Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 9, we will have one combined service outdoors at 10:15, with a potluck to follow. It will be led by the With Faith & Evening Song worship teams, with anthems from the Galileans and EDGE Band. Bring your lawn chairs and a non-perishable food item for Mission of Hope. For the potluck, bring a main dish, side dish, salad, or dessert to share. There will be seating in the fellowship hall for those who prefer to listen indoors. If it’s raining, we’ll move the service inside. Come early and enjoy some donuts and coffee in the café and fellowship hall from 9:15-10:15. We will have several pop-up tents to provide shade; come early to help set them up, along with extra chairs and staging/risers for the musicians.
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,
Jessi Heidelbauer accepted our offer to be our new Children’s Ministry Co-Director in charge of Sunday School and day camp. She began her ministry this past week. Jessi is a long time member of LCR, has been on several Malawi mission trips, and will graduate from Iowa State in December. She will be able to complete her remaining coursework online from home while working at LCR.
Aaron Schutte accepted our offer to be the contemporary worship (With Faith) director. He is a 2009 graduate of Wartburg College, where he led weekly worship for three years and guided music service trips for a 14-member contemporary Christian band. He served as an EWALU counselor for two summers; was a 5th grade teacher for three years in Waterloo; and was an ELCA missionary in Tanzania from 2009-2012. He is skilled in guitar, keyboard, and vocals. Aaron will begin on staff in mid-August after his wife Allison completes her Masters’ degree coursework in music education. Aaron will commute from Independence; Allison teaches music in Waterloo. They have a 3 ½ year old daughter and a 15 month old son.
Lyn A’Hearn Farewell Reception will be held on Sunday, July 23 at 9:15 am in the gathering space and fellowship hall. Your cards of appreciation and support are welcome. Come and give thanks to God for Lyn’s impact on our congregation and wish her well as she moves to be closer to family. She will be a Chaplain Resident at Advocate Healthcare in Bloomington, IL.
Alyssa Weaver, our Luther Seminary intern, will move to Marion the week of July 23-29. We will need some help during that week to move furniture and boxes into a rental home on Country Club Drive. Put a note on your welcome card if you would like to help.
Nursery Help needed – We need to hire three adults for the nursery on Sunday mornings. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please contact Evelyn Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will give you more information.
Day Camp begins this week, July 10-14 – This annual highlight of the summer for 1st-5th graders will again be led by EWALU Counselors. You can register at the gathering space table or at www.lcrmarion.org. This year’s theme is “The Water of Life.”
Bible Camp – Please keep these campers and staff in your prayers this week: Alexa Clymer, Keanna Williams, Tori Sletteland (Explorers); Briana Clymer, Jordan Thompson (Native Americans); Karli Sletteland (Ranch Camp); Jessica Dolezal, Emma Schminke (Night Camp); Emmie Buse, Zoe DeKruif, Laura Noehren (Houseboating); Associate Director– Jesse Klosterboer; Staff– Max Versteegh (Houseboat Coordinator), Will Versteegh (Night Camp Coordinator & Adventure Specialist), Jared Almandinger; Leaders In Training: Sophie Reider, Hal Versteegh, Delaney Akiens, Amanda Williams.
High School Mission Trip – A large group of youth and adults will leave on Saturday, July 15 for their mission trip to Washington, D.C. Keep them in your prayers. They will share about their experiences on Sunday, August 6th (not the 13th as was printed in the August Crosstalk).
FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is looking for a few items to help offset costs for our meals this year. If you are able, please pick up a squeeze bottle of mayo and/or ziploc sandwich bags (no zippers) and place them in the marked bin in the gathering space. Thank you for helping local kids have a good lunch each weekday this summer.
Saturday, July 29th is the Marion Cares “Uplift Uptown” from 3-6 pm in Marion Square Park. This will be a “friend-raiser” with church bands, food, and testimonials from kids, parents, and staff on the ministry of Marion Cares. Our own With Faith band will provide several songs during the event.
Summer Sidekicks will be needed for Marion Cares Summer program beginning June 12th. Adult and high school volunteers are welcome to help us Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm. Contact information to sign up is on the entryway bulletin board, or email email@example.com..
LCR Book Club – Our new evening group will meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm here at the church. Our first book will be The Girls from Ames by Jeffrey Zaslow. Copies can be found at the Marion Library in the nonfiction section under 305.409 ZASLOW. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, July 18. As you are reading, jot down notes on things that stand out to you. Call Sherrill Morrison with any questions: 319-329-0114. Please join us!
Golf Outing & Fundraiser – You can take part in the Mission of Hope/Crossroads Golf Fundraiser on Sunday, July 23, starting at 1:00 pm. Further information and the sign-up sheet are on the entryway bulletin board. Sign-up deadline is 7/20. Questions? Call Bill Stein at 447-1189.
Canoeing & Cookout fellowship event on Saturday, July 29 at Pinicon Ridge Park in Central City. You can sign up in the gathering space today; those who want to reserve a canoe must sign up and pay rental fee by July 21.
Mission Envelope Gifts for July & August are going to the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. The Center provides one-on-one tutoring for adult learners and a transitional housing program specifically designed for women and their unique needs in overcoming poverty and homelessness. A speaker from the Center will be with us next Sunday, July 16 to share at both services about their ministry.
As summer continues, our support for youth ministry goes way up for EWALU camper scholarships, day camp expenses, and the high school mission trip. Your financial support over these months is critical in helping transform young lives through these experiences. As you head out on vacation, remember to support your church with your prayers and your offerings. Thanks to those who use Simply Giving to help us keep an steady cash flow through the summer months.