Resurrection E-news: August 27, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,


This Sunday, August 27, is Stephen Ministry Sunday. Pastor Miranda will share in her sermon about Stephen Ministry and how you can get involved. There is a note below on future training events in October.  At our 10:15 service, we will welcome Aaron Schutte as our new contemporary worship director. Aaron is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led worship for three years. He served as an ELCA missionary in Tanzania from 2009-2012 and also worked at EWALU Bible Camp for two summers. Aaron lives in Independence with his wife Allison, daughter Lela, and son, August. Allison is a elementary music teacher in the Waterloo school system.

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

See you on Sunday,

Pastor Dennis


Older Hymns – Ed & Sharon Hill are stepping down as director and accompanist of the Older Hymns after 27 years of leadership. We will give thanks for their ministry on Sunday, September 10 at the 8:15 service.

Tyler Hagy is our new Resurrection Choir director. Tyler is a 2013 Luther College graduate in Music and Theatre/Dance and sang in the Nordic Choir at Luther. He has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Tyler is a new vocal music teacher at Linn-Mar High School. The first choir rehearsal will be on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:15 pm.

Amy Lovseth, Abby Harkin, Jennifer McGowan, and Camella Oellrich were approved by the Council to be our new nursery staff. Stop in and greet them as they serve our little ones!


Confirmation begins this Wednesday, August 30, with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides. This orientation will be from 7:00-8:15 in the worship room. Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders on Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:15. Confirmation Guides are needed for our 6th grade class. Contact Pastor Miranda at the church or at

EDGE Kick-off is next Wednesday, August 30th at 7:30 pm.


Take Away Hunger packaging event will be held this Sunday, August 27 at 9:15, 10:15, and 11:15 am. There is still space at the 10:15 shift. You can sign up online – (Take Away Hunger Event August 2017). We are packing the rice & beans meal this time, which will be sent to the Crisis Center in Iowa City. If you have any questions, please contact Jill Hansen at

Sunday School Teachers Needed – As we prepare for an exciting year of discipleship and fellowship with our students, we are looking for volunteers to be Sunday School teachers. Sunday School starts on September 10th! We are looking for volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer ( with questions or to sign up.

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one caregiving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at; or contact Pastor Miranda at


Our fall worship schedule resumes in two weeks, on September 10, with worship at 8:15, 9:45, and 11:00 on Sundays, and 6:00 on Wednesdays.


Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.

Rally Sunday will be on September 10th. There will be a noon potluck meal served with hot dogs and pulled pork provided. Remember to wear your favorite team’s gear on this kick-off Sunday.


Last chance for July-August Mission Envelope Gifts to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness.

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