Joshua Clough

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Looking Forward to a New Year

Posted Dec 31, 2020

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Happy New Year!

Today, I am spending time in spiritual retreat reflecting on the past year and preparing for the new year. Each year, I like to new set goals and priorities personally as well as professionally. I also start a new journal with blank pages.

We've had quite the year. As plans evolve and change, I am looking forward to a new year. You might want to take a moment to read Pastor Adam's enote in which he shared the countless ways you have shared the light of Christ this year. I hope you have an opportunity to reflect upon your year and celebrate a new year.

A Thinking Person's Guide to Faith

This weekend in worship, Pastor Adam begins a new sermon series called A Thinking Person's Guide to Faith. I am looking forward to the series because we'll open up the big questions of faith, the Bible, and life.

We'll begin this weekend by exploring Science, Religion, and the Rationality of God. In the sermon, we'll hear from a Nobel Prize winning microbiologist, a molecular biologist, a chemist, an astrophysicist, and a theoretical physicist. All of them share one thing beyond their love for science – a deep commitment to Christ.

I encourage you to invite a friend to join you for this series! Join us Saturday (5 pm) or Sunday (7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am, or 5 pm) at cor.org/live or on Channel 38 "The Spot" at 8 am or 11 am. You won't see me in the modern service, but I'll be present during the traditional service.

Discipleship Opportunities in the New Year

I find I'm recharged and reenergized in the new year, which is a great opportunity to jump into something new. We have a few opportunities:

  • A Thinking Person's Guide to Faith, Thursdays, Jan. 7 - Jan. 28, from 7 pm to 8:15 pm. Join me (Pastor Joshua) for four weeks on Zoom for discussion and conversation related to the sermon series. We'll talk more in-depth on topics presented in the sermon series, explore our questions of faith and doubt, science and reason, life and purpose. Register here.
  • Church-Wide Study, Resolutions: Bring Faith to Life, Wednesdays, Jan. 6 - Jan. 27, from 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. The habits we set for ourselves can change the direction of our lives. The new year is a great time to examine the habits we’ve developed and make sure they align with the person we want to be. Over the course of four weeks, Pastor Scott Chrostek helps us energize our lives by building our habits around the essentials of our Christian faith. This class will be streamed live at cor.org/live, Wednesdays, January 6–27, 6:30 pm. To see details on several classes and studies offered, click here.
  • Join a Small Group this Year – or, better yet, lead one! During this time more than ever, we have a deep need for authentic connection with others. We'll begin open enrollment on January 10 and plan to kick off later in January. Our small groups are one way we help meet that need. In groups of about ten people, we grow together in our walk with God. Many of you already belong to a small group at Resurrection Overland Park. If you are looking for a place to belong, sign up to join one of our open or new small groups by clicking here or contact suzy.ayres@cor.org.
  • KiDSCOR online will begin again on January 3 with an all-new format. You can register your child here. We cannot wait for a whole new year of KiDSCOR fun, but we need YOU to make that happen! Please take a minute or two to fill out this form to indicate your interest in serving our children and families in 2021! Also, don't forget to let us know if you student wants to receive their 3rd grade Bible.
  • Rezlife Students will resume online Wednesday night youth group on January 6. Sunday Gatherings and Confirmation will both resume on January 10 via Zoom. Registration is required for the Zoom link, so sign up at cor.org/students. Email our director Leah.Miller@cor.org for more info.

Make Plans for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

On Saturday, January 16, and Monday, January 18, we are preparing over 500 ways for you to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a "Day on, not a day off" out in the community. With morning and afternoon sessions, we hope that you, your family, or your small group will rise to the occasion to serve in a covid-cautious way at one of over 20 service agencies with whom we have committed to making a difference. We are also suggesting a number of serve from home options for those who cannot make it out.

Visit cor.org/mlk to sign up.

Thank You for Your Generosity

Lastly, I want to say thank you again for your generosity and giving throughout the year. With 2020 coming to a close, this is one final reminder to submit and postmark your giving for the year. In the new year, we are planning new possibilities and opportunities for mission and ministry.

If you haven't done so already, take a moment to complete your pledge. You can visit cor.org/give. Know that we have mugs available in the church office, just give us a call to pick up your mug as a small way to say thank you.

As we anticipate a new year, I am filled with hope. Not so much because everything is well in our world – we know the difficulties in front of us – but because we share in this Christian community together. I am beginning to understand better Paul's words to his church in Corinth, "I thank my God always for you, because of God's grace that was given to you in Christ Jesus" (1 Cor. 1:4). Here's to a new year!

In Christ,

Joshua

Joshua Clough

Joshua Clough

Joshua is the campus pastor at Resurrection Overland Park. He runs marathons, and because he grew up in Seattle, drinks a lot of coffee.

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