Donna Karlen

Leawood News

New Ways to Connect

Posted Jan 6, 2021

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If you've been thinking about making resolutions to explore or enliven your spirituality, get inspired or get organized, dive into faith questions or your faith story – or to connect or recover or learn something new... you will find lots of opportunities to start off 2021 on your best foot in this edition of enews!

Highlights (see more in CONNECT & STUDY below)

New "Resolutions" Wednesday online study begins this evening at 6:30 – Establish new habits and set new direction for your life as you renew your focus on the essentials of our faith. Led by Pastor Scott Chrostek, Wednesdays through Jan. 27, 6:30 pm. Register here.

Alpha Online explores life, spirituality and faith in a fun, non-judgmental and open environment. Great for skeptics, the curious, anyone with major doubts or hurts. Join us from the comfort of your home, Mondays at 6:30 pm starting Jan. 11. Register here.

Find "Grace Upon Grace" at the Inspired for Life Women's Conference as we gather online to inspire one another in bold, confident faith. Experience worship, learn from guest speakers and connect in virtual small groups for meaningful interaction and fun activities. Register here for IFL online, Feb. 19 and 20.

This Weekend in Worship...

Pastor Adam dives into the factors that can drive people away from Christianity in "Hypocritical Christians and the Mercy of God." Worship with us online, TV or YouTube.


  • Saturday | 5 pm
  • Sunday | 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am and 5 pm

On KMCI 38 the Spot

  • Sunday | 8 am and 11 am


  • Modern | Saturday | 5 pm (then on demand all week)
  • Traditional | Sunday | 7:30 am (then on demand all week)

All times in this newsletter are Central Time.

Featured Serve Opportunity – See more in SERVE

MLK Weekend of Serving – We'll honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by serving on Saturday, Jan. 16 and Monday, Jan. 18. Morning and afternoon shifts available + DIY and advocacy and educational opportunities you can do from home. Check out ways to serve and register here.

Connect & Study

Disciple Bible Studies are enriching, informational, transformational, faith deepening, and offer deep lasting friendships as you study, reflect and pray together with your group. Classes start the week of Jan. 18 via Zoom. Sign up here.

Coming up for Women

  • Strangers No More series for women – Join this group of Christian and Jewish women to explore "Sermon on the Mount from Jewish and Christian Perspectives" on alternating Mondays, 7-8:30 pm on Zoom. Jan. 11 & 25, Feb. 8 & 22, March 8 & 22. More info here.
  • What Matters Podcast – New video episodes available from Women’s Ministry! “This New Year, let’s read the best-selling book of 2020 – actually, of all time…” Subscribe to view or listen.
  • Wonder Class – Thursdays, Jan. 7 - Feb. 18, 9:30-11 am on Zoom. Experience the winter world with joy and curiosity! Based on the book, Stillness of Winter by journalist Barbara Mahany. Sign up here.

From Crossroads for 50+

  • Grandparenting Ministry "Your Grandchildren and Suicide: Awareness for all Ages" – Tuesday, Jan. 12, 6:30-8 pm. Join Emily Demo, Blue Valley School psychologist, to understand the mental health and suicide concerns facing our nation and what we can do to help our grandkids grow up in an environment supportive of mental health and wellness. Register here.
  • Everybody Has a Story. Find Yours – Write your spiritual autobiography so that generations who come after you will see God alive in your story. Participants share pieces of their story with class members, building community through sharing faith with others. Tuesdays, Jan. 12, 19, 26, 6:30-8:30 pm, online. Register here.
  • Binder for Life – Feb. 9, 16, 23, 6:30 pm, online. Take important steps to organize your personal and critical information and documents in one place. Start building your Binder For Life so you and your loved ones are prepared for unexpected events, medical emergencies and end-of-life matters. Register here.

From Saint Paul School of Theology

  • Slater-Willson Lecture with Dr. Miguel De La Torre "Why Do They Come?" Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, the 2021 Slater-Willson Lecturer, explores the political, economic and social causes of our current immigration crisis, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 pm, free online event. Register here.
  • Resurrection Fellows: Forming Future Leaders for the Church – Want to help renew the church and transform the world? Feeling called by God to become a United Methodist pastor? Check out the Resurrection Fellows Program for future church leaders. More info here.

Caring for You

Find hope and healing through Resurrection Recovery

  • New Resurrection Recovery group starts Thursday, Jan. 14 at 7 pm, in person and online. Those struggling with addiction(s) of any kind are invited to discover hope, redemption and renewal – no matter where you are on the recovery journey. More info here.
  • More from Recovery – Unsure about a 12-Step meeting? Try Pastor Tom Langhofer's open share group on any topic related to addiction and sobriety, Thursdays at 7 pm, in-person in room B261 or online.
  • Hear from those navigating the recovery journey as they share their stories on Thursday evenings at 6:15 in the Foundry. You can access these testimonies online as well.
  • Have you or a loved one 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 Resurrection Leawood, Bldg. B, or online via Zoom.

Request care and prayer

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


Where is God calling you to serve in 2021?

  • Partner School Ministry Hygiene Drive – Friday, Jan. 8, 9 am – noon. Provide hygiene items for use in partner schools and help keep students and staff healthy as they return to the classroom. Drop off from 9 am – noon in the circle drive of Building A. List of requested items here.
  • Virtual Malawi Serve Trip – Starting Friday, Feb. 5, we'll meet with our partners in Malawi and hear how we are working together to overcome food insecurity, health inequity, clean water challenges, and reaching vulnerable children and youth. Register for the FREE virtual trip.

Kids & Teens

KiDSCOR Children's Ministry

3rd Grade Bible Presentation & Celebration – Sunday, Jan. 31, 1-2 pm via Zoom for all campuses. We are looking forward to continuing the Methodist tradition of presenting 3rd grade students with a Bible of their very own. Register your 3rd grader here by Jan. 17.

→ Check out our brand new KiDSCOR virtual room for elementary students. Lots of ways to connect with our monthly theme, win prizes and see what Bucky the Beaver is up to!

→ 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!

KiDSCOR Zoom Calls – Sundays at 9:30 am, kids in Pre-K – 5th grade can join us for weekly age-based Zoom calls full of fun, relationships and faith. Register here to get the Zoom info.

Rezlife Student Ministry

6th-12th Grade Students – Join us on our rezlife Student Ministry YouTube Channel.

  • Wednesday Nights – rezlife LIVE @ 6:30 pm. Imagine your favorite talk show, combined with your favorite game show and add in a HUGE amount of laughs!
  • Sunday Mornings – Sunday Gathering @ 9:30 am. Middle School and High School Zoom small groups meet immediately after the Sunday Gathering video.

Serve with rezlife MLK Weekend – Jan. 16 & 18. More info and register here.

Weekly High School Small Groups – rezlife offers weekly small groups for high school students. Not currently in a high school small group? Let's get you connected. Register here.

Stay up to date on rezlife activities each week:

Face Masks

Church of the Resurrection face masks are now available through The Well Bookstore. The face masks are a 3-ply cotton with a filter pocket and adjustable ear loops and nose bridge. Order 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.