Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, June 18, we will continue a six-week sermon series on Moses: the Reluctant Prophet. A highlight this week will be a video trip to Egypt and Mt. Sinai, narrated by Adam Hamilton. I will share some thoughts in the sermon on God’s call to Moses from the burning bush to lead his people out of slavery to freedom. Connections will be made to our lives through four questions: How do you deal with injustice in our day? What happens when the bottom falls out and you end up in a wilderness like Moses? Where is your holy ground? How can you respond to God’s call to do difficult things for this world?
A reminder that our summer worship schedule is Sundays at 8:15 & 10:15, and Wednesday nights at 6.
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!
Pre-School / Kindergarten VBS was held this week at LCR. Thanks to Jill Hansen and all the adult volunteers who made it possible for the kids to grow in their faith!
EWALU Bible Camp begins their summer schedule this Sunday. We give thanks and remember in our prayers the following LCR members who are serving on staff at EWALU: Assistant 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. We also give thanks for the following campers who will be at EWALU this week: Evie Horn, Maddy Blandford (Ranch Mini-Camp 2A); Daxton MacTaggart, Story Smith (Junior Ranch Day Camp)
Our Malawi Mission Trip group left on Saturday, June 3 and returns on June 20. They are serving in the village of Mpyupyu in Malawi. They are leading Camp Chisomo, where this team has been working since 2010. Camp Chisomo is a place where kids can be kids, where they can learn about God’s grace and the power it gives to live with dignity in the present and with hope for the future. The team is teaching biblical curriculum to local children, running group activities, and building continued relationships with members of the community. Please keep these young servants in your prayers: Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Ally Edwards, Kayleigh Akiens, Aletheia Burritt, Melanie Phelan, Sydney Smith, Nora Read, Luke Sloterdyk, Ethan Schmidt, Jon Wisner, and Katie Kascel.
Matthew 25 will host their Transform Week from June 26 – 30. LCR will provide lunches for 50 workers on Wednesday, June 28. If you would be able to help serve the meal, call the church office (377-4689) or email Marcia Edwards (email@example.com). We will purchase sandwiches, chips, and drinks to go along with and donated desserts.
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 squeeze bottles of yellow mustard, mayo, and/or grape jelly 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.
Summer Sidekicks are needed for Marion Cares Summer kids’ program. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Save the date of Saturday, July 29th for 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.
Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be held on Tuesday, June 27 at 6:35 pm. Discounted Kernels tickets are available for purchase here at the church for $6 each. Contact Wayne Mase at 377-3955. Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Special Olympics to benefit our local athletes.
Mission Envelope Gifts for May and June are going to the Community Free Health Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The medical clinic serves uninsured and underserved patients on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge – no appointment needed. They also serve dental needs, eye care, and help with prescriptions. Their website – www.communityhfc.org – has wonderful ministry stories of how the Clinic makes a difference in the lives of people in need.
As summer begins, 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.