Archive for Discipleship

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

Ash Wednesday & Lent Worship @ LCR

Ash WednesdayFebruary 14 at 6 & 7 pm. We will hear those familiar words as we kneel at the rail: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” The season of Lent begins with a solemn call to fasting and repentance from Jesus in Matthew 6 as we begin our journey toward the cross. The sign of ashes on our forehead suggests our human mortality. With the cross on our brow, we long for the spiritual renewal that flows from the Easter feast to come.

Lent Worship begins on Wednesday, February 21 at 6 & 7 pm. We will be using Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

Lent Devotionals are now available online for both ADULTS and FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN. We will have print-outs at the church for those who do not have computer access.

Churches of Marion Food Pantry “Reverse Lent” Giving Project During Lent, you can pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari Redondo through the church office if you have questions about this giving project.

Lenten Suppers – Thanks to the following groups who will serve our Wednesday Lenten suppers from 5:15-6:30 pm:

February 14 – EDGE, potato bar

February 21 – Wednesday Night Live, taco bar

February 28 –  Confirmation small group, tba

March 7 – EDGE, tba

March 14 – staff, pizza

March 21- Wee Wisdom, meatball subs

Your freewill offerings at these suppers help support mission efforts by our groups, such as the EDGE mission trip  this summer to Houston, TX; Wednesday Night Live’s shopping trip to benefit the Crossroads Mission Food Pantry; and Wee Wisdom’s gift to Heifer International.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, February 4, we will continue our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?”  Our intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on Mark 1:29-39. Everywhere Jesus goes he is asked by many for healing or to be set free from unclean spirits. We are also freed and healed from sin and death, but  in out text for today, Simon’s mother-in-law teaches us that we are freed to serve as disciples, helping to proclaim the good news and to lift up our neighbors. Sometimes our purpose and mission seem overwhelming and can drain us of the strength we need, but through prayer God will renew us and provide what we need to accomplish our purpose.

The annual meeting of LCR will take place this Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report are available on a table by the entryway.  You need to be a confirmed member of LCR in order to vote on any motion that comes before the assembled body, such as the budget.

There are other upcoming events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Our website ( provide more details on each topic.

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis


Ash Wednesday services will be held on February 14 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. This traditional service will feature the imposition of ashes and holy communion. On the following Wednesday nights of Lent, we will use Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, starting on February 21. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.

 Camp Sunday- February 18th will be CAMP SUNDAY! We’ll have a “campfire” worship at all three services. This will be a VERY kid friendly service so bring your whole family! LCR folk who have been or are counselors and leaders at EWALU will help lead the service. Please join us for a fun day of worship and camp songs as we look forward to this fun summer experience for our youth.


Sunday School continues their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday at 9:45 Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet next Wednesday, February 7 at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has large group next Wednesday, February 7th, studying the miracles of Jesus.

 EDGE youth will be serving our first Lenten supper on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, from 5:15-6:30. The menu is a potato bar, with proceeds going to their summer mission trip to Houston, TX.

Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February  28th. LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.

First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on four Wednesday nights (February 21 & 28, March 7 & 21) from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall; or at a seminar on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12.  The classes will be led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.


LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 9 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Whistleblower: The true story of an FBI informant.” 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:

Where In the World is My Dinner?!? – Take part in a fun and delicious adult social event on Saturday, February 10. The fellowship committee will create secret groups for each “host home.” Everyone will meet at church for appetizers at 6 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:30. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time to either bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert OR to host and provide a main dish. This is a fun way to meet people from our congregation – come join us!


Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, concludes this Sunday 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 “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” led by Pastor Dennis. Next Sunday, February 11, a new 6 week course will begin called Christianity and World Religions- a book/DVD study authored by Adam Hamilton.

John: The Gospel of Light and Life,  led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.

Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to and we will get you signed up.  Trending on Rightnow Media for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced  by Tony Evans,  The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.


Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.

Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at

Personal Care Kits – Rebecca Mary Martha Circle is collecting light-weight bath towels and bars of soap for Personal Care Kits. Assembled kits will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for world-wide distribution. Donations may be placed in the marked tub in the gathering space through February 11th. Call Lareen Gull (373-3304) with questions.


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.

Our General Fund and new Growth & Outreach Fund are off to good starts in 2018!  We received over $13,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, which will help pay for our intern Alyssa’s salary and housing; our first payments to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity for our new partnerships; and the maintenance costs of our building for the month. Our General Fund benefited from several gifts in January for the entire year of 2018. Our monthly need will be about $57,300 for an annual budget of nearly $688,000. In January we received $65,287 for the General Fund. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!

Giving through VANCO We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, 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 LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.