Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Sunday, October 7, we will continue our “Give yourself a Power Surge” sermon series with a message on Marks of Discipleship: Serving. I will share some thoughts on what the Bible says about serving and how you can find some ways to begin serving. Holy communion will be served at 8:00, and we will celebrate the baptism of Violet Nelson at 10:00. Sunday School meets at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below).
Pictorial directory appointments continue this week. The photos will be taken in the preschool A/B rooms. If you have not yet signed up for a time, you can do so on Sunday morning at the table 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,
Sunday School continues their new unit on the story of Abraham and Sarah this Sunday at 9:05. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website. 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 earlier than usual, at 4:30 pm, in order to travel to the Pumpkin Patch. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.
EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Confirmation will have a service night this Wednesday.
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 Luke.
- 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.
New Church Directory – Help make our photo sessions run smoothly by checking people in when they come for their appointments. Dates are October 2-6, Oct. 9-13, and Oct. 19 & 20. Sign up on the gathering space table or contact organizer Mary Jo Carlson: 319-721-3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday School “behind the scenes” jobs – Popcorn Parent: an adult to make popcorn for the students each week on Sunday mornings before 9:05 am. It’s very easy, and the kids will love you for it! Tech Lab: an adult to add some expertise to our projects with the tablets – video editing, presentation making, app updating. Our tablet projects vary from unit to unit, so this would be an on-going task. For more information, email email@example.com.
Schedule Change – We are now in our fifth weekend of our new service times – 8:00 traditional and 10:00 contemporary worship. It has been refreshing to have a dedicated education hour from 9:05-10:00, where parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. We ask for your continued patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.
Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week.
Council Forums will be held next Sunday, October 14 at 9:15 and 10:45 am in the fellowship hall for conversation and feedback on various topics.
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.
Lifetree Café invites the community in each Friday for a free hour of coffee, light refreshments, and conversation around relevant issues. We’ll meet at noon on Friday, October 12 to discuss “Dr. Danger: What Every Patient Needs to Know.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
On Sunday, October 14 between services, we will have a reception to recognize these staff for special anniversaries: 15 years at LCR – Emily Carson; 10 years at LCR – Jill Hansen, Evelyn Beck, & Marcia Edwards.
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 in late October.
Alpha – starting this Sunday afternoon, October 7 at 5:30, we will offer the Alpha course, an introduction to the Christian faith. Alpha features a weekly meal, 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 for more information. Would you be willing to either prepare a meal with one or two other teammates for the group once every 8 weeks? Or could you help serve a meal once every 4 weeks with a teammate? If so, contact Wayne Brandt: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 8 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 $5,000 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.