Dear Resurrection Family,
This weekend we continue in our series on finding contentment and joy in life, focusing on one of the most important keys: Gratitude. We’ll look at one of the earliest creeds in the Bible, a refrain that seems to come from King David, but is repeated throughout the Old Testament: "Give thanks to the LORD for he is good, his love endures forever." Our focus will be on the power of gratitude. Gratitude is one of the most important keys to meaningful relationships, effective leadership, and finding contentment and joy in life.
This weekend is also Commitment Weekend at Resurrection – the weekend when our members and those visitors who consider this their church family return their annual stewardship commitment card. We timed this to coincide with this weekend’s focus on gratitude, because our financial commitments are one tangible expression of our gratitude to God for all that God has blessed us with, as well as an act of worship and devotion to God.
Each year I challenge you to consider tithing – giving your first 10% to God – or to take a step towards this by increasing your pledge and giving a proportion of your income. I’m sometimes asked whether the tithe is calculated on after-tax income (what you actually have to spend) or on gross income. I’ll tell you what LaVon and I do: Our annual operating pledge is 10% of what we actually have to spend (our after-tax income). Then we give to the building fund, missions, and the Christmas Eve offering on top of that so our total giving to the church is considerably more than 10% of our total income. We have our offering direct deposited through PushPay twice a month, so we never get behind in our giving. For those with appreciated stock, donating appreciated stock is a great way to give and avoid paying the capital gains tax, particularly in a year when the market is reaching record highs.
This coming year we celebrate our 30th anniversary as a church. The next decade ahead is filled with opportunity and promise as we work towards our 2030 Vision of deepening the faith of our members, reaching new people for Christ, pursuing acts of kindness and compassion across our city and working to close the opportunity gap that exists for low income children by providing preschool opportunities for them. Your giving will play a part in making all of these things happen.
[As an aside, I discovered this week that there was a snafu in some of the stewardship letters that were sent to our members. Our aim was to personalize the letters – youth received one note, those who have been inactive another, and so on. My daughter Rebecca’s letter came, and I found it was addressed to "Dear Rebecca Hamilton" as opposed to "Dear Rebecca" – which I thought felt a bit impersonal. I don’t know how many came this way, addressing you by first and last name. I am so sorry, in attempting to create personalized notes to everyone, a field was inadvertently included in some. We’re still trying to sort it out. Please know that, if I could, I’d write a handwritten note to all 22,000 of you – I am so appreciative of your generosity and your commitment, and I apologize if your note, like the one to my daughter, included both first and last name in the opening line.]
Two other meaningful things are happening in worship this weekend. We’ll be giving our third graders their third grade Bibles this week. If you have a third grader – either a child or a grandchild – and you haven’t registered for them to receive their Bible, please click here. This is a special weekend and, after the kids receive their Bible they’ll slip out of worship to learn more about their Bible and how to read it for all it's worth.
This is also Veterans’ Weekend and Resurrection Veterans will read Scripture in each service. We’ll recognize all veterans and active duty military personnel (we’d love you to wear your uniforms) and their families during the service.
I learned this week about the special exhibit taking place at the World War I Museum focused on the Vietnam War. Some of our members have been serving as docents. We’re looking to see if we can plan a special time for Resurrection members to visit the exhibit together and learn from some of our Vietnam veterans. Click here to see the Kansas City Star’s video coverage of the new exhibit.
Resurrection’s blood drive this month couldn’t come at a better time. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, blood supplies are at an unprecedented low. You can help replenish the supply by donating on Monday, November 18, or Tuesday, November 19, in the Leawood Building B Commons. Walk-ins are always welcome, or you can sign up after worship November 16/17 or click on the date above to make an appointment online.
We are looking for input to help plan our future Memorial Garden needs! Phase 1 of the new Resurrection Memorial Garden in Leawood is nearly sold out. The timing of Phase 2 construction will be contingent upon interest in additional niches. Please click here to complete a survey to help determine the timing for development. All answers are anonymous unless you choose to provide your information at the end of the survey.
This past week we welcomed 158 new members at four of our campuses during Coffee with the Pastors. We had 50 households (75 adults and 30 children) at Leawood, 13 household (17 adults) at Overland Park, 4 households (5 adults) at Blue Springs, and 9 households (18 adults and 13 children) at West.
The problematic impact of pornography use continues to grow in our community. On Thursday, November 14, at 7 pm in the Leawood Foundry, Clay Olsen, founder of Fight the New Drug, will help us understand the realities of how pornography can distort the way we relate to one another.
Fight the New Drug is a non-religious and non-legislative organization that exists to provide individuals the opportunity to make an informed decision regarding pornography by raising awareness of its harmful effects using only science, facts, and personal accounts. Resurrection is hosting this program, which is open to the community, in conjunction with St. Michael's Catholic Church.
Additional information is on the website.
Last weekend I encouraged you to cultivate generosity by serving or donating to our Joy in Serving holiday projects during November and December. Stop by the JOY tables in the Narthex after worship, or sign up here. This weekend we’ll have the following opportunities:
Please join us in congratulating Craig Dawson, Church of the Resurrection Board of Trustees, on being named one of INGRAM’s top 20 in their twenties! Check out the article here.
Looking forward to being in worship this weekend!
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