Dear Resurrection Family,
I hope your 4th of July celebrations were meaningful. My day began by praying for our nation and our leaders, spending time reading and study, then, in the afternoon making strawberry ice cream with Stella, and finally a cookout with friends and watching fireworks.
This weekend in worship, we kick off our July sermon series Resurrection Life. Scott Chrostek, our Executive Pastor who oversees our campuses and Downtown Campus Pastor, will be preaching. The sermon series will focus on embodying the Good News – how do we share light, live as the light, reflect light in our world that can seem so dark at times? If you are in town, you won’t want to miss this series, and if you are out of town join me in worshiping online.
This month, as you know, I’m on study leave and vacation. I’m at the Lake of the Ozarks much of the month, surrounded by 20+ commentaries on the Ten Commandments as I prepare the fall sermons and write the first draft of a book focused on how the Ten Commandments speak to us today. I’ll also be hosting our senior staff retreat next week, heading to Chicago for meetings convened by some of our bishops about the future of the UMC, and heading to Nashville later this month to film the videos for a small group study.
I’m grateful for this time away which also includes long walks in conversation with God, sitting on the dock watching the sunset and time to recharge and renew. Thank you for allowing this time away. It is a huge blessing.
Just a quick word about upcoming events:
Finally, I wanted to let you know that Rev. Chris Abel, who serves as our Pastor of Students and Young Adults, has recently been asked by Bishop Bob Farr of Missouri to serve as the Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs. This is a loss for our team as Chris has been a tremendous blessing to our staff. At the same time I’m excited both for Chris, for whom this is a huge opportunity, and for the congregation of First UMC Blue Springs.
Chris will be with us through September, and during this next month our team will be focused on next steps for our student ministries staff. I’m grateful for Chris and hope you’ll take the time to let him know of your appreciation and offer your encouragement as he prepares for this next chapter in his life and ministry.
I’m getting back to work – commentaries on the Ten Commandments are calling!
In Christ’s Love,
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