Congregation CollaborationSeptember 30, 2022In 1963, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. famously quipped, “It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o’clock on Sunday morning.” According to religion scholars, more than sixty years later, the assertion remains true.
Donate Your Unused Flower VasesSeptember 29, 2022Do you have a cabinet or shelf filled with empty vases that never get used? Here is your chance to free up that space and spread some joy and inspire kindness!
Grace at Work Partnership DaySeptember 29, 2022GRACE AT WORK PARTNERSHIP DAY Sunday, Oct. 16, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Grace United Community Ministries 801 Benton Blvd, KCMO Make time to lend a hand as we clean up and prepare the gardens for winter with our NE Partner Grace United. No skill needed, just a willing spirit, water bottle ... Read More
Imposing and Impossible TextsSeptember 26, 2022The first five books of the Bible (aka, the Torah) are full of wonderful, heartwarming... and troubling stories. Led by respected scholar and Rabbi, Michael Zedek, we’ll explore some of these challenging narratives together.
Trunk or Treat 2022September 26, 2022Save the Date! Trunk or Treat 2022 will take place in the church parking lot on October 30, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Click to find out more or sign up to host a trunk!
Book RecommendationsSeptember 26, 2022Late each summer I usually write a “book column” about my favorite novels of the year. But I’m in a dry spell. Oh I’ve been reading. But most of the fiction I’ve read lately leaves me with a “hmm,” not a “wow.” Maybe you will send me some suggestions! But for now, I have a few non-fiction recommendations and then a few of my all time favorite novels from years past.
Grace At Work Partnership DaySeptember 19, 2022Saturday, September 24, Various shifts between 9 am - 2 pm | All are invited to help our mission partner Micah Ministry as they host the NE Community Park Party at Concourse Park. Volunteers are needed to help set-up, greet attendees, and support the cooking team.
What Does Your Heart Cling To?September 16, 2022My predecessor, Glen Miles, started the tradition of giving an annual “state of the church” address. The precedent has evolved into me sharing an annual report of the church’s previous year. In some ways, this year’s report could be “it was the best of times and the worst of times”. We ... Read More
2021-2022 Annual ReportSeptember 14, 2022The report was introduced at the Annual Elder, Deacon, and All Congregation meeting in September and is available for viewing and downloading at this link.
Meeting, Walking, LivingSeptember 8, 2022Julie frequently took Bible study classes and joined spiritual formation small groups but after class she would pull me aside and whisper fiercely to me, “My 40 year old cousin is dying of cancer and I just don’t know if I can believe in God if this is how God has arranged the world.”
Family Ministries: September Service OpportunitiesSeptember 6, 2022Join us for these family oriented service opportunities. Events available for children 3 and up. Read more to find out which opportunities fit your interests and children's ages.
Sermon Series: Turning PointsSeptember 6, 2022Back-to-school and Labor Day are turning points in our calendars. Having a child, burying a loved one are also turning points in our lives. Scripture is full of turning points as well, major moments in the sweep of God’s relationship with our ancestors in the faith.
Find Our Own BelovednessSeptember 1, 2022To recognize God’s grace in the provision of a heart of flesh is key. Much as I prefer the self-protection offered by cynicism, caution, and carbohydrates, finding my way back to my own belovedness has required receiving a new spirit, one of tenderness and one of vulnerability.
Annual Report and Looking AheadAugust 30, 2022The congregation is invited to attend this evening of enrichment that showcases the previous year and looks forward to the Next 5. Join us at 6:30-8:00 in the Social Hall or via Zoom.
What’s So Good About the Good News?August 26, 2022The word “gospel” is used in the New Testament to translate a Greek word meaning “good news.” But what’s so good about it, and is it good for everyone?
Bibles Given to Third Graders During WorshipAugust 26, 2022On Sunday, August 21, our congregation celebrated the young members of our congregation by presenting bibles to twelve third graders. A tradition that dates back almost 100 years, the children are encouraged to read, carry, mark in, dog ear and use the bibles until they are worn out from spiritual ... Read More