“Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.’”
Hi, Revolution community!
I pray that you are finding some time this summer to enrich your spiritual life -- whether through reading a new book, gathering with old friends, wandering in God’s creation, exploring a new prayer practice or in myriad other ways that we can sense God’s revelation in our lives. One way I invite you to expand your spiritual horizon is by becoming active in our children’s ministry program. Revolution is blessed by a number of families with kids who offer us the opportunity to share God’s love through Christian education. Associate Pastor Candace Shaw guides our children’s ministries and does a fantastic job of helping people of every interest and skill level apply their gifts to sharing God’s love with the young people in our church -- both through regular Sunday gatherings and through special events.
I’m excited about Rev’s “Play and Serve Family Weekend” that is coming up Friday through Sunday, August 25 through 27. If you could offer time during this weekend, it would help us share a time of joy, learning and service for kids in our community. I’d also ask you to remember that serving in our children’s ministries is an act of love for both the kids and the parents. Particularly, when non-parents offer leadership on Sunday morning, it means that parents (and other adults with kids) can have the opportunity to be present in the worship service. So your gift of time is a double blessing! If you are interested in serving (in this or in other ministries), please contact the church office.
Finally, I want to make you aware of our upcoming sermon series which ties in with the the “Hero Central” VBS that is coming to Keystone in late July. From July 9 through July 30 we will be examining superheroes alongside heroes in the bible and exploring what guidance we can receive as God speaks to us through stories new and old. “With Great Power . . . “ will be an excellent opportunity to invite a friend to join you at Revolution for some coffee, some fellowship and a worshipful community.
May peace be with you now and always,
June 29, 2017 - 12:00 am
Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
I pray that you, your families and your communities are enjoying the summer and engaging with God in new and meaningful ways. I was out of town last weekend, attending (with several Revolution and Keystone members) the Missouri Annual Conference. As a reminder, the term Annual Conference has a geographical meaning (our section of the United Methodist body is the state of Missouri, with a bishop assigned to that section) as well as a chronological one -- representatives of churches in the Missouri Annual Conference meet yearly to conduct business. Among the items of business is the “fixing” of appointments -- the assignment of pastors to churches for the coming year. I am delighted to share that I have been reappointed to serve Revolution and Keystone Churches in the coming year.
Upon my return, I got to share a bit of time with Chris Logan as he finished packing and set off for his new ministry opportunities in California. I know many of us have been deeply affected by Chris and that all of us pray that his powerful ministry will continue to bear fruit. I’m also pleased to share that in July Keystone will be welcoming a new Associate Pastor, Kelly Hansen. Kelly is a graduate of St. Paul School of Theology and has a rich background in social advocacy and pastoral care. I anticipate that she will also be a frequent presence at Revolution.
I am really excited about getting to participate in the online small group study that Revolution Associate Candace Shaw has coordinated for us this summer. If you are interested and aren’t connected yet, please contact Candace at RevolutionCandace@gmail.com.
Finally, I want to strongly encourage you (and your friends and family) to join us this Saturday, June 17th, at Lazarus Ministries (at their new location -- Linwood United Church, 3151 Olive) from 9 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to help prepare the new location for continued service to the homeless communities in Kansas City. Whatever your level of ability, you are needed. This is a great opportunity for us move from word to deed and to exhibit the love of Christ in action.
June 15, 2017 - 3:36 pm
Hello Summer! June 2017, A Note from Pastor Steve, click here for entire newsletter!https://madmimi.com/p/c5b93a/preview
“In God we live, move and have our being!”
I have been so excited to already see photos and hear stories of folks in our community who are embracing new activities this summer! Whether it’s traveling or spending time with kids who are out of school or learning something new, it’s great to see the many ways that a change in season can inspire us to engage in something new.
There are several events coming up at Revolution that I want to make sure you know about. This weekend, June 2-4, Jake Johnson is leading Revolution and Keystone’s presence at KC PrideFest (www.gaypridekc.org). A number of us will be volunteering to engage with the Kansas City community, and to share the story of our churches -- and of Christ’s offer of grace to all.
On June 2, we will join Keystone in celebrating the ministry of Chris Logan with a potluck picnic at Weltner Park (on State Line by the Hy-Vee). Head over after worship, and we will start eating around 1:00. Please join us to give thank to Chris for all that he has done for our church and our community, and to offer support as he moves into his new phase of ministry.
On June 11, Steven Burr will be leading youth from both Keystone and Revolution on a mission trip to Louisville, Kentucky. Please keep them (and their adult sponsors) in your thoughts and prayers as they share, grow, work and learn. They will be returning on June 16.
Finally, on Saturday, June 17, we take another step in our church’s commitment to “creating Christ-like culture in Kansas City.” We will be gathering from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to work alongside Lazarus Ministries as they transition to a new home at 3151 Olive in Kansas City. Lazarus Ministries (www.lazminkc.org) originated at Grand Avenue Temple UMC downtown and has a strong history of sharing meals and services with our brothers and sisters in need, and I am excited to be working alongside their ministries. On June 17 we particularly need folks who are comfortable with tools or a paintbrush, but people of all skill levels will be needed! This will be a great opportunity to work together alongside communities from both Revolution and Keystone and to further our ministries in Kansas City.
In all that you are doing this summer, I pray that you will be blessed with new opportunities and with the Holy Spirit working in and through everything you do!
June 2, 2017 - 3:38 pm
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