Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, April 7, we will continue our sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. I will share a message on “An Example, a Command, and a Promise” from the words of Jesus at the Last Supper in John 13 & 14. A video clip about Father Maximillian Kolbe will leave you with a memorable example of someone who took Jesus’ words seriously to “love one another as I have loved you.” At the 8:00 service, we will hear an anthem by the Galileans and celebrate Holy Communion.
The Lenten season continues this week with our last midweek worship on April 10 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. This week’s guest will Dysmas, the thief on the cross. Spaghetti will be served by our EDGE youth from 5:15-6:45. Proceeds will support their mission trip to North Carolina this July.
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,
Holy Week Worship Services: Palm Sunday (April 14)- 8:00 & 10:00; 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 with over 400 in attendance. If you normally attend that service, please 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.
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. We have had a problem lately with people not showing up to carry out their roles as ushers or communion assistants. If you can’t find a sub, email Marcia at Marcia@lcrmarion.org or call the church office by Friday at 4 pm so we are aware of the need for a substitute.
Easter Worship Assistants – At the 11:15 service on Easter (April 21) we are in need of a projector operator, acolyte, offering assistant, greeters, ushers, and communion servers. If you can help, please email Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).
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: Elijah, Troubler of Israel.
- 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 12 to discuss “Intimacy Anorexia – the dark secret that’s killing marriages.”
4th grade first communion classes conclude on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.
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 – email@example.com.
Stephen Ministry – Kelly Belin, Mary Hajek, and Scott Immerfall will leave on April 28th for a week-long Stephen Ministers Leaders Training Course in St. Louis. Many thanks to the three of them for leading and strengthening the body of Christ through this caring ministry.
2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online at lcrmarion.org.
Church Directories have arrived and are in your entryway mailbox.
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.
The LCR Council met early in March 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.
Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon to direct your Choice Dollars to charities that are important to you: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice or 1-800-847-4836
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.