Dear Resurrection Family,
This weekend we'll honor all our high school and college graduates in worship! We have a gift for those graduates who are in worship this weekend – a few small things that we hope will bless you as you begin the next chapter in your lives. We’ll recognize and pray for our graduates in each service of worship.
I sent a note this week to our high school seniors inviting you to let us know your plans post high school. We really want to stay connected with you and be a support to you. High School seniors (or their parents) can click here to let us know your plans after high school so we can stay connected.
This weekend I’m preaching the last of my sermons on The Birds and the Bees. I’ll devote the first half of the sermon to how God views his children who are LGBT before ending with two biblical ideals for healthy intimacy.
The question of how God looks at same-sex marriage and transgenderism is at the center of major national and ecclesiastical debates, and, at least in the church, the questions have left us and our denomination on the verge of dividing. This is clearly an important conversation.
I’ll preach the sermon by video at all the campuses this weekend. Earlier this year my good friend, Glen Miles (formerly pastor at Country Club Christian Church here in Kansas City) asked if I would preach his installation service in Columbus, Ohio where he’s been called to serve as the new senior pastor there. Technology is allowing me to be in, and to preach at, “two places at once.” I’ll be back in the office this coming week for a full week of meetings. I’ll be recording the sermon in the sanctuary as this note is sent out.
Related to the Birds and the Bees, our Congregational Care team has put together a website of resources to help develop a healthy sexuality. Different sections help parents talk to their children and teens, help individuals struggling with destructive sexual habits, and help survivors of sexual trauma find healing. In each section you’ll find recommended books, videos, websites and groups. For example, there’s a great video for parents to share with their children that explains consent.
If trauma or a destructive habit is something that you struggle with, I encourage you reach out to one of our pastors. Here’s a link to a simple form you can use to contact a pastor.
Each summer we ramp up the opportunities for fun, fellowship, service, and spiritual growth at Resurrection.
In addition to Vacation Bible Camp and lots of mission trips and local mission opportunities, we have Resurrection Night at the Royals, a sermon series about The Gospel in Film (Beauty and the Beast and Star Wars: Rogue One will be two of the three flicks I’ll look at to find the gospel as I’m preaching in July), three free movie nights showing these films, and a lot more!
This weekend in worship we will have information about the amazing things we have planned for the summer. Each summer we try to find ways to have fun while offering opportunities for you to grow and serve. We offer great short term classes, sports leagues, fellowship events, and fun themes in worship. We’ll share more about these this weekend.
Each quarter we host a blood drive. We are the largest source of blood donations in the Kansas City area. The second of this year’s drives will take place at Resurrection Leawood on Monday and Tuesday, May 22-23, 8 am to 8 pm in the Narthex of Building A.
This is the first blood drive in our new building. Our Blood Drive has been giving back to the community for over 20 years. The blood drive is busiest between 5-7 pm and appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcome. Please schedule a time to donate. If you are unable to donate but would like to participate, sign up to volunteer at the blood drive.
For the last year, I’ve felt a vision impressed upon my heart to take a group of young adults from Resurrection to the Holy Land as a way of mentoring them as Christ followers and as future leaders in the church. Chris Abel, Resurrection Leawood’s young adult pastor, is going to join me. My hope is to invite forty-five 18 to 35-year-olds to join us on this journey – young adults who we hope will become key leaders in our church.
I’m mentioning this as I know that people 18 to 35, while having a heart for this, are the least likely to have the funds for such a trip. I’m wondering if there are any of you who would want to scholarship or sponsor a young adult? LaVon and I will plan to sponsor one.
The cost of the trip is $3,500 and my hope is to raise scholarships of $2,500 per person, asking the young adults to cover $1,000 of their cost. If you have an interest in sponsoring, in part or entirely, a young adult leader for this leadership journey, would you please let my assistant, Sue Thompson, know at firstname.lastname@example.org by sending her an e-mail? I’m simply trying to gauge the level of support we would have to pursue this vision.
I’ve begun posting excerpts from my new book, Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet, on my blog. Today’s blog is on God’s encounter with Moses at the burning bush. If you’d like to read these short excerpts, click here.
I want to thank all of you are who praying for the pastors and churches I will be speaking to next month. Please don’t forget to pray daily for them and to write them a note! I have to run. I’m getting ready to record this weekend’s sermon as you are reading this. Please pray that God will use me to offer his Word to our congregation this weekend.
In Christ’s love,
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