Patrick McLaughlin

Downtown Missions

August/September RezDT Serve Update

Posted Aug 15, 2018

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Thank you for taking a few minutes to see what is going on in the serve life of RezDT! With your participation we are #withKC! My hope is that we will celebrate our impact and the challenges we encounter in service withKC through our service, community life, care for each other and worship. Check out our worship and community life calendars at to find ways to more fully know, love, and serve God. Contact me anytime with any issues you may be facing, 816-979-1334 or  


  • Serve Saturday Sites!
  • 18 in 18 update
  • Back to School
  • Inviting Others With Story!
  • Serving with an employer or on your own?
  • Volunteers of the Month--Bob and Claudia Lagerstrom



Summer is nearly over and it is time to re-establish your monthly service commitment. We'll keep it fresh with new serve sites! You keep it fresh by inviting new people to join you each time!

We especially need you, your friends, and family this month as we kick-off our new Hunger Back Pack program.  We will ask about 20 volunteers to stay at RezDT to prepare sacks of food that will go home with food insecure Wendell Phillips students at the end of each week. Their nutrition over the weekend will help ensure they come back on Mondays ready to learn and succeed!

As always, invite a friend and join us this Saturday at 1522 McGee.  Doors open at 8:30 for morning refreshments. The program starts at 9am to learn about our ministry partners and be sent out to serve for a few hours.

As our entry point to serving the community, I'd like you to think about this event as an introduction to serving, a training of sorts, for developing a lifelong commitment to serve. Get to know the ways we volunteer with dozens of agencies and then begin to volunteer with them on your own, with your small group, and with those you invite into a life of service with you.

This month's agency partners are:

  • Monthly Rotating Opportunities
    • Urban Christian Academy--School cleaning and maintenance
    • Uplift--Donation sorting
    • Community LINC--Apartment preparation
    • Restart--Sorting donations
    • Kansas City Rescue Mission Women's Shelter--indoor and outdoor cleaning/maintenance
    • Healing House--Working with Helping Hands Construction (See Below)
    • HUNGER BACKPACKS--Accessible to all ages and abilities on site
  • Monthly serve opportunities:
    • Kuamba Reading Nook On break until September-- If you'd like to commit more regularly to this refugee literacy program, consider skipping our gathering and going straight to their training from 9a-12p at 1903 Hardesty (the old Wesley Heights UMC). Contact for more information
    • Helping Hands Construction Ministry--Painting and fire restoration at the Healing House. Contact Dan Smith for more info or visit the Helping Hands Construction Ministry web site
  • Off Saturday Opportunities:
    • Micah Ministry--Weekly Evening Meal.
      Contact our liaison Mary Landis for more details.
    • Opportunities to serve at Wendell Phillips and East High. Visit our Education partner webpage or for more details!

18 in '18

18-in-18.jpg.png?mtime=20180815132554#asset:19097:serveModalImageHow are you doing at reaching the goal we set for each person calling RezDT their home, serving 18 hours in 2018? Help us track your hours by filling out and returning your serve card.  Get a new one at Serve Saturday if you need. If you have already achieved 18 hours of service, consider another challenge: Serve 18 times with the same ministry partner or invite 18 people to join you in service.

Back to School Drive SUCCESS!

Over 400 school supply bags were returned by RezDT and Blue Springs for Wendell Phillips students! Students start back this week so be in prayer for them and about how you might join the team throughout the year at our partner schools. Julie Doane, for Wendell Phillips and Amy Skjordal, for East High School!


RezDT StoryCOR

Every meaningful ministry at RezDT started with a story. We'd like to do more to capture these stories and realize more capacities for ministry with you and #withKC!  We recognize the number of stories we can collect as a measurement of the immeasurable impact RezDT and God are having on your life and the life of the community.

Start learning to craft your story this Saturday morning before heading over to Whittier Elementary School to serve.  If you have elementary aged children, drop them first at VBC, then come to RezDT from 9:30-11a for a workshop on how to develop your story. Sign up here to let us know your are coming.  Walk-ins also welcome.


Serve On Your Own!

Employee Based Service
Many employers encourage community service and if you have one of these employers, I'd love you to count those hours towards our community serve 18 in 2018 goal. Text "serve" anytime to 816-256-5588. If your co-workers are looking for opportunities to serve, invite them to serve with us at a Serve Saturday.

Small Business Outreach
If you're employer does not have the capacity to offer you service opportunities, connect me with your boss and let's see how we can work together in our shared desire to be #withKC.

RezDT creates service opportunities for you to be introduced to service. These service opportunities are intended to be a vehicle for you and those you invite  to become more familiar with God's work in the community and at RezDT. The next step in your discipleship journey is to begin serving at one of our partners, or any place you know about otherwise, fully on your own initiative. We'd also love to help you build capacity with new partners.  Here's what you can do to help us know that you are living into RezDT's commitment to lead with service and have our community and worship gatherings be an outpouring of that service:

  • Whenever you serve, let us know by texting "serve" to 816-256-5588.
  • Fill out some basic information about you on the reply text you receive.
  • Use the feedback form offered in a subsequent text to offer some insights to your serve experience and how we can bring people alongside you.
  • Share your story with our StoryCOR initiative (details above)
  • We'll celebrate your service hours with the community and help you build capacity for greater Kingdom building work in KC!

Check out all of our serve partners that you'll have an opportunity to connect with throughout the year

Volunteer(s) of the month

This month I'd like to recognize Bob and Claudia Lagerstrom for their over and above service in getting our Hunger Backpack program started at RezDT.  They have added this to their already strong commitment to serve with Christmas In October, the Friday Morning bulletin stuffing crew, and on Sunday mornings for worship.  Thank you Bob and Claudia for your commitment to serve!


I hope you've enjoyed getting to know what's been going on in the Serve life of RezDT! 

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Patrick

Patrick McLaughlin

Patrick McLaughlin

Patrick is the Community Pastor at Resurrection Downtown.