June 7, 2019
Dear Resurrection Family,
This is weekend we mark Pentecost Sunday when Christians remember the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the early Christians, shortly after Jesus ascended to heaven. We’ll pray for a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit upon each of us as we worship (more on the Holy Spirit at the bottom of my e-note).
My sermon this weekend will continue in our Gospel in Film series as we turn to Toy Story 2. Released in 1999, it was a smash hit and considered by most to be even better than the first Toy Story (which itself was nominated for three Oscars). The gospel message in this film is powerful. My sermon title is, "The Name Written On You." Invite a friend to join you for a meaningful weekend of worship. Our aim in these sermons is both to connect with families and to make it easy to invite a non-religious neighbor or friend to join you in worship.
Sunday night at 6:30 pm at our Leawood Campus Foundry Hall, we will show Toy Story 2. The film is free. We’ll have seats, but you can also bring blankets or sleeping bags and pillows to sit on the floor. Bring your own food, pick up something to eat at our café or we’ll have free popcorn. Both children and adults will enjoy the film – invite a friend! Here’s a pic from last Sunday night’s showing of Toy Story 1.
Resurrection Night at the Drive-InToy Story 4 releases the weekend of our final sermon in this series and we’ve reserved spots for 600 cars at the Boulevard Drive-In (20 minutes from Leawood, 24 minutes from West, 8 minutes from Downtown and 27 minutes from Blue Springs!) Sunday night, June 23, for Resurrection night at the Drive-In. $20 per car, Kansas City’s first 4k Drive-In experience. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, bring your own dinner or purchase dinner. LaVon and I, Stella and the kids will be there by 7:30 pm. The movie starts at dark. Click here for more information and to purchase your ticket.
Vacation Bible Camp is next week!We celebrate that nearly 2,000 kids will be friendshipping, learning, singing, crafting, playing and snacking at four of our campuses next week. Registration is now closed so we would like to say thanks to all the volunteers and staff who will be creating an AWESOME experience for the campers. Pray for them and the kids! LaVon and I are looking forward to volunteering next week.
Bless the School is June 12-21We are excited to support a new school this summer: the African Centered Prep Academy. Sign up to serve in the morning, afternoon and/or evening as we paint the school, spruce up and expand the playground and build soccer goals. Also, opportunities to provide beverages, snacks or lunch for the BTS teams. Click here for more information or to register.
Overland Park Preview Worship Service this SundayYou’re invited! This weekend Resurrection Overland Park (8412 W. 95th) hosts their first preview worship service of the summer, Sunday, June 9, at 9:30 am. The gym has become a worship space, new paint has been added to the walls and other projects are in motion as we prepare for the grand opening in August. This weekend will include worship, kids are invited to participate in KiDSCOR ministry, and the coffee and conversation will be great. If you live in the neighborhood or know someone who does, and if they are not currently attending a church, invite them to join you.
Welcome our New Members at Resurrection Overland ParkLast weekend our new campus, Resurrection Overland Park, held its second Coffee with the Pastors to invite former Valley View UMC members to join Resurrection. It was a terrific event with 76 adults and children joining the church. Resurrection Overland Park, located one block east of Antioch on 95th Street, will officially launch in August. We’ll have another Coffee with the Pastors for those who were unable to attend this last weekend. The names of those who joined on Sunday appear at the bottom of my enote. Be sure to look them over and reach out to those you know to welcome them to the Church of the Resurrection. We are one church in multiple locations and those who join at any campus are members at all of our campuses. Welcome new members!
Disaster ResponseResurrection's Disaster Response trained teams are helping with recovery from the recent tornado. There are immediate needs for help. To find updates and see the different teams and their needs please click here. I would encourage you to sign up for one of these important disaster relief team.
Resurrection Car ShowThe 16th Annual Resurrection Car Show benefits Resurrection's Hunger Relief and Car Repair ministries. Sign up to show your car at the show, Saturday, June 22 in the A parking lot. Or just come and check out all the amazing cars! Food trucks will be on-site with breakfast and lunch options. Click here for more information or to register your car for the show.
Resurrection Mission TripsWe have a number of serve teams traveling across the country and around the world this month. We currently have 2 teams in Honduras (with another leaving tomorrow), a medical team in Malawi, and a team in Omaha. This Sunday our youth choir, orchestra and bells are leaving on their summer mission trips serving, playing and singing at Waxahachie UMC and the Tarrant County Union Gospel Mission in Texas. We also have two Youth Teams traveling this month, one leaving for Dallas on Sunday and one leaving for the Appalachian Mountain area later this month.
Golf Tournament Raises $34,000 for BooksWe had a great day at the Resurrection Golf Classic this last Monday (despite losing four balls, I actually had five or six good shots that will keep me coming back next year!). 139 golfers and more than 40 volunteers raised $34,000 for children’s literacy initiatives. Congratulations to this year’s Dallam Cup tournament champions, with a score of 11 under par (60), were Ryan Seager, Brian Jaimes, Brian Walton, Hunter Westerfield. We were blessed with great weather and warm fellowship. Thank you to the 30 sponsors, 18 donors who made this tournament possible!
I’ve just scratched the surface on things that are happening around Resurrection this summer.
Pentecost and the Holy SpiritThroughout the Bible we read of God’s Spirit or the Holy Spirit. The word, Spirit - in Hebrew, Ruach, in Greek, Pneuma – can mean both breath or wind (pneumatic tools are powered by compressed air). We can get a bit tongue-tied trying to explain the Trinity, but we associate God the Father Almighty as the Creator, Jesus as the Son who redeems us and rules as Lord, and the Holy Spirit as God’s breath, God’s indwelling presence, sustaining, empowering, forming and shaping us, wooing and leading us. Jesus promised, as he was departing this earth, that he would send the Holy Spirit to fill his disciples with power, to comfort and support them and to lead them. The Spirit would empower us to do God’s work. The Spirit came upon the disciples on the Jewish Feast of Pentecost and with the Spirit’s power, the Church was born. In the early church the disciples would lay their hand on others and pray and the Spirit would come through the laying on of hands (this is why our pastors lay our hands upon the head of each child, youth and adult being baptized and ask the Spirit to fill the one being baptized and why we do the same at Confirmation). I pray each morning for the Holy Spirit to fill me anew, to guide me, form me, shape me and lead me. My hope each day is to pay attention to the Spirit’s nudges and whispers. When I do, I find myself right in the middle of something God is up to. When I am weary, there are moments when the Holy Spirit strengthens me. There are times when I’m working on my sermons and I’m stuck when a thought will come into my mind that is precisely what I needed. I believe this is the Holy Spirit working. Among the many metaphors for the Spirit’s work is that of power – and here it is easy to think of the impact of a power source on a tool. My iPad, sitting on my desk, tells me it has 20% power left. My computer is plugged in and the battery is at about 98%. But as I look across at my bookshelves where I have a collection of old Apple Macintosh laptops, I realize that none of them can do a thing because their batteries are completely drained. They have potential, but without power they cannot do what they were made to do. So it is in our lives without the Spirit’s power. As we prepare for Pentecost Sunday, I’d invite you to take a moment, right now, and place your hands on your lap, palms up, and simply invite the Holy Spirit to fill you anew; to form you, empower you, and lead you. Thank the Spirit for the Spirit’s work in your life and pray that you might pay attention to the Spirit’s promptings. May you be led, shaped and empowered by the Spirit today!
Happy Pentecost Weekend! Adam
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