Dear members and friends of LCR,
Half Truths – our new sermon series – begins this Sunday, January 6 (and Wednesday the 9th). In this series, we’ll think about popular statements like “God helps those who help themselves” and other things the Bible doesn’t say. Tomorrow’s topic is “Everything Happens for a Reason.” It’s true in the sense that we live in a world of cause and effect. Our own choices bring results. Usually when we say this half-truth we’re speaking in response to suffering, trying to explain or comfort someone going through a difficult time. It can lead to troubling notions about God’s involvement in the world and human responsibility.
Sunday School resumes this Sunday, January 6. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will also resume at their usual times this Wednesday, Jan. 9.
Three new adult courses will begin this Sunday morning, along with two others that resume after two weeks off. All the choices are listed below under Adult Discipleship.
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,
Groups starting (or continuing) on January 6 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, followed by interesting group discussion, can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson. Sunday’s topic – Genesis: Creation and Chaos.
- 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.
Alpha resumes Sunday night, January 6 at 5:30 in the fellowship hall. Come join our group for conversation, dessert, and a video presentation on “How Does God Guide Us?”
Brewing Up the Bible meets on the second Wednesday of each month at Louie’s Scoreboard in Marion, starting at 7:30 pm. Please join us on Wednesday, January 9 for fellowship, beverages, and study!
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on January 11 to discuss “Second Chances: From Down and Out to Up and At ‘Em.”
Our 2019 totals stand at 222 General Fund commitments of $517,694 and 169 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $124,202. These totals include 36 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 21 commitments for the 2018 Growth & Outreach Fund that will carry over to 2019 unless we hear otherwise from the participants. 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).
Year-End Giving – Thank you for your very generous response to our appeal for the General Fund in December. We needed $672,500 for 2018 General Fund receipts and received $682,745! Over $92,200 was given in December to help us end the year in the black and fund LCR’s ministries plus our many mission partners. Growth & Outreach Fund gifts totaled $118,897 for 2018.
Thank you for your Christmas Eve offering, which will be divided equally among Mission of Hope, Willis Dady Homeless Services, and Camp Chisomo. The final total was $9,400. We had 1,077 in attendance at the four services.
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.
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.