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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, February 10, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, February 10 (and Wednesday the 13), we will conclude our Half Truths sermon series – common statements that aren’t found in the Bible. I will preach this Sunday on “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.” These words are often spoken with good intentions in an effort to be comforting or non-judgmental.  Yet, Jesus never said these words. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor, not love the sinner. Focusing on someone else as a sinner first can lead to seeing others as sinners rather than neighbors. The truth in “love the sinner, hate the sin” stops with the first word: Love.

The Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 10 at 11:15. A budget forum will be held at 9:15 in the church office for those who are interested. Annual Reports are available  on a table by the entryway.

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 Sunday at 9:05.  Confirmation, Wednesday Night Live, and EDGE meet at their usual times on Wednesday night.

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 – katie@lcrmarion.org.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP  

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: ¨Freedom, the Law, and Rebellion (Exodus 16-35)
  • 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.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? (library)We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Dorothy Rinderknecht.
  • Half Truths (lounge) Adam Hamilton book/DVD study, covering the topics in our sermon series. Led by Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh.
  • Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on February 15  to discuss What Would You Do for Love?”  

SERVE

2019 Time & Talent Sheets will be available next Sunday, Feb. 17 as we highlight in worship how we can use our gifts and talents for the wider world. They will also be available on our website later in the month.

Habitat for Humanity – On Saturday, February 16 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, a team of volunteers will be painting interior doors, trim, and base throughout a Marion home on 9th Ave, just west of downtown. If you can share a few hours that day, please email Caitlyn at volunteer@cvhabitat.org.

Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, February 19th from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. You can sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have given previously is 12/25.

Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.

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.

WORSHIP

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.

CONNECT   

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.

GIVE

January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids.

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 27, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Half Truths – our current sermon series- continues this Sunday, January 27 (and Wednesday the 30th).  Pastor Miranda will preach on  God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It.” We read that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is also true that some issues discussed in the Bible are related to customs of the time rather than to deep and enduring truths. The treatment of women and the institution of slavery are two examples. The Bible is a complex book that needs to be interpreted in its context, using the teachings of Jesus as the standard against which all scriptures must be measured.

Our 8:00 traditional service will feature anthems by the King’s Men. Holy communion will be served at the 10:00 contemporary service.

On Sunday, February 3, Bishop Michael Burk of our Southeastern Iowa Synod will preach at both services and lead an adult forum at 9:15 in the fellowship hall. The Annual Meeting will be held in two weeks, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11:15. Annual reports will be available next Sunday.

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 Sunday at 9:05, learning about the parable of the sower. Wednesday Night Live and EDGE meet at their usual times, while  Confirmation has a family night.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sunday at 9:05 am:

  • 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.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? (library)We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Dorothy Rinderknecht.
  • Half Truths (lounge) Adam Hamilton book/DVD study, covering the topics in our sermon series. Led by Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh.
  • 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 –  “Moses and the Drama of Exodus – Chapters 1-15.”
  • Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

CONNECT  

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.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on February 1 to discuss “Kids Without a Country,(postponed from 1/25).

Alpha continues this Sunday night, January 27th at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “Why and How Should We Tell Others?”

SERVE

Ana Clymer was awarded the Dr. Percy & Lileah Harris ‘Who Is My Neighbor’ Award” at the Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Cedar Rapids last week. This award goes to an individual recognized for diligently working for justice in Linn County. Congratulations and Thank You, Ana! for your contributions to our community.

Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.

EDGE Service Crew can help you by: taking down Christmas lights, 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 – katie@lcrmarion.org.

2019 STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

2019 Stewardship Appeal commitments are $525,921 for the General Fund (225 giving units) and $126,550 for the Growth & Outreach Fund (171 giving units). Thanks to all who have responded so far.  Last year we finished with 227 General Fund commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we are very close to matching those totals. It’s not too late to send in a card for 2019 – there are extras at the Welcome Center or just email Joan Meyer with your 2019 pledge (meyer784@msn.com).

GIVE

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to end 2018 with a positive balance of $13,660 in the General Fund- an improvement of over $26,000 from the November 30 balance! Over $92,700 was received in December for the General Fund.  We received 104% of General Fund pledges as income in 2018- thanks for your faithfulness!

January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids. November/December envelopes to the Marion Food Pantry totaled $1,730!

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.

Contemporary Worship Changes & Feedback

This morning we shared that we are in the process of making changes to the 10 AM Sunday contemporary worship 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 below with your feedback answering any and all of these questions:

What elements are included in worship & how are they presented (i.e. silent prayer, statement of faith, announcements, how scripture is read, etc.)
What styles & quantity of music would you like to hear?
Are there changes to the physical arrangement of the space you would like to see?
Would you rearrange the order of worship?
Are there other kinds of language you would like to see used?

Contemporary Worship Feedback

We want to hear from you! Do you like what we're doing? Want to see something different? Let us know!
  • Optional
  • If you'd like a pastor or team member to contact you about your feedback please leave the best phone number to reach you.
  • What do you think about the changes to the contemporary service? What else would you like to see? We want to hear your thoughts about how we can create a worship experience that draws you closer to God.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 20, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Half Truths – our new sermon series- continues this Sunday, January 20 (and Wednesday the 23rd).   This Sunday’s topic is  “ God won’t give you more than you can handle.This half-truth is often said to encourage and strengthen others when they are going through a tough time. The original context of the often quoted verse that supports this half-truth – I Corinthians 10:13 – is a call to self-discipline in the face of temptation for new Christians living in Corinth, a city notorious for sexual immorality and idolatry. A better version of this half-truth is “God will help you handle all that you’ve been given.” Adversity happens in life, and God walks with us through all of our trials and tribulations.

Our 8:00 traditional service will feature an anthem by the Resurrection Choir and holy communion. A new worship format for our contemporary service will be introduced at 10:00.

Next Sunday, January 27 (and Wednesday the 30th), Pastor Miranda will preach on “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It.” On Sunday, February 3, Bishop Michael Burk of our Southeastern Iowa Synod will preach at both services and lead an adult forum at 9:15 in the fellowship hall.

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 Sunday at 9:05, learning about the parable of the sower. Confirmation has large group this week, while  Wednesday Night Live and EDGE meet at their usual times.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sunday at 9:05 am:

  • 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.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? (library)We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Dorothy Rinderknecht.
  • Half Truths (lounge) Adam Hamilton book/DVD study, covering the topics in our sermon series. Led by Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh.
  • 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 –  Jacob, Joseph, and Reconciliation in Genesis 26-50.
  • Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

CONNECT

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.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on January 25 to discuss Kids Without a Country.”

Alpha continues this Sunday night, January 20 at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “Why and How Should We Tell Others?

SERVE

Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.

EDGE Service Crew can help you by: taking down Christmas lights, 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 – katie@lcrmarion.org.

2019 STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

2019 Stewardship Appeal commitments are $523,521 for the General Fund (224 giving units) and $125,350 for the Growth & Outreach Fund (170 giving units). Thanks to all who have responded so far.  Last year we finished with 227 General Fund commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we have made great progress in the last month. It’s not too late to send in a card for 2019 – there are extras at the Welcome Center or just email Joan Meyer with your 2019 pledge (meyer784@msn.com).

GIVE

Thanks to your generosity, we were able to end 2018 with a positive balance of $13,660 in the General Fund – an improvement of over $26,000 from the November 30 balance.

January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids. November/December envelopes to the Marion Food Pantry totaled $1,730!

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Half Truths – our new sermon series- continues this Sunday, January 13 (and Wednesday the 16th).   This Sunday’s topic is  “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves.” It’s true in the sense that when we combine prayer and work (what St. Benedict called ora et labora), good things can happen. The Civil Rights movement is an example- the Alabama and Clemson football teams that played for the national championship last Monday night are made up of mostly African-American players. 55 years ago, those teams were all white, and black people couldn’t even vote in Alabama or South Carolina.

We’ll also look at how God helps those who cannot help themselves- another way to describe the grace of God. We are called to be God’s hands in helping those who need “a hand up, not a hand out,” as Habitat for Humanity puts it. The cross is the ultimate example of God helping those who cannot help themselves.

Three new adult courses continue this Sunday morning, along with two others that resumed last week. All the choices are listed below under Adult Discipleship.

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 Sunday at 9:05, learning about the parable of the sower. Confirmation has small groups this week, while  Wednesday Night Live and EDGE meet at their usual times.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP  

You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sunday at 9:05 am:

  • 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.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? (library)We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Dorothy Rinderknecht.
  • Half Truths (lounge) Adam Hamilton book/DVD study, covering the topics in our sermon series. Led by Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: The Old Testament (fellowship hall) – Experience how Prof. Craig Koester’s stimulating video presentations on the Old Testament, followed by interesting group discussion, can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson. Sunday’s topic – Genesis: ¨Abraham, Sarah, and the Promise (Genesis 12-25)
  • Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

CONNECT  

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.

OUTREACH

Alpha continues this Sunday night, January 13 at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “How Can I Resist Evil?”

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on January 18 to discuss “Does God Play Favorites? ”

SERVE

Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.

EDGE Service Crew can help you by: taking down Christmas lights, 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 – katie@lcrmarion.org.

2019 STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

Our 2019 totals stand at 222 General Fund commitments of $517,694 and 169 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $124,202. These totals include 36 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 21 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.  Last year we finished with 227 General Fund commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we have made great progress in the last month. It’s not too late to send in a card for 2019 – there are extras at the Welcome Center or just email Joan Meyer with your 2019 pledge (meyer784@msn.com).

GIVE

Updated Year-End Giving – Thank you for your generous response to our appeal for the General Fund in December. We needed $672,500 for 2018 receipts and received $683,228! Over $92,600 was given in Dec. to help us fund LCR’s ministries & mission partners. Growth & Outreach Fund gifts totaled $124,202.  

January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids. November/December envelopes to the Marion Food Pantry totaled $1,730!

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, January 6, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Half Truths – our new sermon series – begins this Sunday, January 6 (and Wednesday the 9th).  In this series, we’ll think about popular statements like “God helps those who help themselves” and other things the Bible doesn’t say. Tomorrow’s topic is  “Everything Happens for a Reason.” It’s true in the sense that we live in a world of cause and effect. Our own choices bring results. Usually when we say this half-truth we’re speaking in response to suffering, trying to explain or comfort someone going through a difficult time. It can lead to troubling notions about God’s involvement in the world and human responsibility.

Sunday School resumes this Sunday, January 6. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will also resume at their usual times this Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Three new adult courses will begin this Sunday morning, along with two others that resume after two weeks off. All the choices are listed below under Adult Discipleship.

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

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Groups starting (or continuing) on  January 6 at 9:05 am:

  • 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.
  • Who is the Holy Spirit? (library)We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Dorothy Rinderknecht.
  • Half Truths (lounge) Adam Hamilton book/DVD study, covering the topics in our sermon series. Led by Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: The Old Testament (fellowship hall) – Experience how Prof. Craig Koester’s stimulating video presentations on the Old Testament, followed by interesting group discussion, can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson. Sunday’s topic – Genesis: Creation and Chaos.
  • Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

CONNECT  

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.

OUTREACH

Alpha resumes Sunday night, January 6 at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “How Does God Guide Us?”

Brewing Up the Bible meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Louie’s Scoreboard in Marion, starting at 7:30 pm. Please join us on Wednesday, January 9 for fellowship, beverages, and study!

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on January 11 to discuss “Second Chances: From Down and Out to Up and At ‘Em.”

2019 STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

Our 2019 totals stand at 222 General Fund commitments of $517,694 and 169 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $124,202. These totals include 36 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 21 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.  Last year we finished with 227 General Fund commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we have made great progress in the last month. It’s not too late to send in a card for 2019 – there are extras at the Welcome Center or just email Joan Meyer with your 2019 pledge (meyer784@msn.com).

GIVE

Year-End Giving – Thank you for your very generous response to our appeal for the General Fund in December. We needed $672,500 for 2018 General Fund receipts and received $682,745! Over $92,200 was given in December to help us end the year in the black and fund LCR’s ministries plus our many mission partners. Growth & Outreach Fund gifts totaled $118,897 for 2018.  

Thank you for your Christmas Eve offering, which will be divided equally among Mission of Hope, Willis Dady Homeless Services, and Camp Chisomo. The final total was $9,400. We had 1,077 in attendance at the four services.

January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids. November/December envelopes to the Marion Food Pantry totaled $1,730!

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.

SERVE

Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 30, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

As we approach the end of the year I want to thank all of you for the warm welcome I have received from each of you. It has been a joy getting to know many of you during my time here at Resurrection and I look forward to getting to know even more of you during 2019! 

I hope to see many of you Sunday morning, December 30, when we will have one service at 9:00 AM when we will hear the stories of familiar Christmas carols and share in holy communion. As a special treat, after the service we hope you’ll bring some of your Christmas goodies to share over coffee.

Christmas Eve was a wonderful culmination of the year and the Rediscover the Joy of Christmas sermon series! I am pleased to share that you gave $8,206 that will go to Willis Dady Homeless Services, Mission of Hope, and Camp Chisomo.

I have just a few reminders as we finish out the year:

  • Sunday School & Adult Faith Formation will resume on January 6;
  • Evening Song, Confirmation, WNL & EDGE will resume on January 9; and
  • The Half-Truths sermon series will start on Sunday, January 6 as Pastor Dennis tackles the idea “Everything Happens for a Reason.”

Thanks to all of you who have turned in your pledge forms for 2019. We have 222 commitments of $ 517,694 for the 2019 General Fund. If you haven’t yet turned in your pledge form, it isn’t too late! We would love to get as many pledge forms turned as we can because it helps the 2019 budget process move more smoothly.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to check out the other opportunities and announcements below.

Blessings,

Allyn Glenn-Angell

SERVE

Christmas Eve Worship services could not have happened without the help of so many people who assisted in worship itself, or behind the scenes, before and after. Thank you all for making Christmas Eve Worship a truly blessed event.

Un-hanging of the Greens – We had a great turnout when we decorated the church earlier this month. Thank you to everyone who helped – it was a really fun time! Now the time has come to put the decorations away. We’ll meet this Saturday, January 5th at 9:30 am. We are looking forward to another good batch of helpers and more great fellowship. Please let Marcia know if you are able to be there – marcia@lcrmarion.org.

The generous spirit of Christmas at LCR means over 100 hats, mittens, and gloves were delivered to Mission of Hope and $570 was sent to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It warms their heads and hands – and our hearts too! Thanks to you all.

 Thanks to all who provided a wonderful Christmas to 7 local families in the Marion Independent district through our 2018 Giving Tree! – Madonna Putnam

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School does not meet today, but will resume on January 6. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will not meet on the 2nd but will resume on the 9th.

 EDGE Service Crew is back to help you by: taking down Christmas lights, moving things in your house, cleaning gutters, 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 with any jobs you may have – katie@lcrmarion.org.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on January 4th to discuss “Living a Lie: The perils of a double life.”

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

New Small Groups starting Sunday, January 6 at 9:05 am:

One Year Chronological Bible Study 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.

Who is the Holy Spirit? – We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Donna Dennis.

Half Truths They are simple phrases, ‘Everything happens for a reason’ and four others. They sound Christian, like something you might find in the Bible, but are they?

Do You Think I’m Beautiful? – In this book, author Angela Thomas invites you to awaken your passion and glimpse your deepest desires, to voice your longing to be loved with an ultimate love, and to fall into the embrace of the One who asks you to dance. Led by Mary Kay Pinckney (2nd or 3rd Sundays at 6:30 pm)

Reading Biblical Literature: The New Testament – Even if you hadn’t attended the study group this past fall, please come and join our “Reading Bible Literature” study Sunday mornings at 9:05 starting on January 6th. Experience how Prof. Craig Koester’s stimulating video presentations on the Old Testament followed by interesting group discussion can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson.

‘ENOUGH’ STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

 So far we have received these commitments for 2019:

222 cards for General Fund                                  $517,694

169 cards for Growth & Outreach Fund              $124,202

These totals include 36 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 21 commitments for the 2018 Growth & Outreach Fund that would carry over to 2019 unless we hear otherwise from the participants.

In comparison, by December 31 of 2018 we had received:

222 General Fund commitments                        $524,538

196 Growth & Outreach commitments              $127,326

Our final total for 2018 General Fund was $533,578 from 227 giving units.

 You can place your 2019 commitment form in the offering plate today. Extra forms are in the chair pouches or at the tall table by the usher’s stand. You may also send it in or drop it off at the church office. These commitments form the foundation for our 2019 spending plan and commitments to our mission partners.

On January 8, our Budget Team will meet to draft a spending plan for 2019. Each year we ask our members and friends to turn in Estimate of Giving Cards so that our Budget Team and Church Council are 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.

GIVE

Year-End Giving – LCR needs about $5,400 in General Fund receipts by December 31 in order to end the year in the black. Our receipts goal by year-end is $672,550, which is 97% of the 2018 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 sent in their RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions) from their retirement funds in recent days – thanks to those who have done so. Over $2,600 have been received from the special mailing that was sent out earlier this month. Thanks to those who helped in that way.

November/December Mission Envelopes are designated for the Marion Food Pantry.

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Rediscover the Joy of Christmas – our Advent series – continues this Sunday, Dec. 23.  Pastor Miranda will share a message, “Joy for the Lowly,” based on the gospel story from Luke 1:39-55. Mary goes to visit her elderly cousin Elizabeth, who is miraculously pregnant with a son who will become John the Baptist. Mary sings of her experience of God turning her life upside down, choosing what is poor and lowly over what is rich and powerful. Mary needed the faith and affirmation that Elizabeth gave her. We all need an Elizabeth we can turn to for advice, wisdom, and encouragement. And we’re often called to be an Elizabeth for someone else. In addition, the Resurrection Choir will share two anthems at the 8:00 service; holy communion will be served at 10:00.

Sunday School will take Dec. 23rd and 30th off, resuming on January 6. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will not meet on Dec. 26th or Jan. 2nd.

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00. All will have holy communion. I will preach at all services on “Joy to the World, The Lord Has Come” as we reach the culmination of our Rediscover the Joy of Christmas sermon series.

Enough Appeal Update – Thanks to all who have responded so far – we have 217 commitments of $516,502 for the 2019 General Fund. See the Enough Appeal section below for ways you can help LCR fund our mission and ministries in 2019. Your year-end gifts are needed to help us end the year on a solid financial footing. See the Give section below for details.

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

We still are in need for Christmas Eve Worship:

  • 1:00 – 2 ushers, nursery
  • 3:00 – 2 Communion servers, nursery
  • 5:00 – 2 greeters, 3 Communion servers, 1 acolyte, 2 nursery
  • 7:00 – 1 greeter, 1 acolyte

Please email Emily if you can help and at which service (office@lcrmarion.org).

WORSHIP

No Wednesday Activities on December 26 & January 2 – This includes Evening Song Worship, Confirmation, Wednesday Night Live, EDGE, Galileans, The King’s Men, and Resurrection Choir.

“Carols Around the World” Service-  On Sunday, December 30th at 9:00 am we’ll sing some favorite Christmas carols from various countries and hear the story of the carol. Holy communion will be served. Note that there is only one service on the 30th. Following worship, bring your Christmas cookies and share them at our fellowship time

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph concludes this Sunday, meeting at 9:15 in the lounge. Pastor Dennis will lead this week’s discussion.

“Reading Bible Literature” study will not meet on Dec. 23 or 30. It will start again on Jan. 6 with an introduction to the Old Testament books and “Creation and Chaos” in Genesis (Chapters 1-11). Even if you haven’t attended before, please come and join the group. Hear how Prof. Craig Koester (Luther Seminary, St. Paul) uses the literary narrative approach to explain the Bible text.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on December 28th to discuss “How to Sniff Out a Scam: Practical tips for giving wisely.”

 CONNECT  

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.

ENOUGH FALL STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

Our 2019 totals stand at 217 General Fund commitments of $516,502 and 166 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $121,854. These totals include 39 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 23 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.  Last year we received 227 General Fund commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we are making progress.

A letter was sent out recently to those families who have not yet responded with another commitment card and return envelope. 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. Every card counts, so please turn yours in before the end of the year.

On January 8, our Budget Team will meet to draft a spending plan for 2019. Each year we ask our members and friends to turn in Estimate of Giving Cards so that our Budget Team and Church Council are 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.

GIVE

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. 16, General Fund receipts were $636,251. 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. A special mailing went out recently with information on how you can help.  A return envelope was enclosed for your year-end gift. Over $2600 has been received from these special gifts.

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

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.

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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

Rediscover the Joy of Christmas – our Advent series –  continues this Sunday, Dec. 16. I will share a message, “The Joy We Can’t Yet See,” based on the gospel story from Matthew 1:18-25. We’ll focus on Joseph, the father of Jesus, and discover that over and over his sorrows in life was followed by joy. 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.

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.

Christmas Eve candlelight services will be held at 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, and 7:00. All will have holy communion. I will preach at all services on “Joy to the World, The Lord Has Come” as we reach the culmination of our Rediscover the Joy of Christmas sermon series. Note the need for help in the Serve section below.

Enough Appeal Update – Thanks to all who have responded so far – we have 207 commitments for over $502,000 for the 2019 General Fund. See the Enough Appeal section below for ways you can help LCR fund our mission and ministries in 2019. Your year-end gifts are needed to help us end the year on a solid financial footing. See the Give section below for details.

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

Needed for Christmas Eve Worship:

  • 1:00 – 4 readers, 2 greeters, 3 ushers, 6 Communion servers, acolyte, nursery
  • 3:00 – 3 readers, 3 ushers, 7 Communion servers, nursery
  • 5:00 – 3 readers, 4 greeters, 2 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.

Thanks to all who provided a wonderful Christmas to 7 local families in the Marion Independent district through our 2018 Giving Tree! – Madonna Putnam

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School meets this Sunday, December 16.  Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will meet this Wednesday night at their usual times. Sunday School will then take Dec. 23rd and 30th off, resuming on January 6. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will not meet on Dec. 26th or Jan.2.

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 Revelation: Vision of a New Creation.
  • 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.

‘ENOUGH’ FALL STEWARDSHIP APPEAL

Our 2019 totals stand at 207 General Fund commitments for $502,894 and 158 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $117,302. These totals include 40 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 24 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.

Over 200 potential giving units have not yet responded. A letter was sent out last week to these families with another commitment card and return envelope. 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 are making progress. In 2013-2016 we received 244-262 cards.  Every card counts, so please turn yours in before the end of the year.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on December 21st to discuss “Come Together: the healing power of friends and family.”

CONNECT  

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.

GIVE

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. 9, General Fund receipts were $620,409. 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. A special mailing went out recently with information on how you can help.  A return envelope was enclosed for your year-end gift. Over $1000 has been received from these special gifts.

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

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.

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.

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.