Jason Gant

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Reflecting on the Ministry and Character of Dave Robertson

Posted May 14, 2021

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Resurrection West,

It’s wonderful to greet you by email today. I have a lot to share!

I want to begin by sharing the latest news regarding the CDC announcement and our protocols this week. You may have read this earlier in Pastor Adam’s enote, but in case you missed it, please read:

New CDC Guidelines – Masks are Optional in Worship

Yesterday, the CDC updated recommendations that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or physically distance in either indoor or outdoor settings. Last night I met with our lead staff, then invited feedback from our Church Council. We’ve followed CDC guidelines up to this point, and that’s what we’ll be doing now as well. Beginning this weekend, masks are optional in worship and adult programs. The CDC has indicated that the chances of a fully vaccinated person contracting COVID are very low, and if they do, chances of having a life-threatening case of it, are negligible. They continue to recommend unvaccinated people wear masks, and I would suggest this too, but at this point, you must make that decision.

We know that some of you are not yet comfortable in public without masks, and some have yet to be vaccinated, so while masks are optional, we encourage you to wear your mask. Our pastors and staff will continue to wear masks when interacting with worshippers and serving communion. I will continue to wear my mask while leading worship except when preaching.

Recognizing that most children have not yet been vaccinated, we will be consistent with the local schools’ policies in our student and children’s ministries, and require masks for staff, volunteers and participants 3 and older in our KiDSCOR and Rezlife programs until the end of the school year.

Serve Saturday is tomorrow!

We have a lot of opportunities for family-friendly and outdoor options, and there are still a few spots open. Click here to find out more. If all spots are taken, there are signups available for Habitat for Humanity on the third Saturday of the month. And, we have DIY Serve Projects listed at the website, too.

May is designated for donations to support our Foster Child Ministry. We are asking for games and activities for kids, including jump ropes, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, bubbles, Play-Doh, board games like Yahtzee or Clue, card games like Uno, kid puzzles, and kickballs. (No guns or weapons please!) You can drop off these donations at the church tomorrow, Saturday, May 14 between 9-11 am.

We are so glad to see you in-person at church on Sunday and KiDSCOR is looking for volunteers for Team Summer. This past Sunday we welcomed 300 people to worship at the 9 am and 11 am service in total. In addition, we also welcomed over 125 children and middle schoolers in KiDSCOR and rezlife student ministries Sunday School. It’s exciting to see so many kids and teens... and we need your help to keep everything going and growing! You don't need any experience to serve in our kids or student ministries; we supply you with the materials you need to help care for our children and help them grow in their relationship with God and with one another. Reach out to Christie.Walker@cor.org or sign up when you’re here on Sunday or online using this link.

If you have a graduate in the family, we want to celebrate them!

Next Sunday, May 23, is Recognition Sunday, and we have a special gift for all of our graduates (including higher education grads). Sign up for your gift at cor.org/next so we can have one ready for you!

Virtual International Serve Trip

You are all invited to join us for a Virtual International Serve trip next Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evening May 17, 18, and 20 for an hour and a half each night. Click here for details and the link to attend. Learn how Resurrection is partnering to bring better health, education, and clean water to this community and lean more about the Juan Wesley school in Honduras. You will be inspired!

Finally, I want to remind you that Dave Robertson, our Director of Adult Discipleship and Outreach, is retiring at the end of this month and we will celebrate Dave this Sunday at both in-person services here at Resurrection West. There will be a reception in the Narthex after each service so you can greet Dave and wish him well in this next phase of his life.

I count Dave as a personal friend and wanted to offer some reflections on his ministry and personal character. As the leader of our Adult Discipleship Ministry, he’s been a part of all our small groups on site and in homes, Saturday morning men’s, Saturday morning women’s, Monday morning women’s, Building Better Moms, Thursday LIVE women’s, Catholicism to Methodism classes, Alpha, Alpha Marriage, Alpha Prayer, W.O.W (Women of West) and Mini-WOW events, Road to Wisdom Enneagram study, Lenten and Advent studies and so many more.

He led, along with key lay leaders, the launch of our Upward Sports program for kids, which reaches literally hundreds of families! Many of these kids may not have otherwise been able to be a part of a sports program without Upward Sports. Dave had the vision to begin offering scholarships for kids connected to our partner schools which made that happen!

Dave has driven many many miles over the years to Olathe, Lenexa, Shawnee, Overland Park, Gardner, Spring Hill, DeSoto, Bonner Springs, Wellington, Edgerton, Lawrence, and more delivering first-time visitor mugs to thank people for joining us in worship. He's also written countless numbers of personal notes to third-time visitors.

Dave and his wife Diane have both had a huge influence on the lives of so many of us! Through his Discipleship Ministry, Dave has provided people with “food for the soul” and he’s also been a man on a mission to feed those out in our community that couldn’t provide for themselves, especially during the pandemic. Last year Dave fed families out of his own pocket, and many of you chipped in, too, to help Dave with his “Bar-B-Q feeds” to families connected through our partner schools.

These are just a few examples of Dave’s leadership of loving God and loving neighbor. He has been a mentor to me supporting my leadership call at Resurrection West, and has never been afraid to push back when a decision I made wasn’t quite the right direction. He shows love with his life, and his laugh always brings joy. I will miss serving beside him on staff, but I know that he will be living his call to disciple others through his new business. Dave reminds me of the Apostle Paul, who was a tentmaker by trade, yet introduced himself as a disciple of Christ. Dave’s business may shift to Super Dave’s Vending Machines, but I have no doubt he will continue to be a disciple of Jesus Christ first!

Looking forward to greeting you for in-person worship on Sunday and online, on TV, and on YouTube all weekend!

In Christ's service,

Pastor Jason

Jason Gant

Jason Gant

Jason Gant is the campus pastor of Resurrection West.

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