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 email@example.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.