Hi Resurrection Overland Park,
I awoke this morning to a beautiful sunrise as the sun filtered through a bit of haze. The smoke from wildfires in the west drifted across the midwest but remains too high to impact our air quality at this point.
As I drank my coffee and warmed up to the sun, I thought to pray for those who have suffered through the wildfires the past several weeks, including my family on the West coast who were a little too close for comfort. This led me to pray for you as well.
With my Bible in hand, I read a short Psalm and was encouraged, I hope you are too. "Because God's faithful love toward us is strong, the Lord's faithfulness lasts forever! Praise the Lord!" (Ps. 117:2). I rest in the promise of God's faithful love. When I recall this promise, I remember all I have to be thankful for – a good reminder to take with us into the afternoon.
This weekend in worship, we continue our series, "Joy in the Midst of Adversity," by turning to the third chapter of Philippians. We'll focus on how we can strive toward and press on to the goal and hope of joy.
Finding joy does not mean we press a button and suddenly we feel joy, but it does mean that trusting God accepts, loves, and desires joy for us is part of how we press on. I hope you'll plan to join us online Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am, or 5 pm at cor.org/live. You can also join the worship broadcast on Channel 38 “The Spot” (KMCI) at 8 am and 11 am.
This weekend also includes Coffee with the Pastors online, Sunday, September 20 at 2 pm. This is our first gathering since the stay-at-home order and we have over 500 people registered to be part of the gathering.
If you are interested to learn more about the history of Resurrection, the mission of our church, and become members we encourage you to join us. Please register here to let us know you'll join us.
The 30th Anniversary celebration is right around the corner! We are also preparing for a return to in-person worship Sunday, October 4. This is the same weekend we held our first worship service at Church of the Resurrection, thirty years ago. You can review important Safety protocols in place. Registration will be required to attend – register to worship on with us on October 4 using this link.
The 30th Anniversary #LoveYourNeighbor t-shirt will be available for pick up at the celebration on October 3, 9 am to 11 am. We are planning a wonderful celebration, including a breakfast food truck. You can also pick up yard signs while supplies last. If we run out of signs, we'll look into getting more. Get the scoop on all things for our 30th as they develop here, including graphics to share on your social media.
Join us at the campus for a Serve Saturday with others to prepare for our return to in-person worship. There are several options to serve in the Food Pantry, sorting children's winter clothing to be distributed to families, and preparing the worship space and building to welcome people back to campus.
We'll apply Covid precautions, including masks, and out of caution ask for you to keep kids who volunteer to be 6th grade or older. Click here to register!
Students, join our first Resurrection Overland Park Confirmation Class. Confirmation is a time for students in 8th grade and above to explore what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. As part of a small group, students dig deeper into the Bible and discover what faith really looks like. Your student will journey alongside committed adult and student mentors together with a small group of their peers as they encounter God through conversation, speakers, worship, service projects, and other group activities.
Join Pastors Scott and Wendy Chrostek for an upcoming featured class, "Relation-Tips" on Wednesdays from September 23 to October 7. With everything going on in the world, it might seem like investing in your relationships is last on your list. We want to help you make your relationship a priority! Register here to let us know you'll join us for this online class.
Guys, I'd love to invite you to join me for a Men's Bible Study on Thursday evenings this fall from 8:15 to 9:15 pm online via Zoom. What I love about this group is that we spend time together to talk about life, work, family, and read scripture together as we grow in faith. There is no prep required, just bring your bible. Send me an email, email@example.com.
Come and get out of the house with the Resurrection Mom's Group and enjoy time together safely in Megan Coffey's backyard tonight, Friday, September 18. Bring a lawn chair, something to drink and/or snack on if you choose. Come right at 7 or anytime after! Hope to see you there!
Join Allies for Racial Justice (a partnership between St. James UMC and Resurrection) on Tuesdays starting Sept. 22 via Zoom from 6:30-8:30 pm for "Your Liberation is My Liberation: Empowering Ourselves Through Christ to Become Anti-Racist." This 12-week deep dive examines concepts and insights found in White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Through reading, discussion, personal stories, questioning and reflection, we’ll explore when, where, and how race intersects our Christian journey. Register for the class here.
I hope you have a wonderful Friday. As I prepare to head to the campus to prepare for the worship recording, I thought I'd share with you yesterday's devotion. BJ provided music and I offered a short message on the Resurrection Overland Park Facebook page. We provide this short devotion each week. I thought you might find it enjoyable because I talk a little about my experience running the marathon last weekend. I related the experience to our faith and finding joy in small gifts. I hope you find joy in the gift of today.
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