Dear Resurrection Family,
I want to welcome all of you who are new readers of my enote. We had over 500 first time families visit on Christmas Eve and we’re so excited to welcome you. My enote goes out each Friday and shares a bit about what’s happening at Resurrection. Thanks for reading! I also want to encourage all of you reading this email not to miss the quote I’ve included at the end from Father Paul Jones.
I’m so excited about the kickoff of our new sermon series, Lessons from Football for the Game of Life! I’ve been interviewing former Chiefs players over the last couple of weeks, including guys from the Chiefs 1969 Super Bowl championship team. We’re looking for analogies and connections between professional football, life and faith.
My hope is that this sermon series will connect with your friends who may not be active in church but who love football, that it would be a fun way to connect life, faith and football as the Chiefs are making a run for the Super Bowl, and that you would invite your friends to join you for this series. We’ve been advertising on 810 Sports Radio and 101 the Fox to connect with sports fans. Here’s the link for the promo with Trent Green we showed on Christmas Eve – I’d love for you to post this on social media to invite your friends: https://vimeo.com/307590035.
As a fun tie in, and with the help of the Chiefs and 810 Radio, we’ve pulled together fun Chiefs giveaways each week. This weekend we’ll give away the Chiefs Kingdom flags that were handed out at a game earlier this year. Next week, when we talk about teamwork, we’ll have the 2018 Chiefs team photo. We have something for the third week you won’t find anywhere else, but I’ll wait to tell you about this later!
This weekend we’ll talk about the effort that goes into playing in the NFL, and then winning in the NFL. You’ll hear from several former Chiefs who remind us of the adage, "No Pain, No Gain." It’s hard work, discipline and sacrifice that are required for a winning team, and the same is true in every area of our lives, including marriage, careers and having a deep and meaningful spiritual life. Each week my sermon will end with a former Chiefs player talking about their faith. This week we’ll hear from Resurrection member and former Chiefs wide receiver Kevin Lockett.
Interested in going to next week’s playoff game? The Chiefs have given us a special code that eliminates the normal fees on tickets, saving you a bit of money. Click here for the discount, then enter promo code: COR.
This next Wednesday, January 9 at Leawood’s Family Night, bring your family for dinner and a chance to hear from Resurrection members and former Chiefs Trent Green and Kevin Lockett! Dinner is from 5:30 to 6:15 (suggested donation $5 per person, kids 5th grade and under eat free). The panel discussion with Trent and Kevin starts at 6:15 along with lots of other great classes. Click here for more information. For more information about Family Night, including other class offerings starting this month, visit our website.
This week as we entered the last of the data from the Candlelight Services we found 100 more families who had not checked that they were first time visitors but were first time visitors! Can you join me in stopping by the Leawood narthex today to pick up a few mugs to drop off at the homes of first time visitors from Christmas Eve? The mug station is near the Connection Point in Building A and this is fun and easy – drop by and simply let them know that you are glad they visited, and you hope they join us this weekend. An instruction tip sheet is also located on the shelves. Our goal is to have them all delivered before Saturday. Help us to welcome our new guests.
Tuesday Grow Night kicks off the Winter 2019 Trimester on January 8! Grow Night is a great way to make new friends and grow in your faith. Upcoming classes include Embark (our introduction to the Christian journey), Meet Your Bible, Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts, and a host of other book studies, as well as a brand new offering entitled, In Case You Missed It?, which is a recap and discussion of the previous weekend’s message. To register or for more information click here.
Next Thursday, January 10, we kick off our winter/spring session of Care Night in the Leawood Foundry. We have persons from all campuses, and people who don’t attend the church join us for dinner at 5:30 and classes and groups at 6:30 in Bldg. B. Worship and communion is at 7:30 pm. The new year is a new opportunity to listen up! To see all classes and groups click here. Care Night is an opportunity for you to find hope and encouragement while growing in your faith.
I wanted you to know about a new partnership our church is embarking on: Beginning next week we’ll partner with Cristo Rey, a private college preparatory high school for students in economic need in KCMO. Through our mission ministries we will be sponsoring 4 students from Cristo Rey through their Work Study Program. They will work here at Resurrection as high school interns. This program enables students to earn half of the cost of their education and gain job experience and mentoring while serving as a valuable part of our team.
We’re looking forward to developing connections with these awesome students as we continue to build relationships within our metro community. If you see them, please welcome them. You can learn more about Cristo Rey and the work study program at cristoreykc.org.
With some regularity people create fake Adam Hamilton Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, and this week, for the first time I found a fake Adam Hamilton Instagram page. The aim of these fraudulent accounts is to lure others into eventually giving money to the fake Adam Hamilton. This happens to thousands of public figures each year.
Please know that I do not make friend requests on Facebook. If you receive a friend request from me, it is fraudulent. My regular Facebook account is hereif you would like to follow me. On Twitter I am @RevAdamHamilton. On Instagram, I’m revadamhamilton, and I’m just getting started on LinkedIn and you can find me here.
Please know that I will NEVER ask you for money for any reason on any social media. If someone in my name asks you for money, please report it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I don’t want anyone hurt by these people, but I often do not see the fake accounts. Each social media platform has a way of reporting these accounts – please report them.
As I close, I want to thank each of you who sent Christmas cards or gifts. I enjoyed reading and praying over every Christmas card – praying for you by name. I was blessed by your notes and kind words. For those who sent gifts, thank you. I usually have thank you notes sent out by now but being sick at Christmas set me back a bit. The week after Christmas is when I usually send them out. so they are going out early next week.
I wanted to share a few words from Father Paul Jones, a friend, theologian and 88-year-old Trappist monk. In his Advent letter this year he wrote something that I have felt many times, only he said it much more eloquently than me:
It is impossible for a person to live without wagering on something that makes living preferable to dying. Thus we all live by faith, whatever its object, and whether or not the choice is made mindfully. My gamble is on the meaning disclosed by the Christ-event, preferring to stand with Jesus and risk being wrong than standing anywhere else even if it might turn out to be right. If the cosmos is not informed by love, declared Camus, then I shall love with all my might in protest.
I believe in, trust, and seek to live for Christ. I am convinced that he is in fact the way the truth and the life. I wake up every morning and offer my life to him. If we all live by faith in something, someone – I choose to live by faith in Christ, who through his life, death and resurrection makes sense of this world, brings light to the darkness, and compels us to live a life of love.
This weekend is the first weekend of the New Year – you have a chance to have perfect attendance for the year! We’ll end each sermon sharing together in the Wesley Covenant Prayer that Methodists have recited at New Years for the last 250 years – you’ll each also get a copy of it to take home.
I love you, Church of the Resurrection, and am so grateful to be your senior pastor. May the year ahead by an opportunity for you to grow in your faith and to experience more of God’s joy in your life!
Heading out to deliver a few coffee mugs!
In Christ's Love,
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