Dear Resurrection Family,
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day I’d remind you that Mother’s Day was started at St. Andrew Methodist Church in West Virginia by a woman who never had children, but who loved her mom and believed that all moms should be celebrated. Anna Jarvis’ mother died in 1905. Three years later, in 1908, she organized the first Mother’s Day, giving away white carnations in church that day to all mothers. Jarvis championed this cause until 1911, when every state was observing Mother’s Day. In 1914 President Wilson proclaimed it a national holiday.
This weekend we’ll return to Jarvis’ tradition, handing out white carnations in Sunday School for children to give to their moms. At Leawood, in addition to the flowers, we’ll have a photo booth set up for pictures with your mom, and we'll be handing out Russell Stover chocolates.
My sermon will ask, "What would Jesus say on Mother’s Day?" We’ll kick off with a humorous video, then consider a variety of issues related to moms, including mom-guilt, forgiveness, infertility and how we never outgrow our need for moms or mom-figures in our lives. We’ll also celebrate our foster and adoption ministry, A Child’s Hope.
You’ll be inspired and encouraged this weekend. Invite a friend, invite your mom, tell your adult kids you’d like them to come to church with you, and join us for a special Mother’s Day, celebrated as the first Mother’s Day was in 1908!
Speaking of moms, registration for our fall Building Better Moms groups opens tomorrow, Saturday, May 12, with daytime and evening groups. We have different groups for moms of newborns, small children, youth, college and beyond. For more information, click here.
Our United Methodist Women’s Rummage Sale is coming up in July – save your rummage, donate it, and change the world! You bless those who buy your merchandise, and the proceeds from the sale are used to uplift women and children through our UMW mission ministries. The sale is July 20-21. Items may be donated July 15-17. Volunteers are needed July 15-21. Click here for more information.
I’d also remind you that we have many other terrific women's groups and ministries including Book Clubs, Quilt groups, Facebook Live events, support groups and more! Please click here to learn about all of these opportunities for ministry!
This week I hosted a Facebook Live event – a conversation with author and Duke professor Katie Bowler about her book, Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved. She was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. Click here if you’d like to watch and listen to our conversation.
This Tuesday night pastor and author Brian Zahnd will speak at Resurrection as part of our Grow Night. Brian has written several excellent books – his latest is one of my favorite books of the last year, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God. He’ll speak on this book at 6:30 pm, May 15, in the Leawood Sanctuary.
His books will be available at the event and he’ll sign them for you following his presentation. Check out this video and post it on your social media to invite your friends. The event is free, but please register online.
May 19/20 is Pentecost and we have several important things happening on that weekend. Pentecost is both a Christian and Jewish festival. For Jews it commemorates the giving of the Torah to Moses and the spring harvest. But on that day, celebrated on the 7th Sunday after Easter, as the disciples were gathered in prayer, the Holy Spirit came upon them, in what appeared to be flames of fire, and power came upon them to be Christ’s witnesses. This day is considered the birthday of the Church. On that weekend we have the following special events and emphases:
Graduation Celebration: We will celebrate our graduates in worship with a special gift for all who are present. I’ll be asking what Jesus would say to graduates and the rest of us about finding meaning and purpose in your life. Plan now to attend – this message and worship will speak to you.
What is Pentecost? One of the greatest events in history, Pentecost, is often ignored or trivialized by the modern church. This year's Pentecost Sunday is May 20, and on Saturday, May 19, Pastor Jeff Kirby will lead a half-day seminar with worship led by Cory Ryan. Join us for The Miracle and Meaning of Pentecost. Coffee and light breakfast at 8:30 am, seminar is from 9 am – noon. Register here.
Lance Winkler’s Final Weekend – Special Reception and Concert. Lance is preparing take leave of us, answering God’s call to be the Director of Worship at a large congregation in Florida. He has blessed us for 20 years with his musical gifts. We’ll have a reception after Saturday and Sunday night worship. Sunday night, immediately following worship, Lance will share a 30-minute concert, along with the Rezonate choir, of his favorite music and the reception will follow the concert.
Do you have a passion for food, cooking and customer service? Are you looking for a way to use your spiritual gifts at Resurrection? We are seeking a creative individual to be part of our expanding food service operation at Resurrection Leawood’s new kitchen. You’ll oversee daily food service operations; including preparation of food served in The Spring Café and developing and preparing new menus for internal events. The ideal candidate has worked 2 to 4 years as a professional cook and is able to work full time with flexible hours.
Check out this position at cor.org/employment.
This past Monday we had a terrific time at the annual Resurrection Golf Classic. The day was beautiful, the play and fellowship was great. And one of our golfers shot a hole in one to win a new Mini Cooper! It was amazing. A car is offered every year as a hole-in-one prize, but no one has ever won it until Sean O’Neill sank the drive. Thanks to Baron Mini who provided this amazing prize!
The winning team, the Dallam Cup Champions, were Tim Ehinger, Robert Hughes, Jim Sheridan and Bruce Stout with a score of 61. In the process of having a lot of fun, we raised over $30,000 for seminary scholarships. What a great day! Special thanks to all of our sponsors, golfers and amazing volunteers!
Finally, just a reminder that a week from today our choir, orchestra and bells will be performing a concert at the Kauffman Center! I’m so excited to be going to this concert, to hear our vocalists and instrumentalists performing in this amazing venue. Invite your friends and join me for a special night of beautiful sacred and secular music! For more information or tickets click here.
That’s just a little of what’s happening around Resurrection. I’m so proud of you, Resurrection, and the many ways you seek to live as followers of Jesus Christ, letting his light shine through you.
In his love,
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