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

Wednesday , January 3, 2018
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6:30 pm in the Undercroft

Please join us for some family fun this Friday, January 5, at 6:30 pm in the Undercroft.   We'll provide some crazy prizes and food and you provide the fellowship.   Don't miss out. Bring some friends!   Donations to offset food expense will be accepted..

** Make plans to join us on Friday, January 12, for Family Movie Night, when we'll be showing "Lion King" beginning at 6:30 pm. **
Freezin_ for Reason
Please bring blankets, coats, hats and gloves

Freezin' for a Reason is this weekend when members of First Christian Church of Blue Springs (located across the street from Resurrection) sleep outside in a make-shift homeless shelter on the front lawn of the church to raise awareness for homelessness in Kansas City. There is no electricity and the only heat source is from fire barrels. 

Please help by donating blankets, warm hats and gloves all weekend.  The event will take place beginning Friday Jan. 5 at 7:00 am to Sunday Jan. 7 at 11:00 am.

Financial contributions will also be gratefully accepted through a GoFundMe account.
Between services beginning at 9:15 am
Sunday Breakfast

Celebrate the New Year by joining your fellow parishioners for our monthly  First Sunday Breakfast
-- this Sunday between services in the Undercroft.  The Resurrection Men will be fixing fresh pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage for your nourishment and enjoyment!
The Baptism of Jesus 

This Sunday we celebrate, among several things, Epiphany and the arrival of the Magi, Christ's  manifestation at the Temple, and most notably, Christ's baptism by John.  I encourage you to  read this article from the present day theologian, N. T. Wright. It should be enlightening and  compelling as we contemplate the Sacrament of Baptism. 

"One way of appropriating the meaning of baptism is to go back through the Scripture narrative.   The Jews, ancient and modern, tell the Passover story each year with graphic detail and with  great celebration. It's all about coming through the water to freedom. But they know perfectly  well that the water also looks back to creation in Genesis 1, when the primal waters are parted as  God brings creation into being. Through the waters to life, to new life-that's what we're saying  in baptism.

So we shouldn't be surprised when we find John the Baptist down by the Jordan River bringing  people through the Jordan, symbolically reenacting the Exodus. In baptism, we go through the  water and enter into God's new covenant. God has promised that he would do a new thing-and  this is how he's doing it.

Baptized into New Life

The New Testament affirms the importance of John's baptism as the beginning of Jesus' own  ministry, of Jesus himself submitting to John's baptism. But then Jesus picks up the language of  baptism, and in that famous passage in Mark 10:39 and elsewhere he speaks about the disciples  being baptized with the baptism he is baptized with-meaning something more than water;  meaning his own death. And as we saw earlier, he chose the Passover, the great Jewish exodus  festival, as the moment to act symbolically, to challenge the authorities by saying what would  come next.

In Jesus' own baptism, death and resurrection were already present. And all the multiple layers of  meaning that were already present in baptism were to be recentered on the event of Jesus' death  and resurrection.  Through the water into God's new world.

I once heard a funeral sermon in which the preacher said, "As we trust that Jesus died and was  raised to heaven, so we trust that our beloved friend has now died and has been raised to  heaven." That's not the point. Easter is not Jesus getting to heaven when he died. Easter is Jesus'  newly embodied life launching God's new creation through the water of death. And that's why,  from the very earliest Christian sources that we possess, Christian baptism is linked not just to  Jesus' own baptism, not just to the Exodus and to the first creation, but to Jesus' own death and  resurrection."  Click here to read more. 

These High_ Green Hills
7:00 pm in the Undercroft 

The Finding Faith through Fiction Book Club will meet next at 7 pm in the undercroft on Monday, January 8.

This month's book is  These High, Green Hills by Jan Karon.  We're once again in Mitford, a southern village of local characters so heartwarming and hilarious you'll wish you lived right next door. At last, Mitford's rector and lifelong bachelor, Father Tim, has married his talented and vivacious neighbor, Cynthia. Now, of course, they must face some new challenges - like sleeping arrangements for Father Tim's sofa-sized dog,  Cynthia's urge to decorate the rectory and the growing pains of the thrown-away boy who's become like a son to the rector. Add a life-changing camping trip, the arrival of the town's first policewoman, and a new computer that requires the patience of a saint, and you know you're in for another engrossing visit to Mitford -- the little town that readers everywhere love to call home.
One service only at 10:30 am Annual Meeting

We will have one service only at 10:30 am on Sunday, January 21,  followed by our annual meeting and a potluck dinner. 

Please make plans to attend this very important all-parish meeting.  Hear a recap of the
2017 year, vote-in new vestry members, learn about plans for the future and help celebrate
important parish ministries.
Mark Your Calendars
Important events and dates
See the  on-line calendar  for updates 

Friday, January 5:  Family Bingo Night at 6:30 pm
Monday, January 8:  Uplift Meal Preparation (sign-up in Narthex); Book Club at 7 pm
Tuesday, January 9:  Pastoral Care Meeting at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, January 10:  Vestry Meeting at 7 pm
Thursday, January 11:  Bridge Club at 7 pm (newcomers welcome)
Friday, January 12:  Family Movie Night in the Undercroft - "Lion King" at 6:30 pm
Monday, January 15:  Serve KC Community Kitchen (sign-up in Narthex);  DOK meeting
Friday, January 19:  Family Game Night at 6:30 pm (bring a board game)
Sunday, January 21:  One service only at 10:30 am followed by Annual Meeting & pot-luck lunch
Monday, January 22:  Deliver Uplift Meals
Friday, January 26:   Family Movie Night in the Undercroft - "Moana" at 6:30 pm
Sunday, January 28:  Adult Forum between services featuring Dr. Arthur Rennels on "Judism"
Sunday, February 4:  "Souper Sunday" - watch the Super Bowl and bring a can of soup

Last chance to sign-up Dinner Go Round

A favorite winter tradition returns to Resurrection in January!   Singles and couples are invited to participate in Dinner-Go-Round groups that will choose to either rotate dinner among the homes of those in each group or dine in a restaurant.  Each group makes their own rules and chooses their own times to meet.  Sign-up on the Narthex bulletin board and you will be placed in a group of six.  Each participant or couple will host only once.  Last chance to sign-up is this Sunday, January 7.