Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Sunday, August 5th (and Wednesday the 8th), our EDGE youth and adults will share stories in worship from their recent mission trip to Houston, Texas. They partnered with Youth Works and local organizations to help rebuild homes following Hurricane Harvey. Students served in immense heat and showed Christ’s love through their work. These reports are an annual highlight for our congregation as we hear how God is at work through our teenagers and young adults.
There are other unique 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.
Blessings to you,
Brewing Up the Bible will meet this Wednesday, August 8th, at Louie’s Scoreboard in Marion, starting at 7:30 pm. Please join the group for fellowship, beverages, and study!
Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a free hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, August 10 to discuss “Family Secrets: What Mama Never Told Us.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15 – feel free to come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before 8:15 or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.
Run for God – Facilitator and trainer Bob Read will guide you through a training program that takes you from the couch to a 5K in 12 weeks using a biblical perspective. This is for all ages, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes will be at 8:30 am on Sundays beginning August 19 with optional group runs scheduled during each week. For more information or to register, please contact Bob Read (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Next Sunday, August 12 & 15, our guest speaker will be Kim Reem, Executive Director of Mission of Hope Ministries. On Sunday, August 19 & 22, a Children’s Choir from Malawi will present a concert during worship, sharing their songs and stories of hope and faith.
Marion Cares Backpacks – Over 350 backpacks were distributed last week through Marion Cares to students in need here in Marion, including 50 that were provided by families and individuals from LCR. Thanks for your generosity!
Flood the Run 2018 – Get soaked for a good cause! Join in the fun at this family-friendly, water-themed run/walk at Ellis Park on Saturday, August 11. The race will start in waves every 10 minutes, 9:00 am to 10:50 am. This event benefits Matthew 25 and the Salvation Army. Register at: www.crfloodtherun.com
Building Safety Team – Can you help us by joining this important group? This team will be tasked with updating the building safety & emergency plan, building nomenclature for safe operations, youth check-in/out procedure, A.L.I.C.E Training, and other related topics. Time commitment will be one meeting each month. Contact email@example.com or 319-360-1387 if you can help out, or make a note on your welcome card.
Seminary Scholarship Gifts – Thank you for your overwhelming response to the seminary scholarship request for our intern Alyssa Weaver. The new total, after additional gifts were counted, came to $22,530! Thanks to your generosity, Alyssa’s Luther Seminary tuition, books, room & board will be paid in full, along with an $11,000 student loan. There were over 100 individual gifts.
July-August mission envelopes are designated for the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Their mission is to directly minister to women and to the economically poor, to provide temporary shelter for women and children in crisis, to assist women in attaining safe, affordable permanent housing, and to help individuals and families access medical and community resources. A check for $980 was given to Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids from our May-June mission envelopes. Thanks for your generosity!
Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.
Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. 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.