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Weekly Update from Pastor Adam - May 26, 2023

May 26, 2023
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May 26, 2023

Dear Resurrection Family,

This is a big weekend at Resurrection! We’ll be enjoying fellowship, baseball, and a concert at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, and then observing Memorial Day and Pentecost in worship.

If you are in town, don’t miss worship! I’m excited to be sharing the Memorial Day message this weekend. If you are out of town, make a point to join us online at cor.org/live or on our YouTube channel. I’ll be preaching live at 7:30, 11 am and 5 pm at Leawood, and 9 am at Brookside where I’ll be baptizing Scott and Wendy’s daughter and preaching live there.

THIS WEEKEND IN WORSHIP: THE LEGACY WE LEAVE

My sermon this weekend will begin with what is sometimes seen as the very first Memorial Day celebration, May 1, 1865, when 10,000 freed slaves honored 257 union soldiers that had died in Charleston, South Carolina. Memorial Day, originally known as Decoration Day, emerged from the Civil War as a way of honoring those who had died fighting for their country. Today, it is common for people to decorate the graves of all of their loved ones who have passed, and to honor their legacy.

In my message we’ll consider the legacy we each leave behind. I’ll share with you a few stories of people who left legacies as a way of helping you think about the legacy you might leave behind. This month I’ve preached three funerals, and in each, I sat with the families and asked about the legacy their loved one leaves behind. This weekend I’ll mention five ways we leave a legacy, and encourage you to be intentional about investing in your legacy.

This weekend is also a “Worship Together Weekend.” Children are encouraged to attend worship with their families. Childcare will be available for ages 4 and under.

Invite someone to join you in person, online or on TV by sharing worship service options at resurrection.church/worship.

IT’S NOT TOO LATE! JOIN US FOR FAITH DAY AT THE K TOMORROW AT 3:10! $10 TICKETS!

We have over 1,000 Resurrection folks who have purchased tickets for the Royals’ game tomorrow at 3:10 pm. It is going to be a fun afternoon of fellowship as the Royals take on the Nationals. If you have yet to get your tickets, you can purchase them for as little as $10! Come a few minutes early for the pre-game – I’ll be throwing out the opening pitch – and the catcher will be Pastor Scott. I think Pastor Joshua may be relish in the race around the bases (Joshua is a champion runner). Following the game we’ll have several Royals share their testimonies and our own COR Worship Collective will be in concert from the field (I think you’ll be able to come down to the closest seats following the game). Click here to buy your tickets! If you missed worship last weekend, click here to see the clip of Sluggerrr giving me a few tips as I worked on my pitch. 

NO SATURDAY NIGHT WORSHIP DOWNTOWN – JOIN US FOR ROYALS FAITH NIGHT AT THE K

We will not have our regular Saturday night worship service at our Downtown location so that all our staff and volunteers can participate in the Royals Faith Night.

MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY – CHURCH BUILDINGS CLOSED, MEMORIAL GARDENS OPEN

All church buildings will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. The Resurrection Memorial Garden at Leawood and the Overland Park Memorial Garden will be accessible all day for anyone wanting to visit a loved one’s resting place or looking for a quiet place for prayer and remembrance. The Wesley Memorial Garden, at Leawood, will be open 10 am – 2 pm and will be accessible through the South Entrance to Building C.

PENTECOST WEEKEND

Traditionally, Pentecost is celebrated 50 days after Easter Sunday. It is a day to remember when the disciples received the Holy Spirit as described in Acts 2, and marks the beginning of the Christian church’s mission to the world. Red is often worn on Pentecost Sunday as a visual reminder of the “tongues of fire” that empowered the apostles and others to proclaim the good news of Christ’s resurrection in many languages to the crowds of pilgrims from many lands. Here’s Acts 2:1-4: “When Pentecost Day arrived, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound from heaven like the howling of a fierce wind filled the entire house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be individual flames of fire alighting on each one of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them to speak.” As we mark Pentecost, I encourage you to join me in praying that the Holy Spirit will fill us, individually and as a church, and empower us to be Christ’s witnesses.

SCHOOL MAKEOVER PROJECT MAY 31 – JUNE 8

Volunteer now to be part of our School Makeover 2023! This summer we are partnering with the Kansas City, Kansas School District to update two early education centers and Quindaro, our partner elementary school. The School Makeover project begins May 31 with a new playground installation and the set-up for indoor painting projects. It continues on Saturday, June 3, and Monday through Friday, June 5-9. Projects include painting, cleaning and mulching with three-hour shifts in the morning, afternoon and evening. This is a great way to serve with your small group or work friends. We also need volunteers to help provide food for those working multiple shifts. Learn more and register here.

MAY IS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

I mentioned in my sermon this past weekend the high percentage of Gen Z young adults who have said they have mental health concerns. In the past year, more than 40% of teenagers report they are struggling with persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, and more than half of caregivers express concern over their own mental well-being. In the aftermath of the pandemic, the importance of mental health has become more pronounced across all generations. This global crisis profoundly impacted individuals and communities, leaving many with heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and emotional distress.
Acknowledging and addressing the psychological effects of this crisis are vital to fostering resilience, promoting healthy coping strategies, and preventing long-term consequences of untreated mental health issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with life challenges, Resurrection’s pastors and care team are available to support you. Here are some links to resources:

HANDYMEN 101 COMING SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Resurrection has an amazing team of volunteers who share their construction and repair skills in our community, and now they’re sharing those skills with you! You can join us on June 3, from 8 am – 12 pm at Camp Timberlake for Handymen101. No matter your skill level, you’ll learn tips and tricks for all the basics around home improvement to equip you to work in your own home, but also out in the community! Cost is just $10 and breakfast is provided. Camp Timberlake is located at 179th Street and Highway 69 in Stillwell, Kansas. This workshop is open to men and women from all Resurrection locations and their friends. Here’s the registration link.

VESPERS TUESDAY EVENING: NO VESPERS THIS WEEK

I’ll be on vacation this coming week, officiating my sister’s wedding at the beach, and won’t be on Vespers this week. Join me next week!

MY SUMMER PLANS

During the summer we shake things up a bit. We’ve got the School Makeover Project, amazing mission trips, our annual car show, the women’s rummage sale, lots of fellowship events, Vacation Bible Camp and more. I’m out of the pulpit much of the summer. Part of that time I’ll be on vacation. I have a couple of weeks set aside for reading and outlining sermons, I’ll be speaking at the North Carolina Annual Conference, and I’ll be filming small group videos. I’ll be back preaching at Resurrection several weekends in July and assisting with Vacation Bible Camp. This coming month our pastors will spend five weeks focused on Becoming Better: Five Essential Practices. It is going to be a terrific summer at Resurrection!

Grateful for you!
 
Adam
P.S. Make sure you check out all the exciting things that are happening at Resurrection  at resurrection.church/next.

Adam Hamilton

Resurrection Senior Pastor

Reverend Adam Hamilton is the senior pastor of Church of the Resurrection and the author of 22 books. He has been married to LaVon since 1982, and she has been a critical partner in every dimension of Adam’s work. They have two daughters and one granddaughter.

Adam’s writings are known for helping readers make sense of challenging theological questions, exploring the significance of the biblical stories, and equipping Christian leaders to be more effective in their work. He earned his MDiv from Perkins School of Theology and graduated with honors from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Pastoral Ministry.

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