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December 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar of Events

December 2017 CrossTalk newsletter

December 2017 Calendar of Events

Not A Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem begins Sunday, November 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season. This DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton is led by Alyssa Weaver & Pastor Dennis.

Imagine Jesus from Mary’s point of view – proud of her son, in awe of his gifts and mission, guided by love for him as a person and so much more. In this book, Adam Hamilton begins at the end, with Mary at the crucifixion and resurrection; travels back in time as she witnesses his life and ministry; and ends at the beginning, with the Christ child born in a stable, Mary’s beautiful baby. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with Mary. 

Lifetree Cafe’ in November

All Lifetree gatherings are on Friday at noon. Please join us for these fascinating events and invite a friend! Lifetree is always free.

Friday, November 3rd – Mysteries of Mental Illness: One Woman’s Struggle to Regain Her Life

Our video this week features a filmed interview with Karen McCracken, a woman diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and author of Breaking Free From OCD.  “It got to a point that I would have to read every sign I saw when I went somewhere,” McCracken says. “If I saw a sign in my peripheral vision, I thought something bad would happen if I didn’t stop to read it.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity to discuss brushes with mental illness they, or people close to them, have experienced.

Friday, November 10th – Triumph Over Trauma: One Woman’s Struggle with Anorexia

Our video includes a filmed interview with a victim of anorexia whose eating disorder threatened to end her life. “The behavior and the addiction are so strong. Breaking that cycle is hell,” the woman featured in the film says. “The recovery was harder than anything I’ve ever had to do, and it meant addressing all the other issues I was facing in my life.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to share events or traumas that have impacted their own lives.

Friday, November 17th – Smile…Even When You Think You Can’t

This session will provide proven ways to cope with difficult situations in life. A short film will be shown featuring a wheelchair-bound man who competes in triathlon events. “It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by life’s hardships,” said Lifetree representative Craig Cable. “This program offers hope and some key skills that help overcome challenges.” During the program, Lifetree Café participants will have the opportunity to discuss a problem they’re currently facing and brainstorm potential solutions.

Friday, December 1st – Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe

This week we’ll view a filmed interview with former White House attorney and Air Force officer Michael Weinstein, who believes the U.S. military is under attack by a group that threatens both morale and battle-readiness: Christian fundamentalists. “What do you do when you’re forced to convert to Christianity or face incredible scrutiny during basic training?” Weinstein asks. “I went to the Academy to see what was occurring and then realized there was a much bigger problem.” During the program Lifetree participants will have the opportunity share their opinions on recent situations in which religious freedom was threatened.

LifeTree Cafe’ – Fridays at noon

Lifetree Café meets on Fridays at noon

This program works to build relational bridges between LCR and the community by inviting people to come and join in an hour of conversation and coffee on different, relevant topics. This is a safe place where believers and non-believers are free from judgment and where they can share their thoughts and doubts.

We’ll meet weekly on Fridays throughout the fall. LifeTree Café is always FREE.


 

October 13 – Toxic Faith

Is religion helpful or harmful? Discover three key factors that are often associated with “toxic faith.”

October 20 – The 60-Minute Guide to Greater Confidence

Feeling down about yourself? Learn how to talk to anybody, make friends, and get the job you want.

October 27 – The Black and White Truth About Racism

Meet a black man who asked KKK members how they could hate him when they didn’t even know him.

November 3 – Mysteries of Mental Illness

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder took over her life and made it difficult to make it through a single day. Learn how she finally broke free.

September 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

There is so much new stuff happening at Resurrection right now that I can’t list them all – just read the CrossTalk! This includes new staff, new programs, and a ton of new opportunities to serve and praise God in his kingdom here on Earth.

September 2017 CrossTalk

September 2017 Calendar of Events

Youth Discipleship begins soon!

You can now register your children for the 2017/2018 school year at the table in the church gathering space.

Further information and registration forms can be found at the links below.


Sunday Schoolbegins Sunday, September 10th

Preschool-5th Grades / Sundays 9:45-10:45 am

Sunday School – 9:45 am

Wednesday Night Live begins Wednesday, September 13th

3rd, 4th, 5th Grades / Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday Night Live

Confirmation – Orientation is on Wednesday, August 30th for Parents & Youth & Guides

6th, 7th, 8th Grades / Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 pm

Confirmation

EDGE – High School Youth Groupbegins Wed, August 30th

9th-12th Grades / Wednesdays 7:30-9:00

EDGE Youth Group

Fantastic Serving Opportunities available now

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


LCR will be holding a church-wide Operation Christmas Child Event in November. Please consider doing some Back-to-School shopping for children in need throughout the world. We include basic school supplies in our boxes and are asking for the following donations: Crayons, Colored Pencils, Regular Pencils, Pens, Pencil Sharpeners (always need lots of these), Solar-Powered Calculators, Small Notebooks, Coloring Books, Markers (narrow and broad tip), Metric Rulers, Small Drawstring Bags, Erasers, Pencil Cases (soft-sided or small plastic case), T-shirts (in all sizes – many are on clearance now). There will be a tub in the Gathering Space near the registration table for the items. Thank you!


Youth Volunteer Training Event – Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 pm

The Youth staff at LCR is holding a training event for all Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, and EDGE volunteers along with our nursery staff. We will gather all together at the beginning of the afternoon for a time to “cast vision” for the important role that you have as volunteers as you share about the love of Jesus and come alongside our youth of all ages on the journey of discipleship.  We will discuss the five love languages of children in order to better connect with our children and youth as we serve. Then each group will break off for individual training specific to your volunteer area and will look ahead to the coming year. This event is for ALL volunteers working with youth and children. We look forward to teaming with you for the upcoming ministry year! If you are interested in learning more about love languages before the event, we recommend the book The Five Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell, M.D.

Youth Discipleship Programming begins soon!

You can now register your children for the 2017/2018 school year at the table in the church gathering space.

Further information and registration forms can be found at the links below.


Sunday Schoolbegins Sunday, September 10th

Preschool-5th Grades / Sundays 9:45-10:45 am

Sunday School – 9:45 am

Wednesday Night Live begins Wednesday, September 13th

3rd, 4th, 5th Grades / Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday Night Live

Confirmation – Orientation is on Wednesday, August 30th for Parents & Youth & Guides

6th, 7th, 8th Grades / Wednesdays 7:00-8:15 pm

Confirmation

EDGE – High School Youth Groupbegins Wed, August 30th

9th-12th Grades / Wednesdays 7:30-9:00

E.D.G.E. – High School

August 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

In this month’s CrossTalk you will find photos from the Youth Mission Trip, Elementary Day Camp, and the Golf Fundraiser for Mission of Hope. In addition, there is information about Resurrection’s new intern, Alyssa Weaver; our worship themes for August; Stephen Ministry (and other serving opportunities); and a peek ahead to our Sunday morning Adult Ed offerings in the year ahead.

August 2017 CrossTalk

August 2017 Calendar of Events

Marion Cares Back-to-School Backpack Drive

Would you like to help a Linn-Mar or Marion Independent student start the school year off right? You can do this by picking up a backpack and BLUE supply list at the church, purchasing the requested supplies, and returning the filled backpack to the church by Sunday, July 30th. Call or text Marion Cares at 319.377.5344 if you have any questions.