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

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STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN ENDS SUNDAY
Please bring your pledge card or pledge on-line
Shining our Light
When we bring our light out into the world, we express our gratitude, confidence and willingness to take risks as agents of Jesus remaking the world. In making our light visible, we keep our salt flavorful, as Jesus puts it in these words from The Message:

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill."

Indeed, our work, our prayers and our giving are all about making God's flavors, colors, and love visible and available to all in our lives. And they are about our willingness to accept the challenge to stretch and grow, into our individual purpose, and into the mission of our church.

Reflect on the gifts you have received and consider how God is calling you to risk "flavoring" the world with your time, talents and treasure. We will join together to give abundantly to bring light into our lives and the world around us.

You can make your pledge on-line by Clicking Here Commitment Sunday is  tomorrow, November 17.  Please place your pledge card in the offering plate if you have not yet pledged.

If you return a pledge card, please indicate to the Treasurer if you would like offering envelopes, which will be distributed in December.
STEWARDSHIP      
A message from Father David +

Fr. Lynch _
The concept of stewardship probably gives us the best foundation for understanding our relationship to God and our resources.   In many churches that emphasize tithing, it's easy to walk away believing that as long as you're faithful with your 10%, the 90% is yours. As long as you don't spend it on something evil, it's yours to do with as you please.

What is a Steward?
The Bible often talks about God's ownership. Here's just a couple of examples:

Who has first given to me, that I should repay him?  Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine.-Job 41:11

For every beast of the forest is mine,   the cattle on a thousand hills.  I know all the birds of the hills, and all that moves in the field is mine.-Psalm 50:10-11

Genesis begins with God giving mankind dominion over the earth, but there's never a moment where he transfers ownership to us. We're simply managers of God's resources.
   
Throughout the gospels, Jesus uses the relationship between a master and his steward to describe our relationship to God. The steward is entrusted with caring for the master's property. The steward proves his or her faithfulness by using-or in some cases increasing (Matt. 25:124-30)-the master's riches in a way that benefits the master's household.

"One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."-Luke 16:10-13

Stewardship isn't just one element of the Christian life; it is the Christian life. How we use the time, talents, abilities, resources, and finances God gives us separates good servants from unfaithful ones.

We can't say that the 90% of our resources that we don't give to the church should be ours any more than we can say that the time we spend outside of church is ours to do with as we please. We might spend a couple hours in church on Sunday morning and devote ourselves to some quiet time, but the rest of our life is still the Lord's. We need to be constantly looking for ways that He would have us invest our lives so we don't squander the rest of our time on various amusements.
      
Whose Debit Card is That?
We begin to have a more healthy view of our relationship to money when we think of ourselves as managers of God's resources. Every time I open my checkbook or swipe my debit card , I am exercising my authority as God's steward to invest His resources.

Thankfully the Master isn't an angry taskmaster who doesn't realize that I have needs. He isn't  angry every time I buy a latte or see a movie. But with the right mindset, the perspective changes from "how much of my money do I have to give You, Lord?" to "how should I best use Your money on behalf of Your kingdom?"

Christians look at the world through a different lens, and they interact with the world through an understanding of God's sovereignty. The driving question for those outside of a relationship with God is, "How will this benefit myself or those I love?" From within the kingdom, the question switches to, "How can this resource be leveraged for the kingdom?"
     
The Money Snare
There's a danger that sets money apart from the other items we steward. This peril lies in the fact that money isn't entirely neutral. Jesus communicates it well in Matthew:

"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."-Matthew 6:24 (NASB)

When He uses the word "mammon" as synonym for riches, He's intentionally personifying money as an alternative god vying for our allegiance. Our posture towards money dictates whether it becomes a tool we use or a deity we worship.  

A steward's role is to use money as a tool that builds God's kingdom and takes care of our personal needs, while being mindful of its deceitfulness (Mk. 4:19) and its ability to rule over us. This is why Martin Luther said that there are three conversions necessary in the life of the believer: "The conversion of the heart, the conversion of the mind, and the conversion of the purse."

When we begin to see our resources as tools that God has entrusted us with for His glory, we truly begin to live the Christian life.   (excerpted from:h ttps://www.cdfcapital.org/christian-stewardship/)
WORK OF THE VESTRY
Vestry retreat held last weekend
Episcopal Communion
At the Vestry retreat held last weekend, Vestry members listened to a presentation by Fr. Larry Ehrens from St. Mary Magdalene on a spirituality inventory program we hope to pursue in the spring of 2020. This program is called "Renewal Works" and will focus on spirituality programming and growth. 

The Vestry also updated our parish mission and value statements. The statements below of who we are as Resurrection Episcopalians and what we strive to be as Christians were adopted.  These statements will be used as part of our message and communications.
 
Mission Statement
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection is a Christian community cultivating a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, each other, and our neighbors by promoting justice , peace and love through  worship , ministry  and  outreach .

Vision Statement
The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection exists to spread God's love into the world. We envision a world in which baptismal vows are made real by the expression of these core values:
  • We welcome all to join us in worship and ministry
  • We respect the dignity and unique gifts of every human being
  • We seek and serve Christ in all people, loving our neighbors as ourselves
  • We desire to grow as a community of God's people by reaching out to others
  • We strive for justice and peace among all people
  • We desire to be active in the world as witnesses of God's love
  • We pledge ourselves to compassion and service, supporting one another
PARISH MINISTRY NOTES
BackSnack Program
BackSnack program highlights

Each week during the school year (including summer school most years), we coordinate with Harvesters to provide food on the weekends to food-insecure children (those who receive free or reduced-cost lunches) at our local elementary school, Thomas Ultican Elementary (Home of the Wildkittens).  We currently serve 25 children, but the number varies and has been as high as 60 in the past.

Harvesters provides drinks and several containers of food and we add an apple and an orange for the kids. We are proud to say that we were the first organization in Blue Springs to become an intermediary between Harvesters and hungry kids. The food conveyor belt starts with the delivery twice a month by NourishKC (formerly Episcopal Community Services) from Harvesters food to the church. Early in the week, a parish volunteer retrieves the empty bins left at the school with the previous week's delivery. Another volunteer buys apples and oranges for the children and opens/sets up the Harvesters boxes to enable packing. Two volunteers come the next day to pack the food and fruit into backpacks or grocery sacks and put them in bins for delivery. Two more volunteers load the bins in their vehicles and delivers them to our neighborhood school at the end of the school week. No step takes an inordinate amount of time, and we accomplish miracles for these children! 

If you are interested in participating in this ministry or other outreach ministries, please contact Pat Carle .
ACOLYTE TRAINING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Acolyte Ministry
9:00 am to 11:00 am

Opportunities to serve in the services of liturgy and worship are essential for laypersons to grow in understanding service to Christ's church.

If you are interested in serving as an acolyte and learning the fun roles of lighting candles, leading processions, carrying the cross and banners, and assisting Fr. David at the altar, please attend our training session on Saturday November 30 at the church from 9:00 am to 11 am.

This ministry is for ages 9 years and older. Younger ages will be considered based on maturity and physical capabilities. Look for a sign up roster in the Narthex.
DINNER-GO-ROUND 2020 Dinner Groups
Groups forming now 

What a great way to get to know other parishioners and especially new members of our parish.  Everyone is invited to participate in the Resurrection Dinner-Go-Round fellowship. Whether you dine in with members of a group, or you meet at a restaurant, the fellowship is the most important part.

Please check out the sign-up sheet in the Narthex.
ADVENT WREATHS AVAILABLE
In the Undercroft between services
Advent Wreath
Advent begins our new liturgical year. This year it begins on December 1.

We will have Advent Wreaths and candles available in the Undercroft between services until Advent begins. Also available is a printed script for prayer for the season. It is designed for home use and the readings can be shared by the entire family.

Donations will be gratefully accepted to recover expenses. 
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CHURCH LEADERSHIP?
Looking for volunteers to serve on Vestry
Vestry
Church of the Resurrection will elect three new members to the Vestry at the annual meeting in January.

Vestry members exercise leadership by example and participation both in the business and spiritual life of the parish.  Those  standing for election to Vestry should regularly attend worship services and demonstrate faithful stewardship.  Vestry members must be committed to a ttend monthly Vestry meetings, participate in a Vestry retreat during the year and complete the Safeguarding God's Church training course on-line.

Please see Fr. David or Senior Warden John Biggs for information or to express your willingness to serve!  Information is also available in the Narthex.

The DOK is selling Christmas ornaments in the Undercroft. Most are for a free will donation.  Some are priced at one dollar.  Proceeds will be donated to the church.

Men's Fellowship Group will meet on Thursday, November 21 at the Conn's.

Thanksgiving at the Conn's:  The Conn family generously welcomes anyone from the Resurrection family to their home for Thanksgiving dinner if you have no plans. Please contact Rich or Gabe for information.

Necessity Pantry:     The pantry is looking for volunteers on the 2nd Tuesday (4-6 pm) and the 3rd Saturday (10 am - noon) of each month.  Call Pat Carle to help.
Put This on Your Calendar

Save Best Choice labels and Boxtops for Education:
Please clip and save Best Choice brand UPC labels and the Boxtops for Education for Resurrection.  Collection containers are located in the Narthex.

Bible Study every Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm in the Undercroft.