Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this coming Sunday, April 8, we will celebrate Bright Sunday in style. Wear your brightest clothing in celebration of the “joke God played on the devil- raising Jesus from the dead.” There will be fun songs in worship, other light-hearted moments, and a sermon by our intern Alyssa on the familiar Gospel story of Jesus appearing to his disciples on Easter evening (John 20:19-31).
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,
Evening Song Worship is this Wednesday, April 11, at 6 pm. If you’ll be out of town this weekend, come join us for worship on Wednesday, with Alyssa preaching her sermon from Bright Sunday.
Sunday School resumes on April 8 at 9:45. Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday, April 11 at 6 pm. EDGE will not meet this week as our youth director, Katie Kascel, will be out of town at a continuing education conference in Kentucky.
Registration for Camp EWALU is underway! 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 detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window. Please let Jill Hansen know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, April 13 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “In the News: Illegal Immigration.” 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.
New Member ‘Coffee with the Pastors’ will be held on Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. All those wishing to join Resurrection are invited that day for conversation and refreshments.
Resurrection Scrapbookers will gather on Saturday, April 21 from 9 am to 9 pm. Bring your photos, albums, and tools and stay for as long as you like. Contact Donna Dennis at email@example.com for further information. Non-members are always welcome, so invite a friend!
Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care- There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, resumes this Sunday, April 8, in the far end of fellowship hall. Sunday’s topic is “Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?” John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, resumes on April 8.
Sacred Parenting – Join Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study meets on Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge, beginning on April 8, or on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the café.
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace will be presented on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm. This film about Lutheran author, pastor, and Nazi resistance supporter Dietrich Bonhoeffer will inspire you and strengthen your faith. After the film we’ll gather for refreshments and conversation in the café.
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 March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.
Habitat for Humanity/LCR landscaping day has been rescheduled due to inclement weather. The driveway needs to be poured and needs warmer weather before that occurs. This is the home in Marion (282 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. We will let you know when the landscaping day is scheduled, along with the dedication event.
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: April 9 or May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Reverse Lent” Giving Project – thanks to all who have given so generously to the Marion Food Pantry through our Giving Project in Lent. Over $1400 in food was received.
March-April mission envelopes are 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 April will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and support of Marion Cares and the Marion Habitat home described above. In March we met our $5000 goal for Camp Chisomo scholarships. 14 LCR teens and adults will travel to Malawi in June to host Camp Chisomo for the orphans of the village. Each participant will receive a $350 scholarship from your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February-March.
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! At the end of March, we had received 99% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through the first quarter.
Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the 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.
Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.