Happy New Year. This is my first eNote of 2021 and I hope that it finds you doing well.
I had originally envisioned that this note would be focused purely on new beginnings, resolutions, perfect worship attendance and bringing our faith back to life with a fresh start. You know, all the typical things that go along with a brand new year.
However, that tone didn't seem to be the most appropriate today. It has been an emotional, disruptive, painful and unprecedented week. Not only have we all witnessed something we've never before experienced at the United States Capitol, but we have also witnessed the largest surge to date when it comes to COVID hospitalizations and deaths.
Many of you, if not all of you, have been impacted by these two things in very personal ways. I know I have, and I know Pastor Adam will be addressing both of these in his enote and through his sermon this weekend, but I wanted to take a moment as I'm writing this note to let you know that I am here for you, as are all of our Resurrection pastors. If you are feeling overwhelmed, tired or if you are in need of some conversation, prayer or even a listening ear, don't hesitate to call into our office at 816-979-1330 (Monday through Thursday between 9 and 4) and we will be sure to connect with you.
Given everything that we are facing in our nation and around the world, please know that I have hope. I am more convinced than ever that Jesus calls us and equips us in these moments to double down on embodying his love in an unflinching kind of way. This is critical to our future if we long to overcome deep division, brokenness and hurt.
I urge you as members of this community to be Christ's ambassadors, to speak and act and love others, everybody always, as though God is making his appeal through you.
We'll be continuing in our sermon series on A Thinking Person's Guide to Faith this weekend with a message entitled, When Christians Get it Wrong.
Pastor Adam will take a close look at some of the things in Christianity that keep people from faith, and one of those things are Christians who get it wrong. We'll talk about some of the ways we get it wrong, but we'll also paint a picture of what it looks like to get it right!
One thing we're planning to share this weekend in worship is our Special Christmas Offering Totals. Each year we give away 100% of our Christmas Eve Offering to care for children in need both here in KC and through our international mission partners. I am continually amazed by your generosity... and I'm looking forward to hearing how God will use your offering to impact our youngest generations!
Join us online at cor.org/live starting on Saturday evening at 5 pm or on Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15, 11 or 5 pm! You can also catch worship on Channel 38 the Spot (KMCI) at 8 am and 11 am, however, those services are abbreviated due to scheduling limitations.
The new year is a great time to establish new habits and set new direction for your life! All are welcome to join me for the remaining three sessions of this class, Wednesdays, Jan. 13–27, 6:30–7:45 pm at cor.org/live. We'll focus on the essentials of our faith and seek to enliven our spiritual lives.
Register here if you want to be apart of the Zoom breakouts that follow!
On Saturday, Jan.16 and Monday, Jan. 18, for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we've established over 500 ways for you to serve the community! With morning and afternoon sessions, we hope that you, your family, or your small group will rise to the occasion to serve in a Covid-cautious way at one of over 20 service agencies. (We also have a number of serve-from-home options for those who can't make it out!)
As part of a weekend full of celebration and learning alongside our Justice Ministry team, we hope MLK Weekend 2021 sets a joy-filled tone for serving the rest of the year!
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