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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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 8th, we’ll wrap up our 5 week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts and use what we’ve learned as we  fill out our 2018 Time and Talent forms. The new forms will be based on your spiritual gifts, along with your passions and personal style. If you have the gift of helps, or leadership, or mercy, or administration, we will have suggestions for how to use that gift in service to your church and the wider community.

In addition, Tatum Buse from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the first recommendation – to develop and implement a governance structure for a larger congregation. In my sermon, I will also share about LCR’s two top priorities that emerged from last spring’s surveys.

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 launched on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. There were 18 who viewed and discussed the film “Making Life’s Toughest Choices.” We will meet again this Friday, October 13, at noon. The film will be “Toxic Faith.”  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 9 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

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 small group time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts– Serving From the Heart- is 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.

Stephen Ministry  – On October 2, our Stephen Leader Team began training 14 LCR members to serve as Stephen Ministers. They will receive 50 hours of training over the next several months, and then will be commissioned in the spring to do one-on-one caring ministry.

SERVE

Landscaping Fall Clean-up Day will be Saturday, October 14, starting at 8:30 am. There will be a mid-morning break for treats; our target is to be finished by noon. These workdays are a big help to the landscapers, who work  hard to keep the Resurrection grounds looking their best. Please let one of the Landscaping Team know if you can help or if you have any questions: Andy/Marilyn Carter, Julie/Denny Gilds, Linda Hayward. If you can bring your own tools, that would be great, as we only have a couple extras.

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 will be 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

Mission of Hope Lunch Program was this past  Thursday, October 5 at 11:30. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us prepare and serve 122 meals at MOH. There will be another lunch served on Thursday, December 7.

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 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), 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, Sally Reck, or the church office.

GIVE

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.

Leading Generously, our fall stewardship appeal, will begin next Sunday, October 15. As in the last two years, we will learn about generosity through films depicting the Donovan family and their friend Re.

Fresh Start Ministry Musical Fundraiser is Sunday, October 8 at 2:30 pm at Mount Mercy University Chapel in the Busse Center. This event supports the Linn County Jail Ministry, where LCR members lead weekly bible studies for women inmates.

Reformation 500 Celebrations

Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses” in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517, and the resulting debate about Christian teaching and practice led to changes that have shaped the course of Western Christianity ever since. At the heart of these wide-reaching changes was a deep conviction that God’s mercy or grace in Jesus is given freely to all. Join us at one or all of the following events to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s bold move.

Sunday, October 22 – Catholics and Lutherans in the Cedar Rapids/Marion area will gather for a worship service that will start at Immaculate Conception at 4:00 pm, and then, halfway through, participants will walk across the street 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.

Sunday, October 29 – You 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 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.

Tuesday, October 31 – At 7:00 pm we’ll show the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the LCR worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 1 , we’ll continue our 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Alyssa Weaver, our seminary intern. God gives us spiritual gifts and then scatters clues to those gifts along the path of our lives. We feel good when we use our gifts because we are being who God has created us to be. We will look at our life stories today and the patterns within our stories that just might be clues to our gifts – they can help reveal who God created each of us to be.

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 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.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – is 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.

SERVE

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – On October 2, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. The class will be between 10-15 adults – a great start to this new ministry!

Mission of Hope Lunch Program is Thursday, October 5 at 11:30. If you would like to be on the serving line or contribute bars or cookies, contact Linda Schminke or Sharon Hill, or the church office. Financial assistance is also welcome – ask Linda or Sharon how you can give.

Landscaping Fall Clean-up Day will be Saturday, October 14, starting at 8:30 am. There will be a mid-morning break for treats; our target is to be finished by noon. These workdays are a big help to the landscapers, who work  hard to keep the Resurrection grounds looking their best. Please let one of the Landscaping Team know if you can help or if you have any questions: Andy/Marilyn Carter, Julie/Denny Gilds, Linda Hayward. If you can bring your own tools, that would be great, as we only have a couple extras.

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 are on Saturdays (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), 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. Call the church office with any questions, or to get involved!

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.

Monday Night Football continues on October 2 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. 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 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.

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 send a check to ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.

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: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 24 , we’ll continue our 5 week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Pastor Miranda on how our gifts and passions can line up for loving service to our neighbor. Pre-schoolers who are enrolled in Sunday School will receive Beginner Bibles at all services. We will also hear about Lifetree Café, which will launch on Friday, October 6 at noon.

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. 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.

Wednesday Night Live is back! 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 small group time this Wednesday.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – is 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.

SERVE

LifeTree Café – We are looking for a few more people to be on the team as helpers. Lifetree Café is a unique outreach ministry that invites the community weekly for an hour of coffee and conversation around relevant topics to feed people’s souls. (See today’s insert for the October films). Lifetree Café will take place each Friday at noon, starting on October 6th. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, we are looking for friendly faces who would like to participate in the conversations and help us create a comfortable atmosphere for our Lifetree Café visitors. Please contact our intern, Alyssa, for more information if you can help.

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 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), 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 the church office and we’ll put you in touch with organizers Marlin Oeltjen or Sally Reck.

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – On October 2, 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.

Monday Night Football continues on September 25 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. 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 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.

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 fill out the insert found at the welcome center window and include a check to: ELCA Gift Processing Center; PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009.

LifeTree Cafe’ – Fridays at noon

Lifetree Café meets on Fridays at noon

This program works to build relational bridges between LCR and the community by inviting people to come and join in an hour of conversation and coffee on different, relevant topics. This is a safe place where believers and non-believers are free from judgment and where they can share their thoughts and doubts.

We’ll meet weekly on Fridays throughout the fall. LifeTree Café is always FREE.


 

October 13 – Toxic Faith

Is religion helpful or harmful? Discover three key factors that are often associated with “toxic faith.”

October 20 – The 60-Minute Guide to Greater Confidence

Feeling down about yourself? Learn how to talk to anybody, make friends, and get the job you want.

October 27 – The Black and White Truth About Racism

Meet a black man who asked KKK members how they could hate him when they didn’t even know him.

November 3 – Mysteries of Mental Illness

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder took over her life and made it difficult to make it through a single day. Learn how she finally broke free.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 17 , we’ll continue our 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Pastor Miranda based on St. Paul’s words about spiritual gifts in  Romans  12. A reminder that last week we resumed our fall worship schedule: Traditional worship is at 8:15, with contemporary worship at 9:45 & 11:00. We will also have a short presentation by Phoebe Trepp, Executive Director of Willis Dady Homeless Services in downtown Cedar Rapids (our mission envelope recipient for September-October).

6th graders will receive their confirmation bibles at all services, and we will have a service of commissioning for our Stephen Leaders, Pastor Miranda and John Wilkinson. Two new adult courses will begin as well on Sunday morning – see the details below. 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 got off to a great start last Sunday and continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders. 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.

Wednesday Night Live is back! 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 again this Wednesday, starting at 7 pm in the worship room.

Youth Volunteer Training Event is Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 pm. This event is required for all volunteers working with youth and children in: Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, EDGE, and nursery staff. We’ll discuss the ‘Five Love Languages’ of children, and then break off for training specific to each volunteer area.

GROW

Adult Faith Development classes will begin Sunday at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – will be 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.

Martin Luther: An Idea That Changed the World will air on Iowa Public Television on Sunday, September 17 at 7 pm on PBS-World stations, or on 9/18 at 1 pm & 7 pm, 9/19 at 5 pm. This film is made possible through funding by Thrivent Financial.

SERVE

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 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), 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 care-giving 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.

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 pick up a giving form available at the welcome center window and mail it and your check to ELCA Gift Processing Center (PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009).

Spiritual Gifts Inventory

Spiritual Gifts: Wired to Make a Difference

Step One – Discovery

Learning more about your God-given shape

Passion: Take time to reflect on the passion questions from worship.

Spiritual Gifts: We invite you all to complete the ELCA Spiritual Gifts Inventory as a way to explore the spiritual gifts God has given you to use to give glory to God and to bless others.

We have printed copies available for you during worship on Sunday and Wednesday. You may also complete the inventory online through the ELCA website at http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices/Spiritual-Renewal/Assessment-Tools

Please complete the ELCA Spiritual Gifts Self-Assessment Inventory and then report back to us here at church by turning in your Report Sheet (back page of assessment) to the church office or emailing your top three Spiritual Gifts to office@lcrmarion.org

Also: Consider having one to three people who know you well score the inventory with you on your behalf as a way to start Step Two: Discernment – Conversations with your support network.  

 Do you sense God has plans for you as a child of God?

God does! Special gifts are given by the Holy Spirit to be used for serving God and our neighbors. Joy comes as we discover and use these gifts to the glory of God.

How do you discover what these gifts are?

+Prayer, meditation, and honest reflection

+One way to engage in this reflection is through completing a spiritual gifts inventory.

+External call: Others may recognize your gifts you don’t see

+Sense of calling which shows itself in your interests and skills

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.