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Resurrection E-News: Sunday, July 21, 2019

Pastoral Transition

Please continue to pray for the call committee as they begin their work to call a new senior pastor.

  • Elizabeth Buckeridge
  • Linda Hayward
  • Jon Lovseth
  • Greg Meier
  • Linda Schminke
  • Cheryl Wilms
  • Kären Wilson
  • Bob Wolter

Loving God, be with us and guide us during this time of discernment.  Fill our leaders with your wisdom.  Keep us mindful of the work you would have us do.  Lead us and guide us, O Lord, to be about the work of your kingdom even as the search for a new pastor continues.  Bless all who have taken on extra responsibility, and fill them with a sense of your love and presence.  We pray in your Son’s name, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Farewell celebrations with Pastor Miranda will happen next Sunday, July 28 following both services on Sunday and following the service on Wednesday evening July 31. Wish Pastor Miranda and her family well as they move into the next chapter of their life together!

Ministry

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) // The Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) program prepares sack lunches in the summer to needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers help pack lunches or deliver & serve at the designated sites on Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Sign up today!

Churches of Marion Food Pantry // Summer is the time of year when food donations go DOWN, due to lack of food drives and fewer donations coming in from participating churches, and demand goes UP, as kids are not receiving school-based meals. Can you help us fill the gap this summer for local families? You can donate items directly (list on bulletin board), or help us fund our purchases. Food donations are accepted at the bins in the gathering space. Monetary donations may be sent to the Pantry (864 – 12th St. in Marion). THANKS SO MUCH for your continued support!

Welcome back our youth mission trip who return Sunday from serving in North Carolina!

Fellowship

Kay & Charlie Clauss 70th Wedding Anniversary.  Charlie & Kay are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, July 30th.  They will be having an open house on Sunday, July 28th at their residence at 3120 24th Avenue in Marion, from 1:30pm to 4:00pm. Please stop by and say hello.  Cake and drinks will be served.  No gifts please.

Knitting Group // Join this group each Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. They have needles and yarn for making hospice blankets. In addition, we’re looking for junior knitters/crocheters to spearhead a new project – scarves for the homeless. We’re very happy to teach people how to knit or crochet, so join us sometime! Call Pam Kacena with questions (360-5165).

Adult Discipleship

Lifetree Cafe // We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone. This week we will discuss “Where’s The Justice?”

 

As we gear up for fall and the start of new adult faith classes we have opportunities for new facilitators! We’re particularly looking for folks who want to facilitate a class in one of these areas:

-Doubters (folks with questions about faith – why? how? who?

-How do I….pray, study the bible, learn a new spiritual practice

-What does the Bible say about…money, health, relationships,
parenting, dying, etc.

Contact Donna Dennis or Dan Tegtmeier if you’re even a little bit interested in serving this way.

 

Resurrection E-News: Sunday, July 14, 2019

Dear Friends in Christ,

God has asked us to run a marathon. We are “in training” on this road of life. Pastor Denny spoke last Sunday of Jesus sending 72 disciples out to cities (more than just 12 disciples). Yes, Jesus asks us to also become disciples and to “Therefore, go and make disciples . . . teaching them. . . ” Matthew 28:19-20

As we read thru the bible, when God’s people were without a leader, they looked to God for guidance. We need guidance. Pray for it, right now, for our community.

Our Adult Faith Development needs a boost. We are developing classes for:

  • Doubters (believing people but those who still question who?, how?, and why?)
  • How do I?. . . pray, study the bible, use music for worshiping Him
  • What does the Bible say about . . . money, health, relationships, parenting, dying, really living, etc.

We need facilitators. Facilitating a class is a great way to learn alongside class participants. If you think you don’t have what it takes, remember: Moses (made excuses), David (others didn’t believe he had it in him), Jonah (thought he knew better than God), Nehemiah (was worried of what others thought), and Saul/Paul (did everything he could to stop discipleship). God has given you gifts. He has a better plan for you. Overlook your shortcomings and prayerfully ask Him if this is something you are to do.

We will be in touch.

Donna Dennis and Dan Tegtmeier

Adult Faith Development


Pastoral Transition

Please continue to pray for the call committee as they begin their work to call a new senior pastor.

  • Elizabeth Buckeridge
  • Linda Hayward
  • Jon Lovseth
  • Greg Meier
  • Linda Schminke
  • Cheryl Wilms
  • Kären Wilson
  • Bob Wolter

Loving God, be with us and guide us during this time of discernment.  Fill our leaders with your wisdom.  Keep us mindful of the work you would have us do.  Lead us and guide us, O Lord, to be about the work of your kingdom even as the search for a new pastor continues.  Bless all who have taken on extra responsibility, and fill them with a sense of your love and presence.  We pray in your Son’s name, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Ministry

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) // The Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) program prepares sack lunches in the summer to needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers help pack lunches or deliver & serve at the designated sites on Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Sign up today!

Churches of Marion Food Pantry // Summer is the time of year when food donations go DOWN, due to lack of food drives and fewer donations coming in from participating churches, and demand goes UP, as kids are not receiving school-based meals. Can you help us fill the gap this summer for local families? You can donate items directly (list on bulletin board), or help us fund our purchases. Food donations are accepted at the bins in the gathering space. Monetary donations may be sent to the Pantry (864 – 12th St. in Marion). THANKS SO MUCH for your continued support!

Fellowship

Are you 55 or older? Would you like to get together with people and make new friends? Help us explore a 55+ group at Resurrection – a social group for men & women who are single, married, divorced, or widowed. Meet me in the fellowship hall on Sunday, July 14th at 9:30, and we’ll toss some ideas around. Hope to see you there! – Sharon Hill (319-895-8644)

Knitting Group // Join this group each Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. They have needles and yarn for making hospice blankets. In addition, we’re looking for junior knitters/crocheters to spearhead a new project – scarves for the homeless. We’re very happy to teach people how to knit or crochet, so join us sometime! Call Pam Kacena with questions (360-5165).

Adult Discipleship

Lifetree Cafe // We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone. This week we will discuss “Declutter Your Life”

 

Summer Novel Conversations // We’ve put together a great list of books for your summer reading. Each of these books can be borrowed at local libraries or purchased in a variety of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in the church lounge. This week we’re talking about  The Shack.

 

 

 


Upcoming Events

55+ Fellowship Interest Meeting // Sunday, July 14, 9:30 AM // Meet in the center of the fellowship hall to talk about what a new 55+ fellowship ministry might look like

Comforting Hands Quilters // Monday, July 15, 9:00 AM // you don’t need to sew to help this group make quilts for Lutheran World Relief & other organizations

Lifetree Cafe // Friday, July 19, 12:00 PM // LCR Cafe // grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus, while also growing closer to each other. This week’s topic will focus on “Declutter Your Life”

Resurrection E-News: Sunday, July 7, 2019

We send our sympathies to following families who have lost loved ones this week:

* Karen Proffitt and family on the death of her mother, Freda Lovejoy, of Cedar Falls, on June 28th;

* Liz Zwanziger and family on the death of Otto Zwanziger, of Cedar Rapids, on July 1st/2nd. Pastor Otto served as senior pastor at Resurrection from 1972-1982;

* the family of Darlene Schrimper, of Cedar Rapids, on July 1st. Darlene was the secretary at Resurrection for many years;

* the family of Phyllis Melchert, of Cedar Rapids, on her death on July 1st. A memorial service for Phyllis will be held at Resurrection tomorrow, Saturday, July 6th at 10 AM.


Worship

Sunday, July 14 // Dr. Bill Withers, Executive Minister: Campus Network & Development at Lutheran Church of Hope, will give a message “It’s Not About You” at both services

 

 

Pastoral Transition

Please continue to pray for the call committee as they begin their work to call a new senior pastor.

  • Elizabeth Buckeridge
  • Linda Hayward
  • Jon Lovseth
  • Greg Meier
  • Linda Schminke
  • Cheryl Wilms
  • Kären Wilson
  • Bob Wolter

Loving God, be with us and guide us during this time of discernment.  Fill our leaders with your wisdom.  Keep us mindful of the work you would have us do.  Lead us and guide us, O Lord, to be about the work of your kingdom even as the search for a new pastor continues.  Bless all who have taken on extra responsibility, and fill them with a sense of your love and presence.  We pray in your Son’s name, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Ministry

Marion Cares Backpack Drive // Give students the tools they need to succeed during the 2019-20 school year! Stop by the table in the Gathering Space to adopt a students supply list. Filled backpacks must be returned to the church by Sunday, July 28th.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) // The Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) program prepares sack lunches in the summer to needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers help pack lunches or deliver & serve at the designated sites on Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Sign up today!

Churches of Marion Food Pantry // Summer is the time of year when food donations go DOWN, due to lack of food drives and fewer donations coming in from participating churches, and demand goes UP, as kids are not receiving school-based meals. Can you help us fill the gap this summer for local families? You can donate items directly (list on bulletin board), or help us fund our purchases. Food donations are accepted at the bins in the gathering space. Monetary donations may be sent to the Pantry (864 – 12th St. in Marion). THANKS SO MUCH for your continued support!

Fellowship

Are you 55 or older? Would you like to get together with people and make new friends? Help us explore a 55+ group at Resurrection – a social group for men & women who are single, married, divorced, or widowed. Meet me in the fellowship hall on Sunday, July 14th at 9:30, and we’ll toss some ideas around. Hope to see you there! – Sharon Hill (319-895-8644)

Knitting Group // Join this group each Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. They have needles and yarn for making hospice blankets. In addition, we’re looking for junior knitters/crocheters to spearhead a new project – scarves for the homeless. We’re very happy to teach people how to knit or crochet, so join us sometime! Call Pam Kacena with questions (360-5165). Also, there are some FREE specialty-type yarns – used for decorative scarves – in the corner of the choir room in a labeled sack. Take a skein or two if you like. Thanks to Linda Christiansen for her donations to our group.

Adult Discipleship

Lifetree Cafe // We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone. This week we will discuss “When He Becomes She.” Lifetree Cafe will not meet on Friday, July 12!

Summer Novel Conversations // We’ve put together a great list of books for your summer reading. Each of these books can be borrowed at local libraries or purchased in a variety of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in the church lounge. This week we’re talking about  The Shack.

 

 

 


Upcoming Events

JAM Bible Study // Monday, July 8, 1 PM // LCR Lounge // a discussion based bible study for “spirited” women with diverse ideas & opinions

Elementary Day Camp // July 8-12 // LCR & EWALU // Sign up online and contact Jessi Heidelbauer with questions. Day Camp runs 9 AM-3 PM except for Friday when it runs 9 AM-noon.

Brewing Up the Bible // Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 PM // Zio Johno’s (755 7th Ave. Marion) // a no-pressure, casual, and fun way to connect with God and your neighbors

Day Camp Family Program // Thursday, July 11, 6:30 PM // Celebrate the week of day camp by hearing from the kids and sharing ice cream!

55+ Fellowship Interest Meeting // Sunday, July 14, 9:30 AM // Meet in the center of the fellowship hall to talk about what a new 55+ fellowship ministry might look like

Resurrection E-New: June 30, 2019,

Worship

Wednesday, July 3 // No Evening Song worship!

Sunday, July 7 // Former choir director Lyn A’Hearn will give a sermon titled “At the Heart of Healing” based on Psalm 51 at the 8 AM service only. Pastor Denny will preach at the 10 AM service and on Wednesday, July 10.

Sunday, July 14 // Guest speaker Bill Withers from Lutheran Church of Hope will join us for both services.

Pastoral Transition

The Church Council is happy to announce the members of our Call Committee today:

  • Elizabeth Buckeridge
  • Joan Cochrane
  • Jon Lovseth
  • Greg Meier
  • Linda Schminke
  • Cheryl Wilms
  • Kären Wilson
  • Bob Wolter

This is a great team to map the direction of the church through the selection of its next leader.

Ministry

Ushers and Communion servers // Join us in the YAC on Sunday, June 30 from 9:10-9:50 am. We’ll discuss current procedures and answer questions about anything that has come up for you.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) // The Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) program prepares sack lunches in the summer to needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers help pack lunches or deliver & serve at the designated sites on Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Sign up today!

Churches of Marion Food Pantry // Summer is the time of year when food donations go DOWN, due to lack of food drives and fewer donations coming in from participating churches, and demand goes UP, as kids are not receiving school-based meals. Can you help us fill the gap this summer for local families? You can donate items directly (list on bulletin board), or help us fund our purchases. Food donations are accepted at the bins in the gathering space. Monetary donations may be sent to the Pantry (864 – 12th St. in Marion). THANKS SO MUCH for your continued support!

Fellowship

Knitting Group // Join this group each Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. They have needles and yarn for making hospice blankets. In addition, we’re looking for junior knitters/crocheters to spearhead a new project – scarves for the homeless. We’re very happy to teach people how to knit or crochet, so join us sometime! Call Pam Kacena with questions (360-5165). Also, there are some FREE specialty-type yarns – used for decorative scarves – in the corner of the choir room in a labeled sack. Take a skein or two if you like. Thanks to Linda Christiansen for her donations to our group.

Adult Discipleship

Lifetree Cafe // We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in addition to the Friday gathering. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone. This week we will discuss “Blowing the Whistle on Abuse”

Summer Novel Conversations // We’ve put together a great list of books for your summer reading. Each of these books can be borrowed at local libraries or purchased in a variety of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in the church lounge. This week we’re talking about Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore before moving on to The Shack on July 7!

 

 


Upcoming Events

Comforting Hands Quilters // Monday, July 1, 9 AM // you don’t need to sew to help this group make quilts for Lutheran World Relief & other organizations

Office Closed // Thursday, July 4 

Lifetree Cafe // Friday, July 5, 12:00 PM // LCR Cafe // grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus, while also growing closer to each other. This week’s topic will focus on “Blowing the Whistle on Abuse”

JAM Bible Study // Monday, July 8, 1 PM // LCR Lounge // a discussion based bible study for “spirited” women with diverse ideas & opinions

Elementary Day Camp // July 8-12 // LCR & EWALU // Sign up online and contact Jessi Heidelbauer with questions

Brewing Up the Bible // Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 PM // Zio Johno’s (755 7th Ave. Marion) // a no-pressure, casual, and fun way to connect with God and your neighbors

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, June 23, 2019

We had lots of fun this week during Preschool & Kindergarten Vacation Bible School. We went to Mars and beyond to discover the wonders of God’s universe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worship

June 30th // Camp Chisomo mission trip team will share stories and video from their time in Malawi this month.

Wednesday, July 3 // No Evening Song worship!

July 7 // Lyn A’Hearn will provide music and give the sermon at the 8:00 AM worship

Pastoral Transition

The Church Council is in the final steps of selecting the call committee. We have been working with the synod office to guide us through this process. We were blessed with almost twenty volunteers to be on the LCR Call Committee. These volunteers answered a questionnaire as a part of the selection process. The council chose a diverse cross-section of members to represent the congregation. We will be announcing the call committee after review from the synod Bishop’s assistant. We believe we have a great team assembled to map the direction of the church through the selection of its next leader. May God bless you and keep you always! Questions or concerns – contact Jim or Dave or any council member.

Opportunities to Serve

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) // The Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY) program prepares sack lunches in the summer to needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers help pack lunches or deliver & serve at the designated sites on Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Sign up today!

Adult Discipleship

Lifetree Cafe // We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in addition to the Friday gathering. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone. This week we will discuss “Concussions: A Former NFL Player Speaks Out”

Summer Novel Conversations // We’ve put together a great list of books for your summer reading. Each of these books can be borrowed at local libraries or purchased in a variety of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in the church lounge. Today we’re talking about “Lamb, the Gospel According to Biff” by Christopher Moore – please join us!

 

 


Upcoming Events

Mission of Hope Golf Outing // Sunday, June 23 // Hunters Ridge Golf Course

Comforting Hands Quilters // Monday, June 24 // you don’t need to sew to help this group make quilts for Lutheran World Relief & other organizations

Woodworking Group // Thursday, June 27, 6:30 PM // Art Room //if you’ve ever wanted to learn woodcarving or would enjoy some fellowship while you carve you are welcome with this group

Knitting Group // Thursday, June 27, 6:30 PM // LCR Lounge // work on your own project in a community of other knitters!

Lifetree Cafe // Friday, June 28, 12:00 PM // LCR Cafe // grow in a deeper relationship with Jesus, while also growing closer to each other. This week’s topic will focus on “Concussions: A Former NFL Player Speaks Out”

Cribbage Group // Friday, June 28, 1:15 PM // LCR Cafe // what could be better than Friday afternoon cribbage?

JAM Bible Study // Monday, July 8, 1 PM // LCR Lounge // a discussion based bible study for “spirited” women with diverse ideas & opinions

Elementary Day Camp // July 8-12 // LCR & EWALU // Sign up online and contact Jessi Heidelbauer with questions

Brewing Up the Bible // Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 PM // Zio Johno’s (755 7th Ave. Marion) // a no-pressure, casual, and fun way to connect with God and your neighbors


Please remember… Now that Pastor Dennis is retired, he will not be available to conduct or participate in funerals, weddings, hospital calls, emergency calls, or other functions normally carried out by a pastor of LCR. Please instead contact Pastor Denny at the church.

Resurrection E-News: Sunday, June 9

LCR Members & Friends,

Now that the school year has (finally) ended and summer is getting started we want to make sure you don’t miss out on all the great things happening at LCR. Pastor Denny Wright has officially begun as our interim senior pastor and will be preaching this Sunday, June 9th and Wednesday, June 12.  We’ve got lots of great guest speakers lined up this summer, too, so take a look at who is going to be with us in June and mark your calendars!

You can see all the other great things going on this month and into July right here. Don’t forget to follow the church on Facebook and Instagram to get even more info about what’s coming up!

Blessings,

Allyn Glenn-Angell
Director of Communications


Worship

June 23 // Laura Campbell of Marion Cares will speak to us about the SHINE after-school program that LCR supports.

June 30th // Camp Chisomo mission trip team will share stories and video from their time in Malawi this month.

Opportunities to Serve

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) // The ‘Feeding Lunches to Youth’ program prepares sack lunches in the summer to needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers help pack lunches or deliver & serve at the designated sites on Mondays throughout the summer. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Sign up today!

Adult Discipleship

Lifetree Cafe // We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer in addition to the Friday gathering. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone. This week we will discuss “A Father’s Power.”

Summer Novel Conversations // We’ve put together a great list of books for your summer reading. Each of these books can be borrowed at local libraries or purchased in a variety of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer. Our series begins on June 9th with “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate – please join us!

 

 

 


Upcoming Events

Brewing Up the Bible // Wednesday, June 12, 7:30 PM // Zio Johno’s (755 7th Ave. Marion) // a no-pressure, casual, and fun way to connect with God and your neighbors

JAM Bible Study // Monday, June 10, 1 PM // LCR Lounge // a discussion based bible study for “spirited” women with diverse ideas & opinions

Blood Drive // Monday, June 17, 2-5 PM // LCR Fellowship Hall // Contact Bob Wolter 377-5126 to donate

PreK VBS // June 18-June 21, 9-11:30 AM // LCR // Contact Jill Hansen if you are willing to help! The family program will happen on Friday evening at 6:00 PM.

Mission of Hope Golf Outing // Sunday, June 23 // Hunters Ridge Golf Course // Sign up on the bulletin board across from the office by Sunday, June 9th.

Elementary Day Camp // July 8-12 // LCR & EWALU // Sign up online and contact Jessi Heidelbauer with questions


Please remember… Now that Pastor Dennis is retired, he will not be available to conduct or participate in funerals, weddings, hospital calls, emergency calls, or other functions normally carried out by a pastor of LCR. Please instead contact Pastor Denny at the church.

 

Resurrection E-News: Sunday, June 2, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, June 2nd, Pastor Paul Ostrem from our Southeastern Iowa Synod staff will preach and our new interim pastor, Pastor Denny Wright, will assist in worship. At the 8:00 service, holy communion will be served.

There are other unique 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.

God bless you always,

Pastor Dennis

SERVING

Camp Chisomo Mission Trip – Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, and their friends from LCR departed June 1 for Malawi, to share the grace and hope that is found in Jesus with the orphaned children there. Pray for our team as they build Camp Chisomo and as they travel home later this month. The team will provide stories and video from their trip at both services on June 30th.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Vacation Bible School & Elementary Day Camp registrations can be found at the gathering space table. Non-members are very welcome, so invite friends and neighbors! You can also sign up online at www.lcrmarion.org.

EWALU Summer Camp registrations can be found at the welcome center window or you can sign up online. Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

Confirmation photos are in the church office, ready to be picked up.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Lifetree Café is coming to Sundays! Starting today, we’ll offer this popular program at 9:05 am each week. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about topics relevant to anyone.

Summer Novel Conversations – We’ve put together a great list of books for your summer reading. Each of these books can be borrowed at local libraries or purchased in a variety of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer. Our series begins June 9th with “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate – please join us!

MINISTRY

Congratulations to Pastor Alyssa Weaver, our former intern, who was ordained on June 1st. Her first call is at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iola, Wisconsin. If you would like to send her a card, her mailing address is 21661 Gladstone Ave, Tomah WI 54660.

Blood Drive – Share your good health with community members in medical need. On Monday, June 17, from 2:30 to 6:30 pm, we’ll host a blood drive for Resurrection members and our friends from Ascension and Faith Lutheran. A sign-up sheet will be on the entryway bulletin board, or you can call organizer Bob Wolter at 319-360-6184. The last date to have given previously is April 22nd.

 

OUTREACH 

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on June 7 to discuss “How to Live to 100: Advice from those who’ve done it”

PASTORAL TRANSITION

Remember…. Now that Pastor Dennis is retired, he will not be available to conduct or participate in funerals, weddings, hospital calls, emergency calls, or other functions normally carried out by a pastor of LCR. Please instead contact Pastor Denny at the church.

Pastor Denny Wright is a retired ELCA pastor who grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School. He attended Bemidji State and taught high school in Minnesota. Denny then moved back to Cedar Rapids to teach at Kennedy High, and married Winnie Lowe (a Linn-Mar grad) in 1967. He attended Northwestern Lutheran Seminary and served at churches in Iowa, Texas, Kansas, and Minnesota. While in Kansas, Denny served as Assistant to the Bishop of the Central States Synod, ELCA. Denny & Winnie recently moved back to the area after he had served as Interim Pastor in several congregations in Minnesota. They have four adult children and six grandchildren. Denny is looking forward to this fourth experience as an Interim Pastor. This will be the third ‘Lutheran Church of the Resurrection’ he has served!

CONNECT   

Fellowship Time is held in the café and fellowship hall on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin’ Donuts, Wit’s End scones, juice, and coffee.

Mission of Hope Golf Outing sign-up sheet is now posted on the entryway bulletin board. You can sign up as a group of 4, or as an individual and we’ll put you in a group. Event is on Sunday, June 23rd, registration ends Wed, June 9th, and cost is $50 per player. Non-players are welcome to sign up for just the dinner ($10). See flyer on bulletin board for details.

GIVE

May/June Mission Envelopes are designated for Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides free medical, dental, vision, and prescription services to 7,000 people in need each year.

Offering Envelopes – Effective May 1st we stopped sending offering envelopes to those who are signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year are now available for you at the Welcome Center literature rack. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Recording Secretary Joan Meyer at 393-6972.

In addition to offering envelopes, other ways of supporting LCR include: Simply Giving – join over 90 LCR families who give regularly through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in your Enough packets. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving. Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts.  Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.

Day Camp Registration

Every summer Resurrection hosts a week of Summer Day Camp here at the church for kids entering  1st-6th grades. Day camp is led by trained, college-age counselors from EWALU Bible Camp. These counselors are wonderful Christian role models who teach the gospel in a camp style that the kids love. This is the next best thing to camp itself! A field trip to Camp EWALU near Strawberry Point is included on Wednesday.

Join us July 8 – 12, 2019

Resurrection Elementary Day Camp is open to all – please encourage your child’s friends and neighbors to take part, too.

Please contact Jessi with any questions.

Holy Week at Home

Holy Week at Home

Many of us long to make Holy Week (the days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) more meaningful for our families. We want more than waiting to put on our fancy new clothes, gorging on candy, and stressing about creating the perfect Pinterest-worthy tablescape. But where do we start? And how do we make time in what is already a busy week? Here are a few ideas for families of all sizes and ages. If you find that three nights of activities are too many, don’t worry! Pick the one activity that resonates the most with you and start there.

Maundy Thursday: We Prepare

Stripping of the Table: all ages, 15-20 minutes
Stripping of the altar (removing all ornaments, linens, candles, plants, flowers, etc.) is an ancient custom of the Church. Congregations mark the way Christ’s life was stripped from him by stripping the altar of all signs of life and beauty during a special service This almost-bare worship space reminds us of the bareness of life without the hope of Christ that we have through His resurrection.

  • This beautiful and powerful ceremony can also be practiced in the home, as our homes are also places of worship. Materials needed: Bible or Prayer Book, storage box or bin, dark cloth, cleaning supplies.
  • Read Psalm 22 together (or just the first two verses, if attention spans are short).
  • Explain the ancient custom of stripping and washing the altar, what it symbolizes, and how your family will now do a similar stripping in your home – focusing on icons and symbols of your faith.
  • Send your family through the house to gather all icons and religious symbols that can be easily moved (crosses, statues, candles, prayer beads, etc.). Ask everyone to work silently as a sign of respect for the task. Pack these items away in the storage bins.
  • Use the dark cloth to drape any other items that are too large or permanent to pack away (wall art, door wreaths, Easter Tree and so forth.)
  • Finally, remove all items from your dining or kitchen table and together wash the table thoroughly.
  • Leave the table bare until Easter morning.
  • After all the icons have been packed away or covered, and the table has been washed, take a moment to notice how your home looks and feels. Help kids make the connection between a home without these beautiful and meaningful items and a life without Christ.
  • Saturday night, after everyone is in bed, do your best to unpack and uncover all of the religious items, so that when the family wakes up on Easter morning there will be more than just Easter baskets to celebrate!

Good Friday: We Enter In

Technology Darkness: all ages, 12-24 hours
Good Friday church services often end in total darkness, leaving worshipers to imagine their lives in the wake of the dark hours after Christ’s crucifixion. While functioning as a family in total darkness might not be practical, there is a way to practice living in darkness: go dark with your technology.

  • “Unplug” from noon on Good Friday until noon on Holy Saturday.
  • Turn off (and put away!) all cell phones, tablets, game consoles, televisions, radios and computers for twenty-four hours.
  • Reflect together on how disjointed, disconnected, lost, anxious, helpless or frustrated each family member feels without their devices. On that first Good Friday, many lives were turned upside down by Christ’s death: Mary, Martha, James, John, Peter, Andrew, just to name a few…For these people and the other followers of Christ, Good Friday was more than just sad. It was a day of feeling anxious, lost, disconnected, frustrated, and helpless.
  • Ask questions: How different would our worlds be if the Story of God had stopped on Good Friday? What would life be like if grace, mercy, love, and forgiveness were not available to us?

Holy Saturday: We Wait

Wax Crayon Eggs: ages 3 -10, 30 minutes to 1 hour
Everyone loves to dye Easter eggs, even the grown-ups. There are many different techniques, but the one that requires the most faith, despite its simplicity, is the wax crayon method. Even as you decorate your eggs, you can’t see what the finished design will look like.

Holy Saturday is like wax crayon eggs. It is a day of waiting. We know we have something precious and beautiful, but we cannot yet see what the completed picture is. And so we must wait, as Mary waited, and the disciples waited. Materials needed: At least 1 dozen boiled eggs, Easter-Egg dye kits, wax or white crayons

  • Use a pale-colored wax crayon and draw or write on your egg. The only evidence that you have done anything will be bits of wax clumped on your egg’s smooth surface.
  • Dye your egg according to package directions.
  • Wait. Wait some more. Eventually, enough time passes to go back to your egg dye.
  • Pull your egg out of the dye. Those invisible wax images are now clearly white, surrounded by brilliant egg dye. There is the flower you drew, imperfect but lovely. There is the name you wrote, a little wobbly but still your name.

Holy Saturday brings us – at last – to the glorious rekindling of the Light of the World and the Paschal Candle. Careful activities during this holy pause have prepared us to share Christ’s Light with one another and the world! Alleluia, indeed!

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 31, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, March 31, we will hear from guest preacher Pastor Jerry Collell, the pastor of the new ELCA congregation Free Indeed that meets in the maximum security Anamosa State Penitentiary. Pastor Jerry will also hold a forum from 9:15 to 9:45 (middle section of the fellowship hall) for those who would like to learn more about this ministry.

The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on April 3 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. On these Wednesdays, along with Holden Evening Prayer, we are having short skits featuring biblical characters from the passion story to help deepen and enrich your Lenten experience. This week’s guest will Barabbas. Meatball subs will be served by the families from Wee Wisdom Preschool from 5:15-6:30.

There are other unique 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,

Pastor Dennis

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sundays at 9:05 am:

  • Reading Biblical Literature: The Old Testament (fellowship hall) – Experience how Prof. Craig Koester’s stimulating video presentations on the Old Testament can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson. Sunday’s topic: Psalms – the Bible’s Songbook.
  • John: the Gospel of Light and Life (lounge) – this course will use Adam Hamilton’s book & DVD to go deeper into the weekly sermon topics. Led by Ron Versteegh and Cheryl Wilms. 
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples. Led by Mary Hajek.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (choir room) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year – in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on April 5th to consider “Breaking the Cycle of Sexual Abuse”

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP 

4th-grade first communion seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9a-12p.

EWALU you can sign up online (www.ewalu.org) or send in your registration form (extras are available at the Welcome Center window). Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house or something else you need done. Call on our high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie if you need help – katie@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Music for Easter – If you play the trumpet, we are looking for you! Easter Sunday early service could use one more trumpet for a small brass group. Please contact the church office or Sharon Hill at 895-8644 to get involved.

 

PASTORAL TRANSITION

The LCR Council met earlier this month with leadership from Bishop Burk’s office. Pastor Paul Ostrem walked us through the next steps for the congregation as Pastor Dennis’ June 1 retirement approaches. The first step is to request an interim pastor, which we have done. We expect to have the interim pastor in place by June. The next step will be establishing a call committee. Right now the council is working to determine the formulation of the call committee. Our hope is to have the call committee in place shortly after the interim begins. If you have questions about the process please address them to Jim Shaw (james_shaw@southslope.net) or Dave Jensen (david.jensen@yahoo.com).

SERVE 

2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online here.

Worship Assistants – At the 11:15 service on Easter (April 21) we are in need of a slide operator, an Acolyte, an Offering Assistant, Greeters, Ushers, and Communion Servers. At the Maundy Thursday service (April 18) we need Ushers and Communion Servers. At the Good Friday service (April 19) we need Ushers, an Acolyte, a slide operator, and an Offering Assistant. If you can help, please make a note on your welcome card and specify task and date/time.

 

CONNECT   

Fellowship hour  come early each Sunday for coffee & a Dunkin’ Donut or scone from Wit’s End, or stay after either service to have refreshments and conversation.

Midweek Lenten Suppers are a great way to meet others from LCR and support a good cause at the same time. They are served from 5:15-6:30.

LCR Biking Trip June 23-25 in the Des Moines area, including the High Trestle Trail. If interested, contact Linda Erlandson by March 31 at 377-5836.

GIVE

March/April Mission Envelopes are designated for the new Anamosa Prison congregation, “Free Indeed.” This ministry of the SE Iowa Synod is building a community of faith within the prison walls to share the good news of Jesus Christ with residents so that they may continue their spiritual journey upon release.

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online ASAP to direct your Choice Dollars to charities that are important to you: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice  or 1-800-847-4836

In addition to offering envelopes, other ways of supporting LCR include: Simply Giving – join over 90 LCR families who give regularly through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in your Enough packets. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving. Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts.  Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.