Donna Karlen

Leawood News

Have a Blessed 4th!

Posted Jul 1, 2020

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As followers of Jesus Christ, we must condemn racism in every form, whether unconscious or conscious, systemic or arbitrary. Racism is a sin, and it is antithetical to the gospel.

— Church of the Resurrection's Racial Justice statement

Today Pastor Cheryl Jefferson Bell officially begins her new position as our Pastor of Social Justice! This is part of a vision we believe God is calling us to pursue: closing the justice and kindness gap in our city. Pastor Cheryl will lead our efforts to address injustice in our community and world, increase diversity in our congregation and decrease polarization in Kansas City.

As we move toward a weekend of celebrating our country's freedom, let's remember the work we still have ahead of us to ensure justice and freedom for all.

"As Christians, we are called to demonstrate the courage and conviction to end racism."

This Weekend in Worship

In Part 3 of our series on Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, Pastor Cheryl focuses on worry. Know anyone who does that? Invite them to worship online with us this weekend:

  • Saturday | 5 pm
  • Sunday | 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am, 5 pm 11 am also broadcast on KSHB TV Channel 41 and on Facebook Live here.

Have a safe, blessed and socially distanced 4th of July weekend – and please wear masks wherever you celebrate.

What's coming up...

Vacation Bible Camp

Today is the last day to register for online Vacation Bible Camp. Children will learn to Live Like a Champ! July 20-24. Sign up to receive special VBC kits for kids pre-school – 5th grade. Register here TODAY.

Living into the Beloved Community

The class continues through July 8 on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Join Pastors Tino Herrera and Darryl Burton to explore how we as a church and as individuals can help make Kansas City a "beloved community." Click here at 6:30 pm to participate in the class. To participate in a discussion group after the class, click here.

If you would like to watch previous sessions of the class, visit our YouTube channel.

Serve Opportunities

Help build hope in Kansas City!

Resurrection is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City on a House of Abraham build. Established in 2003 by the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities of the greater Kansas City area, Habitat KC's House of Abraham is an opportunity for people of different faith traditions to come together to build a home – and to build new relationships.

Join us as we build a home, impact lives and neighborhoods and strengthen the ties to our community in an interfaith project!

DIY Serving

Click here to see opportunities to serve from your home such as sewing masks, writing notes of encouragement and making bookmarks for the Resurrection Bookmobile.

Online Learning & Connection

Women's Ministry Tuesday Book Club

Read a new book each month and join in a Zoom discussion on the first Tuesday of the following month from 10-11:30 am. Coming up for Tuesday Book Club:

  • July 7: How the Woman at the Well Became the Well Woman by Donna Rhodes
  • Aug. 4: House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

Global Leadership Summit

Learn how to maximize your influence through this two-day online leadership conference with fresh, actionable leadership content from a faculty of world-class speakers.

Resurrection members and regular attenders can register for $99 through July 21. Register here and enter Priority Code: LEAD2020.

Check out this video for more info.

Special rate for Vietnam War Exhibit at WWI Memorial

RezVets arranged a group rate for the Vietnam Exhibit at the National WWI Museum and Memorial in downtown Kansas City, MO. The exhibit explores the pivotal struggles felt both on the war front and the home front, challenging democracy, citizenship, patriotism and the foundations of American life.

The Vietnam War Exhibit is open daily through July 26, 10 am - 5 pm. Periodic cleaning and sanitation is done in the exhibit area and visitors are limited to 20% of capacity. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Caring for our Church and Community

Request Care

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.

Request Prayer

Please submit your prayer requests online. We have a team dedicated to praying for these requests.

Recovery Ministry is there for you – in person or online

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 the Leawood Campus in Building B or online via Zoom. Contact Pastor Tom Langhofer for more information and visit our website for testimonies and resources.

Care Pastors Share Messages of Hope

Visit our Facebook page at 8 am, Monday - Friday, or at your convenience, to hear words of hope and encouragement from our Care Pastors.

Connect with your worship community

Each of our Church of the Resurrection locations is sharing hope and encouragement through messages and music on social media. If you usually worship at Resurrection Leawood, our Facebook groups offer connection:

For Kids & Teens

KiDSCOR Children's Ministry

Have you registered for VBC On-the-Go yet? Kit registration closes TODAY! Sign up here.

Your 3rd-5th grader is invited to join us for a 3-week Zoom series, The Heat Is On, Sunday, July 12, 19 and 26 at 10:30 am. Register here.

Got a Kindergarten - 2nd grader? Then join us for some fun on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 pm for our 2nd Zoom Game Night with the KiDSCOR staff. Register for this event so you can get the Zoom meeting info.

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!

Rezlife Student Ministry

2020-2021 Confirmation – Registration is open for students going into 8th-12th grade! Parent & Student Kickoff is Sunday, Sept. 20. Registration is also open for adult and junior Confirmation Mentors. Register here (limited space).

Summer Serving – Come serve with rezlife on Tuesday, July 7 at 1 pm at Giving the Basics. We will sort and package hygiene products. Click here for more info and to register.

Monday Middle School Online Bible Study – Grow deeper in faith with your peers as we read and study scripture and then discuss what it means for our lives today. July 6 & 13, 6:30 pm. 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.