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Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

On Sunday, March 17, we will continue our new sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. Pastor Miranda will share a  message on “The Miraculous Signs of Jesus.” John calls Jesus’ miracles “signs” that point to the identity of Jesus and the nature of life in Christ. John records seven signs

in chapters 2 through 12, starting with Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana and ending with the raising of Lazarus. Today’s texts will focus on two miraculous signs – Jesus’ changing water into wine and his healing of the blind man.

As this is spring break week for Linn Mar and Marion schools, there will not be Sunday School either this Sunday or next Sunday, March 24. EDGE will also take this Wednesday night off.

The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 20 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. On these Wednesdays, along with Holden Evening Prayer,  we are having short skits featuring biblical characters from the passion story to help deepen and enrich your Lenten experience. This week’s guest will be Mary Magdalene. Pizza will be served by our staff from 5:15-6:45.

The Bethel University Chamber Orchestra will perform at LCR on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 7:00 pm. They will perform both traditional and contemporary musical selections. Nora Read of LCR is in the orchestra. A free-will offering will be received to offset the group’s travel 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

PASTORAL TRANSITION

The LCR Council met earlier this month with leadership from Bishop Burk’s office. Pastor Paul Ostrem walked us through the next steps for the congregation as Pastor Dennis’ June 1 retirement approaches. The first step is to request an interim pastor, which we have done. We expect to have the interim pastor in place by June. The next step will be establishing a call committee. Right now the council is working to determine the formulation of the call committee. Our hope is to have the call committee in place shortly after the interim begins. If you have questions about the process please address them to Jim Shaw (james_shaw@southslope.net) or Dave Jensen (david.jensen@yahoo.com).

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: Solomon, A Study in Contradictions.
  • John: the Gospel of Light and Life (lounge) – this course will use Adam Hamilton’s book & DVD to go deeper into the weekly sermon topics. 
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year – in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Led by Dan Tegtmeier. 
  • Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally. 

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 22  to discuss Angels – Are they reaching out to you?” 

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP  

4th grade first communion classes will resume on Wednesday, March 27 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.

EWALU you can sign up online (www.ewalu.org) or send in your registration form (extras are available at the Welcome Center window). Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

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.

WORSHIP

Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed, our synod’s new congregation at the Anamosa Men’s Reformatory, will be our guest preacher on March 31. Note below under “Give” that our March/April mission envelopes are designated for Free Indeed.

A violinist is needed for the Resurrection Choir anthem at 8 am service on Sunday, March 31. If you are interested, please contact Tyler at hagyty01@luther.edu.

SERVE 

2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online at lcrmarion.org.

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

CONNECT   

Fellowship hour  come early each Sunday for coffee & a Dunkin’ Donut or scone from Wit’s End,  or stay after either service to have refreshments and conversation.

Midweek Lenten Suppers are a great way to meet others from LCR and support a good cause at the same time. They are served from 5:15-6:45.

LCR Biking Trip June 23-25 in the Des Moines area, including the High Trestle Trail. If interested, contact Linda Erlandson by March 31 at 377-5836.

GIVE

March/April Mission Envelopes are designated for the new Anamosa Prison congregation, “Free Indeed.” This ministry of the SE Iowa Synod is building a community of faith within the prison walls to share the good news of Jesus Christ with residents so that they may continue their spiritual journey upon release.

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon to direct your Choice Dollars to charities that are important to you: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice  or 1-800-847-4836

In addition to offering envelopes, other ways of supporting LCR include: Simply Giving – join over 90 LCR families who give regularly through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in your Enough packets. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving. Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts.  Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, March 10, we will begin a new six week sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. My message will be on John 1:1-18. In this short passage four big ideas about Jesus are introduced- he is the Word (or logos), light, life, and incarnation (God in the flesh).

The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 13 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. On these Wednesdays, along with Holden Evening Prayer,  we are having short skits featuring biblical characters from the passion story to help deepen and enrich your Lenten experience. A pancake supper will be served by the Wednesday Night Live youth from 5:15-6:45. All proceeds will go toward their  shopping trip for food that will be given to Mission of Hope/Crossroads.

Bethel University Chamber Orchestra will perform at LCR on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 7:00 pm. They will perform both traditional and contemporary musical selections. Nora Read of LCR is in the orchestra. A free-will offering will be received to offset the group’s travel 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

PASTORAL TRANSITION

The LCR Council met on Tuesday evening with leadership from Bishop Burk’s office. Pastor Paul Ostrem walked us through the next steps for the congregation as Pastor Dennis’ June 1 retirement approaches. The first step is to request an interim pastor, which we have done. We expect to have the interim pastor in place by June. The next step will be establishing a call committee. Right now the council is working to determine the formulation of the call committee. Our hope is to have the call committee in place shortly after the interim begins. If you have questions about the process please address them to Jim Shaw (james_shaw@southslope.net) or Dave Jensen (david.jensen@yahoo.com).

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: King David and Nation Building.
  • John: the Gospel of Light and Life (lounge) – this course will use Adam Hamilton’s book & DVD to go deeper into the weekly sermon topics.
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year – in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP 

Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05.   Confirmation and Wednesday Night Live will take the Lenten season off and resume after Easter.

4th grade first communion classes begin this Wednesday, March 13 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.

EWALUyou can sign up online (www.ewalu.org) or send in your registration form (extras are available at the Welcome Center window). Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, or something else you need done. Call on our high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie if you need help – katie@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Lenten Dramas We are looking for men and women to help with our skits.  If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or laurelstock1@aol.com.

Lenten service help  For the 7:00 Lenten services we need ushers and readers. Please contact Marcia Edwards if you can help: marcia@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 March 15  to discuss How the Next Generation Will Change the World.”

SERVE 

2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online at lcrmarion.org.

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

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.

Midweek Lenten Suppers are a great way to meet others from LCR and support a good cause at the same time. They are served from 5:15-6:45.

GIVE

March/April Mission Envelopes are designated for the new Anamosa Prison congregation, “Free Indeed.” This ministry of the SE Iowa Synod is building a community of faith within the prison walls to share the good news of Jesus Christ with residents so that they may continue their spiritual journey upon release. Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed will be our guest preacher on March 31. 

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon to direct your Choice Dollars to charities that are important to you: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice  or 1-800-847-4836

In addition to offering envelopes, other ways of supporting LCR include: Simply Giving – join over 90 LCR families who give regularly through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in your Enough packets. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving. Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts.  Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, March 3, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

I announced my upcoming retirement to the Church Council last Saturday and to you in the March CrossTalk and now in this e-note. I will retire on June 1 after 19 years as your senior pastor. Pastor Paul Ostrem of the synod staff will meet with the Council this Tuesday night to begin the process of bringing on an interim pastor in June and working through the steps of assembling a call committee. My last Sunday & Wednesday in worship will be May 26 & 29. With a beautiful facility, our mortgage paid off, a new strategic plan in place, a dedicated staff, and a congregation committed to local and global mission, you are well situated for a bright future. A new senior pastor will bring new energy and vision to LCR. Susan, Luke, and I will remain in Marion, so we will see some of you out in the community now and then. Thank you for your love, support, and encouragement over the years.

This Sunday, March 3, will conclude our Jesus on the Mountain sermon series with the story of his Transfiguration from Luke 9. My message will cover the story of Jesus on the mountain with his inner circle of three disciples, when suddenly he is seen speaking with Moses and Elijah; his clothes become dazzling white; and the voice of God is heard to say “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” While this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the disciples, there are some connections to our lives as Jesus’ disciples in this day- the importance of prayer, having a transformed mind, and listening to Jesus above all.  At the 8:00 service, the Galileans will share an anthem and holy communion will be served.

Our 2019 Church Council will be installed at both services on March 3rd. The new Council includes:  Jim Shaw (President), Dave Jensen (Vice President), Aaron Cannon (Secretary), Tatum Buse, Dave Gochenouer, Jamie Reider, Sharon Hill, Bob Erlandson, and Jennie Fredin.

The Lenten season begins this week with Ash Wednesday worship on March 6 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. Each service will offer the imposition of ashes and holy communion. Our first Lenten supper will be served by the EDGE youth from 5:15-6:45. The menu is a baked potato bar. All proceeds will go toward their summer mission trip to North Carolina in July.

There are other unique events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Dennis

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: Samuel, David, and Saul.
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year – in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP

Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05.  With the start of Lent on this coming Wednesday, Confirmation and Wednesday Night Live will take six weeks off.

EWALU you can sign up online (www.ewalu.org) or send in your registration form (extras are available at the Welcome Center window). Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, or something else you need done. Call on our high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie if you need help – katie@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Lenten Dramas Beginning on March 13th we will have short skits to help deepen and enrich your Lenten worship experience.  We are looking for men and women to help with our skits.  If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or laurelstock1@aol.com.

Lenten service help – We will need ushers, greeters, readers, communion servers, and worship slide operators every Wednesday through April 10th. Please contact Marcia Edwards if you can help: marcia@lcrmarion.org  and be sure to specify task and time (6 or 7 pm).

Contemporary Worship – We are in the process of making changes to our 10 AM service. As we make those changes it is important to the staff and team working on the project to hear from all of you who worship with us. You are invited to fill out the form on our website (lcrmarion.org) with your feedback.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 8  to discuss Allergic to Food: Living in an Inedible World.”

SERVE 

2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online at lcrmarion.org.

Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.

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

March/April Mission Envelopes are designated for the new Anamosa Prison congregation, “Free Indeed.” This ministry of the SE Iowa Synod is building a community of faith within the prison walls to share the good news of Jesus Christ with residents so that they may continue their spiritual journey upon release. Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed will be our guest preacher on March 31.

Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon to direct your Choice Dollars to charities that are important to you: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice  or 1-800-847-4836

In addition to offering envelopes, other ways of supporting LCR include: Simply Giving – join over 90 LCR families who give regularly through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in your Enough packets. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving. Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts.  Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.

Resurrection E-news: Sunday, February 24, 2019

On Sunday, February 24th, we  will begin a two-week sermon series called Jesus on the Mountain. My message will be from the Sermon on the Mount, focusing  on Jesus’ call to love one’s enemies and forgive as we have been forgiven. The Resurrection Choir will share an anthem at 8:00, and holy communion will be served at 10:00.

On Wednesday the 27th  at 6 pm worship, Pastor Miranda will preach on the Time & Talent Sunday text from February 20 (last Wednesday’s worship was cancelled due to the snowstorm).  2019 Time & Talent Sheets will be distributed in worship as we highlight how we can use our gifts and talents for the wider world. They are also available on our website.

Pastor Miranda and family will be gone this weekend to attend the funeral of her grandmother, Helena Osterbur, of Royal, IL, who died on 2/19.

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.

EWALU Early bird discount deadline is February 28th. Be sure to sign up online or have registrations postmarked by the deadline to get a discount on camp fees. Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).

EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, or something else you need done. Call on our high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie if you need help – katie@lcrmarion.org.

WORSHIP

Lenten Dramas – During Lent we will have short skits to help deepen and enrich your Lenten experience.  We are looking for men and women to help with our skits.  If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or laurelstock1@aol.com.

Helpers at Lenten services.:  We need Communion servers at 6:00 and 7:00 on Ash Wednesday, March 6. For the 7:00 Lenten services we need ushers, greeters, readers and worship slide operators.

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.

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: Violence and Kindness in the Promised Land (Joshua, Judges, Ruth).
  • Secrets of the Vine (library) Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year – in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally.

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 1  to discuss “Why, God? When personal tragedy doesn’t make sense.”  

SERVE 

2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online at lcrmarion.org.

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.

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, 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?

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.