Cathy Bien

Leawood News

Need a little Christmas?

Posted Dec 5, 2018

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Do you need a little Christmas?

How about some music, lights and festive fun all pointing to the reason we celebrate Christmas?! Here are two opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit and share the true joy of the season with family, friends and neighbors:

Celebrate Jesus' birthday! Family members of all ages are invited to participate in fun games, a DJ dance party, serve projects and more. At 7:10 pm we'll watch the KiDSCHOIR musical. Please register here – you can also pre-purchase dinner for $4.50 per person – and join us Friday, Dec. 14, starting at 5:30 pm.

Experience the Christmas story as told through a favorite carol, "Silent Night." Tickets are still available for Christmas at Resurrection performances this week, Dec. 6-9.

Coming Up at Resurrection

This weekend in worship... Pastor Adam continues our Advent sermon series, Preparing the Way for Christmas with "God is Gracious."
If you have not had the opportunity to turn in your 2019 Annual Giving commitment card, you may do so online.

Help us welcome all for Candlelight Christmas Eve worship services.

Here is this week's JOY in Serving opportunity: Flourish Furnishings racks are empty! Do you have furniture to donate to help families in our community? Click here to schedule a free pick-up of upholstered furniture, dining tables/chairs, dressers, etc.

Church Conference Saturday

Dec. 15, 9-10:30 am, Sanctuary, Resurrection Leawood – All members are invited to vote on a resolution to establish our church’s fifth campus and authorize the transfer of assets and liabilities to the Church of the Resurrection from Valley View UMC, located at 8412 W. 95th St. in Overland Park, upon that church’s closing next year.

Additionally, there will be a vote to recommend three candidates for pastoral ministry: Ally Drummond, Matt Ozment and Michelle Testman. Registration not required. For questions, email

Serve Opportunities

More JOY in Serving

Your donation to one of our global partners could be an answer to a prayer this holiday season. Stop by the JOY in Serving table after services this weekend and give the gift of trees in Haiti or education in South Africa.

Matthew's Ministry Family Night Out

Oh what fun you will have on Saturday, Dec. 8,  5-8 pm at our Christmas Family Night Out event! Sign up to serve with our Special Needs Ministry. Volunteers please arrive in the Student Center by 4:30 pm.

Tuesday Grow Night Serve Opportunity

With the holiday season in full swing, we’ll act as behind-the-scenes elves to complete Resurrection mission activities. Adults and children ages 5+ with accompanying adult invited to meet in the Lower Level Mission Serving Space (bldg. A), Tuesday, Dec. 11, 6:30-8 pm.

Purchase Coffee to Support Honduras

Purchase Honduran coffee from the Spring Cafe to support economic stability, education and partnership initiatives in Honduras.

For Adults

Looking for a unique Christmas gift for a loved one? Registration is now open for a trip to the Holy Land in October 2019(where you can literally walk in the footsteps of Jesus) and for the Oberammergau Passion Play & European Capitals Tour in July 2020.

Help plan the 2019 Resurrection Car Show

Planning begins in January for this popular event in June. You need not be a car enthusiast to help. Email Kent Baker for info.

Thursday Care Night

  • Featured series – Am I loved? We all ask this question, whether we realize it or not. This class seeks to answer with a “yes!” Thursdays, Dec. 6-20, 6:30 pm, rm. B252.
  • Talking About Mental Illness, Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 pm, rm. B253. Gain a deeper understanding of mental illness and learn how to participate in more open and honest conversations. Corey Petersen, LMFT, leads the discussion.

For Families & Children

Join us for a Family Christmas Movie Night – Wednesday, Dec. 12 in the Foundry! Start with the Family Night meal ($5/person, kids 5th grade and under eat free) from 5:30-6:15 pm.

The movie "Elf" starts at 6:15. Wear your PJs or festive Christmas sweater, bring blankets and enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas goodies. Register here.

For Students (Grades 6–12)

Registration is now open for the rezlife Totally Tubular Retreat!

  • 6th-7th Grade Totally Tubular Retreat (2 trips available): Jan. 19-20  or Jan. 20-21
  • 8th Grade Totally Tubular Retreat: Feb. 16-17
  • High School Totally Tubular Retreat: Feb. 17-18

rezlife Honduras Mission Trip Informational Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 6, 7 pm, rm. C020. Find out details about the rezlife Honduras Mission Trip July 21-28. Open to current 10th-12th grade students.

Employment Opportunities

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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.