Archive for Mission Trips

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 21, will highlight the start of Jesus’ ministry and the call of four fishermen (Mark 1:14-20).   After Jesus proclaims the good news of the gospel, he calls Peter, Andrew, James, and John to follow him and “fish for people.” I will preach on this familiar text and add three stories of Alfred, Kathy, and Mike who were “caught in the net” of the gospel and came to faith in Jesus Christ.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis 

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday, January 21, at 9:45 Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet next Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has a family night next Wednesday.

Jordan Sanders, daughter of Bob & Kim Sanders, has raised thousands of dollars over the years through Christmas cookie sales for Cedar Valley Humane Society. Her story is going to run this Sunday, Jan. 21, at 10:00 pm on KCRG Channel 9! Way to go Jordan!

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 26 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “News from the Future: A Futurist Gives a Sneak Peek.” 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.

LCR Scrapbookers will meet on Saturday, January 27 from 9 am to 9 pm. Bring your photos, tools, and albums and we’ll share our creative ideas! Contact Donna Dennis at odonna@netins.net for further info. Non-members are always welcome at these events.

Where In the World is My Dinner?!? – Take part in a fun and delicious adult social event on Saturday, February 10. The fellowship committee will create secret groups for each “host home.” Everyone will meet at church for appetizers at 6 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:30. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time to either bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert OR to host and provide a main dish. This is a fun way to meet people from our congregation – come join us!

The annual meeting of LCR will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report will be available on Sunday, January 28. A budget forum will be held that day at 9:45 am.

GROW

Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, January 21st at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half-truth is “God won’t give you more than you can handle,” led by Alyssa Weaver, our pastoral intern.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton. This lesson covers the miraculous signs of Jesus, including changing water into wine and healing a blind beggar.

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 January 2018: The Book of Galatians by Kyle Idelman, What Is God’s Plan? by Phil Vischer, Crossing The Waters by Alaskan fishermen Leslie Leyland Fields, and the documentary The Hobby Lobby Decision.

SERVE

Intergenerational Mission Trip Meeting Join us this Sunday, January 21st, at 9:30 am or Wednesday, January 24th, at 7:15 pm for a Mission Trip Information Meeting as we look at dates and options and determine the interest level for an Intergenerational Mission Trip for summer 2018 for Adults and Youth. Please come with your calendar and your questions. If you are not able to join us, but you are interested in more information; please email Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Marion Cares Opportunities – Here are some great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018. Think about giving your time to the children of Marion Cares. These kids need YOU – to listen, to play games, to support, to color with, to talk to, to read with to, to spend time with. Just think – if everyone gave of one hour of their time, LCR could easily support this worthwhile program. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. See the  entryway bulletin board for more information. Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

Personal Care Kits – Rebecca Mary Martha Circle is collecting light-weight bath towels and bars of soap for Personal Care Kits. Assembled kits will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for world-wide distribution. Donations may be placed in the marked tub in the gathering space through February 11th. Call Lareen Gull (373-3304) with questions.

GIVE

Last call for 2018 Fund Appeal commitments If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. Please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. There are extra forms at the Welcome Center window if you need them.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically. Or check out our new LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 14,  we will think about how Jesus’ ministry begins with the call of disciples, who then bring others to Jesus. Philip’s friend Nathaniel begins with skepticism and moves to faith, helping to reveal to us more about who Jesus is. Nathaniel had been invited by his friend to “come and see”, and Nathaniel encountered Jesus in the flesh. Today, we can invite people to “come and see” and bring people to the body of Christ. How might you invite others to experience Christ through you this week? How might you invite others to “come and see” who this Jesus is who knows them, loves them, and calls them to mission? Pastor Miranda will be our preacher on this story from John 1:43-52.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School  meets this Sunday, January 14, at 9:45 am. Wednesday Night Live will meet this Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:00 pm. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 7:00 pm. EDGE will also meet this Wednesday at the usual time.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 19 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Care for Caregivers.” 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 annual meeting of LCR will take place on Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report will be available on Sunday, January 28. A budget forum will be held that day at 9:45 am.

GROW

Half Truths, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, January 14th at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half- truth is “God helps those who help themselves.”

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, begins this Sunday as well. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton. This first lesson covers the first chapter of John, including the text for this Sunday’s sermon.

RightNow Media is available anytime on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Go to RightNow Media.org to get started. Send your email address to LCR (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can get you linked up with RightNow Media. There is no cost to you – the church pays a monthly fee to help our members and friends access hundreds of bible studies, talks, and courses on this “Netflix of Bible Studies.”

SERVE

Intergenerational Mission Trip Meeting Join us Sunday, January 21st, at 9:30 am or Wednesday, January 24th, at 7:15 pm for a Mission Trip Information Meeting as we look at dates and options and determine the interest level for an Intergenerational Mission Trip for summer 2018 for Adults and Youth. Please come with your calendar and your questions. If you are not able to join us, but you are interested in more information; please email Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Marion Cares Opportunities – Here are some great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018. Think about giving your time to the children of Marion Cares. These kids need YOU – to listen, to play games, to support, to color with, to talk to, to read with to, to spend time with. Just think – if everyone gave of one hour of their time, LCR could easily support this worthwhile program. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. See the  entryway bulletin board for more information. Sign up by contacting Jen at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

Personal Care Kits – Rebecca Mary Martha Circle is collecting light-weight bath towels and bars of soap for Personal Care Kits. Assembled kits will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for world-wide distribution. Donations may be placed in the marked tub in the gathering space through February 11th. Call Lareen Gull (373-3304) with questions.

GIVE

2018 Fund Appeal As of January 7, we have received 227 commitments for the General Fund totaling $533,338. In addition, $129,630 has been pledged for the new Growth & Outreach Fund. These represent 49% of our total 463 giving units. These commitments annually amount to around 75-80% of our eventual receipts used for mission and ministry. If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. Please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically. Or check out our new LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 7, we will resume our usual worship schedule of 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00, along with Sunday School, adult classes, and fellowship at 9:45. Our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on the story of Jesus’ baptism from Mark 1. In his Gospel, Mark identifies this as the beginning of the Good News and the beginning of Jesus ministry. We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey, as we come from the baptismal waters we are called to live a new life, a new identity, as children of God. We will look at what this new identity, through baptism, entails and what it means for our lives.

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.

Happy New Year,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Christmas Eve services were a wonderful evening of worship and praise, with over 1,160 in attendance. Thanks to: Ruth Armstrong and Jesse Klosterboer for playing at all four services; those who provided special music; and all who served as ushers, greeters, altar guild, acolytes, communion assistants, readers, and PowerPoint clickers.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School  resumes this Sunday, January 7. Wednesday Night Live will start up again on January 10th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have small groups this Wednesday, Jan. 10. EDGE will also resume this Wednesday at the usual time.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 12 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Making the Most of Your Life.” 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.

CrossTalk error – If you usually receive your monthly newsletter by email and have not found it in your inbox yet, please note your email address on the back of your welcome card. A portion of the e-mailing list was accidentally deleted.

GROW

“Half Truths” , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, will begin this Sunday, January 7th at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half- truth is “everything happens for a reason.”

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, will  begin on January 14th. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

RightNow Media is available anytime on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Go to RightNow Media.org to get started. Send your email address to LCR (office@lcrmarion.org) so we can get you linked up with RightNow Media. There is no cost to you – the church pays a monthly fee to help our members and friends access hundreds of bible studies, talks, and courses on this “Netflix of Bible Studies.”

SERVE

Unhanging of the Greens – “What goes up must come down.” That also applies to Christmas decorations. We will meet to remove everything and put it away on Saturday, January 6th at 9:30 am. We had a great turnout for decorating the church, and un-decorating always goes faster, so we should be able to finish in good time. See everyone then!

Intergenerational Mission Trip Meeting Join us Sunday, January 21st, at 9:30 am or Wednesday, January 24th, at 7:15 pm for a Mission Trip Information Meeting as we look at dates and options and determine the interest level for an Intergenerational Mission Trip for summer 2018 for Adults and Youth. Please come with your calendar and your questions. If you are not able to join us, but you are interested in more information; please email Pastor Miranda at miranda@lcrmarion.org.

Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.

Marion Cares Opportunities – Here are some great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018. Think about giving your time to the children of Marion Cares. These kids need YOU – to listen, to play games, to support, to color with, to talk to, to read with to, to spend time with. Just think – if everyone gave of one hour of their time, LCR could easily support this worthwhile program. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. See the  entryway bulletin board for more information. Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

As of December 31, we have received 222 commitments for the General Fund totaling $524,538. In addition, $127,326 has been pledged for the new Growth & Outreach Fund. These represent 48% of our total 463 giving units. These commitments annually amount to around 75-80% of our eventual receipts used for mission and ministry. If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. Please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. As of December 31, our 2018 commitments are 80% for the General Fund and 20% for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

Thanks to all who gave to our Christmas Eve offering for three partners – Camp Chisomo, Marion Cares, and Take Away Hunger. As of December 31, the total from the offering came to $8,448. $4,224 will be given to Camp Chisomo to dig a well and construct the first buildings on their new property. $2,112 will be given to Marion Cares for their after-school programs, and $2,112 to Take Away Hunger for feeding children and families in our community and state.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically. Or check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

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

Resurrection E-news: August 13, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, August 13, is Mission Trip Sunday. Our EDGE youth and adults will share about their experiences on their mission trip to Washington, D.C. in July. An added treat will be the EDGE Band as they lead us in songs at 10:15. At the 8:15 service, there will be spirited duets on piano and organ by Cheryl Irland and Ruth Armstrong.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis


STAFF NEWS

Alyssa Weaver, our Luther seminary intern, began her ministry with us on August 1. She will lead worship at both services on Sunday. Our Internship Committee is complete. Thanks to Nora Read, Carrie Klein, John Hanson, Julie Jensen, Rick Ironside, and Linda Erlandson for agreeing to serve.

Our sympathies to Nicole & Andy McRoberts and family and Marcia Adix on the death of Pastor Jim Adix on August 4th. Pastor Jim served as an interim pastor here at LCR in 2014-2015. There will be a visitation at Our Saviors Lutheran in Cedar Rapids on Friday, August 18 from 4 – 7 pm. The funeral will be in Strawberry Point at Emmanuel Lutheran on Saturday, August 19 at 11 am.

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

Tyler Hagy has accepted the position of Choir Director at Resurrection. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. He is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance, and sang in Luther’s Nordic Choir. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, UK and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Choir practice will begin on Wednesday, September 13.

YOUTH NEWS

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

Youth Discipleship Program registration forms for Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, and Confirmation are in the gathering space now. Fill them out thoroughly and return as soon as you can. Many are available online at this site. Others will be posted shortly.

CONNECT

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

SERVE

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

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

Operation Christmas Child Event will be held at Resurrection 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 is a tub in the Gathering Space near the registration table for the items. Thank you!

GIVE

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

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

Resurrection E-news: July 23, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, July 23, we will continue our video/sermon series on Moses with “Lessons from the Wilderness.” Our video by Adam Hamilton will focus on the Israelites’ forty-year journey through the Sinai desert and how Moses learned a valuable leadership lesson about delegation. We’ll also consider how our physical structures, like the tabernacle, shape our worship life. Facing criticism and not giving up is another lesson from this story. Pastor Miranda will preach through this story on Sunday.

 A Farewell Reception for Lyn A’Hearn  will be held on Sunday at 9:15 am in the gathering space and fellowship hall. Your cards of appreciation and support are welcome. Come and give thanks to God for Lyn’s impact on our congregation and wish her well as she moves to be closer to family. She will  be a Chaplain Resident at Advocate Healthcare in Bloomington, IL.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

STAFF NEWS

Alyssa Weaver, our Luther seminary intern, will arrive this week and will be welcomed next Sunday, July 30th, at both services. A big thanks to Mike & Nancy Almasi for donating furniture for the rental home; and to DuWayne Schminke, Craig Horak, Mike Almasi, and Luke Johnson for moving in the furniture.

Nursery Help needed – We need to hire three adults for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position ($17/hour). If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) and she will give you more information.

YOUTH NEWS

High School Mission Trip- a large group of youth and adults will return on Sunday from their mission trip to Washington, D.C. They will share about their experiences on Sunday, August 13th.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they return home.

EWALU Bible Camp – this week’s campers include:  Maren Loftsgard (Mini-Camp 6A); Parker Schutz (Explorers); Rylie Schutz (Native Americans); Rachel Adamson, Alaina Beck, Parker Nicks (Pioneers); Alexandra Miller, Paiden Nicks (Advanced Ranch Camp). Keep them in your prayers, along with these staff from LCR:  Associate director– Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Amanda Williams.

CONNECT

Golf Outing & Fundraiser The Mission of Hope Golf Fundraiser is this Sunday, July 23, at 1:00 pm at Hunters Ridge Golf Course. There are over 80 golfers involved. Thanks to Bill Stein and Donna Feigenbaum who organized the tournament and asked area businesses to provide prizes. If you have any last minute questions, call Bill at 447-1189.

Canoeing & Cookout on Sunday, July 29- Join in on the fun at Flying Squirrel Shelter in Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. Please register in advance at the gathering space table (or office @lcrmarion.org).  Last day to reserve canoes is July 24. Those going on the canoe trip will have to arrive at noon but everyone else can come anytime during the afternoon for snacks, horseshoes, games, hiking, sand volleyball, playground for the kids, etc. Cook-out will start about 2:30 pm. The Fellowship Team will provide hot dogs, chicken breasts, buns, condiments, lemonade, and water. Please bring a dish to share with others and table service for yourself. Paddle boats and canoes may be rented by the hour OR you can just sit in the shade and enjoy the fellowship!

Saturday, July 29th is the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares. Our own With Faith and EDGE bands will play, starting at 4:15.  We received a $250 Thrivent grant to provide hot dogs, buns, and condiments for the event.

SERVE

Marion Cares Back-to-School Backpacks – Thanks to all who picked up backpacks to fill with school supplies. Please return them by July 30th. They will be distributed at Marion Village, Squaw Creek, and Azure Apartments from August 4-7.

Blood Drive will be held here at Resurrection on Tuesday, August 1 from 2:30-6:30 pm. You can register on the entryway bulletin board.  Last date to have given previously is June 6th.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thanks for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer

GIVE

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

As summer continues, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.

Resurrection E-news: July 16, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, July 16, we will resume our two service schedule (8:15 traditional, 10:15 contemporary). Our Moses-the Reluctant Prophet video will focus on Mt. Sinai and the giving of the 10 Commandments. I’ll share some thoughts on how God provided for Israel’s needs and does the same for us; what  this powerful encounter did for Israel; and how the 10 Commandments are a gift for us and a ‘circle of safety’ that cannot save us, but point us to One who does, Jesus Christ. At both services we will show a day camp video and hear a brief message from Paula Land, Executive Director of the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids (our mission envelope recipient for July-August).

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

STAFF NEWS

Lyn A’Hearn Farewell Reception will be held on Sunday, July 23 at 9:15 am in the gathering space and fellowship hall. Your cards of appreciation and support are welcome. Come and give thanks to God for Lyn’s impact on our congregation and wish her well as she moves to be closer to family. She will  be a Chaplain Resident at Advocate Healthcare in Bloomington, IL.

Alyssa Weaver, our Luther Seminary intern, will move to Marion the week of July 23-29. We will need some help on Tuesday, July 25 to move furniture and boxes into her rental home (2225 Country Club Drive). Email the office if you could help out (office@lcrmarion.org).

Nursery Help needed – We need to hire three adults for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position ($17/hour). If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) and she will give you more information.

Jessi Heidelbauer, our new Children’s Ministry  Co-Director, coordinated our day camp with Tammy Evans and our EWALU counselors this past week. Jessi is a long time member of LCR, has been on several Malawi mission trips, and will graduate from Iowa State in December. She will be able to complete her remaining coursework online from home while working at LCR.

Aaron Schutte  accepted our offer to be the contemporary worship (With Faith) director. He is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led weekly worship for three years and guided music service trips for a 14-member contemporary Christian band. He served as an EWALU counselor for two summers; was a 5th grade teacher for three years in Waterloo; and was an ELCA missionary in Tanzania from 2009-2012. He is skilled in guitar, keyboard, and vocals. Aaron will begin on staff in late August after his wife Allison completes her Masters’ degree coursework in music education. Aaron will commute from Independence; Allison teaches music in Waterloo. They have a 3 ½ year old daughter and a 15 month old son. His first Sunday will be on August 27.

YOUTH NEWS

High School Mission Trip- a large group of youth and adults will leave on Saturday, July 15 for their mission trip to Washington, D.C. Our EDGE Youth will partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in this community. Students will serve at a food pantry, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program, or at elderly care facilities. Here’s the group: STUDENTS Ally Edwards, Delaney Akiens, Selena Aschbrenner, Sam Smith, Nora Read, Caitlyn Nuehring, Emmie Buse, Zoë DeKruif, Laura Noehren, McKenna Fishel, Ryan Hall, Max Molander, Ben Duhn, Alex Campbell, Braeden Green, Jared Feigenbaum, Zach Vana, Matthew Mather, Ben Steinbach, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, Tyler Green, Kyle Schrader, Luke Sloterdyk, Alex Stadtmueller, Zaidin Boehmke, Connor McSperrin, Natalie Shepherd. ADULTSRyan Phillips, Marissa Phillips, Katie Kascel, Kayleigh Akiens, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Katie Thul, & Claire Phillips! They will share about their experiences on Sunday, August 13th.  Keep them in your thoughts and prayers throughout their trip.

Bible Camp – We have no campers at EWALU this week, but please keep these staff in your prayers: Assistant director – Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens. Jared was one of the Day Camp staff at LCR this past week.

CONNECT

LCR Book Club – Our new evening group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm here at the church. Our first book will be The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. Copies can be found at the Marion Library in the nonfiction section under 305.409 ZASLOW. Our first meeting is on  Tuesday, July 18. As you are reading, jot down notes on things that stand out to you. Call Sherrill Morrison with any questions: 319-329-0114. Please join us!

Golf Outing & Fundraiser – You can take part in the Mission of Hope/Crossroads Golf Fundraiser on Sunday, July 23, starting at 1:00 pm. Further information and the sign-up sheet are on the entryway bulletin board. Sign-up deadline is 7/20. Questions? Call Bill Stein at 447-1189.

Canoeing & Cookout on Sunday, July 29- Join in on the fun at Flying Squirrel Shelter in Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. Please register in advance at the gathering space table (or office @lcrmarion.org).  Last day to reserve canoes is July 21. Those going on the canoe trip will have to arrive at noon but everyone else can come anytime during the afternoon for snacks, horseshoes, games, hiking, sand volleyball, playground for the kids, etc. Cook-out will start about 2:30 pm. The Fellowship Team will provide hot dogs, chicken breasts, buns, condiments, lemonade, and water. Please bring a dish to share with others and table service for yourself. Paddle boats and canoes may be rented by the hour OR you can just sit in the shade and enjoy the fellowship!

SERVE

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thanks for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.

Saturday, July 29th is the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares. Our own With Faith band will provide several songs during the event. We received a $250 Thrivent grant to provide hot dogs, buns, and pop for the event.

GIVE

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

As summer continues, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.

Resurrection E-news: July 9, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, July 9, we will have one combined service outdoors at 10:15, with a potluck to follow. It will be led by the With Faith & Evening Song worship teams, with anthems from the Galileans and EDGE Band. Bring your lawn chairs and a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope. For the potluck, bring a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share. There will be seating in the fellowship hall for those who prefer to listen indoors. If it’s raining, we’ll move the service inside. Come early and enjoy some donuts and coffee in the café and fellowship hall from 9:15-10:15. We will have several pop-up tents to provide shade; come early to help set them up, along with extra chairs and staging/risers for the musicians.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

STAFF NEWS

Jessi Heidelbauer accepted our offer to be our new Children’s Ministry  Co-Director in charge of Sunday School and day camp. She began her ministry this past week. Jessi is a long time member of LCR, has been on several Malawi mission trips, and will graduate from Iowa State in December. She will be able to complete her remaining coursework online from home while working at LCR.

Aaron Schutte  accepted our offer to be the contemporary worship (With Faith) director. He is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led weekly worship for three years and guided music service trips for a 14-member contemporary Christian band. He served as an EWALU counselor for two summers; was a 5th grade teacher for three years in Waterloo; and was an ELCA missionary in Tanzania from 2009-2012. He is skilled in guitar, keyboard, and vocals. Aaron will begin on staff in mid-August after his wife Allison completes her Masters’ degree coursework in music education. Aaron will commute from Independence; Allison teaches music in Waterloo. They have a 3 ½ year old daughter and a 15 month old son.

Lyn A’Hearn Farewell Reception will be held on Sunday, July 23 at 9:15 am in the gathering space and fellowship hall. Your cards of appreciation and support are welcome. Come and give thanks to God for Lyn’s impact on our congregation and wish her well as she moves to be closer to family. She will  be a Chaplain Resident at Advocate Healthcare in Bloomington, IL.

Alyssa Weaver, our Luther Seminary intern, will move to Marion the week of July 23-29. We will need some help during that week to move furniture and boxes into a rental home on Country Club Drive. Put a note on your welcome card if you would like to help.

Nursery Help needed – We need to hire three adults for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) and she will give you more information.

YOUTH NEWS

Day Camp begins this week, July 10-14 – This annual highlight of the summer for 1st-5th graders will again be led by EWALU Counselors. You can  register at the gathering space table or at www.lcrmarion.org. This year’s theme is “The Water of Life.”

Bible Camp – Please keep these campers and staff in your prayers this week: Alexa Clymer, Keanna Williams, Tori Sletteland (Explorers); Briana Clymer, Jordan Thompson (Native Americans); Karli Sletteland (Ranch Camp); Jessica Dolezal, Emma Schminke (Night Camp); Emmie Buse, Zoe DeKruif, Laura Noehren (Houseboating); Associate Director– Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens, Amanda Williams.

High School Mission Trip – A large group of youth and adults will leave on Saturday, July 15 for their mission trip to Washington, D.C. Keep them in your prayers. They will share about their experiences on Sunday, August 6th (not the 13th as was printed in the August Crosstalk).

SERVE

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up a squeeze bottle of mayo and/or ziploc sandwich bags (no zippers) and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.

Saturday, July 29th is the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares. Our own With Faith band will provide several songs during the event.

Summer Sidekicks will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board, or email laura@marioncares.org..

CONNECT

LCR Book Club – Our new evening group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm here at the church. Our first book will be The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. Copies can be found at the Marion Library in the nonfiction section under 305.409 ZASLOW. Our first meeting is on  Tuesday, July 18. As you are reading, jot down notes on things that stand out to you. Call Sherrill Morrison with any questions: 319-329-0114. Please join us!

Golf Outing & Fundraiser – You can take part in the Mission of Hope/Crossroads Golf Fundraiser on Sunday, July 23, starting at 1:00 pm. Further information and the sign-up sheet are on the entryway bulletin board. Sign-up deadline is 7/20. Questions? Call Bill Stein at 447-1189.

Canoeing & Cookout fellowship event on Saturday, July 29 at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. You can sign up in the gathering space today; those who want to reserve a canoe must sign up and pay rental fee by July 21.

GIVE

Mission Envelope Gifts for July & August are going to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.  A speaker from the Center will be with us next Sunday, July 16 to share at both services about their ministry.

As summer continues, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.

Resurrection E-news: July 2, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, July 2 at both services,  the Malawi Mission Trip group will share stories and video of their recent trip to Africa and the gospel ministry carried out through Camp Chisomo. If you’re gone this Sunday for the holiday weekend, you can hear their stories at our 6:00 Wednesday night service on July 5th.

On July 9, we will have one service outdoors at 10:15, with a potluck to follow. More details can be found below.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Outdoor Worship – A Combined Outdoor Worship Service will be held next Sunday, July 9 at 10:15 am. It will be led by the With Faith & Evening Song worship teams, with anthems from the Galileans, Older Hymns, and EDGE Band. Bring your lawn chairs and a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope. A potluck will follow, so please come with a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share. There will be seating in the fellowship hall for those who prefer to listen indoors. If it’s raining, we’ll move the service inside. Come early and enjoy some donuts and coffee in the café and fellowship hall from 9:15-10:15. We will have several pop-up tents to provide shade; come early to help set them up, along with extra chairs.

STAFF NEWS

Jessi Heidelbauer has accepted our offer to be our new Children’s Ministry  Co-Director in charge of Sunday School and day camp. She will begin her ministry this week. Jessi is a long time member of LCR, has been on several Malawi mission trips, and will graduate from Iowa State in December. She will be able to complete her remaining coursework online from home while working at LCR.

Nursery Help needed – We need to hire one adult for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) and she will give you more information.

GROW

Bible Camp– EWALU will be on staff break this week, providing a time of renewal for our LCR members serving on staff this summer:  Assoiate director– Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens.

 Day Camp on July 10-14- an annual highlight of the summer for 1st-5th graders is Day Camp, led by EWALU Counselors. You can  register at the gathering space table or at www.lcrmarion.org. This year’s theme is “The Water of Life.”

SERVE

Matthew 25- A group from LCR provided and served lunches for 60 workers on Wednesday, June 28. Thanks to all those who made and brought in desserts, and to those who prepared and/or served the meal: Glenn Jensen, Darlene McGovern, Donna Walton, Kaitlyn Quade, Mary Hajek, & Lyn A’Hearn.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.

Summer Sidekicks will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board, or email laura@marioncares.org. Save the date of Saturday, July 29th for the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares. Our own With Faith band will provide several songs during the event.

CONNECT

LCR Book Club – Our new evening group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm here at the church. Our first book will be The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. Copies can be found at the Marion Library in the nonfiction section under 305.409 ZASLOW. Our first meeting is on  Tuesday, July 18. As you are reading, jot down notes on things that stand out to you. Call Sherrill Morrison with any questions: 319-329-0114. Please join us!

Golf Outing & Fundraiser – You can take part in the Mission of Hope/Crossroads Golf Fundraiser on Sunday, July 23, starting at 1:00 pm. Further information and the sign-up sheet are on the entryway bulletin board. Sign-up deadline is 7/20. Questions? Call Bill Stein at 447-1189.

Canoeing & Cookout fellowship event on Saturday, July 29 at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. You can sign up in the gathering space today; those who want to reserve a canoe must sign up and pay rental fee by July 14.

GIVE

Mission Envelope Gifts for July & August are going to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.  A speaker from the Center will be with us on Sunday, July 16 to share at both services about their ministry.

As summer begins, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.