Resurrection E-news: Sunday, May 26, 2019

Dear members and friends of LCR,

My farewell sermon will be this Sunday, May 26th, with receptions between services on the 26th and an Open House on Wednesday the 29th from 7-9 pm. The 6 pm service on the 29th will include some comments from LCR members, starting around 6:30 pm. All are welcome.

This Sunday’s sermon – “Life Lessons from Bible Camp” – will take you on a whitewater canoe trip down the Flambeau River in northern Wisconsin, where we will learn valuable life lessons, such as: small groups build relationships; leave a campsite better than you found it; Jesus is Lord; and four others.

The King’s Men will sing at the 8:00 service. At the 10:00 service holy communion will be served.

Next Sunday, June 2nd, Pastor Paul Ostrem from our Southeastern Iowa Synod staff will preach and our new interim pastor, Pastor Denny Wright, will assist in worship.

There are other unique events and opportunities that we want to alert you to through this weekly e-note. Our website ( provide more details on each topic.

God bless you always,

Pastor Dennis


A Message from the Church Council – Brothers and sisters in Christ, there is a lot of activity in the church with the upcoming retirement of Pastor Dennis. The council has gathered a set of names for the call committee and will select the members soon. In addition, we have finished the search for an interim senior pastor and are pleased to announce that Pastor Denny Wright will be starting on May 28th. The council thanks the congregation for their prayers and support during this exciting time, and thanks the staff, worship team, and volunteer team for their extra efforts. – LCR Council

Pastor Denny Wright is a retired ELCA pastor who grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School. He attended Bemidji State and taught high school in Minnesota. Denny then moved back to Cedar Rapids to teach at Kennedy High, and married Winnie Lowe (a Linn-Mar grad) in 1967. He attended Northwestern Lutheran Seminary and served at churches in Iowa, Texas, Kansas, and Minnesota. While in Kansas, Denny served as Assistant to the Bishop of the Central States Synod, ELCA. Denny & Winnie recently moved back to the area after he had served as Interim Pastor in several congregations in Minnesota. They have four adult children and six grandchildren. Denny is looking forward to this fourth experience as an Interim Pastor. This will be the third ‘Lutheran Church of the Resurrection’ he has served!


High School and College Seniors will be recognized in the June CrossTalk. Please list the name, school, and future plans of your student/s on the back of your welcome card, or email them to

EWALU You can sign up online ( 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 –

Vacation Bible School & Elementary Day Camp registrations can be found at the gathering space table. Non-members are very welcome, so invite your friends and neighbors! You can also sign up online at


Lifetree Café is coming to Sundays! Starting on June 2nd, we’ll offer this popular program at 9:05 am each week. Grab your coffee and snacks, and join us in the fellowship hall. Feel free to invite outside friends as we have conversations about relevant and compelling topics.

Summer Books – As summer begins, we would like to share a few good books for your reading pleasure in the back yard hammock, at poolside, or on vacation. Each of these books can be borrowed at our local libraries or purchased in a number of formats. If you are one who enjoys talking over a good book after you’ve read it, we’ll have discussion sessions at 9:05 am each Sunday this summer. Series begins June 9th with “The Shack” – please join us!


Alyssa Weaver’s ordination service will be on Saturday, June 1 at 11 am at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sparta, Wisconsin. A reception will be held following the service at her home congregation, Peace Lutheran Church, in Tomah, WI.  LCR friends are invited to attend.  Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin has called her as their pastor.


Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 31 to discuss “An Encounter with God: A Prime Minister’s Supernatural Experience.”


Fellowship Time is held in the café and fellowship hall on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:15 am. The menu includes Dunkin’ Donuts, Wit’s End scones, juice, and coffee.

Mission of Hope Golf Outing sign-up sheet is now posted on the entryway bulletin board. You can sign up as a group of 4, or as an individual and we’ll put you in a group. Event is on Sunday, June 23rd, registration ends Wed, June 9th, and cost is $50 per player. Non-players are welcome to sign up for just the dinner ($10). See flyer on bulletin board for details.


May/June Mission Envelopes are designated for Community Health Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids. The Clinic provides free medical, dental, vision, and prescription services to 7,000 people in need each year.

Offering Envelopes – Effective May 1st we stopped sending offering envelopes to those who are signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year are now available for you at the Welcome Center literature rack. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Recording Secretary Joan Meyer at 393-6972.

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.

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