Dear Resurrection Family,
I watched parts of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions over the last couple of weeks. I was struck by a connection between the speeches, yard signs, ball caps and bumper stickers and the final words of Jesus I’m preaching from this weekend! I’ll share that connection with you as we conclude our series of messages on the power of the Holy Spirit. I really believe this message is one that could change your life, and the lives of others you know. Don’t miss this and invite a friend to join you.
Worship online at cor.org/live Saturday at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am or 5 pm (the online service includes a bit more music and opportunities to interact). Locally we’re now on Channel 38, “the Spot,” that’s KMCI. For a listing of where KMCI is found on various cable providers, click here. Please be sure to register your worship attendance at cor.org/here. This helps us know that you are actively staying connected in the church.
When the pandemic began our pastors began offering daily devotions in the mornings, our campuses began offering Thursday devotions as well, and I started a Tuesday Night Vespers on Facebook Live. The aim of all of these has been to encourage you and to connect with you during this time of physical isolation.
I’m moving my vespers to 7:30 pm for the next month and will be broadcasting live each week from the Leawood sanctuary. You can join the broadcast on Facebook Live at my Pastor Adam Hamilton page (click hereto follow and you’ll be notified when I go live), or you are welcome to join me in person in the sanctuary. We had about 80 people this last Tuesday night as we sang several hymns, prayed and I shared a devotion called, “Content to Be a Caterpillar?” The sanctuary is open from 6 to 7:30 pm for prayer on Tuesdays, and from 7:30 to 8 pm for vespers. Masks are required and because of limited seating we ask you to register by clicking here.
Each year, at the beginning of the school year, the Blue Valley Educational Foundation hosts a community breakfast. This year, the event will be virtual, so they are inviting the entire Blue Valley Community to join them. The breakfast will be at 7 am this Wednesday morning, September 2. LaVon and I are both Blue Valley Alums and we are being inducted into the Blue Valley Hall of Fame. I’ll be sharing a few words and some pics from our high school days at Blue Valley. I mention this both because I’d love for you to join us for this event, but also to say that this recognition is really a recognition of you, Church of the Resurrection, and the impact you have on our community. The bulk of the program will be a panel discussion with Blue Valley Superintendent Dr. Tonya Merrigan and several others focused on a variety of issues important to children and parents in the Blue Valley district. LaVon and I are supporters of the Foundation and the important work they do. I’d love for you to be part of this! Just grab your own breakfast and click here to join us at 7 am on Wednesday.
As our kids head back to school, I want to challenge you to find a way that you can grow in your faith through study with others. Study is one of what we call the five essential practices of the Christian life, along with worship, serving, giving and sharing. These are the practices that Jesus taught and modeled as essential to growing in our faith and becoming more deeply committed followers of Christ. We have a variety of opportunities this fall with virtual options. Check them out at cor.org/connect. Here are just a few of the opportunities:
Are you beginning to think about the next chapters in your life? Church of the Resurrection’s Foundation and Crossroads Ministry are presenting a free online Pro-Retirement Seminar on Tuesday, September 8, from 6:30-8 pm. This special live-streaming event is designed especially for those over age 50 who plan to retire in a few years or are newly retired. You can learn more about the outstanding speakers here. Here’s the link to register and receive details on joining virtually.
I shared with you last week the exciting news that we are partnering with the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, allowing them use of available space at four of our campuses, to help support schools and families as they prepare for virtual or hybrid learning for the new school year. The program will provide affordable full-day, in-person learning for children ages 5-12. For more information about the Y Learning Academy, John Mikos, the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, and I also filmed a short video about the program. Click here if you’d like to take a look.
The YMCA has multiple job openings at our sites, as well as others throughout the community for site supervisors and leaning academy coaches. If you know of someone who is looking for employment for the fall and would be interested in a position with the Y, you can direct them to this website. Additionally, the Y will offer drive-through interviews on the Resurrection Leawood campus on Saturday, August 29, from 9 am-noon, and Monday, August 31, from 9 am-3 pm. Check out the job openings on the website, fill out the online applications, and then attend the drive-through interview session.
Thank you to everyone who joined me in donating blood during the Community Blood Center’s drive on the Leawood campus this week. We had 645 registered donors resulting in the collection of 627 units of life-saving blood. This is quite remarkable considering it was only two months ago when we collected 748 units. Our next drive is scheduled for November 16-17. Mark your calendars!
Thank you to all who contributed to our Build-A-Box food drive. We collected 816 boxes of food, each filled with the nutritious food a family would need for a week. Our next food drive will be a city-wide collection in October as part of our 30th Anniversary celebration. Watch for details.
A number of you have asked me how we’re doing financially with the pandemic keeping our doors closed and worship happening online. Fortunately, we set a conservative budget going in to this year. January was a strong month and February was right at budget. In March, as the pandemic struck, many of our lead donors fulfilled their pledges early as a way of supporting the church. April, May and June were on budget. July was off by about 10%. We have one more weekend in August so I don’t have August’s report, but it looks like we could be down 15% or more in August.
Your generosity funds all that we do here at the church. We’ve done more ministry as a church in the last six months than we have in any six-month period since we began. And we continue to see record attendance each week, double from the previous year. You’ve had, and are having, a huge impact in our city. We know that some of you have lost jobs or income and that has impacted your giving. Know that we are here for you. Thank you to all who continued to give generously making our church’s ministry possible during this time.
I’m excited about this weekend’s worship and hope to see you online or on Channel 38!
In Christ’s love,
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