Resurrection E-news: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, October 8th, we’ll wrap up our 5 week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts and use what we’ve learned as we  fill out our 2018 Time and Talent forms. The new forms will be based on your spiritual gifts, along with your passions and personal style. If you have the gift of helps, or leadership, or mercy, or administration, we will have suggestions for how to use that gift in service to your church and the wider community.

In addition, Tatum Buse from our Long Range Planning Team will share at each service about our strategic planning process and the first recommendation – to develop and implement a governance structure for a larger congregation. In my sermon, I will also share about LCR’s two top priorities that emerged from last spring’s surveys.

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


LifeTree Café launched on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. There were 18 who viewed and discussed the film “Making Life’s Toughest Choices.” We will meet again this Friday, October 13, at noon. The film will be “Toxic Faith.”  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 – There is an introductory video there that will give you a good feel for what Lifetree is all about.

Fellowship Time is held in the café on Sunday mornings from 9:15-10:15 am. 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 9 at 7:30 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!


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. Later that afternoon, all are invited to our Cedar River Conference Reformation Hymn Fest, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! We meet at 4:00 pm at First Lutheran Church. Local Lutheran choirs (including the 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.


Sunday School continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders, studying the story of creation from Genesis. 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 small group time this Wednesday. EDGE (9th-12th grades) continues their study of Ephesians on Wednesday nights at 7:30.


Adult Faith Development classes continue on Sundays at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts– Serving From the Heart- is led by Pastor Dennis (far end of fellowship hall).  A study on the Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room.

Stephen Ministry  – On October 2, our Stephen Leader Team began training 14 LCR members to serve as Stephen Ministers. They will receive 50 hours of training over the next several months, and then will be commissioned in the spring to do one-on-one caring ministry.


Landscaping Fall Clean-up Day will be Saturday, October 14, starting at 8:30 am. There will be a mid-morning break for treats; our target is to be finished by noon. These workdays are a big help to the landscapers, who work  hard to keep the Resurrection grounds looking their best. Please let one of the Landscaping Team know if you can help or if you have any questions: Andy/Marilyn Carter, Julie/Denny Gilds, Linda Hayward. If you can bring your own tools, that would be great, as we only have a couple extras.

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.  Members of LCR will be passing out 60 new towels and new blankets to families Please consider donating these items to children living here in Marion. There will be a donation tub in the back of the gathering space.

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

Mission of Hope Lunch Program was this past  Thursday, October 5 at 11:30. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us prepare and serve 122 meals at MOH. There will be another lunch served on Thursday, December 7.

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 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), 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, Sally Reck, or the church office.


Giving Kiosk – Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by the Welcome Center window. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR. In future weeks we’ll roll out a smartphone app for giving and a way to give by texting your gift to LCR.

Leading Generously, our fall stewardship appeal, will begin next Sunday, October 15. As in the last two years, we will learn about generosity through films depicting the Donovan family and their friend Re.

Fresh Start Ministry Musical Fundraiser is Sunday, October 8 at 2:30 pm at Mount Mercy University Chapel in the Busse Center. This event supports the Linn County Jail Ministry, where LCR members lead weekly bible studies for women inmates.

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