Adam Hamilton

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Preparing for Thanksgiving

Posted Nov 22, 2019

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Dear Resurrection Family,

We have several exciting things happening this weekend at Resurrection. Jim Wallis will be preaching at Resurrection Leawood, West, Blue Springs and Overland Park. Jim is a best-selling author and the founder of Sojourners, an organization (they also produce a journal) whose mission is “to articulate the biblical call to social justice, to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.”

Jim is one of the leading Christian thinkers and writers in the area of linking the Christian gospel, the scriptures and social justice. As someone who is a “progressive evangelical,” he is at times criticized by the left for being too far to the right, and by the right for being too far to the left. I appreciate that about him. Jim is thoughtful, challenging and deeply devoted both to Christ and to the call to justice. His latest book is called, Christ in Crisis: Why We Need to Reclaim Jesus. In it he invites Christians to turn, not to the right or the left, but to dig deeper into what Jesus said and did, and to make sure that our values and lives align with Jesus.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear an important voice in American Christianity.

This weekend is also the tenth anniversary of Resurrection Downtown. It’s been an exciting ten years and all of our campuses celebrate with Resurrection Downtown on their tenth anniversary of building a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians! Pastor Scott will be preaching live at all of our Downtown services to celebrate this milestone.

At Resurrection Overland Park, they will be re-dedicating the newly renovated Resurrection Overland Park Food Pantry at 12:30 pm on Sunday (following the 11 am worship service). For many years a food pantry at this location has served the growing food insecurity need in Johnson County. We are excited that with this renovation and expansion, even more people will be served. In just the past week, the pantry has served 64 households by providing for their basic needs and has handed out 81 holiday meal bags provided by donations from Resurrection.

This weekend I’ll be preaching at St. James United Methodist Church at their Paseo Campus at 9 am, and at their Renaissance Campus at 11:30 am. Last year at this time their pastor, Dr. Emanuel Cleaver III preached here at Resurrection. Our pulpit exchange is a part of the Allies for Racial Justice work our two churches are working together on. I’ll be sharing with the St. James congregation this weekend the sermon I shared at Resurrection last weekend on Where Joy is Found, tying it to their annual theme this year: "Walking with Jesus."

St. James and our Allies for Racial Justice team would like to invite any of you who wish to worship with St. James this weekend in celebration of their 64th anniversary to join them either at the 9 am service at their Paseo Campus (traditional worship in the African American tradition) at 5504 Wayne Ave, or at 11:30 am at their Renaissance campus (contemporary worship in the African American tradition with casual dress) located at 7205 Longview Rd in KCMO.

Update on Annual Stewardship Campaign

I want to thank all of you who have returned your annual commitment cards to date. After two weeks we have received about 10% more commitment cards than the same time last year, and the average commitment is up about 5% from the same weekend last year. THANK YOU! Your commitments make possible everything we do as a church.

For those who were able and chose to increase your commitment from last year, this has a significant impact in expanding our ministry and mission. The average commitment varies by campus, but the average commitment across our campuses is $4,342 per year. This average includes those who commit $1 per week and those who commit well over $1,000 per week. The Bible calls us to give proportionate to our income so that the person who earns less gives less than the person who earns more. It invites us to consider giving the first 10% of what we earn, and I’m proud of those of you who are doing this or taking steps towards this.

Whatever you choose to give to God through our church next year, if you’ve yet to do so, could you take a moment now and fill out your 2020 commitment card online by clicking here? Thank you so much – this is really important in helping the church set our ministry budget and plans for 2020.

Blood Drive – 900+ Donate This Week!

In response to the critical need for blood this week, 766 Resurrection Leawood members and their friends donated 775 units of blood on Monday and Tuesday. At Resurrection West last week we had 91 donors give another 97 units. At Resurrection Overland Park 44 donors gave 34 units. Resurrection Blue Springs held their blood drive yesterday and 23 donors donated another 20 units for a total of 892 units given. This is HUGE when the supplies are low. Thank you for serving God and serving others by giving the gift of blood!

Thankful Day of Prayer Vigil

On Tuesday, November 26, from 6 am – 10 pm in Wesley Chapel (Building C), we will pray throughout the day for every member of our church family. Join us whenever you can as we prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving. You’ll be given a prayer vigil guide along with a list of names to pray for when you arrive. This is a very meaningful tradition for our church, and I hope you’ll find time to be part of it and experience the blessing of gratitude.

Celebrate Christmas with KiDSCOR and Matthew’s Ministry

We have two volunteer opportunities at Resurrection Leawood that I guarantee will get you in the Christmas spirit!

  • Birthday Party for Jesus, Friday, Dec. 6, 5:30-7:15 pm – Party helpers needed to help serve birthday cake, run carnival games and hand out party favors. Sign up here.
  • Matthew’s Ministry Family Night Out Christmas Celebration, Saturday, Dec. 7, 5-8 pm – Volunteers need to arrive in the Student Center by 4:30 pm. Sign up here.

Advent Evensong Service Downtown Tuesday, December 3

All of our campuses will have a special opportunity to experience the anticipation of Christmas by joining the COR Worship Collective in a night of Advent worship at 6:30 pm at Resurrection Downtown, 1601 Grand Ave. The Worship Collective is a collaboration of musicians from all of our campuses.

In addition to singing traditional Christmas hymns, they will be performing original music from their forthcoming Advent album. This will be an evening full of music, liturgy, Psalms and a special message from Pastor Matt Bisel.

Parking is free. Childcare is available for children 4 and under, but please register children here.

Thanksgiving Meal at Resurrection Leawood

If you don't have family or friends to share Thanksgiving meal with, join Pastor Cheryl Bell and others from Resurrection for a traditional Thanksgiving meal in the Foundry on Thanksgiving Day at 11:30 am. You must register in advance and you can do that by clicking here. Enjoy the great food, fellowship and fun on Thanksgiving Day.

Joy in Serving

Thank you to everyone who has served or donated to our Thanksgiving Joy in Serving holiday projects. This weekend we’ll have opportunities for Christmas projects. Stop by the JOY tables in the Narthex after worship, or sign up here. Here are some ways you can serve this weekend:

  • Grace United Community Ministries’ Adopt-a-Family. Pick a tag off the tree and then go to the Joy table to sign up to adopt that family. This is a great opportunity for small groups or classes.
  • JOY Toys for Partner Schools. Fill a bag will be used throughout the year in our partner schools’ incentive stores to encourage individual growth and academic success.
  • New Resident Kits for Healing House. Fill a bag with personal care items (toiletries, towels and underwear) that will be provided to individuals arriving at this faith-based substance abuse recovery program.

While I’m preaching at St. James this Sunday morning, I’m looking forward to leading the Sunday night service at Leawood and the chance to hear my friend Jim Wallis share the message Sunday night (he’ll be preaching all weekend). He’ll be available to sign books following each service.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving next week, I am, as always, deeply grateful for you, Resurrection and for the privilege of serving as your senior pastor.

With love,

Adam

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton

Reverend Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection and the author of 22 books. He has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of Adam’s work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Adam's writings are known for helping readers make sense of challenging theological questions, exploring the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. He earned his MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry.

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