Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Mother’s Day, May 13, I will share a message about Jesus’ prayer for unity among his disciples, then and now. With two bookend video clips illustrating the challenges of motherhood and daily life for women today, we’ll consider what unity looks like today through the lens of Jesus’ prayer from John 17 and real life stories of people working together. The video clips will touch your hearts as we give thanks for our mothers, past and present.
There are other upcoming 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,
Sunday School continues this Sunday at 9:45. 8th grade confirmands have their rehearsal, class photo, and reception at 7 pm. Wednesday Night Live has their year-end party, and EDGE meets at 7:30 pm.
Wednesday Night Live – 20 WNL kids went shopping this week to buy $500 of food for Crossroads Mission. The kids used money they had raised from their Lenten Meal. Thanks to a dozen adults who helped the kids with their shopping.
EWALU Giving Tree Fundraiser – Thanks to your generosity, our campers received $2,635 from the Giving Tree fundraiser! Each full week camper will receive $70, and each mini-camper $35.
2018 Graduates – Please email the names of your high school and/or college graduates to the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can recognize everyone in the June CrossTalk. Include your student’s high school and college major if known.
VBS and Day Camp – Preschool/Kindergarten Vacation Bible School will be held June 12-15 and Elementary Day Camp will be July 9-13. Registration forms are available in the gathering space. Share these dates with your friends!
Evening Song Worship is this Wednesday, May 16, at 6 pm.
Next Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday, with the reception of new members and anthems by the Resurrection Choir at 8:15 & 9:45, and the confirmation service for our 26 8th graders at 11:00. Remember to wear something red in celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit!
Summer Worship Times – Starting on Sunday, May 27 and running through Sunday, September 2, Sunday worship will be held at 8:15 and 9:45. Note the time for Summer Song contemporary worship, as in prior years it was at 10:15. Evening Song worship on Wednesdays will be held at 6 pm as usual.
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. The deadline for signing up is May 15; make your check payable to Mission of Hope to reserve your spot.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 18th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “In the News: Students & Gun Control.” 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.
New Members will be welcomed on Sunday, May 20th at the 8:15 and 9:45 services. A “meet and greet” time will be during the coffee hour that day. There are 10 families planning to join LCR that day.
Stephen Ministers Available to Offer Care – There are times when every one of us experiences difficulties. In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend either to you or to someone you know. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister, contact Pastor Miranda Klosterboer (Stephen Leader) at 815-291-5793 or email email@example.com.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings continues on Sunday at 9:45 in fellowship hall. The topic will be “Religionless Christianity” with the story of Bonhoeffer’s involvement in the plot against Hitler and his writings about true discipleship. John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, meets this Sunday at 9:45 in the conference room.
Sacred Parenting – Join Donna Dennis to find out how God uses children to change their parents! This study meets on Sundays at 9:45 am in the church lounge or on Wednesdays at 7 pm in the café.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Marion Food Pantry needs people to shop at Aldi’s or to pick up produce at HACAP (in Hiawatha). Contact Cari Redondo if you’re interested or have questions – email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
Habitat home dedication – This photo is from the dedication ceremony this past Wednesday of the Marion home that LCR helped to build through your gifts to the Growth & Outreach fund this year. Several gifts were given to John Bosco and Suzana Ndayisenga and their five children, including several quilts, bikes for the kids, and other items. LCR was recognized with a beautiful framed certificate for our support.
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 under-served people in our community. LCR members and friends gave $761 in March & April for the ELCA’s “40 Days of Giving” project, to support those in need in Malawi. Thanks for your generosity!
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund in May 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 Marion Habitat home described above.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs led by our staff and carried out by our members and friends. Your General Fund gifts also support our mission partners locally and around the world. Through April 29th, we received 101% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support so far in 2018!
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.