Dear members and friends of LCR,
This Sunday, November 18, is Celebration Sunday as we receive your 2019 financial commitments to LCR and our mission partners. You can give them as part of your offering on Sunday; or place them in a basket by the usher stand; or if you will be gone this weekend, you can mail it in or drop it off at the church office. We already have received 35 General Fund Commitments totaling $77,310, and 28 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments totaling $22,130.
Thanks to those families and individuals for your early commitments.
Our fall stewardship emphasis – Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity– will conclude this Sunday with a message by Pastor Miranda on “Defined by Generosity.” What defines your life? Is it wealth? belongings? faith? Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and joy for those who choose to live another way. I urge you to join us this Sunday as we learn how to live a new way – as people who are defined by generosity and who experience true joy.
At the 8:00 First Light Service, the Galileans will share an anthem; holy communion will be served; and Jenny Flieder will be commissioned as a Stephen Minister. At the 10:00 New Song service, our EDGE band will lead worship; we’ll see a special video message about Camp Chisomo; and will celebrate the baptisms of Jack Kleinsmith and Weston Ehrisman.
This Sunday we will also pack 30 Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need. Many of you took a feather or ham from our display earlier this week – thank you for providing a turkey or ham for a basket. 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. The 30 baskets will be delivered to Marion Cares, Matthew 25, and Mission of Hope on Monday, November 19. 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 will not meet this Sunday or on November 25; it will resume on December 2. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will not meet this Wednesday night due to the Thanksgiving Eve service at 6 pm.
Thanksgiving Eve worship will be this Wednesday, November 21 at 6 pm. A fellowship time with pumpkin, apple, and other pies will follow the service. If you would like to help set up, serve, or clean up, contact Marcia Edwards (Marcia@lcrmarion.org).
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!
A Christmas “Comfort and Joy” Concert by our various choirs and bands will be held on Sunday, December 2 at 6 pm. A fellowship time with cookies, cocoa, and coffee will follow the concert.
Adult discipleship classes – there are several options for adults this Sunday morning:
- Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity- this four week course concludes 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 I & II Corinthians – Paul’s Letters to a Church in Conflict.
- 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.
Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph will begin on Sunday, December 2 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 18 at 5:30, we will explore “Why and How Should I Read the Bible? ” Alpha features dessert, an engaging video presentation, and discussion. Wayne Brandt and Pastor Dennis coordinate the course. 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 won’t meet this Friday (Nov. 23), but will resume on Friday, November 30th to discuss “Overcoming Childhood Pain: Facing Unresolved Family Issues.”
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.
Hanging of the Greens decorating for the Advent/Christmas season will be held on Friday, November 30, beginning at 5:00 pm. Stop by after work, or when you can, to help us make the church beautiful for the season and for our December 2nd “Comfort & Joy” Christmas Concert! Please let us know if you can help: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Giving Tree – the Christmas Season is soon upon us and the Marion Independent School District is requesting LCR’s support again with providing gifts for seven families. The Giving Tree will be placed in the gathering space by November 21st. Please consider taking a requested item from the tree (don’t forget to write your name and phone # by the item list on the table) and return the item with the tag attached by Sunday, December 9th. This year, please check the tag to determine if the gift is to be wrapped or not. If you have questions, contact Jill Hansen through the church office.
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.