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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this coming Sunday, December 10, we’ll learn about John the Baptist and consider how even though he could have been #1 in his day, he chose to be #2 and point the way to Jesus. In our own day, we face this choice in big and small ways. We face the temptation of narcissism, to put ourselves first above anyone or anything else. We’ll look at how John managed that temptation by having a sense of history, being submissive, and have an attitude of self-sacrifice. Along the way, I’ll tell a story about a chaplain from northeast Iowa who gave his life so that other men onboard the USS Oklahoma could be saved during the Pearl Harbor attack 76 years ago this past week.

The Resurrection Ringers will play at both the 8:15 and 9:45 services tomorrow. In the afternoon, our Sunday School children will present their Christmas program at 4:30 pm. It will be followed by a potluck chili supper. Please bring a pot of chili, dessert, or fruit to share.

Finally, I encourage everyone to consider a year end gift to Resurrection. You will receive a letter in the mail with more information and a return envelope. If you want to text a gift or use the mobile app, Vanco+Give,  scroll down to the GIVE section below for more information. We need a big December of giving in order to reach our goal of 97% of our 2017 budget. Each year we strive to limit our spending to 97% of the annual budget, with the hope that the receipts for the year will match that amount. If you need to make an charitable distribution by year end from your IRA, we could really use your help. Heading into tomorrow, we will need about $80,000 in the next three weeks to match the anticipated expenses for the year.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis


Mission of Hope Lunch Team served 159 people on the 7th, supported by the $200 donation from the afternoon circle. Thanks to all who helped behind the scenes or serving. Next meal will be on February 1st. Make a note on your welcome card if you want to assist.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.


EDGE Band will lead worship next Sunday, December 17 at 9:45 and 11:00. The Resurrection Choir will sing at the 8:15 and 9:45 services as well.

Older Hymns news – We are pleased to announce that a new director/accompanist, Brandon Waring, will begin leading the Older Hymns this Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 pm. Brandon will graduate with a vocal music degree from Iowa State this month. He has student taught this fall in the Mt. Vernon and Central City school districts.


LifeTree Café continues this Friday, December 15 at noon, with a film called “Children with No Place to Call Home.” 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 –

Christmas Caroling – Let’s meet at the church on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm. Please sign up in the gathering space if you plan to come, or call the office. All ages are welcome. We’ll carol at the homes of homebound members. Wear a Christmas hat if you have one, and bring some cookies to share if you can! We’ll return to the church around 7:30 for cookies and cocoa.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.


Sunday School continues tomorrow at 9:45, preparing for the Christmas program and learning about the Christmas story.  Wednesday Night Live Christmas Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 pm. Any 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders are welcome to participate, and friends from outside church are always welcome! Due to this change, we will not meet on January 3rd.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have a small group night on Dec. 13. EDGE Youth group (9th-12th grades) will meet at 7:30 in the YAC.


Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem continues this Sunday, Dec. 10 at 9:45 . Tomorrow’s video and discussion is about the visit to Mary by the angel Gabriel. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.

The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.


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. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, 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. We have received 201 commitments for the General Fund totaling $489,230. $112,764 has been pledged for the Growth & Outreach Fund. There are over 250 families or individuals who have not yet responded. They will receive another card in the mail this week along with a letter of encouragement.

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.

November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. 8 acres of land were purchased recently from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi. The Camp Chisomo Bike Program is going strong! LCR contributions have been purchasing bikes for the last 3 years, helping bring dignity and hope to the children in Malawi.

Christmas Eve is only two weeks away. For the third straight year, we will give away our offering to help children locally and around the world. 50% of the offering will go to Camp Chisomo to dig a well and build the first structures on their new land. 25% will go to Marion Cares for the children’s programs they carry out here locally. 25% will be given to Take Away Hunger to provide meals for hungry children in our community and state.

November 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

November 2017 CrossTalk

November 2017 Calendar of Events

October 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

This month’s newsletter has information on Resurrection’s new outreach program, Lifetree Cafe’; our upcoming New Member class; the “Leading Generously” film series, that begins on the 15th; and several exciting Reformation events at the end of October. In addition, you can catch up on news of all our programming, including Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, EDGE, Stephen Ministry training, and Wee Wisdom Preschool. There are several serving opportunities highlighted in the CrossTalk this month, and a link for taking the Spiritual Gifts Inventory if you haven’t already done so.

October 2017 CrossTalk

October 2017 Calendar of Events

September 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

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

September 2017 CrossTalk

September 2017 Calendar of Events

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 ( provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis


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 ( and she will give you more information.


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 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).


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


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.


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.

July 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

Resurrection has several exciting events you won’t want to miss in July: the Malawi Mission Trip Presentation, Outdoor Worship & Potluck, Elementary Day Camp, a Farewell Reception, our annual summer Golf Outing, and the Pinicon Ridge Canoe Trip & Cookout. Please take note of all the relevant dates and invite your neighbors and friends to one or more of these events!  In addition, there a many photos from Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School and Camp Chisomo in Malawi.

July 2017 CrossTalk

July 2017 Calendar of Events

June 2017 CrossTalk and Calendar of Events

Our June newsletter is PACKED with summer opportunities in ministry and fellowship, news about Resurrection people coming & going, and photos of our wonderful 2017 confirmands and graduates.

June 2017 CrossTalk

June 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017



Dear members and friends of LCR,

This is a big Sunday at LCR with our Community Audit Panel speakers, Dixieland band worship at 8:15, and reception of new members. There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Thanks to the many people who helped plan or carry out our Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. We especially thank the musicians, altar guild, Katie Kascel and her EDGE youth for their delicious Easter breakfast, and those who decorated the sanctuary.

We will try to send this e-note out every Friday as a way of communicating what’s coming up in the near future. The monthly Crosstalk will provide more details on each topic.

Pastor Dennis


Pastor Jana Swenson, our consultant from Kairos & Associates, and members of a Community Audit Panel will be sharing their guidance in worship today at 8:15 and 9:45. A video version will be shown at 11:00 am and at 6:00 pm on Wednesday. Panel members are Chad Zrudsky (Marion High School), Ana Clymer (United Way), Stacia Walker (Linn Mar Schools & Marion Cares), Karl Cassell (Horizons: A Family Service Alliance), Elsworth Carman (Marion Public Library). Many thanks to them for participating in this discussion.

April 23rd is Bright Sunday – Wear your brightest clothes as we celebrate the Resurrection. The Te Deum Dixie Band will be leading our 8:15 worship. We’ll be welcoming new members at the 8:15 and 9:45 services.

A new sermon series “The 5 Purposes of the Church” will start next Sunday, April 30 with a look at worship. Results regarding worship preferences from the recent VRG survey will be blended into the message by Pastor Dennis. 2nd graders will receive their own “Adventure Bibles” in worship.


The Story of Lutherans in America resumes this Sunday in fellowship hall at 9:45. Our video topic will be “To Meet Human Need: Building Institutions.” 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.

Reformation: Then and Now Roundtable Discussion will be held on Thursday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Faith Lutheran in Marion (corner of Boyson & Alburnett Roads). Come for a lively discussion on the Reformation, led by two professors: one Lutheran and one Roman Catholic. Please RSVP at 377-9700.


New Members will be received at the end of 8:15 and the start of 9:45 worship on Sunday. Introduce yourself to them during the fellowship hour.

LCR Book Club – There will be organizational meetings this Sunday in the middle of the fellowship hall starting at 9:30 and/or 10:30 am. Drop by if you are interested in sharing your love of reading with other like-minded souls.

Camp Registrations – You can register your kids starting this Sunday at the gathering space table  OR here on the website early next week. Preschool Vacation Bible School for 3-5 year olds will be held JUNE 13-16. Elementary Day Camp for 1st-5th graders will be held JULY 10-14


Quilts displayed in the gathering space this Sunday were created by our own Comforting Hands group, who meet Mondays from 9-11 am to create tied quilts for distribution locally and internationally. The group always welcomes new members. You do not need sewing skills as there are many tasks involved in making a quilt.

Thank you to everyone who donated items for the Personal Care Kit drive. 75 kits were assembled for shipment to Lutheran World Relief in late April! The kits will be distributed to disaster areas and refugees around the world. – Rebecca-Mary Martha Circle.


Giving Tree for Camp EWALU scholarships is in the gathering space this Sunday through next Sunday, April 30. Make summer bible camp a reality for Resurrection youth and their friends by picking up an numbered envelope from the Giving Tree and returning it with your gift.

Mission Envelope Gifts – During March & April, Resurrection is taking part in the ELCA World Hunger ‘40 Days of Giving’ emphasis. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger help families earn a fair, sustainable living with dignity.

Matthew 25 Annual Tool Sale will be held on Saturday, April 29 from 8 am to noon. You can drop off used or new tools on Tuesday, 1-5 pm or Thursday, 2-6 pm at 201 – 3rd Ave. SW in Cedar Rapids.

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

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.


January 15 & 18: Seeing the Light


Today’s gospel from John 1:29-42 begins with John the Baptist pointing not to himself but to Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”  In a world where people often point to themselves through various social media, the gospel calls us to point to Jesus, the light of the world. This Sunday also reminds us of our own epiphanies, our own moments of “seeing the light.” Sometimes it is sudden, like Andrew and Simon as Jesus calls them to be his disciples. Often it is a slow, gradual process over a lifetime. Preacher: Pastor Dennis


Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why – Our video course continues today at 9:45 with a look at Pentecostalism.

Sunday School – Preschool through 5th graders meet in the education wing at 9:45 and learn about God’s love!


Biblical Fellowship meets at 2 pm in the fellowship hall. Come experience bible study “done classic.” Charlie Clauss is our most excellent leader.


Wednesday Night Live is for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Join us in the fellowship hall at 6 pm to learn, serve, and hang with your friends.

Confirmation is for students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. Large group will meet in the worship room at 7 pm.

EDGE Youth Group is for high school students. We meet in the YAC from 7:30-9:00 pm.


Brown Bag Bible Study continues on Thursdays at 11:30 in the café. Bring your lunch and join us as we look at Matthew 4:12-23 – the call of the disciples.


Pathways Small Groups meet on different times and days throughout every week. Check the Pathways display in the gathering space and find a subject that calls to you. Groups always welcome new members!