Dear Resurrection Family,
Greetings from Egypt. As you are reading this, over 300 Resurrection members are on their way to Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments. We’re following the same route the Israelites took as Moses led them out of slavery in Egypt and to what became known as “the Mountain of God.”
Saturday morning, at about 1 am, a group of us will begin hiking the mountain to reach the top in time to watch the sunrise. People from around the world travel here every day to make this pilgrimage and to reflect upon the Ten Commandments.
To learn more about Mount Sinai and see pictures of the mountain and the 6th Century monastery that sits at the base of the mountain check out this website. Here are a couple of photos from Egypt:
We will film the Mt. Sinai journey and the sunrise from the mountain, and we will share a two-minute version of it with you to kick off this weekend’s sermon. Pastor Scott at Leawood, Downtown and Blue Springs, Pastor Jason at West and Pastor Joshua at Overland Park will then share the rest of the sermon.
This week we turn to the seventh commandment in our series of sermons on the Ten Commandments: "Do not commit adultery.” This commandment speaks about fidelity, about the most important covenant any two human beings make with each other. When Jesus speaks of this commandment, he goes deeper than the literal meaning of the command, expanding its meaning to lust and desire. This is a very important sermon in a world where pornography is ubiquitous, and where sex seems to have lost all meaning. Parents, this is an adult topic; please use your discretion as to whether or not it is appropriate for your children.
If you were not able to join us for David Brooks’ amazing presentation at Resurrection last Thursday night and would like to see it, we recorded it. Click here to watch his talk.
Last weekend, we had 40 people (33 adults and 7 children) join Church of the Resurrection at Overland Park. Exciting things are happening at our newest campus! Check out the names at the bottom of this email and welcome these new members.
I want to thank all of you who signed up to sponsor children through Compassion International. Last weekend another 142 children were sponsored through Compassion. Resurrection members, including LaVon and I, sponsor more than 2,000 children in developing countries each month. Learn more about the work of Compassion on our website.
Resurrection is serving as the host site for The Temple Congregation B’nai Jehudah services for the Jewish High Holy days. Rosh Hashanah services took place in the Foundry this past Sunday and Monday, with three services and over 2,400 people in attendance. Next week, B’nai Jehudah will hold Yom Kippur services on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning and afternoon.
The Congregation at B’nai Jehudah is currently in the process of remodeling, and it has been our pleasure to share our space as our Jewish friends celebrate their most Holy Days of the year.
This fall, both Resurrection and B’nai Jehudah are doing food drives for our community. Resurrection’s Sack Hunger Drive brought in 15,700 pounds of donated food and cash donations of an estimated $86,000 that will be used to purchase approximately 268 tons of food through Harvesters for our mission partners across the city. We’ll have the final amounts next week.
Thank you for your amazing generosity! This is one of three food drives we conduct each year to support children and families in the Kansas City metro area.
Last month we welcomed two pastors to our pastoral team – Dennis Apple and Lauren Baker Thomas.
Dennis Apple and his wife, Buelah, have been worshipping at Resurrection since 2016 and he has recently joined the Congregational Care team. A native of Indiana, he graduated from Olivet Nazarene University and earned his M. Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor, associate pastor and also served as the general director of senior & single adult ministries at College Church of The Nazarene. Dennis and Buelah are the parents of two sons: Andrew and Denny. He is author of Life After the Death of My Son. Dennis enjoys running and rummaging through thrift stores with his wife. Dennis has been serving as an interim pastor for the past year and we are delighted that he is joining the team as our Pastor of Specialized Ministries at Resurrection Leawood.
Lauren Baker Thomas is a 2018 graduate of Duke Divinity School, where she earned her Master's in Divinity. She has spent the last year as a Chaplain Resident at the University of Virginia Medical Center, working in obstetrics, pediatrics, and the neonatal ICU. Lauren is passionate about the relationships and connections that come with providing pastoral care, and she also loves leading worship. Little known fact: Lauren lived in Overland Park five years ago and sang with Resurrection’s contemporary worship band on Sundays. Lauren and her husband, Chris, are excited to explore the Kansas City area with their black lab mix, June, who is a ball of energy. She joins our team as one of our two-year pastoral residents (the other pastoral resident is Justin Schoolcraft). She’ll serve our Sunday morning Traditional worship communities at Resurrection Leawood.
Keep memorizing the Ten Commandments! We’ll add an easy one this weekend. :)
In Christ’s Love,
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Leawood, KS 66224
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Olathe, KS 66061
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Kansas City, MO 64108
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Blue Springs, MO 64014
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Overland Park, KS 66212
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