Adam Hamilton

Pastor Adam's Enote

First Enote of 2017

Posted Jan 6, 2017

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Dear Resurrection Family,

Happy New Year! I hope you are staying warm on this bitterly cold, yet beautiful day. This weekend we’ll kick off our new sermon series, Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope. Each week we’ll consider one dimension of worry, anxiety or fear looking at the top five fears from our recent congregational survey, what the experts say about how we overcome our worry, anxiety or fear, and then how the scriptures offer us hope and help in living Unafraid.

Here’s the link to the sermon series promo: Unafraid. Would you consider sharing this video promo on your Facebook page or via Twitter or Instagram and invite your friends to join you for worship? We each have friends who struggle with worry, anxiety or fear for whom this sermon series could be life changing.

This weekend we’ll look at the biology of worry and fear, then I’ll share two fun and poignant stories of people facing their fears and overcoming them, and finally we’ll look to King David and his Psalms as a model for calming our fears. I’ll also share with you a lesson (along with pics) from our little dog, Maybelle.

At all of our campuses, our pastors will share the totals from the Christmas Eve offering. Our goal was to raise $1,000,000 on Christmas Eve to benefit children who’ve fled Aleppo, Syria; youth aging out of foster care in Kansas and Missouri; families and communities in Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew; and several other projects that make a difference in the lives of low-income children and their families. We’ll announce the total this weekend.

I’d like you to mark your calendars now for Friday, January 27, for our annual All-Church Gathering. Each campus will hold their own gathering this year. At Leawood, we’ll gather to see the plans for the remodel of the current sanctuary, how this space will be used and why it matters. Then we’ll walk to the new sanctuary where we’ll see the progress, experience the room by night with the stained glass lit from behind, and we’ll hold what will be, in essence, our first opportunity to worship in the space. It is going to be a don’t-miss event. We’ll start a bit later than we have in the past because we won’t serve supper this year. Mark your calendar now. By the way, we have 11 weeks until we move in to the new building! Yikes!

Monday, January 16, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Each year we look for ways to serve and to focus on building bridges and tearing down the walls that divide people and our metro area. This last fall, over 800 people from Resurrection and St. James United Methodist Churches began a conversation about how our congregations and people of faith can play a part in healing the divide in or city. I recently heard one of the programs on PBS mention this as one of the great stories in our city in the last year. We’re going to build on that this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We have events scheduled for Sunday and Monday, January 15 and 16 to honor Dr. King’s Legacy:

  • Racial Justice Forum – Sunday, January 15 at 7 pm in the Leawood Sanctuary. Resurrection members and members of St. James United Methodist Church and others will come together with a terrific panel of guests with a focus on the impact of segregation on the education system in Kansas City and what we can do to have a positive impact for change. I will be joined by Rev. Emanuel Cleaver III, historian Erik Stafford, KCMO Councilwoman Alissia Canady, Dr. Derald Davis from KC Public Schools and Michael Mayberry from Grace United Community Ministries. Register and submit your questions for panelists here.
  • MLK Day of Serving – Monday, January 16, at 8:45 am we will gather briefly at the Leawood campus in the Narthex to pray and get a map and then go out to serve at several locations in our community. Families, individuals and groups of all ages are invited to work with organizations that serve our neighbors. Register online to choose your serving location in advance, or just walk in and join the hundreds who will be serving together that day. This is a great serve opportunity for all ages.
  • We are also sponsoring a Book Drive. As a part of our MLK Day of Serving, volunteers will be picking up donations of new and gently used books for children from area neighborhoods. If you have children’s books you would like to donate please schedule a pick-up here.

Do you have questions about the Christian faith – what Christians believe and why they believe it? Alpha is an opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. Weekly sessions include a meal, a short talk from the new Alpha Film Series and a discussion around your table. Bring your questions and curiosity. Alpha is a great opportunity for people beginning their faith journey and for those who want to grow deeper in their faith. Learn more on our website.

  • Alpha Open House – Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-8:30 pm, Leawood Campus Student Center (dinner provided) Learn what a typical evening looks like, hear from past participants, enjoy a meal and have fun! Childcare available.
  • Monday session begins Jan. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm, Student Center (dinner provided)
  • Wednesday session begins Jan. 25, 9:30-11:30 am, C136 (breakfast provided)

I’m really excited about this year’s Inspired for Life Women’s Conference, Friday and Saturday, February 3-4. The lineup this year is remarkable. Rachel Held Evans is one of the keynote speakers - she is a New York Times bestselling author who I really appreciate. She’ll stretch your mind and encourage your soul. Theologian and writer Sarah Bessey will also be speaking – I’ve heard great things about her. And you’ll love Grammy and Dove Award winning singer/songwriter, Laura Story. Seriously, this is an amazing lineup of speakers. You can learn more about all of them at the Inspired For Life Women’s Conference website. For the lowest rate, REGISTER today and get ready for an incredible weekend experience (Friday, 7-9 pm; and Saturday, 9 am - 1 pm).

And in case you didn’t know, over 100 members of the Leawood Resurrection Choir and Orchestra were invited guests of the Mayor of London for London’s New Year's Day Parade and International Choral Festival over the New Year's holidays. They were part of two concerts during their time in London, one solo concert and one massed concert with two other choirs from Florida and California. The massed choir concert was accompanied by the Young Symphony Orchestra of London. The concert was held in Wesley Hall which has a deep meaning for United Methodists. The concert can be seen on YouTube at the following link by clicking here. The actual concert begins at 24:35 on the video. I’m really proud of our choir and, while I’m biased, I think they are a treasure we often take for granted.

Okay, I’ve got to run. I’m meeting with James Cochran, our Director of Counseling Ministries, to talk about our support ministries for persons wrestling with anxiety and suggestions he has for the upcoming sermons.

Excited about what God has in store for Resurrection in 2017!!!

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton is the founding pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. The church began in 1990 with four people (Adam’s wife, LaVon and their two small children) and a dream of creating a congregation where thinking people – non-religious and nominally religious people – would become committed followers of Jesus Christ. In the years since, the church has become the largest United Methodist Church in the denomination with over 20,000 children, youth and adult members and an average weekend worship attendance of 10,000. 

Hamilton is the author of 22 books published by Abingdon Press and Harper. His writings are known for helping readers to make sense of challenging theological questions, to explore the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. His books have received numerous awards and have been used in over 20,000 mainline churches across the country.

Hamilton believes that vital mainline churches are key to reaching new generations of young adults who have been turned off by more fundamentalist expressions of the Christian faith. In the last eight years he has spoken to over 70,000 Christian leaders in 40 states on leadership and strategies for missional outreach. In 2012 he was asked by the White House to deliver the message at the National Prayer Service, a part of President Obama’s second inaugural activities. 

Recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees, Hamilton earned his Master of Divinity Degree at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University where he received the B’nai B’rith Award in Social Ethics. He graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. 

Adam has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of Adam’s work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

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