Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 22nd, and Wednesday, July 25th, we will continue a new sermon series called “Why? Making Sense of God’s Will.” I will preach on “Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?” We’ll hear stories of prayers that went unanswered, including by St. Paul and Jesus; look at what Jesus said about prayer; and consider how God usually answers our prayers through other people. Kayleen Weinandt of Lutheran Services in Iowa will share a brief word about the ministry of LSI offered locally at First Lutheran in Cedar Rapids. The 8:15 service will include an anthem by the King’s Men. The 9:45 service will have a children message and Holy Communion.
Remember the upcoming picnic and canoe trip on Saturday, July 28th, as well as our farewell Sunday for our intern Alyssa on July 29th. Don’t forget to support her with a financial gift for her senior year of seminary. A letter went out recently with a reply envelope for your gifts. There are extra envelopes here at the church on a tall table as you walk in, or the kiosk by the library accepts credit cards. We have had a very generous response so far from many of our members!
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,
Our EDGE youth will return from Houston on Sunday. They will share about their experience in worship on August 5 and 8. Please keep the group in your prayers as they return home this weekend.
EWALU campers this week are: Ainsley Johnson, Toby Soenen (Mini-Camp 6B); Chloe Adamson, Aidan Johnson, Deklan Thoms (Explorers); Alexa Clymer, Elle Kehl, Keanna Williams (Trailblazers); Owen Soenen (Foresters); Briana Clymer, Josephine McRoberts (Pioneers); Daxton MacTaggart (Ranch Camp); Parker Nicks, Ray Redondo (MAD Camp); Alex Miller, Kristie Varner (Rock & Raft). LCR members on EWALU staff this summer are: Jared Almandinger, Delaney Akiens, Hal Versteegh, Sophie Reider, Riley Higgins (Counselors); Max Versteegh, Will Versteegh (Coordinators); and Jesse Klosterboer (Associate Director).
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will Study Guides & Daily Devotions will be available to take home after worship this Sunday and Wednesday night. The Study Guide was developed by Adam Hamilton as a way for his congregation to remember the key points of each message in the Why? Series. Looking ahead, the message on July 29 & August 1 will be “Why Can’t I See God’s Will for My Life?’ by our intern Alyssa (her farewell sermon).
July 22nd is Brandon Waring’s last Sunday with us as First Light accompanist. He also will be resigning as the King’s Men director at the end of July. Thanks to Brandon for sharing his musical gifts with us this past year. Cheryl Irland will be our First Light organist on 4th Sundays moving forward. We will begin a search for a new King’s Men director/accompanist immediately.
Marion Cares Backpacks – If you picked up a blue card to fill a backpack, please return the backpack with its listed items to the church office by Sunday, July 29th. Remember to include the blue card with your backpack so it gets to the right child. 50 backpacks will be given to Marion Cares for distribution to students in the Marion and Linn Mar school districts.
Marion Food Pantry needs 2-person teams to pick up bread on Monday evenings and an individual to clean the pantry on a 4-week rotation. Having volunteers do these tasks saves the food pantry hundreds of dollars a month that can be spent on food for hungry people instead. Contact Cari (email@example.com) for further information.
FLY delivery people are needed every Monday during the summer to distribute sack lunches to children in our community. If you can drive meals to feeding sites 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
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.
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, July 27 to discuss “Wounded Warriors: When War Comes Home.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
LCR Picnic & Canoe Outing- Our awesome annual fellowship event will be held next Saturday, July 28. 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 this 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.
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.
Farewell gift for intern Alyssa – We will have to say goodbye to our seminary intern Alyssa Weaver on Sunday, July 29. A letter and reply envelope was sent earlier in July with an opportunity to contribute financially to a congregational gift for her seminary costs of tuition, room and board, and books. You can make out a check to LCR for any amount and put “seminary scholarship fund” on the memo line. The giving kiosk by the library is set up to receive credit card gifts as well. Please submit all gifts by Wednesday, July 25 so the total can be combined into one check which will be presented to Alyssa on the 29th.
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.