Hello Resurrection Overland Park,
It's good to be back after two weeks away on vacation. I’m grateful for the time you afford me. Right now, given the coronavirus crisis, race relations in our country, and the effort of our church to be the light of Christ in community, time away feels like a privilege but also necessary.
I recently read a post by one leader who commented that many are more tired than they’ve ever been. It is like we are running a triathlon; we just didn’t know it. Swimming through the pandemic has been challenging. Then, someone handed us a bicycle. And after that, someone told us to start running. It seems like an apt metaphor for all of us. We continue to navigate these challenges together.
Throughout the summer, I’d like to invite you to join me in reading the book of Psalms. Each Thursday, we post a midday fifteen-minute devotion with worship on our campus Facebook page. Each week, I’ll share a reflection from the Psalms. I’m planning to read one psalm a day, sometimes more if I have time, and you can do the same. I find the Psalms enrich my prayer life, the songs, poems, and prayers help me to pray, and I connect with God. Take a few minutes to watch yesterday’s devotion, click here.
This weekend in worship Pastor Adam continues our summer sermon series, A House Built on a Firm Foundation focused on what Jesus taught us about anger, divorce, adultery and faithfulness. We’ll look at the ethics of Jesus and what Jesus had to say about responding to people who don't look like us. I am looking forward to seeing you in worship. Join us online and invite a friend. Go to cor.org/live Saturday at 5 pm or Sunday at 7:30, 9:15, 11 am or 5 pm. In addition to streaming worship on our website, you can catch the broadcast Sunday at 11 am on channel 41 (KSHB).
I’d like to invite you to join me for an important class I titled The Talk: A Discussion on Race in America. The 3-week online class and discussion begins Tuesday, June 30 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. For many people of color in our nation, the race talk—what is a heightened consciousness regarding race—happens at a young age. As a campus community, this class is intended for us to talk together about race. We will hear diverse voices from friends across the country, and within our campus, to learn how we can confront racism and inequality together.
Register for the class here. If you register, expect an email early next week with instructions on how to log on Tuesday evening.
You can also continue in Pastor Tino and Pastor Darryl’s Summer Learning Series class. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a "Beloved Community," a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love for one’s fellow human beings. Together, the class explores how we can be a Beloved Community.
One key difference in their class and my class has to do with participation at our campus, but also the need I feel to help lead the conversation, especially as a white leader in partnership with other leaders of color. Both classes are great opportunities to learn and respond.
Food Drive tomorrow (Sat, June 27) 9 - 11 am at Resurrection Overland Park! We are offering our Food Pantry guests a bag full of picnic food to celebrate the 4th of July, along with their regular groceries. We have hot dogs for 175 families and would love for you to donate buns, chips, ketchup and mustard, freezer pops (not frozen), among other items. In addition, we always need canned fruit, chicken or tuna, pasta, and baby wipes!
If you'd like to help sort and stock after the food drive, sign up here.
It's not too late to register for "VBC On-the-Go"! Register for an age-appropriate (Preschool-5th grade) VBC kit that will include what you need for a week’s worth of VBC fun so your camper can learn to Live Like a Champ! We are planning some exciting stuff and so you won't want your kids to miss it.
Lastly, thank you for blessing me with birthday wishes. Yesterday, I celebrated my 34th birthday. I think I even noticed a few more gray hairs! I was reminded of the joy in sharing life together as a community. Claire and I enjoyed a nice dinner with take out from a local restaurant. I am looking forward to all that God has in store for me, for us, and for our church in the coming year. Stay hopeful. Care for each other. I'll see you online this weekend!
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