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

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VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER TONIGHT
Saturday, February 15 at 6:00 pm
Valentine_s Day DinnerShare a Valentine's Day dinner with your special loved one and your Resurrection friends tonight, Saturday, February 15 in the undercroft beginning at 6:00 pm.

The Conn's will host this special event with Chef Rich in control of the menu.  A freewill donation will be accepted to benefit church projects.  Wine by the glass will be available for sale at only $2 each.
WEIGHT LOSS TALK
Friday, February 21 at 7:00 pm

"Why Is It So Hard to Lose Weight or Why Does What Your Doctor Tells You to Do Doesn't Work?" 

There's a lot of incorrect information out there about weight loss and it keeps many people from losing weight successfully.  Learn why the advice "Eat Less and Move More" doesn't work.  Learn how the food industry is eagerly contributing to the obesity epidemic.  And finally, regain hope because there IS a way to lose weight and keep it off.

Dr. Tess Garcia talks about the myths surrounding obesity and provides you with hope for the future on Friday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in the Undercroft.  No reservations necessary.
ACOLYTE TRAINING
Acolyte Ministry Sunday, February 23 at 11:45 am

Current Acolytes and anyone wishing to become an Acolyte should plan to attend a short training session on Sunday, February 23 following the 10:30 am service.

Please see Lisa Twitty or Fr. David for additional information or questions.
FROM FR. DAVID + Fr. David Lynch_

Have we seriously contemplated on what our purpose in life really is?   Have you had a sense of "call" that has drawn you into a vocation, ethic, or situation where you have felt that you are fulfilling your purpose in this life?  Growing up as kid, I actually worried about what it is that I should do when I grew up.  For the longest time, I thought I was supposed to be a cop, or a firefighter, or a veterinarian.  Once through high school I had a little better feeling about being a person that was involved with caring for other people, but not really with a particular focus.  I did get a nudge to ministry from my Methodist Church experiences, which helped me to decide to go to a Methodist college with hopes of feeling out what God might have in store for me.  But it wasn't until much later in life, after a vocation of medical care, that I really felt a yearning for something more profound.  It took a lot of discerning what I thought God was asking of me.  So, I encourage you to follow Fr. Jay's part-II discussion about what God wants from us....
 
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From February 10, 2020 edition of "Monday Matters"

What does God want from us, part II?

I want to continue to consider the question posed last week: What does God ask of us?

In recent days, our Prayer Book has led us in daily readings to the book of Genesis and the story of Abraham. He's one of my favorites, flawed in profound ways, yet compelling because scripture tells us that he heard God's call and left his comfort zone, not knowing where he was going. Have you ever had that experience?

Among the many stories about Abraham, last week we read the chilling account of God's request for Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. We read that story on Good Friday each year. I'm not sure what to make of it. Best spin I can put on it is that it was God's dramatic way of saying that child sacrifice was not to be practiced anymore. I'll let more learned folks figure out its meaning.

But last week, as I read that story in Genesis 22, with all its complications, I was struck with the repetition of the phrase: Here I am. The story begins as God calls to Abraham. Abraham says: Here I am. Later on, Isaac, Abraham's son, addresses his father, asking how this will all work out. Abraham responds: Here I am. At the pivotal moment, God intervenes to stop the sacrifice. Hearing God's voice, Abraham answers: Here I am.

It's not the only time in the Bible that the phrase comes up. Samuel gets repeated calls from God, not sure whose voice he's really hearing. In response, Samuel says: Speak Lord, your servant is listening, a variation on the phrase: Here I am. Isaiah, the prophet is called by God, and says: Here I am, a person of unclean lips. Mary receives perhaps the most significant call in all of scripture. As Gabriel announces the advent of the Christ child, Mary says: Here am I. The servant of the Lord.

So what's behind that persistent phrase? What does God ask of us? Perhaps all that God wants is for us to say I'm here.

Here I am. It says take me as I am. What you see is what you get. It's like the old Baptist hymn: Just as I am. Implicit in those three words? The profound theological claim that we don't have to prove ourselves or earn God's love or reach a certain level of religiosity or holiness for God to love us and put us to work. Said another way, God meets us where we are.

Here I am. It says I am living in the moment. Have I mentioned that my wife has me doing yoga? The idea of stepping on the mat has come to mean a lot to this person who can obsess about mistakes of the past (mine and others) and can battle anxiety about the future. Recent encounters with mortality make me aware that life is indeed short and we do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us. It's a call to live in the moment.

Here I am. It says I am open to what God is calling me to do. I may, like Abraham, not know what that entails or where it's headed. I may, like Mary, have no idea how any of this can work. I may, like Isaiah, feel ill equipped. But on some level, it's about saying yes to God, regardless of where we've been or what we've done or how adequate we feel.

There's a lot in those three words.

Which brings me to Moses. He'd been out in the desert for 40 years, watching sheep, a demotion from life as prince of Egypt. Minding his own business, Moses turned aside to check out a bush that seemed to be burning but was not consumed.  Weird. Hold on. It gets weirder. God speaks out of that bush. On hearing the voice, Moses says: Here I am. God tells Moses about the job before him: Go face down Pharaoh. Moses then says: Who am I? Who am I to do this job? God's answer: I will be with you.

As you find a way to say: Here I am, to the Holy One, maybe today or this week, or some time in 
days ahead, take comfort from the promise that wherever that response leads, you won't go it alone.          -Jay Sidebotham






It's time to clean out your closets!   And invite your friends and family to clean theirs out too. In conjunction with All Saints Lutheran Church, footwear of  any kind  and in  any condition  will be collected from February 26 (Ash Wednesday) through March 29. 

Soles4Souls will distribute the shoes to those in need in all 50 states and/or in 127 countries 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.
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 will cover the cost for 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.
THE NEW THEATRE & RESTAURANT
Dinner and Show on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

Church Basement Ladies Resurrection members will travel to the New Theatre & Restaurant in Overland Park on Thursday, March 26 to see Church Basement Ladies starring Cindy Williams, who played Sh irley Feeney in the epic ABC sit-com, Laverne and Shirley.

See Meg Swant asap for tickets and information.  Cost is only $49 per person.  Transportation will be coordinated.
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


 
 
 
 
 



Valentine's Day Dinner:    Saturday, February 15 at 6:00 pm hosted by the Conn's in the undercroft.  A freewill donation will be accepted to benefit church projects.  Wine will be available by the glass for $2 each.

Weight Loss Event:  Friday, February 21 at 7:00 pm hosted by Dr. Tess Garcia

Bishop's Day:  For Vestry and Leadership on Saturday, February 22.

Acolyte Training:  Sunday, February 23 following the 10:30 am service.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper:  Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 pm.  Bring your palms from last year's Palm Sunday services.  They will be burned and blessed for ashes on Ash Wednesday.

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

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

New Theatre & Restaurant:  Dinner and show on Thursday, March 26 6:30 pm.  See Meg Swant for tickets and information.

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