Dear Resurrection Family,
I left for vacation in Florida with my family last Saturday, but I’ve been following the excitement in Kansas City all week with the Chiefs celebrations and Super Bowl parade!
I had the blessing of being at the game on Sunday night. This week Resurrection Downtown was on the parade route and provided space for the Kansas City Police and media to use. The Resurrection Downtown team also set up bleachers for parade observers, handed out miniature footballs to kids, the Roasterie gave away coffee, and Pastor Scott operated a confetti cannon in the parade. How cool is that! I’m proud of the way Resurrection welcomes and supports our community. Here are a couple of photos from the parade:
Pastor Scott will preach at Leawood, Downtown and West this weekend, Pastor Penny will preach at Blue Springs and Pastor Joshua at Overland Park. They will continue a series on An Irresistible Power: The Magnetic Life and Love of Jesus. This week we’ll explore the compassion of Jesus and his unwavering devotion to caring for others and hear the stories of people who were drawn to the power seen in ministries of compassion. When we as Christians demonstrate this kind of compassion and care for others, others are drawn to Christ through us.
Here’s a link to a fun video about the sermon series that you can share to invite your friends.
Four years ago, St. James UMC and Church of the Resurrection formed Allies for Racial Justice. The aim was (and continues to be) to forge authentic relationships to eliminate the existing racial divide in our communities and churches.
I want to thank Betsy Triplett from Resurrection and Dr. Ernest Middleton from St. James who served the last three years as the founding lay leaders of ARJ. During this time we’ve shared in joint worship services, developed small group studies with members of both congregations, held fellowship and learning events, engaged in service projects together and much more. Thank you, Betsy and Ernest, for your leadership. Both will continue to serve as a part of ARJ. Kay McCarthy from Resurrection and Anita Maltbia from St. James will be assuming leadership role of this important ministry.
I want to congratulate all of our Resurrection members who had perfect attendance in 2019 and those who got an "A" in worship attendance by being in worship at least 90% of the time. (Remember, attendance at any campus or worshiping online counts, but you have to sign in so we know you were here!) I want you to know how proud I am of each of you who made worship such a priority that you were here 90% or more of the time.
If you believe you had perfect attendance at Resurrection, or had 90% or more, but you are not listed here, let us know and we’ll be happy to add your name next week. Our attendance records are really good, but sometimes we can’t read a signature or otherwise miss recording your attendance. I want to recognize that 33 of our congregants had perfect attendance in both 2018 and 2019, and 17 had perfect attendance for 2017, 2018 and 2019. That’s awesome!
To recognize your commitment, we have a sticker for you to place on your nametag. It helps me easily identify those who were intentional about being in worship at Resurrection nearly every weekend of the year. Please visit the Connection Point to pick up your sticker. Please click here if you have questions or if your name is not listed and you are confident you were here 90% of the time.
Here are a few activities that LaVon and I will be participating in over the next couple of months that I’d like to invite you to join us in:
Reflecting on the amazing Super Bowl victory the Chiefs pulled off last Sunday night, I was thinking about last January’s series of sermons on the Gospel in Football. The sermons were: "No Pain, No Gain," "The Importance of the Coach," "The Power of the Team," "The Agony of Defeat" (the week the Chiefs lost the AFC Championship), and "Redefining Victory." You can watch the sermons here if you missed them.
Having experienced the joy of an amazing victory last Sunday night, I was reminded of a short video clip I shared with you during the final sermon in last year’s series. It features former Chiefs players Kevin Lockett, Trent Green, Danan Hughes and Tim Grunhard. It’s about two minutes long and looks at what we do with the victories we experience in life. I thought you might enjoy seeing this clip again today. Click here.
I’ve got to run, my little princess, Stella, is excited to spend the next couple of days at Disney World!
In Christ's love,
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