Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Friends, in a recent note I invited you to be in prayer and action for those whose lives and families have been impacted by hurricane Harvey. Please let me encourage you to maintain that prayer, and to add to it those who will be affected by Irma. As I wrote at that time, one of the ways that we can help is by assembling cleaning kits that are distributed to flood victims and other people affected by disasters by the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).
I have met with the pastors of other local UM churches (Central, Country Club, St. John and Red Bridge) and we have agreed to combine our efforts to simplify the creation of these buckets. Each of our churches is responsible for just 3 of the components that go into the buckets. Revolution (and Keystone) will be gathering:
* 12-16 oz. bottles of liquid household cleaner that can be mixed with water (Lysol concentrate)
* Sets of 18 cleaning wipes (Handi-wipes or reusable wipes; no terry cloth cleaning towels)
* Sets of 5 scouring pads (No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads and nothing with soap built in)
* You may bring these items to collection stations that will be near the sanctuary. On the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, we will assemble the items that have been gathered by all of the churches in a service hosted by Red Bridge UMC. Our goal is 250 kits!
On another note, many of you know that the United Methodist Church as a whole is continuing to discern its response to God’s guidance around many complex issues including human sexuality. The Missouri Conference has designated September 17-23 for all to be joined in prayer for those who are guiding these discussions of our presence in God’s world. I invite you to set aside some time on each of these days to pray that while we may not be of one mind we might be of one heart and one body as we act as the body of Christ in the world. More information can be found at: http://www.moumethodist.org/prayingourwayforward.
September 9, 2017 - 12:00 am
If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?
Greetings, brothers and sisters in Christ and in community.
In recent weeks, we have been talking about “a different kind of justice,” and how Jesus calls us to engage on ministry at both a systemic and an individual level. For the last few weeks, I have shared with you some local (and and broader) organizations that offer opportunities for support, service and fellowship with members of our community who have challenges meeting some needs in their lives. Please find below online connections for some of these organizations related to food, water and clothing. If you have questions about any of the other groups we’ve discussed recently, or want to make our community aware of other resources, please contact the church office. I pray that you will consider becoming engaged with some of these organizations or with others with similar missions.
“Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.”
“It is the mission of Neighbor2Neighbor to provide meals and meet other daily needs in the context of a supportive community among homeless and near-homeless persons in the Prospect area of Kansas City.”
HAITI WATER PLUS
“United we learn. Together we serve. Repeat.”
“Water.org empowers families with access to safe water and sanitation through affordable financing.”
“Baby Grace is a spiritual outreach, offering prayers and support to young parents and their children.”
August 25, 2017 - 12:00 am
For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Hi, Revolution family and friends!
As most of you know, we are part of a “two-point charge” with our sister church, Keystone in Waldo. Officially, this relationship means that we share a pastor and office manager, as well as some administrative processes. However, at a deeper level, Revolution and Keystone share a deep desire to share the love of God within the church and in the communities around us. While there are some from Revolution who have never set foot in Keystone, there are others who regularly visit and have rich relationships with participants in both churches. In that spirit, I want to invite you into three upcoming experiences that will give us opportunities to work together in fellowship, service, and in church guidance.
First, we are coordinating groups of “Dinner for Eight” -- groups of roughly eight people from both churches gathering for a series of three meals over three months. Last Sunday, we discussed the value of sitting down together and sharing over food, and this is a chance to embrace that idea. These dinners will give us a chance to learn more about one another and strengthen new relationships. You can sign up through the link further down in this newsletter, or by contacting the Revolution church office.
Second, we have a Harvester’s work day on August 26. This is a chance for members of both churches to work together and help share food and other needs with families in our communities. It’s simple, but necessary, work -- and you’ll be given thorough instructions upon arrival. It’s also a lot of fun when it is work shared in community.
Finally, our annual Charge Conference will be held at Keystone on October 8 at 7 p.m. We will be gathering with several local churches as they assemble to vote on required matters, including new local church leaders. All are invited to be present for this time of fellowship and learning. And, as always, if you are interested in serving on a Revolution committee or task force, I invite you to let me know via email or contact with the Revolution office.
I pray that you will consider some of or even all of these opportunities to be sharing Christ within our connection and throughout the community.
August 11, 2017 - 12:00 am
500 W. 40th St. KCMO 64111(816)931-1858sunday mornings at 11:30