Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, January 7, we will resume our usual worship schedule of 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00, along with Sunday School, adult classes, and fellowship at 9:45. Our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on the story of Jesus’ baptism from Mark 1. In his Gospel, Mark identifies this as the beginning of the Good News and the beginning of Jesus ministry. We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Baptism is a significant part of our faith journey, as we come from the baptismal waters we are called to live a new life, a new identity, as children of God. We will look at what this new identity, through baptism, entails and what it means for our lives.
There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.
Happy New Year,
Christmas Eve services were a wonderful evening of worship and praise, with over 1,160 in attendance. Thanks to: Ruth Armstrong and Jesse Klosterboer for playing at all four services; those who provided special music; and all who served as ushers, greeters, altar guild, acolytes, communion assistants, readers, and PowerPoint clickers.
Sunday School resumes this Sunday, January 7. Wednesday Night Live will start up again on January 10th.
Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have small groups this Wednesday, Jan. 10. EDGE will also resume this Wednesday at the usual time.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, January 12 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Making the Most of Your Life.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
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“Half Truths” , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, will begin this Sunday, January 7th at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half- truth is “everything happens for a reason.”
John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, will begin on January 14th. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.
RightNow Media is available anytime on your smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Go to RightNow Media.org to get started. Send your email address to LCR (email@example.com) so we can get you linked up with RightNow Media. There is no cost to you – the church pays a monthly fee to help our members and friends access hundreds of bible studies, talks, and courses on this “Netflix of Bible Studies.”
Unhanging of the Greens – “What goes up must come down.” That also applies to Christmas decorations. We will meet to remove everything and put it away on Saturday, January 6th at 9:30 am. We had a great turnout for decorating the church, and un-decorating always goes faster, so we should be able to finish in good time. See everyone then!
Intergenerational Mission Trip Meeting – Join us Sunday, January 21st, at 9:30 am or Wednesday, January 24th, at 7:15 pm for a Mission Trip Information Meeting as we look at dates and options and determine the interest level for an Intergenerational Mission Trip for summer 2018 for Adults and Youth. Please come with your calendar and your questions. If you are not able to join us, but you are interested in more information; please email Pastor Miranda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.
Marion Cares Opportunities – Here are some great local volunteer opportunities to give of yourself in 2018. Think about giving your time to the children of Marion Cares. These kids need YOU – to listen, to play games, to support, to color with, to talk to, to read with to, to spend time with. Just think – if everyone gave of one hour of their time, LCR could easily support this worthwhile program. Volunteering as a family is welcome, too. See the entryway bulletin board for more information. Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at email@example.com.
As of December 31, we have received 222 commitments for the General Fund totaling $524,538. In addition, $127,326 has been pledged for the new Growth & Outreach Fund. These represent 48% of our total 463 giving units. These commitments annually amount to around 75-80% of our eventual receipts used for mission and ministry. If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. Please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. As of December 31, our 2018 commitments are 80% for the General Fund and 20% for the Growth & Outreach Fund.
Thanks to all who gave to our Christmas Eve offering for three partners – Camp Chisomo, Marion Cares, and Take Away Hunger. As of December 31, the total from the offering came to $8,448. $4,224 will be given to Camp Chisomo to dig a well and construct the first buildings on their new property. $2,112 will be given to Marion Cares for their after-school programs, and $2,112 to Take Away Hunger for feeding children and families in our community and state.
Giving through VANCO – We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically. Or check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.