Cathy Bien

Leawood News

Closing the Gap...

Posted Feb 13, 2019

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Last weekend we began exploring what God is calling us as a church and as individuals to do in the next decade. How can we close the gap between what is and what should be in our lives, our community and our world by the year 2030?

Pastor Adam shared four key initiatives for Vision 2030 in his message:

  • Closing the Spiritual Gap – How can we be more fully engaged and flourish in our faith?
  • Closing the Generational Gap – What are the ways we can welcome and connect with new people and raise up a new generation of leaders?
  • Closing the Justice and Kindness Gap – How will we address injustices and build bridges of healing so Kansas City looks more like the Kingdom of God?
  • Closing the Opportunity Gap – How can we break the cycle of poverty for children in our community?

You can learn more about Closing the Gap and view the sermon here, and see some of the next steps throughout this and future editions of enews.

Which initiatives are you most excited about? If you're on Facebook, answer here.

Coming Up at Resurrection

This weekend in worship, we welcome Rev. Mike Slaughter sharing the message, "What Is All This Arguing About?!" In this age of rancorous dispute and division, Jesus goes to the heart of God’s revolutionary movement. Invite a friend and come worship with us!

Vision 2030: Closing the Justice and Kindness Gap

Teen suicide rates in the Kansas City area have spiked in the past few years. How can we help prevent these tragic losses? Resurrection is working with American Public Square to find answers at Lifelines – Preventing Teen Suicide, Thursday, Feb. 28, 6:30 pm. Register online.

Closing the Generational Gap

Let's reach out to even more kids in our community this summer through Vacation Bible Camp! Sign up to volunteer for VBC. We have many opportunities to serve at all four campuses.

Opportunities to Serve

Family Night Out

Serve with Matthew's Ministry special needs ministry for Family Night Out – Saturday, Feb. 16, 5-8 pm, Bldg. B Foundry. Grab your dancing shoes and get ready for the fun! Volunteers – please arrive by 4:30 pm. Sign up here.

A Child's Hope

Join A Child's Hope, Resurrection's Foster and Adopt Ministry, on Monday, Feb. 18 to learn more about how you can support foster families and make a positive difference in children's lives.

New! Ministry to Incarcerated Families

Learn about the Ministry to Incarcerated Families sponsored by United Methodist Women – Join us for Tuesday Grow Night, Feb. 26, 6:15 or on Thursday, Feb. 28, 9:30 am. Register here.

Truck Ministry

Our Delivery Saints and Holy Haulers (Truck Ministry) supports multiple mission ministries by picking up and delivering home furnishings and other goods. Flexible schedules. Email Michelle VanPelt for more information.

Disaster Recovery in Texas

Serve with disaster recovery in Texas – Help a community impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Serve trip to Corpus Christi, April 27 – May 3.

Opportunities for Adults

Keeping Your Kids Strong in Faith

Feb. 20, 27, 6:15 pm, B252. Focus on the most important influences and practices to help your children grow in faith. Register for this Family Night class here.

Resurrection Art Guild

Saturday, Feb. 16, 9-11:30 am, Parlor (Bldg. A). Gather with other artists to learn from presenting artist David A. Morrow.

Praying Out Loud

Thursday, Feb. 21, 6:30 pm, Firestone Chapel (Bldg. B). Learn tips, tools and tricks to give you the courage to lead others in prayer.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family to Family

Thursdays, Feb. 21 – May 2, 6:30 pm, B158. A free, 12-session educational program for family and friends of people living with mental illness. Learn strategies for taking care of the person you love. Registration required.

Building Better Grandparents

Join Building Better Grandparents on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 9:30 am or 6:15 pm. Lisa Holliday will lead “The Five Love Languages—For Grandparents.” Register online.

Opportunities for Students (Grades 6–12)

rezlife Student Ministry Mission Trips offer youth the opportunity to make a difference by serving others in Denver, Dallas, Appalachia, Honduras and right here in Kansas City.

Registration is now open for all summer mission trips and summer camps!

Employment Opportunities

See more information at, or see the employment resources offered at Resurrection Leawood.



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Cathy Bien

Cathy Bien

Cathy Bien serves as the Director of Communications at Church of the Resurrection. She and her husband Rick have been members of the church since 1993 and have four adult children.