Scott Chrostek

Downtown Enote

Excited for Advent, Rapidly Approaching

Posted Nov 20, 2020

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Greetings RezDowntowners,

I hope you're doing well this Friday morning. After a week's worth of watching our COVID levels spike, followed by a series of restrictions throughout the metro around gathering, we decided as a church that one of the best ways to lead and to love our neighbors is by pausing our in-person worship services and moving back to online worship.

Many of you probably read the email from Pastor Adam on Tuesday, however, if you weren't able to, you can view that message here to see the factors that went into making this very difficult decision. Since Tuesday we have received a lot of positive and encouraging words from community leaders, including area hospitals and school districts.

Though this is not ideal, I hope you'll understand our decision and continue worshiping with us online at cor.org/live or on KMCI (Channel 38 the Spot).

This weekend, we're wrapping up our series on Uncommon Generosity with a sermon entitled "Take Hold of the Life That Really is Life." Pastor Adam will be focusing in on Paul's words in 2 Corinthians and Timothy and sharing some powerful stories of sacrifice and generosity. You won't want to miss it.

Since we are returning to worshiping exclusively virtually, please be sure to invite friends and join us online at cor.org/live starting on Saturday evening at 5 pm or on Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15, 11 or 5 pm.

This weekend is especially important because it is commitment weekend - when we ask all of our members and people who consider Resurrection to be their church home to pledge gifts for mission and ministry in 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! Your generosity makes all of our efforts possible; you have impacted this city during this time of great need. I am so proud of you and grateful for the ways you are allowing God to use you through this community.

Wendy and I are praying for you as you discern this year's commitments just as we have been praying all week about ours.

Also, on Sunday you'll have have an opportunity to pick up this year's coffee mug as a "Thank you" gift for your pledge. Feel free to stop by and see me between 12:30 and 2:30 pm at 1601 Grand. (You can also pick up your Advent kits as that time.)

Upcoming Advent Activities

Speaking of Advent, the season of Advent is rapidly approaching and I could not be more excited! One of our goals this year is for every household to participate in online Advent worship from home by lighting an Advent wreath along with us during our services. Register your family for a Family Advent kit (and an Advent wreath) as a way to keep your hearts and minds (and kids) engaged in the season as we prepare for the birth of Christ!

Your first chance to pick those up will be this Sunday, Nov. 22 from 12:30 - 2:30 pm at 1601 Grand. We'll also have pick-up times next Sunday on Nov. 29th from 12:30 to 2:30 pm and then again on Monday, Nov. 30, from 6–8pm.

Another upcoming Advent activity that I want you to consider participating in will be our Thursday evening Advent study. If you're interested in joining the Resurrection Downtown pastors and staff on Thursday evenings, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, at 7 pm via Zoom for a devotional and lesson, please sign up HERE! We're planning to focus this study on the themes of advent as well as on Pastor Adam's new book, Incarnation. (You can order the book via Cokesbury, Christianbook, or Amazon, but it will not be required for the discussions.)

Lastly, we hope you'll join us for our Resurrection Downtown Kids' Christmas Drive-Through! See Santa, take home some treats and collect parts to build your own nativity scene at home. Register your family for this fun event here!

Serving This Weekend

We are excited to be nearly full for tomorrow's Serve Saturday activities! What a great turnout and a reason to feel real joy during these uncertain times. So grateful for all those who signed up!

If you're looking to get involved, we invite you to participate in our Winter Warmth Drive. We're collecting items such as blankets, sleeping bags, winter outerwear and winter clothing, TOMORROW, Nov. 21 from 9 – 11 am at 1522 McGee. Both new and gently-used items in good condition will be accepted!

Stay Connected

Shannon Endicott hosts a lunchtime study for women on Mondays, noon - 1 pm. To join these meetings, follow this Zoom link. This group is currently doing a study on the Book of Esther by Beth Moore. Find the book on Amazon, read the scripture, or join the conversation via Zoom, the RezDT Women Facebook Group, or via email!

Pastor Patrick hosts RezDTea & Coffee on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am. To join this meeting in the future, follow this Zoom link.

Pastor Anne hosts an online Bible study for moms on Wednesday evenings at 8:30 pm. To join this meeting in the future, follow this Zoom link. (This group will take off Wednesday, Nov. 23, the evening before Thanksgiving, and resume as normal on Dec. 2.)

I am so grateful for you. I have so missed seeing you regularly and engaging with you weekly. Please know that our pastors and staff are praying for you regularly and have some big things in store for connecting with you during this season.

If you have any needs, don't hesitate to reach out and let us know; we'd love to walk with you through whatever you may be facing. In the meantime, know that I am praying for you this weekend as you discern your annual commitments and know in advance how much they matter to making our community what it is today.

Your generosity is literally helping to change lives and transform this community into a better reflection of the kingdom of heaven! Have a great Friday!

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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