Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 2 at both services, the Malawi Mission Trip group will share stories and video of their recent trip to Africa and the gospel ministry carried out through Camp Chisomo. If you’re gone this Sunday for the holiday weekend, you can hear their stories at our 6:00 Wednesday night service on July 5th.
On July 9, we will have one service outdoors at 10:15, with a potluck to follow. More details can be found 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,
Outdoor Worship – A Combined Outdoor Worship Service will be held next Sunday, July 9 at 10:15 am. It will be led by the With Faith & Evening Song worship teams, with anthems from the Galileans, Older Hymns, and EDGE Band. Bring your lawn chairs and a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope. A potluck will follow, so please come with a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share. There will be seating in the fellowship hall for those who prefer to listen indoors. If it’s raining, we’ll move the service inside. Come early and enjoy some donuts and coffee in the café and fellowship hall from 9:15-10:15. We will have several pop-up tents to provide shade; come early to help set them up, along with extra chairs.
Jessi Heidelbauer has accepted our offer to be our new Children’s Ministry Co-Director in charge of Sunday School and day camp. She will begin her ministry this 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.
Nursery Help needed – We need to hire one adult for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will give you more information.
Bible Camp– EWALU will be on staff break this week, providing a time of renewal for our LCR members serving on staff this summer: Assoiate 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.
Day Camp on July 10-14- an annual highlight of the summer for 1st-5th graders is Day Camp, led by EWALU Counselors. You can register at the gathering space table or at www.lcrmarion.org. This year’s theme is “The Water of Life.”
Matthew 25- A group from LCR provided and served lunches for 60 workers on Wednesday, June 28. Thanks to all those who made and brought in desserts, and to those who prepared and/or served the meal: Glenn Jensen, Darlene McGovern, Donna Walton, Kaitlyn Quade, Mary Hajek, & Lyn A’Hearn.
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. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.
Summer Sidekicks will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board, or email email@example.com. Save the date of Saturday, July 29th for 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.
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 fellowship event on Saturday, July 29 at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. You can sign up in the gathering space today; those who want to reserve a canoe must sign up and pay rental fee by July 14.
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. A speaker from the Center will be with us on Sunday, July 16 to share at both services about their ministry.
As summer begins, 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.