Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, February 11, we will conclude our sermon series, “Who is this Jesus?” Pastor Miranda will preach on the story of Jesus’ transfiguration on the mountaintop from Mark 9. Within Mark’s Gospel there are multiple calls to listen. What are we called to listen to? At the transfiguration Peter, James, and John hear a voice from the cloud when they are with Jesus saying, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” We are called to listen to Jesus, the Son of God. We are those listening to Jesus on the mountain top and on the journey in the valley as we follow Jesus in the way of the cross.
Annual Reports are available by the entryway, with an insert outlining the 2018 revised budget. There are extra copies of the revised 2018 budget by the booklets. The budget was raised to $693,350 after discussion at the annual meeting last Sunday.
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,
Ash Wednesday services will be held on February 14 at 6:00 and 7:00 pm. This traditional service will feature the imposition of ashes and holy communion.
Lenten Wednesdays – We will use Holden Evening Prayer as our liturgy, starting on February 21. Our worship theme will be “Members in Mission: Following Jesus into the World,” featuring stories from members who have found meaning and purpose in volunteering with our mission partners. Your purple Lenten envelope offerings will be given to mission partners such as: Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Lutheran Services in Iowa.
Camp Sunday – February 18th will be CAMP SUNDAY! We’ll have a “campfire” worship at all three services. This will be a VERY kid friendly service so bring your whole family! LCR folk who have been or are counselors and leaders at EWALU will help lead the service. Please join us for a fun day of worship and camp songs as we look forward to this fun summer experience for our youth.
Sunday School begins a new unit this Sunday, learning about Jesus’ parable of the house on the rock. Wednesday Night Live and Confirmation will not meet during the Lenten season. Thanks to the EDGE youth and parents who will be serving the first Lenten meal on Ash Wednesday.
Registration for Camp EWALU has begun! Early bird registration discount deadline is February 28th. 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 was sent home with Sunday School and WNL students detailing the information about scholarships. Extra letters can be found at the Welcome Window. See Jill Hansen for details. Please let Jill know if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.
Biderman Scholarship applications can be found on the entryway bulletin board. These scholarships are for the 2018-2019 school year; applications must be turned in by March 11th. This scholarship is for high school seniors only.
First Communion Classes for 4th graders and their families (or older children who have not yet taken the classes) will be held on four Wednesday nights (February 21 & 28, March 7 & 21) from 7:45-8:30 in fellowship hall; or at a seminar on Saturday, March 24 from 9-12. The classes will be led by Pastor Dennis and Pastoral Intern Alyssa Weaver.
Lenten Suppers – The EDGE youth will provide a potato bar Lenten supper on Ash Wednesday from 5:15-6:30 pm to raise funds for their summer mission trip to Houston, TX. On February 21, the Wednesday Night Live families will provide a taco bar to raise money to restock the shelves at Crossroads Mission Pantry.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, February 16 at noon, with a short film and discussion on “In the News: Sexual Misconduct .” 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.
Christianity and World Religions, a new DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton, begins this Sunday at 9:45 in the far end of fellowship hall, led by our pastoral intern, Alyssa Weaver.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, continues this Sunday in the conference room. This overview of the gospel has a companion book and DVD by Adam Hamilton.
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 for February 2018: Shaken by Tim Tebow, Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans, The Book of James by Francis Chan, and I-Am-N: The Voice of Martyrs.
Personal Care Kits – Rebecca Mary Martha Circle is collecting light-weight bath towels and bars of soap for Personal Care Kits. Assembled kits will be sent to Lutheran World Relief for world-wide distribution. Donations may be placed in the marked tub in the gathering space through this Sunday, February 11th. Call Lareen Gull (373-3304) with questions.
Marion Lutheran Churches Blood Drive will be at LCR on Tuesday, February 13 from 2:00 to 6:30 pm. Sign up on the entryway bulletin board or by calling Bob Wolter at 377-5126. Last date to have donated previously is 12/19/17.
“Reverse Lent” Giving Project – During Lent, you will be able to pick up a Lent Reading Plan at the church with key verses and suggested food donations for the Churches of Marion Food Pantry. Each day you will be able to read an inspiring verse of Scripture, and then set aside (or purchase) a donation for the Pantry. Each of these items are things that the food pantry regularly stocks on their shelves for their clients. Please bring your donations to the church and put them in the bin marked “Reverse Lent Project.” Contact Cari Redondo (email@example.com) if you have questions about this meaningful giving project.
Marion Cares – Help us by preparing and serving a meal to our Marion Cares kids this winter/spring. Dinners will be needed at Marion Village on Mondays: 2/26, 4/9, 5/7; and sack lunches for Thursdays: 2/15, 3/22, 5/10. The meals can be quite simple – recipes for Walking Tacos and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches are posted on the entryway bulletin board – or you can use one of your own favorites. This is a project you can do with your family, co-workers, friends, or small group – anyone who wants to make a positive impact on local children’s lives! Sign up by contacting Jen Christopherson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intergenerational Mission Trips will take place this summer. There will be two options: Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota (June 8-16; ages 14 & up) and Northeast Iowa, with overnights at Camp EWALU (August 16-19; all ages). More information is available on this page and in this Sunday’s bulletin insert. Pastor Miranda is our contact for both these valuable outings; you can reach her here.
Mission envelopes for January-February will be designated for FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth). FLY serves sack lunches Monday through Friday during the summer months to at-risk children in Marion. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the First United Methodist Church by volunteers. In addition to your mission offering, you could volunteer to make lunches next summer or be part of the delivery crew.
Our General Fund and new Growth & Outreach Fund are off to good starts in 2018! We received over $13,000 for the Growth & Outreach Fund in January, which paid for our intern Alyssa’s salary and housing; our first payments of $2025 each to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity for our new partnerships; and the maintenance costs of our building for the month. Our General Fund benefitted from several gifts in January for the entire year of 2018. Our monthly need will be about $57,800 for an annual budget of $693,350. Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!
Giving through VANCO – We have three new ways to give to LCR. You can also give anywhere, anytime through the Give+ mobile app, available from Google Play or iTunes. 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. Or check out our new LCR giving kiosk by the library. It will accept your credit card for giving offerings to LCR.