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Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Reformation Sunday, October 28, we will begin a four week worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. This series of four sermons will seek to help us all find the joy and contentment that come with a simpler, more generous way of life. My message this Sunday, When Dreams Become Nightmares, will focus on the American Dream; how affluenza and credit-itis fuel the dream; and how God’s vision of financial management brings joy that the American Dream can never bring. Our Enough series will culminate on Celebration Sunday, November 18, with the ingathering of our financial commitments for next year and the packing of 30 Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need.
A new adult class, meeting at 9:05 in the lounge and led by Don Johnson, will dive deeper into the Enough book that inspired our fall series. We will also welcome our new members at both the 8:00 and 10:00 services and encourage you to greet them during the fellowship hour.
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,
Take Away Hunger – Thank you to everyone who participated in our Take Away Hunger Event last Sunday. We were able to exceed our goal and packaged 91 boxes with 140 people helping during the three shifts. This translates to 3,276 bags of food which equals 19,656 meals being sent to families struggling from recent natural disasters in the United States. Also, thank you to those who generously donated to our Christmas offering which made this event possible. Thank you for living out your faith through your service and generosity!
Sunday School continues their new unit on David and Psalm 23 this Sunday at 9:05. Sunday School doors (#6 circle drive and #7 YAC) will be locked at 9:05 am each week to limit distractions for kids in the YAC. If it looks like you may be late for Sunday School, please bring your kids through the main entry.
Wednesday Night Live and Confirmation will not meet this Wednesday night, October 31. EDGE will meet at the usual 7:30 time.
Adult discipleship classes – there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:
Alpha – on Sunday afternoon, October 28 at 5:30, we will have week four of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “How Can I Be Sure of My Faith? ” Alpha features dessert, an engaging video presentation, and discussion. Wayne Brandt and Pastor Dennis will coordinate the course. Alpha is a world-wide course that offers room to explore life’s big questions in a small group atmosphere. Go to www.alphausa.org to learn more, and join us this Sunday for Alpha!
All Saints Sunday – We will light candles in memory of those LCR members who have died in the past year next Sunday, Nov. 4 & Wed, Nov. 7. We will also light votive candles in memory of loved ones.
Veterans Day Recognition – On Sunday, November 11, we will honor several World War II veterans from LCR, along with acknowledging all veterans who have served over the years. Please join us in worship for this special time.
Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week. The King’s Men have resumed rehearsals at 6:15 with Lori Morgan as their new accompanist. New voices are always welcome in all these groups!
Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, November 2 to view and discuss “Encountering God: What Ancient Practices Can Teach Us Today.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
New Church Directory – Those who have received emails about your free 8×10’s can pick them up at the welcome center window. If you have other questions, contact Mary Jo Carlson at 319-721-3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A big thanks to Mary Jo & Roger Carlson, along with the Directory Team, for their leadership in this effort.
Fellowship hour – Come early each Sunday for coffee and a Dunkin’ Donut before the 8:00 service or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.
2019 Stewardship Packets will be assembled on Saturday, Nov. 3 and be on gathering space tables for you to pick up on the first two Sundays of November. Those not picked up will be mailed out on Monday, Nov. 12. Please save us the cost of mailing your packet by picking it up on those Sundays.
On Celebration Sunday, November 18, we’ll gather in financial commitments for 2019 and pack 30 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. If you would like to give a ham or turkey for a family, look for our “pig and turkey” cut-outs next week and take a paper slab of bacon or feather off of them as a reminder. We will also need pies, potatoes, canned goods, rolls, or other Thanksgiving dinner items to fill the baskets. Monetary gifts to purchase extra items are always welcome. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Backpacks are starting to pile up around here! All 50 of our blue cards from Marion Cares have been taken and people are starting to bring in the filled backpacks. Many thanks to all those who have shopped so local kids can start the school year off with the supplies they need. All those who have not brought their backpack in yet, please remember that the due date is Sunday, July 29th. Make sure and include the blue card with your donation so we can get the backpacks to the specific kids who need them. Thank you for sharing God’s bounty to benefit our neighborhood students!
FLY serves sack lunches to local students every weekday throughout the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist by volunteers. In 2018, Resurrection will take part in the summer meal program on Mondays from June 4th to August 20th. Please sign up on Signup.com or by emailing email@example.com. Individuals and families are welcome to serve through FLY.
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.
A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame. (Proverbs 10:4-5, ESV)