Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Palm Sunday, April 14, we will continue our sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. I will share a message on “The Power of a Suffering King” from the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial, and crucifixion in John 18 & 19.
Holy Week Worship Schedule: Maundy Thursday (April 18)- 7 pm; Good Friday (April 19)- 7 pm; Easter Sunday (April 21)- 8:00, 10:00, and 11:15. On Easter, our largest crowd will be at 10:00. If you normally attend that service, consider coming at 11:15 as both the 10:00 & 11:15 will feature our With Faith band. All Easter services will offer holy communion.
Pastor Miranda is beginning her maternity leave this weekend, awaiting the arrival of a new baby. Watch our website and Facebook page for big news!
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,
Easter Worship Assistants – At the 11:15 service on Easter (April 21) we are in need of an acolyte and 4 communion servers. If you can help, please email Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).
Ushers and Communion Assistants – Please check in at the usher’s stand with Marcia Edwards before worship so we know if we need to find subs.
You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sundays at 9:05 am:
- Reading Biblical Literature: The Old Testament (fellowship hall) – Experience how Prof. Craig Koester’s stimulating video presentations on the Old Testament can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson. Sunday’s topic: Isaiah on Defiant Hope.
- John: the Gospel of Light and Life (lounge) – this course will use Adam Hamilton’s book & DVD to go deeper into the weekly sermon topics. Led by Ron Versteegh and Cheryl Wilms.
- Secrets of the Vine (library) – Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples. Led by Mary Hajek.
- One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) – A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year – in only fifteen minutes per day! Now you can gain a better understanding of the order of biblical events and the historical context in which they unfolded. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
- Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
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.
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on April 19 to discuss “How to Spot a Liar – secrets from a former FBI agent.”
EWALU– you 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quilts & Personal Care Kits – Stop by the display table in the gathering space this week to see some of the 50 quilts our Comforting Hands group will be shipping to Lutheran World Relief later this month. In addition, Rebecca Mary Martha Circle will be shipping 51 Personal Care Kits, assembled from congregational donations. Thanks to our talented quilters and bible study women!
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 email@example.com or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!
Come to the Easter Breakfast next Sunday, April 21 from 7:30-11:00 am. All proceeds will go to the EDGE mission trip this summer to North Carolina.
Fellowship hour – come early each Sunday for coffee & a Dunkin’ Donut or scone from Wit’s End, or stay after either service to have refreshments and conversation.
Church Directories have arrived and are in your entryway mailbox.
The LCR Council met earlier this month with leadership from Bishop Burk’s office. Pastor Paul Ostrem walked us through the next steps for the congregation as Pastor Dennis’ June 1 retirement approaches. The first step is to request an interim pastor, which we have done. We expect to have the interim pastor in place by June. The next step will be establishing a call committee. Right now the council is working to determine the formulation of the call committee. Our hope is to have the call committee in place shortly after the interim begins. If you have questions about the process please address them to Jim Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Jensen (email@example.com).
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.