One Plate at a Time

Lara Schopp Corey Meyer, Metro Service, Serve, Serve Our Church

By Rev. Corey Meyer, Director of Mission Partnerships The people came in short waves over the course of about an hour and a half. Some would come up and say, “No lettuce, please,” or “I would love extra beans today,” and we happily obliged. A few folks requested a smaller …

A Call to Serve

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

One of the best things about marriage is that you may inherit a fabulous second family. When I first met my husband’s entire family 30 years ago, I met all the nieces and nephews, including Jered, the oldest. He was a sweet and good kid but not a very motivated …

Join a Small Group

Leslie Tenjack Articles, Staff Messages

By Barbara George, Director of Membership Development Just last week I heard from a first-time Neighborhood Communion participant that the group had met again and what a wonderful experience it had been…. appetizers, insightful guided discussion, and of course, lots of laughter! “It all came together!” Ten groups met this …

Students of History

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker, The Well

By Rev. Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care I can distinctly remember that upon witnessing one particularly unusual historical event I uttered this incredibly foolish prediction, “We will never see anything like this again in our lifetime.” Oh my, the things you say when you’re 18 (or 63, for that …

Choosing Joy

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

By Rev. Tyler Heston, Minister to Youth December seems to be a busy month for most people, but my December was particularly busy. On top of holiday activities and (last-minute) Christmas shopping, a good friend of mine here in Kansas City, Morgan, got married the Saturday before Christmas (and I …

Hand in Hand on the Journey

Lara Schopp Articles, Catherine Stark-Corn

By Rev. Catherine Stark-Corn, Minister to Children and Families “Three in five,” my oldest son, home from college for the holiday, says to me as I make dinner and he hangs out with me in the kitchen. I ask what he means, assuming it is some statistic related to something …

Joy to the World

Lara Schopp Articles, Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

 O Little Town of Bethlehem, What Child is This, Angels we Have Heard on High, and Silent Night all vie for first place. What is your favorite carol? None makes my heart soar more than Joy to the World, especially when the trumpets and organ lets loose on Christmas Eve …

Window into God

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

During December some of us struggle to balance the extra demands on our time with a longing to remain spiritually centered. How do we embrace the busyness, fun, and festivities that honor the arrival of the sacred while also carving out a still small moment to reflect and ponder the …

In Memory

Lara Schopp Staff Messages

By Lara Schopp, Director of Communication My father-in-law was a man of few words. He worked hard and had high expectations for the people in his life. He was fiercely private and kept his circle small. He was a cowboy and a lifelong horseman, spending hours tending to his last …

Joyful Communion

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

By Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence and Minister of Spiritual Formation If you look up the word communion in the dictionary, the first entry simply reads “sharing,” whereas other entries have the usual religious overtones. Turns out, sharing is precisely what the Greek word means as well, only with …

What’s a Podcast?

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

By Dr. Mike Graves, Scholar in Residence and Minister of Spiritual Formation It’s not uncommon in her sermons to hear Carla reference a book she’s been reading or a podcast she’s listened to recently, maybe an episode of “The Moth.” It only recently occurred to me that not only are …