Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, May 5, we will continue our new sermon series- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope. My sermon will be on “Fear of the Other.” This series will explore the most common worries and fears experienced by Americans today; consider practical steps for overcoming these fears; and look at these fears in the light of scripture and faith that calls us to live with courage and hope. This week’s focus is on crime, racism, terrorism, and politics.
New Member Seminar – On Sunday, May 5th from 1-3 pm we invite all those who have been attending LCR and would like to explore membership. We’ll tour the building, get acquainted, and talk about the church’s past and future.
LCR’s Bible Camp ‘Giving Tree’ will be in the gathering space with envelopes for your gifts through May 12. In addition to your Giving Tree donations, each camper is going to receive a $150 scholarship from the General Fund ($75 for mini-campers).
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.
Peace be with you,
Sunday School meets this Sunday, May 5. Wednesday Night Live will have their end of year party on May 8 at 6 pm. Confirmation will also wrap up the year with a party on May 8 at 7 pm. EDGE meets at 7:30.
On Wednesday, May 15, the 8th grade confirmands will have their rehearsal and group photo at 7 pm, followed by a reception in fellowship hall. Their confirmation service will be on Sunday, May 19 at 11:15 am.
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 – email@example.com.
Groups meeting this Sunday at 9:05:
- Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope (lounge) – this book/DVD study will dig deeper into the sermon series topics. Led by Donna Dennis.
- One Year Chronological Bible Study (fellowship hall) – A fascinating way to read through the Bible in one year. Led by Dan Tegtmeier.
- Reading Biblical Literature: Old Testament (fellowship hall) – video presentations by Prof. Craig Koester of Luther Seminary, led by Bob Erlandson. This week’s topic is “The Babylonian Conquest and Exile.”
- Genesis (conference room) – An exploration of the first book in the Old Testament. Led by Jim & Linda Cornally.
Alyssa Weaver Update – Our seminary intern from 2017-18 will graduate from Luther Seminary on May 19. She has interviewed with Our Savior’s Lutheran in Iola, Wisconsin. They are voting to call her on Sunday, May 5. Her 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.
Synod Assembly – Pastor Dennis, Allyn Glenn-Angell, and Matthew Lang will be attending our synod assembly in West Des Moines on May 10-11.
A Message from the Church Council:
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we are seeking members to form a call committee for the purpose of calling a senior pastor for the congregation. We seek a diverse group of individuals with a vision for the future of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection to help us with the critically important task of shaping the future of the church. Please contact Jim Shaw or Dave Jensen if you are willing to participate or have suggested candidates. (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com). Thank you, LCR Council
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on May 10 to discuss “Love Ya, Mom-Celebrating Mothers.”
Our second Habitat for Humanity home will be dedicated on Wednesday, May 8, at 5 pm. It is located at 403 – 9th Avenue in Marion. We are providing $15,000 in seed money for each of three homes over the years 2018-2020. These funds come from your generous gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund.
Skate Park Dedication – You are invited to celebrate the opening of Marion’s first skate park on Wednesday, May 8 at noon. It is located at the east end of our parking lot on Butterfield Park. The skate park features a variety of ramps, rails, and other elements that are suitable for people of all skill levels. (This park land belongs to LCR and was leased to the city of Marion in 1999).
WNL Kids Shopping Trip – Our Wednesday Night Live kids (and helpers) went on their annual shopping trip to Walmart this week to buy food and other daily necessities for the pantry shelves at Mission of Hope. Thanks to all who gave at the March 13th Lenten Supper so our WNL kids could serve our neighbors in need.
EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend is May 3-5. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals are provided free of charge. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 563-933-4700. Thank you for your support!
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.
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 will stop sending offering envelopes to anyone who is signed up for Simply Giving. Special envelopes that are included in the mailed envelope packets throughout the year will be available 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.