Dear members and friends of LCR,
Our churchwide emphasis Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity is in full swing! Last Sunday our topic was “When Dreams Become Nightmares.” We saw how the American Dream contrasts with God’s vision, and how God’s vision brings joy that the American Dream never can. If you were unable to be with us, you can find the sermon message on our website, www.lcrmarion.org. This Sunday our topic will be “Wisdom and Finance.” We will look closely at the biblical principles of money management and discover how they apply to our daily lives. I invite you to join us for this extremely informative and practical message. You also will receive several tools that will help you in your own financial planning.
2019 Stewardship Packets will be on gathering space tables for you to pick up this Sunday through next Sunday, November 11. Those not picked up will be mailed out on Monday, Nov. 12. Please save us the cost of mailing your packet by picking it up on those Sundays. Our Enough series will culminate on Celebration Sunday, November 18, with the ingathering of our financial commitments for next year and the packing of 30 Thanksgiving baskets for local families in need.
This Sunday, November 4, is All Saints Sunday. We will light candles in memory of those LCR saints who have died in the past year. We will also light votive candles in memory of loved ones.
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 David and Psalm 23 this Sunday at 9:05.
Confirmation will meet this Wednesday night, November 7 for large group and guide huddle. Wednesday Night Live and EDGE will meet at their usual times.
Adult discipleship classes- there are several options for adults on Sunday mornings:
- Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity & Generosity- this new four week course continues this Sunday in the lounge at 9:05, led by Don Johnson.
- Reading Biblical Literature– this video series, led by Bob Erlandson at 9:05 in the far end of fellowship hall, features Professor Craig Koester of Luther Seminary. This week’s topic is Acts 9-16: the Apostle Paul’s Calling.
- Run for God, led by Bob Read, will meet at 9:05 in the fellowship hall in final preparation for their Turkey Trot run on November 10.
- Paul’s letter to the Romans meets at 9:15 in the conference room, led by Jim and Linda Cornally. This course features video teaching on Romans by Prof. Walter Taylor of Trinity Seminary.
Alpha – on Sunday afternoon, November 4 at 5:30, we will have week four of Alpha, an introduction to the Christian faith. This week’s topic is “How Can I Be Sure of My Faith? ” 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!
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, November 9 to view and discuss “Bouncing Back: Turning Disasters into Opportunities.” 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.
New Directory Team – Thank you to Mary Jo Carlson and her team for organizing all 12 days of our recent photo sessions for the new church directory. Those who have received emails about your free 8×10’s can pick them up at the welcome center window. If you have other questions, contact Mary Jo Carlson at 319-721-3775 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A big thanks to Mary Jo and Roger Carlson, along with the Directory Team, for their leadership in this effort.
FLY (Feeding Lunches to Youth) is a recipient of this year’s Turkey Trot proceeds. If you would like to help with pre-race packet pickup on Friday or Saturday, Nov. 9 & 10, at Marion High School, please contact Karen Randklev (Karen@LifeIsTooBusy.com; 319-533-1254). There is a free breakfast Saturday morning for all volunteers.
Veterans Day Recognition – On Sunday, November 11, we will honor several World War II veterans from LCR, along with acknowledging all veterans who have served over the years. Please join us in worship for this special time.
Galileans Women’s Choir meets on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Resurrection Choir rehearses at 7:15 pm each week. The King’s Men have resumed rehearsals at 6:15 with Lori Morgan as their new accompanist. New voices are always welcome in all these groups!
Alyssa Weaver’s Return- On Sunday, November 25, Alyssa Weaver will preach at the 8:00 and 10:00 services. Alyssa is in her senior year at Luther Seminary after spending her intern year with us. Come and welcome Alyssa back to LCR!
On Celebration Sunday, November 18, we’ll gather in financial commitments for 2019 and pack 30 Thanksgiving baskets for families connected with Marion Cares, Mission of Hope, and Matthew 25. If you would like to give a ham or turkey for a family, look for our “pig and turkey” display this Sunday and take a paper slab of bacon or feather off of them as a reminder. We will also need pies, potatoes, canned goods, rolls, or other Thanksgiving dinner items to fill the baskets. Monetary gifts to purchase extra items are always welcome. Thanks in advance for your generosity!
November/December Mission Envelopes will be designated for the Marion Food Pantry. The Food Pantry is located on the north side of the First Presbyterian Church at 864 – 12th St. here in Marion.
Year End Giving- as we enter the last two months of the year, your financial support is needed more than ever. At the end of September, General Fund pledges were $400,184 and actual gifts toward those pledges were $404,152- or 101% of pledges. At the end of October, General Fund pledges were $461,740 and actual gifts toward those pledges were $442,055, or 95.7%. In addition to using offering envelopes, there are several other ways of supporting LCR:
Simply Giving – join over 100 families who give regularly to LCR through automatic drafts from their checking or savings accounts. You can elect to give weekly, monthly, or quarterly. Enrollment forms are in the info rack by the Welcome Center. PayPal – there is a Donate button you can click on our website for giving.
Our Giving Kiosk by the library will receive your credit card gifts. Give+ Mobile Phone App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes. Those who use this method speak highly of its ease of use.