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

Weekly e-mail  -   Saturday, February 29, 2020

 

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Schedule






  • Stations of the Cross and Praying the Rosary every Friday in Lent at 12:15 pm
  • Ecumenical dinner and services every Wednesday on March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1
  • Tenebrae, Wednesday, April 8, 7:00 pm
  • Maundy Thursday, April 9, 7:00 pm followed by all night Vigil and preceded by Agape meal at 6:00 pm
  • Holy Friday, April 10, 7:00 pm, Veneration of the Cross and Holy Eucharist
  • The Great Vigil of Easter, Saturday, April 11, 7:00 pm followed by a reception
  • EASTER SUNDAY, April 12, one service only at 10:30 am, Easter Egg hunt following the service




Shoe Donation
Collection now through March

It's time to clean out your closets!   And invite your friends and family to clean out theirs too. In conjunction with All Saints Lutheran Church, footwear of  any kind  and in  any condition  will be collected through March 29 and donated to Soles4Souls. 

Soles4Souls will distribute the shoes to those in need all around the world.  Look for the collection boxes in the Narthex and Undercroft.
BOOK CLUB MONTHLY MEETING
In This Moment
Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm

Please join the Book Club on Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm in the Undercroft to read this month's book:  In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury.  All are welcome!

From #1 New York Times  bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes a brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.
ECUMENICAL LENTEN PROGRAM SERIES Lenten Series
Every Wednesday in Lent at 6:00 pm

Resurrection joins other Blue Springs churches again this year -- sharing food, fellowship and worship during the season of Lent. On the five Wednesdays of Lent, one church will host a 6:00 pm gathering for a common meal, followed by a 6:40 pm Lenten worship service.

This year's theme is "The Way of Love". Weekly offerings will be used to support the Blue Springs Community Services League.

March 4:  Chapel Hill Presbyterian;  3108 SW US Hwy 40;  Message:  Rev. Cliff Caton
 
March 11:  C hurch of the Resurrection; 1433 NW R.D. Mize; Message: Rev. Andrew Florio   
 
March 18:   Good Shepherd Christian;  11 SW Woods Chapel;  Message: Rev Bill George
 
March 25:   All Saints Lutheran;  421 SW 19th Street;  Message: Rev. David Lynch
 
April 1:  First Christian Church of Blue Springs;  701 NW 15th Street;  Message: Rev Virginia Pych
CPR/AED CLASS
 AED-CPR Class
Saturday, March 7 at 9:00 am

Fr. David will present a CPR/AED course for all who would like to learn these life saving skills on Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 A donation of $20.00 is requested to cover the cost of books and supplies. This course will be an American Heart Association Family and Friends course. All AHA courses are recommended to be repeated on a two year cycle to help maintain knowledge and skill retention. So, if you haven't ever taken a CPR class or its been longer than two years, it's time to take one!   A sign-up sheet is located in the narthex.
FROM FR. DAVID + Fr. David Lynch_

Again, I pull from the message of Fr. Jay Sidebotham and his notes on the season of Lent. I encourage all of us to describe Lent in our own ways, with our own commitments and with our own spirituality. I pray you find time to talk with God more than usual throughout Lent.

Fr. David +
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Lent: A matter of the heart
 
Lent is upon us. How did that happen? Okay, I may be a church geek, but I spent time over the past few days looking at the liturgy for Ash Wednesday, getting ready for the 40 days. Have a look (p. 264 in the Book of Common Prayer). There's a lot in there to serve as guide for the upcoming season, and for all of life.
 
There's an opening invitation to Lent which helps us think about what we might think about for the next 40 days: self-examination, repentance, prayer, fasting, scripture engagement. There are scriptures that describe the kind of religious observance God seems to find interesting. (Hint: It has a lot to do with helping those in need.) And there's the challenge put forth by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. He said: Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Lent asks us to think about what we treasure, where we give our heart, mindful of the desert father who said: Do not give your heart to that which does not satisfy your heart.
 
No doubt, there's a complexity to the season. It's a lot more than simply an effort to be more miserable than thou. It does indeed call us to repentance, to acknowledge ways we've messed up. We are all familiar with these. At the same time, the season celebrates new life. The word Lent I'm told has some kind of connection to an ancient word for Spring. It's a season for spiritual growth. It's a season not only of challenge but formation. So in the course of the Ash Wednesday liturgy, after ashes have been administered, the congregation turns to Psalm 51, a psalm which captures the many dimensions of the season of Lent.
 
It has everything to do with the heart. The psalmist recognizes the way he has messed up. Tradition has it that the psalm reflects the regret of David in the wake of his murderous, adulterous, duplicitous interactions. Some hero of the faith! The psalmist understands that God knows all about that. On some level, the psalmist believes that God's grace is sufficient to rise above all that.
 
The psalmist asks:  Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. It's a reminder, as springtime approaches, of one of the reasons for the season: new life. Wherever we've been, whatever we've done, whatever secrets we harbor, whatever shame we harbor, needless pain we bear, peace we often forfeit can be brought to this season. It's a chance for a new start.
 
The biblical record indicates that it's never too late to begin again. Abraham and Sarah, who practiced their own deceptions, didn't start a family until they were in their 90's. Jacob, chief biblical creep who swindled his brother and tricked his blind father, became father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Moses became a leader after 40 years in exile, prompted by his own murder of an Egyptian. And then there's David, who despite the mess he'd made, was regarded as the greatest king of Israel.
 
As Lent begins, do a spiritual check-up on your heart. How is it doing? Where are you giving your heart? Do you need to begin again? That's God's work, thank God. And because it's God's work, that new heart is always a possibility. Always. Let that new heart, that new start be your prayer for this holy season. And take to heart the final words of the psalm, that at the end of it all, there is the promise of joy, the product of God's bountiful spirit.    -- Jay Sidebotham
"SUGGESTION-QUESTIONS" BOX
Located in the Narthex

Suggestion Box
It's been suggested we provide an easy way for parishioners to share ideas and ask questions.  T o accommod ate this request, we now have a  box in the narthex for "Suggestions and Questions".

Thank you to Rich Conn for providing the box and to David Hensen for the idea.   Any suggestions or questions will be addressed in the best manner possible, including at Vestry meetings or directly from the Rector or other ministry leaders.
FOR LECTORS (SCRIPTURE READERS)
Helpful reminders to review

Thank you to our outstanding reading ministers who serve as lectors in our liturgies of worship. Please review these friendly notes and reminders:

Lectors Please come prepared by first reviewing the scriptures you will be reading. There are language translation sites on the internet to help with hearing and pronouncing difficult names and words. There is also a translation booklet on the first shelf of the lectern in the nave you can also reference.

Please come to church early to practice your reading at the lectern  and assure yourself where the reading is in the common lectionary book. When possible, use the ribbons to turn the page to the next marked reading for the next lector. If you are unsure, leave the page where your reading ends.  The ribbons and post-it notes should identify the readings for the day.

Sometimes people miss their assigned reading. In those situations, the priest will appoint one of the altar-party or a parishioner to read  if no one is coming to the lectern in an appropriate amount of time. One person should not read all the scriptures and the priest should choose who will read when the need arises.
COMMUNION PRACTICES
When concerns for community illness occur

Holy Eucharist As we continue to encounter the flu season and as more concerns arise for the "corona" virus (Covid-19) and other airborne/droplet potential illnesses, please consider the following recommendations about coming to church and receiving communion:

If you feel sick, have a fever, and/or have signs of upper respiratory and/or gastro-intestinal illness (includ
ing coughing, sneezing, vomiting and/or diarrhea), please refrain from coming to church and being around a community of people. Take care for yourself and consult your medical resources; remember to maintain your hydration.

Receiving communion  from a common cup has NOT been proven to be a significant contributor to spreading germs. However, the aesthetics of sharing a common cup can cause a mindset for concern.   You have faithfully received communion if you receive only one element (bread and/or wine).  In times where spreading illness is of concern, receiving only the bread is considered receiving FULL communion.

No intinction will be allowed during this time (d ipping the waifer/bread in the chalice cup.) 

The gift of communion and its physical practice is a personal reverence shared with the individual and God. Please know that God always knows your heart and that only receiving one element of Christ's memorial body and blood is full communion. Whether you have physically received or prayerfully observed, God knows your desires for communion.

During the exchange of the Peace, please be considerate about passing germs by hand. If you have been sick, feel as if you may be sick, please do the "elbow bump" or simply refrain from handshaking or hugging. Expressing the peace verbally and joyfully is very acceptable.

Hand washing is a must when encountering other people. When possible wash your hands with soap and water. Alcohol dispensers are not disinfectants and do not remove germs completely. If you know you have come in contact with a potentially ill person by handshake, aggressively wash your hands with a soapy lather for at least a two minutes, rinse and towel dry.
EDUCATION FOR MINISTRY (EfM) IS COMING
Groups forming soon

EfM stand for "Education for Ministry" and is offered through the University of the South at Sewanee Tennessee's School of Theology. 

It began in 1975 and is a staple for Episcopal lay people for formation and living into our individual ministries. It is not for ordination - it was designed for the laity. The fact is that all baptized Christians are called to be active participants in the church's total ministry.
 
EfM
Registration will begin this spring and end in July. Seminar meetings will begin in September. There are four total years of study comprised of 36 weekly meetings per year. Year 1 concentrates on the Old Testament, year 2 on the New Testament, year 3 focus is on church history, and the fourth year is theology. There are no grades.

One yearly fee pays for books and enrollment. It takes 6 to 12 persons to make up an EfM group. Most Episcopal EfM groups have been operating for decades. If you have done Bible study in the past you will be amazed at how much more you can learn!
 
We will be part of a growing movement of Christians living into their baptism who are able to think theologically and apply our education in our daily lives. Please feel free to ask Fr. David or Jeff Chapman about EfM.   For more information click here.
Reminders


 
 
 
 
 



Book Club:   Monday, March 2 at 7:00 pm; this month's read is In the Moment  by Karen Kingsbury.

Bingo Night:  Friday, March 6

CPR/AED Training:
Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

LunchBunch:  Thursday, March 12 at 11:30 am at Sandy's Restaurant

Men's Group:
  Thursday, March 19 at Zumwalt's

St. Patrick's Day Dinner:
  Saturday, March 21

New Theatre & Restaurant:
  Dinner and show on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

Adult Forum with Bill Stancil:  Sunday, March 29 at 9:00 am

Please save "Best Choice" brand UPC labels and "Boxtops for Education"  and put them in the collection containers in the narthex.  Funds raised support the Necessity Pantry.

Bible Study every Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm in the Undercroft