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Resurrection E-news: April 23, 2017

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

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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

WORSHIP

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.

 GROW

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.

CONNECT

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

SERVE

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.

GIVE

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.

Bright Sunday

Sunday, April 23rd is BRIGHT SUNDAY. Wear your most vivid clothes – we are celebrating Jesus’ resurrection and God’s triumph of life over death!

A Busy Spring at Resurrection

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

Holy Week at Resurrection

Hallelujah, He is Alive!

Maundy Thursday w/Communion
April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Good Friday
April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday w/Communion
April 16 @ 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 am

Sunday School will take Easter Sunday off so that families can worship our risen Lord together.

Easter Breakfast
Sunday, 7:30-11:00 am

Our high school youth are raising funds for their mission trip to Washington DC this July. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit.

Take Survey Today & Palm Sunday Worship

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK!

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

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

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


Palm Sunday, April 9 – Straddling Two Worlds

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

Holy Week @ Resurrection

Hallelujah, He is Alive!

Palm Sunday w/EDGE Band
April 9 – 9:45 & 11:00 am

Maundy Thursday w/Communion
April 13 @ 7:00 pm

Good Friday
April 14 @ 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday w/Communion
April 16 @ 8:15, 9:45, 11:00 am

Sunday School will take Easter Sunday off so that families can worship our risen Lord together.

Easter Breakfast
Sunday, 7:30-11:00 am

Our high school youth are raising funds for their mission trip to Washington DC this July. They will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausage, and fruit.

4/5/17 – Lent Worship & Meatball Subs

Lenten worship services will conclude this Wednesday night at Resurrection at 6 and 7 pm. In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, Luther’s Small Catechism is our theme. A Lenten devotional on the Small Catechism, “Free Indeed,” is available in the gathering space for your use. Holden Evening Prayer is our liturgy. Our subject for April 5th will be Holy Communion.

Lenten Suppers are served from 5:15-6:30 pm each Wednesday evening. Your free-will offerings at these suppers help support mission efforts by our groups:

  • April 5 – Wee Wisdom / meatball subs / playground mulch & Heifer International

We Want Your Opinion! VRG Survey available now

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

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

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

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


Sunday, April 2 – Come Out!                                                                                                        

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

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

Give Us Your Feedback – Survey online now

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

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

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

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


Sunday, March 26 – Light of the World

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

Known and Loved / Planning Survey #2

Sunday, March 19 – Known and Loved

A woman’s life is transformed as she encounters Jesus and comes to understand the power of being known and loved by him. Jesus offers her grace, love, and truth. Our lives, too, can be transformed by the power of being known and loved by Jesus.  Jesus knows everything about you; and, still, he offers you grace and love today.  Preacher: Pastor Miranda


Long-Range Planning Survey #2

Members of the LRPT (Long Range Planning Team) met on March 7 with Linda Kuster, Director of Research Strategy for VRG (Vernon Research Group). A first draft of the VRG survey was reviewed and updated. This second survey will be launched online tomorrow. An informational letter has been mailed to your homes and you will be receiving an email link to the survey. As with the recent MAP survey, we will be offering paper copies and tablet computers in the gathering space the next few Sunday mornings for those who prefer that way of completing the survey.

235 MAP (Mission Assessment Profile) surveys were filled out by our members. In the VRG survey, we seek to dig deeper into a few areas from the MAP survey that need more attention. The VRG survey is scheduled to be live from March 20 – April 9. The results will then be tabulated and presented to the LRPT, staff, and Church Council on April 18.

Other future steps in this process will include:

  • Receiving internal qualitative data from one-on-one interviews and listening posts with 75-100 people from LCR. Pastor Jana Swenson from Kairos & Associates will facilitate those discussions.
  • A Community Audit of one-on-one interviews and/or panel discussions with community leaders.

Thanks again to all who filled out the MAP survey – watch your email inbox for the link so you can express your views through the VRG survey!

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