Donna Karlen

Leawood News

30 Years Old This Week...

Posted Sep 30, 2020

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Our Purpose is to build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.

Our Vision is to be used by God to change lives, strengthen churches, and transform the world.

Our Journey is to know, love and serve God.

This week in worship we begin a sermon series and campaign to live into Jesus' command to "Love Your Neighbor," as we return to in-person worship at each of our locations. We'll have limited numbers to allow for social distancing and other safety protocols.

Note: Reservations are required.

Worship online and on TV continues:

  • Saturday | 5 pm
  • Sunday | 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am, 5 pm
    8 am | 11 am on KMCI 38 the Spot
    11 am on Facebook Live

Let's Connect

30th Anniversary Celebration starts Saturday

We are excited to kick off the 30th Anniversary activities this Saturday, Oct. 3 with our #LoveYourNeighbor t-shirt pick up event from 9 am – 1 pm! Yard signs and other 30th Anniversary goodies will be available in the circle drive on the south side of Building A.

If you can't come on Saturday and are attending in-person worship on Sunday, Oct. 4 (see worship info above), you can pick up your shirts before or after worship at a table outside of Building A.


  • 30 Acts of Kindness in 30 Days – Let's flood our community with random acts of kindness as an expression of our faith. Accept the challenge to share love over the next 30 days. Find ideas here.
  • 30 for 30 Food DriveLet's help feed our neighbors! Donate either 30 lbs. of food or $30 to purchase food that will be distributed through our partner agencies. Drive-thru food drop-offs are at each of our campuses Saturday, Oct. 10 and 17, 9-11 am. See the shopping list for 30 lbs. of food here. Sign up to volunteer for the food drive here.
  • 30-hour Prayer Vigil starts online Saturday, Oct. 3 at 5 am – Let's pray, Church! Sign up for a time slot.
  • Share your Resurrection Story – We'd love to hear how your life has been impacted through Church of the Resurrection. Share on your social channels and tag Church of the Resurrection (@churchoftherez on Instagram) or click here.
  • Start sharing the love on social media with our #LoveYourNeighbor graphics.

More Ways to Connect & Study

Online Wednesday classes tonight

Click on the links below for descriptions and registration.

Find hope in the midst of grief

Resurrection's Grief Ministry offers an online book study on Understanding Your Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart by Alan D. Wolfelt, Thursdays starting Oct. 1, 6-7:30 pm. To find out if this class can help you, please email Pastor Claire Saunders Clough.

Plan your retirement goals

Explore your mission and set goals to achieve it at an interactive workshop called Setting Purpose-Driven Goals for Retirement. The workshop will be online on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Examine your passions and talents, explore dreams and goals for your future and then set the plan. Register here.

Classes and groups for women

  • Women’s Bible Study – Thursday mornings at 9:30 on Zoom. Take a deep dive into the Psalms as we explore how these ancient poems give permission to be fully human, speak our truth and learn to trust that everything is going to be okay. Register here to receive the Zoom link.
  • United Methodist Women Maverick Circle meets Oct. 12 at 10 am. Hope Circle meets Oct. 13 at 10 am. All are welcome. Register here.
  • Book Clubs – Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 am via Zoom, Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg; Wednesday, Oct. 7, 10 am, in person, My Reading Life by Pat Conroy; Thursday, Oct. 8, 7 pm, via Zoom, So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Register here.

Building Better Grandparents

Join Pastor Cheryl Jefferson Bell, Pastor of Community Justice, as she helps us understand how we can talk to our grandchildren of any age about race, Tuesday, Oct. 13, online at 6:30 pm. Learn more and register here.

The Marriage Course

Invest in your relationship and build a strong marriage. Nicky and Sila Lee, authors of The Marriage Book, developed this course for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship, learn to communicate more effectively and resolve differences well. The Marriage Course online class offered Wednesdays, Oct. 14 - Nov. 23, 6:30-8:30 pm (last class is on Monday, Nov. 23, due to Thanksgiving. Register here.

Called to Serve

Focusing donations to create maximum impact

Across all Resurrection locations, we will no longer accept general onsite donations. Instead, we’ll continue with focused drop-off events that will best serve our partners with just-in-time resources. This approach will allow all campuses and multiple ministries to share focused efforts to serve Kansas City.

Please continue to check for details about our monthly initiatives and ways you can serve and donate directly with those on the front lines.

Support Educators

Encourage educators and others who work in the schools by decorating and placing signs with fun, positive messages to let them know how much we appreciate all they do – especially this year! Signs are available to pick up at Resurrection Leawood during the week. Sign up here.

Interested in a Serve Trip in 2021?

Applications for our 2021 construction trips are now open. Apply here before the October early application deadlines to receive $100 off the cost.

Virtual Serve Trip in 2020

Beginning Monday, Oct. 26, take a virtual trip to Malawi! Through Zoom, videos and connecting with our partners, you can listen, pray and learn what our partner leaders are doing in health, preschools, permaculture, Zoe, boreholes and more. Join us from noon – 1 pm, Monday – Friday, plus Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sign up here.

Caring for Church & Community

Request Care and Prayer

  • If you would like to speak with one of our Care Pastors or another member of our team, please call 913-544-0712. After standard office hours, call our emergency pager at 913-544-0799. Find more information about requesting care on our website.
  • Prayer Requests – Please submit your prayer requests online. We have a team dedicated to praying for these requests.
  • Recovery Ministry – Are you or someone you love having an especially hard time during this time of isolation? If you have been affected by substance, drug or alcohol abuse or addictions of any kind, Resurrection Recovery Support Groups welcome you to meet Thursday evenings at 7, in person at Resurrection Leawood, Building B, or online via Zoom.

Counseling for Frontline Medical Workers and Educators

We know the impact COVID-19 is having on our frontline medical professionals, first responders and educators. We are offering eight free tele-health counseling sessions for workers in these professions. Please fill out a referral form here.

Kids & Teens

KiDSCOR Children's Ministry

→ Subscribe to our KiDSCOR YouTube channel to get the latest video content to help you and your family stay connected and grow in your faith.

Sign up for the KiDSCOR Leawood Newsletter for more ways to stay connected!

KiDSCOR Zoom Calls – Sundays at 9:30 am, kids in Pre-K – 5th grade can join us for weekly age-based Zoom calls full of fun, relationships and faith. Register here to get the Zoom info.

Rezlife Student Ministry

rezlife Block PartiesNew October dates! This fall, rezlife is hosting in-person, social events where students can gather for fellowship and fun! More info and registration here.

Join us online each week on our rezlife Student Ministries YouTube Channel:

  • Wednesday rezlife LIVE – 7:30 pm, Wednesday nights
  • Sunday Gathering – 9:30 am, Sunday mornings

Small Groups for 6th-12th grade students – Sunday mornings after watching Sunday Gathering message. Not currently in a Sunday morning small group? Register here.Weekly High School Small Groups – In addition to Sunday morning small groups, we are offering weekly groups for high school students. Not currently in a high school small group? Let's get you connected. Register here.

Stay up to date on rezlife activities each week:

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Donna Karlen

Donna Karlen

Donna Karlen serves in Communications at Church of the Resurrection by creating and managing social media content.