Serving In the Community

With freedom in Christ, we serve.

Lutheran Church of the Resurrection partners with many local, national, and international organizations to be God’s hands here on earth. Many of our partners are listed below; even more than financial support, their greatest need is volunteers. When checking their websites, make sure to click the “volunteer” button to find out how you and your family can minister with them.

Marion Cares

Resurrection members of all ages volunteer, donate materials for Back-to-School backpacks, and provide financial support.

Marion Cares assists with everything from after-school programs to food & supplies for less fortunate families. We are a faith-based organization determined to make our community a better place for everyone, with over twenty churches collaborating.

Mission of Hope / Crossroads Mission

Resurrection members donate food & clothing, volunteer at Wednesday workdays, and provide financial support.

Mission of Hope/Crossroads is a neighborhood Christian mission to support members of the community. They maintain a food & personal care pantry and a clothes closet. If you would like to donate to the food pantry, here is a handy list of needed items. Good-condition, clean clothes, in season, are always welcome, particularly children’s clothing.

Take Away Hunger

Resurrection members of all ages participate in the packaging events and provide funds for shipping.

Take Away Hunger packages highly nutritious, life-saving meals for starving and malnourished children and their families in developing countries and the United States.

Feeding Lunches to Youth (FLY)

Resurrection members of all ages volunteer, donate food, and provide financial support.

FLY serves sack lunches to local students every weekday throughout the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist by volunteers. In 2018, Resurrection will take part in the summer meal program on Mondays from June 4th to August 20th. Please sign up on or by emailing

Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse)

Resurrection members of all ages buy and package gift boxes and provide funds for shipping.

Boys and girls in over 130 countries experience God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Samaritan’s Purse works with local churches to deliver the gifts and share the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ.

Lutheran World Relief

Our Comforting Hands group creates tied quilts from donated materials; our women’s circle solicits donations and assembles, packs, and mails Personal Care & School Kits; and Resurrection members provide funds for shipping quilts and kits.

Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice, and human suffering.

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity

Resurrection members volunteer on one Marion Build and one Thrivent Build each summer and provide financial support.

CVHFH uses as much volunteer labor and discounted or donated materials as possible. New units are sold at no interest to families whose annual income does not allow them conventional financing, but who can afford to buy and maintain a home if the price and terms are right.

Marion Holiday Giving Project

Resurrection members buy and package gifts, clothing, and grocery cards and donate cash.

Times are tough for families of students in the Marion Independent School District, so many come to the school district and local churches and businesses to receive Christmas gifts, clothing, and money for food through our annual project.

Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive

Resurrection members and friends donate cookies, juice, and life-giving blood.

Give the gift of life! Your donation is used in this community. Your reward is cookies, juice, and a chance to visit with friends from Ascension and Faith Lutheran. Together we give three times a year through Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

Ewalu Summer Camp

Resurrection members volunteer at Ewalu and donate money for “camperships”.

Over 1,000 campers come to Ewalu each year to grow in faith, experience Christian community, enjoy outdoor adventures, and make new friends. The Ewalu staff lives to celebrate Christ and encourage the faith, fun, and well-being of campers. Camp Ewalu is accredited by the American Camping Association.

Fresh Start Ministries / Linn County Correctional Chaplaincy Ministry

Resurrection members perform bible studies in local facilities and provide financial support.

Fresh Start Ministries offers spiritual support to all people of all faiths within Linn County’s correctional system and lends support and guidance to their family, their friends, and to corrections staff. 

Txt Time

Resurrection members volunteer, donate food, and provide financial support.

“Teaching Christ’s Truth” is an ecumenical outreach ministry provided at the Azure apartments in Marion on Monday afternoons. Children living at the apartments are invited to join us for bible stories, games, activities, and then an evening meal time.

Heifer International

Resurrection students learn in depth about this ministry and members provide financial support.

Heifer International empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs, and honey that can be traded or sold at market.