Lenexa United Methodist Church
We Know and Love God.
We Follow Jesus.
We Are the Body of Christ.

9138 Caenen Lake Road, Lenexa, Kansas 66215

Monday, May. 4th 2020

Weekly Newsletter—April 1

 
In-person services and events may still be cancelled through May 9, but that hasn’t stopped us from worshipping together!
 
We livestream one worship service each Sunday at 10 a.m. via our Facebook page, then post the video on our
church website
and email a link out later that day.
 
If you would like a CD recording of the service instead, please
contact the church office
and we will mail it to you each week.
 
In compliance with the Kansas City Metro Stay-at-Home order, the Lenexa United Methodist Church office is closed through April 23. Church staff will be working remotely and will be monitoring emails and will receive voicemails left on their office phones. They will get back to you at their earliest convenience. We will also still receive postal mail mailed to the church. We appreciate your understanding and urge everyone to comply with the regulations.
 
—YOUR DAILY DEVOTION—
“Hang In There”
 
There is a parable told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule praying, or whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided neither the mule nor the well was worth saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
 
Initially, the old mule was hysterical. But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel-load of dirt landed on his back, he could shake it off and step up onto it to escape! This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or how distressing the situation, the old mule fought panic and kept right on shaking the dirt off and stepping up. It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What had seemed like it would bury him actually helped him, all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. 
 
That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the very real potential to benefit us!
 
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If you would like to write a devotion for our Daily Devotions or if you have seen a devotion that speaks to you, please e-mail it to
Mary Clow
.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
 
ONLINE GIVING
 
During this time, the church still has ongoing expenses. We ask that, if possible, you stay up to date on your giving to the church by mailing in your contribution or by donating online or by text. Follow the link below to give or find out more about the ways you can give!
 
 
PRAYERS
 
Please keep LUMC, the nation, and the world in your prayers during this difficult time. If you have a personal prayer request, contact
Pastor Ezekiel or the prayer chain at
prayers@lenexaumc.org. If you would like to be added to the confidential email prayer chain to keep your fellow church members in prayer, please
sign up here.
FACEBOOK
 
During this unprecedented time, we need each other. If you are on Facebook and have not liked the church
Facebook page, please do so now. If you a member or regular attendee of Lenexa UMC, we also invite you to join the
LenexaUMChurch Family group. This is a place that we can still be in community. We encourage you to share an inspiration, favorite scripture or success. Talk to each other. Be the church.
FOOD PANTRY
 
The Johnson County Food Pantry is still serving the vulnerable among us. As more people are impacted by COVID-19, their needs will continue to rise. They welcome all food donations, but currently are running low on canned meat, canned beans, dry beans, canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, and soups. If you are at the grocery store buying food for your family, we encourage you to pick up a few extra things for the food pantry. Since the church office is closed, we have moved the gray bins to the east entrance. If you have a code to the church, open the door and drop your donations in the bin. If you do not have a door code, contact the Office and we will make arrangements to receive your donation.
HILLCREST UPDATE
 
The family living in the apartment we sponsor at Hillcrest Transitional Housing entered the program in November in hopes of finding peace in the middle of a storm. A family of 6, living in a small hotel room for months after being evicted, the family is described as resilient by the Hillcrest case manager, “after all they’ve been through they still find reasons to smile. Their optimistic attitude & determined mind set is surely the antidote keeping them afloat during these turbulent times.”
Both of the parents lost their jobs this past week due to the Coronavirus. Thankfully through their strict budgeting practices, the family has a small savings set aside. Hillcrest is helping the family preserve their savings for their next move with additional services including weekly check-ins with their case-manager to asses any immediate needs, a gas card, access to a food pantry, as well as mental and medical health support if needed.
 
As are all of our lives right now, their story is still evolving in the middle of a crisis. The family hopes to move out of Hillcrest and gain permanent housing in May. Please keep this family and the entire Hillcrest Agency in your prayers as they work to assist already at risk families in this unprecedented time we find ourselves in.
 
It’s because of the difference that Hillcrest makes in the lives of those they serve that the LUMC Finance Committee has designated this year’s Easter offering to support Hillcrest Transitional Housing. Lenexa UMC sponsors one apartment which costs approximately $7,000 per year. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile ministry.
UPCOMING EVENTS
COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Applications are open for post-secondary undergrad scholarships through LUMC Endowment Funds. Applications are due April 12 and require an essay, two letters of recommendation, and an official school transcript. Requirements: member of LUMC, 2.5 GPA or GED, full-time student at an accredited institution, and have not received an LUMC scholarship in the past. Request an application by e-mailing
office@lenexaumc.org
.
 
 
CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
 
Scholarships for summer camp (Camp Chippewa, Institute, etc.) are available through LUMC Endowment funds. Request an application by e-mailing
office@lenexaumc.org. The deadline to apply is April 22.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
June 15–19 | 9 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
 
At this time, we hope to still be able to have VBS in June. VBS: Knights of the North Castle is open to kids who will be 4 by August 31–new 6
th-graders.
Aftercare is available until 5 p.m. for working parents.
Registration forms are available
online
.
 
Lot of volunteers are needed to help, and we’re looking for paid aftercare workers who are at least 16 years old.
Contact Mary Clow to sign up if you’re interested in helping.
THIS SUNDAY’S WORSHIP
 
APRIL 5
PASSION SUNDAY/PALM SUNDAY
“How Do We Live In Uncertain Times?”
Mark 11:1–11
 
Join us for online worship! It will still be streamed live on our
Facebook page
at 10:00 a.m. and posted
online
later.
 
As Jesus’s disciples went with him into Jerusalem, they were afraid. Even so, they show us how to live in uncertain and fearful times: Obey Jesus as your Sovereign; Follow Christ as your Servant; and Trust Jesus as your Savior. 
 
Rev. Ezekiel Koech preaching.
 
Next Sunday will be Holy Communion Sunday. Rev. Ezekiel Koech will bless the Holy Communion through the video and every family can participate at their homes. Make sure bread and juice/water will be available to participate symbolically. Read more information in a
letter from the Bishop.
 
We invite you to
print out a palm branch to participate in waving branches and shouting Hosanna from home.
 
The April issue of
The Messenger
is available now!
 
If you usually pick up the Messenger at the church and would like one mailed to you, please contact the church office via email or phone. As always, It will also be available to read online.
 
Lenexa United Methodist Church
 
Church Office Phone:

(913) 888–5600

Office Hours:
9 a.m.–3 p.m. | Monday—Friday
 
Preschool Office Phone:

(913) 888–6300

 


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