Dear Resurrection Family,
This week, the fall leaves reach their peak of color here in Kansas City! I love this time of year, even on a dreary day like today.
I’ve got several important things to share with you today, but I want to begin with this weekend’s worship. We’ll continue our focus on #LoveYourNeighbor by asking what it means to love our neighbor in need.
We’ll turn to one of Jesus' most memorable parables, the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats, and invite each of us to ask, “Am I a sheep or a goat?” It’s a challenging parable, and one that has deeply shaped Church of the Resurrection. I’ll be sharing several inspiring stories and will end by summarizing the impact you’ve had over the last thirty years as you’ve sought to live out this parable.
I believe you’ll find it an inspiring, encouraging and challenging message.
This is a great weekend to invite your unchurched friends – the message will speak to them and help them to see what your church is about. Invite them to join us online at cor.org/live tomorrow night at 5 pm, Sunday at 7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am or 5 pm or on KMCI Channel 38 Sunday at 8 am or 11 am. For a listing of where KMCI is found on various cable providers, click here.
We are continuing to offer in-person worship at each of our campuses on Sundays, along with nurseries, and we’ve just reopened programs for children and students. Some adult classes are also meeting on site.
To keep everyone safe, we are maintaining physical distancing and wearing masks. We are also asking that you register in advance for both worship and programs. You can click here to learn about the reopening protocols and to find the links to register for worship and age-level programs at all locations.
Here's the direct link to worship registration.
This weekend I’ll also be sharing the exciting results from our 30 for 30 food drive. As we celebrated our 30th anniversary, we invited each of you to give $30 or 30 pounds of food for our food drive.
The results took my breath away when I heard it yesterday. The food will be distributed through our partner food banks. You can still make a cash donation online here – just select “Hunger” for the Giving Type.
I love the TV spots the two opposing candidates for Utah governor have filmed. Have you seen them? You can watch one of them and their interview on the Today show here. They captured in these spots what we’ve been campaigning for with our #LOVEYOURNEIGHBOR yard signs. In the midst of a divisive and polarizing period, we hoped the signs would remind people that regardless of one’s party affiliation or preferred presidential candidate and the platform they stand for, we are called to love. That love has the power to heal and to transform.
The next two weeks represent the final two weeks of our sign campaign. Many of you have placed signs in your yards. We’re focused this next week on placing these signs near polling places and on major roadways to remind as many people as possible of the words of Moses and Jesus: Love Your Neighbor.
I’m looking for 200 of you who will join me in this effort to place these signs strategically along main roadways, near other campaign signs and across from polling stations this week. You can pick them up in the doorways of Building A (the Sanctuary) at Resurrection Leawood tomorrow or after worship this weekend at each campus.
LaVon voted by mail-in ballot this week. I’m voting tomorrow in person. I want to encourage you to get out and vote, whether early or on election day.
You are a congregation of thoughtful people. Take the time to research the candidates you’ll be voting on and decide which ones best represent your values as a follower of Christ. In a democracy, I believe voting is an act of Christian discipleship.
Neither political party perfectly reflects the Kingdom values Jesus preached about, they each get some things right and some things wrong, and there are no perfect candidates. But we do our best to listen and discern the candidates strengths and weaknesses, their vision and values and then we vote.
I’ll likely bump into some of you at the polls tomorrow morning!
Each of our campus locations will be offering a family friendly trunk or treat experience that is safe and physically distant, but we need the support of the congregation to make this fun for everyone.
This Saturday, October 24, Leawood, West, Overland Park and Blue Springs are hosting a safe, family-friendly trunk or treat experience from 4-6 pm. Downtown’s Trunk or Treat is next Saturday, October 31, at 10 am.
Families can drive through our parking lots and look at decorated trunks, with fun surprises, giveaways and special guests! The event is FREE and open to the public. Invite your friends to drive through!
If you would like to volunteer and bring a decorated trunk you can still do that by clicking here. I’m looking forward to greeting our kids and their families at Leawood, where I’ll have my black Mustang decorated with some Kansas City Chiefs gear.
Cheryl Jefferson Bell, Pastor of Community Justice is holding a virtual listening session for Resurrection’s Black community members and their families next Monday, October 26, at 6:30 pm. I’ll be joining for part of the call.
Participants will gather via Zoom to connect, share stories and answer the question “How it is with your soul?” Please register here so we can send you the Zoom link.
One of the things I’ve encouraged you to do is to take a mission trip. Even though COVID-19 has eliminated our opportunity to travel internationally, we have two unique “virtual” serve trips coming up to Malawi and Honduras.
Through Zoom, videos and connection with our ministry partners the the country, you’ll learn about the country, its people, what our partners are doing in their communities, and how our church can make a difference. Click on the country name to learn more and sign up.
I’ll be coming to you live from my home in Stilwell this Tuesday night on Facebook Live from 7:30 to 8 pm. I’ll be looking at examples of leadership from the scriptures the next two weeks.
Join me on Facebook Live Tuesday.
Thank you to those who signed up to help encourage teachers and staffs. I thought you might like to read part of a thank you note we received from one of our Resurrection members who is a teacher:
“We need encouragement, support, and prayer. Lots of prayer to lift us up so that we can serve the children and families in our communities despite the physical, psychological, and emotional toll it is taking. Our families and children, who are already marginalized and struggle in normal times, are struggling. The pain is evident and we are doing our best to provide stability, safety, love, and education.
Please pray for our community members who do not understand the task we are faced with, for the board members making challenging decisions, for the administrators leading us, and for peace for the educators and staff.
The message was the first one of true appreciation for teachers locally since the pandemic began and it honestly brought me to tears.”
I’m so grateful for all of you who have volunteered to help in our bless the teacher initiative. Thank you!
That’s all I’ve got for today. I hope to see you at the polls, at Trunk or Treat, at worship this weekend, and out on the streets putting out signs reminding people to love their neighbors!
See you in worship!
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