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Intergenerational Mission Trips Summer 2018

Two options this summer:

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota – June 8-16; ages 14 & up

We will be going to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We will work with the Pine Ridge Retreat Center, which serves as a mission outpost of service, pastoral ministry, meeting basic needs, offering a Sanctuary for kids to come after school, offering a sandwich ministry at lunchtime, and organizing cultural learning and service in the community with groups that come to learn and serve. The Pine Ridge Retreat center is a Lutheran/Lakota Shared Ministry. I encourage you to pray about going yourself and/or about inviting a friend to join you. Consider joining this year’s team and see what God will do in and through you!

Cost will be $570 per person plus spending money and some travel meals. (Final costs may be lower, depending on the size of the team and travel decisions.) The maximum group size is 24, so sign up today. Sign up to join the team by completing the Pine Ridge Mission Trip RSVP form and attaching your initial down payment of $75 and turn in to the church office as soon as possible. If you are interested in more information, please contact Pastor Miranda at the church.

Northeast Iowa, with overnights at Camp EWALU – August 16-19; all ages

Plan to end your summer by serving together! We will serve with organizations in Northeast Iowa (including the Clayton County Food Shelf) with lodging at Camp Ewalu. Service experiences are an important factor in helping kids’ faith stick. This family mission trip is aimed at deepening faith and strengthening family relationships. The schedule will end earlier in the evening with optional night activities. We will seek out hands-on service opportunities that kids and adults can do side by side. Meals, campfire, pool, and team-building at Ewalu. Lodging will be in hotel-style rooms and bunk rooms. Camping and other options are available as well if interested. Possible accommodations of an adjusted schedule for younger families with children that still take afternoon naps.

If you are interested, please contact Pastor Miranda. Cost will be $155/Adult/Youth; $135/Child (4-11); ages 1-3 free. All lodging and meals are included. Individuals and families are responsible for their own transportation. Carpooling can be arranged. Register by completing the Family Mission Trip RSVP form and attaching your down payment of $40 per person.

February 2018 CrossTalk and Calendar of Events

February 2018 CrossTalk 

February 2018 Calendar of Events

Fellowship Dinner

Where In the World is My Dinner?!

Save this date – Saturday, February 10

The fellowship committee will create TOP SECRET GROUPS for each host home.

6:00 pm – appetizers at the church

~ receive address for your host home ~

7:00 pm – dinner at host home

8:30 pm – dessert at the church

You will need to sign up in advance for this event!

You can:

> bring a dish (appetizer, salad, dessert)


> be a host and provide a main dish

Please note that this is an adults-only event.

January 2018 CrossTalk & Calendar

In the January CrossTalk, you will find a review of our fantastic Christmas celebration last month and a preview of the exciting new things we have in store for 2018.

January 2018 CrossTalk

January 2018 Calendar of Events

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


EDGE – High School Youth Groupbegins Wed, August 30th

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

EDGE Youth Group