I know that song says, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas," but from my experience this week, it is beginning to sound and feel a lot like Christmas!
What an amazing week it has been! On Tuesday night we packed two school buses full of Resurrection Downtowners and spent the evening singing and caroling with our friends in the northeast part of town (a lot of whom are immigrants or, in some cases, refugees). As we were caroling, one of the coolest things that happened was that the families we were visiting, began singing their own songs in reply. It was like "Joy to the World" was playing out in real life, repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat, the sounding joy!
This weekend will be equally as powerful as we turn together to light the second Advent candle and draw closer to Christmas by focusing in on peace and continue our study of the voice crying out in the wilderness saying, "prepare the way of the Lord." Invite friends and join us we worship and celebrate the peace that surpasses all understanding and the anticipation associated with the promise of this great season!
Next Tuesday, things will keep on growing as we have a chance to continue living into this season of Advent with childlike joy. On Tuesday night we'll be hosting our first ever Resurrection Downtown Kids' Christmas Performance. Every kid at Resurrection Downtown is invited to join us as we participate and witness one of the most amazing original productions celebrating Christmas. Invite friends and join us on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6:30 pm at 1601 Grand! Then be sure to hang around after "The Christmas Connection" for festive treats and activities for the whole family. Contact Sarah.Elliott@cor.org with questions!
I want to make sure you have the registration link for the trip I will lead to the Holy Land in October of 2019! This Holy Land Pilgrimage will follow a chronological account of Jesus’ life; meaning that we will literally walk in the footsteps of Jesus. It is a life-changing experience. If you're interested in joining me, please register or check out more about the trip here!
All Resurrection members are invited to a Church Conference on Saturday, Dec. 15, 9–10:30 am in the sanctuary at Resurrection Leawood. We'll vote on a resolution to establish our church’s fifth campus and authorize the transfer of assets and liabilities to the Church of the Resurrection from Valley View UMC, located at 8412 West 95th Street in Overland Park, upon that church’s closing next year. Additionally, there will be a vote to recommend three candidates for pastoral ministry: Ally Drummond, Matt Ozment and Michelle Testman. Registration not required. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, as Christians, we recognize that everything we have comes from God, and offering, the sharing of our gifts, is a means of living into our faith and glorifying God in all we do. If you haven’t been able to make your 2019 pledge, please bring it with you this weekend to worship, or if you would prefer to, please make your pledge online, by visiting our commitment form.
I am so excited to celebrate Christmas in our new space this year. I hope you are feeling the anticipation this year, as I am. However, no matter where you are or what you're walking through, I want you to join us as we anticipate and look forward to God's promised peace this season... I look forward to seeing you this weekend!
With Grace, Peace and God's Holy Adventure,
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