Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
(816) 228-4220
Thursday, November 15, 2018

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The Stewardship Way of Life
transforming generosity
A message from Fr. David+
Stewardship is rooted in scripture, recognizing we, as individuals, are not owners of our lives but rather are stewards or managers. It is through the Stewardship Way of Life our baptismal call to discipleship is fulfilled through the mission and ministry of the parish and gives us confidence and hope of our future.
I want to thank all who contributed during our stewardship campaign of "Transforming Generosity". Your prayerful discernment in making your financial pledges will continue to provide the work of Resurrection parish in our community. Beyond your pledging, your actions of participation and support of the mission to be a parish of service and hospitality will continue to be what makes Resurrection the reason people should want to be part of our parish family.
Stewardship does not have a "price" or a "quota" that serves as any kind of benchmark regarding God's kingdom. Rather, stewardship is a way of life, lived daily, constantly being challenged by Christ's call to love God and love neighbor as self. Please join me in our commitment to live into stewardship today and in the days to come.
Many, many thanks to all who give of their time, talents and treasures. May you be so blessed by God, as you richly bless others in your stewardship with Resurrection Church!
Fr. David +  

Pledge on-line (Click Here) or pick-up a pledge card at Church.
THANKSGIVING DAY MEAL  Thanksgiving Dinner
Hosted by the Conn's
Rich and Gabe Conn are inviting anyone who would like to share a Thanksgiving meal but may not have other family in town or the desire to prepare the whole meal to come to their home for Thanksgiving.  Gather at Noon and eat at 1:00 pm.  Please sign-up in advance in the Narthex or call the Conn's.  
Nominations end December 29
Nominations for Vestry members are underway and will end on December 29, 2018.  Anyone i nterested in serving on the Vestry should contact a member of the Nomination Committee (Meg Swant, Buzz Atkinson, or Les Woodward.) There are 3 vacancies that will need to be filled with terms beginning immediately following the Annual Meeting held in January 2019. Retiring members of the Vestry are Janeece Buckner, Ken Griechen and Jim Gilligan.
Roles and Responsibilities of Vestry and Vestry Members
The Vestry is the legal representative of the parish with regard to all matters pertaining to its corporate property. The number of vestry members and the term of office vary from parish to parish. Resurrection has nine members. Vestry members are usually elected at the annual parish meeting. The presiding officer of the Vestry is the Rector. There are usually two wardens. The Senior Warden leads the parish between rectors and is a support person for the Rector. The Junior Warden often has responsibility for church property and buildings. A treasurer and a secretary or clerk may be chosen. These officers may or may not be Vestry members. The basic responsibilities of the Vestry are to help define and articulate the mission of the congregation; to support the church's mission by word and deed, to select the Rector, to ensure effective organization and planning, and to manage resources and finances.
Role of the Vestry
The Vestry of an Episcopal church has three primary responsibilities. The first two are managerial: to take care of parish finances and the parish buildings. The third is to choose individuals to fill various positions of leadership and representation: the choice of a rector, the choice of delegates to the diocesan convention, and the selection of others as the diocesan canons may stipulate.  The Vestry also serves as an advisory council to the rector who by church law is the parish's chief liturgical and pastoral officer.
The Vestry consists of lay members of the church elected by the congregation at the annual parish meeting.  The Vestry of Resurrection has nine (9) elected members. Vestry members normally serve a three year term and must be enrolled, confirmed adult (16+) communicants in good standing of the parish.
The Vestry of Resurrection church usually meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Undercroft. Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to members of the congregation. The annual parish meeting is usually held in January each year.
Frequently Asked Questions . . .
What does the Vestry do?
The Vestry meets each month to review and approve normal monthly operational expenses of the church, receive reports from various committees, plan and approve capital improvement projects, and attend to concerns within the parish.
Who are the officers of the Vestry?
The national and diocesan canons provide guidance as to parish and Vestry structures. The canons require us to have a Senior and Junior warden, for the rector to be the presiding officer, and for the senior warden to preside in the absence of the rector. The Clerk may or may not be a member of the Vestry and, like the wardens, is elected by the Vestry annually. Under Resurrection's By-Laws the Treasurer may or may not be a member of the vestry but is elected annually by the vestry.
How are Vestry members selected?
In our Diocese a vestry shall be composed of not fewer than three nor more than 15 members of the parish who are enrolled confirmed adult communicants in good standing of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Resurrection has nine Vestry members. Before the annual meeting, the Vestry forms a committee to nominate a slate of candidates to replace the three members whose terms are scheduled to expire. With approval of the Vestry, the nominations are presented to the congregation at the annual parish meeting. When the nominations are presented, the congregation is offered the opportunity to nominate candidates from the floor.  When the slate is closed, the congregation votes for the candidates of their choice and the three candidates receiving a majority of the votes of those present and eligible to vote are elected to take the place of the three members whose terms are expiring at the end of December of that year.  Vestry members are elected to serve on the Vestry for a period of three years. An enrolled confirmed adult communicant in good standing in this Church may vote when present at any meeting of the parish, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of this Diocese.

CSL Christmas 
We are again supporting the Community Services League Christmas shopping event this year.

Please select a gift tag from the tree in the Narthex and return the UNWRAPPED gift to the tree by Sunday, December 2CSL will provide the gifts to children up to age 18. Gifts are requested to be approximately $10-$15 in value. Additional gifts not listed on a tag are appreciated too!
2018 IRA Charitable Rollover IRA
Have you taken your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) for 2018?

If you are age 70 ½ or older, you can make a contribution to the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection directly from your traditional IRA simply by instructing the plan administrator to make the transfer directly to Church of the Resurrection as a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

You are allowed to transfer up to $100,000 a year to the charities of your choice.   Your gift will be transferred directly to Resurrection, will not be reported as taxable income and will count toward your minimal distribution requirements for 2018.   And, most important, your generous support will help sustain Resurrection's work empowering the work of the congregation and bringing about transformation, renewal, and positive change in our local parish communities.

To learn more about making a donation from your IRA, please sent contact Jim Gilligan at treasurer@episcopal-bluesprings.org
Please order in advance
Once again, we are offering an opportunity for you to purchase fragrant soaps and lotions handmade by the good Sisters of the Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration.   This year, however, all sales will be as pre-orders only.

Please sign up on the order form in the Narthex no later than Sunday, November 25, if you are placing an order. You may also send an email to Meg Swant at megelefunt@aol.com  or call her at 816-622-8275.   Click here for more information.
Please save UPC codes and box tops
Please remember to clip the "Best Choice" UPC codes and "Box Tops for Education" and place them in the container in narthex.  It is easy, free and helps those less fortunate!
Important events and dates

Weekly Bible Study every Wednesday at 1:00 pm
Saturday, November 11:  Altar Guild work day
Sunday, November 18:  Necessity Pantry In-gathering
Wednesday, November 21:  Evening Bible Study at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 2:  First Sunday Breakfast; CSL gifts due; Outreach meeting
Tuesday, December 4:  Pastoral Care meeting at 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 5:  Bible Study at 7:00 pm
Monday, December 10:  Uplift Meal preparation (please sign-up)
Wednesday, December 12:  Vestry meeting at 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 13:  CSL Christmas Store (please sign-up); Bridge Club at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 16:  Necessity Pantry in-gathering
Monday, December 17:  DOK meeting at 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 19:  Bible Study at 7:00 pm