Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
(816) 228-4220

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Blessing of the Animals
Next Saturday, October 14     
We'll celebrate the  Blessing of the Animals at 10:00 am in the church parking lot on Saturday, October 14.  This celebration has a long tradition in our church and follows the actions of St. Francis of Assisi.

Any pet is appropriate for blessings, from spiders to horses and all creatures in-between.  Even a child's "stuffed pet" is welcome for blessings!  This event will also recognize the loss of a pet companion who is remembered and missed.

Furry Kids' Refuge, a local no-kill rescue organization, will be on hand to help us celebrate the day.  In support of this organization, attendees are encouraged to donate an item from their "wish list" (click to see.)  

From Father David . . .


It's not just an animal blessing event!     
Many churches in the United States celebrate the Feast of St Francis of Assisi on and around October 4 each year. The feast commemorates the life of St Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the patron saint of animals and the environment.
It's a popular day for pets to be "blessed". And that is what we'll celebrate next Saturday, October 14 at 10:00 am on the grounds north of the parking lot. This is not only time to remember the efforts of St. Francis for the care of animals and the environment as part of God's creation, it is also a time of humility as we recognize that, as human beings, we are called to care for God's creation.
What people may remember most is the prayer attributed to Francis.   In light of the tragedies happening around our country and the world at large, the most recent being the shooting in Las Vegas, we are reminded of the evil that continues to rear its ugly head in this country specifically. With all the commotion regarding gun regulations and freedoms, we must keep in sight that regardless of what laws exist, there will always be the propensity for evil. We must do more than pray and hope. We must also act! How, remains the mystery. If you are inclined to write to your political leaders, do so! If you are inclined to get involved in community efforts that match your convictions, do so! What we cannot do is to complacently do nothing.
Praying and being hopeful will always be a staple for any Christian to do. Francis' prayer never loses its power: Please pray this often:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;  where there is doubt, faith;  where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  AMEN

Las Vegas Memorial A LETTER TO THE PARISH    
Following the shooting in Las Vegas       
Please read this message from Fr. David following the mass shooting that occurred last Sunday in Las Vegas.
Welcome to the Episcopal ChurchINQUIRERS CLASS CONTINUES       
Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm       
The Inquirers Class continues to meet every Tuesday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm (ending on October 17) to prepare for the sacrament of confirmation and reception,  This class is for all who are interested in learning and re-learning the story of the Episcopal Church, the Anglican tradition and why we do the things we do as Christians in this unique faith tradition.
Kansas City Mavericks Hockey
Friday, November 10     
The Men's Group is planning an outing to the Kansas City Maverick's game on Friday, November 10 .  The Mavericks are now an affiliate for the NHL's Calgary Flames.   Tickets cost $18.  Please see John Biggs for your tickets now!
Bring socks for Blessing Bags 

Please donate new or gently used crew socks that will placed in our Blessing Bags and distributed to those in need.  Socks are the most needed but least donated article of clothing.     Colder temperatures are coming! 

Hurricane Relief Fund
Victims need our help 

Relief efforts continue in Texas and Florida following the devastation caused by recent hurricanes.  You can help!  Please give if you can to Episcopal Relief & Development or put your gift in the offering plate at the Church of the Resurrection.  Please write "Hurricane Harvey" on the memo line of your check.
For their extraordinary work! 
These are some of the unsung saints who are doing extraordinary things to help build our church in community and for the greater of God's Kingdom.  Many, many thanks!

Gabe and Rich Conn for painting and papering the men's bathroom downstairs and their continuous work around the church to maintain its beauty and safety.  Rich also painted the edge of the front steps with skid resistant paint and continues to do odd jobs around the church to keep it looking nice for all to enjoy.
Pat Carle and Mary Liddle for their tireless work on re-writing the bylaws in preparation for Vestry review. 
Annie and Stew Scott for their work with coordinating our outreach efforts and their continuing mission to provide blessing bags and sign up people to serve in our various mission activities.
Volunteers wanted to sort canned goods   
Blue Springs schools collected canned goods last week that will be delivered to the Community Services League (CSL) this Monday, October 9th.   CSL is looking for some people with strong muscles to help unload, sort and put the canned goods on their shelves.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact CSL or Annie Scott.  This single event  supplies 6 months of CSL's needs! 
Ministering to Suicidal Desperation

Sponsored by Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church of Blue Springs and First Presbyterian Church of Lee's Summit.   This is a community awareness suicide training program designed to increase awareness and identify prevention. This will take place November 3 from 7 to 9 pm at Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church, 3108 NW US HWY 40, Blue Springs.
Cost is $10.00 / person. Flyers are in the Narthex on the table.
Community Emergency Response TrainingCERT

CERT Training (Community Emergency Response Training) is for those interested in learning    about emergency preparedness and how to be prepared at home and also help in the community when emergencies and disasters happen. Sponsored by Blue Springs Police and Central Jackson County Fire Services, informational flyers are available on the bulletin board in the Narthex.

Talk to Rich and Gabe Conn who recently completed the last class in Blue Springs.
Mark your calendar
Mark your calendar for these upcoming events 

Saturday, October 14:   Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 15:  Healing Service
Saturday, October 21:  Acolyte and Altar Server Training
Saturday, October 21:  Taste of Italy dinner (sign up to attend on the Narthex bulletin board)