Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, November 5th, we’ll continue our 5 week Leading Generously sermon series, with the next film about the Donovan family and their friend, Re, called “Ambition.” God has called each one of us to lead in some sphere of influence, but we are also called to lead with humility and to consider others interests as more important than our own. Pastor Miranda will preach this Sunday on “Ambition: Selfish or Selfless?” On this All Saints Sunday, we will light candles to remember our departed saints, including 8 LCR saints in the past year, and consider how we can follow their example in lives of faith and commitment.
We will also have your 2018 Leading Generously stewardship packets ready to go on tables in the gathering space. Look over the beautiful brochures created by Sara Legore and begin to 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.
On October 22nd I announced two new partnerships through the Growth & Outreach Fund. We will be giving $10,000 to Marion Cares in 2018 to provide an entire year of SHINE after-school programming. We will also 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.
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,
CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500
Last Sunday’s Reformation 500 worship was a wonderful celebration of the spoken Word by Professor Timothy Snyder of Wartburg Seminary and our various musical groups- Resurrection Choir, Resurrection Ringers, and our With Faith band. Special thanks to Sharon Hill, Cari Redondo, and the planning team; Linda Hayward, creator of our new Reformation banner; Jon Lovseth, who portrayed Martin Luther; and Pastor Miranda and our intern, Alyssa Weaver, for your leadership.
New Member Class continues this Sunday at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall, learning from “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” This week’s topic is making sense of the Bible. In addition to new members, this class is open to anyone who wants a refresher course on being a Lutheran in today’s world. A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.
Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem will begin on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17.
LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, November 10, at noon. This week’s film is called “Triumph Over Trauma.” It portrays one woman’s struggle with anorexia. 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 graders are invited to come together in the fellowship hall from 6-7 pm each Wednesday night.
Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have large group this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.
Operation Christmas Child Family Packaging Event will be this Wednesday, November 8 at 6 pm during Wednesday Night Live. Will you help us by buying a few items for our shoeboxes? Colored or White T-shirts (Youth Small to Youth XL), Socks for girls and boys (preschool to age 14), Hair Accessories for girls, Toothbrushes, Brushes, Combs, Washcloths, Small Toys, Dolls, Stuffed Animals, and Balls, (all small enough to fit in a shoebox), Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new. Please deliver them this Wednesday.
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 (377-4689). This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.
On Celebration Sunday, November 19, we will gather in financial commitments for 2018, have a noon potluck, and pack 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Your 2018 Leading Generously stewardship packets will be available in the gathering space from November 5-12. Packets not picked up by then will be mailed.
Thanksgiving Baskets- We will have 50 Hy-Vee baskets to fill on the 19th – 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.
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.