Cathy Bien

Leawood News

Share the JOY of Christmas!

Posted Dec 6, 2017

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Joy in Serving... Grace in Giving...

Share the true JOY of Christmas by making a difference for a child or family in need – Joyfully Offering Yourself in Serving. Your donations and service will brighten the day and provide tangible hope for someone this holiday season and beyond. See a full listing of opportunities here.

Remember to check the DUE BACK dates on your JOY in Serving opportunities. Please return your donations by the due dates, so we can deliver them to our JOY partner organizations in time for Christmas. They are counting on our participation by those dates!

Christmas at Resurrection

Some tickets are still available for this cherished Kansas City holiday tradition. More than 300 musicians, actors, singers and dancers perform in a celebration of Christmas. Purchase tickets online for performances Dec. 7-10, or visit the Box Office in the Leawood Narthex.

Box Office Times

  • Dec. 7: 1-3 pm and 5:30-7:45 pm
  • Dec. 8: 5:30-7:45 pm
  • Dec. 9: 11 am - 1:15 pm and 5:30-7:45 pm
  • Dec. 10: 11:30 am - 1:45 pm


Pastor Adam continues our Advent series, Where Joy is Found! as we focus on rediscovering the joy that comes to us through the birth of Christ. Here's a link to a video that you can share to invite others to come worship at Resurrection!


Here are 2 ways to Joyfully Offer Yourself in Serving (that's JOY!)

  • Calling all bakers! We will be providing Christmas cookie boxes to bless the staff at Quindaro Elementary. Bring two dozen or more of your favorite Christmas cookies in labeled disposable containers to the metal shelving racks in the Bldg. A Mission Ministries space Dec. 9-10.
  • As you look for ways to bring JOY to others this Christmas Season,  consider making a donation towards the future of someone in Haiti or South Africa. Your gift will help provide an education through sustainability, empowerment and much-needed hope. Donate in the Leawood Narthex this weekend or online.

Global and US Impact

Serve with Matthew's Ministry

Our Special Needs Ministry is hosting Matthew's Ministry Family Night Out, Saturday, Dec. 16, 5-8 pm, Leawood Student Center. Join us for a jolly night as we celebrate the magical holiday of Christmas! Enjoy dinner and dessert, games, crafts and a special visit from someone in a big, red suit! Volunteers will need to arrive at 4:30 pm. Sign up to serve online.

Serve on rezlife mission trip

Join rezlife student ministries next summer on life-changing international mission trips to Malawi (ages 16+, June 7-19) and Honduras (10th-12th grades, July 22-29). Come to an Informational Meeting, Monday, Dec. 11, 7-8 pm, C136, to learn more about each of these trips. For questions or if you can't make the meeting but want to learn more, email Dave MaGee.


KiDSCOR is going to the movies!

Our Children's Ministry presents KiDSCOR At The Movies: The Star on Saturday, Dec. 9,10 am, Overland Park B&B Theatres, 8601 W. 135th St. Tickets are $5.50 per person (General Admission); doors open at 9:30. The Star tells the story of the first Christmas in a new and fun way from the viewpoint of a small but brave donkey and his animal friends. Purchase tickets here.

Coming up in rezlife...

Totally Tubular is totally awesome! 6th & 7th grades – Jan. 13-14 or 14-15; 8th grade – Feb. 9-10; 9th-12th grades – Feb. 17-18. You know how fun sledding is – tubing is even better! Spend two days at Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines, IA, tubing and hanging out with friends. No experience necessary. Simply grab your tube and let the fun begin! Register online.


Tuesday Grow Night

Take a class, join a service opportunity or simply enjoy meaningful discussions. Grow Night meets from 6:30-8:30 pm at Resurrection Leawood.

  • Service opportunity – Join us on Dec. 12 to work on a variety of Christmas-related tasks to help the organizations we support get ready for the holidays. We'll have something for everyone, so all ages are welcome! Gather in the Lower Level Mission Serving Space of Building A from 6:30-8 pm.
  • EarthCOR – Join the Samaritans class on Dec. 12, as we discuss the topic of refugees. Register online and join us in B211.
  • 20/30 Young Adult Round Table – Join other 20s and 30s at our NEW time as we dive into scripture and guided conversations, and enjoy some fun and food. We meet each week in C136, 7-8:30 pm.

Discover financial peace

Financial Peace University helps you make the right decisions with your money so you can accomplish your financial goals. FPU gives you the biblical and practical skills you need to be able to walk in financial peace! The next class begins Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 pm. Register online.


Care Night

Make Resurrection your home on Thursday evenings.

  • Dinner at 5:45 pm
  • Message and worship at 6:20 pm
  • Classes/groups at 7 pm

Check out all the Care Night classes and groups here. Here a some of the classes and groups happening this month and in January.

  • How to Live Alone (Without Being Lonely) – Thursday, Dec. 7, 7 pm, Wesley Covenant Chapel. Do you live by yourself? Do you ever feel lonely? Learn and share strategies that will help you to feel at peace with your living status.
  • Grief Class – Unresolved grief can linger for years. Everyone is welcome, no matter where they are on the grief journey, to attend our Care Night Grief Class. Lessons and table groups are facilitated by pastors and grief coaches who have walked the grief journey themselves. Groups meet at 6:30 pm, C144.
  • Praying Out Loud – Thursday, Dec. 14, 7 pm, Wesley Covenant Chapel. Learn tips, tools and tricks to give you the courage to lead others in faith, led by Pastor Tino Herrera.
  • One Word – Thursdays, Jan. 4 & 11, 7 pm, C050. Get inspired to simplify your life and work by focusing on just one word for this year. Pastor Wendy Chrostek and Linda Haney will lead you in discovering how to harness the transformational power of your one word and finding God’s best for your life. Register now to reserve your spot!
  • Suicide Grief Support – 1st & 3rd Thursdays, Bldg. A Parlor, 6:30 pm. We will honor those we have lost, while offering a space for you to grieve and share as you feel comfortable. We can’t take away the pain, but we can help guide you through your grief, alongside those who have experienced a similar tragedy.
  • Dinner... Quick and Simple Meals the Whole Family Will Love – Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 pm, B200. It’s the dreaded hour... time to fix dinner! Karen Hansen from the Johnson County Health Department will share tips on how to get a delicious, healthy meal on the table in 20 minutes whether you are cooking for 1, 2 or a crew! Tons of variety and good nutrition! Register online.
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.