Doors for Transformation

Lara Schopp Articles, Tyler Heston

Last week, thousands gathered both in person and online for the funeral of Christian author and speaker Rachel Held Evans, who died unexpectedly at the age of 37. Evans spent most of her life in Tennessee, where she was raised as a conservative Evangelical. In her twenties, she began to …

Thank You!

Lara Schopp Articles, Give, Staff Messages

I always get to write a newsletter article during the time you are responding to the stewardship campaign.  Coincidence? I don’t think so.  It is so I get to tell you each year how you amaze me.  This church can’t make the difference it makes without you! The gifts that …

The Beauty Way

Lara Schopp Catherine Stark-Corn

If only there was only some way to capture the tone of voice when a four-year-old blurted out, “It’s so beautiful!”  The shock, excitement and reverence this little guy shared as he stopped to take in a huge, bright yellow dandelion was truly contagious. One would think we were in …

Easter Offering Thank You!

Lara Schopp Articles, Corey Meyer

This year our Easter Offering raised over $18,000! Thank you to everyone for your generous gifts and commitment to promoting sustainable and responsible practices for our environment. It is our dream that with our donations Bridging the Gap here in Kansas City can continue to its mission to connect environment, …

A Gift

Lara Schopp Carla Aday, Senior Minister Blog

I heard once that children are born with faith. But as they mature into teens and adults, we rob them of it. We teach them the “right” answers rather than letting them revel in the holy mystery. Oftentimes parents worry about how to teach a child to navigate the death …

Thank You

Lara Schopp Articles, Children & Families, Staff Messages

By Lindsay Howes, Director of Children’s Ministry It has been a joy and honor to serve these last five years as the Director of Children’s Ministries. Getting to know more families and children in our church community has been a blessing. Working with individuals from our church for Vacation Bible …

Books, Books, Books

Lara Schopp Articles, Mike Graves

By Dr. Mike Graves When I was only part-time at Country Club Christian Church, and still serving part-time on the faculty at Saint Paul School of Theology, I actually had three offices, including the one at home. That meant I had three sets of bookshelves for all those volumes. When …

By Design

Lara Schopp Articles, Staff Messages

By Lara Schopp, Director of Communications Here’s my idea,” I say. I yammer on for about 10 minutes trying to explain what I’m thinking. My colleague Leslie Tenjack tilts her head to the side and makes ‘that’ face…the one I know means she has no idea what I’m talking about. …

A Little Different

Lara Schopp Articles, Congregational Care, Joe Walker

By Rev. Joe Walker, Minister of Congregational Care Summer is all about doing things a little differently, isn’t it? Get out of your comfort zone, leave your Zip Code in the rearview mirror. Explore exotic locales, eat food you can’t identify, get bit by different kinds of mosquitos, sleep in a …