Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Celebration Sunday, November 19th, we’ll finish up our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with the last film about the Donovan family and their friend, Re, called “Essence.” We’ll see how the situation between Re and his estranged daughter, Naomi, gets resolved, as well as watch Frank struggle with his decision of whether or not to leave his company. Along the way, we’ll learn some stewardship lessons from Philippians 2, where we are called to have the same mind as Christ Jesus, who emptied himself, took on the form of a humble slave, and was obedient to the point of death- even death on a cross.
We ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday and offer them to God in worship. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, please consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. If you are unable to attend on Sunday, please drop off your envelope or mail it to the office by the end of December.
Through our new Growth & Outreach Fund, we will be partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build 3 new homes in 2018-2020. Our annual gifts of $15,000 or more to Habitat will be used to challenge other churches in Marion/Cedar Rapids to provide financial support for these homes. One is already enclosed and nearing completion at 282 22nd St. in Marion. Jeff Capps, Executive Director of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity, will be with us at all three Sunday services to bring a word of thanks for this new partnership.
Thanksgiving Baskets – We will have 50 Hy-Vee baskets to fill this Sunday – we will deliver the baskets to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25 on Nov. 20. Remember to bring an item or two for our Thanksgiving baskets on the 19th – hams, turkeys, rolls, canned goods, potatoes, pies are all good things to bring. We will also have a $250 Thrivent gift card to use for buying turkeys and hams. Any cash you contribute will be used to buy additional food.
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,
Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem will begin this Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.
The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.
Celebration Sunday potluck will take place this Sunday, November 19, at noon. Please bring a dish to share; the Fellowship Committee will provide the main dish.
LifeTree Café will not meet this Friday, November 24, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It will resume on Friday, December 1 at noon, with a film called Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-11:00. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Kettel House pastries, juice, and coffee. Come and connect with your Resurrection family this Sunday before or after worship.
Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying Genesis 2 & 3, which introduce the themes of sin and grace.
Wednesday Night Live (3rd-5th grader), Confirmation (6th-8th grades), and EDGE (9th-12th grades) will not meet this week due to Thanksgiving.
Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund. Jeff Capps will bring a progress report about this project on Sunday.
Giving through VANCO – We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. You can also give through the handy mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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.
November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. Land was purchased this week from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi.