Donna Karlen

Leawood News

Living in Gratitude

Posted Nov 14, 2019

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Last weekend we honored veterans and those currently serving, celebrated the tradition of presenting new Bibles to third graders and glorified God through our annual giving commitments – it was a special time for our church family! Remember, if you missed worship, you can watch any of the Sunday services during the following week at

Find ways to connect at Resurrection in this edition of enews.

Coming up at Resurrection

This weekend in worship, Pastor Adam shares a message about the joy and contentment to be found in simplicity. We hope you will share a simple "come with me to church" invitation with someone this weekend.

If you consider Church of the Resurrection your church home and would like to support our ministry through annual giving, you may fill out a commitment card here if you haven't had the chance to do so.

Blood Drive

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.

Memorial Garden Update

We are looking for input to help plan for our future Memorial Garden needs. Phase 1 of the new Resurrection Memorial Garden in Leawood is nearly sold out. The timing of Phase 2 construction will be contingent upon interest in additional niches. Please click here to complete a survey to help determine the timing for development. All answers are anonymous unless you choose to provide your information at the end of the survey.

Opportunities to Serve

Matthew's Ministry Family Night Out

Join our Special Needs Ministry for the annual Harvest Ball. Saturday, Nov. 16, 5-8 pm, Student Center. Volunteers, please arrive by 4:30 pm. Sign up here.

Be a Greeter

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

Backpacks Ministry

Help fill Backpacks so kids in our Partner Schools will have nourishing snacks for the weekend. Fills are on Wednesdays at 4 pm and take about an hour. Sign up here.

Serve with Disaster Response in Texas

We continue to send teams to help communities recover from the storms that ravaged through southern Texas. Sign up to serve with the February team.

Puerto Rico Serve Team

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.

For Adults

Work, Leadership and Faith!

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 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. Note: this session of Wednesdays at Resurrection ends Nov. 20, no classes will meet Nov. 27. New Advent class starts in the Foundry Dec. 4.

Find support, care and resources at Resurrection Recovery

Thursdays, 6-7 pm in the Foundry. Hear powerful testimonies from people who have been affected by addictions and those struggling with mental health. Recovery Support Groups meet from 7-8 pm.

Special Event Addressing Pornography Addiction

Fight the New Drug raises awareness of the harmful effects of pornography. Hear from Clay Olsen, founder of Fight the New Drug, Thursday, Nov. 14, 7 pm in the Foundry.

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.

Author Jim Wallis will share sermon message

Writer, teacher, preacher and justice advocate Jim Wallis joins us Nov. 23/24 for all worship services to share how Jesus' teachings apply to our current political and spiritual crises. The New York Times bestselling author served on President Obama’s White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and is the founder of Sojourners. He sign copies of his book, Christ in Crisis, (available at The Well Bookstore) after worship services.

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.

Christmas at Resurrection

Christmas at Resurrection brings our favorite Christmas movies to the stage in "The REEL Meaning of Christmas!" featuring 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.

For Students 6th–12th Grade

Youth Group Friendsgiving

Bring a dish to share with your friends for rezlife on Wed., Nov. 20:

  • 6:15-7:45 pm – 6th-8th grades
  • 8-9:30 pm – high school

Bring friends too!

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.