By the time you’re reading this, I will have just journeyed through the Shepherds' Field in Bethlehem en route to The Church of the Nativity, where a group of 41 church members and I will sing together Silent Night, Holy Night over the place where Christ was born. Please be in prayer for us as we retrace the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land.
I was grateful for the opportunity to kick off this weekend's new sermon series, With Grateful Hearts, by recording a sermon in and around downtown Kansas City. I’ll be speaking specifically about the power of generosity and gratitude in our collective life of faith through the lens of my experience of God here in Kansas City. I hope you’ll join us and consider inviting your friends as we kick off this very important series of sermons.
Along with this weekend’s kick-off, we are also initiating a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge across all of our campuses. This weekend only, we will hand out Gratitude Journals, one per person in attendance, so that we can experience and unlock the power of gratitude throughout the city together!
Lastly, in light of the recent tragic church shooting in Texas, I wanted to share with you briefly our approach to safety and security at Resurrection Downtown, which we take very seriously. Every worship service we have, at minimum, two off-duty KCMO police officers in attendance. These officers work all weekend to ensure the safety of our congregation within the church buildings and all of our parking. In addition to our off-duty police officers, we lead our volunteers through various levels of training, both Safe Gatherings training as well as emergency training. We make it a practice to schedule annual training events for active shooter scenarios (and other types of emergencies like fire and tornado) as well. God calls us to be great stewards of all we’ve been given and we have been given an amazing opportunity to build Christian community in the heart of this city.
On Wednesday, November 29, from 6:30-7:30 pm, we are planning to host another training session for all of our volunteers who serve in worship. Shannon Endicott will email invitations to our active lists, but if you’d like to participate or become a volunteer we’d love to have you join us as well. Please simply email Shannon.Endicott@cor.org for more information.
I’m grateful for you and excited to see where God will lead us into the future. Have a great weekend!
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Leawood, KS 66224
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Olathe, KS 66061
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Kansas City, MO 64108
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