Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, October 14 (and Wednesday the 17th), we will continue our “Give Yourself a Power Surge” sermon series with a message on Marks of Discipleship: Relationships. In my message we’ll look at how we are created for community, with deep needs for family and friendships. Jesus had two small groups in his adult life: an outer circle of 12 disciples, and an inner circle of three – Peter, James, and John. We’ll explore four kinds of small groups at LCR or in the wider community- activity, growth, support, and mission groups.
The Resurrection Choir will share an anthem at 8:00, with Holy Communion served at 10:00. At both services we will recognize staff who have served LCR for fifteen years (Emily Carson) or ten years (Jill Hansen, Evelyn Beck, and Marcia Edwards). There will be a reception in their honor in the gathering space at 9:05. Stop by for a piece of cake and thank them for their many years of faithful service.
A Church Council Open Forum will meet at 9:15 and 10:45 in the fellowship hall for conversation and feedback on various topics.
A Take Away Hunger Packaging Event will be held next Sunday, October 21, starting at 9:00. We are in need of 23 people for the 9:05 – 10:00 time slot; 23 for the 10:05 – 11:00 time slot; and 7 people for the 11:05 – 12:00 pm time slot. Look for Jill Hansen at the gathering space table to sign up.
Pictorial directory appointments conclude this week with appointments on Friday or Saturday only. If you have not yet signed up for a time, you can do so this Sunday morning in the gathering space, or go online to our website (www.lcrmarion.org) and click on the Connect image in the lower right-hand corner. The Lifetouch menu will guide you through a simple process to make an appointment.
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,
Alpha – on Sunday afternoon, October 14 at 5:30, we will have week two of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “Who is Jesus?” 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. Go to www.alphausa.org to learn more, and join us this Sunday for Alpha!
Sunday School continues their new unit on the story of Abraham and Sarah this Sunday at 9:05. Parents, teachers, and children attending 8:00 worship can feel free to leave during the closing hymn so they are on time for the start of Sunday School.
Sunday School doors (#6 circle drive and #7 YAC) will be locked at 9:05 am each week to limit distractions for kids in the YAC. If it looks like you may be late for Sunday School, please bring your kids through the main entry. Thank you for your cooperation.
Wednesday Night Live will meet at 6:00 on October 17. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades. Confirmation will have a large group night this Wednesday. EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
Adult discipleship classes – there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:
- Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall at 9:05, features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is the gospel of
- Run for God – Facilitator and trainer Bob Read will guide you through a training program that takes you from the couch to a 5K in 12 weeks using a biblical The group will meet at 9:05 in the middle of fellowship hall.
Paul’s letter to the Romans – meets in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.
The Insanity of God – this book study is led by Duane Rinderknecht in the lounge, starting at 9:05. Follow the journey of a missionary couple who served in war-torn Somalia.
COFFEE WITH THE PASTORS
If you have been attending LCR for a while and would like to explore membership or just meet the pastors, we will have our new member “Coffee with the Pastors” event on Sunday, October 21 from 1-3 pm. We will give you a tour of our facility and talk about what’s involved in membership at LCR.
Blood Drive will be held at LCR this Tuesday, Oct. 16th from 2:30-6:30. A sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board or call Bob Wolter (377-5126) to get the appointment time you need. Last date to have donated previously is 8/21.
New Church Directory – Help make our remaining photo sessions run smoothly by checking people in when they come for their appointments. Final dates are this Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19 (2-9 pm) & 20th (10-5). Sign up on the gathering space table or contact organizer Mary Jo Carlson: 319-721-3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Golf Outing planning team will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:00 pm at LCR. This is our annual event to benefit Mission of Hope. If you would like to join our team, contact Donna (805-908-6744) or Bill (563-271-2954).
Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week. The King’s Men will begin rehearsals soon with Lori Morgan as their new accompanist. New voices are always welcome in all these groups!
Our Power Surge series will conclude on October 21 & 24 with a message by Pastor Miranda on Marks of Discipleship: Giving.
On Sunday, October 28, we will begin a four week worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity. We will look at some of the financial challenges facing us as a nation and examine our own spending, saving, and giving habits. In addition to exploring biblical principles of financial management, we will learn ways to assess our financial situation and develop a financial plan that will allow us to experience the true joy that comes through simplicity and generosity. We will also offer a class using the Enough DVD & book, meeting at 9:05 in the lounge, starting on October 28.
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. This Sunday we will have a cake on a gathering space table in honor of our staff anniversaries.
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, October 19 to discuss “Life’s Myths: What Really Leads to Happiness.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Allyn Glenn-Angell has accepted our offer to be Director of Communications. She is currently the co-executive director/development director for the Wesley Student Center at the University of Iowa. She will begin at LCR next Sunday, October 21.
General Fund gifts – Your support this fall will provide for the staff and materials needed to carry out our Sunday School, EDGE, confirmation, and Wednesday Night Live programming, along with supporting our choirs and worship needs. Through September we received 101% of your 2018 General Fund pledge commitments, pro-rated through nine months. Thank you for your generous support!
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Our new communications director, Allyn Glenn-Angell, will begin on October 21, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund. Thanks to your generosity, this year we will provide $5000 in Camp Chisomo scholarships; $10,000 for Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs; and $15,000 for a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion. The Fund also provides support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs.
September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids.
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.
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.