Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 29th , and Wednesday, August 1st, we will conclude our sermon series, “Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, ” with a farewell sermon by our intern, Alyssa Weaver. We will consider how we discern God’s will and what God’s will is for each us. Is it a set of principles we live by or does God have a specific will for every decision we make? As Alyssa says a very sad goodbye to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, she will share how you all have played a part in God’s will for her life. There will be a time at the end of each service for a presentation of gifts and a farewell litany. Following each service, cake will be served in the gathering space for a time of fellowship and farewell.
Farewell gifts- You can still support her with a financial gift for her senior year of seminary. A letter went out earlier this month with a reply envelope for your gifts. You can make out a check to LCR for any amount and put “seminary scholarship fund” on the memo line. There are extra envelopes here at the church on a tall table as you walk in, or the kiosk by the library accepts credit cards. We have had a very generous response so far from many of our members. You will be amazed by the total amount of the gifts, which will be announced at the end of each service.
Remember the upcoming picnic and canoe trip on Saturday, July 28th. See the note below under Fellowship for more information.
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,
LCR Picnic & Canoe Outing- Our awesome annual fellowship event will be held this Saturday, July 28. Invite all your friends! Here are some details: Canoe Trip registration – $25 per canoe (includes paddles and life vests). Please make checks payable to Brenda Bauermeister and leave them at the church office. Canoe Trip – Meet at Pinicon Ridge Boat rental/concession stand at noon for mandatory safety instructions. Life vests are available there, or you can bring your own. Park bus will take us to the canoe launch site. Our canoe trip lasts about 2 hours. Fellowship at Riverside Lodge in Pinicon Ridge Park starts around 3:00 pm. Following the canoe trip, there will be a time of food and fellowship. You don’t have to canoe to join us – just come and enjoy some treats and time outside with friends! Please bring a snack or treat to share. Lemonade will be provided. There is a playground & paddle boat rentals close by.
Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a free hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, August 3 to discuss “What’s God Up To?: Unwelcome answers to prayer.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15- feel free to come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before 8:15 or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation. (Note that this Sunday we will have a cake for Alyssa’s last Sunday in addition to the usual donuts and other treats).
Our EDGE youth returned from Houston on Sunday. They will share about their experience in worship on August 5 and 8.
EWALU campers this week are: Story Smith (Ranch Mini-Camp 7A) and Jordan Thompson (Pioneers). LCR members on EWALU staff this summer are: Jared Almandinger, Delaney Akiens, Hal Versteegh, Sophie Reider, Riley Higgins (Counselors); Max Versteegh, Will Versteegh (Coordinators); and Jesse Klosterboer (Associate Director).
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will Study Guides & Daily Devotions will be available to take home after worship this Sunday and Wednesday night. The Study Guide was developed by Adam Hamilton as a way for his congregation to remember the key points of each message in the Why? Series.
Marion Cares Backpacks – If you picked up a blue card to fill a backpack, please return the backpack with its listed items to the church office by this Sunday, July 29th. Remember to include the blue card with your backpack so it gets to the right child. 50 backpacks will be given to Marion Cares for distribution to students in the Marion and Linn Mar school districts.
Mission of Hope Lunch program will be held this Thursday, August 2. Team members have been generous with their time and quick to sign up for meal prep & serving, plus we have many people furnishing bars & cookies for dessert. In general, each lunch costs about $200 to provide and we have two more lunches yet this year. If you are able, please consider a donation to our lunch ministry. You can write a check to LCR and note “Mission of Hope Lunch” in the memo line. Thank you!
Marion Food Pantry needs 2-person teams to pick up bread on Monday evenings and an individual to clean the pantry on a 4-week rotation. Having volunteers do these tasks saves the food pantry hundreds of dollars a month that can be spent on food for hungry people instead. Contact Cari (email@example.com) for further information.
FLY delivery people are needed every Monday during the summer to distribute sack lunches to children in our community. If you can drive meals to feeding sites on Mondays go to http://signup.com/go/SKJgrTS. Lunches are picked up at First Methodist in downtown Marion. You can volunteer on Fridays if that works better for you. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Building Safety Team – Can you help us by joining this important group? This team will be tasked with updating the building safety & emergency plan, building nomenclature for safe operations, youth check-in/out procedure, A.L.I.C.E Training, and other related topics. Time commitment will be one meeting each month. Contact email@example.com or 319-360-1387 if you can help out, or make a note on your welcome card.
July-August mission envelopes are designated for the Catherine McAuley Center in Cedar Rapids. Their mission is to directly minister to women and to the economically poor, to provide temporary shelter for women and children in crisis, to assist women in attaining safe, affordable permanent housing, and to help individuals and families access medical and community resources. A check for $980 was given to Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids from our May-June mission envelopes. Thanks for your generosity!
Simply Giving – You can elect to have a weekly or monthly gift withdrawn from your checking or savings account. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. Over a third of our General Fund offerings come from Simply Giving families.
Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the mobile app, Give+Vanco, available from Google Play or iTunes. Once your information has been entered on the app, you can give to LCR anytime, anywhere. 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.