Dear Resurrection Family,
This weekend we kick off a new sermon series asking the question What Would Jesus Say? We’ll ask, if Jesus were walking the earth today, what would he say about the times we’re living in and the stories and the people making the news, to each of us. We’ll consider what he might say in the light of what he did say as recorded in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
In our first sermon, in connection with April 15 (Tax Day!) we’ll begin by asking What Would Jesus say to the 1% and to the 99%? What he would say to the wealthy and powerful, and to the poor and powerless. We’ll look to see who is in the 1% (the top 1% by income and the top 1% by net worth, in the US, and in the world) and the growing disparity between those at the top and bottom of the wealth scale. What did Jesus say to the rich and to the poor when he walked this earth? Some suggest he spoke about this more than any other issue. Join us this weekend as we kick off the new sermon series! Here’s a video about the series – please copy the link and share it on social media.
What a great weekend in worship last weekend! We set a record, by several thousand, for the Sunday after Easter. There has been lots of great conversation about Dr. Jones’ message. It was a blessing to be with him in all five of our worship services – each time he spoke he included different stories – no two were exactly alike – as he called us to care for “the least of these” and to practice the radical act of loving others. Love, he noted, has the power to change hearts and transform our world.
If you missed it, you can still watch several of his messages by through our online worship page. If you have not read King’s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," you can read the entire letter or listen to audio here. As I dropped Dr. and Mrs. Jones off at the hotel after five services and a dinner conversation, he was energized and told me how much he loved being with you, the congregation of the Church of the Resurrection. What a remarkable weekend in worship.
I also want to thank all of you who donated the beautiful flowers and plants for Easter in honor or memory of a loved one. There are still a few plants remaining in the building and you are welcome to take these home and plant them at home. I’d love for you to see who gave these flowers and who they were given in honor or memory of – click here to take a look.
Join me and our other pastors for Coffee with the Pastors, Sunday, April 22, 2–4 pm, in the Leawood Student Center (Building C). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the church and membership expectations. You will also meet our Congregational Care pastors and have a chance to talk with them. For those who decide to join, there will be a brief joining ceremony at the end of the gathering.
Childcare is provided. Register online here. I hope to see you there.
Join me in signing up for the tournament on Monday, May 7, at the Country Club of Leawood. This will be our 23rd Annual Resurrection Golf Classic and Auction to benefit seminary student education. Sponsors, donors, golfers and volunteers can sign up here. (Early bird pricing ends Sunday, April 15.)
I love this event in that, as we play golf and enjoy great fellowship we’re also investing in future leaders for the church – young adults from the Church of the Resurrection who are answering God’s call to be pastors. Our dream is that 200 young adults become pastors out of the Church of the Resurrection over the next sixteen years. Help make that possible!
I wanted to say just a word about our Coffee Mug ministry. As you know, we deliver a coffee mug to the home of every first-time visitor (if you did not receive a mug, it was likely because we could not read your handwriting – let us know and we’ll get you a mug!). This is a small way for us to express the warmth and welcome of our congregation. We’ve been doing this since our first weekend back in 1990. Our hope is that you might use your own mugs at work, or when friends are over, as a conversation starter about your church and faith.
Help us choose the 2019 Resurrection Mug! Each year we design a new Resurrection Coffee mug to present to our new guests and to give to each Resurrection family as they return their commitment card in the fall. We’re in the process of selecting the 2019 mug and I thought you might enjoy helping with the selection. Click on this link, then choose from among the six options being considered!
We’re also in need of people to welcome first-time guests by dropping a mug by after their first visit. This is one of the most fun and rewarding ministries in the church. You simply stop by the Connection Point after worship, look for the mugs to be delivered to our new guests from your zip code area, and take one, two or three to deliver. It takes very little time, but has a huge impact. Click here to watch a short video on what this ministry looks like. If you are interested in joining this ministry in order to welcome our new guests, click here.
Our Vision 2030 leadership team and our local missions team spent Thursday of this week discussing possible ways that God might use our congregation in the next 12 years to positively impact our community. Joining us for part of this meeting were Tim Cowden, the President and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council, Joe Reardon, President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, David Warm, Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council and Jeff Pinkerton, Senior Researcher for the Mid America Regional Council. In addition, team members had conducted interviews with various community leaders throughout Kansas City.
Our aim was to understand the future trends in Kansas City and to ask, “What role might the Church of the Resurrection play in addressing the critical human needs in our city?” It was a remarkable discussion. Among the interesting data points and trends: by 2030, half of the population in Kansas City will be over 50 (this is a nationwide trend). The fastest growing segment of the population, by ethnicity, is Latino. There is a critical need for technical skills training for those who have been left behind by the economic recovery. Another critical need is for pre-K education, which has a significant impact on later educational success and, when missing, on poverty.
We’ll share more and invite more feedback from you in a couple of weeks as the Vision 2030 team continues its work. By next January we will present key visions we believe God is calling us to pursue over the next decade.
I’ve got to run! I hope you have a great day and that you will plan to be in worship as we think together about what Jesus would say to the wealthy, the powerful, the poor and powerless and those of us in between.
In Christ’s Love,
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