Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, February 10 (and Wednesday the 13), we will conclude our Half Truths sermon series – common statements that aren’t found in the Bible. I will preach this Sunday on “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.” These words are often spoken with good intentions in an effort to be comforting or non-judgmental. Yet, Jesus never said these words. Jesus tells us to love our neighbor, not love the sinner. Focusing on someone else as a sinner first can lead to seeing others as sinners rather than neighbors. The truth in “love the sinner, hate the sin” stops with the first word: Love.
The Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday, February 10 at 11:15. A budget forum will be held at 9:15 in the church office for those who are interested. Annual Reports are available on a table by the entryway.
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,
Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05. Confirmation, Wednesday Night Live, and EDGE meet at their usual times on Wednesday night.
EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, or something else you need done. Call on our high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie if you need help – firstname.lastname@example.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: ¨Freedom, the Law, and Rebellion (Exodus 16-35)
- 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.
- Who is the Holy Spirit? (library) – We say it every Sunday: “I believe in the Holy Spirit,” and yet what does that mean? How can we believe in something, or rather someone, that we don’t even know? Led by Dorothy Rinderknecht.
- Half Truths (lounge) – Adam Hamilton book/DVD study, covering the topics in our sermon series. Led by Cheryl Wilms & Ron Versteegh.
- Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on February 15 to discuss “What Would You Do for Love?”
2019 Time & Talent Sheets will be available next Sunday, Feb. 17 as we highlight in worship how we can use our gifts and talents for the wider world. They will also be available on our website later in the month.
Habitat for Humanity – On Saturday, February 16 from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, a team of volunteers will be painting interior doors, trim, and base throughout a Marion home on 9th Ave, just west of downtown. If you can share a few hours that day, please email Caitlyn at email@example.com.
Blood Drive will be held on Tuesday, February 19th from 2:30 to 6:30 pm. You can sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have given previously is 12/25.
Personal Care Kits – During January & February, Rebecca Mary-Martha Circle will be accepting donations for our annual collection to prepare Personal Care Kits for Lutheran World Relief. Lightweight bath towels, bars of soap, and toothbrushes can be placed in the tub near the gathering space display. Soaps & toothbrushes should be in original store packaging, please. For more information contact Lareen Gull at 373-3304.
Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.
Contemporary Worship – We are in the process of making changes to our 10 AM service. As we make those changes it is important to the staff and team working on the project to hear from all of you who worship with us. You are invited to fill out the form on our website (lcrmarion.org) with your feedback.
Fellowship hour – come early each Sunday for coffee and a Dunkin’ Donut or scone from Wit’s End, or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.
January/February Mission Envelopes are designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). When kids are out of school, several of the churches in the Marion area work together to fill ‘the lunchtime gap’ by serving five days a week during the summer. Volunteers prepare the lunch and/or drive to the sites and hand out the meals to the kids.
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.