Dear Resurrection Family,
What will America be like in 2030? What will you be doing that year? What will our church be like in that year? This weekend I’ll share the result of our year-long discernment process focused on what we believe God is calling us to be and to do by the year 2030. I’m excited to share with you four key visions for our congregation that we hope to accomplish by the year 2030. We’ll look at demographic data projections for the future that will impact all of us, and I think you’ll be excited and inspired to see the four visions that come out of our 2030 study! Don’t miss this exciting weekend as we focus on “Closing the Gap” between the world (and our lives) as it is, and as we hope it will be in 2030!
Please remember to return your filled food bags this weekend or make a monetary donation (at some of our campuses we have volunteers with iPads who can help you donate by card, or you can give by cash or check). Through our partnership with Harvesters, $28 feeds a family of four for a week. $112 can feed them for a month. You can also give online by clicking here and change the Giving Type to “Hunger.” All donations are due by Sunday, February 10.
Can you help us receive donations, sort food or make deliveries? All ages welcome. Sign up here.
Women, a quick reminder that tonight and Saturday, February 8 and 9, is our annual Inspired for Life Conference. This will be a truly exceptional women’s conference. The theme is Fearless. Tonight, my wife LaVon will speak about her battle with anxiety, followed by Kate Bowler (seminary professor and author of Everything Happens for a Reason and other Lies I’ve Loved) and Hillary McBride (author, podcaster and therapist whose PhD dissertation is on Thriving Through Menopause).
You’ll be inspired and encouraged by these women. I’m really excited for, and proud of, this conference our women’s ministry has prepared. You can still register online, click here and join us tonight!
Following evening worship tomorrow night (Saturday, February 9), author, therapist and speaker Hillary McBride and I will join in a conversation on human sexuality. Hillary comes to the conversation as a counselor, I as a pastor, and we’ll focus particularly on the question of faith, the church and same-gender marriage. The United Methodist Church will hold its General Conference to debate this question in three weeks.
I hope you’ll join Hillary and me for this conversation. There is limited child care and, while this event is free, we do ask that you register. Some have asked if the conversation will be appropriate for children – I’d suggest middle school and above.
For more information and to register, click here. Also, this presentation will be live streamed at online.cor.org and will also be recorded and posted to our website to watch on-demand on our lecture series page. To watch this conversation at a later date, click here.
Our next lecture features Rev. Dr. Jack Jackson, Associate Professor of Evangelism, Mission and Global Methodism at Claremont School of Theology. He will talk about six practices for sharing your story of faith in ways that build up rather than tear down. I really like Dr. Jackson and believe you will find this evening to be a great blessing. His lecture will be based on his book, Offering Christ: John Wesley's Evangelistic Vision. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 6:30 pm, Wesley Chapel. To register click here.
The stained glass window in the Leawood sanctuary continues to draw interest across Kansas City and from around the country. I often see individuals, families, tour groups and artists who have come to our sanctuary just to see the window. People come to sit in the sanctuary during the week to reflect and pray.
The creation of the window is a story in its own right. Over three years and 14,000 hours went into creating what is one of the largest stained-glass windows in the world. Never before had this particular technique for creating stained glass been used at such a scale and that came with its own challenges.
Justin Monroe, a documentary producer from California, followed the story of the creation of the window for three years, from design to fabrication to installation. His crew filmed hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage, capturing the behind-the-scenes story. His team is now editing all the footage into a powerful documentary film that I believe will amplify the window’s message and allow it to speak to tens of thousands of people who otherwise may not have heard of it, and in the process encourage them to come to see the window in person. The documentary will also serve to tell this story for future generations within our own congregation.
The film is 70% complete, and we’re helping Justin raise the funds to complete it. A generous family in our church has provided a matching challenge grant to put the film across the finish line, matching dollar for dollar your gift until we meet the goal. With what’s been raised and this special gift, $50,000 will complete the project. Each donation, starting at the $250 level, will receive a benefit/gift as a thank you for the investment in this project. Benefits at various gift levels include a DVD of the film, one’s name listed in the credits, and even a beautiful 8.5” by 11” art glass of the face of Christ patterned after the image in the Resurrection window and signed by Tim Carey, the Resurrection window artist (only a handful of these are available). Click here to watch the three-minute trailer for the film, and scroll down on the page if you would like to support the film.
Justin’s hope is to see as wide a distribution as possible – screenings in theaters, public television, Netflix, etc. We’ll also have it here to tell the story of the window for generations to come. Again, if you are interested in seeing the trailer or supporting the film, click here.
I have to run. I’m so excited about this weekend as we consider where God is leading us as a church in the decade ahead! Please don’t miss this weekend. Eleven years from now, in 2030, I’d love for you to be able to say, “I was there when we announced these goals! And look what has happened as a result.”
In Christ’s Love,
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