Archive for November

Invitation to Prayer Day 12

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today we invite you to pray for IGNITE, the young adult ministry at Resurrection led by Carter Moore, our Director of Youth and Young Adult ministries. Additionally, we invite our prayers for the Lutheran Campus Ministries at the University of Iowa, Iowa Sate and the University of Northern Iowa. The ministry partners serve our young adults and more while they are away at college in ways that we are unable to provide.

Invitation to Prayer Day 11

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Today we invite your prayers for the Confirmation ministry at Resurrection. This middle school ministry teaches the six Marks of Discipleship over a three year curriculum. Currently this ministry serves 104 students in grades 6, 7 and 8. Twenty-nine adult “Guides” lead small groups of 3 to 6 students. Your prayers are requested for Pastor Kevin, the adult Guides and all of the students.

Invitation to Prayer Day 10

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Today we invite you to lift up the LCR Church Council, the Pastors and all committee and team meetings. The Council meets monthly to oversee the work of committees, set congregational policy and tend to the business side of the congregation. Committees and Teams meet at various other times during the year and give attention to programmatic details.

Martha Winch Funeral

Martha Marie Winch, 79, of Marion, died Thursday, November 3, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital following a sudden illness. Funeral Services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 7, 2011, at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Marion by Rev. Kevin Jones and Rev. Dennis Johnson. Visitation will be from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Marion and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial: Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.
Martha was born January 29, 1932, the daughter of Albert and Anna (Hinrichs) Oltmanns in Anamosa. On November 10, 1957, she married Martin Winch at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church in Monticello. She and Martin co-owned Marty and Marty Toys. She was an avid quilter and enjoyed giving them to her family and friends. Martha and Martin enjoyed visiting casinos.
She was a longtime member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
Survivors include her husband, Martin of Marion; her children, April (David) Lubbock of Shellsburg, Bruce (Angie) Winch of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Cathy (Dean Schmidt) Winch of Marion, and Randy (Jody) Winch of Marion; eighteen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Also surviving are her siblings, Catharine (Alvin) Licht, Emma Lange, and Annie (Edgar) Hintz, all of Lowden, Alberta (Marvin) Boysen of Marion, and Ervin (Marcia) Oltmanns of Marion.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Ludwig and Henry; and a sister, Lena.
A memorial fund has been established in memory of Martha.




November 2011 Crosstalk & Calendar

In the November 2011 Issue: Get an update on the Rejoice – Envision – Celebrate capital appeal and visioning process. Find out more about this year’s alternate gift giving through the fair trade program in the Resurrection Bookstore. Learn how to reduce your holiday stress by attending Unplug the Christmas Machine, one of the Adult Faith Development classes beginning this month. Plus, you will find all the usual information about upcoming worship, fellowship and ministry opportunities.

November 2011 Crosstalk Newsletter

November 2011 Calendar of Church Events

NO Wednesday Night Live October 26th

We will not have WNL this week, October 26th. Make it a family night!

November 2nd is Game Night. Bring a favorite board or card game to share.

November 9th is our night at Cross Roads Mission. Be on the lookout for more details next week.

No Sunday School 11/28

Neither 9:45 or 11:00 Sunday schools will meet on 11/28 due to Thanksgiving.  Sunday school will resume on 12/5.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

Please remember to practice the class lines and songs for the Christmas Program with your child. Lines and lyrics were sent home during Sunday school and/or e-mailed last week. All preschool – 5th grade students are invited to participate.  If you need line and lyric sheets, please contact Tammy or Jill. Thanks.

NO WNL Wednesday 11/24

Due to Thanksgiving break we will not have WNL this week, 11/24. WNL will resume 12/1 . Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Daily Walk Nov 15-21

Monday, November 15, 2010: Branding
Daily reading: Leviticus 19:18; John 15:12-17
Branding is a big deal in the business world. You can probably recall the logo of Target, Best Buy, or Honda. Most people would be able to identify the company represented by that logo. So, what’s the brand identity of Christianity? What’s our logo? Some might say that it’s the cross, but at least in our culture every gangster with bling and every rock star wears a cross. Wearing a cross no longer accurately identifies us to the world. Others might say it’s a fish, but have you seen the way some people with fish symbols on their cars drive? John would say that our logo, our brand identity as individuals and as a “corporate culture,” is love. In your life, would people be able to identify your “brand” as love? In your prayers, ask God to reveal new ways for you to walk in the way of love.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010: Movitation
Daily reading: Micah 6:8; Isaiah 29:13-14
Isn’t it interesting that we’re told to “do justice,” but we’re not just told to “be kind”? We’re commanded to love kindness. Why is that? Why is God so interested in our loving kindness? God seems to care more about our hearts than our hands. God doesn’t seem terribly interested in obedience for obedience’s sake. God doesn’t want us to worship each week to just check it off our list and think we’re good to go. That kind of worship doesn’t honor God. That kind of worship is motivated by guilt or fear. Instead, God desires worship that comes from love and gratitude for who God is and what God has done for us. What motivates your worship? Ask God to empower you to worship with deeper gratitude and love.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010: Love
Daily reading: Psalm 31:23-24; I John 4:7-12
John seems to be saying that the identifying mark of true believers is love. In this passage, John makes the following affirmations. First, love comes from God; God is the source of real love. Second, everyone who loves is “born of God and knows God.” If you don’t love others in the Christian community, you don’t know God because God is love. Third, the kind of love that John is referring to – the kind of love that we are called to live out – is the same love that God demonstrates through the cross of Christ. In your life, are there people who bear the identifying mark of a true believer? Do you bear this mark, as well? In your prayers, ask God help you live in greater love for God and for others.

Thursday, November 18, 2010: Hesed
Daily reading: Hosea 12:6; 1 John 4:12-21
According to scholar Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, the word “hesed” describes the loving kindness that we are called to live into. Hesed has four characteristics. First, the word is used when the help of another is essential; the person in need cannot help themselves. Secont, it is used when help is desperately needed; without help, the person’s situation will go from bad to worse. Third, it is used when the circumstances dictate that one person is uniquely able to provide the help that is needed; there is no alternative if this person doesn’t help. Fourth, the person in need has no control over the decision of the person whose help he or she needs. In your life, have you ever experienced hesed? How did it come to you? From whom? In your prayers, ask God to move you from simply loving to hesed.

(– from “Love (OT),” The Anchor Bible Dictionary, by Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Doubleday.)

Friday, November 19, 2010: Stewardship
Daily reading: Proverbs 22:6-9; Matthew 19:21-24
This call to love kindness also has implications for the stewardship of our lives. It calls us to consider the daily investment of all that God has given us (“ourselves, our time and our possessions, signs of your gracious love”). If we invest only in ourselves, we perpetuate the “negative branding” that our culture perceives. We add to the negative narrative that undermines people’s willing participation in Christian community and all that we seek to do in Jesus’ name. What would happen if we radically turned our lives inside out, started to believe in God’s abundance, and so allowed God’s love to fill us that our lives couldn’t help but spill over with love for others? What might that kind of kindness do to the world? To our neighbors? To our church? To our own soul? In your prayers, ask God to direct you toward greater generosity and better stewardship of your resources.

Saturday, November 20, 2010: Perception
Daily reading: Micah 6:8; Matthew 7:1-5
A recent survey of non-Christians reported their perception of Christians to be judgmental, hypocritical, sheltered, and too political. Similar surveys show no correlation of these perceptions to Jesus Christ. This is a huge disconnect. Micah says that God requires that we “love kindness.” Kindness has been described as “love in action,” so God requires that we love “loving on people.” According to 1 John, this is to be our brand identity, our hallmark, our reputation. And the good news here is that this love isn’t something we need to conjure up. God is at work in our lives. God’s transformational love is daily forming us into a loving community. How can we change the perceptions of others toward us? Ask God to show you where you appear to be judgmental or hypocritical.

Sunday, November 21, 2010: Logo
Daily reading: Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Timothy 6:17-19
What is God’s will? What do we mean when we pray “thy will be done”? It means that we, as the body of Christ, do justice and love kindness in such a way that no one is “those people.” It means that we are a people so deeply loved by God in Christ that we are both empowered and compelled the share that love with the world in tangible ways. The day will come when hesed is the living corporate logo for the body of Christ in the world. The day will come when hesed is the church’s corporate logo. But that journey cannot begin until hesed is the logo of our lives. Pray today that “thy will be done.”

November Worship

In November we turn our attention to the part of the Lord’s Prayer in which we pray for God’s will to be done. What is God’s will? While there are many answers to this provocative question, we will focus on the answer provided by the prophet Micah: “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

November 7 & 10: All Saints Do Justice – The Missional Will of God
Paul exhorts the Corinthian church to excel in many things including the grace of giving to provide justice for those who do not have what they need. The mission command points us beyond our own self-centered wants to the needs of those around us, and around the world.

Nov 14 & 17:  Love Kindness – The Relational Will of God
We are told from an early age that God wants us to love one another. But what does it look like to love someone you don’t like? When we act with kindness, and make it a habitual part of our life we can show love even to people we don’t get along with.

Nov 21:  Walk Humbly with God – The Sacrificial Will of God
Humility seems to be in short supply these days. It seems like everyone has on opinion on everything and they are certain that everybody else needs to know it. When we walk humbly with God we find ourselves at the cross of Jesus in a sacrificial posture.

Thanksgiving Worship Opportunities

Marion Community Thanksgiving Worship
6:30 pm Sunday, November 21, 2010 there will be a community Thanksgiving Worship at  First Presbyterian Church (8th Ave & 12th St). There will be a mass choir for any interested singers. A fellowship time with refreshments will follow the service.

Thanksgiving Eve Worship at Resurrection
7:00pm Wednesday, November 24, 2010 there will be a Thanksgiving worship at Resurrection. Visiting family and friends are welcome to join us along with returning college students home for the holiday. A special fellowship time with homemade pie will take place following the worship.

(Note: there will be no 5:30 Evening Song Worship on November 24)