I hope this message finds you doing well! I can't believe we are already approaching our third weekend in Advent!?! It has been such an amazing season. This week we celebrated the anticipation of Christmas with an amazing production from our youngest members – "Looking for a Savior: A Night of Christmas Remembrance" was fantastic and it was a great time of fellowship, cookie decorating, crafts and games afterwards. Here are a couple of photos in case you weren't able to make it on Tuesday evening:
This weekend in worship we'll continue with our Advent series, The King is Born! We'll light the third candle in the Advent wreath and focus on Emmanuel – the idea that God is with us always, even when we're suffering, and that because of God's presence we have reason to hope.
Our weekend will conclude in a very powerful way as we pause in the middle of Advent to acknowledge God with us even in our darkest hour. The Longest Night service is a great worship opportunity that you won't want to miss. If you've had a hard year, if you're a person who carries the weight of a broken world, or if you work in a profession where you are caring for others who are facing challenging times, this is a great service for you. Invite a friend who may be struggling during the holidays to this service of hope and healing.
Join us this Sunday, Dec. 15 (nearly the winter solstice), 5 pm at 1601 Grand for music from COR Worship Collective and a special message from Pastor Anne on finding hope and healing in the midst of this holiday season.
One of the highlights of this Advent has been the prevalence of great music. I am so excited to share that the COR Worship Collective (made up of writers and worship leaders from all our Resurrection campuses as well as other churches in KC) has released a collection of Christmas songs! You can get "ADVENT 1" wherever you stream or download music. Add it to your Spotify or Apple Music library and share with friends this season.
Another highlight this Advent has been all of the ways that you have showed up to find the JOY in Serving! If you haven't yet participated in one of our serving opportunities (or even if you have) I want to encourage you to join us at our partner school to celebrate a semester of learning and the JOY of the season at their JOY Parties. Friday, Dec. 20, 1-4 pm at Wendell Phillips (2400 Prospect, KCMO). We still need volunteers! Please sign up HERE or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Lastly, if you haven't yet had a chance, please fill out your 2020 commitment card online at cor.org/downtown/commitment. Your offering and generous giving is essential to our continued missions and ministry in Kansas City and beyond. While our average per-household commitment for next year is up by about 10% per household, our total commitments thus far are short by just over 20%. Thank you for helping us to continue building Christian community in the heart of this city!
Also, if you have year-end giving that needs to be brought into the office, or if you are looking to connect with our staff team at all during the Christmas season, please take a look at our holiday office hours below!
I am so excited to see you this weekend in worship and again at the Longest Night! I hope you have a great Friday!
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