Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, February 3, Bishop Michael Burk of our Southeastern Iowa Synod will preach at both services and lead an adult forum at 9:15 in the fellowship hall. We will take a week off from our Half Truths sermon series in order to hear Bishop Burk. It is a rare opportunity to have him with us to preach and lead a discussion on our mutual partnership through the synod and the wider Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Annual Meeting will be held in one week, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11:15. A budget forum will be held that morning at 9:15 in the church office for those who are interested. Annual Reports will be available this Sunday 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, learning about the parable of the sower. 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. (Note: the groups in the fellowship hall and lounge will not meet this week so their participants can attend the bishop’s forum at 9:15).
- 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.
- 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.
- Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
Half Truths – on Sunday, February 10th (and Wednesday the 13th), we will conclude our sermon series on statements that sound right, but under careful examination are found to be half-truths. Pastor Dennis will preach on “Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin.”
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.
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on February 8 to discuss “What Your Atheist Friend Wants You to Know.”
Alpha continues this Sunday night, February 3 at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “Does God Heal Today?”
2019 Time & Talent Sheets will be available on 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.
Snow Day Food Packages – During our recent extreme cold spell, local students missed many class days and were not able to pick up their HACAP weekend food packages. Resurrection volunteers Roger & Mary Jo Carlson, Cari Redondo, and Ryan Phillips recognized this unmet need and, along with Allyn (in the church office), were able to raise $700 from our church community to buy and assemble food for 110 ‘snow day’ food packages! Many thanks to all who donated their time and/or money.
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. New, dark-colored, 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.
2019 STEWARDSHIP APPEAL
2019 Stewardship Appeal commitments are $525,921 for the General Fund (from 225 giving units) and $126,550 for the Growth & Outreach Fund (171 giving units). Thanks to all who have responded so far. Last year we finished with 227 General Fund commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338, so we are very close to matching those totals. It’s not too late to send in a card for 2019 – there are extras at the Welcome Center or just email Joan Meyer with your 2019 pledge (email@example.com).
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. November/December envelopes to the Marion Food Pantry totaled $1,730!
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.