Dear Resurrection Family,
This will be a special weekend at Resurrection as we continue our month-long emphasis on #LOVEYOURNEIGHBOR.
We have a special guest preacher, Bishop Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church’s two million members. He’s a captivating speaker who I first heard when he preached the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018. You may have heard him recently on the Today Show, or NPR, or a host of other programs, speaking about his newly released book, Love is the Way. The book is excellent and speaks directly to our focus this month (it is available through our bookstore).
Bishop Curry will be joining us by video from his home town. At the end of the sermon I’ll offer an invitation for one very specific way we can practice love this month.
Many of your friends will know of the bishop from the Royal Wedding. 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.
This weekend we'll share Holy Communion at the conclusion of worship. If you are worshiping from home, please have bread or crackers ready, along with juice or wine.
In-person worship will also have communion, where we will do as the Catholics and Episcopalians have done and distribute wafers or bread only. We'll share communion at the conclusion of the service.
The last two weeks we have held in-person worship at all campuses. People are doing a great job of physical distancing and wearing masks and the service is a touchless service – no handshaking, passing notebooks or offering plates. We’ve had a simplified service with beautiful music. Ushers dismiss by row and people greet and connect outside.
As I greet following the service I’ve heard so many say how much it meant to be able to worship in person, to see friends and sing and pray together. I’ve heard the same report from our campus pastors. Our aim in our protocols is to ensure that joining us for worship is safer than going to the store or out to eat. I just checked the registration numbers for this weekend.
As I’m writing, Leawood has room for several hundred additional persons at both 9 and 11 am. West can accommodate another 100 people at both 9 and 11 am; Downtown has room for another 20 at 9 and 11 am; Blue Springs has room for 30 at 11 am; and Overland Park has room for 20 at 11 am (these numbers are based upon maintaining safe physical distancing while in worship).
If you are interested in joining us for worship, please register your attendance by clicking here.
We will be resuming nurseries and some on-site programs for children, students and adults this weekend. We have developed protocols intended to provide as safe an environment as possible, each family and participant must consider their own personal circumstances and abide by all applicable church, state and local safety protocols.
Here is a summary of the steps the church is taking. We will have a limited capacity, to maintain safe physical distancing, so as with worship, we are asking you to preregister by clicking here. (Registration links for on-site programs at all locations are at the bottom of the protocols page.)
We are continuing our efforts to bless the schools, teachers and staff of area school districts. You can help by writing and sending notes to teachers and staff, placing encouragement signs at an assigned school, or helping with other school needs. Here’s the link where you can sign up.
Each of our campus locations will be offering a family friendly trunk or treat experience that is safe and physically distanced, but we need the support of the congregation to make this fun for everyone.
Leawood, West, Overland Park and Blue Springs Trunk or Treats are on Saturday, October 24, at 4 pm. Downtown’s is at 10 am on Saturday, October 31. Check your campus pastor’s enote for ways you can help.
At Leawood, there are several ways to help: donate candy, provide a decorated trunk, or serve that evening handing out candy bags, directing traffic, and setting up. Here’s the link to sign up. I just signed up and I’m planning on being there with my black Mustang, trunk decorated, and greeting our kids and their families.
Feeding our neighbors in need is one tangible way to love our neighbors. In honor of our 30th anniversary, we are encouraging everyone who is able to donate either 30 pounds of food of $30 that will be used to purchase food.
Here is the shopping list for the 30 pounds, which can feed a family for a week. Your purchased groceries can be dropped off at all Resurrection locations October 17 from 9-11 am. The food will be distributed through our partner food banks.
If you’d like to make a cash donation, you can do it online here; just select “Hunger” for the Giving Type.
We still have some of the #LOVEYOURNEIGHBOR and LOVE IS KIND yard signs available, and we would love to have some volunteers help put these out on street corners among the campaign signs. Other campuses will have some you can pick up during our food drive drop-off on Saturday from 9-11 am, or you can pick up inside the north doors of Building B at Resurrection Leawood.
Stop by and pick up some and share the message of love and kindness throughout the city. (See my closing article for an additional thought about these signs).
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’m often asked to describe how Resurrection grew from 4 people to over 20,000. I’ve shared the answer in leadership talks across the country. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary as a church this month, I thought you might enjoy hearing about these seven leadership lessons. Business people and civic leaders have told me these are the same keys to success in their work. Many have noted that these seven are essential to success in life.
Join me on Facebook Live Tuesday and see what you think.
I received a terrific thank you note from Rabbi Art Nemitoff expressing gratitude for the work of several of our video staff who assisted Congregation B’nai Jehudah’s team in filming and producing the synagogue’s services for Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur. Services were entirely online and beautiful and our team stepped up to play a part in helping this happen. I meant to mention this in my sermon last weekend but ran out of time – it's another example of loving across the religious divide.
I wanted to close by sharing just how awesome it has been to see so many of you wearing your t-shirts around town, and to see our #LOVEYOURNEIGHBOR and LOVE IS KIND signs showing up on streets and neighborhoods all over.
I had a note from someone in Warrensburg who joins us online who said he saw the sign in Warrensburg. I have had terrific notes from people describing the impact the signs had on opening the door of conversations. Every time I drive down a street and see one in the median I smile and think, “That’s the answer!” and “A Resurrection member was here!”
I’d love for some of you to join me in strategically placing these signs on busy road ways where they’ll be seen by the most number of people – a visible reminder of the words of Jesus (and Moses) that are needed in this divided and polarized time: Love Your Neighbor!
See You in Worship!
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