Dear members and friends of LCR,
This 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. On Pentecost Sunday, we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to move in and through the church as the Holy Spirit calls us to faith and unites us in community with one another. Remember to wear something red in celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit!
Summer Worship Times – Starting next 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.
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 concludes this Sunday at 9:45. 8th grade confirmands will affirm their faith at 11:00. EDGE has their senior night at 7:30 pm.
2018 Graduates – Please email the names of your high school and/or college graduates to the church office (email@example.com) 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!
A new red Pentecost banner will be seen in worship today, given in memory of Marjorie Chappell by her daughter, Judy Conrad, and family.
Evening Song Worship with holy communion is this Wednesday, May 16, at 6 pm.
New Members will be welcomed this Sunday, May 20th at the 8:15 and 9:45 services. A “meet and greet” time will be during the coffee hour that day. These 11 families or individuals are joining LCR on Sunday: Melissa Bradley, Chase (10), Cruz (6), and London (1); Carol Crawford; Christopher & Jennifer DeLarm, Alexander (6) and Amelia (1); Ethan & Shasta Ehrisman and Weston (8 months); Jenny Flieder; Barry & Anna Miglia, Zachary (12) and Lily (9); Erik & Erin Nelson and Violet (1); Bradley & Alyssa Phillips and Owen (1 month); Sara Provolt; Symon Sanborn, Henry (14) and Myles (12); and Tyler & Michele Swartz, Anna (12) and Lindsey (10). Their photos, contact information, and bios will appear in the June Crosstalk.
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 25th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “God and Gays.” 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 was May 15; 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.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: His life and writings concludes this Sunday at 9:45 in fellowship hall. The topic will be the story of Bonhoeffer’s final years in prison during World War II. John: The Gospel of Light and Life, led by Jim & Linda Cornally, also concludes 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.
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.
This photo is of a new well that was dug last week 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 will leave for Malawi on June 2 to lead Camp Chisomo. Each will receive a $350 scholarship from the Growth & Outreach Fund to help lower the cost of their trip.
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.
Pine Ridge Mission Trip – Nine adults & youth will be traveling to South Dakota this June 8th-16th to serve at the Pine Ridge Reservation. There are several ways you can help our team: Join the Prayer Team; or Donate items such as : Diapers (any size) and Baby Wipes; Personal Care/Hygiene Kits (adult size toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, shampoo, and comb all wrapped in a new towel and tied with a ribbon); New Quilts and Blankets; or Monetary donations are being accepted to help pay the team’s transportation costs or to buy needed items for donation when we arrive and support their local economy.
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.
General Fund gifts support our local ministries and programs along with our mission partners locally and around the world. Through April, we received 103% of what was needed for General Fund ministries through April! Thanks for your generous, faithful support! As we head into 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 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 home we partnered in building with Habitat for Humanity. So far in 2018 we have given over $3400 each to Marion Cares and Habitat for Humanity; our goal for 2018 is $10,000 for Marion Cares and $15,000 for Habitat.
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!