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What Makes Resurrection Distinct?

Posted Apr 28, 2021

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In this section of the enews each week, we’ll be featuring important news, highlighting the ministries of the church, and remembering some of the things that make Resurrection… well, Resurrection.

Today we’ll take a look at our “four distinctives.” These are the character traits that we’ve identified as the core of what distinguishes us among churches.


Our outward focus means that we are committed to connecting with people who don’t have a church home, and serving those outside the church through acts of mercy and justice. This is our first distinctive because it is our top priority – it connects very closely with our purpose statement's emphasis on non- and nominally religious people.


We intentionally develop a thought-provoking culture, encouraging people to think about their faith and inviting difficult questions. For us, these big, deep questions are an important part of connecting our intellect and our faith.


Our church has a bridge-building ethos that values a diversity of views. We want to help people connect in deeper, more meaningful relationships with others who think or believe differently. It is in these connections that we find the love of God.


We enthusiastically embody a hope-radiating spirit because we know the worst things that happen to us are never the last thing – there is always a glimmer of light at the end of the darkness. We trust God is with us in our darkest times and will bring us goodness out of them.


Over the past year, we've been reminded about the importance of relationships in our lives. In his sermon this past weekend, Pastor Adam Hamilton asked us to reach out this week – either through technology or in person – to someone we care about. If you missed it, you can watch the sermon here.

As more of us return to in-person worship, we want to make sure we offer every person a warm welcome and friendly smile. To make this happen, we’d like to invite you to serve with us and make a positive impact on our guests. Serving is rewarding and fun, and most volunteers serve once a month. If you can help, please sign up here.

Connect & Study

Faith & Addiction: A Conversation of Hope

May 3 at 6 pm

Pastor Tom Langhofer is participating in a multi-faith panel hosted by First Call to offer education and support for those seeking help with substance use and mental health. These Kansas City faith leaders come together to address language that reduces stigma in our conversations and will offer resources available to those seeking help in the Kansas City metro area. Learn more on the First Call website.

Estate Planning: Leaving a Lasting Legacy

May 4 at 6:30 pm

Some of us have plenty of financial resources during retirement; others are on a really tight budget, but all of us can leave a lasting legacy by investing of ourselves to help others. Join us for a powerful discussion led by Debi Nixon and the Resurrection Foundation about leaving a lasting legacy through our estate planning. See more details or register here.

Upcoming Wednesday Night Classes: May 5

  • The Gospel According to Hamilton (The Musical). How can something this fun have so much to teach us about the Christian walk? "The Gospel According to Hamilton (The Musical)" is a four-week class exploring themes found in both the content and creation of the musical, paralleled with themes in Scripture. We'll discuss a Christian approach to ambition, how we view history, and what the diversity in this production has to teach us. Don’t throw away your shot to take this class!
  • Taking Another Look at The Covenant. As Jesus ate with his disciples at the Last Supper, he said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.” We sing about this covenant in our hymns, and we use the word “covenant” in our baptisms and other rituals, but we sometimes overlook its rich meaning. In this four-week study, Pastor Dennis Apple will take a fresh look at the covenant God has made with us through Jesus.


Emergency Response Team

Become ERT (Early Response Team) Trained so that you can be the first group in once the emergency workers have deemed the area safe after a disaster.

  • Chainsaw Training: May 1, 9 am – 3 pm. Is Paul Bunyan your hero? Do you want to be prepared to assist after a storm? Now is your chance to build your lumberjack skills and serve God through Resurrection's Chainsaw Ministry. More information here.
  • ERT First-Time Certification: May 8, 9 am – 5 pm. Learn more and register here.
  • ERT Re-Certification: May 8, 1–4 pm. Learn more and register here.

May Virtual Serve Trips

Costa Rica, May 3-5 | Honduras, May 17-20

Join us for a virtual serve trip this May! Learn about how we serve in Costa Rica or Honduras from the comfort of your own home. You'll hear from local leaders about their projects and service opportunities, and spend some time in devotion and prayer together. Learn more or sign up here.

Rezlife Student Ministry

“Before You Go” Senior Session

TONIGHT at 6:30 pm, Wesley Chapel

Attention high school seniors: Rezlife is hosting a special night just for you! Taylor Ogden Thomas, our rezlife High School Director, and special guest Gerald Fadayomi, pastor and author of Before You Go, based out of Atlanta, will be hosting a conversation with our seniors to help them navigate seasons of adversity and help prepare them for life after high school. Students can also join a Zoom conversation from 7-8 pm.

It's not too late to register! Sign up here. If you have questions, contact Taylor Ogden Thomas.

Employment Opportunities

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Summer Internships

We will be hosting a limited number of internship opportunities this summer. For more information or to apply for an internship, email Randy Meyer.