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,
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.
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 – email@example.com.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.