Resurrection E-news: Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Easter Sunday, April 21, we will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord with worship services at  8:00, 10:00, and 11:15. The largest crowd will be at 10:00; if you normally attend that service, consider coming at 11:15 as that service will be identical to 10:00. The 8:00 service will have several anthems by the Resurrection Choir. All Easter services will offer holy communion. (If you are out of town on Easter, come on Wednesday night for 6 pm Evening Song worship, as the theme and message will be the same as Easter Sunday).

My Easter sermon will wrap up our six week series on John: the Gospel of Light and Life. In John 20, the resurrected Christ gives his disciples, then and now, peace for their troubled hearts; power through his Holy Spirit; and a purpose for life. At the end of each service, we will show a video trailer for our next sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times- and hand out a take home postcard with each week’s topics.

Congratulations to Pastor Miranda & Jesse Klosterboer on the birth of Jonathan Samuel on April 14th. Pastor Miranda is now on her maternity leave through July 15.

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.

May Easter joy and peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

WORSHIP

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope – our new five week sermon series – begins next Sunday, April 28. Next week’s sermon by Pastor Dennis will be “An Age of High Anxiety: Understanding and Countering Fear.” This series will explore the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today; consider practical steps for overcoming these fears; and look at these fears in the light of scripture and faith that calls us to live with courage and hope.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Groups will not meet on Easter, but resume next Sunday at 9:05:

  • One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
  • Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. Next week’s topic is “Jeremiah on Anguish and Compassion.”
  • Genesis (conference room) An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics.

New Member Seminar – On Sunday, May 5th from 1-3 pm we invite all those who have been attending LCR and would like to explore membership. We’ll tour the building, get acquainted, and talk about the church’s past and future.

PASTORAL TRANSITION

A Message from the Church Council:

Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are seeking members to form a call committee for the purpose of calling a senior pastor for the congregation. We seek a diverse group of individuals with a vision for the future of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection to help us with the critically important task of shaping the future of the church. Please contact Jim Shaw or Dave Jensen if you are willing to participate or have suggested candidates. (james_shaw@southslope.net; david.jensen@yahoo.com). Thank you, LCR Council

OUTREACH

Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on April 26  to discuss “Who Was Jesus, Really?”

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP    

There is no Sunday School on this Easter Sunday. Our usual Wednesday schedule resumes this week with Wednesday Night Live at 6; Confirmation small groups at 7 pm; and EDGE at 7:30.

EWALUyou can sign up online (www.ewalu.org) or send in your registration form (extras are available at the Welcome Center window). Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – jill@lcrmarion.org.

SERVE 

Spring Clean-Up Days will be Saturday, May 4 from 8:30–11:30 am, with a break time and treats. Several of us will also be at the LCR gardens on Thursday, May 2 from 1:00–3:30 pm. Remember to bring gardening tool, gloves, and any other gardening equipment you need. There are still beds that need caretakers for an hour or two a couple times each month. Let us know if you would be willing to adopt an area or if you have any suggestions on managing the care of the LCR landscape: andy.a.carter@gmail.com or lhayward495@yahoo.com

EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be May 3-5. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. Please RSVP to camp@ewalu.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!

CONNECT

Come to the Easter Breakfast this Sunday, April 21 from 7:30-11:00 am- pancakes with sausage and fruit will be on the menu. All proceeds will go to the EDGE mission trip this summer to North Carolina.

Church Directories have arrived and are in your entryway mailboxes.

GIVE

Thanks to our members and friends for your faithful giving in the first quarter of 2019! At the end of March, we had received 117% of our General Fund pledges as cash (pro-rated through March) and 95% of our Growth & Outreach Fund pledges as cash. Several members gave their entire 2019 offerings in the first quarter for tax purposes. As we enter our second quarter, let’s all remain faithful in our support of LCR and our mission partners.  

March/April Mission Envelopes are designated for the new Anamosa Prison congregation, “Free Indeed.” This ministry of the SE Iowa Synod is building a community of faith within the prison walls to share the good news of Jesus Christ with residents so that they may continue their spiritual journey upon release.

In addition to offering envelopes, other ways of supporting LCR include: Simply Giving – join over 90 LCR families who give regularly through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in your Enough packets. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving. Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts.  Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes.

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