Message from Pastor Mike
Part of being a pastor in the United Methodist Church includes the responsibility to serve as a mentor to individuals who are in the ministry candidacy process. The process is a grueling test of endurance, and the person who I mentor is close to the end. As I read his answers to the review board's questions, I remembered how difficult that kind of reflection is. There are 27 questions to answer. These are the type of question that gets asked: How is your call to ordained ministry being confirmed? What spiritual disciplines pattern your life, and how do they nourish your soul? How do you engage in and demonstrate passionate worship in your life? How do you intentionally develop your faith? What is your current understanding and experience of God? " How have you experienced the Holy Spirit at work in the world and in your life? These are not everyday run of the mill questions. They're difficult questions. They remind me how glad I am that I don't have to answer them to a review board every year.
As difficult as these questions are, there is value in spending time thinking about how God is working in your life, how you experience the Holy Spirit at work in the world, how you're intentionally developing your faith, and questions like these. The routines of daily living can distract us from noticing God in our lives. That was one of the things that God cautioned the Hebrew people about before they entered the promised land. "When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors ... a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant - and when you have eaten your fill, take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery." (Deuteronomy 6:10-12)
We don't need to go through the rigors that the ministry candidates do, writing 25-page reflections of how God is working in their life and ministry, but we would do well to spend time each day after we have eaten our fill taking care that we not forget to notice God's presence. Perhaps you could end each day with this question "Where did I notice God today?" If you practice that, then before long you'll notice God in places you never noticed before.
Blessings,
Mike  



Hurricane Harvey Help

There are many ways to help support the victims of Hurricane Harvey through the church. The first is to engage our faith in prayer for them. The second is to help in more tangible ways. The Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church keeps a warehouse of hygiene kits and cleaning kits. These are sent to disaster areas and then the churches replenish their stock. We can help by purchasing the supplies and assembling the kits. Here are links to the hygiene and cleaning kit instructions: http://www.umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.

Another way that you can help is through financial donations. If you go to www.UMCOR.org  on the home page, there is a place to respond by giving to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. You can also give by going to http://www.umcdisaster.org/  and click on donate.

There are no hands on projects for mission teams yet. As the conference organizes those, we'll pass that information along. Mental health and medical professionals are needed. If you fall into that category and would like to help, you can get volunteer information through the Red Cross.
Festival of Sharing Packs
Paper Products Pack ($14 value)
3 pkg. toilet tissue (4 double rolls each)
2 rolls paper towels (good quality)
2 facial tissue (large rectangular boxes)
Place all items in a tall-sized kitchen trash bag.
 
Personal Hygiene Pack ($20 value)
1 flouride toothpaste (6 oz. or more)
1 washcloth
1 toothbrush in original, unopened pkg.
1 bath-size bar of soap
1 deodorant
1 bottle skin lotion (11 - 14 oz.)
1 hand towel
1 comb or brush
1 bottle shampoo (11 - 14 oz.)
2 disposable razors
Tighten lids and place all items in a large zip-lock bag (2 gallon size).
 
These items are needed in EVERY household, and cannot be purchased with SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) funds. These are also much needed in case of a disaster.  We will be collecting packs from Sept. 17 through Oct. 8.

Informational Meeting to Help Stop Human Trafficking -          Project Epik

There is a program to reduce the demand for human trafficking. It's a cyber patrol program called "Project Epik". This program has reduced trafficking by 20% in other cities, and now it's being introduced in Kansas City. Working with law enforcement, the program intercepts would-be purchasers of sex with young girls through a phone bank staffed with volunteers. It's a safe way that we can directly intervene to reduce trafficking. The volunteer opportunity is for MEN ONLY. There will be an informational meeting on Sunday, September 24 from 3:00-4:30pm at Exodus Cry Office, 714 Main St., Grandview, MO 64030 , and a training meeting on Saturday, October 28 from 1:00-6:00pm at Westside Family Church, 8500 Woodsonia Dr., Community Room, Lenexa, KS 66227.  For more information and to sign up for the informational meeting, you can follow the attached link:  Informational Meeting Sign Up  . To sign up to become a cyber patrol volunteer, you can click on the following link to register for training:  Cyber Patrol Volunteer Sign Up .

Another way that you can help impact human trafficking is by helping to supply the basics for an apartment. KC Street Hope has made us aware of a woman who has been rescued from trafficking. Respecting her privacy, this is all that I can share about her:  "I am a survivor of sexual exploitation and working to help other women in the same situation. I'm also still growing, healing, and building my life again". The representative from KC Street Hope has asked us to help supply her apartment . For the items that she needs, a registry has been set up at Target that we can access to purchase things. You can follow this link to the registry:  KC Street Hope RegistryThe things on the registry are very basic. I hope that you'll go there, and by purchasing something, show her that despite what she's experienced there are people in the world who care.
United Methodist Men's Breakfast & Program
Saturday, Sept. 9 at 8:00am in The Place
Come hungry and plan to attend our program that will be given by Travis Boley. The program will be on Three Trails Enhancement: Sugar Creek to Gardner, Kansas. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Please make breakfast reservations by calling Randy Vest at 816-220-0218 by Wednesday, Sept. 6.
Upcoming Fall Class ... What Is A Methodist?
What is a "Methodist"? 
What do United Methodists believe? 
How do we decide? 
Who makes decisions about how to run things? 
How did we get started? and ..... Many more questions. 

Rev. Bob will offer a three session class Sept. 10, 17 & 24 from 9:45-10:40am each Sunday. Plan to come to all three sessions held in the Chapel. (If you are new and unfamiliar with our building, ask any usher or member for the Chapel location.)

This class is designed specifically for those who do not have a Methodist background but are members or considering membership.

Sign-ups will begin soon. If you have any questions, contact Rev. Bob at bob.hickman@icumc.org .
"The Mourning Center"
"The Mourning Center" is an exciting new ministry of our congregation. It will meet in room 122. We will begin with "Mourning Coffee" on September 11th and continue every Monday from 10:00am - 2:00pm. This will be an informal time of conversation with Pastor David and Elaine Howlett. You can come and go for conversation or simply visit the library that will be in room 122. Watch for notifications about educational workshops; guest speakers; retreats; and roundtable conversations on a given topic. 
Our existing support groups will continue. We are excited about the possibilities.

Prayers-in-Action Meeting
Monday, September 11 from 6:30-7:30 pm in Watson Chapel
Please join us for the quarterly kick off of the Prayers-in-Action meeting! EVERYONE is WELCOME!
We will be discovering perhaps a new and different way to pray!  Contact Jane Hensley at  janehensley46@gmail.com for more information.

Christ UMC & Harvesters Food Drop
Our Next Food Drop is coming up Thursday, September 21 from 2-5pm
 
At our August Food Drop we helped 273 families! 

We can always use lots of volunteers to help with this.
Volunteer Opportunity and Snacks for Back Packs
Snacks that can be donated for the Glendale Elementary Back Pack program are: Rice Krispie Treats, cookies, chips (any variety), but nothing with peanuts or chocolate due to allergies and NO candy items please. These must be individually packaged.
These back packs are prepared for children to take home for weekend use.
If you are interested in volunteering to help prepare back packs with snacks, please  contact Shirley Cottrell at cottrellshirley@aol.com or 816-373-3687. This is done on Thursday afternoons at 1:00pm for about an hour starting in late September and done at the school.
Volunteer at Tabitha's Closet
Help sort and size clothing for children on Tuesdays at Tabitha's Closet. Hours are from 10:00am - 2:00pm. Call Buttons Jimerson at 816-228-7380.
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