Dear members and friends of LCR,
Our seminary intern from last year, Alyssa Weaver, will be our guest preacher this Sunday, November 25. . Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Let’s give her a big LCR welcome home by our attendance at either the 8:00 or 10:00 services. Due to the Thanksgiving weekend, there will not be any Sunday School or adult classes.
Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity Appeal Update – After the Celebration Sunday offering of commitment cards, our 2019 totals stand at 164 General Fund commitments for $378,744 and 124 Growth & Outreach Fund Commitments for $89,742. These totals include 62 Simply Giving commitments for the 2018 General Fund and 41 commitments for the 2018 Growth & Outreach Fund that will carry over to 2019 unless we hear otherwise from the participants. Thanks to those families and individuals for your 2019 commitments.
This Sunday you will have another opportunity to offer your commitment of giving for the coming year. If you were unable to attend last week’s service or have not turned in your 2019 estimate of giving card for 2019, I invite you to do so this Sunday or on the following Wednesday. If you have misplaced your card, there are additional cards with return envelopes in the worship room chair pouches or at a tall table by the usher’s stand. You can also mail it in or drop it off at our church office.
On a practical level, we ask our members and friends to turn in Estimate of Giving Cards so that our Budget Team and Church Council is able to set a realistic ministry spending plan for the coming year. This allows us to make the most of every dollar given to the church. 75-80% of our resources for mission and ministry come from those who fill out commitment cards each year. Last year we received 227 commitments for 2018 totaling $533,338. From 2014-2017, we averaged about 250 commitment cards returned, so we have a long way to go. Every card counts, so please turn yours in before the end of the year.
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; it will resume on December 2. Confirmation, WNL, and EDGE will meet this Wednesday night at their usual times.
The Sunday School Christmas program will be on December 9th at 4:30 pm. It will feature a touching story about familiar Christmas traditions and festive songs from both our preschool/kindergarten aged students and our elementary aged students. A soup dinner will be provided after the program.
Rediscover the Joy of Christmas – our new Advent series – will begin next Sunday, Dec. 2 with a message by Pastor Dennis on “Joy in the Darkness.” The central theme of this series is the role of joy in the Christmas story, and how we can find joy in the midst of difficult times.
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 will follow the concert.
Adult discipleship classes will take this Sunday off due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Here are the class options for December 2nd:
- 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.
- 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. The pastors will lead the weekly discussion, with Pastor Miranda taking Dec. 2.
Lifetree Café gathers on Friday noon for an hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We will meet on November 30th to discuss “Overcoming Childhood Pain: Facing Unresolved Family Issues.”
Alpha Retreat on the Holy Spirit will be this Friday, Nov. 30 at 5:30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9-3, meeting in the conference room. Come join us to learn about how the Spirit is at work in our lives.
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.
Christmas Caroling will be held on Thursday, December 20. We’ll meet at the church at 6 pm and return at 7:30 for cookies and cocoa. All ages are welcome, but children 8th grade and under should be accompanied by an adult. Bring a treat to share if you are able. Please sign up at the poster in the gathering space or let someone in the office know you plan to come. Non-member friends are always welcome!
Thanksgiving Baskets – 30 baskets were assembled and delivered to Matthew 25, Mission of Hope, and Marion Cares last week. Thanks to all who donated food and money for the baskets.
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 is on a table in the back of the gathering space. 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 checkbook balance of $-5,700 at the end of October. Watch for a special mailing in the next week or so with information on how you can help.
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.