Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, July 8th, and Wednesday, July 11th, our Camp Chisomo team of teens and young adults will share about their recent trip to Africa. The grace that is found in Jesus gives us dignity in the present and hope for the future, and that’s the hope the Camp Chisomo team brought to orphaned children in Malawi.
Holy communion will be served at the 9:45 service, as well as the 6:00 Evening Song service on Wednesday, July 11.
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,
Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13, led by EWALU staff. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. There will be a program on Thursday night, July 12 at 6:30 for family members and the congregation.
EWALU campers this week are: Josiah BerryKnoop (Trailblazers); Emrie Johnson, Aubrey DeShaw, Emily Koranda (Foresters); Jonah BerryKnoop (Night Camp). LCR members on EWALU staff this summer are: Alex Campbell, Amanda Williams (Leaders in Training); Jared Almandinger, Delaney Akiens, Hal Versteegh, Sophie Reider, Riley Higgins (Counselors); Max Versteegh, Will Versteegh (Coordinators); and Jesse Klosterboer (Associate Director).
The EDGE high school mission trip will depart for Houston, TX on Saturday, July 14. They will again assist children and adults in poverty through various projects. They will share about their experience in worship on August 5 and 8. Please keep the group in your prayers as they travel and serve.
Why? Making Sense of God’s Will, a new sermon series, will begin on July 15th with a message on “Why Do the Innocent Suffer? by Pastor Miranda. We’ll look at what the Bible says about suffering; how the common notion that “everything happens for a reason” leads people to turn away from God when suffering comes; and how different kinds of suffering (natural disasters, sickness, and suffering caused by accidents) relate to God’s presence among us.
Marion Cares Uplift Uptown will be held at Marion Square City Park this Saturday, July 7th from 4-7 pm. Come and enjoy music by various church worship teams, including our own With Faith band; free food and drinks; and other fun activities for all ages. With Faith is scheduled to perform at 5:00.
LCR Landscapers – Thanks to these servants who worked last Saturday in the heat to keep our gardens looking beautiful: Paul Bendixen, Jack Cirkl, Peggy Downey, Jody Hediger, Joe Rosenberger, Jeff Skeie, Donna Walton, Andy & Marilynn Carter, Denny & Julie Gilds, Tracy & Linda Hayward.
Marion Cares Backpacks – If you would like to help a local student this fall, please pick up one of the blue Marion Cares cards on the gathering space table. It has a list of items a student will need for the upcoming school year. Buy a backpack and the listed items and return them to the church office by Sunday, July 29th. Remember to include the blue card with your backpack so it gets to the right child. Our challenge goal is to fill 50 backpacks for the fall.
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.
Our summer fellowship hour will run from 9:15 to 10:15- feel free to stay after the 9:45 service to have some refreshments and conversation.
Brewing Up the Bible meets at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, July 11. Join us at Louie’s Scoreboard in downtown Marion for casual conversation, faith stories, and the beverage of your choice. People from all services are welcome at our gatherings, as are your friends and neighbors who enjoy good fellowship. Contact John Wilkinson or Ramon Redondo if you have any questions.
Lifetree Café will not meet this Friday, July 13th at noon, due to day camp using the same space. We will meet again in two weeks on Friday, July 20th, with the topic being ¨ Simplify Your Life: How a Hollywood millionaire walked away from it all.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
LCR Picnic & Canoe Outing- Our awesome annual fellowship event will be held on Saturday, July 28 this year. Invite all your friends! Here are some details: Canoe Trip registration – Sign up for a canoe on the church bulletin board. $25 per canoe (includes paddles and life vests). Please make checks payable to Brenda Bauermeister and leave them at the church office. Canoe sign-up is recommended by Sunday, July 22. 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.
Farewell gift for intern Alyssa – We will have to say goodbye to our seminary intern Alyssa Weaver on Sunday, July 29. A letter and reply envelope was sent this week with an opportunity to contribute financially to a congregational gift for her seminary costs of tuition, room and board, and books. You can make out a check to LCR for any amount and put “seminary scholarship fund” on the memo line. The giving kiosk by the library is set up to receive credit card gifts as well. Please submit all gifts by Wednesday, July 25 so the total can be tabulated.
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.
Giving through VANCO – You can give electronically to LCR through: the giving kiosk by the library or the Give+ mobile app, 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.
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.