Dear Resurrection Family,
Who is most responsible for you becoming a Christian? That’s one of the questions I’ll invite you to think about this weekend as we continue in our series of sermons on The Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.
This week we come to the last of the practices: sharing our faith with others. Jesus called his disciples to become “fishers of people.” He told them they were to let their “light shine before others.” They were to “go into all the world and make disciples.” For each of us, there was someone who helped us know of God’s love, who told us about Jesus, who encouraged us in our faith – likely multiple "someones." I’m hoping you’ll be someone else’s someone!
This weekend I have some inspiring stories about this, and some very practical and simple ways you can be light for your children, family, friends and neighbors – sharing Christ in ways that are not off-putting.
By the way, we interviewed many of our staff this week, and I asked people on Facebook the same question I just asked you above, "Who is most responsible for you becoming a Christian?” I’ll share some of the responses this weekend. I was surprised by the number who said it was a grandparent.
This Sunday afternoon, April 7, from 1-3, our new Grandparenting Ministry invites grandparents to bring your grandchildren for a couple of hours of bowling at College Lanes (College BLVD and 69 Hwy). $12 includes lane time and shoe rental. You’ll be grouped with grandkids of similar ages and led through fun, disciple-based moments of sharing as you bowl. LaVon and I will be there bowling with Stella. Join us! Scholarships are available by emailing Angie.McCarty@cor.org. Click here to register for this great afternoon of fun with your grandchildren, and a chance to get to know other grandparents at Resurrection.
I want you to know that, as I write this note, we have 480 guests from over 200 churches across the country at Resurrection Leawood attending two seminars led by our staff. One is training congregations, pastors and leaders how to implement the Congregational Care Minister model for care in their congregations. The other seminar is sharing key principles and practices for creating a culture of radical hospitality in local churches. This is part of the work you do to support our vision of strengthening churches.
Here’s a photo from the opening worship on Thursday:
Every Easter we fill our various sanctuaries with beautiful blooming plants that, by their beauty, cry out, “Christ is Risen!” If you would like to honor a loved one by donating beautiful blooming Easter plants or palms to decorate the Sanctuary and Foundry for Easter, you may do so by donating online. Beginning Tuesday after Easter we make these plants available for you to take home so that your donation blesses the congregation on Easter and your family following the services. Remember a loved one who has passed or honor a living family member with Easter flowers by donating here.
Just a reminder, to help extend a warm Resurrection welcome to our guests on Easter Weekend we need your help. To help us in our planning please click here then scroll down the page to see the ways you can serve. We need you to sign up to assist on Easter weekend.
Grab the kids, find the Easter baskets, and join us for an awesome family event! On Saturday, April 13, from 10 am to noon (rain or shine), your early childhood to elementary age children will enjoy the egg hunt, magic shows, Easter Bunny, petting zoo, photo booths, scavenger hunts and much more!
If you register for this event, you’ll also be entered to win some fabulous family prize packages! We are also collecting new pairs of socks for our Mission ministry! Click here for more information and a full schedule of activities.
The Faith Always Wins Foundation was created in 2014 after Terri LaManno and Resurrection members Bill Corporon and his grandson Reat Underwood were murdered by a white supremacist. The foundation seeks to promote dialogue across faiths, spreading kindness, and bringing healing. Each year, around the anniversary of this tragic event, the foundation sponsors Seven Days of Kindness – a series of events happening over the course of seven days that bring people together to overcome evil with good.
For a full calendar of events related to SevenDays, click here. I want to specifically mention two events. The first is the Seven Days Walk on Monday, April 15. People will gather at 6 pm and the walk begins at 6:30 pm – a chance to enjoy fellowship while making a statement about kindness and love overcoming darkness and hate. The walk stars at the World War I Memorial, near the museum. There will be music and food trucks following the walk – it’s great fun. You can register for the walk here. I know many from Resurrection Downtown will be there, along with folks from other campuses.
The other event is being held at Resurrection Leawood. Mindy Corporon, Bill’s daughter and Reat’s mother, will be interviewing reformed white supremacists Christian Picciolini and Shannon Martinez next Thursday night, April 11 in the Leawood Foundry. The evening will go from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Christian Picciolini is now an MSNBC contributor, an Emmy Award-winning director and producer, a published author, TEDx speaker, global peace advocate, and a reformed extremist. His work and life purpose bear witness to a deep-seated desire to atone for his past, and an urgency to transform the hurts and wounds he inflicted into vehicles for profound healing. Christian tenaciously works to use the redemption he has been offered to make the world a better, more peace-filled place.
Shannon is a public speaker, a writer, a counter-extremism associate at Goldmill Group, and a member of the Institute For Strategic Dialogue's steering committee for the Against Violent Extremism (AVE) Network, which helps people connect with peer interveners and work through their transition out of violent extremism. Because of Shannon's experiences in a hate group as a youth, and the harm she caused others during that part of her life, she is committed to helping dismantle the culture of white supremacy.
Refreshments will be provided following the presentation. Please click here for more information and to register.
Flourish Furnishings was one of 15 new businesses recognized by the Grandview Chamber & Economic Development Council at the BIGG Awards Luncheon (Business Investment & Growth in Grandview) on March 28. The BIGG Awards provide an opportunity to identify and showcase new organizations/business that have invested in the community during the past year. Click here to see a few photos from the luncheon.
I want to end by saying how grateful I am for you, Church of the Resurrection. I love you, am proud of the people you are and the way you seek to live your faith, and I’m excited about what God has in store at each of our locations as we continue to seek to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.
See you in worship!
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