Scott Chrostek

Downtown Enote

We'll Make It Through Together

Posted Mar 20, 2020

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Greetings RezDowntowners,

It's been another crazy week as we learn how to care for people and continue creating disciples by utilizing phone calls and streaming online.  It seems like everything is new and our usual "go to's" are no longer there.  This means that your heads are spinning probably as much as mine in the work of rethinking everything from work to school to how we conduct meetings. It can be overwhelming! Yet, it can also be energy producing.

I’ve seen incredible resilience especially as families, friends, and sometimes complete strangers provide care and comfort in creative ways. Our church staff is coming together to think of new ways to keep people connected at a time of distance, and many of these changes we would consider to be essential going forward. In this moment of disruption, anxiety, uncertain financial markets, and pandemic crisis we will find a way to make it through, together, I am sure of it.

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 want to offer the same encouragement.

Going forward Pastor Adam will be offering a Facebook Live devotional every Tuesday evening, 8 pm.  Resurrection Downtown will be doing the same thing every Thursday night at 7pm with our worship team and pastors at what we're calling our "Weekly Gathering of Hope."  I hope you'll stay connected there, in addition to a whole bunch of other ways below.

This weekend, we invite you to worship with us online again! Join us Saturday night at 5, Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am and 11 am, and Sunday night at 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 for a typical weekend Downtown. Thank you for engaging, being present, and worshiping together. I hope you'll join us again this weekend. Amazingly, last weekend at Resurrection Online we had over 25,600 people join us for worship altogether, which is so cool?!?

In anxious and uncertain times, worship is essential, it reminds us that God is with us and for us in the face of adversity. So, I want to encourage you to invite someone to join you for this weekend's online experience. Gathering together, online, is one way we can be a source of comfort and strength. Share the link: rezonline.org.

Currently, here is where we stand for small groups, classes, care, etc.:

  • Classes and Groups — Our study of The Walk has moved online. We encourage you to join Chris Folmsbee at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays at cor.org/wednesdays for a live teaching - this coming week, he'll focus on "Give." For small groups, we encourage you to use an online platform like FaceTime (for iPhones), Skype, or Zoom.  For questions, please email Pastor Matt.Bisel@cor.org.
  • Congregational Care – Due to restrictions from area hospitals, we are no longer able to make in-person hospital visits. However, we will continue to offer care through phone calls and video calls whenever possible. If you have care concerns, please email Pastor Anne at Anne.Williams@cor.org
  • Rezlife Youth and KiDSCOR – Join our Facebook group, KiDSCOR at Resurrection Downtown for live videos from Sarah, our KiDSCOR Director, as well as links to current KiDSCOR curriculum, fun ideas for families at home, and a weekly challenge to get your family engaged. Reach out to Sarah.Elliott@cor.org with any questions!
  • Serve – Our Super Serve Saturday event scheduled for tomorrow, March 21, has been canceled as we do our best to adhere to the guidelines recommended by the CDC. As an alternative, we invite you to join our Drive-Up Food and Donation Supply Drive for Hope Faith Ministries. In the downtown area, you can drop supplies off at 705 Virginia Ave, KCMO from 9 am - 2 pm, or if you're further south, there will be a truck for donations located in the circle drive of Building A  at our Leawood campus from 9 am - noon. Check our Facebook today for an update from Pastor Patrick and other ways to serve from home! Or, reach out to Patrick.McLaughlin@cor.org with questions.
  • Social Media  If you missed our first mid-week Gathering of Hope last night, you can still view that on our Facebook, hereOn Thursdays at 7 pm, we'll plan to live stream a gathering of downtown worship leaders and share a short message from a pastor. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/rezdowntown or on Instagram at @rezdowntown for updates on programming, opportunities to serve from home, and uplifting content during this uncertain time.
  • RezDT Office Hours: We have moved to virtual only campus hours, 9am to 4pm, 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 essential projects.  I want you to know that I am available as well as our staff to connect with you, offer assistance and counsel, as you need it by phone or online.  We are here for you, and will offer the best care we can.

Please remember that this is an evolving situation, and we will do our best to continue to provide updates. You can see our full plan as it currently exists at any time by visiting cor.org/coronavirus.

Pastor Adam is encouraging us to be the light in a time of crisis. Although many of us will be avoiding large events and maybe working from home, there are still opportunities to care for one another and demonstrate Christ’s love. I would suggest a couple of ideas: pray for others, especially those who become affected as well as for our nurses, doctors and other first responders.  Stay educated and up to date through the World Health Organization, the CDC, and the Johnson County Health Department.  Check in on others - friends, family, and neighbors.  Take walks, call people, video chat. Remember that this is temporary and our church will continue to serve others and love others, and in this moment, just as in every other moment, you are the church.  RezDowntown is made up of a collection of individuals who are bold enough to embody the gospel everywhere they go.  We are people who see the world and everything in it while holding a bias toward the good news in all circumstances.  In every situation we should seek to be loving, sacrificial and generous; full of grace and compassion.

If you haven’t yet already, I want to urge you to continue your financial support of the work of the church…as we anticipate the needs of our community to 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 1522 McGee, Kansas City, MO 64108.

I am so looking forward to connecting with you in worship this weekend.  A lot of the RezDowntown team will be helping in leadership and that's a sign of your faithfulness.  We will get through this together, because God is with us!

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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