Joshua Clough

Overland Park Enote

Talk Together About Race and Faith

Posted Jul 3, 2020

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Hello Resurrection Overland Park,

I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. As you celebrate, we give thanks to God for the freedom we enjoy in this country, for those who serve our country, and the reminder to pursue justice and freedom for everyone. I'm looking forward to seeing you in worship. Join us at 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).

This weekend in worship, Rev. Cheryl Jefferson Bell will continue in our series A House Built on a Firm Foundation. She will focus on Jesus’ statement in the sermon on the mount to not worry. How do we not worry in a season of high anxiety, distress, and frustration?

Pastor Cheryl, who just began her new role at Resurrection as Pastor of Community Justice, is a wonderful teacher, pastor, and I consider her a wonderful friend. Pastor Cheryl will lead our efforts to address injustice in our community and world, increase diversity in our congregation, and decrease polarization in Kansas City.

I’d invite you to read our church’s racial justice statement developed recently by a team of people leading our effort to respond to racial injustice.

The Talk: A Discussion on Race in America

We continue the second week of the 3-week online class and discussion this Tuesday, July 7 at 7 pm. As a campus community, this class is intended for us to talk together about race and faith. We will hear diverse voices from friends across the country, and within our campus, to learn how we can confront racism and inequality together.

If you missed last week, you can watch the 50-minute teaching on our Facebook page. Register for the class here so we can send you information via email Tuesday prior to the class and to connect in a group on Zoom after the teaching.

The teaching will go live on our Facebook page at 7 pm or you can go to cor.org/overlandpark to watch the video.

Vacation Bible Camp Box Pick Up Party!

We are excited that so many of our KiDSCOR students and friends registered for VBC which starts soon! Wednesday was the last day to register and we have over 185 kids from our Overland Park campus. This is not far off from our in-person participation last year. I am encouraged!

This year will look different as you lead music, games, activities, and other exciting things for your kids and their friends in your backyard. Our teams have been preparing the content and material for you to pick up. We’ll host a VBC Box Pick Up Party for you and your kids, Saturday, July 18, from 9 am to 12 pm.

If you missed sign-up, check out cor.org/vbc for some other fun options.

Upcoming Food and Partner School Supply Drives

Many thanks to all who participated in our food drive last Saturday! Your donations helped us to feed a record number of families visiting the food pantry–163 families just this week.

Our next food drive is in partnership with Downtown Overland Park and will be held at the Clock Tower Plaza, 7935 Santa Fe Dr, next Thursday, July 9 from 10 am to 2 pm. Downtown Overland Park is excited to host and we are hopeful many businesses and partner agencies will participate. We are grateful for the strong connection with our city. For more information go to the event page on Facebook.

Also, at the end of the month we’ll begin collecting school supplies for our new partner school Apache Elementary – please watch for a list of needed items. We'll announce more about our school partnership as we prepare for the new school year. Want to volunteer in the Food Pantry, click here to sign up.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe as you celebrate. I am looking forward to celebrating. But first, this morning I am baptizing one of our children at the campus. I am looking forward to celebrating this sacrament. It is the first baptism in a while due to the coronavirus. Of course, we'll take extra care to stay safe. Normally, we share baptism together in worship, but for now, the family will gather together to reflect on the love of Christ that welcomes us into Christian community through the waters of baptism.

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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