Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, May 6, our intern Alyssa Weaver will preach on “The Source of Joy” from John 15, especially verse 11- I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. We wonder how Jesus could share these words of love and joy on the night of his arrest, the day before his crucifixion. What is this joy that Jesus is talking about, how do we get it or find it, and how in the midst of suffering can he/we even talk about joy? We will have an anthem by the Galileans and communion at the 8:15 service, with the baptism of Ava Nelson at 11:00.
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. Confirmation has a year-end party at 7 pm. Wednesday Night Live will go shopping at Walmart for food to stock the shelves at Crossroads Mission, using the $600 they earned at their Lenten supper. EDGE meets at 7:30 pm.
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 (email@example.com) so we can recognize everyone in the June CrossTalk. Include your student’s high school and college major if known.
Register for Camp EWALU ! We have 46 campers signed up so far; in addition, 7 LCR youth will be counselors, program directors, and Leaders in Training at EWALU this summer. LCR will again provide scholarships for students and camp buddies. $150 will be given for full week overnight camps. $75 will be given for those attending Mini camps and Ranch Day Camps. A letter detailing the information about scholarships can be found at the Welcome Window. Please let Jill Hansen know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to have your student on the scholarship list. Include student name, program attending and week the student is attending camp.
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 9, at 6 pm with Holy Communion.
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.
Brewing Up the Bible will be held this Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 pm at Louie’s Scoreboard in Marion. This group is faith talk and fellowship in a casual setting for LCR attenders and anyone else you want to invite!
LifeTree Café continues this Friday, May 11th at noon, with a short film and discussion on “Where Is God When Life Turns Tough?” 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. The deadline for signing up is May 15; make your check payable to Mission of Hope and turn it in on the 15th also.
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. Todays’ topic is “Living in Christian Community,” with the story of Finkenwald, an illegal seminary of the Confessing Church. 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.
Habitat for Humanity/LCR landscaping day has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 8 at 8:30 am. Workers are needed to help lay sod, plant a tree, spread mulch and plant flowers. If you are interested in helping, please sign up with the following link: https://cvhabitat.volunteerhub.com/lp/lcrmarion/. This is the home in Marion (282 – 22nd St) that LCR is sponsoring with a $15,000 pledge from our Gift & Outreach Fund. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9 at 5 pm.
Churches of Marion Food Pantry has two new serving opportunities that require a vehicle and lifting. Become part of a rotating team for: Food Pantry Purchasing (shop at Aldi’s between Thursday aft. and Monday eve) or HACAP Produce Pick-up (Monday and/or Wednesday afternoon at main facility in Hiawatha). Details are on the entryway bulletin board or you can talk to Cari Redondo for more information.
Spring Landscaping Clean-up will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 am to 12 noon. Remember to bring gloves and any tools you like to use. Contact people for the landscaping group are Andy & Marilynn Carter, Denny & Julie Gilds, and Linda Hayward.
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 underserved 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.