Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, April 29, Pastor Erika Uthe will be our guest preacher. Pastor Uthe is an assistant to the Bishop of our Southeastern Iowa Synod, with a focus on Evangelical Mission. We will have communion at all three services, with the King’s Men sharing an anthem at 8:15, second grade bibles presented at the 9:45 service, and the baptism of Claire Hajek at 11:00.
A Care Ministers meeting will be held at 9:45 in the fellowship hall, led by Pastor Miranda. If you have been a care minister in the past, or if you would like to learn more about this ministry, come to hear about this unique ministry. A care minister is linked up with one of our older members who live in nursing homes, other care facilities, or at home to provide friendship and support.
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 is this Wednesday, April 25, at 6 pm.
Summer Worship Times – Starting on Sunday, May 27 and running through Sunday, September 2, Sunday worship will be held at 8:15 and 9:45. Note the time for Summer Song contemporary worship, as in prior years it was at 10:15. Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual.
With Faith Praise Band is looking for a drummer and a pianist. Please contact Aaron Schutte or the church office if you or someone you know is interested.
Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45. Confirmation has large group and a guide huddle this Wednesday at 7 pm. Wednesday Night Live meets on Wednesday at 6 pm and EDGE meets at 7:30 pm.
EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser – This Sunday is the final day for this annual fundraiser that helps make camp 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. Thanks for your generous support of our campers!
Wee Wisdom Garage & Bake Sale will be this Friday, May 4th from 4-7 pm and Saturday, May 5th from 8am-noon. Donations will be accepted beginning this Sunday, April 29, at noon and continuing all week. Baked goods can be donated on Friday, May 4th by noon. Proceeds will go to Wee Wisdom for playground upkeep and classroom upgrades.
Register for Camp EWALU ! We have 46 campers signed up so far; in addition, 7 LCR youth will be counselors, program directors, and Leaders in Training at EWALU this summer. 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.
VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 4th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Emergency- Make Room for God.” 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. 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.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings begins Sunday at 9:45 in fellowship hall. 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.
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 includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.
Habitat for Humanity/LCR landscaping day is next Saturday, May 5th from 8 am-4 pm. Workers are needed to help lay sod, plant a tree, spread mulch and plant flowers. If you are interested in helping, please sign up with the following link: https://cvhabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/lcrmarion/. 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 scheduled for Wednesday, May 9.
Quilts & Personal Care Kits – A special thanks to the Comforting Hands quilters and the Rebecca Mary Martha Circle for helping with our Lutheran World Relief mission. 49 quilts and 51 personal care kits will be delivered to Trinity Lutheran in Cedar Rapids by the Wikert family to be shipped abroad.
Spring Landscaping Clean-up will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 am to 12 noon. Remember to bring gloves and any tools you like to use. Contact people for the landscaping group are Andy & Marilynn Carter, Denny & Julie Gilds, and Linda Hayward.
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 after-school programming and the Marion Habitat home described above.
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. Through April 22nd, we had received 97% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!
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.