Resurrection E-news: December 24, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Christmas Eve is almost here! As December 24th falls on a Sunday this year, remember that there will not be any morning worship that day. Christmas Eve services will be held at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00, all with holy communion and the singing of Silent Night by candlelight. Pastor Miranda will preach at the 1:00 and 3:00 services; Pastor Dennis will preach at 5:00 & 7:00.

For the third straight year, we will give away our Christmas offering to help children locally and around the world. 50% of the offering will go to Camp Chisomo to dig a well and build the first structures on their new land. 25% will go to Marion Cares for the children’s programs they carry out here locally. 25% will be given to Take Away Hunger to provide meals for hungry children in our community and state. Since Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, many of you will have both a regular Sunday offering envelope and a special Christmas Eve envelope. If you use a regular Sunday envelope and want your gift to go to the 3 partners listed above, please note that on your envelope or check.

As we head into the last week of 2017, I invite everyone to consider a year end gift to Resurrection. You should have received a letter recently with more information and a return envelope. If you need to make an charitable distribution by year end from your IRA, we could really use your help.  Or if you want to use our new giving kiosk by the library, text a gift,  or use the mobile app, Vanco+Give,  scroll down to the GIVE section below to learn how to give in those ways. Thank you in advance for your generous gifts.

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.

Merry Christmas,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

On Sunday, December 31, there is one service at 9 am. The theme that day will be “Carols Around the World.” We’ll sing some favorite Christmas carols from various countries and hear the story of the carol, such as: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing (England); Angels We Have Heard on High (France); I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve (Norway); Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Poland); Silent Night (Germany); and Away in a Manger (United States). We’ll also discover some Christmas traditions from each country. If you have a favorite Christmas treat from your family tree that ties in with the theme, bring some to share at the fellowship time following worship.

YOUTH NEWS

Sunday School is taking a two week break and will resume on January 7. Wednesday Night Live will start up again on January 10th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) is off until January 3rd.  EDGE will also resume in January- check with Katie for the details.

CONNECT

LifeTree Café continues this Friday, December 29 at noon, with a short film called “Overcoming Shame and Hardship: A Father and Son Beat the Odds.” 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.

GROW

“Half Truths” , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, will begin on Sunday, January 7th. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible, like “everything happens for a reason” and “God won’t give you more than you can handle.”

The Gospel of John,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, will also begin on January 7th. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

SERVE

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

Marion Holiday Giving Project – Thank you for your generous gifts and monetary donations which helped provide a wonderful Christmas for 154 Marion families this holiday. – Madonna Putnam

GIVE

We have received 213 commitments for the General Fund totaling $512,854. In addition, $115,742 has been pledged for the Growth & Outreach Fund. If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. As we’ve said since early November, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. Our year to date commitments are 82% for the General Fund and 18% for the Growth & Outreach Fund.

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically. Or check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.

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

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