, March 19. A letter and email will go out this coming week with a link to the survey. As with the recent MAP survey, we will also offer paper copies and tablet computers in the gathering space on Sunday mornings for those who prefer that way of completing the survey.

235 MAP (Mission Assessment Profile) surveys were filled out by our members. In the VRG survey, we seek to dig deeper into a few areas from the MAP survey that need more attention. The VRG survey is scheduled to be live from March 19 – April 9. The results will then be tabulated and presented to the LRPT, staff, and Church Council on April 18.

Other future steps in this process will include:

  • Receiving internal qualitative data from one-on-one interviews and listening posts with 75-100 people from LCR. Pastor Jana Swenson from Kairos & Associates will facilitate those discussions.
  • A Community Audit of one-on-one interviews and/or panel discussions with community leaders.

Thanks again to all who filled out the MAP survey – watch for a letter and email this week to express your views through the VRG survey!

The Long Range Planning Team – Tatum Buse (chair), Larry Edwards, Kristi Hicks, Katie Kascel, Laura Lovseth,  Ryan Phillips,  Dave Stadtmueller, Bob Wolter, Pastor Dennis & Pastor Miranda

Sunday, March 5 – Trusting God and God’s Word

This Sunday we will hear about when Jesus encounters the Tempter, who tries to split Jesus off from his relationship with his Father, attempting to break Jesus away from trusting in his Father’s good care and Word. We, too, can be faced with forces that try to split us off from God. Jesus conquers each temptation by using a resource available to us all: God’s Word. Jesus’ words and actions of trust can strengthen us in our life relationship with God. Preacher: Pastor Miranda


MISSION ASSESSMENT PROFILE UPDATE

Members of the LRPT (Long Range Planning Team), Church Council, staff, and key volunteers met on March 2nd with Pastor Jana Swenson of Kairos & Associates. Also in attendance was Linda Kuster, Director of Research Strategy for VRG (Vernon Research Group). Jana went over the results of the MAP (Mission Assessment Profile). Here are a few highlights:

  • 235 surveys were completed by LCR members
  • 78% of those surveyed said they worship nearly every week.
  • 70% have a bachelors or advanced degree from a college or university
  • 44% have children under 18 at home
  • 85% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “I believe this congregation is making a difference in people’s lives.”
  • 80% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “I feel a greater sense of belonging in this congregation the more I participate in its ministries.”
  • 83% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “There are opportunities to develop deeper relationships in this congregation.”
  • 75% agreed or strongly agreed with the statement   “I believe in the mission of this congregation.”

Future steps in this process will include:

  • A more specific survey on LCR by the Vernon Research Group, starting on March 19.
  • Internal Qualitative Data from one-on-one interviews and listening posts with 75-100 people from LCR.
  • A Community Audit of one-on-one interviews and/or panel discussions with community leaders.

Thanks to all who filled out a survey – watch for the next opportunity to express your views through the VRG survey!

Ash Wednesday & Lenten Worship Services

The Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1 at Resurrection with the imposition of ashes and holy communion served at 6 and 7 pm services. In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, Luther’s Small Catechism will be our theme on Lenten Wednesday nights. A Lenten devotional on the Small Catechism, “Free Indeed,” will be available in the gathering space for your use. Holden Evening Prayer will be our Lenten liturgy.

Lenten Suppers will be served from 5:15-6:30 pm each Wednesday evening in Lent. Your freewill offerings at these suppers help support mission efforts by our groups:

  • March 1 – EDGE youth group / potato bar / July mission trip to Washington, DC
  • March 8 – Wednesday Night Live / taco bar / shopping trip for Crossroads Food Pantry
  • March 15- staff / pizza / TBA
  • March 22 – confirmation small groups / chili / Camp EWALU
  • March 29 – EDGE youth group / spaghetti / July mission trip to Washington, DC
  • April 5 – Wee Wisdom / meatball subs / playground mulch & Heifer International

 

A Light of Love & Planning Survey

February 19 & 22: A Light of Love

Our attempts to love our friends and even our enemies fall short of what God desires for us. In Jesus, we see one who loved even those who persecuted and killed him. We are made holy in baptism, and forgiven at the table of God’s mercy. As a people made holy by God, we go in peace to love as we have been loved and to forgive as we have been forgiven.  We will celebrate the baptisms of Peyton Gorres, Quinton Johnson, and Cavan Kaspryk at services this morning. Preacher: Pastor Miranda

 

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Resurrection members & friends…..

LCR has contracted with a consulting and resource development firm called Kairos and Associates to lead us through a process that will help lead us into the future as a congregation, assuring LCR has a clear vision for ministry impact, numerical and spiritual growth, and financial stability long-term.

The first step is to conduct a congregational survey called the Missional Assessment Profile (MAP), an online survey that takes about 10 minutes to complete. Taking the survey gives you a chance to anonymously register your, thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the church and will help us to collect and understand the range of views that exist in the congregation. The survey can be taken in the following ways:

  • Click on the link below
  • Copy and paste the link below into your browser
  • Hard copies can be picked up and returned to the church office during business hours. (Please note: the survey must be fully completed or we will not be able to register any of your responses.)

Other Important Information:

  • Every member 16 and older can participate, as well as non-members who actively participate in worship and other activities.
  • You can use the same link for more than one person in your family.
  • Once you start taking the survey online you must answer every question and complete it in one sitting.
  • All survey responses are anonymous.

MAP Survey

We hope that participating in the assessment will get you thinking about God’s plan for the future of LCR and help you celebrate the good things going on in our church today. Thank you for your willingness to invest in this important work!