Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this coming Sunday, December 10, we’ll learn about John the Baptist and consider how even though he could have been #1 in his day, he chose to be #2 and point the way to Jesus. In our own day, we face this choice in big and small ways. We face the temptation of narcissism, to put ourselves first above anyone or anything else. We’ll look at how John managed that temptation by having a sense of history, being submissive, and have an attitude of self-sacrifice. Along the way, I’ll tell a story about a chaplain from northeast Iowa who gave his life so that other men onboard the USS Oklahoma could be saved during the Pearl Harbor attack 76 years ago this past week.
The Resurrection Ringers will play at both the 8:15 and 9:45 services tomorrow. In the afternoon, our Sunday School children will present their Christmas program at 4:30 pm. It will be followed by a potluck chili supper. Please bring a pot of chili, dessert, or fruit to share.
Finally, I encourage everyone to consider a year end gift to Resurrection. You will receive a letter in the mail with more information and a return envelope. If you want to text a gift or use the mobile app, Vanco+Give, scroll down to the GIVE section below for more information. We need a big December of giving in order to reach our goal of 97% of our 2017 budget. Each year we strive to limit our spending to 97% of the annual budget, with the hope that the receipts for the year will match that amount. If you need to make an charitable distribution by year end from your IRA, we could really use your help. Heading into tomorrow, we will need about $80,000 in the next three weeks to match the anticipated expenses for the year.
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,
Mission of Hope Lunch Team served 159 people on the 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.
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.
EDGE Band will lead worship next Sunday, December 17 at 9:45 and 11:00. The Resurrection Choir will sing at the 8:15 and 9:45 services as well.
Older Hymns news – We are pleased to announce that a new director/accompanist, Brandon Waring, will begin leading the Older Hymns this Wednesday, December 13, at 6:30 pm. Brandon will graduate with a vocal music degree from Iowa State this month. He has student taught this fall in the Mt. Vernon and Central City school districts.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, December 15 at noon, with a film called “Children with No Place to Call Home.” 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.
Christmas Caroling – Let’s meet at the church on Thursday, December 21st at 6:30 pm. Please sign up in the gathering space if you plan to come, or call the office. All ages are welcome. We’ll carol at the homes of homebound members. Wear a Christmas hat if you have one, and bring some cookies to share if you can! We’ll return to the church around 7:30 for cookies and cocoa.
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.
Sunday School continues tomorrow at 9:45, preparing for the Christmas program and learning about the Christmas story. Wednesday Night Live Christmas Party has been rescheduled to Wednesday, December 20 at 6:00 pm. Any 3rd, 4th, or 5th graders are welcome to participate, and friends from outside church are always welcome! Due to this change, we will not meet on January 3rd.
Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have a small group night on Dec. 13. EDGE Youth group (9th-12th grades) will meet at 7:30 in the YAC.
Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem continues this Sunday, Dec. 10 at 9:45 . Tomorrow’s video and discussion is about the visit to Mary by the angel Gabriel. 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.
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 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, 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. We have received 201 commitments for the General Fund totaling $489,230. $112,764 has been pledged for the Growth & Outreach Fund. There are over 250 families or individuals who have not yet responded. They will receive another card in the mail this week along with a letter of encouragement.
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. 8 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.
Christmas Eve is only two weeks away. For the third straight year, we will give away our 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.