Archive for Stewardship

Resurrection E-news: November 19, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Celebration Sunday, November 19th, we’ll finish up our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with the last film about the Donovan family and their friend, Re, called “Essence.” We’ll see how the situation between Re and his estranged daughter, Naomi, gets resolved, as well as watch Frank struggle with his decision of whether or not to leave his company. Along the way, we’ll learn some stewardship lessons from Philippians 2, where we are called to have the same mind as Christ Jesus, who emptied himself, took on the form of a humble slave, and was obedient to the point of death- even death on a cross.

We ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday and offer them to God in worship. 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, 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. If you are unable to attend on Sunday, please drop off your envelope or mail it to the office by the end of December.

Through our new Growth & Outreach Fund, we will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 new homes in 2018-2020. Our annual gifts of $15,000 or more to Habitat will be used to challenge other churches in Marion/Cedar Rapids to provide financial support for these homes. One is already enclosed and nearing completion at 282  22nd St. in Marion. Jeff Capps, Executive Director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, will be with us at all three Sunday services to bring a word of thanks for this new partnership.

Thanksgiving Baskets – We will have 50 Hy-Vee baskets to fill this Sunday – we will deliver the baskets to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25 on Nov. 20. Remember to bring an item or two for our Thanksgiving baskets on the 19th – hams, turkeys, rolls, canned goods, potatoes, pies are all good things to bring. We will also have a $250 Thrivent gift card to use for buying turkeys and hams. Any cash you contribute will be used to buy additional food.

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

GROW

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem will begin this Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17. 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.

CONNECT

Celebration Sunday potluck will take place this Sunday, November 19, at noon. Please bring a dish to share; the Fellowship Committee will provide the main dish.

LifeTree Café will not meet this Friday, November 24, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It will resume on Friday, December 1 at noon, with a film called Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe.” 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.

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.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace.

Wednesday Night Live (3rd-5th grader)Confirmation (6th-8th grades), and EDGE (9th-12th grades) will not meet this week due to Thanksgiving.

SERVE

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. Jeff Capps will bring a progress report about this project on Sunday.

 GIVE

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy 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.

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. Land was purchased this week from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, November 5th, we’ll continue our 5 week Leading Generously sermon series, with the next film about the Donovan family and their friend, Re, called “Ambition.” God has called each one of us to lead in some sphere of influence, but we are also called to lead with humility and to consider others interests as more important than our own. Pastor Miranda will preach this Sunday on “Ambition: Selfish or Selfless?” On this All Saints Sunday, we will light candles to remember our departed saints, including 8 LCR saints in the past year, and consider how we can follow their example in lives of faith and commitment.

We will also have your 2018 Leading Generously stewardship packets ready to go on tables in the gathering space. Look over the beautiful brochures created by Sara Legore and begin to 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, 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.

On October 22nd I announced two new partnerships through the Growth & Outreach Fund. We will be giving $10,000 to Marion Cares in 2018 to provide an entire year of SHINE after-school programming. We will also be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 new homes in 2018-2020. Our annual gifts of $15,000 or more to Habitat will be used to challenge other churches in Marion/Cedar Rapids to provide financial support for these homes. One is already enclosed and nearing completion at 282  22nd St. in Marion.

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

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Last Sunday’s Reformation 500 worship was a wonderful celebration of the spoken Word by Professor Timothy Snyder of Wartburg Seminary and our various musical groups- Resurrection Choir, Resurrection Ringers, and our With Faith band. Special thanks to Sharon Hill, Cari Redondo, and the planning team; Linda Hayward, creator of our new Reformation banner; Jon Lovseth, who portrayed Martin Luther; and Pastor Miranda and our intern, Alyssa Weaver, for your leadership.

 GROW

New Member Class continues this Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall, learning from “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” This week’s topic is making sense of the Bible. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world. A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem will begin on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, November 10, at noon. This week’s film is called “Triumph Over Trauma.” It portrays one woman’s struggle with anorexia. 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.

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.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

SERVE

Operation Christmas Child Family Packaging Event will be this Wednesday, November 8 at 6 pm during Wednesday Night Live. Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. Please deliver them this Wednesday.

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 (377-4689). This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.

GIVE

On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Your 2018 Leading Generously stewardship packets will be available in the gathering space from November 5-12. Packets not picked up by then will be mailed.

Thanksgiving Baskets- We will have 50 Hy-Vee baskets to fill on the 19th – we will deliver the baskets to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25 on Nov. 20. Remember to bring an item or two for our Thanksgiving baskets on the 19th – hams, turkeys, rolls, canned goods, potatoes, pies are all good things to bring. We will also have a $250 Thrivent gift card to use for buying turkeys and hams. Any cash you contribute will be used to buy additional food.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy 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.

November 2017 CrossTalk & Calendar

November 2017 CrossTalk

November 2017 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 29, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This SundayOctober 29thwe will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. A brass group will accompany our hymns and the Resurrection Choir and Ringers will provide special music.

For those who were unable to be with us the last two Sundays, there are 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up by the usher stand, organized by spiritual gift categories. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete to learn about your gifts and how to use them in service to others.

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

Please remember that there is NO Sunday School this week (October 29th). Sunday School will resume next week (November 5th) at 9:45 for preschool-5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace.

Wednesday Night Live – 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

GROW

New Member Class continues this Sunday, October 29th at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We are study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition   new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world.

A study on the parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, November 3rd at noon. The film is “The Mysteries of Mental Illness.” It tells the story of a woman who overcame a crippling mental illness and discovered how to regain her life. In light of her experience, we’ll consider whether there is adequate support and help for people suffering from mental illness in our society. 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.

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.

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on Sunday the 29th at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Local Lutheran choirs (including our Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn  Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

Martin Luther movie – Tuesday, October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the church and the world – the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. We’ll celebrate the occasion at 7:00 pm by showing the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

SERVE

Operation Christmas Child – Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new and small enough to fit in a shoebox. Our shoebox packing event has been moved to Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 pm during Wednesday Night Live time in the fellowship hall. Contact Jill Hansen at the church if you have questions.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build at 282 – 22nd St. is going GREAT! The house is now enclosed, but there is still a need for helpers for interior work. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board and Habitat will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs are usually on Saturdays from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, but there is a half-day option also. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. If you have questions, please contact Sally Reck, Marlin Oeltjen, or the church office.

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25.

Giving through VANCO – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk near the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile appGive+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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 22nd, we’ll continue our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their friend, Re. In this series, we see what happens when success comes undone for both Frank Donovan and Re. This Sunday’s film, “Legacy,” is especially moving as it portrays Re facing his difficult past and Frank struggling with a decision at work that may cost him his job.

I will preach this Sunday on “Legend or Legacy?” What do we aim for in life – becoming a legend or leaving a legacy? Special focus will be given to LCR’s future legacy to our community through our new Growth & Outreach Fund. Come and learn about two exciting partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Marion Cares.

In addition, Dave Stadtmueller from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the third recommendation that relates to present and future staffing needs.

For those who were unable to be with us the last two Sundays, there are 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up by the usher stand, organized by spiritual gift categories. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete to learn about your gifts and how to use them in service to others.

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 this week at 9:45 for preschool-5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night. Please note that there will be no Sunday School on October 29th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have a service night this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

 GROW

New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world. A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 27, at noon. The film is called “The Black and White Truth About Racism.” It depicts an African-American man’s journey through life and his encounters with the Ku Klux Klan. 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.

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.

Monday Night Football continues on October 23 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Lutheran-Catholic Joint Worship Service – This Sunday, October 22,  Catholics and Lutherans will gather for a 4 pm worship service that will start at Immaculate Conception and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments will follow.

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. A brass group will accompany our hymns and the Resurrection Choir will sing an anthem.

 Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on the 29th at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Local Lutheran choirs (including our Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

 Martin Luther movie – Tuesday, October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the church and the world- the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. We’ll celebrate the occasion at 7:00 pm by showing the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

SERVE

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23-24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  We are in need of new towels and blankets that will be passed out to families. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space- please bring them on Sunday morning or by Monday noon at the latest.

Operation Christmas Child- Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25.

Giving through VANCO – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 15, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 15th, we’ll begin a new 5-week sermon series called Leading Generously, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their former gardener, Re. We have learned stewardship truths the last two years by watching the first two series of films – Living Generously and Loving Generously. In those films Frank Donovan learned how to steward his successful business into helping people in poverty and growing in relationship with them. In this third series, we see what happens when his success comes undone. Can he steward his loss just as well? This film series will give a deeper look at generous living, especially in the midst of hardship and failure. Pastor Miranda will preach on the first film’s topic- trusting in God’s promises. Each family will receive a take home item that will remind you to “believe in the seed.” In addition, Tatum Buse from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the second recommendation that relates to our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure.

For those who were unable to be with us last Sunday, there are extra 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up and complete. They are organized by spiritual gift categories this time, instead of by purposes like worship, discipleship, etc. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete if you haven’t already done so.

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

CONNECT

LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 20, at noon. The film is called “The 60-Minute Guide to Greater Confidence.” It will teach you how to talk to anybody, make friends, and job interview skills. 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. There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

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

Monday Night Football continues on October 16 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

GROW

New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world.

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – concludes this Sunday, led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. Later that afternoon, all are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs (including the Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying the story of creation from Genesis. Wednesday Night Live 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

SERVE

Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23 & 24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  Members of LCR will be passing out 60 new towels and new blankets to families.  Please consider donating these items to children living here in Marion. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space.

Operation Christmas Child – Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

GIVE

Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25.

Giving Kiosk – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. In future weeks we’ll roll out a smartphone app for giving and a way to give by texting your gift to LCR.

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

Resurrection E-news: September 10, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 10 , is Rally Sunday. Traditional worship is at  8:15, with contemporary worship at 9:45 & 11:00.  We welcome our youngest members back to Sunday School at 9:45. At noon, there will be a potluck with pulled pork sandwiches and hot dogs provided- please bring a side dish to share. Games and activities for kids on the back lawn will be available, including a bounce house, balloon animals, and face painting. On this kick-off Sunday, remember to wear your favorite team’s gear!

In worship, I’ll launch a new 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message from I Corinthians 12. In addition, there will be a “litany of beginning” for our intern, Alyssa Weaver at all services. At the 8:15 service, we will honor Ed and Sharon Hill for their 27 years of leadership with the Older Hymns. Your cards of welcome and appreciation for Alyssa and the Hills would be welcome. There will be a table in the gathering space with a “welcome cake” and baskets for cards.

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

 

Resurrection Choir begins rehearsals this Wednesday, September 13, at 7:15 under the direction of Tyler Hagy. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School.

YOUTH NEWS

Wednesday Night Live is back! 3rd-5th graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night, starting September 13th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday, starting at 7 pm in the worship room.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes will begin next Sunday, September 17, at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts– Serving From the Heart- will begin that day, as well as a study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

Martin Luther: An Idea That Changed the World will air on Iowa Public Television this Tuesday night, September 12, at 7 pm. It will be rebroadcast on Sunday, September 17 at 7 pm on PBS-World stations. This film is made possible through funding by Thrivent Financial.

SERVE

Sunday School Teachers Needed – Sunday School starts THIS SUNDAY! As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build will begin work on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

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

CONNECT

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

EWALU Fall Festival & Quilt Auction is next Saturday, September 16. Take your lawn chairs and family, friends, neighbors, whoever! Schedule includes: 9:00 am – (all-day activities) Hayrides, Petting Zoo, Country Store, Live Music, Concession Stand, Quilt Review / 11:00 am – Devotional Service / 12:00 noon – Lunch / 1:00 pm – Quilt Auction begins. See www.ewalu.org for more details.

Monday Night Football returns on September 18th at 7 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café, an exciting new outreach ministry, will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. The target of this ministry will be our neighbors around LCR who are in need of Christian community. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. The first video topic will be “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions.” Check out the September Crosstalk for more information (p. 5) or join the conversation at LifetreeCafe.com.

GIVE

Hurricane Relief- ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response- designated for Hurricane Relief- will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster or use the insert in this Sunday’s bulletin to send a check to ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.

Mission Envelope Gifts for September-October will be sent to Willis Dady Homeless Services, a temporary shelter provider in downtown Cedar Rapids. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director of Willis Dady, will be with us in two weeks, on September 17, to share about their important ministry.

Resurrection E-news: September 3, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 3 , will wrap up our summer worship schedule that has been in place since Memorial Day. Our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach her first sermon on “Being Cross Bearers.” At 10:15 we will witness the baptisms of Josiah Thompson and Molly Seamster, along with hearing our With Faith band under the direction of our new contemporary worship director, Aaron Schutte.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis

STAFF NEWS

Older Hymns – Ed & Sharon Hill are stepping down as director and accompanist of the Older Hymns after 27 years of leadership. We will give thanks for their ministry on Sunday, September 10 at the 8:15 service.

A “litany of beginning “ for our intern, Alyssa Weaver, will take place next Sunday at all services. The Intern Committee invites you to share a card or a gift card as a welcoming gift to LCR for Alyssa. We will have a cake in the gathering space to enjoy in her honor.

Tyler Hagy is our new Resurrection Choir director. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. The first choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:15 pm.

Amy Lovseth, Abby Harkin, Jennifer McGowan, and Camella Oellrich were approved by the Council to be our new nursery staff. Stop in and greet them as they serve our little ones!                                         

YOUTH  NEWS

Confirmation began on Wednesday, August 30, with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides. Confirmation Guides are needed for our 6th grade class. Contact Pastor Miranda at the church or at miranda@lcrmarion.oorg.

SERVE

Sunday School Teachers Needed – Sunday School starts on September 10th! As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer (jessi@lcrmarion.org) with questions or to sign up.

Take Away Hunger packaging event on Sunday, August 27 was a big success! 165 LCR members and friends packaged 111 boxes, which equals 3,996 bags, which adds up to 23,976 individual servings of the rice and beans meal. The boxes will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City.

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

WORSHIP

Our fall worship schedule resumes on September 10 with worship at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 on Sundays, and 6:00 on Wednesdays.

CONNECT

 Rally Sunday will be on September 10th. There will be a noon potluck meal served with hot dogs and pulled pork provided. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Remember to wear your favorite team’s gear on this kick-off Sunday. Afterwards, kids can enjoy a bounce house, snow cones, balloon animals, and face painting.

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

LifeTree Café, an exciting new outreach ministry, will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. The target of this ministry will be our neighbors around LCR who are in need of Christian community. Check out the September Crosstalk for more information (p. 5).

GIVE

 Hurricane Harvey relief- ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response- designated for Hurricane Harvey- will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at ELCA.org/disaster; or use the insert in this Sunday’s bulletin; or send a check to ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.  

Mission Envelope Gifts for September-October will be sent to Willis Dady Homeless Services, a temporary shelter provider in downtown Cedar Rapids. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director of Willis Dady, will be with us in two weeks, on September 17, to share about their important ministry.

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