Hi Resurrection Overland Park,
It was a rainy week, but I am enjoying the greener-than-normal grass. I want to share a few things with you this weekend. Read to the end for information about our campus's first Birthday.
First, though, I want to tell you this: We are kicking off our partner school initiative with Apache Elementary tomorrow during the School Supply Drive! Take a minute to watch this video, see the school, meet the principal, and learn how you can make an impact on children in our community. I am thrilled for our campus to be part of making a difference in the lives of others. Right now, many of our students, teachers, and administrators need support as they prepare for the fall.
You can drive by the church tomorrow, Saturday, August 1, from 9–11 am to drop off supplies. Last week I mentioned our goal to ensure every child has a pair of headphones. Many of you already shipped them directly to the church this week, and we are already more than halfway to our goal! Here are links to the headphones; they need option 1 or option 2. We also want to provide as many backpacks (with no wheels) as possible, as well as glue sticks, highlighters, disinfecting wipes, and any other supplies you’d like to purchase.
This weekend Pastor Scott Chrostek begins a two week series with a sermon entitled "Becoming Resilient in the Face of Adversity."
How have you been doing lately? I'm guessing each of us needs this message. I'll be part of worship as we share in communion together. Prior to worship, you'll want to gather bread and juice or wine.
I hope you'll invite a friend to join you online. Tune in online at cor.org/live on Saturday at 5 pm or Sunday at 7:30, 9:15, 11 am or 5 pm. Our service is also available at 11 am on KSHB Channel 41.
Join Pastor of Community Justice, Cheryl Jefferson Bell, and other local leaders, as they continue the conversation about being the Beloved Community on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. Explore Resurrection's Vision for Racial Justice as we discuss practical ways to build community and address injustice. Live at cor.org/live with follow up discussion on Zoom. Register here.
Next week, we'll share more about our fall launch. If you'd like to join or lead a small group, contact BJ.Huffman@cor.org. We'll share upcoming classes as well. Some of the classes will be online, and when appropriate, in-person.
Our next Resurrection Overland Park blood drive is coming up. The Community Blood Center must collect almost 600 units of blood every day to meet the needs of area hospital patients. As there is no substitute for blood, they rely on volunteer donors like you to supply life-saving blood and blood components to hospitals in Kansas and Missouri.
Resurrection Overland Park will be hosting an onsite blood drive on Monday, August 17 from 2 pm to 7 pm. Sign up here to donate.
Amazingly, almost one year ago we launched Resurrection Overland Park. This first year is one we will not forget for many reasons. We want to celebrate with you (well, as best as we can).
Join us for a Bring Your Own Picnic Blanket or Lawn Chair gathering at Thompson Park in Downtown OP on Saturday, August 15 from 3-5 pm. We'll be outside, socially-distanced, and wearing masks without any close contact. If you prefer, drive-up and stay in your car to say hello. We have a special birthday gift we want to give you, including ice cream sandwiches.
One last thing I'd like to share with you. This week, a 24-year-old young adult in our congregation passed away after a four and a half year battle with brain cancer. Jordan battled fearlessly, with courage, and his hope was to share the light of Christ. He loved Jesus. He wanted his life to matter and to leave a legacy. Indeed, he did.
I had the chance to share communion with Jordan and his family just hours before he passed. There are many caring for this wonderful family, but I'd invite you to pray for them too. In moments like this, I am reminded of the importance of Christian community. I am also reminded that through Christ, death does not have the final word.
I know Jordan trusted this promise. It's a promise I trust, too. It's a promise we all can trust.
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