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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, June 16, 2019

This Sunday in worship, Pastor Denny will celebrate the blessed name of God, Holy Trinity, using Psalm 8 as his text. First Light Worship is using Setting 3 liturgy this summer. Next Sunday Laura Campbell of Marion Cares will speak to us about the SHINE after-school program that LCR supports. On June 30th, the Camp Chisomo mission trip team will share stories and video from their time in Malawi this month.

Please also note that Lifetree Cafe’ will NOT meet on Friday, June 21st. See details below.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Elementary Day Camp registrations are on 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 are available 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 one of our scholarships – jill@lcrmarion.org.

2019 Confirmation photos are in the church office, ready to be picked up.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Lifetree Café is now on Sundays too! We are offering this popular program at 9:05 am each week this summer, in addition to our regular 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. We meet this Sunday morning to discuss “Can God Love a Mess Like Me?” There will not be a Lifetree Café on the 21st due to Vacation Bible School.

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 Sunday we’re talking about “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate – please join us!

MINISTRY

Blood Drive – Share your good health with community members in medical need. Monday, June 17, from 2:30-6:30 pm, we’re hosting a blood drive for Resurrection members and friends from Ascension & Faith Lutheran. A sign-up sheet is on the entryway bulletin board, or you can call organizer Bob Wolter (360-6184) to make your appointment. Last date to have given previously is April 22nd.

FLY helpers – The ‘Feeding Lunches to Youth’ program provides sack lunches in the summer for needy youth in the Marion & Linn Mar districts. LCR volunteers serve on Mondays by preparing lunches or delivering/serving at designated sites. Kids and teens are welcome to serve with an adult. Use our online scheduling site (http://signup.com/go/JDqAoNO) to choose your dates or call Jill Hansen here at the church.

Ushers and Communion servers: You are invited to join all of us in the YAC on Sunday, June 30th from 9:10 ‘til 9:50. We’ll discuss procedures and answer questions. Please let Marcia (marcia@lcrmarion.org) know if you are able to attend.

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 (377-4689 or denny@lcrmarion.org).

FELLOWSHIP

Mission of Hope Golf Outing is still accepting registrations for this great event on Sunday, June 23rd. The sign-up sheet is posted on the entryway bulletin board and cost is $50 per player. You can sign up as a group of 4, or as an individual and we’ll put you in a group. In addition, non-players are welcome to sign up for just the dinner ($10). See flyer on bulletin board for details.

June 2019 CrossTalk & Calendar

June 2019 CrossTalk

June 2019 Calendar of Events

 

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

My farewell sermon will be this Sunday, May 26th, with receptions between services on the 26th and an Open House on Wednesday the 29th from 7-9 pm. The 6 pm service on the 29th will include some comments from LCR members, starting around 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

This Sunday’s sermon – “Life Lessons from Bible Camp” – will take you on a whitewater canoe trip down the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin, where we will learn valuable life lessons, such as: small groups build relationships; leave a campsite better than you found it; Jesus is Lord; and four others.

The King’s Men will sing at the 8:00 service. At the 10:00 service holy communion will be served.

Next 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.

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

PASTORAL TRANSITION

A Message from the Church Council – Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a lot of activity in the church with the upcoming retirement of Pastor Dennis. The council has gathered a set of names for the call committee and will select the members soon. In addition, we have finished the search for an interim senior pastor and are pleased to announce that Pastor Denny Wright will be starting on May 28th. The council thanks the congregation for their prayers and support during this exciting time, and thanks the staff, worship team, and volunteer team for their extra efforts. – LCR Council

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!

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

High School and College Seniors will be recognized in the June CrossTalk. Please list the name, school, and future plans of your student/s on the back of your welcome card, or email them to office@lcrmarion.org

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.

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

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Lifetree Café is coming to Sundays! Starting on June 2nd, 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 relevant and compelling topics.

Summer Books – As summer begins, we would like to share a few good books for your reading pleasure in the back yard hammock, at poolside, or on vacation. Each of these books can be borrowed at our local libraries or purchased in a number 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. Series begins June 9th with “The Shack” – please join us!

MINISTRY

Alyssa Weaver’s ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation, Peace Lutheran Church, in Tomah, WI.  LCR friends are invited to attend.  Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin has called her as their pastor.

OUTREACH 

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 31 to discuss “An Encounter with God: A Prime Minister’s Supernatural Experience.”

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 19, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, May 19 (and Wednesday the 22nd ), our sermon series – Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope will conclude with my message on “Common Fears: Sickness, Aging, and Death.”  The Resurrection Choir will sing at the 8:00 service and holy communion will be served. At the 10:00 service, we will witness the baptism of three children – Alexander Lorence Zumbach; Gavin Joseph Barnd; and Kenley Marie Gericke.

We will also welcome the following new members at both services: Jason & Rachel Barndt, Lillyan, Carson, and Gavin; Carolyn Coselman; Stefanie Coselman and Johnnie; Donna Henderson; Brad & Julie Hopkins; Tom & Carol Lillevig; Tom & Kathy Peterman; Kristi Scott; and Rachel Sutton.

A service of confirmation for our 21 8th graders and their families will take place at 11:15 on Sunday. Their names are listed below under Youth Discipleship.

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.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP    

8th graders confirmands this Sunday include: Lauren Bendixen, Jonah BerryKnoop, Jack Biedenbach, Matthew Buse, Ellie Byers, Jayden Fiance, Sydney Finch, Emily Fredin, Lucas Horn, Amy Kahler, Meredith Koenen, Brayson Laube, Kael Loftsgard, Chase Martensen, Jack Noehren, Ava Schaldecker, Sean Smith, Anna Swartz, Mallory Swestka, Abbey Vezina, and Nathan Wilson. Congratulations to them and thanks to their parents, sponsors, guides, and mentors for their support along the way.

Sunday School meets this Sunday for the last time until September. EDGE has their year-end party at 7:30 on Wednesday night.

High School and College Seniors will be recognized in the June CrossTalk. Please list the name, school, and future plans of your student/s on the back of your welcome card, or email them to office@lcrmarion.org

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.

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

PASTORAL TRANSITION

Pastor Dennis’ farewell sermons will be next Sunday, May 26th, with receptions between services on the 26th and an open house on Wednesday the 29th from 7-9 pm. The 6 pm service on the 29th will include some comments from LCR members. All are welcome.

A Message from the Church Council – Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a lot of activity in the church with the upcoming retirement of Pastor Dennis. The council has gathered a set of names for the call committee and will select the members soon. In addition, we have finished the search for an interim senior pastor and are pleased to announce that Pastor Denny Wright will be starting on May 28th. The council thanks the congregation for their prayers and support during this exciting time, and thanks the staff, worship team, and volunteer team for their extra efforts. – LCR Council

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!

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Groups meeting this Sunday at 9:05:

  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics. Led by Donna Dennis.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. This week’s topic is “Ezra and Nehemiah- Rebuilding Jerusalem after Exile.”
  • Genesis (conference room) An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

SERVE 

‘One Day In May’ Volunteers – 45 students from Marion High School spent Monday the 13th at Resurrection taking part in a Take Away Hunger event, mulching the playground, and painting rooms in the education wing. Thanks to God for these active young people and their serving hearts.

MINISTRY

Alyssa Weaver Update – Our seminary intern from 2017-18 will graduate from Luther Seminary this Sunday, May 19. Her ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation, Peace Lutheran Church, in Tomah, WI.  LCR friends are invited to attend.  Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin has called her as their pastor.

OUTREACH 

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 24 to discuss “An Immigrant in the Sanctuary: When Faith and Politics Collide.”

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.

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 anyone who is signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year are now available 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 12, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, May 12 (and Wednesday the 15th), we will continue our new sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope.  My sermon will be on “Friendless and Alone.” This series explores the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today; consider practical steps for overcoming these fears; and look at these fears in the light of scripture and faith that calls us to live with courage and hope. This week’s focus is on factors that contribute to feeling friendless and alone in today’s world; some wisdom from therapists including looking back at our childhood for clues; and God’s answer for our lonely times- people and a personal relationship with Jesus. The Galileans will sing at the 8:00 service, and holy communion will be served at 10:00.

LCR’s Bible Camp ‘Giving Tree’ will be in the gathering space with envelopes for your gifts through this Sunday, May 12. In addition to your Giving Tree donations, each camper is going to receive a $150 scholarship from the General Fund ($75 for mini-campers).

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.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP   

Sunday School meets this Sunday. EDGE meets at 7:30 on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday, May 15, the 8th grade confirmands will have their rehearsal and group photo at 7 pm, followed by a reception in fellowship hall. Their confirmation service will be on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 am.

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.

SERVE 

Youth Ministry Volunteers – Our youth programming couldn’t happen without the thoughtful and patient leadership of our many volunteers: Sunday School – Laura Lovseth, Samantha Ryan, Amy Johnson, Jennie Fredin, Brandi Bendixen, Adam Lau, Sara Legore, Stephanie Meier, Brenda Bauermeister, all our substitutes; Wednesday Night Live – Diana Zrudsky, Pam Kacena, Linda Sundermeyer, Kyle Kacena, Amanda Williams, Alex Campbell; EDGE – Ryan Phillips, Marissa Phillips, Michael Redmond, Morgan Redmond, Jon Buse, Adam Lau.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Groups meeting this Sunday at 9:05:

  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics. Led by Donna Dennis.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. This week’s topic is “Ezekiel on Abandonment and Homecoming.” 
  • Genesis (conference room) An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

MINISTRY

Alyssa Weaver Update – Our seminary intern from 2017-18 will graduate from Luther Seminary on Sunday, May 19. Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin voted unanimously last Sunday to call her as their pastor. Her ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation, Peace Lutheran Church, in Tomah, WI.  LCR friends are invited to attend.

PASTORAL TRANSITION

A Message from the Church Council: Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a lot of activity in the church with the upcoming retirement of Pastor Dennis. The council has gathered a set of names for the call committee and will select the members soon. In addition, we have finished the search for an interim senior pastor and are pleased to announce that Pastor Denny Wright will be starting on May 28th. The council thanks the congregation for their prayers and support during this exciting time, and thanks the staff, worship team, and volunteer team for their extra efforts. – LCR Council

OUTREACH

Spring New Members will be welcomed to our church family next Sunday, May 19th in worship, with time to get acquainted during the fellowship hour.

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 17 to discuss “Low-Cost No-Cost Adventures.”

Skate Park Dedication Last week’s dedication was rained out. It has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 14 at noon. It is located at the east end of our parking lot on Butterfield Park. The skate park features a variety of ramps, rails, and other elements that are suitable for people of all skill levels. (This park land belongs to LCR and was leased to the city of Marion in 1999).

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.

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 will stop sending offering envelopes to anyone who is signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year will be available 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 5, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, May 5, we will continue our new sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope.  My sermon will be on Fear of the Other.” This series will explore the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today; consider practical steps for overcoming these fears; and look at these fears in the light of scripture and faith that calls us to live with courage and hope. This week’s focus is on crime, racism, terrorism, and politics.

New Member Seminar – On Sunday, May 5th from 1-3 pm we invite all those who have been attending LCR and would like to explore membership. We’ll tour the building, get acquainted, and talk about the church’s past and future.

LCR’s Bible Camp ‘Giving Tree’ will be in the gathering space with envelopes for your gifts through May 12. In addition to your Giving Tree donations, each camper is going to receive a $150 scholarship from the General Fund ($75 for mini-campers).

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.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School meets this Sunday, May 5.  Wednesday Night Live will have their end of year party on May 8 at 6 pm. Confirmation will also wrap up the year with a party on May 8 at 7 pm.  EDGE meets at 7:30.

On Wednesday, May 15, the 8th grade confirmands will have their rehearsal and group photo at 7 pm, followed by a reception in fellowship hall. Their confirmation service will be on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 am.

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.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Groups meeting this Sunday at 9:05:

  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics. Led by Donna Dennis.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. This week’s topic is “The Babylonian Conquest and Exile.”
  • Genesis (conference room) An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

MINISTRY

Alyssa Weaver Update – Our seminary intern from 2017-18 will graduate from Luther Seminary on May 19. She has interviewed with Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin. They are voting to call her on Sunday, May 5. Her ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation, Peace Lutheran Church, in Tomah, WI.  LCR friends are invited to attend.

Synod Assembly – Pastor Dennis, Allyn Glenn-Angell, and Matthew Lang will be attending our synod assembly in West Des Moines on May 10-11.

PASTORAL TRANSITION

A Message from the Church Council:

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are seeking members to form a call committee for the purpose of calling a senior pastor for the congregation. We seek a diverse group of individuals with a vision for the future of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection to help us with the critically important task of shaping the future of the church. Please contact Jim Shaw or Dave Jensen if you are willing to participate or have suggested candidates. (james_shaw@southslope.net; david.jensen@yahoo.com). Thank you, LCR Council

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 10 to discuss “Love Ya, Mom-Celebrating Mothers.”

Our second Habitat for Humanity home will be dedicated on Wednesday, May 8, at 5 pm. It is located at 403 – 9th Avenue in Marion. We are providing $15,000 in seed money for each of three homes over the years 2018-2020. These funds come from your generous gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund.

Skate Park Dedication – You are invited to celebrate the opening of Marion’s first skate park on Wednesday, May 8 at noon. It is located at the east end of our parking lot on Butterfield Park. The skate park features a variety of ramps, rails, and other elements that are suitable for people of all skill levels. (This park land belongs to LCR and was leased to the city of Marion in 1999).

SERVE 

WNL Kids Shopping Trip – Our Wednesday Night Live kids (and helpers) went on their annual shopping trip to Walmart this week to buy food and other daily necessities for the pantry shelves at Mission of Hope. Thanks to all who gave at the March 13th Lenten Supper so our WNL kids could serve our neighbors in need.

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend is May 3-5. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!

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.

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 will stop sending offering envelopes to anyone who is signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year will be available 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, April 28, we will begin our new sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope.  My sermon will be on “An Age of High Anxiety: Understanding and Countering Fear.” This series will explore the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today; consider practical steps for overcoming these fears; and look at these fears in the light of scripture and faith that calls us to live with courage and hope. In addition, second graders will receive their new Spark bibles at both services on Sunday. A companion study group on the Unafraid book and DVD will start this Sunday at 9:05 in the lounge, led by Donna Dennis.

LCR’s Bible Camp ‘Giving Tree’ will be in the gathering space with envelopes for your gifts through May 12. In addition to your Giving Tree donations, each camper is going to receive a $150 scholarship from the General Fund ($75 for mini-campers).

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.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP   

Sunday School resumes this Sunday, April 28. Wednesday Night Live will have their annual WalMart shopping trip for Mission of Hope supplies at 5:30; Confirmation has large group at 7 pm; and EDGE meets at 7:30. 

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.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Groups meeting this Sunday at 9:05:

  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics. Led by Donna Dennis.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. This week’s topic is “Jeremiah on Anguish and Compassion.”
  • Genesis (conference room) An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

New Member Seminar – On Sunday, May 5th from 1-3 pm we invite all those who have been attending LCR and would like to explore membership. We’ll tour the building, get acquainted, and talk about the church’s past and future.

MINISTRY

Alyssa Weaver Update – Our seminary intern from 2017-18 will graduate from Luther Seminary on May 19. She has interviewed with Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin. They are voting to call her next Sunday, May 5. Assuming a positive vote, her ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am in Sparta, Wisconsin at Trinity Lutheran Church. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation in Tomah, Peace Lutheran Church. LCR friends are invited to attend.

PASTORAL TRANSITION

A Message from the Church Council:

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are seeking members to form a call committee for the purpose of calling a senior pastor for the congregation. We seek a diverse group of individuals with a vision for the future of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection to help us with the critically important task of shaping the future of the church. Please contact Jim Shaw or Dave Jensen if you are willing to participate or have suggested candidates. (james_shaw@southslope.net; david.jensen@yahoo.com). Thank you, LCR Council

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 3 to discuss “The Heroin Addict Next Door – one man’s painful story.”

SERVE 

Spring Clean-Up Days will be Saturday, May 4 from 8:30–11:30 am, with a break time and treats. Several of us will also be at the LCR gardens on Thursday, May 2 from 1:00–3:30 pm. Remember to bring gardening tool, gloves, and any other gardening equipment you need. There are still beds that need caretakers for an hour or two a couple times each month. Let us know if you would be willing to adopt an area or if you have any suggestions on managing the care of the LCR landscape: andy.a.carter@gmail.com or lhayward495@yahoo.com

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be May 3-5. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!

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.

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. 

Offering Envelopes – Effective May 1st we will stop sending offering envelopes to anyone who is signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year will be available 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.

May 2019 CrossTalk & Calendar of Events

May 2019 CrossTalk

May 2019 Calendar of Events

 

Resurrection E-news: Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Easter Sunday, April 21, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with worship services at  8:00, 10:00, and 11:15. The largest crowd will be at 10:00; if you normally attend that service, consider coming at 11:15 as that service will be identical to 10:00. The 8:00 service will have several anthems by the Resurrection Choir. All Easter services will offer holy communion. (If you are out of town on Easter, come on Wednesday night for 6 pm Evening Song worship, as the theme and message will be the same as Easter Sunday).

My Easter sermon will wrap up our six week series on John: the Gospel of Light and Life. In John 20, the resurrected Christ gives his disciples, then and now, peace for their troubled hearts; power through his Holy Spirit; and a purpose for life. At the end of each service, we will show a video trailer for our next sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times- and hand out a take home postcard with each week’s topics.

Congratulations to Pastor Miranda & Jesse Klosterboer on the birth of Jonathan Samuel on April 14th. Pastor Miranda is now on her maternity leave through July 15.

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.

May Easter joy and peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope – our new five week sermon series – begins next Sunday, April 28. Next week’s sermon by Pastor Dennis will be “An Age of High Anxiety: Understanding and Countering Fear.” This series will explore the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today; consider practical steps for overcoming these fears; and look at these fears in the light of scripture and faith that calls us to live with courage and hope.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Groups will not meet on Easter, but resume next Sunday at 9:05:

  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. Next week’s topic is “Jeremiah on Anguish and Compassion.”
  • Genesis (conference room) An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics.

New Member Seminar – On Sunday, May 5th from 1-3 pm we invite all those who have been attending LCR and would like to explore membership. We’ll tour the building, get acquainted, and talk about the church’s past and future.

PASTORAL TRANSITION

A Message from the Church Council:

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are seeking members to form a call committee for the purpose of calling a senior pastor for the congregation. We seek a diverse group of individuals with a vision for the future of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection to help us with the critically important task of shaping the future of the church. Please contact Jim Shaw or Dave Jensen if you are willing to participate or have suggested candidates. (james_shaw@southslope.net; david.jensen@yahoo.com). Thank you, LCR Council

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on April 26  to discuss “Who Was Jesus, Really?”

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP    

There is no Sunday School on this Easter Sunday. Our usual Wednesday schedule resumes this week with Wednesday Night Live at 6; Confirmation small groups at 7 pm; and EDGE at 7:30.

EWALUyou 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.

SERVE 

Spring Clean-Up Days will be Saturday, May 4 from 8:30–11:30 am, with a break time and treats. Several of us will also be at the LCR gardens on Thursday, May 2 from 1:00–3:30 pm. Remember to bring gardening tool, gloves, and any other gardening equipment you need. There are still beds that need caretakers for an hour or two a couple times each month. Let us know if you would be willing to adopt an area or if you have any suggestions on managing the care of the LCR landscape: andy.a.carter@gmail.com or lhayward495@yahoo.com

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be May 3-5. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!

CONNECT

Come to the Easter Breakfast this Sunday, April 21 from 7:30-11:00 am- pancakes with sausage and fruit will be on the menu. All proceeds will go to the EDGE mission trip this summer to North Carolina.

Church Directories have arrived and are in your entryway mailboxes.

GIVE

Thanks to our members and friends for your faithful giving in the first quarter of 2019! At the end of March, we had received 117% of our General Fund pledges as cash (pro-rated through March) and 95% of our Growth & Outreach Fund pledges as cash. Several members gave their entire 2019 offerings in the first quarter for tax purposes. As we enter our second quarter, let’s all remain faithful in our support of LCR and our mission partners.  

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.

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 14, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Palm Sunday, April 14, we will continue our sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. I will share a message on “The Power of a Suffering King” from the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion in John 18 & 19.

Holy Week Worship Schedule:  Maundy Thursday (April 18)- 7 pm; Good Friday (April 19)- 7 pm; Easter Sunday (April 21)- 8:00, 10:00, and 11:15. On Easter, our largest crowd will be at 10:00. If you normally attend that service, consider coming at 11:15 as both the 10:00 & 11:15 will feature our With Faith band. All Easter services will offer holy communion.

Pastor Miranda is beginning her maternity leave this weekend, awaiting the arrival of a new baby. Watch our website and Facebook page for big news!

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

WORSHIP

Easter Worship Assistants – At the 11:15 service on Easter (April 21) we are in need of an acolyte and 4 communion servers. If you can help, please email Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).

Ushers and Communion Assistants – Please check in at the usher’s stand with Marcia Edwards before worship so we know if we need to find subs.

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: Isaiah on Defiant Hope.
  • 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 (fellowship hall) 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.

New Member Seminar – On Sunday, May 5th from 1-3 pm we invite all those who have been attending LCR and would like to explore membership. We’ll tour the building, get acquainted, and talk about the church’s past and future.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on April 19  to discuss How to Spot a Liar – secrets from a former FBI agent.”

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP   

EWALUyou 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.

SERVE 

Quilts & Personal Care Kits – Stop by the display table in the gathering space this week to see some of the 50 quilts our Comforting Hands group will be shipping to Lutheran World Relief later this month. In addition, Rebecca Mary Martha Circle will be shipping 51 Personal Care Kits, assembled from congregational donations. Thanks to our talented quilters and bible study women!

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be May 3-5. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!

CONNECT   

Come to the Easter Breakfast next Sunday, April 21 from 7:30-11:00 am. All proceeds will go to the EDGE mission trip this summer to North Carolina.

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.

Church Directories have arrived and are in your entryway mailbox.

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).

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.

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.