Penny Ellwood

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Busy Weekend and a New Student Ministries Director!

Posted Jul 14, 2017

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Resurrection Blue Springs,

Hello on this beautiful Friday morning! The rain has brought in some wonderful cooler weather, which is going to be perfect for all the activities we have planned this weekend.

Children's Mini Camp

Tonight our second Children’s Mini Camp kicks off. The kids will be learning all about the creative power of God and exploring their own God given creative abilities as they gather for S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, electronics, architecture and math) camp tonight and tomorrow morning.  They have all kinds of fun activities planned from making robots to a visit from a “Mad” scientist and the Zoo mobile.

If you didn’t get signed up, you can contact Diane Enlow to see if there’s still room available. We have a full house for our Pastor’s Potluck gathering tonight too and will be extending these gatherings on into the fall. They have been great opportunities for us to get to know each other better.

FaithWork Saturday

Tomorrow morning is our monthly FaithWork day, where we head out into the community to serve. We have two serving opportunities:

One group is headed to complete the final work day on the remodel of a Heritage Habitat for Humanity House. This group will meet at the church at 7:30 am or at the work house at 7:45 am (1129 S Pope, Independence, MO). If you’d like to join them, make sure to register here.

The second group will meet at the church at 8:30 am and then carpool or caravan to our furnishings ministry, My Father’s House. They’ll be working from 9 am to noon sorting and arranging household donations. Lunch will be provided for both groups.

Rebels & Roses

Sunday we'll be starting a new two-week series called Rebels & Roses, and we’ll be looking for the gospel themes in two summer blockbusters. This week we explore Star Wars: Rogue One. In this prequel to the original Star Wars, a key event brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

Does the theme sound familiar? Come hear the sermon and then join all our campuses in Leawood on the lawn to watch the movie on a large LED screen Sunday evening at 7:15 pm. There’ll be hotdogs and hamburgers for purchase and free popcorn. This is a great chance to invite a friend for worship.

Introducing Caleb Longest

I have one more bit of news that I am very excited to share. Caleb Longest has joined our staff team as the new Director of Student Ministries. He’s excited about the position and already has some great plans in the works for our youth.

Caleb works as a Special Education Teacher and In-District Autism Consultant at Blue Springs South HS where he teaches Algebra and the fundamentals of physics and chemistry. He is married to Sarah and they have two children, Margeaux (8 years old) and Eisley (3 years old). We’ll introduce Caleb in worship this Sunday.

Backyard Block Party

Join our Resurrection Blue Springs community and neighbors on Sunday, August 13, at 5 pm on our church lawn. Enjoy BBQ sundaes, a pie baking contest, homemade ice cream, inflatables, games, fun and fellowship. We’ll have something special for anyone who brings a jar of peanut butter or a canned good for our weekend backpack program.

Mark your calendars and invite your friends and neighbors. Sign up at Guest Services to help with the party set-up, serving food, games or clean-up.

Enjoy this beautiful day!  I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship.

Grace and peace,


Penny Ellwood

Penny Ellwood

Rev. Penny Ellwood is the Campus Pastor at Resurrection Blue Springs.