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Resurrection E-News: May 21, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of discipleship. Pastor Miranda will preach on our call to be Jesus’ disciples at all three services. At 11:00, 18 8th graders will affirm their baptismal vows in our annual confirmation service. At the 8:15 & 9:45 services, our Malawi mission trip team of high school youth and adults will be commissioned for their upcoming trip to Africa in June. At 9:30 in the fellowship hall, we will show a new one hour video by Rick Steves, the PBS travel guide, on the story of Martin Luther and the Reformation.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk and our website provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Thanks to Matt & Tammy Evans for their many years of faithful service as our contemporary worship leader and children’s ministry director. This Sunday will be their last Sunday in those roles. We will have a reception on Sunday, June 11 from 9:15-10:15 to honor them for their dedication and impact on our congregation.

Summer Worship Schedule begins on Sunday, May 28 with traditional First Light worship at 8:15, Summer Song contemporary worship at 10:15, and Evening Song worship on Wednesdays at 6 pm.

 Spirit Stories – Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit – and we are looking for brief stories of how YOU have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life. They do not need to be long or detailed. The stories will be part of the choir presentation on Sunday, June 4. All stories will be confidential. Please email any stories to Cheryl Wilms (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

GROW

Sunday School wraps up another year this Sunday morning. Along with Tammy Evans, we thank all the teachers, helpers, and students for a great year of growing in Christ.

 Adult Bible Study concludes their study of Samuel and David this Sunday at 9:45. Special thanks to Jim & Linda Cornally for leading the group this past year.

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. 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.

 Matthew 25’s Transform Week is coming on June 26-30. You can volunteer for one day or a whole week alongside friends, family, co-workers, or make new friends while you serve. 12 neighborhood projects are planned on the SW side of Cedar Rapids. LCR will provide lunches for around 50 workers on one of those days. Watch for more information in future e-news blasts.

GIVE

Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The medical clinic serves uninsured and underserved patients on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge – no appointment needed. They also serve dental needs, eye care, and help with prescriptions. Their website- www.communityhfc.org – has wonderful ministry stories of how the Clinic makes a difference in the lives of people in need.

Resurrection E-news: May 14, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of Evangelism. I will share some thoughts in the sermon on the word evangel, which means good news; how someone changed my life by sharing the good news with me in college; offer a few thoughts on the rise of evangelists in the last century; and finish with a video clip from RightNow Media about Walt, whose life was changed through hearing and reading the good news. The Sunday School kids will sing 1-2-3 at the 9:45 and 11:00 services.

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

Happy Mothers Day!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us. Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn (lyncahearn@gmail.com) for more information.

Spirit Stories – Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit – and we are looking for brief stories of how YOU have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life. They do not need to be long or detailed. The stories will be part of the choir presentation on Sunday, June 4. All stories will be confidential. Please email any stories to Cheryl Wilms (ehcheryl@aol.com) or leave in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory!

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: Lutherans in America concludes today at 9:45. Our video topic is “The Story of the ELCA.” Next week we will show an hour long PBS video by Rick Steves on Luther and the Reformation. We will begin at 9:30 am on the 21st (note the early start time).

SERVE

Malawi Mission Trip Commissioning will be next Sunday at 8:15 & 9:45.

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)

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Affirmation of Baptism- Our eighteen 8th grade confirmands will be confirmed next Sunday, May 21 at the 11:00 service.

KIDS 4 KIDS – Thank you for your free-will popcorn offerings last week. Our Sunday School kids will add your donations to the money they have saved and earned themselves and send it to the Camp Chisomo kids in Malawi!

Camper Giving Tree- Thank you for your generous gifts to our annual bible camp fundraiser. We ended up with a total of $2399.  Each mini/various ranch programs will receive a total of $105 (includes our general fund scholarship) and each full week program will receive a total of $210.  We are up to 53 campers so far.

LCR High School & College Graduates will be recognized in the June CrossTalk. Please note your graduate’s name and school on the back of your welcome card (or email their information to emily@lcrmarion.org). You can list college graduates’ majors, too.

STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS

A Visioning Workshop will be held on Tuesday night, May 16 for the Long Range Planning Team, Church Council, and staff. Last Tuesday we met with Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, as she led us through some of the key findings from her focus groups and individual interviews. We are making progress toward our goal of having a new set of mission goals for the coming years.

Resurrection E-news: 5/7/17

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will continue our five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose” with a look at the purpose of Ministry. Pastor Miranda will preach, with Jamie Henley from the Community Free Health Clinic sharing about their important ministry in downtown Cedar Rapids. The Clinic is our May-June mission envelope recipient.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk and our website provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

KIDS 4 KIDS – LCR Sunday School kids are doing special chores and saving their change to help Camp Chisomo kids. The Malawi mission trip team came and taught them a song and shared pictures of each child in Malawi. We are praying  for them too! If you are tantalized by the smell of popcorn on Sunday mornings, here is your opportunity to enjoy the taste! This Sunday, May 7th, come and buy some as a “free will offering” in the Gathering Space.

CARE

ALOHA FRANKLIN passed away last Friday night at the age of 91. She was a devoted volunteer at LCR for many years, serving in the nursery and in many behind-the-scenes ways. Her funeral will be on Tuesday, May 9 at 11 am here at LCR.

WORSHIP

Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us.  Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn with questions.

Spirit Stories – Pentecost is a celebration of the gift of the Holy Spirit – and we are looking for brief stories of how YOU have experienced the Holy Spirit in your life. They do not need to be long or detailed. The stories will be part of the choir presentation on Sunday, June 4. All stories will be confidential. Please email any stories to Cheryl Wilms or leave them in the church office. Let’s be witnesses – share your story, give God the Glory! 

SERVE

Job Postings – The positions of Co-Director of Children’s Ministry and With Faith Worship Team Leader are posted on the entryway bulletin board. Applications should be turned in to Evelyn Beck in the church office by May 15th.

Wee Wisdom Preschool will be hiring an “Educational Assistant” to work with Michelle Heidelbauer, Director/Lead Teacher. This is due to the news of Tom & Shelly Beaver moving to Atlanta this summer where Tom has accepted an exciting new job. We are THANKFUL for all they have done to serve at LCR and they will be greatly missed! Job applications and information can be found on the church entryway bulletin board. Applications are due May 9th.

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: The Story of Lutherans in America meets on Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. Our video topic this week is “In Modern Times: Becoming an American Church.” This is an excellent review of events that shaped America and the Lutheran Church- the Great Depression, World War II, the 50’s and 60’s, civil rights, feminism, and other topics.

Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David

Popcorn 4 Kids

Our Sunday School kids have been learning about the kids in Malawi who will be attending Camp Chisomo soon. To make this happen, LCR kids are scrimping and saving to donate to the Camp Chisomo fund, which provides bibles for each child and bicycles as they are able. You too can help the Camp Chisomo future become reality by picking up a bag or two of popcorn as you leave worship this Sunday. Go ahead – this is one temptation you should give in to!

Resurrection E-news: April 30, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION e-news

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday we will kick off a five week sermon series on “The Power of Purpose.” We’ll look at questions like: what drives your life? What drives the life of most churches? Where do we find God’s intention for our lives and His church? As we focus on the Great Commandment and the Great Commission and the five purposes that flow from those passages, we’ll also discover that they are central to our baptismal and confirmation services and are found in our church constitution. Finally, we’ll take a look at the purpose of worship and learn some new findings about worship from our recent VRG survey.

In all three worship services this weekend, we will present new Adventure Bibles to our 24 second graders. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday!

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

 Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us.  Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn with questions.

SERVE

Job Postings – The positions of Co-Director of Children’s Ministry and With Faith Worship Team Leader are posted on the entryway bulletin board. Applications should be turned in to Evelyn Beck in the church office by May 15th.

Wee Wisdom Preschool will be hiring an “Educational Assistant” to work with Michelle Heidelbauer, Director/Lead Teacher. This is due to the news of Tom & Shelly Beaver moving to Atlanta this summer where Tom has accepted an exciting new job. We are THANKFUL for all they have done to serve at LCR and they will be greatly missed! Job applications and information can be found on the church entryway bulletin board. Applications are due May 9th. 

GROW

We Must Plant the Church: The Story of Lutherans in America meets Sunday at 9:45 am. Our video topic this week is “Working Together: Lutherans Uniting.”

Adult Bible Study meets in the conference room at 9:45 on Sunday morning. Jim & Linda Cornally are leading us through a study of Samuel and David

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

KIDS 4 KIDS – LCR Sunday School kids are doing special chores and saving their change to help Camp Chisomo kids. The Malawi mission trip team came and taught them a song and shared pictures of each child in Malawi. We are praying  for them too! If you are tantalized by the smell of popcorn on Sunday mornings, here is your opportunity to enjoy the taste! On Sunday, May 7th, come and buy some as a “free will offering” in the Gathering Space.

Biderman Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors) and Morrissey Nursing Scholarships  applications are due MONDAY, MAY 1.

GIVE

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space through Sunday. Pick up a tag from the tree and leave a gift for our camper scholarship fund in the backpack by the tree. If you would rather send a check by mail, make it out to LCR and put “camper scholarships” on the memo line.

Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic. The medical clinic serves uninsured and underserved patients on a first-come, first-served basis free of charge – no appointment needed. They also serve dental needs, eye care, and help with prescriptions. Come next Sunday to hear more about their ministry from one of their staff, Jamie Henley.

A Busy Spring at Resurrection

Bright Sunday will be celebrated next Sunday, April 23, with a Dixieland Band. Remember to wear your brightest clothing in celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.

 

 

Press Towards the Mark is a new study that will begin this Thursday, April 20 at 7 pm. It explores how the disciplines and strategies used in athletic training can be applied for spiritual growth, too. Everyone is welcome to join us on 2nd & 4th Thursdays at Linda Erlandson’s home. Come on – get off the bench!

 

Biderman Scholarships (for graduating high school seniors) and Morrissey Nursing Scholarships (for any age) applications  are now available on the entryway bulletin board. They are due May 1, 2017.

Summer will be here soon & plans are underway for the two big events of the season: Preschool VBS (3-5 year olds) will be June 13-16; Day Camp (1st-5th grades) will be July 10-14. Registration will begin next week.

EWALU registration – Around 50 LCR youth and friends have signed up for camp at EWALU this summer. Brochures and information sheets can be found at the welcome center window. If you have scholarship questions, please contact jill@lcrmarion.org.

Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships will be in the gathering space from April 23rd-30th. Please help a kid go to Christian bible camp this summer. It is an experience they will never forget!

 

 

Landscaping Spring Work Day has been scheduled for Saturday, April 22, beginning at 9 am. Please bring your own rakes in case there are not enough to go around. Thank you for helping Resurrection look beautiful!

 

Scrapbooking Event will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 9 am to 9 pm. Contact Donna Dennis or the church office if you want to get in on the fun.

Calling all Singers – The choir is doing a special music offering on Pentecost, Sunday, June 4. Pentecost is all about the Holy Spirit, so we’ll be singing some uplifting songs! We are looking for some more voices to join us.  Even if you’ve never sung in choir before, come and help us make a joyful noise. We will practice on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 pm. Contact Lyn A’Hearn or the church office with questions.

 

Take Survey Today & Palm Sunday Worship

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK!

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

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

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


Palm Sunday, April 9 – Straddling Two Worlds

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

Camp EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend

CAMP EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend

Friday, April 28 – Saturday, April 29 

You are invited to a FREE weekend of service, fun, food, and fellowship  at Camp Ewalu!

Join other volunteers, families, and church  groups to help us get ready for the summer camping season. The event runs from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. You are welcome to stay for all or part of the time.  All are welcome to join in the weekend: youth groups, church groups, families, and friends.

Volunteers are a big part of what keeps Camp Ewalu running and looking great. We are very thankful for all the people who faithfully come to this “place apart” to serve, share, and grow in faith in God. We hope to see you here!

Please RSVP by April 21 if interested so we can arrange lodging, meals, and projects.  

Phone: 563-933-4700 / Email: property@ewalu.org 

Volunteer  Work Weekend

Friday      

6:00 pm Arrivals

7:00 pm Welcome, Games

8:00 pm  Campfire, Cookout Songs, & Skits

Saturday 

8:00 am Breakfast

9:00 am Work Projects

12:00 pm Lunch

1:00 pm Work Projects

4:00 pm Games, snacks

5:30 pm  Dinner & Departure

Projects:

  • Wood splitting
  • Firewood cutting
  • Chipping brush piles
  • Wood construction projects
  • Fire ring clean-up
  • Planting flower beds
  • Gardening at the farm
  • Preparing program areas for summer camp
  • Trail maintenance
  • Spreading mulch on Ropes Course trails
  • Washing windows
  • Cabin cleanup

We hope to see you at Camp Ewalu!

We Want Your Opinion! VRG Survey available now

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

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

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

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


Sunday, April 2 – Come Out!                                                                                                        

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

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

Give Us Your Feedback – Survey online now

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

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

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

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


Sunday, March 26 – Light of the World

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