Dear members and friends of LCR,
On Rally Sunday, Sept. 9 & 12, a new sermon series begins – Give Yourself a PoWeR SuRGe – at our new worship times of 8:00 (traditional) and 10:00 (contemporary). I will share a message about the “P” of Power Surge- Prayer. Sunday School will start at 9:05, with adult classes at 9:05 or 9:15, depending on the class (see Adult Discipleship below). . There will be a free Rally Sunday Picnic at 11:00 am. A pulled pork meal, including sides & desserts, will be provided. Remember to wear your favorite team’s gear that day – pro, college, or high school.
The note below from the Church Council gives some background on the schedule change that begins this Sunday. 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,
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.
Sunday School begins this Sunday, 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.
Confirmation small groups meet this Wednesday, Sept. 12. Groups wanting to use the kitchen or fellowship hall are asked to wait until 7:30 so the Wednesday Night Live kids and leaders have time to finish their activity, clean up, and do some planning for next week.
EDGE high school youth group continues this Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 pm. Last week there were 61 in attendance- most of whom had never attended EDGE before!
Adult discipleship classes – starting on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9:15, 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 with 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.
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 (email@example.com). It will meet in the conference room this Sunday, and the fellowship hall starting next Sunday, Sept. 16.
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 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.
Galileans Women’s Choir begins this Wed, Sept. 12 at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir also begins on Sept. 12 @ 7:15 pm.
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 serve or give of your time, talent, and treasure, it would be a blessing to all of us. Jot a note on a welcome card or email Pastor Dennis: firstname.lastname@example.org. We have stories lined up for the Sundays on reading the bible and being in relationships.
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.
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 14 to discuss “The Art of Listening: an act of love.” 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Pastor Dennis (email@example.com) if interested in the King’s Men position or nursery position. Contact Ryan Phillips if interested in the communications position (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your gifts to the Growth & Outreach Fund this year have been exceptional! Through the summer months we were able to give 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, 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.