Penny Ellwood

Blue Springs Enote

Advent is Around the Corner

Posted Nov 20, 2020

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Greetings Resurrection Blue Springs!

As coronavirus cases continue to spike across our country, Resurrection made the difficult decision this week to suspend in-person worship and programming until at least the end of January.

After discussion last week with Church Council, lay leadership and staff, we felt that one of the most tangible ways that our church could express our love for our neighbors was to avoid in-person gatherings. We want to do our part to keep our area ICUs and PCUs from overflowing and to help reduce the chance of spread among our members. If you weren't able to read Pastor Adam’s email on Tuesday, you can view his message here to read more about the factors that went into this decision.

This doesn’t halt our work or preclude our preparations for the Advent season. We simply pivot and alter the methods for readying ourselves to receive Christ anew this Christmas. We will be resilient and flexible because the message to “Fear Not, for behold I bring you glad tidings of great joy” is needed more than ever in our world today.

This weekend, we conclude our series on Uncommon Generosity by exploring what it means to respond to God's generosity with gratitude. You will also hear some powerful stories of sacrifice and generosity that are sure to inspire you. It is an especially important weekend as we invite everyone who considers Resurrection to be their church home to make your giving commitment for mission and ministry in 2021. Your generosity makes all of our ministry efforts possible and has had a tremendous impact across our city during this time of great need.

I encourage you to spend time in prayer and to talk together as a family about this commitment. Bill and I did this last night and we are praying for you as you discern your commitment for 2021. To check out more about the impact your gifts have made and fill out your commitment card for 2021, please visit cor.org/give. Also, on Sunday you'll have an opportunity to pick up this year's coffee mug as a "Thank you" gift for your pledge between 12:30 and 2:30 pm at our east entrance. (We will also be handing out our Advent Wreath Kits, this month’s KiDSCOR Family Experience Kit and collecting winter warmth items.)

I’m having a little trouble believing that Advent season is around the corner, but it begins next weekend! We want to invite everyone to participate in lighting an Advent wreath during worship from your homes this year.

You can purchase an Advent Wreath Kit for $5 complete with a weekly guide, devotion, fun crafts and activities, and an Advent wreath. We also have free KiDSCOR Activity Kits for our children. Pick up times for the Advent kits will be a drive-up format at the main entrance, not only this Sunday, but also next Sunday, November 29, from 12:30–2:30, and Monday, November 30, from 6-8 pm at our campus, 601 NE Jefferson Street here in Blue Springs. If you haven’t ordered yet, you can click here to sign up for a kit. You can also download other Advent resources for use in your home at cor.org/next.

Other upcoming Advent activities include our online Incarnation Advent Study beginning Dec. 2 and our Family Christmas Drive Through on Saturday, December 12 from 3:30-5 pm. You’ll find more details below.

I want to thank those who donated blood yesterday at our Blood Drive and have signed up for Serve Saturday tomorrow. Our in-person serving opportunities are now full for tomorrow but there will be other opportunities coming up with JOY in Serving. For those of you participating in our Winter Warmth drive, we will be collecting donations of new and gently used coats, blankets, sleeping bags and other winter wear on Sunday, November 22 from 12:30 – 2:30 pm. (Please note: we are not collecting these at our campus on Saturday).

Finally, I want to celebrate with you that we welcomed 175 new members, adults and children, across all campuses to Resurrection last weekend at Coffee with the Pastors. To our Resurrection Blue Springs community, we welcome Mark and Elizabeth Spengler. They became acquainted with our church through the monthly worship services held at Benton House by our campus where Elizabeth’s mother resides. Kudos to this team for their witness!!

As I hear of more cases of COVID and the loss of family members amongst our own community, I continue to hold you all in prayer. I pray you will be safe and well and look forward to the day we are together in person. Please let us know if there our ways we can support you during this time.

In Christ,

Pastor Penny

Penny Ellwood

Penny Ellwood

Rev. Penny Ellwood is the Campus Pastor at Resurrection Blue Springs.

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