Episcopal Church
of the Resurrection
1433 NW R.D. Mize Road
Blue Springs, Missouri  64015
(816) 228-4220
Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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Saturday, August 18, at 10:00 am         
Extinguisher Training
Resurrection will host the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District as they present a fire extinguisher class this Saturday, August 18, at the Church beginning at 10:00 am.  The program will start with a brief classroom setting and then proceed to practical training in the parking lot.
The program is open to everyone.  Please bring expired extinguishers from your home to use if you have any.
This Sunday, August 19 at 9:15 am          
Sunday Evening Service Father David invites everyone interested in helping brainstorm and design what our new Sunday evening service may look like to attend a planning meeting at 9:15 am this Sunday, August 19.  The intent is to create an opportunity for those unable to attend Sunday morning, and for those who are interested in experiencing a Eucharistic service which engages other traditions within the Episcopal liturgies.  Bring your thoughts, ideas, and desires to discuss music, liturgy and format.
  • Necessity Pantry In-gathering on August 19; needs this month include seasonal clothing, razors and bar soap.
  • The Outreach committee is in the process of arranging a meal delivery to the persons living at Woods Chapel Lodge. This is a residence for the aging community of Blue Springs who are on a fixed income. We will begin with our first meal in August. We will need cooking staff, serving staff and clean up staff. Young and old are encouraged to contact Rich Conn or Annie Scott for details. 
  • The Necessity Pantry at St. Michael's; Independence is asking for help on every Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 pm. and from 3 to 5 pm. 

A plan to invite a couple of representatives who attended the Episcopal General Convention this summer is in the works for a forum. In the meantime, here are notes from our bishop from his experience:

From Bishop Marty:
The link (above) gives an excellent overview of the recent, and very busy, 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church. I thought I'd take a moment to share my perspective on the 12 days I was in the City of Austin in the Diocese of Texas.
First, this General Convention had the sweetest, deepest sense of holiness I have ever felt at a GC. The conversations, even the debates, were conducted with respect and with obvious regard to the dignity, autonomy, and worthiness of every person and every opinion. I know of no episodes of anger or heated argument, which I am very happy to report.
Second, I am convinced that the Anglican via media was on display in most of GC's actions. There were several testy issues to be decided, and up or down votes, where some win and some lose, aren't always the most pastoral way to deal with issues of faith, morality, or church order. Happily, GC turned out several via media decisions, reminding me again of the genius of the middle way.
For instance, the decision to refrain from an expensive prayer book revision and to choose instead a more organic, bottom-up-rather-than-top-down method of revision was - in my opinion - a great choice. By choosing an adaptive approach where all are welcome to participate, rather than awaiting the output of experts or academicians, the GC has chosen to embrace the creativity of the whole Church, which I believe will result in some astounding originality.
GC selected this via media approach on other matters also by:
  • extending the trial use of the marriage liturgies approved in 2015 and creating a process whereby people may be married in their own parishes even if the Bishop Diocesan has moral objection to same-sex marriages,
  • paying "Directors and Officers Fees" to the President of the House of Deputies in recognition of the significant duties the incumbent in that office performs for the Church, and
  • speaking to several political/moral situations such as: the situation in Palestine/Israel, U.S. immigration policy, and the dignity of women who have not always experienced the Church to be safe or free from abuse or sexual predators.
Three very special events took place that made me especially proud:
  • On the evening of July 4th, many bishops of the Church led those gathered in a time to listen and lament the abuse some have experienced in the life of the Church and how the Church has too often failed to respond appropriately, pastorally, or adequately.
  • Responding to the initiative of several concerned leaders (including the Rev. Megan Castellan, formerly of our diocese), well over 1,000 convention attendees traveled to Taylor, TX to gather at the T. Don Hutto Residential Center - where many asylum-seeking, immigrant women are being detained, many having been separated from their children - and to bring objection to the immigration policies of the current U.S. administration.
  • The third was a public witness to call attention to the tragedy of gun violence in the U.S. This latter event was organized by Bishops United against Gun Violence and attended (by my estimation) by nearly 1,000 people.
To my great joy, GC welcomed the Diocese of Cuba back into union with the General Convention. Cuba, then a missionary diocese, was - due to the Cuban Revolution - expelled in 1966 by action of the House of Bishops (which may have been an unconstitutional act). After a lengthy process, the Diocese of Cuba was received anew and returned to TEC. The Bishop of Cuba, the Rt. Rev Griselda Delgado Delcarpio, is a College-for-Bishops classmate and a good friend of mine, and I was brought to tears of joy as she was welcomed and seated in the House of Bishops immediately upon the Bishops' unanimous, affirmative vote. The House of Deputies followed suit the next day, by unanimous vote, and seated Cuba's deputation immediately. This is the first time I've witnessed anything passing both houses of GC unanimously! What a joy. 
Photos to be taken on Sept. 7 and 8
We have contracted with Lifetouch to create a new pictorial directory for our parish! 
Portraits will be taken on Friday, September 7 from 2 pm to 9 pm and on Saturday, September 8 from 10 am to 5 pm.
Each single/family will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a pictorial directory.  We want everyone's picture in our directory.  Save the date!!
Organ Stops
Thank you Resurrection!

The Vestry voted last week to proceed with the purchase of a  Johannus D-470 Ecclesia organ based on pledges and gifts received to date from parishioners and friends!  Additional contributions are still being accepted.  Please use the link below to notify the Treasurer if you would like to make a gift.

The new organ will replace our current 30+ year old Rodgers electronic organ.  The instrument was selected by a committee of experts considering value, price, quality and sound. The actual delivery date of the new organ will be determined after the factory schedules production of the instrument. 
Mark Your Calendars
Important events and dates

Saturday, August 18:  Fire Extinguisher training at 10:00 am
Sunday, August 19:  Kickoff Sunday; Sunday Evening Service planning meeting at 9:15 am
Sunday, September 16:  Starlight Theater