Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Sunday, September 2 (& Wednesday the 5th), I will share a message on two key passages about mission- the Great Commission from Matthew 28 and Jesus’ call from Acts 1:8 to carry the gospel to the community (Jerusalem), country (Judea and Samaria), and continents (the end of the earth). We’ll look at corporate mission statements as well as our own with its four key verbs – welcome, connect, send, and serve. At the end of the message, I’ll share an overview of our upcoming year of sermon series from September-May. At the 8:15 service, we will celebrate the baptism of Lena Robertshaw and also serve holy communion.
Finally, please read the note below from the Church Council about a significant change that is coming up soon, on Rally Sunday. On September 9, we will change our worship schedule to 8:00 traditional and 10:00 contemporary services. Sunday School will start at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class. There will also be a kickoff picnic at 11:00 (see note below under Connect).
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,
WORSHIP & SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE CHANGE
At their August meeting, the Church Council discussed the fall worship schedule and voted to combine the previous 9:45 & 11 contemporary services into one service at 10:00, and move back the traditional service to 8:00, starting on Rally Sunday, Sept. 9. Our VRG survey from last year indicated the most popular start time for worship for our members was the 9:00-10:00 hour. We will now have a dedicated education hour so parents of Sunday School children can help with Sunday School, attend adult classes, join in a fellowship hour, and worship together as a family. Sunday School will start at 9:05 and meet for 45 minutes. Adult classes will start at either 9:05 or 9:15 (depending on the class) so attenders can get some coffee, visit with one another, and then settle into a class. 10:00 worship attenders can leave adult classes early to pick up their kids from Sunday School and get a seat for worship. We ask for your patience and cooperation as we adapt to this new schedule.
Youth & Adult Volunteers are needed for Sunday School, which starts on Sept. 9. We are in need of teachers and subs for pre-school, 3rd, and 5th grade. For more information, contact Jessi Heidelbauer at the registration table this Sunday in the gathering space or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the goals and hopes of going to two services this fall instead of three is to free up adults and older youth during the Sunday School hour for teaching or helping our Sunday School children.
EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend will be September 21-23. Join other volunteers, families, and church groups for outdoor activities, fun fellowship, and service projects around camp. Lodging and meals provided free of charge. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 563-933-4700.
Confirmation meets this Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 7:00-8:15 pm for a large group presentation with small groups following.
EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm.
Sunday School begins on September 9 at 9:05. Registration forms for all youth programs are at the gathering space table and on our website.
Wednesday Night Live will start on Wednesday, September 12 at 6 pm, meeting in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.
On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series begins- Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – with Pastor Dennis preaching on prayer as a Mark of Discipleship. Could you share a brief story for our Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe series? If you could share in worship, either via video or in person, about how/why/when/where you pray… or worship.. or read the Bible… or serve… or gather with others to build relationships… or give… it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worship Assistants for September – People originally scheduled for 8:15 will serve at the 8:00 service and the 9:45 group will serve at the 10:00 service. A new schedule will be sent out for October with 11:00 people scheduled at the 10:00 service, unless you notify Marcia otherwise: email@example.com.
Rally Sunday Picnic – Join your Resurrection family on Rally Sunday, September 9 at 11:00 am for a fall kick-off picnic. Remember to wear your favorite team’s gear that day – pro, college, or high school. Friends, family, and neighbors always welcome! A pulled pork meal, including sides & desserts, will be provided; bring your own lawn chairs.
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, September 7 to discuss “Living a Rich Life: Finding Meaning and Purpose.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
Fellowship hour– starting on Rally Sunday, September 9, come early for coffee and a Dunkin’ donut before the 8:00 service or stay after either service to have some refreshments and conversation.
EWALU Fall Festival & Quilt Auction will be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9 am to 5 pm. Join us for craft demonstrations, live music, a worship service, hayride tours of the camp, and quilts displayed for review. A free-will lunch is served at noon and the auction itself starts at 1:00. It is a day to celebrate and support the incredible ministry that occurs at Camp Ewalu.
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 perspective. This is for all ages, ending with running the Marion Turkey Trot on November 10th. Classes are at 8:30 am on Sundays with optional group runs scheduled during each week. The class began on Sunday, August 19 but it’s not too late to join. For more information, please contact Bob Read (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Adult discipleship classes – starting on Sunday, Sept. 9, a 7-week video class- Reading Biblical Literature: Genesis to Revelation- will begin, led by Bob Erlandson in the far end of fellowship hall. This video series features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. We will start iwith his presentations on the four gospels and Acts. Also on September 9 at 9:05 in the lounge, a book study – The Insanity of God – begins, led by Duane Rinderknecht. Follow the journey of a couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on an ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but ordinary. On Sunday, September 16th, a bible study on Paul’s letter to the Romans begins in the conference room at 9:15, led by Jim and Linda Cornally.
There are two part-time and one full-time position currently open at LCR:
- King’s Men Accompanist/Director – provide piano accompaniment for our men’s choir that meets weekly on Wednesday nights @ 6:15
- Nursery Attendant – works from 8-11 am in our nursery with another paid adult attendant on an every other week schedule
- Director of Communications – will oversee the digital communication side of LCR (website, Facebook, other social media); be in charge of marketing internally and externally; assist with fund appeals and ongoing stewardship work – job descriptions are on the entryway bulletin board
Please contact Evelyn Beck (email@example.com) or Pastor Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in the King’s Men position or nursery position. Contact Ryan Phillips if interested in the communications position (email@example.com).
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through the summer months we were able to give: monthly gifts for Camp Chisomo scholarships, Marion Cares SHINE after-school programs, and a new Habitat for Humanity home in Marion; and provide support for building maintenance, including our recent parking lot repairs. We anticipate hiring a new communications director in the next month or two, with the salary and benefits coming from this Fund.
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. Thank you for your generous support!
September & October mission envelopes are designated for the Willis Dady Emergency Shelter in Cedar Rapids. The shelter has two primary objectives: to prevent homelessness for those at risk and to re-house those who currently find themselves homeless. Phoebe Trepp, the Executive Director, will be with us on Sunday, September 30 (& Oct. 3) to share about the work of Willis Dady.
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. Another option is to send a text message to the number (319) 320-1628 from your mobile phone. You will receive a one-time registration link to enter credit or debit card payment information. After that, you can simply text the amount you want to give and it will process automatically.