Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Sunday, March 4, our pastoral intern Alyssa Weaver will preach on the gospel story of Jesus in the Temple courts from John 2. In the story we see Jesus cleanse the temple of all commercialization, an essential practice for Jews at the time of Passover. When challenged , he responds mysteriously, with the first prediction in the Gospel of John of his own death and resurrection. In the midst of a seemingly stable religious center, Jesus suggests that the center itself has changed.
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.
Blessings to you,
Lenten Wednesdays – With Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. This week’s speakers are Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh. They will share her faith story and how it connects with serving as a family at Camp EWALU. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.
Sunday School continues this Sunday, learning about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock. EDGE will meet at their usual time on Wednesday night.
First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) began last Wednesday night and continue this week from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall. An alternate seminar will be on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12. The class is led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.
Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.
Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.
Lenten Supper – On March 7, EDGE youth will serve a spaghetti supper to raise funds for their mission trip this summer to Houston, Texas.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, March 9 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “You’ve Got a Problem! Your one-hour guide to making better decisions.” 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.
Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, continues this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. This week’s topic is Islam, led by Pastor Dennis.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.
Lenten Devotionals are now available online for adults and for families. See the Ash Wednesday & Lent posting on our website for links. We have print-outs of the adult and family devotionals on the gathering space table.
Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to email@example.com and we will get you signed up. Trending on Rightnow Media for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans, The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.
Council Installation – The following members of LCR will be installed this Sunday as our 2018 Church Council: Ryan Phillips, David Gochenouer, Sally Reck, Tatum Buse, Jim Shaw, Michelle Heidelbauer, Jamie Reider, Alan Garlow, and Dave Jensen.
Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project – During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about this giving project.
Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at email@example.com.
March-April mission envelopes will be designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in March will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; funds for Camp Chisomo scholarships for youth and adults going to Malawi in June; and snow removal/facility maintenance. Our support of Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity projects will continue once the $5,000 goal for scholarships is met. In February we received $7,997 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, and set aside $2,400 for Camp Chisomo scholarships.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!
Giving through VANCO – New ways to give to LCR are through Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. 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.