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 15

In-person services and events may be cancelled, 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 later that day.
If you would prefer CD recordings of the services mailed to you each week, please contact the church office and let us know.
Bishop Ruben Saenz Jr. will be preaching this week.
As always, the worship service, including the Bishop’s sermon, will be streamed live
at 10 a.m. on our Facebook page.
Today’s devotion is a “throwback” devotion written by Linda Stoker in our 2010 LUMC Devotional Booklet.
“Every test that you have experienced is the kind that normally comes to people. But God keeps his promise, that he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm; at the time you are put to the test, he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
—1 Corinthians 10:13 (Good News Bible)
This scripture has had a powerful impact upon me, both professionally and personally. In it, Paul is encouraging the people of Corinth to avoid conflict and disorder and to be diligent in following Christ. I’ve thought about the tests our church has faced over the years and how they have made us stronger in many ways and hopefully have strengthened our faith. Who would have thought even six years ago that we could have pulled together as a congregation to support the impressive building campaign that is just about finished and the willingness to financially support this additional ministry?
 I’m sure this same thought (in a variety of ways) occurred to LUMC members over the past 140 years of our history! Could we survive this conflict, this recession, this pain or whatever the “test” was? God truly gave us the strength to endure earlier trials and provide us a positive way out. And, I think, we as a church congregation are looking to a bright future with lots and lots of possibilities! 2010 looks bright!
But personally I also have struggled with this scripture. Have the personal tests I’ve faced in my life been just that: Each a test? Was I a pawn in God’s scheme of things,
manipulated around to see how much I could endure? It has been tempting to see various tragedies and events in my life as tests and I think that it is the word TEST that trips me up. Surely God is not a game-player, coming up with ways to keep us on our toes to see how faithful we are? Let’s see how much the Stokers can endure!
And then I look at the last lines of this scripture and am given comfort:
“But God keeps his promise, that he will not allow you to be tested beyond your power to remain firm…he will give you the strength to endure it, and so provide you with a way out.”
In the book by Rabbi Harold Kushner, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, I am reminded that God has created everything, the good and the bad, and that laws of nature are in place. (Kushner lost his 14-year-old son before he wrote this book and it is one of the most theologically-powerful books of the 20th century.) 
We can’t thank God for just the good and not realize that the bad goes with it. Being a Christian doesn’t prevent bad things from happening and since we are given true free will by God, evil and suffering does happen. If we accept the goodness from God, we have to accept the bad. Not that God causes bad things for whatever reason, as a whim or as a test. Evil exists and bad things do happen, but I draw comfort from the last line that God provides a way out: out of suffering, loss, hopelessness & despair. And God always provides comfort.
The May-June Upper Rooms are here. If you would like one mailed to you, please contact the office at office@lenexaumc.org or (913) 888-5600.
Articles, announcements, and any other submissions for the May issue of the Messenger are due by Thursday, April 23. Email any contributions you have to Lauren Lanigan.
Saturday, April 18 | 8:00 a.m.
All men are invited to Men’s Fellowship on Zoom this Saturday, April 18 at 8:00 a.m. The Zoom link for the group can be found here.
Meeting ID:
884 511 065 
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
You may still contribute to the Easter offering to support Hillcrest Transitional Housing by giving online at lenexaumc.org/online-giving or by mailing a check to the church office designated “Easter”. Lenexa UMC sponsors one apartment, which costs approximately $7,000 per year. Thank you for your support of this worthwhile ministry.
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!
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.
The April issue of
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 can also be read online.
Lenexa United Methodist Church
Church Office Phone: (913) 888–5600
Preschool Office Phone: (913) 888–6300

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