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Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) 2018

Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY)

FLY serves sack lunches to local students every weekday throughout the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist by volunteers. In 2018, Resurrection will take part in the summer meal program on Mondays from June 4th to August 20th. Please sign up on Signup.com or by emailing jill@lcrmarion.org. Individuals and families are welcome to serve through FLY.

Resurrection E-note: Sunday, February 25, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, February 25, will be Stephen Ministry Sunday, as we commission eleven LCR members to be Stephen Ministers. The gospel for the day from Mark 8 describes how Jesus told his disciples about his impending suffering, death, and resurrection. The core truth in the story is found in Jesus’ words: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” What does that mean for our time and place? I will share a sermon on being “people of the bruised shoulder” with a “cross-eyed” faith.

Stephen Ministry is a special ministry of care and concern for others. This culminates a period of extensive training and preparation. These Stephen Ministers will work with people in our congregation and community who are experiencing life crises: Kelly Belin, Marilyn Carstens, Linda Christiansen, Jen Christopherson, Julie Gilmore, Mary Hajek, John Howe, Sheryl Knodle, Samantha Ryan, Symon Sanborn, and Linda Sundermeyer.

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

Lenten Wednesdays – With Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. This week’s speaker is Jen Christopherson. She will share her faith story and how it connects with serving as a Stephen Minister and at Marion Cares. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues this Sunday, learning about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock.  EDGE will meet at their usual time on Wednesday night.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) began last Wednesday night and continue this week from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall. An alternate seminar will be on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.

 Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February  28th. 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 was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.

CONNECT

Lenten Supper – On February 28, confirmation small groups will serve chili to raise funds to purchase mission items from the ELCA’s “Good Gifts” program.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 2 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Finding the Family I Never Knew.” 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.

GROW

Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues  this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Buddhism, led by pastoral intern Alyssa Weaver.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Lenten Devotionals are now available online for adults and for families. See the Ash Wednesday & Lent posting on our website for links. We have print-outs of the adult and family devotionals on the gathering space table.

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 February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.

SERVE

Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project – During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari (cariredondo@gmail.com) if you have questions about this giving project.

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: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays:  3/22, 5/10. 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 Christopherson at jen.christopherson79@gmail.com.

GIVE

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.

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; support for Marion Cares, Habitat for Humanity, and Camp Chisomo scholarships for those going to Malawi in June; and snow removal and facility maintenance.

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!

Giving through VANCO New ways to give to LCR are through 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.

Resurrection E-note: Sunday, February 18, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, February 18, will be Camp Sunday. We’ll have a “campfire” worship at all three services. This will be a VERY kid friendly service so bring your whole family! LCR folk who have been or are counselors and leaders at EWALU will help lead the service. Please join us for a fun day of worship and camp songs as we look forward to this fun summer experience for our youth.

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

Lenten Wednesdays – We will use Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, starting on February 21. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this Sunday, learning about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock.  EDGE will meet at their usual time on Wednesday night.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on four Wednesday nights (February 21 & 28, March 7 & 21) from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall; or at a seminar on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The classes will be led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.

Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February  28th. 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 was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.

CONNECT

Lenten Supper – On February 21, the Wednesday Night Live families will provide a taco bar to raise money to restock the shelves at Crossroads Mission Pantry.

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 23 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Does God Have a Plan for You: One Woman’s Quest to Save 300 Babies.” 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.

GROW

Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues  this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall, led by Pastor Dennis. This week’s topic is Hinduism.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Lenten Devotionals are now available online for adults and for families. See the Ash Wednesday & Lent posting on our website for links. We have print-outs of the adult and family devotionals on the gathering space table.

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 February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.

SERVE

Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project – During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari (cariredondo@gmail.com) if you have questions about this giving project.

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: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays:  3/22, 5/10. 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

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.

Our General Fund and new Growth & Outreach Fund are off to good starts in 2018!  We received over $13,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund in January, which paid for our intern Alyssa’s salary and housing; our first payments of $2025 each to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity for our new partnerships; and the maintenance costs of our building for the month. Our General Fund benefitted from several gifts in January for the entire year of 2018. 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!

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.

Ash Wednesday & Lent Worship @ LCR

Ash WednesdayFebruary 14 at 6 & 7 pm. We will hear those familiar words as we kneel at the rail: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The season of Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance from Jesus in Matthew 6 as we begin our journey toward the cross. The sign of ashes on our forehead suggests our human mortality. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the Easter feast to come.

Lent Worship begins on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 & 7 pm. We will be using Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

Lent Devotionals are now available online for both ADULTS and FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. We will have print-outs at the church for those who do not have computer access.

Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari Redondo through the church office if you have questions about this giving project.

Lenten Suppers – Thanks to the following groups who will serve our Wednesday Lenten suppers from 5:15-6:30 pm:

February 14 – EDGE, potato bar

February 21 – Wednesday Night Live, taco bar

February 28 –  Confirmation small group, tba

March 7 – EDGE, tba

March 14 – staff, pizza

March 21- Wee Wisdom, meatball subs

Your freewill offerings at these suppers help support mission efforts by our groups, such as the EDGE mission trip  this summer to Houston, TX; Wednesday Night Live’s shopping trip to benefit the Crossroads Mission Food Pantry; and Wee Wisdom’s gift to Heifer International.

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, February 4, we will continue our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?”  Our intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on Mark 1:29-39. Everywhere Jesus goes he is asked by many for healing or to be set free from unclean spirits. We are also freed and healed from sin and death, but  in out text for today, Simon’s mother-in-law teaches us that we are freed to serve as disciples, helping to proclaim the good news and to lift up our neighbors. Sometimes our purpose and mission seem overwhelming and can drain us of the strength we need, but through prayer God will renew us and provide what we need to accomplish our purpose.

The annual meeting of LCR will take place this Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report are available on a table by the entryway.  You need to be a confirmed member of LCR in order to vote on any motion that comes before the assembled body, such as the budget.

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

Ash Wednesday services will be held on February 14 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. This traditional service will feature the imposition of ashes and holy communion. On the following Wednesday nights of Lent, we will use Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, starting on February 21. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

 Camp Sunday- February 18th will be CAMP SUNDAY! We’ll have a “campfire” worship at all three services. This will be a VERY kid friendly service so bring your whole family! LCR folk who have been or are counselors and leaders at EWALU will help lead the service. Please join us for a fun day of worship and camp songs as we look forward to this fun summer experience for our youth.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday at 9:45 Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet next Wednesday, February 7 at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has large group next Wednesday, February 7th, studying the miracles of Jesus.

 EDGE youth will be serving our first Lenten supper on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, from 5:15-6:30. The menu is a potato bar, with proceeds going to their summer mission trip to Houston, TX.

Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February  28th. 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 was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on four Wednesday nights (February 21 & 28, March 7 & 21) from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall; or at a seminar on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The classes will be led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 9 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Whistleblower: The true story of an FBI informant.” 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.

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!

GROW

Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, concludes this Sunday 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 “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” led by Pastor Dennis. Next Sunday, February 11, a new 6 week course will begin called Christianity and World Religions- a book/DVD study authored by Adam Hamilton.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

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 February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.

SERVE

Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.

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: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. 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 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

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.

Our General Fund and new Growth & Outreach Fund are off to good starts in 2018!  We received over $13,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, which will help pay for our intern Alyssa’s salary and housing; our first payments to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity for our new partnerships; and the maintenance costs of our building for the month. Our General Fund benefited from several gifts in January for the entire year of 2018. Our monthly need will be about $57,300 for an annual budget of nearly $688,000. In January we received $65,287 for the General Fund. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

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 28, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, January 28, we will continue our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?”  As we continue to discover the clues about who Jesus is, we learn

that people sensed a unique authority in Jesus’ actions and words. They are astounded at his teaching and amazed at his authority. We learn that Jesus has power, and that Jesus sides with humanity against every force that would bring death and disease. Pastor Miranda will preach on a healing story from Mark 1:21-28.

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 28, at 9:45 am.  Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet Wednesday, Jan. 31, at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has large group next Wednesday.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 2 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Friends for 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.

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 6:00 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:15. 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.  A budget forum will be held this Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall, led by Evelyn Beck, our treasurer.

GROW

Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday, January 28 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 Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It ” led by Pastor Dennis.

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.

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

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: 1/29, 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. 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 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.

Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.

GIVE

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.

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 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.