Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, August 19th (and Wednesday the 22nd), the Harvest Hope Home Children’s Choir from Malawi will present a concert during worship, sharing their songs and stories of hope and faith. These children represent an organization that supports pastors, widows, and orphans in rural Malawi. Harvest Hope Home is an orphanage modeled around long-term family care. These children, along with many others, have been blessed greatly by the Harvest Hope ministry. The choir has been traveling the United States preforming at churches and community centers since July 12th. The children have had many wonderful experiences here in the states and have enjoyed sharing such a delightful part of their culture with the congregations they visit.
There will be baskets outside the worship room as you leave if you would like to donate directly to the choir to support their travel & lodging expenses.
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,
Confirmation Ministry begins with the Fall Confirmation Orientation Night for all parents, students, and guides on Wednesday, August 29 from 7:00-8:15 in the Sanctuary. Make sure to attend! The Confirmation Ministry includes discipleship training, prayer, fun, and friendship for 6th-8th graders and meets on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:15. Sunday School & Wednesday Night Live begin on September 9 & 12, respectively. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website.
Confirmation Guide Potluck – All Confirmation Ministry volunteers will gather on Sunday, August 26 at 4:00 pm for fellowship and training.
Sunday School and adult classes begin on Rally Sunday, September 9 at 9:45.
EWALU Summer Camp Review – During worship on August 26 and 29 we’ll hear from EWALU campers and counselors, sharing stories from their summer of faith. On September 2 & 5, “What’s Our Mission?” along with a preview of September-May sermon series, will be shared by Pastor Dennis. On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series – Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – begins, with Pastor Dennis preaching on prayer as a Mark of Discipleship.
Could you share a brief story for our Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe series? If you could share in worship, either via video or in person, about how/why/when/where you pray… or worship.. or read the Bible… or serve… or gather with others to build relationships… or give… it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a free hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, August 24 to discuss Out of Anger: the battle between self-control and out-of-control.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15- feel free to come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before 8:15 or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.
Five Seasons Ringers @ the Ballpark – On Sunday, August 26 the Resurrection Ringers will join nearly 100 other handbell ringers to play the National Anthem at the Kernel’s game. The game starts at 2:05 and includes lots of family-friendly activities. $8 discount tickets are available if you use the promo code “handbell.” For details, check the poster on the entryway bulletin board.
Run for God – Facilitator and trainer Bob Read will guide you through a training program that takes you from the couch to a 5K in 12 weeks using a biblical perspective. This is for all ages, beginning Sunday, August 19 and ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes will be at 8:30 am on Sundays beginning this Sunday, August 19 with optional group runs scheduled during each week. For more information or to register, please contact Bob Read (email@example.com)
Our Family Mission Trip is on the road this weekend, serving with organizations in Northeast Iowa with lodging at Camp Ewalu. This family mission trip is aimed at deepening faith and strengthening family relationships.
Marion Food Pantry – Current needs are canned fruit, canned pasta, dry pasta. There is a bin in the gathering space specifically for these items. Thank you!
Building Safety Team – Can you help us by joining this important group? This team will be tasked with updating the building safety & emergency plan, building nomenclature for safe operations, youth check-in/out procedure, A.L.I.C.E Training, and other related topics. Time commitment will be one meeting each month. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 319-360-1387 if you can help out, or make a note on your welcome card.
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through July we were able to: fund intern Alyssa’s position; give over $21,000 for Camp Chisomo scholarships, Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs, and a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion; and provide almost $25,000 for building maintenance costs, including our recent parking lot repairs. We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month or two, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund.
General Fund gifts through July were 99% of what was promised, pro-rated through July, from the 227 families and individuals who made General Fund commitments last fall. Thank you for your faithful giving! Your support this fall will provide for the staff and materials needed to carry out our Sunday School, EDGE, confirmation, and Wednesday Night Live programming, along with supporting our choirs and worship needs.
July-August mission envelopes are designated for the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Their mission is to directly minister to women and to the economically poor, to provide temporary shelter for women and children in crisis, to assist women in attaining safe, affordable permanent housing, and to help individuals and families access medical and community resources.
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.
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.