Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, June 10th, will feature a brief word of thanks by Patti Kunz of Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity on our partnership in building a home recently in Marion. I will preach on the second topic in our four week sermon series – “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” This week’s message is on forgiveness in marriage and other close relationships.
We have two mission trips currently underway – one in Malawi for Camp Chisomo, and a second one at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. In addition, our first group of campers head to EWALU for week one of camp. Please keep the youth and adults on these trips in your prayers.
There are other unique events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note, such as the LCR/Mission of Hope Golf Outing and the Heavenly Harp concert on June 24th. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.
Blessings to you,
VBS – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held this week, June 12-15. Please drop your empty toilet paper rolls in the bin in the gathering space on Sunday or early in the week. Thank you for helping our VBS kids this week!
Campers at EWALU this week are: Brynn Larson, Alexi Duregger, Claire Duregger, Nikki Duregger, Sasha Duregger (Mini-Camp); Ellie Fredin (Explorers); Emily Fredin (Night Camp). In addition, LCR members on staff are: Alex Campbell and Amanda Williams (Leaders in Training); Jared Almandinger, Delaney Akiens, Hal Versteegh, Sophie Reider, and Riley Higgins (Counselors); Max Versteegh and Will Versteegh (Coordinators); and Jesse Klosterboer (Associate Director).
Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!
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.
LifeTree Café will not meet this Friday, June 15, due to preschool VBS. It continues Friday, June 22nd at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Fatherless: Getting past the pain of an absent or abusive dad.” Lifetree is an hour-long experience packed with interesting stories, fascinating people, and lively conversation that will feed your soul. Check out our new Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
The LCR/ Mission of Hope Best Shot Golf Outing will be on Sunday, June 24th at Hunters Ridge, starting at 1 pm. The cost is $45 which includes a cart, range balls, dinner, and door prizes. Non-golfers are welcome to come to the clubhouse to join in the dinner for $10. The menu includes pulled pork sandwiches, party potatoes, cole slaw, and fresh fruit salad. The deadline for signing up has been extended to June 20; contact Bill Stein (563-271-2954) or Donna Feigenbaum (805-908-6744) with any questions. A $250 Thrivent Financial grant will help defray the expenses for this fundraiser for Mission of Hope.
Heavenly Harp concert – Have you ever have doubts about the existence of heaven or whether you will really be accepted? Your doubts will vanish at the Heavenly Harp concert here at LCR on Sunday, June 24 at 7:00 pm. Enjoy inspiring stories of God’s presence & provision, and music featuring harp, piano, and vocals. A free will offering will be accepted. Bring your friends and neighbors! This is a wonderful, non-threatening way to invite those who don’t normally attend worship.
Thrivent Night at the Ballpark will be Tuesday, June 26, beginning at 6:35 pm. Kernels will be taking on the Beloit Snappers. Proceeds will benefit Iowa Special Olympics. Call Allyson (366-2991) by 6/20 to order your tickets.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer film – This Sunday, June 10 we’ll show part 2 of a documentary film about Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Lutheran author, pastor, and member of the resistance against Adolf Hitler. Join us at 9:30 am in fellowship hall for this look at his life and ministry.
Have you tried Rightnow Media? Rightnow Media allows members of the congregation to access bible studies and faith based videos and books for both adults and youth. If you would like to check out Rightnow Meda, send an email to email@example.com and we will get you signed up. Trending on Rightnow Media includes: Lead Like a Shepherd by Larry Osbourne; I Peter: Where Does Hope Come From by Phil Vischer; and Whisper: How to Hear the Voice of God by Mark Batterson.
This photo is of our youth director, Katie Kascel, pumping water from a new well that was recently dug at Camp Chisomo in Malawi. Your 2017 Christmas Eve offering helped pay for the well which will be enjoyed by children and adults on the property of Camp Chisomo. A team of 15 young adults are in Malawi to lead Camp Chisomo. The team includes: Katie Kascel, Jessi Heidelbauer, Adam Lau, Luke Sloterdyk, Sidney Smith, Zach Vana, Jared Feigenbaum, Ally Edwards, Nora Read, Holly Faley, Caitlyn Nuehring, Melanie Phelan, Ethan Schmidt, Kayleigh Akiens, Stephen Shepherd. Please keep them all in your prayers as they travel and serve the children who will gather at Camp Chisomo!
Feeding Lunches to Youth – FLY serves sack lunches to local students every weekday throughout the summer months. The lunches are prepared and delivered each day out of the downtown First United Methodist by volunteers. In 2018, Resurrection is running the meal program on Mondays from June 4th to August 20th. Please sign up here: http://signup.com/go/SKJgrTS or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals and families are welcome to serve through FLY.
Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth left on June 8th for South Dakota to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. The team includes: Scott Gardner, Hunter Gardner, Hilary Hinrichs, Pastor Miranda, Matthew Lang, Seth Paulson, Karen Stadtmueller, David Stadtmueller, and Alyssa Weaver. On Sunday, June 24 & Wed, June 27 they will share stories in worship. Keep them in your prayers!
2018 Intergenerational Mission Trip to Northeast Iowa will be held on August 16-19, for all ages & all stages. Registration forms are in the gathering space; contact Pastor Miranda (email@example.com) for further information.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through May, we received 94% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through May. Thanks for your generous, faithful support! In these the summer months, your support will be needed more than ever for our ministries like preschool VBS, day camp, and scholarships for campers going to EWALU. If you will be absent from worship this summer, note the ways you can give electronically listed below.
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.
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in June will provide salary, benefits, and housing for our seminary intern, Alyssa Weaver; facility maintenance and repair; and support of Marion Cares after-school programming and the home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity.
May-June mission envelopes are designated for the Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides medical, dental, vision, and prescription services for underserved people in our community.