Dear Resurrection Family,
I hope you had a terrific 4th of July celebration. I’ve been on vacation this week and had the joy of having our kids and granddaughter join us at the Lake of the Ozarks the last few days.
This weekend we continue our summer sermon series, The Gospel in Film, as we turn to the blockbuster Jumanji. The film grossed nearly $1 billion since it was released last December. In March of this year it won The Kids’ Choice Award for favorite film and Dwayne Johnson won the award for favorite actor. Last week our pastors did a great job pointing to the gospel themes in Wonder in a moving sermon. I’m looking forward to seeing how Jumanjiillustrates the gospel and God’s call on our lives.
Free Showing of Jumanji Sunday night! Don’t forget, Sunday at 6:45 pm, we’ll show Jumanji at Resurrection’s Foundry Hall free of charge – with free popcorn to boot. We’ll have hundreds of chairs set up, or you can bring a blanket to watch from the floor. We’ll have free popcorn and, for those who pre-register and order supper, we’ll have dinner waiting for you as well (there is a cost for dinner).
This week, as several of our pastors retired, several of our staff have been promoted or shifted into new responsibilities. Effective July 1, Debi Nixon is now the Executive Director of our Generosity Ministry while continuing to give oversight to ShareChurch (our work supporting other congregations). Scott Chrostek has been promoted to Executive Pastor of our Multisite Ministry. He’ll continue to give leadership Downtown but will take on the work Debi Nixon was doing in giving direction to all of our campuses and in strategizing about future campuses. Wendy Lyons Chrostek will now be the Pastor and Senior Director of Congregational Care overseeing all of our Congregational Care Ministry. Cathy Bien has been promoted to Senior Director of Communications and Yvonne Gentile to Senior Director of Hospitality. Claire Clough moves from assistant director to Director of Silver Link, our ministry to senior adults.
These are each amazingly gifted individuals and I’m excited about how God is leading our church into the future! Please join me in congratulating (and praying for) each of them as they’ve begun their new work.
Do you know that each month Resurrection members and visitors can gather on a Saturday morning to serve others? We call this FaithWork and it is a family friendly way to get involved in serving God and others. Tomorrow morning volunteers will serve in one of five locations.
Gather at the Resurrection Leawood Commons at 8:45 am for a light snack and to head out to serve with others. Here are the opportunities for service tomorrow morning:
At Resurrection Leawood this weekend we will have resources available to help people register to vote or, if already registered, to find out how to vote from home by mail. Most elections are decided by less than 10% of those who are eligible to vote. Around this 4th of July holiday, it is a good time to remember that it is our privilege and responsibility to be registered to vote.
This is completely non-partisan, we don’t have voter guides or promote any party or candidate. Rather, whether Republican, Democrat or independent, as Christians we believe it’s important to be registered, to educate ourselves and to vote in national, state and local elections. If these resources would be helpful to, I encourage you to stop by the tables before or after worship.
Cheer for our hometown soccer team at Resurrection Night at Sporting Kansas City, Saturday, July 28, 7:30 pm, Children's Mercy Park at 1 Sporting Way in Kansas City, KS. Tickets are $31/person and can be purchased online through July 21. Tickets are available while supplies last. This is part of our summer fellowship nights aimed at connecting you with others in the church, and providing great fun family activities as well.
We’re looking to develop programs aimed at helping grandparents to connect with their grandchildren and to enhance their skills at grandparenting. We’re looking at both fun activities you can do with your grandchildren, and learning opportunities for grandparents aimed at, to borrow a phrase from our women, “building better grandparents.” To gauge your interest we’re asking grandparents to take a short survey. Take the grandparenting survey here.
Ministry colleagues, join us for Leadership Institute, September 26–28. We have a great conference planned for you with inspiring general session speakers, over 70 ministry-focused workshops, moving worship, and the opportunity to connect with over 2,000 of your ministry colleagues from across the nation. During two of the General Sessions, I will take you through a study of the life and ministry of Simon Peter, a flawed but ultimately faithful leader, as we learn lessons for how we can lead our churches. I can’t wait to share and learn with you.
Super Early Bird pricing is ending next week, Wednesday, July 11, so coordinate your team and register before the deadline. Details are at li.cor.org.
The first part of next week I’ll host 17 of our senior staff on our annual planning retreat. The second part of the week I’ll work on outlining sermons and firming up the sermon plan for 2019 and the first part of 2020. My aim in preaching is to help us “build a Christian community where non-religious and nominally religious people are becoming deeply committed Christians.” I’d like your input (please do this today or tomorrow, as I’ll be inviting the senior staff to help me review your ideas).
Here are the questions I’d like you to answer. Please email your response to my assistant, Sue Thompson, at firstname.lastname@example.org:
Thanks so much for sharing your responses to these questions. I’m excited about the sermons coming up this fall. We’ll kick off the fall with a series focused on Prayer as Jesus Taught It, then we’ll turn to a study of David: Shepherd, Warrior, Poet and King, which I’ll preach with Rabbi Art Nemitoff. I’ve been working on a series for the last year on Vines and Vineyards in the Bible – every couple of months I’ve spent an hour or two at a local vineyard filming and learning about what goes into tending a vineyard – this is a metaphor that winds its way through both the Old and New Testaments. We’ll end the year focused in Advent on John the Baptist and how he prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah.
I’ve got to run. My granddaughter, Stella, is waiting for me to come and play!
Don’t miss worship this weekend, either in person, or online if you are out of town.
In Christ’s Love,
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