Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, October 21 (and Wednesday the 24th), we will conclude our “Give Yourself a Power Surge” sermon series with a message on Marks of Discipleship: Giving by Pastor Miranda. God invites us to a life-changing willingness to live generously. How does giving benefit our hearts as disciples? When we are touched by Jesus’ unconditional love and abundant grace, how will we respond? How might our giving be a part of Jesus’ work to transform lives and change the world? How can giving generously enliven in you, and LCR, a power surge of faith and hope? The Galileans will share an anthem at 8:00, with holy communion also served at that service.
A Take Away Hunger Packaging Event will be held this Sunday, October 21, starting at 9:00. We are in need of people for the 10:05 – 11:00 time slot. Stop by the fellowship hall if you want to help feed those in need.
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 this 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.
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,
Allyn Glenn-Angell has accepted our offer to be Director of Communications. She has been the co-executive director/development director for the Wesley Student Center at the University of Iowa. She will begin at LCR this Sunday – take a moment during the coffee hour to welcome her to LCR!
Sunday School begins their new unit on David and Psalm 23 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 – We will be meeting at Pumpkin Patch Pizzazz this Wednesday. We will be there from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Please go straight to the pumpkin patch as we will not be meeting at the church before we go to the farm. This is a reschedule from our original date. Please let Jill know if your family is planning to attend the event. There will be NO WNL on October 31.
Confirmation will have a small group night t this Wednesday. EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm.
Alpha – on Sunday afternoon, October 21 at 5:30, we will have week three of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “Why Did Jesus Die?” 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!
Adult discipleship classes – there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings- note the change of rooms for this Sunday only:
- Reading Biblical Literature – this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05, features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is the gospel of John, part 2. They will meet in the conference room.
- Run for God – this group, led by Bob Read, will meet at 9:05 in the
- Paul’s letter to the Romans – will not meet this week so the group can help with packaging meals.
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 an Enough class, meeting at 9:05 in the lounge, starting on October 28.
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!
New Church Directory – Questions about your photo or the directory? Contact Mary Jo Carlson at 319-721-3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 26 to discuss “If Only: Living With Regret.” 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.
Cribbage Group will gather again this Friday, October 26th from 1:15 to 3:15 pm. Come join in the fun! All are welcome, including those who’ve never played before. Call John Knodle (551-8162) if you have any questions.
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.