Dear members and friends of LCR,
We are halfway through our church-wide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. Last Sunday our topic was “Wisdom and Finance.” We looked closely at the biblical principles of money management and learned how they apply to our daily lives. We also reviewed some common pitfalls and cultural traps and discovered how we can avoid them. If you were unable to be with us, you can find the sermon message on our website. This Sunday our topic will be “Cultivating Contentment.” In my message I will address our human tendency to accumulate possessions and wealth and how to simplify our lives. We also will be handing out a special tool that will help us refocus daily on contentment and simplicity. I hope you will join us!
This Sunday is also Veterans Day and the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, which ended World War I. We will celebrate our World War II veterans and recognize all veterans who have served. The 8:00 service will feature anthems by the Resurrection Ringers and Older Hymns. There will also be two baptisms – Lucas Alexander Mast at 8:00 and Charlotte Ann Provolt at 10:00.
2019 Stewardship Packets will be on gathering space tables for you to pick up this Sunday. Those not picked up will be mailed out on Monday, Nov. 12. Please save us the cost of mailing your packet by picking it up this Sundays. Our Enough series will culminate on Celebration Sunday, November 18, with the ingathering of our financial commitments for next year and the packing of 30 Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need. If you would like to give a ham or turkey for a family, look for our pig display this Sunday and take a paper ham or feather off of them as a reminder. We will also need pies, potatoes, canned goods, rolls, or other Thanksgiving dinner items to fill the baskets. Monetary gifts to purchase extra items are always welcome. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
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.
Blessings to you,
Sunday School meets on Sunday from 9:05-9:50 am. 6th-7th grade confirmation students will have small groups this Wednesday night; 8th graders will have a mentor meeting (students, parents, mentors) at 7:15.
EDGE youth are in Minneapolis for their annual mission trip weekend, serving at a homeless shelter in downtown Minneapolis. They will return Sunday afternoon; please keep them in your prayers as they travel home.
Adult discipleship classes – there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:
- Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity – this new four week course continues this Sunday in the lounge at 9:05, led by Don Johnson.
- Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall, features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Acts 17-28: Paul and the Roman Empire.
- Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.
Congratulations to Bob Read and his Running for God group who ran in the Turkey Trot on Saturday.
Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph will begin on Sunday, November 25 at 9:15 and run for 4 weeks in the Advent season, meeting in the lounge. Faithful is a DVD/book course by Adam Hamilton.
Alpha – on Sunday evening, November 11 at 5:30, we will have week five of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “Why and How Should I Read the Bible? ” Alpha features dessert, an engaging video presentation, and discussion. Wayne Brandt and Pastor Dennis will coordinate the course. Alpha is a world-wide course that offers room to explore life’s big questions in a small group atmosphere. Join us this Sunday for Alpha!
Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, November 16 to view and discuss “Saluting Those Who Serve: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Fellowship hour – Come early each Sunday for coffee and a Dunkin’ Donut before the 8:00 service or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation. On Thanksgiving Eve, November 21, we will have a fellowship time with pumpkin and other pies following the 6 pm Thanksgiving Eve service. If you would like to donate a pie, or help set up, serve, or clean up, contact Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).
Pictorial Directory – Those who received emails about your free 8×10’s can pick them up at the welcome center window. Questions about your photo order? Call Lifetouch at 888-313-1746. Make sure to have your sitting number/access code from the sheet you were given when your photos were taken.
FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is a recipient of this year’s Turkey Trot proceeds. If you would like to help with pre-race packet pickup on Friday or Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10, at Marion High School, please contact Karen Randklev (Karen@LifeIsTooBusy.com; 319-533-1254). There is a free breakfast Saturday morning for all volunteers.
Hanging of the Greens – this annual tradition of decorating LCR for Advent and Christmas will be held on Friday night, November 30 at 5 pm.
Alyssa Weaver’s Return – On Sunday, November 25, Alyssa Weaver will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 services. Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Come and welcome Alyssa back to LCR!
Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week. The King’s Men have resumed rehearsals at 6:15 with Lori Morgan as their new accompanist. New voices are always welcome in all these groups!
November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. $1,334 was sent to the Willis Dady Shelter from Sept-Oct. gifts.
Year End Giving – in order to end the year in the black, LCR will need a very generous response to the General Fund in November-December. At the end of October, General Fund pledges were $461,740 and actual gifts toward those pledges were $442,055, or 96%. That gap of almost $20,000 in anticipated income resulted in a negative checkbook balance at the end of October. Help us dig out of the hole by year end with your faithful giving.
In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR: 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.