Donna Karlen

Leawood News

It's Back-to-School Time!

Posted Aug 7, 2019

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Many of the kids in the Kansas City community are going back to school next week! (Cue: cheering parents/guardians...) We are celebrating and praying for students, teachers and schools/district staff this weekend at each of our worship services. Children from KiDSCOR will join us in the Sanctuary for a blessing. Invite someone to worship with us and share in this Resurrection back-to-school tradition. (Plus there's Kona Ice after worship – more cheers!)

Thank you to everyone who helped make it possible for kids at our Partner Schools to start their school year with new school supplies and uniforms! This is one of the ways we live out our 2030 Vision to help close the opportunity gap and break the cycle of poverty through educational opportunities. Learn about more ways to help with our Partner Schools and close that gap!

Read on for more ways to get connected at Resurrection.

Coming up at Resurrection

This weekend in worship, Pastor Adam explores what it means to follow Jesus, welcome everyone and serve others.

We'll celebrate back-to-school this weekend with a gift for elementary through high schoolers, plus share volunteer opportunities with KiDSCOR Children's Ministry and rezlife Student Ministry!

Wednesdays are made for connection and study.

We love welcoming all to worship each weekend and want to invite you back on Wednesday evenings for classes and activities – something for all ages!

It starts with a family-friendly meal at 5:30 pm ($5/person, free for up to 5th grade) and then we move to:

  • Classes and groups for adults
  • ZONE and Z45 for kids
  • rezlife Youth Groups for students

Get the scoop here.

Resurrection Overland Park launches Sunday, Aug. 11

We are excited for this special day for our newest Resurrection campus! Pastor Adam will be preaching on location at 9:30 and 11 am. Do you know someone in the Overland Park community who might be looking for a church home? Share this video invitation!

Opportunities to Serve

Are you a good listener and encourager? Maybe you have incredible administrative skills and would like to help organize systems. Consider applying as a Congregational Care Minister(CCM) to serve with our pastors and staff in Congregational Care. Apply here by Aug. 30.

Serve with Special Needs Ministry

Join us for Matthew's Ministry Family Night Out, Saturday, Aug. 24, 5-8 pm in the Student Center for a night of fun for participants 15 years old and younger. Event includes crafts, games, dinner and dessert! Volunteers, please arrive by 4:30 pm.

Partner School

Love playing games with students while developing deeper relationships? Join Troost Elementary School's Game Club. Volunteers are paired with small groups of students on Wednesdays from 10:45 am – 1 pm for games, engaging in conversation and having fun! Email Jessie Burkhalter for more information.

Connect with students in rezlife

Sign up to serve in Student Ministry and make a difference in the lives of youth as you personally connect with small groups of students. When faithful adults walk alongside teens, those students are more likely to become faithful adults. Find opportunities here.

Registration for Sacred Steps 5k is now open

Join us Saturday,  Sept. 21 for this family fun event! All proceeds go directly to our missions initiatives in Africa for clean water, training and community health. Register here.

Christmas in October House Captains needed

Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 6:30 pm. We will be restoring 25 properties for elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners on Saturday, Oct. 12. Consider using your skills in home repair, construction or project coordination by serving as a House Captain/Co-Captain. Email Woody Ludwig or call 913-682-6308.

Disaster Response

The community of Corpus Christi, Texas is still rebuilding from the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey. Join our team as we help restore lives, Oct. 12-18ALL are welcome (we’ll guide you!) Apply here. Skills in sheet-rock, painting, carpentry, electrical or cleanup are especially needed.

Collection Team

Our Collection Team sorts and ensures donated items get to those who need them. The team is looking for a Saturday afternoon helper to help with donations at the Leawood campus. Light lifting required. This is a great service hours opportunity for youth. Email Michelle Van Pelt for more information.

Opportunities for Adults

Disciple Bible Study

Find community as you study, reflect and pray together with others. Studies meet weekly on various days and times during the school year. Four different Disciple classes plus "Christian Believer." See class details and register here.

Recovery Resources

Resurrection’s Recovery Resources are available for anyone who feels stuck in a hurt or a habit that they want to move past. Find ways we can help here.

Women's "LIVE" Studies

Experience meaningful discussion, develop lasting friendships and deepen your understanding of God. Fall semester begins early September. Select a study and sign up here.

Pet Ministry presents Animals and the Law – What You Need To Know

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 6:15 pm, rm. B200. Author and attorney Greg Kincaid shares promising new trends and more. Register by emailing Linda Haney.

UMC Celebration

Join bold, energetic, and creative United Methodist Women to CELEBRATE Faith, Love and Hope on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 9:30 am – noon, Bldg. B Foundry. Bring a friend and enjoy a light brunch, entertainment and learning about UMW. No fee or registration required.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Thursdays, Sept. 5 - Nov. 21, 7 pm, rm. B158. This free 12-session educational program is for family, significant others and friends of people living with mental illness. Register here.

Community Health and Wellness Fair

Save the date: Saturday, Sept. 21. If you or your company are interested in participating in the Health Fair by offering a class, workshop or a resource table, please email Ginny Howell or more information.

Opportunities for Students Grades 6-12

Rezlife Youth Music welcomes all in grades 6-12. If you sing, ring or play any instrument, we would love to have you join us. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons. Sign up here.

Sign up for Confirmation

Students in grades 8-12 ask questions, dig deeper into scripture, serve others and learn more about God and the Church. Confirmation is an important step in a life-long journey of following Christ and serving God’s Church. Register here.

Employment Opportunities

Learn about these opportunities or browse employment resources.


Donna Karlen

Donna Karlen

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