Joshua Clough

Overland Park Enote

Incredible Resilience in Our Community

Posted Mar 20, 2020

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Hi Resurrection Overland Park,

What a week we have had!? It seems everything is upended as a new sense of normalcy takes shape and social distancing is practiced. Like you, this means rethinking everything from work to school to how we conduct meetings. It can be overwhelming! Yet, I’ve seen incredible resilience especially as families, friends, and sometimes complete strangers provide care and comfort in creative ways. In this moment of disruption, anxiety, uncertain financial markets, and pandemic crisis we will find a way to make it through, together.

Pastor Adam wrote in his enote, “Adversity and challenge brings us together; it brings out the best in us and it leads us to a deeper trust in God and for that I’m grateful. It will be hard, particularly for many small businesses and people who work for businesses that will be closed for a time. It is frightening, particularly for those working on the front lines in the medical fields, as caregivers and those upon whom other depend for services. We’re all going to have to help each other, but we will make it through this time.” I encourage you to take a look at his full enote here. Pastor Adam will also offer a Facebook Live devotional every Tuesday evening, 8 pm.

This weekend, we invite you to worship with us online! Join us Saturday night at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:30, 9:15, 11 am and 5 pm from your home. Pastor Adam will continue our series, Breaking Bread with Jesus. We focus on the story of Mary and Martha inviting Jesus to their home for dinner. I was encouraged by how well our campus was represented online last weekend. We were near our average worship attendance at the campus. Thank you for engaging, being present, and worshiping together. Amazingly, last weekend we had over 25,600 people join us for worship, many are members of Resurrection and others from across the country. In anxious and uncertain times, worship can be a guiding light and so I want to encourage you to invite someone to join you for this online experience. Gathering together, online, is one way we can be a source of comfort and strength. Share the link: rezonline.org.

We have moved to virtual only campus hours, 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Thursday. This means we are available to answer the phone, email, and we’ll be in the building only to work on various projects. I want you to know I am available, as is our campus staff, to connect with you online or phone. Are care teams and youth are sending letter to our members who live in area care homes unable to receive visitors. Some of the ways you can care for each other is by picking up the phone, sending a text, or a message on social media. Check in on each other. Practicing social distancing reminds me just how important it is to connect with others.

Here are important updates related to programming, events, and staying connected:

  • Follow me and Resurrection Overland Park on Facebook, Instagram, and twitter (@revjoshuamc, @rezoverlandpark). We'll continue to post throughout the week.
  • You can share prayer requests online Sunday or send me an email (joshua.clough@cor.org) or personal message on Facebook, Instagram, even Twitter.
  • We are planning phone calls in the coming weeks to check in with you, see how you are holding up, and to make a connection.

Next Thursday join us on Facebook live for a Midweek Gathering of Hope. We will host this live event at lunchtime, noon, including worship and a message of hope and inspiration. Take about twenty to thirty minutes out of your day to refocus, find motivation, and hope. Follow the Resurrection Overland Park Facebook page. You will also be able to view it later if you miss the live event.

Below is information related to KiDSCOR, RezLife Students, and Small Groups and Classes.

  • Join our KiDSCOR Facebook group, KiDSCOR Resurrection Overland Park, for live videos from Lauren, our KiDSCOR Director. Also available, links to current KiDSCOR curriculum, fun ideas for families at home, and weekly challenges to get your family engaged. Reach out to lauren.cook@cor.org with questions.
  • RezLife Middle School and High School Students, join our RezLife Facebook group for live videos from our RezLife staff across Resurrection campuses. You can also check out the RezLife YouTube page as well. This is a great tool for parents to stay engaged with your students as well.
  • Small Groups and Sunday School Classes are encouraged to meet online. At this time, we are able and willing to provide ZOOM, a downloaded online meeting format, to your group leader so that your groups can continue to meet while social distancing. Email BJ.Huffman@cor.org with questions.
  • Our Wednesday night study of The Walk will be live streamed like worship. I encourage you to join others across all campuses to join in, 6:30 pm, at rezonline@cor.org.

Several asked about ways they can serve. I love that in a time of crisis, anxiety, and uncertainty those who can act are doing so.

  • Serve Saturday for tomorrow, March 21 has been canceled to adhere to CDC guidelines. But, we want to encourage you to engage in a DIY Serve Saturday. Saturday, March 21, from 9 - 11 am, we have a “Drive Up-Drop Off” serve opportunity at RezOP. Drop off food donations for our food pantry without getting out of your car. We’ll gladly accept any non-perishable, non-expired food and specifically have a need for peanut butter, canned fruit, canned tuna or chicken and breakfast cereal. Can’t make it on Saturday? Drop-off bins can be available inside the door of the office entrance Monday through Thursday 9 am - 4 pm. Send Suzy.ayres@cor.org an email to be sure the office is open. There are also many ways to serve from home. Go here for a list of DIY service opportunities.
  • Our Food Pantry is still open and serving our community although we’ve changed our process to help avoid the spread of the coronavirus, Covid-19. We are currently a Mobile Food Pantry giving pre-boxed food to guests in a drive through manner. If you are healthy, not part of a vulnerable population and would like to pre-pack boxes or serve our guests by loading cars please sign up here.

A few more updates.

  • To protect families in our congregation and community the Easter Egg Hunts at each of the five Resurrection locations have been cancelled. We are exploring alternative ways to have a safe family celebration.
  • We are developing ways to offer some special online community experiences during Holy Week at each of our campuses, but we have decided to cancel the community dinners and communion on Maundy Thursday.
  • At this time, we are unable to conduct funerals or weddings with more than 50 people in attendance, but we are working to provide other options for these life events.

If you haven’t yet already, I want to urge you to continue your financial support of the work of the church. We are doing everything we can do to reduce expenses. Many of you are concerned about your own steady income and doing the same. We want to be sensitive to those concerns. We also anticipate the needs of our community will increase. Many of you have set up your tithes and offerings to be automatically given. You can give your tithes and offering online in worship, by texting “COR” to 77977, by visiting our website, or by mailing a check to the church at Church of the Resurrection, Attn: Finance, 13720 Roe Ave, Leawood, KS 66224 or to our campus at 8412 W. 95th Street, Overland Park, KS, 66212.

You can see our full plan as it currently exists at any time by visiting cor.org/coronavirus. Stay up to date through the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Johnson County Health Department.

I am grateful for your faithfulness. I give thanks to God for you. We will make it through these uncertain times, together. We are all adapting, finding ways to engage each other, and share the light of Christ wherever we can. Yesterday, I read from Hebrews 10:24-25, and offer it again here: “Let’s also think about how to motivate each other to show love and to do good works. Don’t stop meeting together with other believers…instead encourage each other…” Of course, we are doing this online!

In Christ,

Joshua

Joshua Clough

Joshua Clough

Joshua is the campus pastor at Resurrection Overland Park. He is a competitive runner, and because he grew up in Seattle, drinks a lot of coffee.

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