Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, March 10, we will begin a new six week sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. My message will be on John 1:1-18. In this short passage four big ideas about Jesus are introduced- he is the Word (or logos), light, life, and incarnation (God in the flesh).
The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 13 at 6:00 & 7:00 pm. On these Wednesdays, along with Holden Evening Prayer, we are having short skits featuring biblical characters from the passion story to help deepen and enrich your Lenten experience. A pancake supper will be served by the Wednesday Night Live youth from 5:15-6:45. All proceeds will go toward their shopping trip for food that will be given to Mission of Hope/Crossroads.
Bethel University Chamber Orchestra will perform at LCR on Tuesday, March 19, beginning at 7:00 pm. They will perform both traditional and contemporary musical selections. Nora Read of LCR is in the orchestra. A free-will offering will be received to offset the group’s travel expenses.
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,
The LCR Council met on Tuesday evening with leadership from Bishop Burk’s office. Pastor Paul Ostrem walked us through the next steps for the congregation as Pastor Dennis’ June 1 retirement approaches. The first step is to request an interim pastor, which we have done. We expect to have the interim pastor in place by June. The next step will be establishing a call committee. Right now the council is working to determine the formulation of the call committee. Our hope is to have the call committee in place shortly after the interim begins. If you have questions about the process please address them to Jim Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dave Jensen (email@example.com).
You are welcome to join any of these groups on Sundays at 9:05 am:
- Reading Biblical Literature: The Old Testament (fellowship hall) – Experience how Prof. Craig Koester’s stimulating video presentations on the Old Testament can help increase your understanding and faith. Led by Bob Erlandson. Sunday’s topic: King David and Nation Building.
- John: the Gospel of Light and Life (lounge) – this course will use Adam Hamilton’s book & DVD to go deeper into the weekly sermon topics.
- Secrets of the Vine (library) – Looking for purpose & direction in your life? Join us as we learn from Jesus’ final instructions to his disciples.
- 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.
- Genesis (conference room) – weekly Bible study led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
Sunday School meets Sunday at 9:05. Confirmation and Wednesday Night Live will take the Lenten season off and resume after Easter.
4th grade first communion classes begin this Wednesday, March 13 at 7:45 in the fellowship hall. An alternative seminar will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9-12.
EWALU– you can sign up online (www.ewalu.org) or send in your registration form (extras are available at the Welcome Center window). Please let Jill know if your child has registered for camp, so they can get on our scholarship list – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biderman Scholarship applications & instructions can be found on the bulletin board across from the church office or at https://lcrmarion.org/recent-news/biderman-scholarship/. Completed applications should be turned in to the Trust Fund Committee by March 15. If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact Joan Meyer (319-393-6972).
EDGE Service Crew can help you by moving things in your house, shoveling snow, or something else you need done. Call on our high school students to help as they work to raise money for their summer mission trip. Contact Katie if you need help – email@example.com.
Lenten Dramas –We are looking for men and women to help with our skits. If you are interested, please contact Laurie Stock, 361-1979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenten service help– For the 7:00 Lenten services we need ushers and readers. Please contact Marcia Edwards if you can help: email@example.com.
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 15 to discuss “How the Next Generation Will Change the World.”
2019 Time & Talent Sheets are available at the ushers stand. You can also fill out your form online at lcrmarion.org.
Catherine McAuley Center Tutors – Help an adult learner improve basic academic skills, learn English, or study for the U.S. citizenship exam. Tutors are needed at several locations. See entryway bulletin board for more information.
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.
Midweek Lenten Suppers are a great way to meet others from LCR and support a good cause at the same time. They are served from 5:15-6:45.
March/April Mission Envelopes are designated for the new Anamosa Prison congregation, “Free Indeed.” This ministry of the SE Iowa Synod is building a community of faith within the prison walls to share the good news of Jesus Christ with residents so that they may continue their spiritual journey upon release. Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed will be our guest preacher on March 31.
Thrivent Choice Dollars will expire on March 31st, so Thrivent members should be sure to go online soon to direct your Choice Dollars to charities that are important to you: www.Thrivent.com/thriventchoice or 1-800-847-4836
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.