Dear Resurrection Family,
This weekend we “fall back” with Daylight Saving Time ending Saturday night at 2 am, (technically Sunday morning). Don’t forget to set your clock back on Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep or come to church earlier.
This month my sermons are focused on the keys to finding contentment. The Declaration of Independence famously notes that among our “unalienable rights” is the pursuit of happiness. We spend much of our lives in this pursuit, often discontent, struggling to find fulfillment. That’s why, this month, we’re looking at four keys to contentment.
Last week we began by focusing on our purpose or mission – loving God and loving and serving our neighbor – because this is the first key to contentment. The second key is generosity. I love the quote attributed to Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” It was Jesus who said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Is all this true?
I’ll be sharing research, key scriptures and inspirational stories of people in our congregation, particularly children, who model this for us.
Last night LaVon and I had the joy of heading to Lawrence to trick or treat with Stella and her parents. After our Egypt trip she announced that she wanted to be an Egyptian mummy for Halloween. Here’s a picture of our little mummy:
Halloween is the eve (e’en) before All Hallows Day – the feast of All Saints (in old English, “All Hallows”). Today the Church pauses to remember and give thanks for those who have preceded us in death. On this day I find myself humming one of my favorite hymns, For All the Saints.
The stained-glass window at Resurrection Leawood captures that “great crowd of witnesses” who have died, but live and reign with Christ in a place where there is no more sorrow, suffering or pain. Take a moment to thank God for your loved ones who are safe with God and pray for them.
Stella is spending the night tonight – we’re heading to IHOP for her favorite dinner (pancakes with chocolate chip smiley faces). Given that she was a mummy last night, and today is All Saints Day, I thought we’d spend a bit of time talking tonight about heaven and the Christian hope.
As you read this note, we have 300 mental health professionals from across Kansas City gathered in the Foundry Hall at Leawood for a conference on Recovery and the Opioid Crisis, sponsored by our Congregational Care ministry. I’m so grateful for our church’s work across campuses on mental health and recovery ministries.
Coffee with the Pastors is this week! Please join our pastors at a Coffee with the Pastors gathering at your campus. You’ll learn about our history, beliefs and traditions and discover how to get connected in the life of our church. At the conclusion of Coffee, for those ready to join, you’ll have an opportunity to officially join the church. Childcare is available. Click on your campus to register:
If you or your friends are heading to the Chiefs’ game this Sunday, remember that we team up with the Chiefs to offer a Faith and Family Chapel. Our worship band leads singing, and one of our pastors offers a short message. This weekend, Pastor Darryl Burton will share his story of being wrongly incarcerated for 24 years for a murder he didn’t commit, and how he found the ability to forgive those who put him there. Your family or friends will be inspired by his powerful story. The service is 10–10:40 am in the pavilion just south of the Tower Gate entrance into the stadium.
One of Church of the Resurrection’s 2030 Visions is to close the generation gap through outreach to children and families. It’s exciting to see how this is happening at all of our campuses.
Last weekend, Resurrection Overland Park, Blue Springs and Downtown all welcomed the community to “Trunk or Treat” events and Resurrection West had their annual Fall Fest earlier in the month. All had record attendance. Shout out to the volunteers and staff at Overland Park who hosted 3,000 children and parents! This was an amazing opportunity to share our church with new people. Check out some of the fun photos from Overland Park.
Congratulations to Resurrection West who received an Olathe Community Award recognizing individuals, business and civic organizations that have enhanced human rights, equality, cultural diversity and inclusion of people with disabilities. The congregation was recognized for their work in the community helping low-income and disabled people renovate and repair their homes.
Resurrection offers support, care and resources for people affected by addictions of any type and those struggling with mental health. Beginning Thursday, Nov. 7, we are launching Resurrection Recovery in the Foundry Hall at 6 pm. Hear personal testimonies of experience, strength and hope, while enjoying a pizza dinner. Then, from 7-8 pm, Recovery Support Groups will meet. For information about all the groups, go to cor.org/leawood/recovery.
We are officially in the holiday season! One of the ways you can cultivate generosity is by serving or donating to our Joy in Serving holiday projects during November and December. Each weekend, we’ll have new opportunities to serve those in need in our community and help make their holidays brighter. Stop by the JOY tables in the Narthex, or sign up here.
During this 4-week session, explore what it means “to work” as we hear from leaders in Kansas City about overcoming obstacles, lessons learned, their leadership principles, and how faith impacts what they do in their workplaces and our community. Most are Resurrection members or attendees seeking to live their faith in the workplace.
This Wednesday we’ll hear from a panel of educators and administrators in area schools. On Nov. 13 we’ll hear from The Roasterie’s founder, Danny O'Neill, and on November 20 we’ll hear from Jon Hoffman, a local franchise owner of a Chick-fil-A. Wednesdays begin with dinner in the Leawood Foundry Hall at 5:30 pm, followed by classes at 6:15. Can’t make it in person? Join us online!
I wanted to share a couple of special words of thanks for Resurrection volunteers before I close.
I stopped by this morning for breakfast with Resurrection’s bulletin stuffers. This amazing team of people, mostly retired, have prepared our bulletins for all campuses each week for nearly two decades and have a combined 300 years of serving. As we changed formats for the bulletin, we’re no longer stuffing bulletins, hence I wanted to thank them for the years they had served. They continue to help with various projects on Fridays a couple of times a month, and some will be connecting in fellowship and conversation about the previous weekend’s sermon on Friday mornings. I’m so grateful for these servants.
As I was leaving breakfast with the stuffers, I spoke with one of our members, Norman Craig. He was just leaving the job-seekers support group where he comes on Fridays to encourage and to assist those who are looking for work. He is one of a team of people who work in this ministry. In the 22 months he’s been serving he’s worked with 87 people, half of whom are now employed. He told me about the joy he feels in serving in this way, and his hope to offer emotional and practical support for those he works with. If you are interested in more information about our job-seekers support group, click here.
These are just two examples of the hundreds of ways the Resurrection members serve others. I’m so proud of all of you who give of yourselves to love and serve your neighbor as you love yourself.
Looking forward to being in worship this weekend!
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