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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!

Council Open Forum & New Member Coffee

Upcoming Events in November:

The Church Council will host an open forum on Sunday, November 6th from 9:30-11:00 in fellowship hall. Bring your coffee and spend some time with your Council members sharing your questions, thoughts, concerns, dreams.

New Member Coffee with the Pastors – Our new member class will be a simpler format this fall. Come and have “Coffee with the Pastors” on Sunday afternoon, November 13 from 2-4 pm. Pastors Dennis and Miranda will be available for conversation with anyone wanting to learn about who we are, why we exist, and what we’re about. We’ll tour the building, meet some staff, learn about our five purposes, and listen to your stories. Children are welcome as well! For those wanting to join LCR, you can do that on Sunday, Nov. 20th or another Sunday that works. See you on the 13th!

Christianity’s Family Tree: What Other Christians Believe and Why – This new 9-week video/book course by Adam Hamilton begins on November 13, led by Pastor John Wilkinson and Pastor Dennis. We’ll learn about  various Christian traditions,  starting with Orthodoxy: Mystery, Liturgy, and Tradition.

Celebration Sunday Potluck will be held at noon on Sunday, November 20th. Bring an item or two for the 40 Thanksgiving baskets that we’ll assemble that afternoon for Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Suggestions: hams, turkeys, potatoes, canned goods, pies, rolls, or a monetary gift to buy more items for the baskets.


Brewing Up the Bible

Join Pr. Blair at Bill’s in Marion (1038 – 7th Ave.) on Wednesday, May 13 at 7:15 pm. We talk about whatever is on people’s minds, see what scripture may have to say on the matter, and have a beverage or two while we ponder. People from ALL services are welcome and no reservations are ever needed.


Operation Christmas Child Packing Event

November 18th LCR is hosting a “Packing Event” for Operation Christmas Child.

Come anytime between 2:00-4:00 p.m. to join in the fun.  All are welcome!

For details please see the November Crosstalk posted here also!