Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 1st, our seminary intern Alyssa Weaver, will conclude our sermon series on forgiveness with a message on Forgiving Our Family. We will look at a well-known family, the family of Joseph and the story of his Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat. This is the first story in the Bible where the word forgiveness is used. Forgiving family can be the hardest; family is often the source of our greatest joys and also our deepest hurts, but if we learn to give the pain to God like Joseph did, God promises to make something good out of the bad and help us slowly chip away the pain so we can forgive. Holy communion will be served at the 8:15 service, and we will rejoice in the baptism of Robert Leigh Beitz at the 9:45 service.
Please note that due to the 4th of July holiday falling on a Wednesday, there will not be Evening Song worship this Wednesday.
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,
This photo is of our Camp Chisomo team of teens and young adults who recently returned from serving in Malawi. The team includes: Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Luke Sloterdyk, Sidney Smith, Zach Vana, Jared Feigenbaum, Ally Edwards, Nora Read, Holly Faley, Caitlyn Nuehring, Melanie Phelan, Ethan Schmidt, Kayleigh Akiens, Stephen Shepherd. They will share about their experiences on Sunday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 11.
Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!
Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15 – feel free to stay after the 9:45 service to have some refreshments and conversation.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, July 6th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “After the Attack: Picking Up the Pieces and Moving On.” 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.
LCR Picnic & Canoe Outing- Our awesome annual fellowship event will be held on Saturday, July 28 this year. Invite all your friends! Here are some details: Canoe Trip registration – Sign up for a canoe on the church bulletin board. $25 per canoe (includes paddles and life vests). Please make checks payable to Brenda Bauermeister and leave them at the church office. Canoe sign-up is recommended by Sunday, July 22. Canoe Trip – Meet at Pinicon Ridge Boat rental/concession stand at noon for mandatory safety instructions. Life vests are available there, or you can bring your own. Park bus will take us to the canoe launch site. Our canoe trip lasts about 2 hours. Fellowship at Riverside Lodge in Pinicon Ridge Park starts around 3:00 pm. Following the canoe trip, there will be a time of food and fellowship. You don’t have to canoe to join us – just come and enjoy some treats and time outside with friends! Please bring a snack or treat to share. Lemonade will be provided. There is a playground & paddle boat rentals close by.
Work Day – The gardens at LCR are looking lovely. To keep them that way, we are planning another work day this Saturday, June 30 from 8:30-11:30 am. And, YES, there will be a break time with treats! Bring gardening tools and gloves. Invite a friend to come and work with our group. – LCR Landscape Group (Andy & Marilynn Carter, Denny & Julie Gilds, and Linda Hayward)
Marion Cares ‘Uplift Uptown’ concert of praise bands, food, family games, and face-painting will be held at Marion Square City Park on Saturday, July 7th from 4-7 pm.
The LCR/ Mission of Hope Golf Outing was held last Sunday at Hunters Ridge. Many thanks to Bill Stein & Donna Feigenbaum, Steve & Karen Siefert, and Zoë DeKruif and Emmie Buse for your leadership in the planning of the event and the preparation and serving of the meal. The proceeds from the golf event were $15,109 plus a $14,000 match, or a total of over $29,000 for Mission of Hope.
Special thanks to Sharon Hill, Steve & Sally Reck, the Stephen Ministry treat-makers and ushers for your service at last Sunday night’s Heavenly Harp Concert.
FLY helpers are needed every Monday during the summer to distribute sack lunches to children in our community. We’ve had a great response for lunch preparation, but we still need delivery people. If you can help deliver on Mondays go to http://signup.com/go/SKJgrTS. Lunches are picked up at First Methodist in downtown Marion. You can volunteer on Fridays if that works better for you. Contact email@example.com with questions.
Marion Cares Backpacks – If you would like to help a local student this fall, please pick up one of the blue Marion Cares cards on the gathering space table. It has a list of items a student will need for the upcoming school year. Buy a backpack and the listed items and return them to the church office by Sunday, July 29th. Remember to include the blue card with your backpack so it gets to the right child.
Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you signed up. Trending on Rightnow Media includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through June, we received 98% of what was needed for General Fund ministries. Thanks for your generous, faithful support! In these the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in July will provide the final month of salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity
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.
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.
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.