Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this coming Sunday, November 26th, we’ll begin the season of Advent with a sermon by Pastor Miranda on preparing for the coming of our Lord. While society urges us to hurry and shop, decorate, and prepare for pageants and parties, scripture and tradition beckon us to slow down and wait. In today’s reading, Jesus encourages his followers to look forward to the day when he returns in power and glory to end all suffering. We light a candle for hope – hope for the coming of the King who will restore and save – and hope from knowing that our Lord Jesus Christ is at work even now and will strengthen us to the end.
If you haven’t already done so, we ask you to bring your 2018 commitment forms on Sunday or mail them in to the office. As we’ve said now for a few weeks, prayerfully consider 3 key numbers: 5, 80, and 20. We’re asking everyone to consider raising their total giving by 5% in 2018. If you give $100 a month, or $100 a week, raise those amounts by $5 per month or week. Then, consider dividing your gifts in 2018 between the General Fund and a new Growth & Outreach Fund in an 80/20 ratio, with 80% designated for the General Fund and 20% to the Growth & Outreach Fund. After last Sunday, we have received 117 commitment forms (about 25% of our giving membership). The totals so far are ~$280,000 for the 2018 General Fund and $74,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund.
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,
Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem continues this Sunday, Nov. 26 at 9:45 and run for 5 weeks in the Advent season, ending on Dec. 17. This DVD/book course is created by Adam Hamilton, and will be led by our intern, Alyssa Weaver, and Pastor Dennis.
The Parables of Jesus, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets in the conference room at 9:45.
LifeTree Café resumes this Friday, December 1 at noon, with a film called “Religious Freedom: Standing Up for What You Believe.” 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.
Sunday School will not meet on Nov. 26 due to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Our Sunday School Christmas Program will be at 4:30 pm on Sunday, December 10th, followed by a soup supper. 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) and EDGE will resume on Nov. 29th.
Thanksgiving Baskets – Last Sunday we packed 50 baskets and delivered them the next day to the “3 M’s”- Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. Thanks to everyone who brought food items or contributed over $300 to buy additional hams, turkeys, rolls, and pies
Habitat for Humanity Marion Build continues at 282 – 22nd Street in Marion. The house is now enclosed with interior finishing work underway. If you would like to volunteer, contact Marlin Oeltjen, Sally Reck, or the church office. This home is the first of three homes LCR is helping to finance through our new Growth & Outreach Fund.
Giving through VANCO – We have three new ways to give to LCR. Check out our new VANCO giving kiosk by 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.
November/December Mission offerings go to Camp Chisomo in Malawi, which will provide a place where kids can just be kids. It will be an environment where spiritual and physical needs are met, where childhood is valued and children are equipped. We’ll empower local children with skills and knowledge that they can use to impact their families, their village, and the world. Land was purchased last week from last Christmas Eve’s offerings for the future home of Camp Chisomo in Malawi.