Joshua Clough

Overland Park Enote

When Loving Our Neighbors Doesn't Go as Planned

Posted Oct 30, 2020

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Hi Resurrection Overland Park,

I had an eventful day at the Food Pantry on Wednesday. One of our guest's car battery died and I attempted to give them a jump with my vehicle. I connected the batteries, revved my engine, and the guest clicked over the key — nothing. After several efforts, the car wouldn't start. So, another Food Pantry volunteer tried to jump-start the battery. Amazingly, the vehicle started.

I know how to jump-start a battery, but for some reason, I failed in this effort. It's a humble reminder that I am really good at some things, and not so good at other things. Sometimes, even my best efforts to love my neighbor don't go as planned. I could only laugh at myself.

How is your week going? How are you loving your neighbor?

This weekend Pastor Adam concludes our series of sermons on #LoveYourNeighbor with a sermon entitled, Jesus, Politics and Religion. As we prepare for the elections and their aftermath, we’ll be looking to Jesus for guidance as we seek to love our neighbors with whom we disagree, particularly as it relates to politics.

We'll also share in communion together online and in-person. You can join us for worship in-person this Sunday at 11 am, please let us know by registering at or using this link. Here's the webpage to review the safety protocols we have in place. You can also register for KiDSCOR here.

If you are not able to join us in-person, you can join us online Saturday (5 pm), or Sunday (7:30 am, 9:15 am, 11 am, or 5 pm) at or on television Channel 38 "The Spot" at 8 am or 11 am.

Also, All Saints Sunday is this weekend. Christians across many traditions acknowledge and remember those who have passed away in the previous year or years. It is a way to honor and give thanks for our loved ones who we miss. We will open the upstairs chapel from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm for you to light a candle to remember your loved one. We will provide a written prayer and a list of those connected to our campus who have passed.

Blood Drive at Resurrection Overland Park

Monday, Nov. 2, 2-7 pm

I want to invite you to our upcoming Blood Drive. Did you know almost 600 voluntary blood donations are required every day to meet the need for blood in our region? I did not know that!

I am planning to participate by giving blood. We appreciate your life-saving efforts. Sign up HERE.

The Enneagram – What is it all about?

Join us for a 3-week class on the Enneagram. The Enneagram is a powerful tool to help us better understand how we receive and respond to the world and why we do the things we do! It guides us on the path to becoming the best version of ourselves, helps us improve our relationships and grow in compassion for others.

Begin your Enneagram journey with this introduction to the 9 Types and their unique traits. The class is on Wednesdays, November 4, 11, and 18 from 6:30-8 pm at Resurrection Overland Park. Sign up HERE.

I'd like to invite you to join me for an upcoming talk I am giving for the Pro-Retirement Roundtable Discussion Series, Tuesday, November 10, at 6:30 via Zoom. In June, I completed my dissertation which focused on leadership development and mentoring relationships. Debi Nixon and will lead the talk, entitled "Mentoring Matters: Mentoring Younger Generations During Retirement," using some of my research and lessons we learned developing a mentoring program to develop future leaders within Resurrection. Our hope is to inspire future mentors and future leaders across generations. To join the seminar, Register HERE!

Lastly, I want to thank you for participating in our Trunk or Treat event last week. It was a safe, fun evening! I enjoyed seeing many of you and your creative trunks. Even more, I loved seeing so many children from our neighborhood light up with joy, decked out in incredible costumes, and staying safe during a very different Halloween.

Thank you to each of you who participated. Have a wonderful Friday and I hope to see you in worship, online or in-person.

In Christ,


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.