Donna Karlen

Leawood News

Beginning the Journey to Easter

Posted Feb 17, 2021

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Today we begin the Christian season called Lent – and the journey to Easter. Lent is a time for reflection and redemption, a time to draw closer to God as we ask for and receive forgiveness for our mistakes and seek to live better and love like Jesus.

We invite you to embark on this journey with us! The Lenten season is 40 days plus Sundays, and we're offering worship, classes and events to prepare us for the Easter celebration. You can find the most current information at

Ash Wednesday begins the season of Lent – TODAY!

  • Each of our campuses is hosting an outdoor experience this evening with prayer, reflection and an opportunity to receive ashes. Learn more here.
  • Ash Wednesday at Home – Not able to attend in person? You can participate in Ash Wednesday by following along with Pastor Ashley Morgan Kirk in this video.
  • Ash Wednesday with rezlife Student Ministry – Join us for a special experience this evening at 6:30 pm on our YouTube channel.

Walk with Jesus through the Gospel of Mark – We are joining other churches across Kansas City to read through the Gospel of Mark during Lent. Pastor Adam begins a new sermon series this weekend as we begin that journey.

New study starts Feb. 24 – Resurrection’s pastors will lead us through the Gospel of Mark on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm online. Hear a 30-minute teaching and then participate in a conversation via Zoom. Learn more here.

Pick up or download a Lenten Journal – Journals will be available at the Ash Wednesday events (see above), or you can download it here to print at home. You can use these journals during worship and for the study on the Gospel of Mark.


Invite a friend to join you on the Lenten journey as we worship together each weekend. Below are times and ways to worship online, and here is information for accessing worship as well as some troubleshooting help.


  • Saturday | 5 pm
  • Sunday | 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am and 5 pm

On KMCI 38 the Spot

  • Sunday | 8 am and 11 am

On YouTube

  • Saturday | 5 pm (then on demand all week)


Find family-friendly serve opportunities at our COVID-cautious Serve Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 am – noon at several locations. Register online.

Donate clothing and computers Saturday, Feb. 20, 9 am – noon, Leawood Bldg. A in the circle drive. Drop off clothing for all ages and genders + shoes, toiletries and diapers. Click here to see specifications for computers and electronic items that can and cannot be accepted. Additional clothing drives at all Resurrection locations that day as well.

Food insecurity is at an all-time high in Kansas City. Serve with our FoodMobile distribution events to help feed families in our community. We'll have opportunities for you to assist building the food boxes or at one of the drive-through events directly serving the community. Details and sign up here.

Caring for You

→ Sometimes when life is hard and we're facing challenges, counseling can help us get through. Our Counseling Ministry is committed to helping you identify tools and resources to help with healing and growing into the person God created you to be. Find counseling information here.

"What Every Therapist Wants You to Know" – Learn helpful tips that therapists engage in with their clients including communication skills and tools for regulating emotions, working through depression and anxiety and building relationships. Watch this class on our YouTube channel.

→ For those who have experienced a loss through suicide, we invite you to the Suicide Grief Support Group led by Director of Counseling James McMillian and Pastor Steve Langhofer, every other Thursday starting Feb. 18, 6:30-8 pm. Give and receive support and gain insight into navigating this time of grief. Register here.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) group offers education for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. Learn strategies for taking care of the person you love (and find that you're not alone in this!) as you meet Thursdays for eight weeks starting March 18. Register online.

Find hope and healing through Resurrection Recovery

  • Hear from those navigating the recovery journey as they share their stories on Thursday evenings at 6:15 in the Foundry. You can access these testimonies online as well.
  • Have you or a loved one been affected by substance, drug or alcohol abuse or addictions of any kind? Resurrection Recovery Support Groups meet Thursday evenings at 7, in person at Resurrection Leawood, Bldg. B, or online via Zoom.

Request care and prayer

  • 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.

Connect & Study

For our Special Needs community – The Student Center at Resurrection Leawood is available from 3:30-5 pm on various week days for Matthew's Ministry families to come for fun. For safety, one family/household will be allowed per time slot. Shoot some hoops, play with available toys or just hang out. Sign up here.

Inspired for Life Women's Conference "Grace Upon Grace" is online THIS WEEKEND! Amazing speakers, meaningful worship, connecting in virtual groups and awesome downloads – Feb. 19 and 20. Register here for IFL.

Allies for Racial Justice Strength to Love study – Tuesdays, Feb. 23 - March 23, 6:30-8 pm on Zoom. Read and discuss writings and sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Book available at The Well Bookstore and Amazon. Register for the study here.

Women's Lenten Study – Thursdays, Feb. 25 - April 1, 9:30-11 am via Zoom. Rev. Angie McCarty shares humor and insight in this study of the Gospel of Mark. Learn more and sign up here.

Kids & Teens

KiDSCOR Children's Ministry

→ Check out our KiDSCOR virtual room for elementary students. Lots of ways to connect with our monthly theme, win prizes and see what Bucky the Beaver is up to!

→ 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

Ash Wednesday with rezlife – Join us for a special experience Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 pm on our YouTube channel.

6th-12th Grade Students – Connect with us via our rezlife Student Ministry YouTube Channel.

  • Wednesday Nights – rezlife LIVE @ 6:30 pm. Imagine your favorite talk show, combined with your favorite game show and add in a HUGE amount of laughs!
  • Sunday Mornings – Sunday Gathering @ 9:30 am. Middle School and High School Zoom small groups meet immediately after the Sunday Gathering video.

Weekly High School Small Groups – rezlife offers weekly small groups for high school students. Not currently in a high school small group? Let's get you connected. Register here.

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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.