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

Weekly e-mail  -   Thursday, January 30, 2020

 

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GAME NIGHT TOMORROW
Game Night
Friday, January 31 at 7:00 pm

We will try again!   Hopefully no snow tomorrow will allow us to finally offer Game Night beginning at 7:00 pm in the undercroft. 

We'll provide the board games (or bring your own.) Please bring a snack to share.   Family fun for everyone!

Also join us on Friday, Feb. 7 for Bingo at 7:00 pm.
SUPER BOWL WATCH PARTY SUNDAY
Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, February 2 at 4:00 pm

Everyone is invited to Bob and Arla Simpson's new home in Blue Springs to watch the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in THE GAME we all have been waiting to see for 50 years!

Please bring a dessert or appetizer to share with others.  GO CHIEFS!
FIRST SUNDAY BREAKFAST
First Sunday Breakfastd
This Sunday at 9:15 am

We did it!  Celebrate getting through our coldest month and welcome in February by joining us for our monthly First Sunday Breakfast in the undercroft between services beginning at 9:15 am.

Enjoy the standard menu of pancakes, eggs, sausage and bacon either before or after church.....not to mention a heaping helping of great fellowship and fun.

Bring your family and friends!
VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER
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 on 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.
ANNUAL MEETING HELD ON JANUARY 19
Annual Meeting
Annual Report available on-line

The Annual Meeting of the Church of the Resurrection took place on Sunday, January 19 followed by a terrific potluck lunch enjoyed by all!

Parishioners heard reports from the Rector and Treasurer and other reports were submitted by title.  New Vestry members elected include Bill Carle and Jim Gilligan.  Les Woodward was elected to a new term.

John Biggs was appointed Senior Warden.  Les Woodward was re-elected Jr. Warden and JIm Gilligan was re-elected Treasurer.  

Thanks to our outgoing Vestry members Buzz Atkinson and Meg Swant, who were presented gifts by Father David in appreciation for their s ervice.

Click here to see the 2019 Annual Report and our 2019 Financial Summary.  Additional reports for 2019 and for previous years are available on our website under the " connect tab" - " financial information".
FROM FR. DAVID + Fr. David Lynch_
 
You hear from me each Sunday preaching mostly about Christ's calling us to love as God loves us with everyone we encounter.   I am struck continuously how all that we do must be rooted in love. I have also found that when trying to live in this path that Christ calls us to in love that I am restless; restless trying to understand and be true to what that love truly means. This week's Monday message from Fr. Jay Sidebotham has helped me to put into perspective this juxtaposition of love and restlessness. I have included a portion of Jay's message below. Please take the time to absorb his thoughts.
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In a workshop I led, I confessed that my latest favorite book of the Bible is the letter to the Ephesians. It paints a vision of church as miracle, God's work of grace, as opportunity for the love of God to shine in the world. Is that your impression of your local church? If not, we can dream, can't we?
 
In the third chapter of Ephesians, there's a beautiful prayer for the church. I am particularly interested in the way it speaks of the hope that the community can be rooted and grounded in love. That is the way that the community will grow, and live into its God-given restlessness. What might it mean to be so rooted and grounded in love? It has everything to do with Jesus.
 
It means first that all we are, all we do, all the fruit we bear, all the shade we offer wearied travelers, all the hospitality we offer to the birds of the air, finds grace at the base. Mr. Shyness, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry tells us that if it isn't about love, it isn't about God. We find our foundation in the love of God from which we can never be separated, love that knows no limit, love that meets us where we are, love that reaches out with intention to those most hurt by life, love with the power to transform, love that frees us from having to prove ourselves (Hallelujah!). We've got that love. Nothing can take it away. So I'm wondering: How can I put my roots down deeper into that well of love? How might you do that today?
 
It also means that as we know that love, we are called to show that love. It's the kind of tree we are. Jim Forbes told us in seminary that we need to focus on the fruits as well as the roots, to see what fruits of the spirit emerge from rootedness in love. (See verse about fruits of the Spirit in the column on the left.) Those fruits emerge naturally, effortlessly out of the strength drawn from roots, out of our identity as beloved children of God. 
 
All of which makes me ask a question I often ask parishioners: What is nourishing you these days? What sources of strength can you draw on, can you rely on in your life? Where are you rooted? Various kinds of rootedness can sustain for a while, but I don't know that they go the distance. For me, the hope for my own spiritual journey, and the hope for our communities of faith, is to be rooted in Jesus, by which we mean rooted in grace and compassion and forgiveness, following his teaching of loving kindness, recognizing how those gifts have come to us and sharing them wherever we can.      
 
The prayer from the third chapter of Ephesians 
 
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.    Amen.

-Jay Sidebotham

Fr. David +
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 will be located in the narthex.

THE NEW THEATRE & RESTAURANT
Dinner and Show on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 pm

New Theatre _ Restaurant 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.

"If laughter is the best medicine, this comedy would raise the dead!" - Chicago Sun

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


 
 
 
 
 



Game Night:   Friday, January 31 at 7:00 pm

Super Bowl Party:  Sunday, February 2 beginning at 4:00 pm at Bob and Arla Simpson's new home.  Please bring an appetizer or dessert to share.  GO CHIEFS!

Book Club: Monday, February 3 at 7:00 pm in the undercroft  to discuss "The Story Teller" by Jodi Picoult.

Family Bingo:  Friday, February 7 at 7:00 pm

Lunch Bunch:  Thursday, February 13 at Clancy's in Blue Springs at 11:30 am.

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.

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

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