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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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 30, will feature a guest speaker- Phoebe Trepp, Executive Director of Willis Dady Homeless Services. Our September-October mission envelopes are going to Willis Dady, so this is a great opportunity for you to learn more about homelessness in our community and how Willis Dady ministers to our homeless population. The shelter has two primary objectives: to prevent homelessness for those at risk and to re-house those who currently find themselves homeless. Another Willis Dady staff member will speak on Wednesday night at Evening Song worship.

At the 8:00 traditional service, our Resurrection Choir will share two anthems. Holy communion will be served at both 8:00 and 10:00 on this fifth Sunday. Sunday School meets at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below). Our  fall sermon series- Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – will resume on October 7 & 10 with a message by Pastor Dennis on Marks of Discipleship: Serving. 

Pictorial directory appointments begin this Tuesday, Oct. 2. 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, September 30 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 meets this Wednesday, October 3 at 6 pm  in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Confirmation will gather again this Wednesday for a large group night.

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 Matthew.
  • 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. (Note change of time and location).
  • 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.

Mission of Hope Lunch Program will serve a meal on Thursday, October 4th. Talk to Sharon Hill or Linda Schminke if you would like to take part in this serving opportunity, or if you can help by underwriting some of our expenses.

WORSHIP

Schedule Change – we are now in our fourth  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.

JuBellation Youth Bell Choir is looking for kids who want to make some beautiful noise! 4th-12th graders are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Practices will be on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. We perform at services throughout the school year. Make a note on your welcome card, or contact Matthew Lang at 319-480-4435 or matthew.christopher.lang@hotmail.com. JuBellation is lots of fun!

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.

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 5 to discuss “A Family Divided: Finding Peace by Letting Go. Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Thrivent Movie Event – “This Day Forward” is a powerful faith-based feature film, a story of courage, of family, and of choosing faith even when fear seems bigger. This private showing is on Saturday, October 6 at 10 am at the Collins Road Theatre. Thrivent is providing free movie tickets, plus a small drink & popcorn. Sharon Hill has about 10 tickets or you can register through Facebook/Eventbrite.

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 in late October.

OUTREACH

Alpha starting on 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 August we received 99% 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.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, September 23, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, September 23, our  fall sermon series continues – Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – at our new worship times of 8:00 (traditional) and 10:00 (contemporary), along with 6:00 on Wednesdays. Pastor Miranda will share a message about the “R” of Power Surge – Reading the Bible. We grow as disciples when we hear the word of God in the Bible and let it take root in our hearts and bear fruit in our lives. How do we begin reading the Bible? How can reading the Bible transform our hearts and draw us to lives filled with the fruits of the Spirit? These and other questions will be addressed in the message. In addition, Beginner Bibles will be given out to preschool children who are starting Sunday School this fall.

Sunday School meets at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below). 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.

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, September 23 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 so strangers won’t have any opportunity to wander through our children’s areas. 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 meets this Wednesday, September 26 at 6 pm  in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Confirmation will not meet this Wednesday as it is a family night.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes –  there are five 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 Mark, part 2.
  • 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.
  • 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 perspective. The group will meet at 9:05 in the middle of fellowship hall. (Note change of time and location).
  • Marks of Discipleship – using the weekly “Bring It Home” handouts from worship, this group will use the small meeting room (back of the gathering space) at 9:15 for conversation on the Power Surge Marks of Discipleship. Donna Dennis will facilitate the conversation- this week’s topic is worship.                                                                                         

SERVE

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.

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend is September 21-23. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700.

Mission of Hope Lunch Program will serve a meal on Thursday, October 4th. Talk to Sharon Hill or Linda Schminke if you would like to take part in this serving opportunity, or if you can help by underwriting some of our expenses.

WORSHIP

Schedule Change – we are now in our third 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. Sunday School teachers and students have adjusted well to the new start time of 9:05. Adult classes have also adjusted to starting at either  9:05 or 9:15 (depending on the class). 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.

JuBellation Youth Bell Choir is looking for kids who want to make some beautiful noise! 4th-12th graders are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Practices will be on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. We perform at services throughout the school year. Make a note on your welcome card, or contact Matthew Lang at 319-480-4435 or matthew.christopher.lang@hotmail.com. JuBellation is lots of fun!

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.

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, September 28 to discuss “When Anxiety Strikes: Compassion, Peace, and Letting Go. Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

“Weekend to Remember” Marriage Getaway discount price ends 9/24, so sign up today! Details are available in the welcome center window.

OUTREACH

Alpha starting on 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 August we received 99% 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! Through August you have given 87% of faith commitments, pro-rated through 8 months.  A new communications director, Allyn Glenn-Angell, will begin in late October,  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. The shelter has two primary objectives: to prevent homelessness for those at risk and to re-house those who currently find themselves homeless. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director, will be with us on Sunday, September 30 (& Oct. 3) to share about the work of Willis Dady.

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: September 16, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, September 16 (and the 19th) , our  sermon series continues- Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – at our new worship times of 8:00 (traditional) and 10:00 (contemporary), along with 6:00 on Wednesdays. I will share a message about the “W” of Power Surge- Worship. Sunday School meets at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below).

The note below from the Church Council gives some background on the schedule change that began last 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 begins their new unit on the story of Abraham and Sarah this Sunday, September 16 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 so strangers won’t have any opportunity to wander through our children’s areas. 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 meets on Wednesday, September 19 at 6 pm, meeting in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

Confirmation large group meet this Wednesday at 7 pm. EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

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

  • Paul’s letter to the Romans- meets in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation– 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 Mark.
  • The Insanity of God- this book study is  led by Duane Rinderknecht in the lounge, starting at 9:05.  Follow the journey of a couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on an ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but ordinary.
  • Marks of Discipleship– using the weekly “Bring It Home” handouts from worship, this group will meet in the fellowship hall at 9:15 for conversation on the Power Surge Marks of Discipleship. Donna Dennis will facilitate the conversation- we’ll start this Sunday with the topic of prayer.
  • 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 perspective.. Classes are at 8:30 am on Sundays, meeting in the small conference room in the gathering space.                                                                                     

SERVE 

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.

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be September 21-23. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700.

WORSHIP

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

JuBellation Youth Bell Choir is looking for kids who want to make some beautiful noise! 4th-12th graders are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Practices will be on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. We perform at services throughout the school year. Make a note on your welcome card, or contact Matthew Lang at 319-480-4435 or matthew.christopher.lang@hotmail.com. JuBellation is lots of fun!

Schedule Change– at their August meeting, the Church Council discussed the fall worship schedule and voted to combine the previous 9:45 & 11 contemporary services into one service at 10:00, and move back the traditional service to 8:00, starting on Rally Sunday, Sept. 9. Our VRG survey from last year indicated the most popular start time for worship for our members was the 9:00-10:00 hour. We will now have a dedicated education hour so parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. Sunday School will start at 9:05 and meet for 45 minutes. Adult classes will start at either 9:05 or 9:15 (depending on the class) so attenders can get some coffee, visit with one another, and then settle into a class. 10:00 worship attenders can leave adult classes early to pick up their kids from Sunday School and get a seat for worship. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.

CONNECT 

EWALU Fall Festival & Quilt Auction will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. Join us for craft demonstrations, live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review. A free-will lunch is served at noon and the auction itself starts at 1:00. It is a day to celebrate and support the incredible ministry that occurs at Camp Ewalu.

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, September 21 to discuss “Miracles or Mere Coincidences? Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

JOB OPENINGS

There are two part-time positions currently open at LCR:

  • King’s Men Accompanist/Director – provide piano accompaniment for our men’s choir that meets weekly on Wednesday nights @ 6:15
  • Nursery Attendant – works from 8-11 am in our nursery with another paid adult attendant on an every other week schedule

Please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) or Pastor Dennis (dennis@lcrmarion.org) if interested in the King’s Men position or nursery position.

GIVE

General Fund giftsYour 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 August we received 99% 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! Through August you have given 87% of faith commitments, pro-rated through 8 months.  We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month, 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. The shelter has two primary objectives: to prevent homelessness for those at risk and to re-house those who currently find themselves homeless. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director, will be with us on Sunday, September 30 (& Oct. 3) to share about the work of Willis Dady.

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, September 9, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series begins – Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – at our new worship times of 8:00 (traditional) and 10:00 (contemporary). I will share a message about the “P” of Power Surge- Prayer. Sunday School will start at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below). . There will be a free Rally Sunday Picnic  at 11:00 am. A pulled pork meal, including sides & desserts, will be provided. Remember to wear your favorite  team’s gear that day – pro, college, or high school.

The note below from the Church Council gives some background on the schedule change that begins this 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

SCHEDULE CHANGE

At their August meeting, the Church Council discussed the fall worship schedule and voted to combine the previous 9:45 & 11 contemporary services into one service at 10:00, and move back the traditional service to 8:00, starting on Rally Sunday, Sept. 9. Our VRG survey from last year indicated the most popular start time for worship for our members was the 9:00-10:00 hour. We will now have a dedicated education hour so parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. Sunday School will start at 9:05 and meet for 45 minutes. Adult classes will start at either 9:05 or 9:15 (depending on the class) so attenders can get some coffee, visit with one another, and then settle into a class. 10:00 worship attenders can leave adult classes early to pick up their kids from Sunday School and get a seat for worship. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School begins this Sunday, September 9 at 9:05. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website.

Wednesday Night Live will start on Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm, meeting in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

Confirmation small groups meet this Wednesday, Sept. 12. Groups wanting to use the kitchen or fellowship hall are asked to wait until 7:30 so the Wednesday Night Live kids and leaders have time to finish their activity, clean up, and do some planning for next week.

EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm. Last week there were 61 in attendance- most of whom had never attended EDGE before!

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP 

Adult discipleship classes –  starting on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9:15,  a 7-week video class – Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation will begin, led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall.  This video series features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. We will start with his presentations on the four gospels and Acts. Also on September 9 at 9:05 in the lounge, a book study – The Insanity of God- begins, led by Duane Rinderknecht.  Follow the journey of a couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on an ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but ordinary. On Sunday, September 16th, a  bible study on Paul’s letter to the Romans begins in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.

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 perspective. This is for all ages, ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes are at 8:30 am on Sundays with optional group runs scheduled during each week. The class began on Sunday, August 19 but it’s not too late to join. For more information, please contact Bob Read (bobcher@mchsi.com). It will meet in the conference room this Sunday, and the fellowship hall starting next Sunday, Sept. 16.

SERVE

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.

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be September 21-23. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700.

WORSHIP

Galileans Women’s Choir begins this Wed, Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir also begins on Sept. 12 @ 7:15 pm.

Could you share a brief story for our Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe series? If you could share in worship, either via video or in person, about how/why/when/where you serve or give of your time, talent, and treasure,  it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: dennis@lcrmarion.org. We have stories lined up for the Sundays on reading the bible and being in relationships.

Worship Assistants for September – People originally scheduled for 8:15 will serve at the 8:00 service and  the 9:45 group will serve at the 10:00 service. A new schedule will be sent out for October with 11:00 people scheduled at the 10:00 service, unless  you notify Marcia otherwise: marcia@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT

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, September 14 to discuss The Art of Listening: an act of love.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Fellowship hour starting on Rally Sunday, September 9,  come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before the 8:00 service  or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.

EWALU Fall Festival & Quilt Auction will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. Join us for craft demonstrations, live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review. A free-will lunch is served at noon and the auction itself starts at 1:00. It is a day to celebrate and support the incredible ministry that occurs at Camp Ewalu.                                                             

JOB OPENINGS

There are two part-time and one full-time position currently open at LCR:

  • King’s Men Accompanist/Director – provide piano accompaniment for our men’s choir that meets weekly on Wednesday nights @ 6:15
  • Nursery Attendant – works from 8-11 am in our nursery with another paid adult attendant on an every other week schedule
  • Director of Communications – will oversee the digital communication side of LCR (website, Facebook, other social media); be in charge of marketing internally and externally; assist with fund appeals and ongoing stewardship work – job descriptions are on the entryway bulletin board

Please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) or Pastor Dennis (dennis@lcrmarion.org) if interested in the King’s Men position or nursery position. Contact Ryan Phillips if interested in the communications position (ryanjpphillips@gmail.com).

GIVE

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through the summer months we were able to give for Camp Chisomo scholarships, Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs, and a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion; and provide support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs. We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund.

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. Thank you for your generous support!

September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids. The shelter has two primary objectives: to prevent homelessness for those at risk and to re-house those who currently find themselves homeless. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director, will be with us on Sunday, September 30 (& Oct. 3) to share about the work of Willis Dady.

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, September 2, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, September 2 (& Wednesday the 5th), I will share a message on two key passages about mission- the Great Commission from Matthew 28 and Jesus’ call from Acts 1:8 to carry the gospel to the community (Jerusalem), country (Judea and Samaria), and continents (the end of the earth). We’ll look at corporate mission statements as well as our own with its four key verbs – welcome, connect, send, and serve. At the end of the message, I’ll share an overview of our upcoming year of sermon series from September-May. At the 8:15 service, we will celebrate the baptism of Lena Robertshaw and also serve holy communion.

Finally, please read the note below from the Church Council about a significant change that is coming up soon, on Rally Sunday. On September 9, we will change our worship schedule to 8:00 traditional and 10:00 contemporary services. Sunday School will start at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class. There will also be a kickoff picnic at 11:00 (see note below under Connect).

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

WORSHIP & SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE CHANGE

At their August meeting, the Church Council discussed the fall worship schedule and voted to combine the previous 9:45 & 11 contemporary services into one service at 10:00, and move back the traditional service to 8:00, starting on Rally Sunday, Sept. 9. Our VRG survey from last year indicated the most popular start time for worship for our members was the 9:00-10:00 hour. We will now have a dedicated education hour so parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. Sunday School will start at 9:05 and meet for 45 minutes. Adult classes will start at either 9:05 or 9:15 (depending on the class) so attenders can get some coffee, visit with one another, and then settle into a class. 10:00 worship attenders can leave adult classes early to pick up their kids from Sunday School and get a seat for worship. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.

SERVE 

Youth & Adult Volunteers are needed  for Sunday School, which starts on Sept. 9. We are in need of teachers and subs for pre-school, 3rd, and 5th grade. For more information, contact Jessi Heidelbauer at the registration table this Sunday in the gathering space or email jessi@lcrmarion.org.  One of the goals and hopes of going to two services this fall instead of three is to free up adults and older youth during the Sunday School hour for teaching or helping our Sunday School children.

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be September 21-23. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Confirmation meets this Wednesday, Sept. 5  from 7:00-8:15 pm for a large group presentation with small groups following.

EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm.  

Sunday School begins on September 9 at 9:05. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website.

Wednesday Night Live will start on Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm, meeting in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

WORSHIP

On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series begins- Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – with Pastor Dennis preaching on prayer as a Mark of Discipleship. Could you share a brief story for our Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe series? If you could share in worship, either via video or in person, about how/why/when/where you pray… or worship.. or read the Bible… or serve… or gather with others to build relationships… or give… it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: dennis@lcrmarion.org.

Worship Assistants for September – People originally scheduled for 8:15 will serve at the 8:00 service and  the 9:45 group will serve at the 10:00 service. A new schedule will be sent out for October with 11:00 people scheduled at the 10:00 service, unless  you notify Marcia otherwise: marcia@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT 

Rally Sunday Picnic – Join your Resurrection family on Rally Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 am for a fall kick-off picnic. Remember to wear your favorite  team’s gear that day – pro, college, or high school. Friends, family, and neighbors always welcome! A pulled pork meal, including sides & desserts, will be provided; bring your own lawn chairs.

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, September 7 to discuss “Living a Rich Life: Finding Meaning and Purpose.”  Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Fellowship hourstarting on Rally Sunday, September 9,  come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before the 8:00 service  or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.

EWALU Fall Festival & Quilt Auction will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. Join us for craft demonstrations, live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review. A free-will lunch is served at noon and the auction itself starts at 1:00. It is a day to celebrate and support the incredible ministry that occurs at Camp Ewalu.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

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 perspective. This is for all ages, ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes are at 8:30 am on Sundays with optional group runs scheduled during each week. The class began on Sunday, August 19 but it’s not too late to join. For more information, please contact Bob Read (bobcher@mchsi.com).

Adult discipleship classes –  starting on Sunday, Sept. 9,  a 7-week video class- Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation- will begin, led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall.  This video series features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. We will start iwith his presentations on the four gospels and Acts. Also on September 9 at 9:05 in the lounge, a book study – The Insanity of God – begins, led by Duane Rinderknecht.  Follow the journey of a couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on an ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but ordinary. On Sunday, September 16th, a  bible study on Paul’s letter to the Romans begins in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.                                                                                                       

JOB OPENINGS

There are two part-time and one full-time position currently open at LCR:

  • King’s Men Accompanist/Director – provide piano accompaniment for our men’s choir that meets weekly on Wednesday nights @ 6:15
  • Nursery Attendant – works from 8-11 am in our nursery with another paid adult attendant on an every other week schedule
  • Director of Communications – will oversee the digital communication side of LCR (website, Facebook, other social media); be in charge of marketing internally and externally; assist with fund appeals and ongoing stewardship work – job descriptions are on the entryway bulletin board

Please contact Evelyn Beck (evelyn@lcrmarion.org) or Pastor Dennis (dennis@lcrmarion.org) if interested in the King’s Men position or nursery position. Contact Ryan Phillips if interested in the communications position (ryanjpphillips@gmail.com).   

GIVE

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through the summer months we were able to give: monthly gifts for Camp Chisomo scholarships, Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs, and a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion; and provide support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs. We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month or two, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund.

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. Thank you for your generous support!

September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids. The shelter has two primary objectives: to prevent homelessness for those at risk and to re-house those who currently find themselves homeless. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director, will be with us on Sunday, September 30 (& Oct. 3) to share about the work of Willis Dady.

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. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-note: Sunday, August 26

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, August 26 (and Wednesday, August 29), we will highlight our partnership with EWALU Bible Camp through stories and songs. Pastor Miranda will share a message with photos and stories from campers and counselors. The photo above is of LCR members who served at EWALU this summer: (top row) Jared Almandinger, Max Versteegh, Hal Versteegh; (bottom row) Riley Higgins, Will Versteegh, Delaney Aikens, Sophie Reider, Emily Tull (former member).

Confirmation Ministry begins with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides this Wednesday, August 29 from 7:00-8:15 in the Sanctuary. LCR’s Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders and meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:15. Confirmation Guide Potluck – All Confirmation Ministry volunteers will gather on Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 pm for fellowship and training.

Finally, please read the note below from the Church Council about a significant change that is coming in two weeks. On Rally Sunday, September 9, we will change our worship schedule to 8:00 traditional and 10:00 contemporary services. Sunday School will start at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:15.

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

AN IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE CHURCH COUNCIL

On this past Tuesday night, the Council discussed the fall worship schedule and voted to combine the previous 9:45 & 11:00 contemporary services into one service at 10:00, and moved back the traditional service to 8:00, starting on Rally Sunday, Sept. 9. Our VRG survey from last year indicated the most popular start time for worship for our members was the 9:00-10:00 hour. We will now have a dedicated education hour so parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. Sunday School will start at 9:05 and meet for 45 minutes. Adult classes will start at 9:15 so attenders can get some coffee, visit with one another, and then settle into a class. 10:00 worship attenders can leave adult classes early to pick up their kids from Sunday School and get a seat for worship. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.

SERVE

Youth & Adult Program Volunteers needed Volunteers are still needed for Sunday School and Adult Ed classes on Sunday mornings and Confirmation guides for Wednesday evenings. One of the goals and hopes of going to two services this fall instead of three is to free up adults and older youth during the Sunday School hour for teaching or helping our Sunday School children. If you would like to help with Sunday School, contact Jessi Heidelbauer: jessi@lcrmarion.org. To help with confirmation, contact Pastor Miranda: miranda@lcrmarion.org.

LCR will be seeking a Director of Communications this fall. This is a full time position that involves both internal and external communications, graphic arts, marketing, and fundraising skills. For more information, there is a job description on the entryway bulletin board.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

EDGE high school youth group begins this Wednesday, August 29 at 7:30 pm.

Sunday School begins on September 9 at 9:05. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website.

Wednesday Night Live will start on Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm, meeting in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.

WORSHIP

On September 2 & 5,  “What’s Our Mission?”, along with a preview of September-May sermon series, will be shared by Pastor Dennis. On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series begins- Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – with Pastor Dennis preaching on prayer as a Mark of Discipleship.

Could you share a brief story for our Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe series? If you could share in worship, either via video or in person, about how/why/when/where you pray… or worship.. or read the Bible… or serve… or gather with others to build relationships… or give… it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: dennis@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT

Five Seasons Ringers @ the Ballpark – On Sunday, August 26 the Resurrection Ringers will join nearly 100 other handbell ringers to play the National Anthem at the Kernel’s game. The game starts at 2:05 and includes lots of family-friendly activities. $8 discount tickets are available if you use the promo code “handbell.” For details, check the poster on the entryway bulletin board.

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, August 24 to discuss “Unburdened: Letting go of guilt.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Pictorial Directory- our new pictorial directory needs your participation! You can sign up for an appointment by going to our website – https://lcrmarion.org/upcoming-events/new-church-photo-directory/ OR by signing up at the table in the gathering space on Sunday mornings. So far we have over 100 appointments scheduled! Thanks to Mary Jo Carlson for being our key volunteer in this process.

Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15 through September 2nd.  Feel free to come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ Donut before 8:15 or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

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 perspective. This is for all ages, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes are at 8:30 am on Sundays with optional group runs scheduled during each week. For more information or to register, please contact Bob Read (bobcher@mchsi.com). The class began last Sunday, August 19 but it’s not too late to join.

Adult discipleship classes – Starting on Sunday, September 9th,  a 7-week video class- Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation- will begin,  led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall.  This video series features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. We will start in the middle of the series with his New Testament presentations on the four gospels and Acts. On September 16th, a  bible study begins in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. Both groups will begin at 9:15.

GIVE

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through July we were able to: fund intern Alyssa’s position; give over $21,000 for Camp Chisomo scholarships, Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs, and a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion; and provide almost $25,000 for building maintenance costs, including our recent parking lot repairs. We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month or two, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund.

General Fund gifts through July were 99% of what was promised, pro-rated through July, from the 227 families and individuals who made General Fund commitments last fall. Thank you for your faithful giving! 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.

Last call for gifts to the July-August mission envelopes, which  are designated for the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Their mission is to directly minister to women and to the economically poor, to provide temporary shelter for women and children in crisis, to assist women in attaining safe, affordable permanent housing, and to help individuals and families access medical and community resources.

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. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, August 19, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, August 19th (and Wednesday the 22nd), the Harvest Hope Home Children’s Choir from Malawi will present a concert during worship, sharing their songs and stories of hope and faith. These children represent an organization that supports pastors, widows, and orphans in rural Malawi. Harvest Hope Home is an orphanage modeled around long-term family care. These children, along with many others, have been blessed greatly by the Harvest Hope ministry. The choir has been traveling the United States preforming at churches and community centers since July 12th. The children have had many wonderful experiences here in the states and have enjoyed sharing such a delightful part of their culture with the congregations they visit.

There will be baskets outside the worship room as you leave if you would like to donate directly to the choir to support their travel & lodging expenses.

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

Confirmation Ministry begins with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides on Wednesday, August 29 from 7:00-8:15 in the Sanctuary. Make sure to attend! The Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders and meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:15. Sunday School & Wednesday Night Live begin on September 9 & 12, respectively. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website.

Confirmation Guide Potluck – All Confirmation Ministry volunteers will gather on Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 pm for fellowship and training.

Sunday School and adult classes begin on Rally Sunday, September 9 at 9:45.

WORSHIP

EWALU Summer Camp Review – During worship on August 26 and 29 we’ll hear from EWALU campers and counselors, sharing stories from their summer of faith. On September 2 & 5,  “What’s Our Mission?” along with a preview of September-May sermon series, will be shared by Pastor Dennis. On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series – Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – begins, with Pastor Dennis preaching on prayer as a Mark of Discipleship.

Could you share a brief story for our Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe series? If you could share in worship, either via video or in person, about how/why/when/where you pray… or worship.. or read the Bible… or serve… or gather with others to build relationships… or give… it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: dennis@lcrmarion.org.

CONNECT 

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, August 24 to discuss Out of Anger: the battle between self-control and out-of-control.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15- feel free to come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before 8:15 or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.

Five Seasons Ringers @ the Ballpark – On Sunday, August 26 the Resurrection Ringers will join nearly 100 other handbell ringers to play the National Anthem at the Kernel’s game. The game starts at 2:05 and includes lots of family-friendly activities. $8 discount tickets are available if you use the promo code “handbell.” For details, check the poster on the entryway bulletin board.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

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 perspective. This is for all ages, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes will be at 8:30 am on Sundays beginning this Sunday, August 19 with optional group runs scheduled during each week. For more information or to register, please contact Bob Read (bobcher@mchsi.com)

SERVE 

Our Family Mission Trip is on the road this weekend, serving with organizations in Northeast Iowa with lodging at Camp Ewalu. This family mission trip is aimed at deepening faith and strengthening family relationships.

Marion Food Pantry – Current needs are canned fruit, canned pasta, dry pasta. There is a bin in the gathering space specifically for these items. Thank you!

Building Safety Team – Can you help us by joining this important group? This team will be tasked with updating the building safety & emergency plan, building nomenclature for safe operations, youth check-in/out procedure, A.L.I.C.E Training, and other related topics. Time commitment will be one meeting each month. Contact ryanjpphillips@gmail.com or 319-360-1387 if you can help out, or make a note on your welcome card.

GIVE

Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through July we were able to: fund intern Alyssa’s position; give over $21,000 for Camp Chisomo scholarships, Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs, and a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion; and provide almost $25,000 for building maintenance costs, including our recent parking lot repairs. We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month or two, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund.

General Fund gifts through July were 99% of what was promised, pro-rated through July, from the 227 families and individuals who made General Fund commitments last fall. Thank you for your faithful giving! 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.

July-August mission envelopes are designated for the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Their mission is to directly minister to women and to the economically poor, to provide temporary shelter for women and children in crisis, to assist women in attaining safe, affordable permanent housing, and to help individuals and families access medical and community resources.

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. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.

Resurrection E-news: August 5, 2018

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On this Sunday, August 5th (and Wednesday the 8th), our EDGE youth and adults will share stories in worship from their recent mission trip to Houston, Texas. They partnered with Youth Works and local organizations to help rebuild homes following Hurricane Harvey. Students served in immense heat and showed Christ’s love through their work. These reports are an annual highlight for our congregation as we hear how God is at work through our teenagers and young adults.

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

CONNECT

Brewing Up the Bible will meet this Wednesday, August 8th, at Louie’s Scoreboard in Marion, starting at 7:30 pm. Please join the group for fellowship, beverages, and study!

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, August 10 to discuss Family Secrets: What Mama Never Told Us. Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.

Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15 – feel free to come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before 8:15 or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP

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 perspective. This is for all ages, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes will be at 8:30 am on Sundays beginning August 19 with optional group runs scheduled during each week. For more information or to register, please contact Bob Read (bobcher@mchsi.com)

WORSHIP

Next Sunday, August 12 & 15, our guest speaker will be Kim Reem, Executive Director of Mission of Hope Ministries. On Sunday, August 19 & 22, a Children’s Choir from Malawi will present a concert during worship, sharing their songs and stories of hope and faith.

SERVE

Marion Cares Backpacks –  Over 350 backpacks were distributed last week through Marion Cares to students in need here in Marion, including 50 that were provided by families and individuals from LCR. Thanks for your generosity!

Flood the Run 2018 – Get soaked for a good cause! Join in the fun at this family-friendly, water-themed run/walk at Ellis Park on Saturday, August 11. The race will start in waves every 10 minutes, 9:00 am to 10:50 am. This event benefits Matthew 25 and the Salvation Army. Register at: www.crfloodtherun.com

Building Safety Team – Can you help us by joining this important group? This team will be tasked with updating the building safety & emergency plan, building nomenclature for safe operations, youth check-in/out procedure, A.L.I.C.E Training, and other related topics. Time commitment will be one meeting each month. Contact ryanjpphillips@gmail.com or 319-360-1387 if you can help out, or make a note on your welcome card.

GIVE

Seminary Scholarship Gifts – Thank you for your overwhelming response to the seminary scholarship request for our intern Alyssa Weaver. The new total, after additional gifts were counted, came to $22,530! Thanks to your generosity, Alyssa’s Luther Seminary tuition, books, room & board will be paid in full, along with an $11,000 student loan. There were over 100 individual gifts.

July-August mission envelopes are designated for the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Their mission is to directly minister to women and to the economically poor, to provide temporary shelter for women and children in crisis, to assist women in attaining safe, affordable permanent housing, and to help individuals and families access medical and community resources. A check for $980 was given to Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids from our May-June mission envelopes. Thanks for your generosity!

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. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.