Scott Chrostek

Downtown Enote

Holding onto Service and Sacrifice

Posted Sep 11, 2020

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Greetings RezDowntowners,

I hope you all are doing well after a week's worth of Fall temperatures, capped off by a return to Kansas City Chiefs football. It was a great week to be back in Kansas City after spending some time in Michigan, but it will be an even better weekend as we have another chance to worship together on-site (outdoors) at 1601 Grand this Sunday evening!

However, before that, I want to encourage you to take a moment today to remember and reflect the tragic events that happened here in our country 19 years ago today on September 11. I can still remember the events on 9/11 as if they happened yesterday, it's hard to imagine that it was almost 20 years ago. What I'll be holding onto today are the heroics of so many people that served, sacrificed and came together to carry our country forward through crisis and tragedy.

As we face the uncertainty in front of us, I hope we might channel similar heroics, service and loving sacrifice as we find our way through this particular season of adversity.

This weekend in worship, Pastor Adam will continue preaching in our series on finding Joy in the midst of adversity. We'll be zeroing in on Philippians 2 and looking at the role grumbling and complaining plays in our ability to find joy. I hope you'll join us online at cor.org/live starting on Saturday evening at 5 pm or on Sunday at 7:30, 9:15, or 11 am or 5 pm. We're also sharing worship on TV at 8 am and 11 am on 38 the Spot (KMCI).

Also, if you are able and want to join us in person, please consider worshiping with us outdoors on Sunday night for another Socially Distant Worship Service at 5 pm. We'll have an LED Wall on the east side of 1601 Grand, great sound and another awesome opportunity to connect. Bring your own water, mask and lawn chairs or blanket. Please register here so that we can control the number of attendees! For questions, contact Kelly.Sisney@cor.org.

Also on Sunday afternoon we are urging all of our parents and families to pack up and head downtown for our Back-to-School Blessing Drive-Thru this Sunday afternoon from 4-5 pm! We'll have an opportunity to pray and bless you as you enter into this new school year, and we'll also have some gifts and giveaways for every age level (KiDSCOR & rezlife, from toddlers to high school seniors)! We want to see as many of our families as possible, so please register and let us know you’ll be coming. Reach out to Sarah.Elliott@cor.org with questions.

Finally we are preparing to celebrate Church of the Resurrection's 30th anniversary in a few weeks and one of the things we are doing to celebrate is creating a t-shirt. All sizes are available, (toddler through 4XL) and every shirt is only $5 and can be ordered here. Orders must be received by Sept. 15 (THIS COMING TUESDAY). Once you've ordered your shirt, you can pick your t-shirt up at a distribution event on Saturday, Oct. 3, or choose to have it mailed at an additional shipping cost of $9.95 per order.

Let’s blanket the city with a message of #LoveYourNeighbor as we celebrate 30 years of ministry!

Finally, a reminder that on Sunday morning, Oct. 4, we'll gather together for worship in the sanctuary at 1601 Grand. The closer we get to that date, the more information we'll share, but in the meantime, know the following:

Masks will be required. We’ll block off rows and seats so families sit together, but sit two rows apart and three or more seats away from other families. We’ll not have anything distributed by hand (no bulletins, offering plates or notebooks). If more than one service is required, we’ll have the sanctuary – every seat and row – cleaned between services, bathrooms and door handles as well. And reservations will be required for those returning to in-person worship.

I am excited for the weekend ahead and I'm looking forward to seeing our families and guests as we gather together for our backpack blessing and another socially distant worship service. I hope you are well and I can't wait to see you soon!

With Grace, Peace and God's Holy Adventure,

Scott

Scott Chrostek

Scott Chrostek

Scott Chrostek is the campus pastor of Resurrection Downtown.

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