Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Father’s Day, June 17th, we will consider the third topic in our sermon series “Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go.” This week’s message is on forgiveness in daily life with those outside our family. I will share a message about dealing with the “small stones” that tend to weigh us down as well as the big rocks that seem overwhelming to carry in our relationship backpacks. The parable of the unforgiving servant from Matthew 18 reminds us that on the cross, Jesus forgave us of an unpayable debt, and we are called to show that same mercy and grace to others. In addition, we will celebrate the baptisms of Alexander DeLarm, Amelia DeLarm, and Owen Phillips at the 9:45 service.
One of our mission trips will return this weekend as the Pine Ridge group arrives home. We will hear from them on June 24 & 27 as they share about their experiences with the Native American community in South Dakota. Our other mission trip in Malawi is still underway. They will bring the message on July 8 & 11 about their time in Africa leading Camp Chisomo. Please keep all 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 Fundraiser and the Heavenly Harp concert – both held on June 24th. Our website (www.lcrmarion.org) provide more details on each topic.
Blessings to you,
VBS – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School was held this past week. Thanks to all those who helped with our little ones. Special thanks to Jill Hansen for her leadership during the week.
Attending EWALU this week is Elysia Wiley (Ranch Mini-Camp). In addition, LCR members on summer 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 continues this 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 to sign up & pay is this Wednesday, 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.
Volunteers are needed to help with registration, serving the meal, and other small tasks at next Sunday’s Mission of Hope/LCR Golf outing fundraiser at Hunters Ridge. We need help from noon-1:00 with registration and games, or from 5-6 serving the meal. Send an email to Pastor Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you can help us out.
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. Bring your friends and neighbors! This is a wonderful, non-threatening way to invite those who don’t normally attend worship. A free will offering will be accepted.
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.
LCR Bicycle Trip will be held on June 24-26. We stay in Preston, MN at the Trailhead Inn. Talk to Ken Lee at 895-8005 or see the bulletin board for details.
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 Camp Chisomo team of teens and young adults who are currently serving 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. 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 serve the children who will gather at Camp Chisomo!
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. Keep them in your prayers as they return home this weekend!
Blood Drive – Sign up now to give blood here at Resurrection on Monday, June 18, between 2:30 and 6:00 pm. You can pick your appointment time on the sheet on the entryway bulletin board, or by calling Bob Wolter (360-6184).
FLY helpers are needed every Monday during the summer to distribute sack lunches to children in our community. We’ve had a great response for lunch preparation, but we still need delivery people. If you can help deliver 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.