July 12, 2019
Dear Resurrection Family,
I turned 55 today. It’s amazing how much younger 55 seems to me today! I began the day, as I do each morning, on my knees in prayer, giving thanks to God for the blessings of my life, and offering my life to him. Birthdays, for me, are all about gratitude – first to God who gives us life and love and grace, and then to and for our parents, family, friends. I’ve got so much to be thankful for, but among the blessings in my life I thank God for you, Church of the Resurrection. I love you and count it a great privilege to be one of your pastors.
I’ve got some fun things to share with you today, so read to the end if you can – two of the most exciting things to me personally are at the end of this note.
This weekend Resurrection Executive Pastor Scott Chrostek will be preaching the second in our series of sermons on The Resurrection Life. The series is focused on how we embody the gospel in our lives and this weekend Scott’s message will focus on what I think is one of the most important ways we live the gospel.
This weekend is also our second preview service for our new Resurrection Overland Park campus. Resurrection Overland Park will begin August 11 with two services, one featuring modern worship music, the other will feature traditional music with choir. This weekend we’ll preview the traditional service at 9:30 am, one block east of Antioch on 95th Street. If you have friends or family who live near there, invite them to be a part of the last preview service and a part of history!
Last weekend we welcomed Justin Schoolcraft to our pastoral team. Justin just graduated from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. While in seminary he served as a prison chaplain and a student pastor. He joins our team filling one of our two-year pastoral residency positions. He’ll be serving our Saturday and Sunday evening worship communities at Leawood. Please welcome him if you see him this weekend!
Speaking of congregational care, our pastors and our care team across campuses are here for you. Our aim is to provide the best possible care for you. To request prayer, a pastoral visit, hospital visit or counseling appointment, click on this link: www.cor.org/requestcare. It will ask you to select the campus you most frequently attend. Our pastors and Congregational Care Ministers would love to meet with you and are passionate about helping people in times of need. You can also call the Congregational Care Offices 913-544-0707. If you have an emergency and need to reach a pastor after hours, you may call 913-544-0799 and the pastor on call will return your call.
This coming Thursday, Resurrection’s Leawood campus will host a national worship leader conference. I’ll speak to the group on leadership and the future of the UMC at 3 pm. There are breakout sessions following this. On Thursday night, Leawood’s Chancel Choir and Orchestra are presenting the River of Light Oratorio capturing the message of the Resurrection Stained Glass Window through music. This concert is free and open to our congregation members and the community and will take place in the Leawood sanctuary July 18 at 8 pm.
The Annual UMW Rummage Sale is taking place July 19 and 20. We have people who come in from across the country to visit KC on this weekend every year just to shop at the Rummage Sale – the largest church rummage sale that I am aware of anywhere in the US. There’s great stuff to buy, a lot of fun volunteering, and it all raises money for sustainable ministries benefiting women, children and youth. Last year the sale raised over $90,000. Click here to find out how and what you can donate, how you can volunteer and more.
This week I met with our senior staff for a 48-hour planning retreat. It was a terrific time away for praying, team building and planning. We looked at the preaching plan for the next year and next steps for our 2030 Vision; we began developing plans for our 30th Anniversary celebration in the fall of 2020 and a lot more. I’m so proud of the staff here at Resurrection – they are a team of committed, gifted and passionate leaders.
This coming week I’ll spend four days continuing work on a book and sermon series on the Ten Commandments – the sermon series will be called, Words to Live By: Finding Life in the Ten Commandments. As I’m reading and studying various books on the commandments, I’ve learned things I’d not known before, and come to see just how powerful these words are and how it is that they serve as guardrails and guideposts for us. I’m looking forward to sharing what I’ve learned with you this fall.
On Thursday of this week, as noted above, I’ll speak to worship leaders from across the country who are gathering at Resurrection Leawood. Following that I’ll head to Chicago for meetings all day Friday with twenty leaders seeking to find the best way forward for the United Methodist Church. I’ll give you an update from Chicago in my e-note next week.
Now, for a bit of fun news. The Kansas City Chiefs have asked if we would consider leading a worship service at Arrowhead on game days this fall – we’re calling it The Chapel at Arrowhead and we see this as, in essence, a campus of Resurrection, meeting only on Sunday’s before the noon games. As a church passionate about reaching non-religious and nominally religious people, we see a huge opportunity to connect with football fans who may not have a church family. Our hope is that those of you who are going to the noon games will show up early and invite others to join us for worship. Services will be held from 9:50-10:45 am on those Sundays with home games. We’ll have a Resurrection band and one of our pastors sharing the message. I’ll be there for the first two games, preaching live. We’ll also have video testimonials from players. Services will be held in the large white tent structure just south of the Tower Gate entrances. Watch for more information about how you can join me and others in launching this new service.
Finally, I’m in Kansas City today celebrating my birthday by helping our daughter, Rebecca, as she launches her new mobile plant shop, Virgil’s Plant Shop (Virgil is Becca’s dog). She’s taken an old school bus and turned it into a pop-up plant shop (think food truck but selling plants). I’m so excited for her. Tonight, LaVon and I will be with her from 4:30 on helping her launch – she’s setting up in front of Blip Coffee in the West Bottoms at 1101 Mulberry Street, KCMO. If you’re out and about, stop by and see us!
I’ve got to run – I’m washing windows on Becca’s school bus!
Congratulations to families celebrating baptisms.
Sun. June 30: Silas Eugene Feldkamp and his parents Emily and Michael Feldkamp
Sat., July 13: Finley Gene Ferguson and parents Sarah and Matthew Ferguson (5 pm);
Sun., July 14: Ellery Elizabeth Wyatt and parents Tate and Lindsey Wyatt (9:15 am); Avery Juliette Grace and parents Jason and Jessica Grace (11 am); and Emerson Anne Smith and parents Heather and Jon Smith (Foundry).
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