Dear members and friends of LCR,
Half Truths – our new sermon series- continues this Sunday, January 20 (and Wednesday the 23rd). This Sunday’s topic is “ God won’t give you more than you can handle.” This half-truth is often said to encourage and strengthen others when they are going through a tough time. The original context of the often quoted verse that supports this half-truth – I Corinthians 10:13 – is a call to self-discipline in the face of temptation for new Christians living in Corinth, a city notorious for sexual immorality and idolatry. A better version of this half-truth is “God will help you handle all that you’ve been given.” Adversity happens in life, and God walks with us through all of our trials and tribulations.
Our 8:00 traditional service will feature an anthem by the Resurrection Choir and holy communion. A new worship format for our contemporary service will be introduced at 10:00.
Next Sunday, January 27 (and Wednesday the 30th), Pastor Miranda will preach on “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It.” 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.
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 has large group this week, while Wednesday Night Live and EDGE meet at their usual times.
You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sunday at 9:05 am:
- 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. Sunday’s topic – Jacob, Joseph, and Reconciliation in Genesis 26-50.
- Romans (conference room) – weekly Bible study supplemented by video comments by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
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 January 25 to discuss “Kids Without a Country.”
Alpha continues this Sunday night, January 20 at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “Why and How Should We Tell Others?”
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.
EDGE Service Crew can help you by: taking down Christmas lights, 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 – email@example.com.
2019 Stewardship Appeal commitments are $523,521 for the General Fund (224 giving units) and $125,350 for the Growth & Outreach Fund (170 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 have made great progress in the last month. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thanks to your generosity, we were able to end 2018 with a positive balance of $13,660 in the General Fund – an improvement of over $26,000 from the November 30 balance.
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.