Dear members and friends of LCR,
Half Truths – our current sermon series- continues this Sunday, January 27 (and Wednesday the 30th). Pastor Miranda will preach on “God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It.” We read that “all scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). It is also true that some issues discussed in the Bible are related to customs of the time rather than to deep and enduring truths. The treatment of women and the institution of slavery are two examples. The Bible is a complex book that needs to be interpreted in its context, using the teachings of Jesus as the standard against which all scriptures must be measured.
Our 8:00 traditional service will feature anthems by the King’s Men. Holy communion will be served at the 10:00 contemporary service.
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. The Annual Meeting will be held in two weeks, on Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11:15. Annual reports will be available next Sunday.
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. Wednesday Night Live and EDGE meet at their usual times, while Confirmation has a family night.
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 – “Moses and the Drama of Exodus – Chapters 1-15.”
- 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 February 1 to discuss “Kids Without a Country,” (postponed from 1/25).
Alpha continues this Sunday night, January 27th 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?”
Ana Clymer was awarded the Dr. Percy & Lileah Harris ‘Who Is My Neighbor’ Award” at the Martin Luther King Day Celebration in Cedar Rapids last week. This award goes to an individual recognized for diligently working for justice in Linn County. Congratulations and Thank You, Ana! for your contributions to our community.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Stewardship Appeal commitments are $525,921 for the General Fund (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).
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! Over $92,700 was received in December for the General Fund. We received 104% of General Fund pledges as income in 2018- thanks for your faithfulness!
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.