Dear Resurrection Family,
It’s been great to be back in the office this week, and I am looking forward to this weekend as we kick off our fall here at the Church of the Resurrection.
My sermon for this weekend changed after last weekend when I heard that Resurrection member Erin Langhofer was killed Friday night, and after the shootings in El Paso and Dayton that occurred Saturday morning and Saturday night. The Kansas City metro area has had 126 homicides so far this year. Erin’s death brings this violence close to home for us. Her father is Tom Langhofer, our Pastor of Recovery Ministries, and her uncle is Steve Langhofer, Pastor of Congregational Care. Erin was 25 years old. She joined the church when she was 5, received her third grade Bible here, and was confirmed here – you were her church family.
This weekend my sermon is entitled When God Grieved. There are three places in the Old Testament where God is said to be heartbroken or grieved. One is in Genesis 6. The cause of God’s heartbreak in that passage was the violence he saw humans commit against one another. We’ll answer four questions in the sermon:
The message will be honest, relevant, practical and hopeful. This will be an excellent weekend to invite an unchurched friend to join you. Many are asking these same questions right now. Pause for a moment and think of someone you might invite to join you this weekend.
Erin’s memorial service will be tomorrow at 10 am in our sanctuary. Jeff Kirby and I will preside as we celebrate the remarkable woman Erin was and try to help people find strength and hope. All are welcome.
This is our Back-to-School weekend for our children in Sunday School. We will pray for all of our children as they prepare to go back to school. We have a small gift for kids to remember Jesus’ calling to show kindness as they go back to school. We will also pray for all educators as they are preparing to return to school.
KiDSCOR and rezlife children and youth programs are teaming up to have yard games and Kona Ice after all worship services at Leawood! Stop by their tables to learn about opportunities to get involved. It’s going to be an awesome weekend in worship!
This weekend we launch our fifth and newest campus near the corner of 95th and Antioch. It is a historic, exciting day. We are launching this campus with two worship services, a modern worship service at 9:30 am and a traditional worship service at 11 am, both with engaging, inspiring music. I am looking forward to preaching live at both services there this weekend. We are expecting many guests this weekend, so please plan to attend the campus you usually attend Sunday, unless you are planning to be part of Resurrection Overland Park.
If you live in the neighborhood, plan to join us for the grand opening. If you don’t live there but have friends who do, invite them to join you at the campus. We want to make sure there is room for new people who attend as we launch Resurrection Overland Park and engage new people in the heart of Overland Park. I’ll be preaching live at Leawood on Saturday and Sunday night, and by video on Sunday morning so I can preach live for Resurrection Overland Park’s opening. We’ll also share a video from the new campus at all campuses as part of my sermon.
Do you know someone in the Overland Park community who might be looking for a church home? Share this video invitation!
Resurrection Overland Park held a Coffee with the Pastor last weekend and we had 16 households join – 20 Adults and 4 children. We now have a total 190 members (176 adults and 14 children) from our Resurrection Overland Park campus who are new to Resurrection and serving as a part of the core group of this new launch!
If you know any of the new members, drop them a note of welcome. New members, you will want to arrive in worship a few minutes early this weekend, because we will recognize you at the beginning of the worship services.
We are making a change this fall to our weeknight programming. We’re placing a major emphasis on Wednesday nights, and inviting you to join us for Wednesdays at Resurrection. On Wednesday nights, we'll share a family friendly community meal at 5:30 pm ($5 per person, kids 5th grade and younger are FREE) followed by opportunities for all ages to make new friends and grow deeper in faith.
Wednesday nights offer something for everyone. Adults can choose from wide array of terrific short-term classes taught by pastors, lay leaders, and experts, all aimed at helping you grow as a Christian. For children we have Zone and Z45, and rezlife youth group for teens. Most of our Wednesday night classes will be 4 to 6 weeks in length. Each term, you select classes that are of interest to you. Our hope is that this is something like a community college, lay seminary, or spiritual retreat for your soul!
To check out the upcoming classes, and to sign up, click here. Childcare is available on Wednesday evenings, but registration is required! Click here for childcare reservations, campus map, or questions.
Once more, I am so proud of your generosity in blessing kids in Kansas City through our annual School Supply and Uniform Drive! You eased the financial burden for parents and teachers that can come at the start of the school year.
Over 2,250 students at 7 of our partner schools (the 8th has a pre-existing source for these) and 75 foster students will receive their own school supplies. More than 1100 uniform pieces and shoes were given, so students will have the clothing that's appropriate for their school. Additionally, over $12,500 was donated which will be used throughout the year to replenish supplies and clothing, including providing socks, underwear and winter coats throughout the year!
If you took a bag during the drive and have not yet returned your donations, it’s not too late to do so. Just leave them in the original bag and drop them in the Partner Schools' donation bin and they will be delivered to the school.
I want to thank you for once more for allowing me time away in July to read, pray, play, study and write. In the Summer of 2018 while I was on break I began writing a 31-day daily devotional called Living Unafraid. It was released by Convergent/Penguin/Random House this week. It seems more timely somehow after the events of this last weekend. The book is called Living Unafraid, and is made up of 31 short devotions based upon some of the Bible’s most loved stories. I thought you might be interested in reading a few of the devotions. Click here for a free download of the introduction and five of the 31 devotions.
This is an important and exciting weekend at Resurrection: back to school blessings for our kids and teachers at all campuses, the launch of Resurrection Overland Park, and a chance to think together about how God might use us to stem the tide of violence in our city and world.
I look forward to being with you in worship this weekend!
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