Scott Chrostek

Downtown Enote

Experiencing God's Presence Even in the Midst of Tragedy

Posted Oct 6, 2017

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Greetings RezDowntowners,

I hope this message finds you doing well. It has been a full week of mission and ministry. 

We had a great kick-off to both our 20/30 group as well as our 40 & Up group that met at different points this week to study 'Happy?' If you are interested in joining in with either group, there's still time, please email Matt.Bisel@cor.org and he'll steer you in the right direction.

At the same time I am also excited about our continued attendance and participation within our Disciple Bible Study. To think that we have so many people participating in growing in the knowledge and understanding of God throughout the week in our community groups is awesome. In the next few weeks we'll be launching several more community groups and opportunities for continued learning, and my hope is that you'd consider joining them as a way of drawing nearer to God as well as to other members within this community. It is certainly a pathway toward life. Please stay tuned for more opportunities, including a couple that we'll share in worship this weekend.

This weekend I am looking forward to kicking off a new sermon series entitled Ordinary: Experiencing God's presence in the day-to-day. I am looking forward to tapping into daily disciplines we can employ in order to experience a closer walk with God through all of our in-between times. Please invite a friend and join us this weekend as we kick off this series by looking at how we can meet God even in the midst of the ordinary.

Lastly, like many of you, I have been taken aback by the most recent tragedy (mass shooting) in Las Vegas. It has been challenging to process. Though I didn't know anybody who was present in the crowd or attached to the event, it was heartbreaking.

I was immediately taken back to the moments before I ran my first marathon. We gathered in that very same place as we prepared to run the race of lifetime. While there I remembered praying, "Lord offer me the strength and perseverance to run the race set before me..." That continues to be my prayer for this nation and the people of Las Vegas reeling in the aftermath of this tragedy. 

Lord, offer us the strength and perseverance to run the race set before us today. Give us the assurance of your steadfast love and inspire us to love one another similarly until thy kingdom come. This weekend will focus on how we can experience God's power and presence even in the midst of tragedy, which has become all too ordinary. I hope you'll join me in worship.

Happy Friday and God's Peace,

Pastor Scott

Upcoming Events & Activities

Committee Nominations Underway

The following committees are seeking candidates to serve beginning in 2018: Finance, Trustees, Staff Parish Relations, Foundation, Nominations and Lay Delegates to Annual Conference. You can refer someone you know, or indicate your interest in serving by visiting cor.org/committees by Monday, October 16.

Miroslav Volf to Speak at Resurrection

Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 pm at the Resurrection Leawood Sanctuary

We are blessed to welcome Dr. Miroslav Volf, considered one of the most celebrated theologians of our day, to share a message with us. Dr. Volf is the author of Public Faith: On How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good and Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation, and he serves as the Founding Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. 

For more information and to register, go to cor.org/events.

Veterans Special Mission Project

Saturday, October 14, 9 am at Restart Inc.

You’re invited to participate in a special project with veterans through our partners at ReStart (918 E 9th Street, KCMO). Gather at ReStart at 9:30 am to help assemble gift bags and care notes in preparation for Veterans Day. You’ll also be offered a short presentation on the many challenges facing veterans in Kansas City.

You can sign up by texting “veteran” to 816-256-5588 or email Patrick.McLaughlin@cor.org. For more information go here.

Scott Chrostek

Scott Chrostek

Scott Chrostek is the campus pastor of Resurrection Downtown.

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