Resurrection E-news: Sunday, September 17, 2017

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, September 17 , we’ll continue our 5-week sermon series on Spiritual Gifts with a message by Pastor Miranda based on St. Paul’s words about spiritual gifts in  Romans  12. A reminder that last week we resumed our fall worship schedule: Traditional worship is at 8:15, with contemporary worship at 9:45 & 11:00. We will also have a short presentation by Phoebe Trepp, Executive Director of Willis Dady Homeless Services in downtown Cedar Rapids (our mission envelope recipient for September-October).

6th graders will receive their confirmation bibles at all services, and we will have a service of commissioning for our Stephen Leaders, Pastor Miranda and John Wilkinson. Two new adult courses will begin as well on Sunday morning – see the details below. 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


Sunday School got off to a great start last Sunday and continues this week at 9:45 for preschool- 5th graders. We are looking for a couple more volunteers in preschool and kindergarten. All the materials are provided for you. Contact Jessi Heidelbauer ( with questions or to sign up.

Wednesday Night Live is back! 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 again this Wednesday, starting at 7 pm in the worship room.

Youth Volunteer Training Event is Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 pm. This event is required for all volunteers working with youth and children in: Sunday School, Wednesday Night Live, Confirmation, EDGE, and nursery staff. We’ll discuss the ‘Five Love Languages’ of children, and then break off for training specific to each volunteer area.


Adult Faith Development classes will begin Sunday at 9:45. A DVD course on spiritual gifts – Serving From the Heart – will be 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.

Martin Luther: An Idea That Changed the World will air on Iowa Public Television on Sunday, September 17 at 7 pm on PBS-World stations, or on 9/18 at 1 pm & 7 pm, 9/19 at 5 pm. This film is made possible through funding by Thrivent Financial.


Habitat for Humanity Marion Build will begin work 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 (651-6159) or Sally Reck (350-8264).

Stephen Ministry Class to Begin – In October, our Stephen Leader Team will begin training some of the members of our congregation to serve as Stephen Ministers. Applications for the class are available now. Do you feel a calling to care for others who are hurting? Do you desire the personal joy that comes from sharing Christ’s love with people? If you want to find out more about how you can be involved in this one-to-one care-giving ministry, mark your welcome card, and a Stephen Leader will contact you; visit our information table in the gathering space; learn more at; or contact Pastor Miranda at


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 returns on September 18th at 7 pm in the YAC. Come join the fun and enjoy some food and fellowship!

LifeTree Café, an exciting new outreach ministry, will have its first gathering on Friday noon, October 6, in our café. The target of this ministry will be our neighbors around LCR who are in need of Christian community. Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. The first video topic will be “Making Life’s Toughest Decisions.” Check out the September CrossTalk for more information (p. 5) or join the conversation at


Hurricane Relief – ELCA congregations have a wonderful way to express our love and concern for disaster victims like those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Your gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response – designated for Hurricane Relief – will be used 100% for this disaster. You can give online at; or pick up a giving form available at the welcome center window and mail it and your check to ELCA Gift Processing Center (PO Box 1809; Merrifield, VA 21116-8009).

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