Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 22, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 22nd, we’ll continue our 5-week Leading Generously sermon series, with weekly films featuring the Donovan family and their friend, Re. In this series, we see what happens when success comes undone for both Frank Donovan and Re. This Sunday’s film, “Legacy,” is especially moving as it portrays Re facing his difficult past and Frank struggling with a decision at work that may cost him his job.

I will preach this Sunday on “Legend or Legacy?” What do we aim for in life – becoming a legend or leaving a legacy? Special focus will be given to LCR’s future legacy to our community through our new Growth & Outreach Fund. Come and learn about two exciting partnerships with Habitat for Humanity and Marion Cares.

In addition, Dave Stadtmueller from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the third recommendation that relates to present and future staffing needs.

For those who were unable to be with us the last two Sundays, there are 2018 Time and Talent forms for you to pick up by the usher stand, organized by spiritual gift categories. We also have spiritual gift inventories that you can complete to learn about your gifts and how to use them in service to others.

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


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. Please note that there will be no Sunday School on October 29th.

Confirmation (6th-8th grades) will have a service night this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.


New Member Class begins Sunday, October 22 at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We’ll meet for four weeks and study “The Essential Lutheran Handbook.” The handbook focuses on the Reformation story, living out faith in daily life, making sense of the Bible, and Luther’s Small Catechism. 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.


LifeTree Café will meet again this Friday, October 27, at noon. The film is called “The Black and White Truth About Racism.” It depicts an African-American man’s journey through life and his encounters with the Ku Klux Klan. 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:

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.

Monday Night Football continues on October 23 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!


Lutheran-Catholic Joint Worship Service – This Sunday, October 22,  Catholics and Lutherans will gather for a 4 pm worship service that will start at Immaculate Conception and finish at First Lutheran Church. Refreshments will follow.

Sunday, October 29At LCR we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with festive worship and a guest speaker from Wartburg Seminary, Prof. Timothy Snyder. A brass group will accompany our hymns and the Resurrection Choir will sing an anthem.

 Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on the 29th at First Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids. Local Lutheran choirs (including our Resurrection Choir) will lead us in song and thanksgiving. The Hymn Fest will be followed by an Octoberfest meal: brats, sauerkraut, hot dogs for the kids, turkey dogs, baked beans, German potato salad, and German chocolate cake.

 Martin Luther movie – Tuesday, October 31 marks the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the church and the world- the nailing of the 95 Theses on the church door in Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517. We’ll celebrate the occasion at 7:00 pm by showing the film “Luther and the Reformation,” narrated by Rick Steves, in the worship room. Refreshments and discussion will follow the movie.


Trunk or Treat –  Marion Cares is hosting “Trunk or Treat” on October 23-24 from 5:30-7:00 pm at Squaw Creek Trailer Park and Marion Village.  We are in need of new towels and blankets that will be passed out to families. There is a donation tub in the back of the gathering space- please bring them on Sunday morning or by Monday noon at the latest.

Operation Christmas Child- 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. We will have our shoebox packing event on Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity Marion Build began on Friday, September 22 at 282 – 22nd St. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board. Your contact information will be given to Habitat and they will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs will usually be on Saturdays (8:30a – 4:00p), or on some weekdays. Half-days are also welcome. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. Questions? Call Marlin Oeltjen (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).


Important Dates – On Sunday, November 5, we will distribute stewardship packets for 2018. 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.

Giving through VANCO – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. 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.

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