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Resurrection E-news: December 9, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Rediscover the Joy of Christmas – our new Advent series –  continues this Sunday, Dec. 9. I will share a message, “Rejoice O Favored One,” based on the gospel story from Luke 1:26-38. We’ll hear of the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary and discover that her reaction is a template for our own faith. The central theme of this series is the role of joy in the Christmas story, and how we can find joy in the midst of difficult times.   The Resurrection Ringers will share an anthem, “Stille Nacht,” at all services (including Wednesday night).

The Sunday School Christmas program will be on Sunday, Dec. 9th at 4:30 pm. It will feature a touching story about familiar Christmas traditions and festive songs from both our preschool/kindergarten aged students and our elementary aged students. A soup dinner will be provided after the program.

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School meets this Sunday, December 2, for Christmas program rehearsal. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will meet this Wednesday night at their usual times.

EDGE Service Crew is back! Need help shoveling snow or cleaning gutters? Putting up Christmas lights or moving things around your house? Call on the high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie with any jobs you may have: katie@lcrmarion.org.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Adult discipleship classes this Sunday include:

  • Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph – meets at 9:15 in the lounge.  Faithful is a DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton. Pastor Miranda will lead this week’s discussion.
  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Philippians, Philemon, Ephesians – Gender Roles and Slavery.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by  Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on December 14th to discuss “My Son Is Gay: When faith and sexual orientation collide.”

Our Christmas Eve offering will be divided equally between Mission of Hope, Willis Dady Homeless Services, and Camp Chisomo, based on your input from the survey taken in worship on Nov. 25.

ENOUGH FALL STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

Our 2019 totals stand at 196 General Fund commitments for $467,930 and 151 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $112,130. These totals include 49 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 30 commitments for the 2018 Growth & Outreach Fund that will carry over to 2019 unless we hear otherwise from the participants.  Thanks to all who have responded so far by turning in your commitments for 2019.  If you have misplaced your card, there are additional cards with return envelopes in the worship room chair pouches or at a tall table by the usher’s stand. You can also mail it in or drop it off at our church office.

On a practical level, we ask our members and friends to turn in Estimate of Giving Cards so that our Budget Team and Church Council is able to set a realistic ministry spending plan for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church. 75-80% of our resources for mission and ministry come from those who fill out commitment cards each year. Last year we received 227 commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we have a long way to go. Every card counts, so please turn yours in before the end of the year.

CONNECT

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. This week we will add some scones from Wits End coffeehouse.

Christmas Caroling will be held on Thursday, December 20. We’ll meet at the church at 6 pm and return at 7:30 for cookies and cocoa. All ages are welcome, but children 8th grade and under should be accompanied by an adult. Bring a treat to share if you are able. Please sign up at the poster in the gathering space or let someone in the office know you plan to come. Non-member friends are always welcome!

SERVE

Holiday Giving Tree – Please  return your items with the tag attached by this Sunday, December 9th. Please check the tag to determine if the gift is to be wrapped or not.  If you have questions, contact Jill Hansen through the church office.

Mitten Tree – You are invited to bring winter mittens, gloves, or hats and place them on the snowy trees in the Gathering Space. These will be donated to those in need at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids. The envelopes can be used for cash or checks (made out to LCR) as our Christmas gift  to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, which was visited by a Resurrection mission group last summer. The deadline is also this Sunday, Dec. 9.

Needed for Christmas Eve Worship:

1:00 – 4 readers, 4 greeters, 6 ushers, 6 Communion servers, acolyte, nursery;

3:00 – 3 readers, 2 greeters, 5 ushers, 7 Communion servers,  acolyte, nursery;

5:00 – 4 readers, 4 greeters, 8 ushers, 8 Communion servers, acolyte, 2 nursery;

7:00 – 3 readers, 4 greeters, 6 ushers, 5 Communion servers, acolyte, 2 nursery.

Please note on your welcome card or by email (marcia@lcrmarion.org.) if you can help and at which service.

GIVE

November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. $1,334 was sent to the Willis Dady Shelter from Sept-Oct. gifts.

Our Christmas Eve offering will be divided equally between Mission of Hope, Willis Dady Homeless Services, and Camp Chisomo.

Year End Giving- in order to end the year in the black, LCR will need a very generous response to the General Fund in December. Through last Sunday, Dec. 2, General Fund receipts were $605,703. By the end of December, our goal is to reach $672,500 in General Fund receipts, which is 97% of our 2019 budget. Each year we strive to underspend our budget by 3%, and we are on track to do that again this year.

Several members have brought in their RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions) from their retirement funds in recent days- thanks to those who have done so. A special mailing went out last week with information on how you can help.  A return envelope was enclosed for your year-end gift.

In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR: 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 2, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Rediscover the Joy of Christmas – our new Advent series –  begins this Sunday, Dec. 2 with a message by Pastor Dennis on “Finding Joy in the Darkness.” The central theme of this series is the role of joy in the Christmas story, and how we can find joy in the midst of difficult times.  The Resurrection Choir will sing an anthem from Handel’s Messiah at the 8:00 service and holy communion will be served. At all services, we will light the first candle on our Advent wreath.

A new adult class – Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph – begins this Sunday at 9:15, led by Pastor Miranda in the lounge.  A  Christmas “Comfort and Joy” Concert by our various choirs and bands will be held on Sunday night, December 2 at 6 pm.  A fellowship time will follow the concert.

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School resumes on Sunday, December 2. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will meet this Wednesday night at their usual times.

The Sunday School Christmas program will be on December 9th at 4:30 pm. It will feature a touching story about familiar Christmas traditions and festive songs from both our preschool/kindergarten aged students and our elementary aged students. A soup dinner will be provided after the program.

‘ENOUGH’ FALL STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

Our 2019 totals stand at 183 General Fund commitments for $400,960 and 140 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $93,930. These totals include 49 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 30 commitments for the 2018 Growth & Outreach Fund that will carry over to 2019 unless we hear otherwise from the participants.  Thanks to all who have responded so far by turning in your commitments for 2019.  If you have misplaced your card, there are additional cards with return envelopes in the worship room chair pouches or at a tall table by the usher’s stand. You can also mail it in or drop it off at our church office.

On a practical level, we ask our members and friends to turn in Estimate of Giving Cards so that our Budget Team and Church Council is able to set a realistic ministry spending plan for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church. 75-80% of our resources for mission and ministry come from those who fill out commitment cards each year. Last year we received 227 commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we have a long way to go. Every card counts, so please turn yours in before the end of the year.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes this Sunday include:

  • Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph begins this Sunday, December 2 at 9:15 and run for 4 weeks in the Advent season, meeting in the lounge.  Faithful is a DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton. The pastors will lead the weekly discussion
  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Galatians and Romans – Freedom and the Law in Paul’s Letters
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by  Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on December 7 to discuss Sign Here: What Your Handwriting Reveals About You and Others.”

CONNECT  

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.

Christmas Caroling will be held on Thursday, December 20. We’ll meet at the church at 6 pm and return at 7:30 for cookies and cocoa. All ages are welcome, but children 8th grade and under should be accompanied by an adult. Bring a treat to share if you are able. Please sign up at the poster in the gathering space or let someone in the office know you plan to come. Non-member friends are always welcome!

SERVE

Holiday Giving Tree – the Christmas Season is soon upon us and the Marion Independent School District is requesting LCR’s support again with providing gifts for seven families. The Giving Tree is on a table in the back of the gathering space.  Please consider taking a requested item from the tree (don’t forget to write your name and phone # by the item list on the table) and return the item with the tag attached by Sunday, December 9th. This year, please check the tag to determine if the gift is to be wrapped or not.  If you have questions, contact Jill Hansen through the church office.

Mitten Tree – You are invited to bring winter mittens, gloves, or hats and place them on the snowy trees in the Gathering Space. These will be donated to those in need at Mission of Hope in Cedar Rapids. The envelopes can be used for cash or checks (made out to LCR) as our Christmas gift  to the Pine Ridge Reservation in

South Dakota, which was visited by a Resurrection mission group last summer. Thank you!

Needed for Christmas Eve Worship at all 4 services: PowerPoint, greeters, ushers, Communion set-up, Communion servers, Acolyte, Nursery. Please let Marcia know on your welcome card today or by email (marcia@lcrmarion.org.) which service you are available to serve.

GIVE

Our Christmas Eve offering will be divided equally between Mission of Hope, Willis Dady Homeless Services, and Camp Chisomo. Thanks for your input in last week’s ballot.

Year End Giving – in order to end the year in the black, LCR will need a very generous response to the General Fund in December. At the end of November, General Fund receipts were $585,504. By the end of December, our goal is to reach $672,500 in General Fund receipts, which is 97% of our 2019 budget. Each year we strive to under-spend our budget by 3%, and we are on track to do that again this year.

Several members have brought in their RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions) from their retirement funds in recent days- thanks to those who have done so. Watch for a special mailing in the next few days information on how you can help.  

In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR: 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.

November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. $1,334 was sent to the Willis Dady Shelter from Sept-Oct. gifts.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Our seminary intern from last year, Alyssa Weaver, will be our guest preacher this Sunday, November 25. . Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Let’s give her a big LCR welcome home by our attendance at either the 8:00 or 10:00 services. Due to the Thanksgiving weekend, there will not be any Sunday School or adult classes.

Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity Appeal Update – After the Celebration Sunday offering of commitment cards, our 2019 totals stand at 164 General Fund commitments for $378,744 and 124 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $89,742. These totals include 62 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 41 commitments for the 2018 Growth & Outreach Fund that will carry over to 2019 unless we hear otherwise from the participants.  Thanks to those families and individuals for your 2019 commitments.

 This Sunday you will have another opportunity to offer your commitment of giving for the coming year. If you were unable to attend last week’s service or have not turned in your 2019 estimate of giving card for 2019, I invite you to do so this Sunday or on the following Wednesday. If you have misplaced your card, there are additional cards with return envelopes in the worship room chair pouches or at a tall table by the usher’s stand. You can also mail it in or drop it off at our church office.

On a practical level, we ask our members and friends to turn in Estimate of Giving Cards so that our Budget Team and Church Council is able to set a realistic ministry spending plan for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church. 75-80% of our resources for mission and ministry come from those who fill out commitment cards each year. Last year we received 227 commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338. From 2014-2017, we averaged about 250 commitment cards returned, so we have a long way to go. Every card counts, so please turn yours in before the end of the year.

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School will not meet this Sunday; it will resume on December 2. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will meet this Wednesday night at their usual times.

The Sunday School Christmas program will be on December 9th at 4:30 pm. It will feature a touching story about familiar Christmas traditions and festive songs from both our preschool/kindergarten aged students and our elementary aged students. A soup dinner will be provided after the program.

WORSHIP

Rediscover the Joy of Christmas – our new Advent series – will begin next Sunday, Dec. 2 with a message by Pastor Dennis on “Joy in the Darkness.” The central theme of this series is the role of joy in the Christmas story, and how we can find joy in the midst of difficult times.

A  Christmas “Comfort and Joy” Concert by our various choirs and bands will be held on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm.  A fellowship time will follow the concert.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes will take this Sunday off due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are the class options for December 2nd:

  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by  Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.
  • Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph will begin on Sunday, December 2 at 9:15 and run for 4 weeks in the Advent season, meeting in the lounge.  Faithful is a DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton. The pastors will lead the weekly discussion, with Pastor Miranda taking Dec. 2.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on November 30th to discuss “Overcoming Childhood Pain: Facing Unresolved Family Issues.

Alpha Retreat on the Holy Spirit will be this Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9-3, meeting in the conference room. Come join us to learn about how the Spirit is at work in our lives.

CONNECT  

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.

Christmas Caroling will be held on Thursday, December 20. We’ll meet at the church at 6 pm and return at 7:30 for cookies and cocoa. All ages are welcome, but children 8th grade and under should be accompanied by an adult. Bring a treat to share if you are able. Please sign up at the poster in the gathering space or let someone in the office know you plan to come. Non-member friends are always welcome!

SERVE

Thanksgiving Baskets – 30 baskets were assembled and delivered to Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Marion Cares last week. Thanks to all who donated food and money for the baskets.

Hanging of the Greens decorating for the Advent/Christmas season will be held on Friday, November 30, beginning at 5:00 pm. Stop by after work, or when you can, to help us make the church beautiful for the season and for our December 2nd “Comfort & Joy” Christmas Concert! Please let us know if you can help: marcia@lcrmarion.org.

Holiday Giving Tree – the Christmas Season is soon upon us and the Marion Independent School District is requesting LCR’s support again with providing gifts for seven families. The Giving Tree is on a table in the back of the gathering space.  Please consider taking a requested item from the tree (don’t forget to write your name and phone # by the item list on the table) and return the item with the tag attached by Sunday, December 9th. This year, please check the tag to determine if the gift is to be wrapped or not.  If you have questions, contact Jill Hansen through the church office.

GIVE

November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. $1,334 was sent to the Willis Dady Shelter from Sept-Oct. gifts.

Year End Giving – in order to end the year in the black, LCR will need a very generous response to the General Fund in November-December. At the end of October, General Fund pledges were $461,740 and  actual gifts toward those pledges were $442,055, or 96%. That gap of almost $20,000 in anticipated income resulted in a checkbook balance of $-5,700 at the end of October. Watch for a special mailing in the next week or so with information on how you can help.

In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR: 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, November 18, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, November 18, is Celebration Sunday as we receive your 2019 financial commitments to LCR and our mission partners. You can give them as part of your offering on Sunday; or place them in a basket by the usher stand; or if you will be gone this weekend, you can mail it in or drop it off at the church office.  We already have received 35 General Fund Commitments totaling $77,310, and 28 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments totaling $22,130.

Thanks to those families and individuals for your early commitments.

Our fall stewardship emphasis – Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity– will conclude this Sunday with a message by Pastor Miranda on “Defined by Generosity.” What defines your life? Is it wealth? belongings? faith? Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way. I urge you to join us this Sunday as we learn how to live a new way – as people who are defined by generosity and who experience true joy.

At the 8:00 First Light Service, the Galileans will share an anthem; holy communion will be served; and Jenny Flieder will be commissioned as a Stephen Minister. At the 10:00 New Song service, our EDGE band will lead worship; we’ll see a special video message about Camp Chisomo; and will celebrate the baptisms of Jack Kleinsmith and Weston Ehrisman.

This Sunday we will also pack 30 Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need. Many of you took a feather or ham from our display earlier this week – thank you for providing a turkey or ham for a basket. 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. The 30 baskets will be delivered to Marion Cares, Matthew 25, and Mission of Hope on Monday, November 19. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School will not meet this Sunday or on November 25; it will resume on December 2. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will not meet this Wednesday night due to the Thanksgiving Eve service at 6 pm.

WORSHIP

Thanksgiving Eve worship will be this Wednesday, November 21 at 6 pm. A fellowship time with pumpkin, apple, and other pies will follow the service. If you would like to help set up, serve, or clean up, contact Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).

Alyssa Weaver’s Return – On Sunday, November 25, Alyssa Weaver will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 services. Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Come and welcome Alyssa back to LCR!

A Christmas “Comfort and Joy” Concert by our various choirs and bands will be held on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm.  A fellowship time with cookies, cocoa, and coffee will follow the concert.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes –  there are several options for adults this Sunday morning:

  • Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity- this four week course concludes this Sunday in the lounge at 9:05, led by Don Johnson.
  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is I & II Corinthians Paul’s Letters to a Church in Conflict.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph will begin on Sunday, December 2 at 9:15 and run for 4 weeks in the Advent season, meeting in the lounge.  Faithful is a DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton.

OUTREACH

Alpha on Sunday evening, November 18 at 5:30,  we will explore “Why and How Should I Read the Bible? ” Alpha features dessert, an engaging video  presentation, and discussion. Wayne Brandt and Pastor Dennis coordinate the course. Join us this Sunday for Alpha!

Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We won’t meet this Friday (Nov. 23), but will resume on Friday, November 30th to discuss Overcoming Childhood Pain: Facing Unresolved Family Issues.

CONNECT  

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.

SERVE

Hanging of the Greens decorating for the Advent/Christmas season will be held on Friday, November 30, beginning at 5:00 pm. Stop by after work, or when you can, to help us make the church beautiful for the season and for our December 2nd “Comfort & Joy” Christmas Concert! Please let us know if you can help: marcia@lcrmarion.org.

Holiday Giving Tree – the Christmas Season is soon upon us and the Marion Independent School District is requesting LCR’s support again with providing gifts for seven families. The Giving Tree will be placed in the gathering space by November 21st. Please consider taking a requested item from the tree (don’t forget to write your name and phone # by the item list on the table) and return the item with the tag attached by Sunday, December 9th. This year, please check the tag to determine if the gift is to be wrapped or not.  If you have questions, contact Jill Hansen through the church office.

GIVE

November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. $1,334 was sent to the Willis Dady Shelter from Sept-Oct. gifts.

Year End Giving – in order to end the year in the black, LCR will need a very generous response to the General Fund in November-December. At the end of October, General Fund pledges were $461,740 and  actual gifts toward those pledges were $442,055, or 96%. That gap of almost $20,000 in anticipated income resulted in a negative checkbook balance at the end of October. Help us dig out of the hole by year end with your faithful giving.

In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR: 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

We are halfway through our church-wide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. Last Sunday our topic was “Wisdom and Finance.” We looked closely at the biblical principles of money management and learned how they apply to our daily lives. We also reviewed some common pitfalls and cultural traps and discovered how we can avoid them. If you were unable to be with us, you can find the sermon message on our website.  This Sunday our topic will be “Cultivating Contentment.” In my message I will address our human tendency to accumulate possessions and wealth and how to simplify our lives.  We also will be handing out a special tool that will help us refocus daily on contentment and simplicity. I hope you will join us!

This Sunday is also Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which ended World War I. We will celebrate our World War II veterans and recognize all veterans who have served. The 8:00 service will feature anthems by the Resurrection Ringers and Older Hymns. There will also be two baptisms – Lucas Alexander Mast at 8:00 and Charlotte Ann Provolt at 10:00.

2019 Stewardship Packets will be on gathering space tables for you to pick up this Sunday. 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 this Sundays. 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. If you would like to give a ham or turkey for a family, look for our pig display this Sunday and take a paper ham 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!

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School meets on Sunday from 9:05-9:50 am. 6th-7th grade confirmation students will have small groups this Wednesday night; 8th graders will have a mentor meeting (students, parents, mentors) at 7:15.

EDGE youth are in Minneapolis for their annual mission trip weekend, serving at a homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis. They will return Sunday afternoon; please keep them in your prayers as they travel home.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes –  there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:

  • Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity – this new four week course continues this Sunday in the lounge at 9:05, led by Don Johnson.
  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Acts 17-28: Paul and the Roman Empire.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by  Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.

Congratulations to Bob Read and his Running for God group who ran in the Turkey Trot on Saturday.

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph will begin on Sunday, November 25 at 9:15 and run for 4 weeks in the Advent season, meeting in the lounge.  Faithful is a DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton.

OUTREACH

Alpha on Sunday evening, November 11 at 5:30,  we will have week five of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “Why and How Should I Read the Bible? ” 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. Join us this Sunday for Alpha!

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 16 to view and discuss “Saluting Those Who Serve: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

CONNECT  

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. On Thanksgiving Eve, November 21, we will have a fellowship time with pumpkin and other pies following the 6 pm Thanksgiving Eve service. If you would like to donate a pie, or help set up, serve, or clean up, contact Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).

Pictorial Directory – Those who received emails about your free 8×10’s can pick them up at the welcome center window. Questions about your photo order? Call Lifetouch at 888-313-1746. Make sure to have your sitting number/access code from the sheet you were given when your photos were taken.

SERVE

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is a recipient of this year’s Turkey Trot proceeds. If you would like to help with pre-race packet pickup on Friday or Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10, at Marion High School, please contact Karen Randklev (Karen@LifeIsTooBusy.com; 319-533-1254). There is a free breakfast Saturday morning for all volunteers.

Hanging of the Greens – this annual tradition of decorating LCR for Advent and Christmas will be held on Friday night, November 30 at 5 pm.

WORSHIP

Alyssa Weaver’s Return – On Sunday, November 25, Alyssa Weaver will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 services. Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Come and welcome Alyssa back to LCR!

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!

GIVE

November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. $1,334 was sent to the Willis Dady Shelter from Sept-Oct. gifts.

Year End Giving – in order to end the year in the black, LCR will need a very generous response to the General Fund in November-December. At the end of October, General Fund pledges were $461,740 and  actual gifts toward those pledges were $442,055, or 96%. That gap of almost $20,000 in anticipated income resulted in a negative checkbook balance at the end of October. Help us dig out of the hole by year end with your faithful giving.

In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR: 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.

Resurrection E-note: Sunday, November 4, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Our churchwide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is in full swing! Last Sunday our topic was “When Dreams Become Nightmares.” We saw how the American Dream contrasts with God’s vision, and how God’s vision brings joy that the American Dream never can. If you were unable to be with us, you can find the sermon message on our website, www.lcrmarion.org.  This Sunday our topic will be “Wisdom and Finance.” We will look closely at the biblical principles of money management and discover how they apply to our daily lives. I invite you to join us for this extremely informative and practical message. You also will receive several tools that will help you in your own financial planning.

2019 Stewardship Packets will be on gathering space tables for you to pick up this Sunday through next Sunday, November 11. 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. 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.

This Sunday, November 4, is All Saints Sunday. We will light candles in memory of those LCR saints who have died in the past year. We will also light votive candles in memory of loved ones.

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues their new unit on David and Psalm 23 this Sunday at 9:05.

Confirmation will meet this Wednesday night, November 7 for large group and guide huddle.  Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet at their usual times.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Adult discipleship classes-  there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:

  • Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity- this new four week course continues this Sunday in the lounge at 9:05, led by Don Johnson.
  • Reading Biblical Literature– this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Acts 9-16: the Apostle Paul’s Calling.
  • Run for God, led by Bob Read, will meet at 9:05 in the fellowship hall in final preparation for their Turkey Trot run on November 10.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by  Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.

OUTREACH

Alpha on Sunday afternoon, November 4 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!

CONNECT

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 9 to view and discuss “Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters into Opportunities. Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

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.

SERVE

New Directory Team – Thank you to Mary Jo Carlson and her team for organizing all 12 days of our recent photo sessions for the 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 maryjo.carlson3775@gmail.com. A big thanks to Mary Jo and Roger Carlson, along with the Directory Team, for their leadership in this effort.

FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is a recipient of this year’s Turkey Trot proceeds. If you would like to help with pre-race packet pickup on Friday or Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10, at Marion High School, please contact Karen Randklev (Karen@LifeIsTooBusy.com; 319-533-1254). There is a free breakfast Saturday morning for all volunteers.

WORSHIP

 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!

Alyssa Weaver’s Return- On Sunday, November 25, Alyssa Weaver will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 services. Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Come and welcome Alyssa back to LCR!

GIVE

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” display this Sunday 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!

November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is located on the north side of the First Presbyterian Church at 864 – 12th St. here in Marion.

Year End Giving- as we enter the last two months of the year, your financial support is needed more than ever. At the end of September, General Fund pledges were $400,184 and actual gifts toward those pledges were $404,152- or 101% of pledges. At the end of October, General Fund pledges were $461,740 and  actual gifts toward those pledges were $442,055, or 95.7%. In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR:

Simply Giving – join over 100 families who give regularly to LCR through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. 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. Those who use this method speak highly of its ease of use.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 28, 2018

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,

Pastor Dennis

SERVE

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!

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

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 

Adult discipleship classes –  there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:

  • Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity – this new four week course starts this Sunday in the lounge at 9:05, led by Don Johnson.
  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Acts 1-8 and the story of the early church.
  • Run for God, led by Bob Read, will meet at 9:05 in the fellowship hall.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

OUTREACH

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!

WORSHIP

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!

CONNECT  

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 maryjo.carlson3775@gmail.com. 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.

GIVE

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!

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, October 21 (and Wednesday the 24th), we will conclude our “Give Yourself a Power Surge” sermon series with a message on Marks of Discipleship: Giving by Pastor Miranda. God invites us to a life-changing willingness to live generously. How does giving benefit our hearts as disciples?  When we are touched by Jesus’ unconditional love and abundant grace, how will we respond? How might our giving be a part of Jesus’ work to transform lives and change the world? How can giving generously enliven in you, and LCR, a power surge of faith and hope? The Galileans will share an anthem at 8:00, with holy communion also served at that service.

A Take Away Hunger Packaging Event will be held this Sunday, October 21, starting at 9:00. We are in need of  people for the 10:05 – 11:00 time slot. Stop by the fellowship hall if you want to help feed those in need.

If you have been attending LCR for a while and would like to explore membership or just meet the pastors, we will have our new member “Coffee with the Pastors” event this Sunday, October 21 from 1-3 pm. We will give you a tour of our facility and talk about what’s involved in membership at LCR.

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,

Pastor Dennis

STAFF NEWS

Allyn Glenn-Angell has accepted our offer to be Director of Communications. She has been the co-executive director/development director for the Wesley Student Center at the University of Iowa. She will begin at LCR this Sunday – take a moment during the coffee hour to welcome her to LCR!

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School begins their new unit on David and Psalm 23 this Sunday at 9:05. Parents, teachers, and children attending 8:00 worship can feel free to leave during the closing hymn so they are on time for the start of Sunday School.

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. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday Night Live – We will be meeting at Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz this Wednesday. We will be there from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Please go straight to the pumpkin patch as we will not be meeting at the church before we go to the farm. This is a reschedule from our original date. Please let Jill know if your family is planning to attend the event. There will be NO WNL on October 31.

Confirmation will have a small group night t this Wednesday. EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

OUTREACH

Alpha on Sunday afternoon, October 21 at 5:30,  we will have week three of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “Why Did Jesus Die?” 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!

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes –  there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings- note the change of rooms for this Sunday only:

  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is the gospel of John, part 2. They will meet in the conference room.
  • Run for God – this group, led by Bob Read, will meet at 9:05 in the
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans – will not meet this week so the group can help with packaging meals.

WORSHIP

On Sunday, October 28, we will begin a four week worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. We will look at some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation and examine our own spending, saving, and giving habits. In addition to exploring biblical principles of financial management, we will learn ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity. We will also offer an Enough  class, meeting at 9:05 in the lounge, starting on October 28.

Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week. The King’s Men will begin rehearsals soon with Lori Morgan as their new accompanist. New voices are always welcome in all these groups!

CONNECT  

New Church Directory – Questions about your photo or the directory? Contact Mary Jo Carlson at 319-721-3775 or maryjo.carlson3775@gmail.com.

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, October 26 to discuss If Only: Living With Regret.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

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.

Cribbage Group will gather again this Friday, October 26th from 1:15 to 3:15 pm. Come join in the fun! All are welcome, including those who’ve never played before. Call John Knodle (551-8162) if you have any questions.

GIVE

General Fund gifts Your support this fall will provide for the staff and materials needed to carry out our Sunday School, EDGE, confirmation, and Wednesday Night Live programming, along with supporting our choirs and worship needs. Through September we received 101% of your 2018 General Fund pledge commitments, pro-rated through nine months. Thank you for your generous support!

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Our new communications director, Allyn Glenn-Angell, will begin on October 21,  with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund. Thanks to your generosity, this year we will provide $5000 in Camp Chisomo scholarships; $10,000 for Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs; and $15,000 for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion. The Fund also provides support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs.

September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through the giving kiosk by the library or  the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, October 14 (and Wednesday the 17th), we will continue our “Give Yourself a Power Surge” sermon series with a message on Marks of Discipleship: Relationships. In my message we’ll look at how we are created for community, with deep needs for family and friendships. Jesus had two small groups in his adult life: an outer circle of 12 disciples, and an inner circle of three – Peter, James, and John. We’ll explore four kinds of small groups at LCR or in the wider community- activity, growth, support, and mission groups.

The Resurrection Choir will share an anthem at 8:00, with Holy Communion served at 10:00. At both services we will recognize staff who have served LCR for fifteen years (Emily Carson) or ten years (Jill Hansen, Evelyn Beck, and Marcia Edwards).  There will be a reception in their honor in the gathering space at 9:05. Stop by for a piece of cake and thank them for their many years of faithful service.

A Church Council Open Forum will meet at 9:15 and  10:45 in the fellowship hall for conversation and feedback on various topics.

A Take Away Hunger Packaging Event will be held next Sunday, October 21, starting at 9:00. We are in need of 23 people for the 9:05 – 10:00 time slot23  for the 10:05 – 11:00 time slot; and 7 people for the 11:05 – 12:00 pm time slot. Look for Jill Hansen at the gathering space table to sign up.

Pictorial directory appointments conclude  this week with appointments on Friday or Saturday only. If you have not yet signed up for a time, you can do so this  Sunday morning in the gathering space, or go online to our website (www.lcrmarion.org) and click on the Connect image in the lower right-hand corner. The Lifetouch menu will guide you through a simple process to make an appointment.

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,

Pastor Dennis

OUTREACH

Alpha on Sunday afternoon, October 14 at 5:30,  we will have week two of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “Who is Jesus?” 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!

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues their new unit on the story of Abraham and Sarah this Sunday at 9:05. Parents, teachers, and children attending 8:00 worship can feel free to leave during the closing hymn so they are on time for the start of Sunday School.

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. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday Night Live will meet at 6:00 on October 17.  WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades. Confirmation will have a large group night this Wednesday. EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes – there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:

  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall at 9:05,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is the gospel of
  • Run for God – Facilitator and trainer Bob Read will guide you through a training program that takes you from the couch to a 5K in 12 weeks using a biblical The group will meet at 9:05 in the middle of fellowship hall.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans – meets in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.

  • The Insanity of God – this book study is  led by Duane Rinderknecht in the lounge, starting at 9:05.  Follow the journey of a missionary couple who served in war-torn Somalia.

COFFEE WITH THE PASTORS

If you have been attending LCR for a while and would like to explore membership or just meet the pastors, we will have our new member “Coffee with the Pastors” event on Sunday, October 21 from 1-3 pm. We will give you a tour of our facility and talk about what’s involved in membership at LCR.


SERVE 

Blood Drive will be held at LCR this Tuesday, Oct. 16th from 2:30-6:30. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board or call Bob Wolter (377-5126) to get the appointment time you need. Last date to have donated previously is 8/21.

New Church Directory – Help make our remaining photo sessions run smoothly by checking people in when they come for their appointments. Final dates are this Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19 (2-9 pm) & 20th (10-5). Sign up on the gathering space table or contact organizer Mary Jo Carlson: 319-721-3775 or maryjo.carlson3775@gmail.com.

2019 Golf Outing planning team will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:00 pm at LCR. This is our annual event to benefit Mission of Hope. If you would like to join our team, contact Donna (805-908-6744) or Bill (563-271-2954).

WORSHIP

Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week. The King’s Men will begin rehearsals soon with Lori Morgan as their new accompanist. New voices are always welcome in all these groups!

Our Power Surge series will conclude on October 21 & 24 with a message by Pastor Miranda on Marks of Discipleship: Giving.

On Sunday, October 28, we will begin a four week worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. We will look at some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation and examine our own spending, saving, and giving habits. In addition to exploring biblical principles of financial management, we will learn ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity. We will also offer a class using the Enough DVD & book, meeting at 9:05 in the lounge, starting on October 28.

CONNECT  

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. This Sunday we will have a cake on a gathering space table in honor of our staff anniversaries.

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, October 19 to discuss Life’s Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

STAFF NEWS

Allyn Glenn-Angell has accepted our offer to be Director of Communications. She is currently the co-executive director/development director for the Wesley Student Center at the University of Iowa. She will begin at LCR next Sunday, October 21.

GIVE

General Fund gifts Your support this fall will provide for the staff and materials needed to carry out our Sunday School, EDGE, confirmation, and Wednesday Night Live programming, along with supporting our choirs and worship needs. Through September we received 101% of your 2018 General Fund pledge commitments, pro-rated through nine months. Thank you for your generous support!

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Our new communications director, Allyn Glenn-Angell, will begin on October 21,  with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund. Thanks to your generosity, this year we will provide $5000 in Camp Chisomo scholarships; $10,000 for Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs; and $15,000 for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion. The Fund also provides support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs.

September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 7, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, October 7, we will continue our “Give yourself a Power Surge” sermon series with a message on Marks of Discipleship: Serving.  I will share some thoughts on what the Bible says about serving and how you can find some ways to begin serving. Holy communion will be served at 8:00, and we will celebrate the baptism of Violet Nelson at 10:00. Sunday School meets at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below).

Pictorial directory appointments continue this week. The photos will be taken in the preschool A/B rooms. If you have not yet signed up for a time, you can do so on Sunday morning at the table in the gathering space, or go online to our website (www.lcrmarion.org) and click on the Connect image in the lower right-hand corner. The Lifetouch menu will guide you through a simple process to make an appointment.

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,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School continues their new unit on the story of Abraham and Sarah this Sunday at 9:05. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website. Parents, teachers, and children attending 8:00 worship can feel free to leave during the closing hymn so they are on time for the start of Sunday School.

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. Thank you for your cooperation.

Wednesday Night Live will meet earlier than usual, at 4:30 pm, in order to travel to the Pumpkin Patch. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Confirmation will have a service night this Wednesday.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes –  there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:

  • Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall at 9:05,  features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is the gospel of Luke.
  • Run for God – Facilitator and trainer Bob Read will guide you through a training program that takes you from the couch to a 5K in 12 weeks using a biblical The group will meet at 9:05 in the middle of fellowship hall.
  • Paul’s letter to the Romans – meets in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.
  • The Insanity of God – this book study is  led by Duane Rinderknecht in the lounge, starting at 9:05.  Follow the journey of a missionary couple who served in war-torn Somalia.

COFFEE WITH THE PASTORS

If you have been attending LCR for a while and would like to explore membership or just meet the pastors, we will have our new member “Coffee with the Pastors” event on Sunday, October 21 from 1-3 pm. We will give you a tour of our facility and talk about what’s involved in membership at LCR.

SERVE 

New Church Directory – Help make our photo sessions run smoothly by checking people in when they come for their appointments. Dates are October 2-6, Oct. 9-13, and Oct. 19 & 20. Sign up on the gathering space table or contact organizer Mary Jo Carlson: 319-721-3775 or maryjo.carlson3775@gmail.com.

Sunday School “behind the scenes” jobs – Popcorn Parent: an adult to make popcorn for the students each week on Sunday mornings before 9:05 am. It’s very easy, and the kids will love you for it! Tech Lab: an adult to add some expertise to our projects with the tablets – video editing, presentation making, app updating. Our tablet projects vary from unit to unit, so this would be an on-going task. For more information, email jessi@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Schedule Change – We are now in our fifth  weekend of our new service times – 8:00 traditional and 10:00 contemporary worship. It has been refreshing to have a dedicated education hour from 9:05-10:00, where parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. We ask for your continued patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.

Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week.

CONNECT 

Council Forums will be held next Sunday, October 14 at 9:15 and 10:45 am in  the fellowship hall for conversation and feedback on various topics.

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.

Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a free hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, October 12 to discuss “Dr. Danger: What Every Patient Needs to Know. Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

STAFF NEWS

On Sunday, October 14 between services, we will have a reception to recognize these staff for special anniversaries: 15 years at LCR – Emily Carson; 10 years at LCR – Jill Hansen, Evelyn Beck, & Marcia Edwards.

Allyn Glenn-Angell has accepted our offer to be Director of Communications. She is currently the co-executive director/development director for the Wesley Student Center at the University of Iowa. She will begin at LCR in late October.

OUTREACH

Alpha starting this Sunday afternoon, October 7 at 5:30,  we will offer the Alpha course, an introduction to the Christian faith. Alpha features a weekly meal, 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 for more  information. Would you be willing to either prepare a meal with one or two other teammates for the group once every 8 weeks? Or could you help serve a meal once every 4 weeks with a teammate? If so, contact Wayne Brandt: wcoachb@yahoo.com.

GIVE

General Fund gifts Your support this fall will provide for the staff and materials needed to carry out our Sunday School, EDGE, confirmation, and Wednesday Night Live programming, along with supporting our choirs and worship needs. Through September we received 101% of your 2018 General Fund pledge commitments, pro-rated through 8 months. Thank you for your generous support!

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Our new communications director, Allyn Glenn-Angell, will begin on October 21,  with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund. Thanks to your generosity, this year we will provide $5,000 in Camp Chisomo scholarships; $10,000 for Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs; and $15,000 for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion. The Fund also provides support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs.

September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids.

Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.

Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through the giving kiosk by the library or  the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere.