Penny Ellwood

Blue Springs Enote

Help us prepare for the Backyard Block Party next week!

Posted Aug 4, 2017

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Greetings Resurrection Blue Springs,

My enote is coming together slowly this morning as I have a wonderful distraction waiting impatiently on Grandma to play. My daughter's day care providers are taking a vacation day so she came over for an extra pair of hands since it’s my day off.

This time with her and the kids always makes me appreciate our young moms. How quickly you forget just how much work raising children can be! I’ve been watching my grandson Max, almost five months old, intently studying his hands this morning, like he just discovered these amazing appendages at the end of his arms and that he can actually control them. Watch out world!

I want to thank everyone who came out yesterday for our Blood Drive. We exceeded our goal of 20 units. This blood comes at a critical time as they are currently experiencing a shortage here in the city.

Next Sunday afternoon we will be hosting our Backyard Block Party. We decided to move our annual picnic to the backyard this year so that we can include our neighbors. We’re planning live music, Big Dawg BBQ’s awesome BBQ sundaes, home made ice cream, a pie baking contest and fun activities for the kids. There will be an inflatable water slide, bounce house and yard games.

We’ll also have a dunk tank, so if you’ve ever wanted to take a shot at one of our staff, now’s the time. We’ll be drawing straws next week to see who has to go first! You have to have a jar of peanut butter for our backpack ministry to get a shot. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for the backyard and parents, and don’t forget the swimsuits and towels for the kids.

We’re still needing folks to bring home made cream or pies to share with our guests. Pies to share don’t need to be homemade, unless you plan to enter the pie baking contest.

We also need help taking invitation cards to the neighbors this week. We’ll have packets prepared on Sunday with a map of a small area near the church for you to cover in the next day or two (depending on the rain scheduled for Sunday). It won’t take long if everyone chips in and it’s a great way to get your steps in for the day or run off some of your kids energy. Packets will be available on Sunday.

This Sunday Mike Graves, preaching professor from Saint Paul School of Theology, will be offering our message. He’ll be preaching and teaching us more about the sacrament of Holy Communion. You don’t want to miss this opportunity. Invite a friend to join you.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday in worship.

Grace and peace,


Penny Ellwood

Penny Ellwood

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