Dear members and friends of LCR,
On this Sunday, September 23, our fall sermon series continues – Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – at our new worship times of 8:00 (traditional) and 10:00 (contemporary), along with 6:00 on Wednesdays. Pastor Miranda will share a message about the “R” of Power Surge – Reading the Bible. We grow as disciples when we hear the word of God in the Bible and let it take root in our hearts and bear fruit in our lives. How do we begin reading the Bible? How can reading the Bible transform our hearts and draw us to lives filled with the fruits of the Spirit? These and other questions will be addressed in the message. In addition, Beginner Bibles will be given out to preschool children who are starting Sunday School this fall.
Sunday School meets at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below). 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.
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, September 23 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 so strangers won’t have any opportunity to wander through our children’s areas. 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 meets this Wednesday, September 26 at 6 pm in the fellowship hall. WNL is for elementary age students in 3rd-5th grades.
EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Confirmation will not meet this Wednesday as it is a family night.
Adult discipleship classes – there are five 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 Mark, part 2.
- 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.
- 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. The group will meet at 9:05 in the middle of fellowship hall. (Note change of time and location).
- Marks of Discipleship – using the weekly “Bring It Home” handouts from worship, this group will use the small meeting room (back of the gathering space) at 9:15 for conversation on the Power Surge Marks of Discipleship. Donna Dennis will facilitate the conversation- this week’s topic is worship.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
EWALU Volunteer Work Weekend is 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.
Mission of Hope Lunch Program will serve a meal on Thursday, October 4th. Talk to Sharon Hill or Linda Schminke if you would like to take part in this serving opportunity, or if you can help by underwriting some of our expenses.
Schedule Change – we are now in our third 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. Sunday School teachers and students have adjusted well to the new start time of 9:05. Adult classes have also adjusted to starting at either 9:05 or 9:15 (depending on the class). 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.
JuBellation Youth Bell Choir is looking for kids who want to make some beautiful noise! 4th-12th graders are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Practices will be on Thursday evenings from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. We perform at services throughout the school year. Make a note on your welcome card, or contact Matthew Lang at 319-480-4435 or firstname.lastname@example.org. JuBellation is lots of fun!
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, September 28 to discuss “When Anxiety Strikes: Compassion, Peace, and Letting Go.” Check out our Facebook page for Lifetree: facebook.com/LifetreeCafe.Marion.
“Weekend to Remember” Marriage Getaway discount price ends 9/24, so sign up today! Details are available in the welcome center window.
Alpha – starting on 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: email@example.com.
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 August we received 99% 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! Through August you have given 87% of faith commitments, pro-rated through 8 months. A new communications director, Allyn Glenn-Angell, will begin in late October, 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. 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.