Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, June 11, we will begin a six-week sermon series on Moses: the Reluctant Prophet. A highlight of each week will be a video trip to Egypt or Mt. Sinai, narrated by Adam Hamilton. Pastor Miranda will share some thoughts on the birth of Moses and the roles four courageous women played in the story.
Another big part of this Sunday’s worship and fellowship time is our recognition of Matt and Tammy Evans for their many years of service and leadership in worship and children’s ministry. We will recognize them at both services, and have a reception during the fellowship hour.
A reminder that our summer worship schedule is Sundays at 8:15 & 10:15, and Wednesday nights at 6.
There are other upcoming 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.
See you on Sunday!
Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS will be held this week at LCR. We are looking for toilet paper or paper towel tubes, large metal coffee cans or juice cans, soup/fruit/vegetable metal cans, miscellaneous plastic lids and caps (milk caps, butter lids, cool whip lids, etc.) Please place items in the milk crate on the registration table in the Gathering Space.
EWALU Bible Camp begins their summer schedule this Sunday. We give thanks and remember in our prayers the following LCR members who are serving on staff at EWALU: Assistant director– Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens. We also give thanks for the following campers who will be at EWALU this week: Vedder MacTaggart, Emerson Fleming, Carter Fleming (Ranch Day Camp)
Our Malawi Mission Trip group left on Saturday, June 3 and returns on June 22. They will serve in the village of Mpyupyu in Malawi. They will lead Camp Chisomo, where this team has been working since 2010. Camp Chisomo is a place where kids can be kids, where they can learn about God’s grace and the power it gives to live with dignity in the present and with hope for the future. The team will be teaching biblical curriculum to local children, running group activities, and building continued relationships with members of the community. Please keep these young servants in your prayers: Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Ally Edwards, Kayleigh Akiens, Aletheia Burritt, Melanie Phelan, Sydney Smith, Nora Read, Luke Sloterdyk, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, and Katie Kascel
Matthew 25 will host their Transform Week from June 26 – 30. LCR has been asked by Matthew 25 to provide lunches for 50 workers on Wednesday, June 28. If you would be able to provide a dessert or help serve the meal, call the church office (377-4689) or email Marcia Edwards (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will purchase sandwiches and chips to go along with the desserts and drinks.
FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up some peanut butter, juice boxes, and/or sandwich bags and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.
Summer Sidekicks will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board, or email email@example.com. Save the date of Saturday, July 29th for the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares.
Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:35 pm. Discounted Kernels tickets are available for purchase here at the church for $6 each. Contact Wayne Mase at 377-3955. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Special Olympics to benefit our local athletes.
Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The medical clinic serves uninsured and underserved patients on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge – no appointment needed. They also serve dental needs, eye care, and help with prescriptions. Their website – https://www.communityhfc.org/ – has wonderful ministry stories of how the Clinic makes a difference in the lives of people in need.
As summer begins, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.