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Kids Programming Registration

Fall will be here before we know it! Get your kids signed up for Wednesday Night Live and/or Sunday School using the form below. You will also need to submit a signed medical release that can be signed and uploaded with your registration or turned in to Jill or Jessi at the church office. Contact Jill with questions about Wednesday Night Live and Jessi with questions about Sunday School.

Sunday School with start on September 15!

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Holy Week at Home

Holy Week at Home

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

Maundy Thursday: We Prepare

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

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

Good Friday: We Enter In

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

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

Holy Saturday: We Wait

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

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

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

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

Finding Solid Ground-Women & Divorce

Finding Solid Ground-Women & Divorce is a unique event designed to bless and encourage divorced or divorcing women. On Sunday, February 24 from 1:30-5:30 p.m., popular women’s speaker Mandy Sullivan will use Scripture, stories, humor, music, and fun to deliver a message of hope and inspiration. A panel of experts will address pivotal issues, and vendors will provide resources. Your $25 ticket includes beverage, gift bag, hors-d’oeuvres, dessert and pampering in the lovely setting of The Hotel at Kirkwood Center ballroom and atrium. Tickets are available online or in person at Thrivent Financial, 3343 Southgate Ct. SW, Suite 104, Cedar Rapids. This event is sponsored by Thrivent Community-Mississippi Valley. No Thrivent products will be sold. For information call 319-366-2991.

Youth Program Registration

Kids of all ages have a place in God’s kingdom!

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection staff members love children and they work to provide opportunities for kids to learn of God’s great love. Our weekly programs run from Labor Day to Memorial Day each year and all are welcome.

Registration forms for our youth programming are available at the links following each entry below. Please fill them out (both sides) and return to the church. Thank you!


Sunday School

Children gather each week to hear a Bible story and engage in activities that help them  understand God’s love through the example of Jesus. We welcome potty-trained 3-year-old preschoolers through 5th grade students from 9:05-9:50 am.

* Contact Jessi Heidelbauer: or call 1-319-377-4689


Wednesday Night Live

Open to 3rd-5th graders, WNL’s goal is to promote friendship and service to others. Students do not need to be members of LCR to attend and friends are always welcome! WNL meets on Wednesdays from 6:00–7:00 pm.

* Contact Jill Hansen: or 1-319-377-4689



When youth are ready to begin looking deeper into their faith, we provide an opportunity for Christian growth. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students explore life in the community of Christ on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:15 pm.

* Contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer: or 1-319-377-4689


EDGE Youth Group

EDGE exists to Equip Disciples to Grow in their faith and Evangelize through their words and actions. We meet every week on Wednesdays from 7:30-9:00 pm.

* Contact Katie Kascel: or 1.319.377.4689.

June VBS video

Our preschool & kindergarten kids had all kinds of fun while learning about God’s love at Resurrection’s “Hero Central” vacation bible school.

VBS video from June

EWALU Day Camp Registration begins!

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

Join us July 9–13, 2018 

+ Family Program Thursday, July 12th (time TBA)

MON, TUE, THU 9:00-3:00 / WED 8:45-3:00 / FRI 9:00-12:00


Please fill out this form completely and return it to the church as soon as possible: Registration Form

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

Confirmation Worship – Sunday, MAY 20

Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 11:00 am

We worship and celebrate alongside our 8th grade students on Sunday, May 20th at 11:00 am. At Confirmation Worship, students confess their faith, affirm their Baptism, encourage us with their Faith Statements and chosen Bible verses, and share their sense of call from Jesus through their Mission Statements.

Confirmation Worship

We worship and celebrate alongside our 8th grade students on Sunday, May 20th at 11:00 am. At Confirmation Worship, students confess their faith, affirm their Baptism, encourage us with their Faith Statements and chosen Bible verses, and share their sense of call from Jesus through their Mission Statements.


Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School 2018

This exciting event takes place one week in June. It is a very fun-filled week with a mini-version of the rotation model of Sunday School. The children rotate (i.e. storytelling, imagination station, snacks, crafts, and games) throughout the morning. They experience the story of the day at each station with a different learning mode. This is an awesome time for children to experience God’s love and to meet many new friends.

2018 Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be

June 12 – 15 (Tuesday – Friday), 2018

9:00 – 11:30 am each day

The kids will present a program of their new songs on Friday evening at 6:30 pm.

Three-year-olds (potty trained) to six-year-olds are welcome! There will be a large group gathering and closing with small groups rotating from station to station to be involved in learning the Bible story of the day. The fee is $10 per child and scholarships are available. Please fill out the following forms and return them to the church office by June 4, 2018:

2018 VBS Registration

Emergency Contact form

There is always a need for volunteers, so please join us for the fun! Contact Jill Hansen: 1-319-377-4689 or email


First Communion Seminar RESCHEDULED

Dear 4th grade families,

The weather forecast for tonight through Saturday is a winter storm warning, with anywhere from 3-12 inches of heavy snow. Our snow removal company probably won’t come to do the parking lot until the storm is over late Saturday afternoon or evening, so that it’s cleared off for Sunday morning. It may be impossible to get into the lot tomorrow morning before they get here with their equipment. As a result, we’ve decided to move our first communion seminar from tomorrow morning to Sunday afternoon, March 25, from 2-5 pm. Hopefully most of you can make that time. If not, we have a workbook that you can do at home to learn the basics of what we’ll cover in the seminar.

See you on Sunday afternoon,

Pastor Dennis and Alyssa Weaver, Pastoral Intern