Resurrection E-news: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

This Sunday, April 28, we will begin our new sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope.  My sermon will be on “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. In addition, second graders will receive their new Spark bibles at both services on Sunday. A companion study group on the Unafraid book and DVD will start this Sunday at 9:05 in the lounge, led by Donna Dennis.

LCR’s Bible Camp ‘Giving Tree’ will be in the gathering space with envelopes for your gifts through May 12. In addition to your Giving Tree donations, each camper is going to receive a $150 scholarship from the General Fund ($75 for mini-campers).

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.

Peace be with you,

Pastor Dennis

YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP   

Sunday School resumes this Sunday, April 28. Wednesday Night Live will have their annual WalMart shopping trip for Mission of Hope supplies at 5:30; Confirmation has large group at 7 pm; and EDGE meets at 7:30. 

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 – jill@lcrmarion.org.

ADULT DISCIPLESHIP   

Groups meeting this Sunday at 9:05:

  • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD  study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics. Led by Donna Dennis.
  • 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. This 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.

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.

MINISTRY

Alyssa Weaver Update – Our seminary intern from 2017-18 will graduate from Luther Seminary on May 19. She has interviewed with Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin. They are voting to call her next Sunday, May 5. Assuming a positive vote, her ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am in Sparta, Wisconsin at Trinity Lutheran Church. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation in Tomah, Peace Lutheran Church. LCR friends are invited to attend.

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 May 3 to discuss “The Heroin Addict Next Door – one man’s painful story.”

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   

Fellowship Time is held in the café and fellowship hall on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin Donuts, Wit’s End scones, juice, and coffee.

GIVE

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. 

Offering Envelopes – Effective May 1st we will stop sending offering envelopes to anyone who is signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year will be available at the Welcome Center literature rack. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Recording Secretary Joan Meyer at 393-6972.

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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