Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, October 29th, 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 and Ringers will provide special music.
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 (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.
See you on Sunday,
Please remember that there is NO Sunday School this week (October 29th). Sunday School will resume next week (November 5th) 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.
New Member Class continues this Sunday, October 29th at 9:45 am in the fellowship hall. We are 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 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, November 3rd at noon. The film is “The Mysteries of Mental Illness.” It tells the story of a woman who overcame a crippling mental illness and discovered how to regain her life. In light of her experience, we’ll consider whether there is adequate support and help for people suffering from mental illness in our society. 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.
CELEBRATE REFORMATION 500
Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest will take place at 4 pm on Sunday 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.
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, Deflated Soccer Ball & Air Pump. All items must be new and small enough to fit in a shoebox. Our shoebox packing event has been moved to Wednesday, November 8 at 6:00 pm during Wednesday Night Live time in the fellowship hall. Contact Jill Hansen at the church if you have questions.
Habitat for Humanity Marion Build at 282 – 22nd St. is going GREAT! The house is now enclosed, but there is still a need for helpers for interior work. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up on the entryway bulletin board and Habitat will contact you when needed for those tasks. Jobs are usually on Saturdays from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, but there is a half-day option also. Tools and lunch are always provided. If you are unskilled in a task, on-site staff will teach you. If you have questions, please contact Sally Reck, Marlin Oeltjen, or the church office.
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 near 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.