Donna Karlen

Leawood News

How can you live generously?

Posted Nov 6, 2019

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Pastor Adam shared the message last weekend, "More Blessed to Give than Receive" (view it here). "We were created in the image of God, and it is God’s nature to give. Generosity is intended to be part of the rhythm of our lives."

Living a life of generosity means using our time, talents and resources to serve God and bless others. From doing acts of kindness to supporting financially or giving your time to something you are passionate about, how can you live generously?

Find ways to serve and more in this edition of enews.

Coming Up at Resurrection

This weekend in worship, Pastor Adam continues our series on contentment with the message, "Give Thanks to the LORD: Gratitude’s Power." We are grateful for you and hope to see you in worship!

JOY in Serving

Joyfully Offer Yourself in Serving this holiday season! Our season of holiday serving has begun, and we have many opportunities for individuals, families and groups to make a difference. Serve with our partner schools, local community agencies and global partnerships to share the love and light of Christ! See online serve opportunities here.

Work, Leadership and Faith!

The Roasterie Coffee's "Bean Baron" Danny O'Neill shares his leadership principles, the lessons he has learned and how faith impacts him in the workplace. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6:30 pm, Foundry. Join us at 5:30 pm for dinner ($5/person, free for kids up through 5th grade). Check out all the classes offered at Wednesdays at Resurrection here.

Christmas at Resurrection Performance

Christmas at Resurrection brings our favorite Christmas movies to the stage in "The REEL Meaning of Christmas!" This cherished Kansas City holiday tradition features more than 300 actors, musicians and dancers sharing the Christmas story. Performances are Dec. 12 and 13 at 7:30 pm, Dec. 14 at 1 and 7:30 pm, Dec. 15 at 1:30 pm. Pre-performance lunch or dinner options available. Purchase tickets here.

Opportunities to Serve

Share the gift of life at Resurrection's Blood Drive

Roll up your sleeve to donate blood and help replenish the Community Blood Center's critically short supply before the holidays. Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19, 8 am – 8 pm, Bldg. B Commons. Walk-ins welcome or make an appointment here for the last drive of our 25th anniversary year.

Remove the Candy Temptation

Donate your wrapped Halloween candy for our Partner Schools. Bring to the bins set up in the Narthex of Building A, the Commons of Building B or in KiDSCOR.

Help Make Guests Feel Welcome

Outside Door Greeters for weekend worship services needed. Serve before one service once a month welcoming our guests as they arrive. Sign up here.

Matthew's Ministry Family Night Out

Join our Special Needs Ministry for the annual Harvest Ball. Enjoy an evening full of fun and lots of dancing! (This event is for participants who are 16 years old and older.) Saturday, Nov. 16, 5-8 pm, Student Center. Volunteers, please arrive by 4:30 pm. Sign up here.

Help with Hunger Ministry

Backpack Saints help deliver food donations for our Backpacks for Hunger Ministry and/or pick up empty delivery tubs on Tuesday or Friday mornings. Serve once or twice a week or when able. Email

Join a Puerto Rico Serve Trip

Join our April Puerto Rico Serve Team as we continue to work alongside our friends at Samuel Culpeper Methodist Church in helping the island recover from Hurricane Maria. April 18-25. Details here. We have a team there this week – read the blog to see what they are doing.

For Adults

Find support, care and resources at Resurrection Recovery

Join us Thursdays, 6-7 pm in the Foundry, as we hear powerful testimonies from people who have been affected by addictions of any type and those struggling with mental health. Recovery Support Groups will meet from 7-8 pm.

Upcoming Event: Fight the New Drug

Fight the New Drug raises awareness of the harmful effects of pornography. Hear from Clay Olsen, founder of Fight the New Drug, during this event in partnership with St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish. See November dates, times and locations here.

Building Better Grandparents

Join Building Better Grandparents on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at either 9:30 am or 6:30 pm to hear from KiDSCOR Children's Ministry staff Lisa Holliday and Denise Mersmann about new holiday traditions to share with your grandkids. Register here.

Resurrection Art Guild

Gather with other artists to learn, share and create art with presenting artist Carol Zastoupil. Saturday, Nov. 16, 9-11:30 am, Bldg. A Parlor.

Advent Study for Women

Through clips from the classic film It's a Wonderful Life, we'll focus our study on what really matters at Christmas. Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 9:30-11:30 am, room B206. Register here.

For Children and Students

Third Grade Bible Presentation

As their faith family we are excited to provide age-appropriate Bibles for all 3rd graders, and our prayer is that this gift helps them to go deeper in their relationship with God.

Bibles are presented during worship services Nov. 9 and 10. Register your child to attend the service of your choice, and please register even if you can't attend so we can save a Bible for your third grader.

Metamorphosis Fall High School Retreat “ECHO” (ECHO!)

Nov. 15-17. Students explore ways to experience God’s echo and be an echo for others as they grow deeper in faith and encounter God in new ways. Retreats include outdoor games, amazing student-led worship, great messages, yummy food and time to grow in Christian community. Register here by Nov. 10.

Employment Opportunities

Learn about these opportunities or browse employment resources.


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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.