Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, March 17, we will continue our new sermon series called John: The Gospel of Light and Life. Pastor Miranda will share a message on “The Miraculous Signs of Jesus.” John calls Jesus’ miracles “signs” that point to the identity of Jesus and the nature of life in Christ. John records seven signs
in chapters 2 through 12, starting with Jesus changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana and ending with the raising of Lazarus. Today’s texts will focus on two miraculous signs – Jesus’ changing water into wine and his healing of the blind man.
As this is spring break week for Linn Mar and Marion schools, there will not be Sunday School either this Sunday or next Sunday, March 24. EDGE will also take this Wednesday night off.
The Lenten season continues this week with midweek worship on March 20 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. This week’s guest will be Mary Magdalene. Pizza will be served by our staff from 5:15-6:45.
The 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 earlier this month 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: Solomon, A Study in Contradictions.
- 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.
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on March 22 to discuss “Angels – Are they reaching out to you?”
4th grade first communion classes will resume on Wednesday, March 27 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.
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.
Pastor Jerry Collell of Free Indeed, our synod’s new congregation at the Anamosa Men’s Reformatory, will be our guest preacher on March 31. Note below under “Give” that our March/April mission envelopes are designated for Free Indeed.
A violinist is needed for the Resurrection Choir anthem at 8 am service on Sunday, March 31. If you are interested, please contact Tyler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 & a Dunkin’ Donut or scone from Wit’s End, or stay after either service to have 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.
LCR Biking Trip – June 23-25 in the Des Moines area, including the High Trestle Trail. If interested, contact Linda Erlandson by March 31 at 377-5836.
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.
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.