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

Weekly e-mail  -   Saturday, December 7, 2019

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December 8 and 15

We welcome back Dr. Bill Stancil on Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15 for a two-part Adult Forum on  "The Holy Spirit: Giver of Life and Light."   Both forums will begin at 9:15 am in the Undercroft.

The Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Trinity, is often treated as an afterthought in our understanding of God.  In these sessions, we will explore who the Holy Spirit is and why the Spirit is important for our Christian walk.

CSL Christmas Store
Gifts due tomorrow for CSL event

We are supporting The Community Services League (CSL) Christmas shopping event in December!
A Christmas tree has been placed in the narthex of the Church.  Please take a tag and return a $25-30 UNWRAPPED gift by or on Sunday, December 8.  Gifts will be delivered on December 9 to the Blue Springs CSL Christmas Store.  The turnaround time is short!  Contact Annie Scott if you would like to volunteer to help at the Christmas Store from 12:30 to 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 12.
If you have additional Christmas spirit, St. Michael's Episcopal Church is planning to distribute unwrapped toys, games, and other gifts of any price to those who have children ages birth to 13 and who frequent the Necessity Pantry.  They request two similar or identical toys for the two pantry days.  The deadline for these toys is also December 8 but they should be placed in the Outreach room so they may be kept separate from the CSL gifts.  They will be transported to St. Michaels.
Expanded access for eligible vets 

Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense is expanding access to military commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation facilities for certain Veterans and caregivers. Those eligible for access include all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former Prisoners of War (POW), and those approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans. To acquire the in-person privileged access, all eligible Veterans must obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC).

Shining our Light
Please bring your pledge card to Church tomorrow 
or pledge on-line

Thank you to those who have already made their 2020 pledge! 
Pledge on-line by Clicking Here  or place your pledge card in the offering plate.   If you return a pledge card, please indicate if you would like offering envelopes, which will be distributed in December.
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.
Resurrection outreach 

We participate in several programs to benefit the Community Services League in Blue Springs, MO. 

During the Lenten season, the offerings from the Ecumenical services are usually designated for CSL. We also collect school supplies distributed by CSL in August. The school supplies are passed out to children who are unable to purchase the supplies needed for school.

Each fall the Community Service League takes in thousands of canned goods that are collected by each school in the Blue Springs school district. We help sort the canned goods and get the shelves at CSL restocked.

We collect gifts for CSL for Christmas, as well as volunteer to help at the Community Service League store. They distribute the gifts collected to those in need.
Ways you can help:
  • CSL needs volunteers on a weekly basis. Visit with Jim Whitaker, who volunteers each Wednesday.
  • Sign up for various activities throughout the year. If we are contacted by CSL requesting help, we get the word out through the weekly email.
  • Donate to the many causes - you are always very generous!
Three to be elected 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.

Mark Your Calendar



The DOK is selling Christmas ornaments in the Undercroft. Most are for a free will donation.  Some are priced at one dollar.  Proceeds donated to the church.  Tomorrow, Decembe 8 is the last day!

Lunch Bunch: Thursday, December 12 at 11:30 am at the Courthouse Exchange restaurant on the Square in Independence.
Blue Springs City Theatre: presentation at 2:00 pm, December 15 of "Mrs. Bob Cratchit's Wild Christmas Binge"
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.
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.