Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, April 22, is “Good Shepherd” Sunday throughout the church, with songs and Scriptures like Psalm 23 that speak of the Lord as our shepherd, and John 10 where Jesus says of himself, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Pastor Miranda will preach on these texts and themes of belonging to Jesus as his sheep. The Resurrection Ringers will share anthems at 8:15 and 9:45, and at 11:00 we will witness baptisms of four members of the same family. Holy communion will be served at the 9:45 and 11:00 services.
New Member ‘Coffee with the Pastors’ will be held this Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. All those wishing to join Resurrection are invited that day for conversation and refreshments.
There are other upcoming 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,
Evening Song Worship with holy communion is this Wednesday, April 25, at 6 pm. Next Sunday, April 29th, Pastor Erika Uthe of our SE Iowa Synod staff will be our preacher. Pastor Uthe is Director of Evangelical Mission for our synod. Second grade bibles will be distributed at the 9:45 service on the 29th.
Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45. Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday at 6 pm. EDGE resumes this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
Registration for Camp EWALU is underway! LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window. Please let Jill Hansen know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp. There are 46 campers signed up so far; in addition, 7 LCR youth will be counselors, program directors, and Leaders in Training at EWALU this summer.
EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser – This once-a-year fundraiser helps make camp possible or more affordable for our kids and the friends they invite. If you, or someone you know, is willing to contribute to the camp experience in a financial way, here is how you can help: 1. Take a tag off the Giving Tree with the $ amount you wish to give. 2. Write a check to LCR or put cash in the envelope along with the left half of the contribution card. (The right half is for your records.) 3. Place the envelope in the backpack by the Giving Tree.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, April 27 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Pass or Fail? The State of Education.” 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.
The LCR/ Mission of Hope Best Shot Golf Outing will be on Sunday, June 24th at Hunters Ridge, starting at 1 pm. The cost is $45 which includes a cart, range balls, dinner, and door prizes. The deadline for signing up is May 15; make your check payable to Mission of Hope to reserve your spot.
Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care – There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. Our Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who have received 50 hours of training to minister to people experiencing a crisis or going through a difficult time in life. These Stephen Ministers are committed to providing Christian care for others experiencing many different needs. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email email@example.com.
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, featuring a book and DVD by Adam Hamilton, concludes this Sunday, April 22 in the far end of fellowship hall. Sunday’s topic is “Why God’s Love Prevails.” John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets this Sunday at 9:45 in the conference room.
Sacred Parenting – Join Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study meets on Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge or on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the café.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings begins next Sunday, April 29th, at 9:45 in fellowship hall.
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 for March 2018: Crazy Love by Francis Chan, Philippians: To Live is Christ, To Die is Gain by Matt Chandler, Life, Money, Hope by Dave Ramsey, and All the Places to Go….How Will You Know? by John Ortberg.
EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend is April 27-28. Join other volunteers for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects to prepare camp for the summer season. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!
Habitat for Humanity/LCR landscaping day has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 5th due to inclement weather. The driveway needs to be poured and needs warmer weather before that occurs. This is the home in Marion (282 – 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. The dedication ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.
Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: May 7; and sack lunches for Thursday, May 10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
March-April mission envelopes are designated for the ELCA “40 Days of Giving” emphasis. Malawi health & wellness projects and education & vocational training needs will be supported through this emphasis.
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in April will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and support of Marion Cares and the Marion Habitat home described above. In March we met our $5,000 goal for Camp Chisomo scholarships. 14 LCR teens and adults will travel to Malawi in June to host Camp Chisomo for the orphans of the village. Each participant will receive a $350 scholarship from your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in February-March.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018! At the end of March, we had received 99% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through the first quarter.
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.