Dear Resurrection Family,
I am in Madison, Wisconsin, as you read this note, speaking to all the United Methodists pastors and leaders among the laity of the state of Wisconsin. I’d value your prayers as I speak today and tomorrow. I also want you to know how moved the pastors have been by your notes and prayers. Here’s a picture one of the pastors from Texas shared with me on Twitter:
Last night I arrived in Madison and clergy couple came to tell me how they had each received two or three notes and how deeply moved they were by the prayers and encouragement. Some of you who wrote took the time to look up these churches online and prayed very specifically for them. I’m so grateful and proud of you for this effort. The aim of my speaking at these conferences is to encourage renewal and renewed vitality in churches across the country.
This weekend is Father’s Day weekend. If your father is still alive, invite him to join us for worship. Men, this weekend we will let you know about the wide array of things we have for guys to connect – from spiritual retreats to sports leagues, serving opportunities and small groups – along with ways to grow in your faith through Men’s Bible Studies. There is something for everyone. You will want to know about these opportunities to grow in your faith. And be sure to check out the cool cars and bikes outside as you leave worship this weekend!
Pastor Scott will preach at Leawood on the Parables of Lost Things in Luke 15, climaxing in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. This story is perfect for Father’s Day as it likens God to a Father whose love and mercy are relentless. It is one of my favorite parables in the Scriptures. We’ll also have the youth band, which led Vacation Bible Camp in worship this week, leading worship at Leawood. You’ll get a report of the awesome VBC that’s happened at Resurrection this week! If you are in town, don’t miss worship this week, or if you are out of town, join us online (as I’ll be doing).
This will be a particularly difficult Father’s Day for some families in our community. In the last month, we’ve had five suicides of people connected to the congregation in some way. A couple were members, and others were family of members or friends of members. When I’m back in the pulpit the weekend after the 4th of July we’ll talk more about this, and Congregational Care is planning a couple of events, one for those who have lost loved ones to suicide, and another for those struggling with depression and their families. I’m praying for these families today. Here is a link to a sermon I preached on suicide several years ago.
Resurrection Night at the Royals is one week from today and tickets are still available for Friday, June 23. Around 400 Resurrection members and their families already have tickets. Game time is at 7:15 pm as our Kansas City Royals take on the Toronto Blue Jays. You can purchase tickets for $18 each online. If you're on Facebook, go to our event and click that you're GOING!
Bless the School started yesterday. This is an exciting week for our church as volunteers paint and rehab our partner elementary schools. There are still opportunities to sign up to volunteer for this year’s project, which goes June 15-23. Join our crew to refresh and revitalize Phillips/Attucks Elementary School.
Hundreds of volunteers are needed to help paint, clean, organize and assist with installing a playground. You can learn more or sign up to help online. If you can’t help in working on the school, but still want to contribute, we’ll be looking for persons to bring in cookies to bless the workers or folks to help provide lunch. If you are able, simply bring four dozen cookies this weekend and we’ll share them with our teams.
In honor of Father’s Day we are supporting agencies that help men re-enter the workforce, with a Business casual clothing donation drive. The goal of this drive is to supply Gentleman of the Round Table and Avenue of Life with new or gently used dress pants, shirts, shoes, socks and underwear to enable their clients to have a polished look for job interviews. Donations marked “Father’s Day” can be brought to the clothing bins inside the southwest doors of Building A at Resurrection Leawood by June 25.
I have been praying this week for members of Congress following the shootings as the Congressional softball teams were practicing, including Resurrection member Kevin Yoder and his wife Brooke. The level of acrimony in our political discourse has to stop and I continue to believe that we, as Christians, must play some part in that in our conversations with each other, particularly about those with whom we disagree in politics. Please join me in praying for our leaders in government, locally, at the state level, and nationally.
I have to run – getting set up to speak to the Wisconsin pastors and leaders.
In Christ’s Love,
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