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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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 7, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, April 7, we will continue our sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. I will share a message on “An Example, a Command, and a Promise” from the words of Jesus at the Last Supper in John 13 & 14. A video clip about Father Maximillian Kolbe will leave you with a memorable example of someone who took Jesus’ words seriously to “love one another as I have loved you.” At the 8:00 service, we will hear an anthem by the Galileans and celebrate Holy Communion.

The Lenten season continues this week with our last midweek worship on April 10 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. This week’s guest will Dysmas, the thief on the cross.  Spaghetti will be served by our EDGE youth  from 5:15-6:45. Proceeds will support their mission trip to North Carolina this July.

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

Holy Week Worship Services: Palm Sunday (April 14)- 8:00 & 10:00; 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 with over 400 in attendance. If you normally attend that service, please 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.

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. We have had a problem lately with people not showing up to carry out their roles as ushers or communion assistants. If you can’t find a sub, email Marcia at Marcia@lcrmarion.org or call the church office by Friday at 4 pm so we are aware of the need for a substitute.

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

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: Elijah, Troubler of Israel.
  • 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 12  to discuss Intimacy Anorexia – the dark secret that’s killing marriages.”

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP   

4th grade first communion classes conclude on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.

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

Stephen Ministry – Kelly Belin, Mary Hajek, and Scott Immerfall will leave on April 28th for a week-long Stephen Ministers Leaders Training Course in St. Louis. Many thanks to the three of them for leading and strengthening the body of Christ through this caring ministry.

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

CONNECT

Church Directories have arrived and are in your entryway mailbox.

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.

PASTORAL TRANSITION

The LCR Council met early in March 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.

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon 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.

April 2019 CrossTalk & Calendar of Events

April 2019 CrossTalk

April 2019 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 24, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, March 24, we will continue our sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. Pastor Miranda will share a  message on “The I AM Sayings of Jesus. ” Jesus describes himself several times in John’s gospel using the phrase I am ___, which points us back to Exodus 3 where God tells Moses that his name is I Am Who I Am (translated Yahweh in Hebrew or Jehovah in English). There are seven I Am sayings in John, each a metaphor that describes how Jesus gives life to those who believe in his name – the bread of life; the light of the world; the gate; the good shepherd; the resurrection and the life; the way, the truth, and the life; and the true vine. At the 8:00 service, we will celebrate the baptism of Preston Legore and hear an anthem by the King’s Men. Holy Communion will be served at 10:00.

As this is spring break week for Linn Mar and Marion schools, there will not be Sunday School on March 24. It will resume on March 31.

The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 27 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 Pontius Pilate.  Chili will be served by our confirmation small groups from 5:15-6:45.

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 (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.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 29  to discuss Family Do-Over – is it ever too late?”

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP 

4th grade first communion classes will resume on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.

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

Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed, our synod’s new congregation at the Anamosa Men’s Reformatory, will be our guest preacher on March 31. Note below under “Give” that our March/April mission envelopes are designated for Free Indeed.

A violinist is needed for the Resurrection Choir anthem at 8 am service on Sunday, March 31. If you are interested, please contact Tyler at hagyty01@luther.edu.

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 at lcrmarion.org.

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

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 5:15-6:45.

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 soon 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, March 17, we will continue our new sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. Pastor Miranda will share a  message on “The Miraculous Signs of Jesus.” John calls Jesus’ miracles “signs” that point to the identity of Jesus and the nature of life in Christ. John records seven signs

in chapters 2 through 12, starting with Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana and ending with the raising of Lazarus. Today’s texts will focus on two miraculous signs – Jesus’ changing water into wine and his healing of the blind man.

As this is spring break week for Linn Mar and Marion schools, there will not be Sunday School either this Sunday or next Sunday, March 24. EDGE will also take this Wednesday night off.

The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 20 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 be Mary Magdalene. Pizza will be served by our staff from 5:15-6:45.

The Bethel University Chamber Orchestra will perform at LCR on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 7:00 pm. They will perform both traditional and contemporary musical selections. Nora Read of LCR is in the orchestra. A free-will offering will be received to offset the group’s travel expenses.

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

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).

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: Solomon, A Study in Contradictions.
  • 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. 
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • 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. 

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 22  to discuss Angels – Are they reaching out to you?” 

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP  

4th grade first communion classes will resume on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.

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, shoveling snow, 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

Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed, our synod’s new congregation at the Anamosa Men’s Reformatory, will be our guest preacher on March 31. Note below under “Give” that our March/April mission envelopes are designated for Free Indeed.

A violinist is needed for the Resurrection Choir anthem at 8 am service on Sunday, March 31. If you are interested, please contact Tyler at hagyty01@luther.edu.

SERVE 

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

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

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 5:15-6:45.

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 soon 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, March 10, we will begin a new six week sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. My message will be on John 1:1-18. In this short passage four big ideas about Jesus are introduced- he is the Word (or logos), light, life, and incarnation (God in the flesh).

The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 13 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. A pancake supper will be served by the Wednesday Night Live youth from 5:15-6:45. All proceeds will go toward their  shopping trip for food that will be given to Mission of Hope/Crossroads.

Bethel University Chamber Orchestra will perform at LCR on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 7:00 pm. They will perform both traditional and contemporary musical selections. Nora Read of LCR is in the orchestra. A free-will offering will be received to offset the group’s travel expenses.

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

PASTORAL TRANSITION

The LCR Council met on Tuesday evening 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).

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: King David and Nation Building.
  • 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.
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • 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.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP 

Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05.   Confirmation and Wednesday Night Live will take the Lenten season off and resume after Easter.

4th grade first communion classes begin this Wednesday, March 13 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.

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.

Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, 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

Lenten Dramas We are looking for men and women to help with our skits.  If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or laurelstock1@aol.com.

Lenten service help  For the 7:00 Lenten services we need ushers and readers. Please contact Marcia Edwards if you can help: marcia@lcrmarion.org.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 15  to discuss How the Next Generation Will Change the World.”

SERVE 

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

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

CONNECT   

Fellowship hour come early each Sunday for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut or scone from Wit’s End,  or stay after either service to have some 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 5:15-6:45.

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. Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed will be our guest preacher on March 31. 

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 3, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

I announced my upcoming retirement to the Church Council last Saturday and to you in the March CrossTalk and now in this e-note. I will retire on June 1 after 19 years as your senior pastor. Pastor Paul Ostrem of the synod staff will meet with the Council this Tuesday night to begin the process of bringing on an interim pastor in June and working through the steps of assembling a call committee. My last Sunday & Wednesday in worship will be May 26 & 29. With a beautiful facility, our mortgage paid off, a new strategic plan in place, a dedicated staff, and a congregation committed to local and global mission, you are well situated for a bright future. A new senior pastor will bring new energy and vision to LCR. Susan, Luke, and I will remain in Marion, so we will see some of you out in the community now and then. Thank you for your love, support, and encouragement over the years.

This Sunday, March 3, will conclude our Jesus on the Mountain sermon series with the story of his Transfiguration from Luke 9. My message will cover the story of Jesus on the mountain with his inner circle of three disciples, when suddenly he is seen speaking with Moses and Elijah; his clothes become dazzling white; and the voice of God is heard to say “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” While this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the disciples, there are some connections to our lives as Jesus’ disciples in this day- the importance of prayer, having a transformed mind, and listening to Jesus above all.  At the 8:00 service, the Galileans will share an anthem and holy communion will be served.

Our 2019 Church Council will be installed at both services on March 3rd. The new Council includes:  Jim Shaw (President), Dave Jensen (Vice President), Aaron Cannon (Secretary), Tatum Buse, Dave Gochenouer, Jamie Reider, Sharon Hill, Bob Erlandson, and Jennie Fredin.

The Lenten season begins this week with Ash Wednesday worship on March 6 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. Each service will offer the imposition of ashes and holy communion. Our first Lenten supper will be served by the EDGE youth from 5:15-6:45. The menu is a baked potato bar. All proceeds will go toward their summer mission trip to North Carolina in July.

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: Samuel, David, and Saul.
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • 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.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05.  With the start of Lent on this coming Wednesday, Confirmation and Wednesday Night Live will take six weeks off.

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.

Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, 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

Lenten Dramas Beginning on March 13th we will have short skits to help deepen and enrich your Lenten worship experience.  We are looking for men and women to help with our skits.  If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or laurelstock1@aol.com.

Lenten service help – We will need ushers, greeters, readers, communion servers, and worship slide operators every Wednesday through April 10th. Please contact Marcia Edwards if you can help: marcia@lcrmarion.org  and be sure to specify task and time (6 or 7 pm).

Contemporary Worship – We are in the process of making changes to our 10 AM service. As we make those changes it is important to the staff and team working on the project to hear from all of you who worship with us. You are invited to fill out the form on our website (lcrmarion.org) with your feedback.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 8  to discuss Allergic to Food: Living in an Inedible World.”

SERVE 

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

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

CONNECT   

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

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. Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed will be our guest preacher on March 31.

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon 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.

March 2019 CrossTalk & Calendar

March 2019 CrossTalk

March 2019 Calendar of Events

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, February 24, 2019

On Sunday, February 24th, we  will begin a two-week sermon series called Jesus on the Mountain. My message will be from the Sermon on the Mount, focusing  on Jesus’ call to love one’s enemies and forgive as we have been forgiven. The Resurrection Choir will share an anthem at 8:00, and holy communion will be served at 10:00.

On Wednesday the 27th  at 6 pm worship, Pastor Miranda will preach on the Time & Talent Sunday text from February 20 (last Wednesday’s worship was cancelled due to the snowstorm).  2019 Time & Talent Sheets will be distributed in worship as we highlight how we can use our gifts and talents for the wider world. They are also available on our website.

Pastor Miranda and family will be gone this weekend to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Helena Osterbur, of Royal, IL, who died on 2/19.

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

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP  

Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05.  Confirmation, Wednesday Night Live, and EDGE meet at their usual times on Wednesday night.

EWALU Early bird discount deadline is February 28th. Be sure to sign up online or have registrations postmarked by the deadline to get a discount on camp fees. Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, 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

Lenten Dramas – During Lent we will have short skits to help deepen and enrich your Lenten experience.  We are looking for men and women to help with our skits.  If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or laurelstock1@aol.com.

Helpers at Lenten services.:  We need Communion servers at 6:00 and 7:00 on Ash Wednesday, March 6. For the 7:00 Lenten services we need ushers, greeters, readers and worship slide operators.

Contemporary Worship – We are in the process of making changes to our 10 AM service. As we make those changes it is important to the staff and team working on the project to hear from all of you who worship with us. You are invited to fill out the form on our website (lcrmarion.org) with your feedback.

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: Violence and Kindness in the Promised Land (Joshua, Judges, Ruth).
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • 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.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 1  to discuss “Why, God? When personal tragedy doesn’t make sense.”  

SERVE 

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

Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

CONNECT   

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

GIVE

January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids.

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.