Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, February 4, we will continue our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?” Our intern, Alyssa Weaver, will preach on Mark 1:29-39. Everywhere Jesus goes he is asked by many for healing or to be set free from unclean spirits. We are also freed and healed from sin and death, but in out text for today, Simon’s mother-in-law teaches us that we are freed to serve as disciples, helping to proclaim the good news and to lift up our neighbors. Sometimes our purpose and mission seem overwhelming and can drain us of the strength we need, but through prayer God will renew us and provide what we need to accomplish our purpose.
The annual meeting of LCR will take place this Sunday, February 4 at 12:15 pm in the worship room. Copies of the annual report are available on a table by the entryway. You need to be a confirmed member of LCR in order to vote on any motion that comes before the assembled body, such as the budget.
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,
Ash Wednesday services will be held on February 14 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. This traditional service will feature the imposition of ashes and holy communion. On the following Wednesday nights of Lent, we will use Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, starting on February 21. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.
Camp Sunday- February 18th will be CAMP SUNDAY! We’ll have a “campfire” worship at all three services. This will be a VERY kid friendly service so bring your whole family! LCR folk who have been or are counselors and leaders at EWALU will help lead the service. Please join us for a fun day of worship and camp songs as we look forward to this fun summer experience for our youth.
Sunday School continues their study of the Lord’s Prayer this Sunday at 9:45 Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet next Wednesday, February 7 at the usual times. Confirmation (6th-8th grades) has large group next Wednesday, February 7th, studying the miracles of Jesus.
EDGE youth will be serving our first Lenten supper on Ash Wednesday, February 14th, from 5:15-6:30. The menu is a potato bar, with proceeds going to their summer mission trip to Houston, TX.
Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February 28th. LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.
First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on four Wednesday nights (February 21 & 28, March 7 & 21) from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall; or at a seminar on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12. The classes will be led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 9 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Whistleblower: The true story of an FBI informant.” 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.
Where In the World is My Dinner?!? – Take part in a fun and delicious adult social event on Saturday, February 10. The fellowship committee will create secret groups for each “host home.” Everyone will meet at church for appetizers at 6 pm, then you’ll drive to your assigned home for dinner at 7:00, and return to the church for dessert at 8:30. You’ll need to sign up ahead of time to either bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert OR to host and provide a main dish. This is a fun way to meet people from our congregation – come join us!
Half Truths , a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, concludes this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall. We’ll explore some popular American sayings that aren’t in the Bible. This week’s half- truth is “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin” led by Pastor Dennis. Next Sunday, February 11, a new 6 week course will begin called Christianity and World Religions- a book/DVD study authored by Adam Hamilton.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.
Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you signed up. Trending on Rightnow Media for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans, The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.
Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.
Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at email@example.com.
Personal Care Kits – Rebecca Mary Martha Circle is collecting light-weight bath towels and bars of soap for Personal Care Kits. Assembled kits will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for world-wide distribution. Donations may be placed in the marked tub in the gathering space through February 11th. Call Lareen Gull (373-3304) with questions.
Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.
Our General Fund and new Growth & Outreach Fund are off to good starts in 2018! We received over $13,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund, which will help pay for our intern Alyssa’s salary and housing; our first payments to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity for our new partnerships; and the maintenance costs of our building for the month. Our General Fund benefited from several gifts in January for the entire year of 2018. Our monthly need will be about $57,300 for an annual budget of nearly $688,000. In January we received $65,287 for the General Fund. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!
Giving through VANCO – We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, 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. Or check out our new LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.