Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 16, we will resume our two service schedule (8:15 traditional, 10:15 contemporary). Our Moses-the Reluctant Prophet video will focus on Mt. Sinai and the giving of the 10 Commandments. I’ll share some thoughts on how God provided for Israel’s needs and does the same for us; what this powerful encounter did for Israel; and how the 10 Commandments are a gift for us and a ‘circle of safety’ that cannot save us, but point us to One who does, Jesus Christ. At both services we will show a day camp video and hear a brief message from Paula Land, Executive Director of the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids (our mission envelope recipient for July-August).
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,
Lyn A’Hearn Farewell Reception will be held on Sunday, July 23 at 9:15 am in the gathering space and fellowship hall. Your cards of appreciation and support are welcome. Come and give thanks to God for Lyn’s impact on our congregation and wish her well as she moves to be closer to family. She will be a Chaplain Resident at Advocate Healthcare in Bloomington, IL.
Alyssa Weaver, our Luther Seminary intern, will move to Marion the week of July 23-29. We will need some help on Tuesday, July 25 to move furniture and boxes into her rental home (2225 Country Club Drive). Email the office if you could help out (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Nursery Help needed – We need to hire three adults for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position ($17/hour). If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (email@example.com) and she will give you more information.
Jessi Heidelbauer, our new Children’s Ministry Co-Director, coordinated our day camp with Tammy Evans and our EWALU counselors this past week. Jessi is a long time member of LCR, has been on several Malawi mission trips, and will graduate from Iowa State in December. She will be able to complete her remaining coursework online from home while working at LCR.
Aaron Schutte accepted our offer to be the contemporary worship (With Faith) director. He is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led weekly worship for three years and guided music service trips for a 14-member contemporary Christian band. He served as an EWALU counselor for two summers; was a 5th grade teacher for three years in Waterloo; and was an ELCA missionary in Tanzania from 2009-2012. He is skilled in guitar, keyboard, and vocals. Aaron will begin on staff in late August after his wife Allison completes her Masters’ degree coursework in music education. Aaron will commute from Independence; Allison teaches music in Waterloo. They have a 3 ½ year old daughter and a 15 month old son. His first Sunday will be on August 27.
High School Mission Trip- a large group of youth and adults will leave on Saturday, July 15 for their mission trip to Washington, D.C. Our EDGE Youth will partner with local organizations to meet ongoing needs in this community. Students will serve at a food pantry, clothing distribution center, soup kitchen, children’s program, or at elderly care facilities. Here’s the group: STUDENTS– Ally Edwards, Delaney Akiens, Selena Aschbrenner, Sam Smith, Nora Read, Caitlyn Nuehring, Emmie Buse, Zoë DeKruif, Laura Noehren, McKenna Fishel, Ryan Hall, Max Molander, Ben Duhn, Alex Campbell, Braeden Green, Jared Feigenbaum, Zach Vana, Matthew Mather, Ben Steinbach, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, Tyler Green, Kyle Schrader, Luke Sloterdyk, Alex Stadtmueller, Zaidin Boehmke, Connor McSperrin, Natalie Shepherd. ADULTS– Ryan Phillips, Marissa Phillips, Katie Kascel, Kayleigh Akiens, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Katie Thul, & Claire Phillips! They will share about their experiences on Sunday, August 13th. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers throughout their trip.
Bible Camp – We have no campers at EWALU this week, but please keep these staff in your prayers: Assistant director – Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens. Jared was one of the Day Camp staff at LCR this past week.
LCR Book Club – Our new evening group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm here at the church. Our first book will be The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. Copies can be found at the Marion Library in the nonfiction section under 305.409 ZASLOW. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, July 18. As you are reading, jot down notes on things that stand out to you. Call Sherrill Morrison with any questions: 319-329-0114. Please join us!
Golf Outing & Fundraiser – You can take part in the Mission of Hope/Crossroads Golf Fundraiser on Sunday, July 23, starting at 1:00 pm. Further information and the sign-up sheet are on the entryway bulletin board. Sign-up deadline is 7/20. Questions? Call Bill Stein at 447-1189.
Canoeing & Cookout on Sunday, July 29- Join in on the fun at Flying Squirrel Shelter in Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. Please register in advance at the gathering space table (or office @lcrmarion.org). Last day to reserve canoes is July 21. Those going on the canoe trip will have to arrive at noon but everyone else can come anytime during the afternoon for snacks, horseshoes, games, hiking, sand volleyball, playground for the kids, etc. Cook-out will start about 2:30 pm. The Fellowship Team will provide hot dogs, chicken breasts, buns, condiments, lemonade, and water. Please bring a dish to share with others and table service for yourself. Paddle boats and canoes may be rented by the hour OR you can just sit in the shade and enjoy the fellowship!
FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thanks for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.
Saturday, July 29th is the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares. Our own With Faith band will provide several songs during the event. We received a $250 Thrivent grant to provide hot dogs, buns, and pop for the event.
Mission Envelope Gifts for July & August are going to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.
As summer continues, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.